I had an interesting phone conversation with Brent, a new blogger, not long ago.
Brent was contacting me because he is interested in getting a blog started. At the present time Brent is working as a roofer. He loves roofing and being outside all of the time but as he reaches his forties he feels the need to make some supplemental income in order to support his family consisting of 4 children all of whom are either teenagers or getting ready to be.
In order to supplement his income, Brent decided to start a business online. His idea was to start with a blog and move onto making money.
He started out enthusiastic and optimistic but very quickly felt confused and unsure if he had made the right decision. After doing some research online about starting a blog Brent was more frustrated than excited. There were so many conflicting opinions on what to do first, how to blog, how to attract people and how to create an income from a blog he did not know where to start.
Brent began wondering if he had made the right decision to start an online business.
While reading one of my posts Brent decided to contact me so he could ask a real person some of his questions.
Brent asked so many good questions that I thought other beginners would find helpful or interesting I decided to put parts of Brent’s and my conversation in my post this week.
Excerpts From My Conversation With Brent
Brent: How many products did you purchase when you were a beginner blogger before you figured out how to blog?
Me: A lot. Not sure just how many because I did not keep track. I really didn’t want to know how many I was purchasing at the time but, I bet I purchased at 20 and maybe 30.
Brent: How much money did you spend?
Me: In all or on each product?
Brent: Both if you know.
Me: Not sure how much all together but I spent way more than I should have. Also not sure how much on each one because I cannot even remember all of the products that I bought.
The cheaper ones cost $5 to $20 each and the most expensive ones cost $1500 to $2500. Then there were all of the ones in-between. I also did some membership sites where I had to pay monthly and they were between $25 and $50 per month.
Brent: Wow, now I don’t feel so bad. You really paid $2500 for one of the products?
Me: Yes, That was coaching that someone I was taking a course from at the time recommend we do in order to really learn how to get our blogs up, running and successful. It turned out that the coaching was a scam and I eventually did get my money back from it.
The $1500.00 one was a course that really was good and worth the money until I got to the end, needed help and found out the individual help that had been promised did not exist so I was not to happy about that.
Brent: How many times did you buy something and what you received was not what was advertised? What did you do when this happened?
Me: That happened all of the time to me. As I said before about the $2500 coaching, it was a pure scam and nothing that was promised by the guy that sold it to me ever actually took place. In fact when I asked the person coaching me about all of the things I had been promised he told me that none of those things would be included in the coaching. It actually turned out that I knew more than the coach and I did not know much of anything at that point in time. I checked out the coaches website and he had a very poor website.
The $1500 course promised individual help on the phone that was not available and most of the cheaper products very seldom provided what they promised.
Brent: What did you do when what you purchased did not provide what you thought you were buying?
Me: As I said before I ended up getting my money back from the scam and I did return a couple of other products but most of the time I just kept them figuring it was a learning experience. On the cheaper ones I figured if I learned even one thing the product was worth it.
Brent: How did you finally find products that taught you what you wanted to know and you were able to stop spending so much money on products that did not work?
Me: At one point I became a part of a group of about 10 women who all wanted to learn how to get started making money on the Internet. I just happened to fall into this group but it was great.
We had all been spending lots of money on products that did not work so we made the rule: No one in the group could buy a product without talking to at least one other person in the group first. This was great because that person was to tell us not to buy the product until we had run it past everyone else in the group. This put a stop all of the impulse.
Our group had multiple conference calls a week and during these calls we would all share what we were doing and what we wanted to buy. Many times someone else had already bought the product or knew something about it.
Brent: How did you end up figuring out how to blog?
Me: A friend who was in that group I talked about found a product that she ended up purchasing. This product was a membership site that she was paying about $50/month for. She paid the membership for a couple of months and did not use it at all so she gave me the product and continued to pay for it for me for a couple more months.
This was Alex Jeffries course. It was so good I bought my own (my friend canceled because she never did use it) membership. I kept that membership for about 6 months.
Each month new material would be posted to the site. It taught us how to blog from the very beginning. We started with purchasing a domain and hosting. When I quit 6 months down the road we were posting, commenting and starting to implement things to start making some money.
Hard to believe it took me 3 to 4 months to get my first real blog to the point that I was posting weekly and commenting. Of course I actually deleted my whole blog during that time and it took me 3 weeks to get back to where I was.
Brent: After you took Alex’s course how did you continue to learn?
Me: While taking Alex’s course I had made some friends who were also taking his course and then when I started commenting I became a part of a huge blogging community. We all helped each other.
I also took a really great course from Sally Neill which was great. Everything that was promised and more was delivered.
Brent: Are you still a part of a blogging community and is that still important to you?
Me: Yes I am still a part of a blogging community. I have not been as consistent with my posting and commenting recently as I was back then due to some family issues over the past year and a half so I do not have as big of a community as I did then.
I am starting this year committing to being consistent with my blog.
I still network with other people and I have a mastermind call every week with a good friend where we go over what we have been doing, what we plan on doing and problems we are facing. We also keep each other accountable.
Brent: How would you recommend a new blogger today get started blogging and then learn how to attract the right people to their blog?
Me: I would highly recommend hiring a coach. Today there are many more opportunities to hire a coach than there was when I started. Coaching was very costly then. Today you can hire a coach to set up your blog for you and teach you how they did it for well under $100. Then you can hire a coach to teach you how to attract the right audience to your blog. This coach will most likely want to have multiple sessions with you.
All of the coaching by both coaches will be far less than the $1500 to $2500 I spent. Remember, in the end I paid $50/month for 6 months just to get my blog up, running and content on it.
Brent: I plan on hiring you to put up my blog and Adrienne to teach me how to attract the right people but where would I find a coach if I did not know one.
Me: Go start commenting on people’s blog in the niche you want to start a blog in or in the blogging niche. As you read posts you will learn a lot, will be able to start making comments and get to know different bloggers.
Then as you comment you will be able to have conversations with other bloggers. Through these conversations and reading posts you will find bloggers you trust. If you are new and do not know where to find a coach that can be trusted, asking people you trust is the best way to find a good coach that does what you need.
Brent: I am really looking forward to working with you and getting my blog going in the near future. I will be waiting for your instruction sheet so I can start getting together what you need from me in order to put up my blog.
Thank you for answering all of my questions. I loved hearing how you got started and what it was like when you started blogging several years ago.
Me: You are most welcome. I will be sending you an email as soon as we hang up.
There you go. That was some of our conversation. I thought this would be helpful to others.
I hope you enjoyed our conversation no matter where you are on your blogging journey. I love talking to people about blogging, answering questions and helping them to not make some of the gut-wrenching mistakes I made getting to where I am.
I also love helping anyone wanting help getting a blog started.
What About You?
New To Bogging
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