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How I’m Making $100 to $200 Extra Per Day — On Autopilot

One of my big goals for 2019 was to redo all of our email newsletter welcome sequences and create some really intentional funnels for each of these.

(See my business goals list below. You can see all of my 2019 goals here.)

I have been hard at work behind the scenes learning how to set up funnels, experimenting with what works, and discovering a lot of things that don’t work. (I don’t know what it is, but it seems I’m the person who always has to learn things the hard way!)

And I’m truly having so much fun with this! Plus, I’ve been shocked by the results!

With just a little bit of tweaking, we are consistently bringing in at least $100 to $200 extra per day — and that is completely passive income (meaning: I did the tweaking one-time and it’s consistently bringing in income every day without me doing anything!).

New to Welcome Sequences & Funnels?

If you’re new to blogging and online businesses and aren’t sure what Welcome Sequences and Funnels are, don’t worry! You’re not alone!

Here’s the basic gist: A Welcome Sequence is a series of emails you set up to send to people after they subscribe to your email list. Typically, you want these to be some of your best posts, most helpful information, and a way to warmly introduce yourself to a newcomer. (Tip: Here’s one of the first things you should do in your Welcome Sequence.)

A Funnel is a series of emails you send people leading them to take action. For instance, if you sign up for my 5 Days to a Better Morning challenge, you’ll not only get 5 days of content helping you to have more successful mornings, but then you’ll get a few follow-up emails encouraging you to check out my 14-day course, Make Over Your Mornings.

My goal in creating the 5-Day Challenge is to attract people who want to improve their mornings because my course is designed specifically for the person who wants to be more organized and intentional in their mornings.

It’s All On Auto-Pilot!

The beauty of being thoughtful and strategic in the way you set up a Welcome Campaign and a Funnel is that once you set it up, you don’t have to do anything else with it! You can build your email list, nurture your list, and sell products to that list — all on autopilot!

I can’t believe that I waited 14 years to really start making this a focus of my business! I am trying not to think about all of the opportunities I wasted and the income I didn’t earn by waiting so long! 🙂

Instead of feeling frustrated at myself, I’m working hard to be much more intentional and focused on this moving forward. I think that Welcome Campaigns and Funnels have the potential to become a very strong income source for our business in the future and I’m excited to continue to learn and experiment.

Want Some Help Getting Started?

If you are new to Welcome Campaigns and Funnels and you want to get these set up and successfully earning income for you but you just don’t know how to go about it, I highly recommend checking out Browser to Buyer.

This is the course I’ve been going through that has been helping me to learn how to set up funnels and tripwires and welcome campaigns and it is such a valuable resource — especially if you need some hands-on help.

The course is put together by Donnie and Abby Lawson. They are a husband and wife team who make a full-time income from blogging and they are legit whizzes at this stuff!

If you need some suggestions on how to set your freebies and tripwires up, what to include in your funnel, what kind of tripwire offer to choose, and how to increase your conversions, you will want to check out this course.

And guess what? It’s only $59! And I earned back that $59 within a few days of beginning to implement their tips. Since then, it has paid for itself over and over and over again!

I love Browser to Buyer so much that I encouraged everyone in my Mastermind group to purchase it and go through it with me. It’s been so fun to see the results and how people are converting blog readers into email newsletter subscribers and then into customers.

>>Yes! I’m Interested in Browser to Buyer!<<

If you are interested in signing up, now is the time to do so because Donnie and Abby will be offering a LIVE version of Browser to Buyer next week to everyone who signs up by Monday, March 18, 2019! This means you’ll get to access the sessions live, you’ll have access to ask Donnie and Abby questions in the live chat, and you’ll get to interact with others who are going through it with you!

Plus, you’ll get access to all of the sessions and bonus materials afterwards (and these were all fantastic!). Click below to check it out and purchase it for $59. And I hope to see you at some of the live sessions!

