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I Read This Headline and Had to Know More
As a blogger, having an audience is a goal most aspire to. Otherwise, I guess you're just talking to yourself. Which is fine. I mean, I talk to myself all day long, but that was not why I started blogging. Back in 1999 (even before that!), I knew there had to be other moms that wanted to work at home or other stay at home moms that wanted to make a little spending money. I couldn't be the only one?! And though I had a degree, a career in radio — I found myself unemployed by a weird legal battle over the radio station frequency that my employers were embroiled in. All employees of the station, sadly found themselves jobless in early 2002. I had a little baby, a 7-year old and my entire identity at the time was tied up into my radio “persona” and I was lost. Really lost.
So I dived into my little fledgling of a blog and never looked back. Luckily, over the years my blog has seen audience growth. And that growth has come from all kinds of avenues. Some of it is through search engines, word of mouth, my own subscriber list and now, social media too. I've hit bumps and snags along the way, but I have always been proud of what I've accomplished and love, love, love what I do here on this blog — which is sharing with YOU. And though I have never made millions of dollars and still work another job for my income, my blog is a real passion that fulfills me in many ways. (Want to create your own passion? Always wanted a blog too? Create your blog RIGHT NOW! I'll show you how!)
Traffic Makes a Blog Worth It
For most, visitors to your blog makes it all rewarding. But like I said – a blog can simply be a cathartic “place” on the internet for you to write and post. That's cool too. But traffic can get you discovered, give your blog momentum and for some, it's a full-time income, lotto-like jackpot. So the when I read that Amy Harrop was able to garner the attention of over 300 million people, and with free content to boot, I wanted to learn MORE.
I've talked about Amy before and her popular Piggyback Publishing guide that helps people like you and me create and sell small ebooks. This is a guide I am holding near and dear this year because this is the year I want to create my very first ebook. I've put it off long enough!
Amy is an extremely successful publisher, so when I saw her latest guide being launched, Permafree Publishing Quickstart, I begged her for a sneak peek! It helped me understand what permafree content is and how to leverage it in places I wasn't even aware of. As well, it helped me understand that I need to have a plan going into it and not just some willy-nilly, here and there, half-assed idea. And trust me, I do this sometimes. I'll buy a domain name and venture off on this thing for a week or two and thing — what am I doing? What is my plan? Is there an endgame to this? Do I have the time to dedicate to this? And it's just deserted. A virtual tumbleweed. I'll write really thoughtful, comment-invoking posts on other sites for no rhyme or reason. Why didn't I post it on my own site? So like a mad genius, I just kinda go “cray-cray”.
Amy's guide was so insightful. And for me, it's helped calm that inner crazy author that's always wanting to write something and throw it out there. I certainly want and need to write something, but why not couple that with my blog to compliment what I already do and gain a wider audience? YES. Now that is a plan.
It Could Work for Any Topic Really
When I first started my blog, like I said earlier… I thought, surely there has to be other moms out there like me. I was right. And guess what – MOST topics are like that. Whether it's small water features for yards or making homemade candy, there ARE people out there wanting MORE info on those topics. And maybe you have a blog all about baking. Why not snag even more traffic by creating permafree content about homemade candy? (Just as an example.)
As always – I wouldn't recommend something if I didn't see value – or didn't feel I really learned something. I've been out here on the web a LONG time, so when I learn something wonderful and fascinating, I want to share. Especially to those in my audience with a blog, or wanting to start a blog – or wanting to write their own ebooks, books…. whatever the case may be.
Also – if you are interested in creating ebooks and small guides, Amy's Piggyback Publishing Guide is awesome too.