The blogging world is a little weird.
I mean, what other industry has people regularly sharing how much money they’re making and suggesting that you start a blog so you can do the exact same thing!?
Crazy, but amazing.
What this spirit of openness tells me is that blogging is more of a collaborative industry and less of a competitive one.
That there’s plenty of room for new bloggers.
That we don’t have to feel intimidated by those who are further along in the blogging journey than we are; instead we can be inspired.
Since 2014, Elite Blog Academy (EBA) has been teaching bloggers how to lay a solid foundation for their blogs.
I was part of the inaugural class in a last minute decision that has transformed my life!
See, just before EBA launched, I had decided to take my blog “seriously” and put in a concerted effort to turn it into a solid part-time income.
Before then, my blogging efforts had been hit or miss and I didn’t have a solid plan to get me from where I was to consistent growth and income.
And it worked!
Just 3 months after starting EBA, my blog traffic had tripled.
Now, 2.5 years later, I’ve reached the point that my blog is providing a comfortable income for me and my 4 boys.
Not only that, but it’s allowed me to connect with so very many people and make a huge impact in their lives! (By the way, affiliate links are present in this post.)
But this post isn’t about me; instead, I want to share some other EBA success stories.
These bloggers are all fairly new, having taken EBA just last year. I love reading each story because each one has taken a different path, but they’re all making exciting progress toward their goals!
These stories show you that blogging is a very individual pursuit and that with the strong foundation that EBA provides, you can do great things!
Elite Blog Academy Success Stories (from 1 year alumni)
As you read them, think about where you want to be one year from now!
One of the first lessons in EBA was to write down the goals for one year from right then.
My “shoot for the stars” goals were to have 30,000 monthly pageviews and to be making $500/month. Coming from someone who had 3,000-5,000 monthly pageviews and had made a resounding $.17 each month from Adsense, that was shooting for the moon!
I had accomplished more than that in 3 months after EBA started, and I’m making a full-time income.
My biggest accomplishments were really in the whole mindset about blogging; that this is a real thing and can really be a source of income.
Goals for this year: double income, double pageviews, and get better at making blogger friends!
– Caroline Vencil, Cow Country Housewife
This time last year I was in bed with tears running down my cheek wondering how I could still afford to stay home with my baby.
My blog is a year old this month!!! That’s when I found the article on Pinterest on 4 ways that I make over $3000 a month as a stay at home mom. The very next day I created my blog.
I went from 5-20 pageviews a day to 100,000 or more a month. I was making maybe a couple dollars a month to now $1,000 just in ads.
I had zero goals last year other than killer content and Pinterest. This year I have a list of goals. Super excited as to what 2017 will bring!
– Suzanne Richardson, Made Perfectly Imperfect-Me
This time last year we had blog with no tagline, no sub-topics and no graphic standard.
We are still on unit 3 but love the redesign of our blog and our graphic standard has helped increase our Pinterest followers. We were under 200 followers and now we have 1,500. Our page views use to be about 10-15 per day now we range about 100-120 per day not huge to many but huge for us.
The biggest difference we’ve seen is our bounce rate drop and that means people like our content. So with that I’d say Andre Gray and I are on the path to accomplishing as much of EBA as we can in 2017.
We’ve learned so much and we probably would have given up of it wasn’t for this course and this facebook group (EBA Connect – available as a bonus for purchasing EBA through my affiliate link).
– Timberley & Andre Gray, Living Our Priorities
Last February I had a domain name and that was about it.
I started EBA last year and have been very slow moving – just about to enter Unit 5. I took many months when I got pregnant because of morning sickness.
I am pretty proud of my 1300 page views this month (January) and double the Pinterest followers that I had in November.
I am determined to make this work and agree that EBA Connect and this course are awesome!
– Erin Lysher, View From Our Terrace
Before EBA, I felt like you needed to be in the finance blogosphere to have insane results.
It definitely didn’t happen like I thought it would.
I have completed EBA (mostly just so I don’t miss anything when they launch EBA 3.0) and am still growing my blog.
I had around 25 PV in February last year and had over 6K in January this year (2017).
I haven’t made any money but hopefully that’ll change this year. My blog has direction, a clear audience and is in pretty good shape for the amount of time I’ve been blogging.
– Tiffany Jennings-Jordan, Homeschool Hideout
Last Feb I started EBA from nothing… just my domain and a free WordPress theme.
Now I have almost 3000 subscribers and about 30,000 pageviews a month.
Still not earning money, but I haven’t tried. I’m about half way done with my first e-book!!
I’m also planning to start the new EBA over from scratch to help narrow my focus a bit more. Oh and I’m also still using my free WordPress theme–probably going to tackle that one soon as well.
– Ally King, The Modern Mary
My income has tripled.
In the past year, my pageviews have doubled and income has tripled (still not full-time income). My email list has gone from 1,000 to 5,000 in just the last three months.
I didn’t really start EBA until September/October of last year. So in the 3 months with the course (didn’t work on EBA in January) I have had major results already!
My goal is to finish the course by April. 2016 was an extremely hard year personally. But I am excited about 2017 and the potential for growth of my business!
– Brittany Aston Cooper, Pennies Into Pearls
I get emails almost daily from women thanking me for the printable products I’m creating.
I started my blog in November 2015 and had no idea what I was doing. I decided to join EBA in February because I loved the idea of having a step-by-step system to grow my blog.
I had virtually no email subscribers in February (do my mom and sister count?). I had some idea of my focus but it was way too broad, and I had very little time to devote to working on the blog (I have my own law practice).
But I felt called to inspire and encourage moms in motherhood, so I joined EBA.
In one year, I’ve grown my email subscriber list to over 11,000 (mainly due to a lead generation magnet that really took off on Pinterest).
I created a course based off of the topic of the lead generation magnet and grew my page views enough to be accepted by Mediavine.
It feels weird talking about my accomplishments with my blog in a public forum, but it also feels great to know that I am reaching so many women through my blog.
It feels awesome and it inspires me to continue on this path!
– Cassie Massey, Moms Choose Joy
My biggest accomplishment was seeing this as a business, and really dedicating time to it.
I JUST did my midpoint assessment in EBA and it was really neat. I was getting ~800 pageviews a year ago and now I get 5000-6000. I was making pennies on Media.net and Amazon Associates, and now I make about $15-20/month with them and am actually making a profit because of my VA services, which bring in between $500-$700.
I fully intend to be full-time mostly from VA work by August, so that I can quit my job and focus on the blog. I want to dedicate time to learning about affiliate income and building my email list this year!
– Sareeta Lopez, Flight & Scarlet
Elite Blog Academy is only open for registration a couple times a year!
If you’re thinking about starting a blog or growing an existing blog, you absolutely MUST sign up for EBA’s free webinar, coming next week!