September 22, 2018

Interview with Professional Blogger | Katie

Today, I am going to introduce you with one more power blogger Katie. Interviews are the great way to know person, her struggle, life journey and achievements. It make all of us strong and also give inspiration to create our own world of happiness.

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Today we are going to publish interview with a professional Blogger, Interview with Katie from homespunhabits.

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Please introduce yourself?  

Hi yall! I'm Katie! Wife, mom of 3, special education teacher, and blogger. I'm all about creating my very own DIY projects and helping others to save money along the way. I'm a former Diet Coke addict. 

Been in recovery for 36 days now! Come join me on this crazy train I call life where I'm managing 2 full time jobs, 3 crazy kiddos, and a growing blog!

Why you have started blogging? 

Blogging is something I've been thinking about doing for years. My husband and I are on our 3rd house. We renovate and DIY them on the weekends. We've learned a lot along the way while tackling this projects on our own.

Why not share our experiences with others? What a waste if I didn't.  I started the blog in the hopes of inspiring others to create their dream homes on a budget. Sharing tips and tricks and money saving ideas is so much fun for me! I also love the community a blog can build!

Who inspired you the most? 

Oh man I feel like there are to many to name individually. I follow so many bloggers from DIY, and home decor all the way to coaches and business experts. They are all inspiring in their own ways. Some of their instagram feeds inspire me for decor reasons. Their lighting and photography ideas are genius. Others have great SEO and content building strategies.

I don't think most people realize everything that goes into a blog. You have to be an expert in so many different fields. Finding others who have been there and done that is a great tool fot those who are just starting out.

What tools you use to improve your blogging business?  

I bought a bundle with courses to walk me through the initial startup of the blog. It was extremely helpful. I feel like it saved me hours and hours of aimless google searching trying to find the information out on my own.

Canva is one of my favorite tools at the moment. I use it daily to create pins and images for other social media platforms. Convert kit is another one of my essentials. I use it for my email list and landing pages. It is super user friendly and provides some great analytics concerning my subscribers.

Snapseed is a great free app that is useful for quick photo editing on the go. I use it often for instagram photos.

How you monetize your blog?

Monetizing your blog can be tricky. I think you have to try several different areas to find out what works for you. Ads are a contrtoversial thing. As a new blogger, ads are probably one of the first things you'll go to for monetization. The reality is, I don't think ads really pay off until you have tons of traffic to your site. 

Affiliate marketing is something else I'm currently using to monetize. Try to get it with brands you know and love. I never promote a product I don't use personally. I think that's always important to remember. 

In the future, I'd like to monetize through e-books and paid courses. I'm working on an e-book now along with coaching opportunity.

What are your email marketing strategies?

Email marketing can be tricky. It is so important to use a platform like convert kit to do it effectively. It is worth the money spent. The hardest part is gaining those first subscribers. Do this through creating opt-ins that you know your readers will love. Try and solve a problem they all have or address something they are all interested in.

For example you could create a PDF on 10 ways to survive summer time with your kids. Readers can grab the PDF after signing up for your email list. Then you should create an email series which tells them about yourself, leads them to your other blog posts, and eventually to a product you are selling.

It is important to develop relationships with your readers through email marketing. Trust and loyalty go a long way.

How you increase traffic for your blog?

Traffic, traffic, traffic!

How do you get it? How do you keep it? There are so many tried and true responses to that question. SEO is the major one here. Work on your SEO strategy and learn everything there is to know about it. I feel like organic traffic is the best traffic. It's the only one you have the most control over. 

Pinterest has also been very kind to me in the traffic area. Using tools like tailwind help me to drive traffic from Pinterest on a daily basis. Other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are also useful. I'm working on venturing out to YouTube.

Which topics you find most interesting when writing a blog post. 

I love to write about anything that I feel like will help or inspire my readers in a certain way. If I can help them to complete a project under budget or fall in love with a space in their home all over again I feel like I've done my job. I love to share life hacks, tips, and tricks about anything that can be beneficial.

This could be party planning, flying with children, decorating your patio, or even preparing yourself for the week ahead. Simplifying my life is so important to me. I think its a great tool to pass on to others as well.

What you do to rank your blog post?

SEO, SEO, SEO. I can't say it enough. SEO is so important. I also feel like collaboration can play a big role in ranking. Sharing your posts on social media and with others is also helpful. Providing backlinks always help too. 

Promote and feature bloggers who are more popular than you. They will probably share your content and help you move up in the rankings this way. 

Be a guest blogger, get interviewed by others, feature guest bloggers on your site, and interview others. 

All of things will help to drive traffic to your site and increase your rankings. Time also helps. Success doesn't happen overnight.

Message for eAskme readers

Hard work pays off. Anything worth having takes time. Blogging can be time consuming and frustrating with not much payoff in the beginning. Don't give up. You can do it. Find motivation and inspiration in the little things. 

Be grateful for a new day and keep on trucking. You can do this. We can do this. After all, we're all in this together.

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