Food Blogging Traffic & Income Report for April 2019. Watch over my shoulder as I show you how to increase traffic and improve your income on your food blog.
But first I have an interesting experiment for you:
Every month there is another blogger promoting a course that offers the world and promises to transform your blogging business into something spectacular.
They will carry a price tag from $100 to $5000 and as a previous buyer and a previous reviewer of many, I can tell you that most of them (not all but most) are terrible.
They are written by people who:
- Are still new to blogging themselves
- Are not seasoned in their niche, so there will be a lot of holes in the info
I bought the Genius Bloggers Toolkit as I felt that this was a lot more value for money. Because for only $100 you’re getting a lot of courses and ebooks in one enormous download. Find just 12 quality products and then you can say its value for money, as I would happily pay $10 for a good quick ebook.
Its not available until later this year and will now be my annual splurge.
After I had gone through the various courses, I joined peoples mailing lists and the FB groups they had set up and that’s when it got interesting.
Because that is when you can see who is experienced, who genuinely wants to help their readers and who is just in it for the money. And then wants to teach others how to be in it for the money.
One blogger I noticed, who had been blogging for 3 years, was basically telling people to get their product out there, regardless of having experience in that niche or not. I think this is why people don’t trust ebooks or courses as so many of them are like that.
Of course there are some good ones.
BUT you can’t be bringing an ebook or course out on a topic that you know very little about.
If you do want to learn about a topic then this is how to do it WITHOUT paying for the course.
- Find a course you really want to join
- See who has left testimonials for the product
- See how they have improved in the subject and follow their lead
Most course owners want to show off their success and will put their BEST success stories on this page as they are the advert for selling the course.
If it is a Pinterest course, then check out these peoples Pinterest accounts and ask yourself why they are a success:
- Did they do awesome descriptions on their pins?
- What is their ratio of group boards to their own boards?
- Are they using tags?
- How often are they pinning?
- What are their pins like?
Then go off and based on your findings of monitoring at least 5 different Pinterest accounts you can then plan out your own Pinterest strategy without paying for a course. The people you have researched don’t have to be in your niche and it often works better if they are not, as it gives you a chance to think outside the box.
On top of this, have they written a review about the product? As most have an affiliate programme and they will be shouting from the blog exactly what the course did for them and between a handful of reviews, you will have the entire course at your fingertips.
You could do this for any element of blogging that you want to learn more about:
- You Tube
- Facebook Ads
- Facebook Groups