4. If you had to ramp up traffic on a blog quickly, what 3 things would you
focus on first?
If you see your blog traffic tanking here are three easy things you can get started doing:
Get my free blog traffic planner with a weekly plan, monthly plan and
yearly plan. I set up for ramping up your traffic and get some money
Create alternate pins for your most popular posts and once that are
income generating or list building. Make it a goal to create at least
one alternate pin a day.
Write every day for a set time. I’ve proven time and time again that if you write a blog post every day and promote it you will see a jump in page views a month later.
5. I know you and your husband like to start new blogs all the time, do you
write a minimum amount of content before promoting it?
When we start new blogs or take ones over, we don’t have a set number before
publishing it. Our philosophy is to age the blog as quickly as possible. The older a blog is, the better chance it has for potential ranking in Google.
6. Do you use the juice from your other blogs to get your new blog going?
Nope. I try not to link my other blogs to my current blogs too much.
7. What advice would you give a new motivated blogger to succeed quickly?
The best advice I can give you is to create highly valuable content for your
Get to know who reads your blog, or you want to read your blog, and then create problem-solving content for them.
8. What advice would you give a new motivated freelance writer to succeed
For new freelance writers, the quickest way to succeed is to get paid to build your portfolio. You can get paid to guest post as a way to earn your first $100 as a writer.
9. What social media platforms do you like best and why?
I like Pinterest and Facebook the most and that is where I spend a good chunk of my time nurturing my audience. Facebook is great for brand awareness and to get closer to my audience so that I can help them.
Pinterest is great right now for bringing in tons of traffic and a new audience for my blogs.
10. We are dorks in my household, so I have to ask, what is your favorite nerdy movie or book?
I just picked up Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven as I hear it’s Harry Potter for adults and can’t wait to read it!
What I Learned About How to Become a Successful Blogger and a Freelancer Writer With Elna Cain
As with all my other interviews, there seems to be a very clear pattern emerging. The three things I keep seeing in every interview are the following;
Create tons and TONS of SEO friendly content
Be patient and don’t overthink it – keep plugging away and testing
Elna is a highly sought after freelance writer and has tons of great advice. I read her Elna Cain blog for a long time before taking her course.
She has a ton of free information available, but her course is a very tightly packed version of her site. The course is updated each time she learns something new and important to the process.
I highly recommend taking her course if you want to become a freelance writer and have no experience. It will help you hit the ground running.
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Deposit photos is where I get all of my photos from. They have high quality images and when you purchase from them, you are purchasing the rights to use the images.
Make sure you read the disclosures to be sure you are using the images in a way that does not violate their terms. For instance, if you intend to sell their images on merch, be very careful you do not violate their terms.
ConvertKit is an incredible program that is very user-friendly. When I was learning, I went from not knowing the program at all to setting up an email sequence, sending out an email blast (they call them broadcasts), and setting up forms all in the first session.
It does have a monthly fee, but it is worth every penny. As a newbie blogger, you don't want to pay for a lot of extras and I know it can be tempting, but this is by far one of the best investments you will make.
Siteground is not just a service for me. They have been a sort of partner and IT helper. when I was a newbie blogger, I didn't know how to do anything. They have a chat function as a help resource that I used almost daily to figure out how to install certain things, or figure out the backend of WordPress.
They have saved me hundreds of dollars on services. You can set up your site, buy your domain, get privacy for your information connected to your domain, and get all kinds of help if you need it.
Grayson Bell is the man you want to talk to when you have an issue with your tech. He knows his stuff and is incredibly quick. Every time I have sent an email, I get a response within minutes. I LOVE that kind of service. I know a few other bloggers that swear by him. He is professional, quick, and knows what he's doing.
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Elna is the BEST!!! When I first started writing, I followed her blog because she has all kinds of free resources that are incredibly helpful. I took one of her courses and signed up for all of her groups. She never stops pumping out valuable content and her paid resources are packed FULL of valuable information!!
Grayson will do an evaluation of your blog for speed. Speed is a huge factor when getting people to stay on your site longer. Having a quicker site can lower your bounce rate and increase your dwell time. I've seen people get a traffic boost as soon as their site speed increases.
Site speed is not to be taken lightly, it is a huge factor for SEO. Grayson can help you get your site speed up in no time.
This inexpensive and quick tune-up is perfect for the beginner blogger.
You've spend hours and hours working on your blog and getting all the plugins, widgets, themes, builders, and more set up on your site. But now you've read that plugins can interfere with each other and you may have issues with security.
Send Grayson Bell a quick email and he will get you fixed up in no time. He responds quickly, is an expert, and will get your new blog up to snuff in for you so you can stop worrying.
Elna knows her stuff. I have not taken this class, but I highly recommend anything from Elna. She knows her stuff and grew her business while raising small children. She is an invaluable resource of information and very relateable.
Image on Pinterest are so important. These templates can help you crank out attractive and clickable Pins quickly. I have not purchased this service, but I know others who have and they are very happy with it.
Learning how to design in Canva is a crucial skill if you are going to make quality images for your blog. Unless you know photoshop, or another design program, you need something like Canva to make images.
This is a crash course on how to learn Canva and will help you make better quailty images for your blog.
Elna Cain is an amazing resource for writers. I have not taken this course because I already had a site, but every single resources I have purchased, read, or watched from Elna has been JAM PACKED with valuable information.
This is Elna's Blog. She has a TON of free resources you can take advantage of before you jump into a paid resource, but I highly recommend skipping past reading tons and tons of articles and jump right to her paid resources. You will save yourself a ton of time.