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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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The Importance of Listening to Your Audience Well

I recently announced over on my MoneySavingMom.com Instagram account that I’m bringing back my live Instagram morning show. This is something I used to do back when Periscope was still in existence and my audience loved it, so I thought it might be fun to bring it back on Instagram Live (IG live) and then post it on Instagram TV (IGTV).

And I had strategy in mind, too. You see, I’ve been noticing that Instagram is really rewarding people for uploading videos to IGTV. Not only are they promoting these pretty upfront and center to your current followers, they’ve also been showing these videos in the explore section of the app and pushing them out to a new audience.

I felt like this would be a way to serve my current audience and also be able to get in front of a new audience on Instagram — with very little extra effort (the only time involved would be the minute or two it takes to upload the video to IGTV).

My initial thought was that I was going to just do the morning show live on IG live and then I’d delete it and upload it to IGTV. I personally don’t watch almost any IG Lives ever and I thought they just cluttered up people’s feed. So I assumed this would be a way for me to allow people to watch them live and watch the replay without cluttering up their feed.

I told people on Instagram stories that this was my plan (as that’s what I thought would work best) and I literally said, “If you hate this idea, please let me know.”

Well, let me tell you… my audience showed up and gave their very strong (but very helpful!) opinions about this decision.

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