>>Yes! Sign Me Up for Browser to Buyer!<<

Please note: The links to Browser to Buyer are my affiliate links. I am very careful what I promote and only promote those products that I feel genuinely are some of the best and most helpful out there. Thank you for helping support what I do only by clicking through my links. It means so much to me!

Beginner’s Guide to the New Gutenberg WordPress Editor

Guest post by Micah Klug of HomeFaithFamily.com.

Have you seen the latest WordPress update and the new Gutenberg WordPress Editor?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused by this very different-looking editor, this is your go-to beginner’s guide to navigating the new Gutenberg WordPress Editor!

In this post, you’ll learn how to update your website to the new Gutenberg interface, how to navigate the new editor, and how to eliminate overwhelm you might feel about all these changes.

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Online marketing and content creation changed for developers on December 6, 2018 — the day Wordpress released their brand new editor interface known as Gutenberg.

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The Very First Thing to Do in Your Email Welcome Series

Do you have an email welcome series? Today I’m going to tell you the first thing you should do in your email welcome series. It’s so simple and easy to set up… but it really makes a big difference!

Here's the very first thing you should do in your email welcome series after someone subscribes to your newsletter!

So you’ve finally mustered up the bravery to prioritize your email list and set up a newsletter.

But what is the #1 most important thing you should do in your first email in your email welcome series?

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What To Do If Family & Friends Don’t Support Your Blog

What to do when your family & friends don't support your blog

One of the things you might not expect as you go through the highs and lows of building your blog is that your family and friends sometimes just “won’t get it” when it comes to this whole blogging thing.

You’ll be excited about your increased traffic or the latest list-building secret you discovered or your sudden increase in income…and as you excitedly explain it to a family member or friend, they just look at you with a blank stare.

And it is SO easy to feel like they just don’t care at all about your blogging endeavors or success.

But here’s the thing I’ve finally learned after 14 years of blogging: they likely do care, but they just don’t understand it or get it because it’s kind of like a foreign language to them.

It’s taken me years to learn that if I expect my real-life friends and family to understand all of the ins and outs of SEO and plugins and WordPress and email list building and affiliates, I’m going to be disappointed over and over again.

So with that in mind, here’s my advice on what to do when you feel like the closest people in your life don’t support your blog…

1. Don’t expect them to get it.

Just don’t. Most of my online friends are not in the online space and they don’t have their own online businesses, so they’re just not going to get why I’m so excited about the latest strategy I’ve implemented successfully.

I know that when I’m talking to someone who works in a very different field than me, I often don’t know the questions to ask or understand the work they do. It’s probably the same with blogging for most people in your life.

They don’t mean to hurt your feelings or not seem supportive. It’s just difficult to show enthusiasm when they really and truly don’t understand what exactly it is that you do or why a certain milestone or accomplishment is such a a big deal.

Let go of that expectation that people will know the questions to ask or that they will get your world so you’re not disappointed when people don’t seem excited about your successes in the online world.

2. Don’t be hurt if they don’t follow you online.

Don’t get your feelings hurt if your friends and family don’t follow you on social media, read your blog, listen to your podcast, or subscribe to your newsletter.

I have honestly come to a place where I don’t expect anyone in my real life to read my blog, watch my Instagram Stories, or follow me online in any way. If they do, I’m honored, but I definitely don’t ever expect it of them.

Blogging is my job. Yes, I absolutely love it and I’m so grateful I get to follow my passions and dreams while earning and income doing this. But it’s still my job.

When I think of it in that way, it helps me understand it better and not be hurt by it. I think about people in my life who have very different jobs than me, and I don’t understand their world or understand the right questions to ask.

For example, if I have a friend who is a doctor, she’s not going to expect me to follow her doctor’s office on Facebook, understand her world, subscribe to her business newsletter, or use her services. So why should I expect people to do that for me?

Try to put yourself in the shoes of your family and friends. Recognize that they love you but they just don’t understand when something is really important to you or that following you and showing interest could be really meaningful for you.

3. Do share with them when they ask.

I do encourage you to share a little bit with the people you love — especially when they ask. I think it’s important to at least share a little bit with your loved ones about the things that fire you up in life.

If someone in my life asks about how the blog or business or my online work is going, I try to share something that’s relatable in their language that they’ll understand.

Also, a word of caution: Don’t overshare, because that can quickly become overwhelming to them. I always try not to share too much or overload them with information. I’ll typically share a few quick things and then, if they ask more and seem genuinely interested, I’m happy to share more.

By the way, I have a few people who I’m really close with that I just share my wins with — even though it doesn’t all make sense to them. They love me and want to support me and cheer for me and they know that they don’t necessarily know the questions to ask, so they’ve told me to just share with them when I’m excited about something so they can celebrate with me, even if they don’t understand it completely.

4. Do find some good online or local friends who get it.

You need people in your life who understand your space and relate to what you’re doing. If you don’t have that, you’ll quickly feel alone and like nobody gets you.

It’s so important to have people who can encourage you, celebrate with you, give you feedback, and speak your language.

If you don’t have anyone, start with the community that we have built here at Your Blogging Mentor. Leave comments and interact in comments on this blog, Facebook, and Instagram.

It’s a great place to start connecting with people. When you reach out to people and form meaningful connections, you never know what it could blossom into — accountability or maybe even friendship!

Build those relationships, get brave, and reach out. Because it could turn into something really, really beautiful, and you never know unless you step out, step up, and put yourself out there.

Note: Don’t contact people in a “what’s in it for me” way. Just contact them to build a relationship, and there’s so much that can potentially come from that. Also, if you love what someone you’re following is doing, start promoting them! They’ll notice and sometimes relationships can even come from that. A lot of my online friendships started because someone was sharing my content and became such an advocate for me without asking anything in return. Celebrate and support other people, and you’ll probably find lots of connections from doing that!

What suggestions and advice do you have for when family and friends don’t support your blog?

A Beginner’s Guide to Email Lists

{This post is sponsored by Constant Contact. All opinions are my own. Read our disclosure policy here.}

This Beginner's Guide to Email Lists will put all your fears and confusion to rest and help you get started right away with an email newsletter!

We talk about email lists quite often on this site — the importance of having an email newsletter, how to make it successful, and the secrets to growing your list.

But if you’re brand new to blogging, all of this talk might be a little overwhelming. Maybe you don’t even really understand the basics of how an email list works, who to send it to, or what to include in it.

With that in mind, I created a simple Beginner’s Guide to Email Lists for you:

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How To Find Popular Keywords To Rank For On Google (For Free!)

SEO doesn't have to be hard when you use these free keyword search tools! Here's how to figure out popular keywords to rank for on Google!

Guest post by Micah from HomeFaithFamily.com

I believe SEO is one of the most underused traffic tools for bloggers because of the overwhelm that occurs when trying to figure out what keywords to rank for.

But here’s the thing — when you have so many incredible ideas and words of wisdom you want to share with the world, learning how to optimize your blog post with the correct keywords will carry your message even further!

Once you’ve demystified SEO and discovered what keywords your blog is already ranking for on Google, you can then venture into the world of finding popular keywords to rank for on Google.

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To do this, I recommend using a FREE keyword search tool called Ubersuggest. This is the only keyword search tool I use, because it’s FREE and it’s an incredible resource!

The Ubersuggest search tool was created by Neil Patel — a marketing and SEO guru who provides invaluable information about online marketing and ranking for keywords. This is his newest program and it really helps eliminate keyword search overwhelm when creating blog posts.

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5 Ways to Know What to Post on Live Video

It makes me SO happy to see so many of you getting brave and getting on live video lately! Thank you for tagging me on Instagram, sharing your live videos with me, and sharing about your live video experiences with me!

While I’ve heard success stories from many of you, I’ve also had quite a few of you write in and tell me, “I just don’t know what to talk about on live video.”

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