2019 Genius Bloggers Toolkit (Post contains affiliate links).
I have had my blog for almost two years (since August 2018), and thanks to some of the most amazing classes I've taken, I have come a long way.
If you've been around for a while, you know how much my emails and my blog have improved over the last year.
I have learned SO MUCH in the past two years that I am astounded. But I know it's not me!
It's because this is where God wants me.
Deciding to do this blog thing isn't a new idea.
Over 10 years ago, I started feeling led in that direction. I took college graphic design courses (at $400 a shot–for just a few weekends of teaching), and enrolled in online Photoshop classes–but never finished them (another couple hundred bucks down the drain).
I also tried learning about how to help people find me on my blog, though I really had no idea what I was doing at the time.
By the way, that's called “SEO” or Search Engine Optimization. That cost me $350 and resulted in no blog at all. 🙁
I had so many ideas about what I wanted to do, I just couldn't narrow it down. It went from Russian collectibles to handmade cards and collectibles to Creation and Culture to 6-day Creation. I even tried to focus on just nutrition. However, I couldn't pick just one topic. Plus I didn't have access to the sources I needed to create my own website and I couldn't afford to pay someone else to do it for me.
I sold on E-bay for a few months and I made some sales, especially at Christmastime.
But I spent WAY more than I earned due to the fact that I made handmade items. If you've ever created a handmade card, you know it takes more than 10 minutes to make. Plus you make each one unique. Well, try to get people to pay more than $2 to $3 for a card. Even then there's no way you're going to make any kind of profit.
They don't call them starving artists for nothing!
Fast forward 10 years later. I was homeschooling my son and came across Build Your Bundle. I purchased “Blogging Basics Bootcamp,” by Heather Bowen and off I went. And I had my blog up and running and even getting some traffic in October of 2018.
As the result of my connections with Heather, I've learned that
Maybe just because you have a message you want to share or because you're hoping to earn some extra money to help your family make ends meet.
I'm not going to lie to you. It takes time and money and hard work. What I will tell you, however, is that there are awesome deals out there to make it much less expensive and time consuming to get started, if that's what you really want to do.
Just this past April, I took a risk and purchased the 2018 Genius Bloggers Toolkit during a Flash Sale.
I AM SO GLAD I DID because it was an amazing deal.
I haven't even gotten halfway through the amazing e-books, e-courses, and special discounts that were included in this kit.
2019 Genius Bloggers Toolkit
I have checked EVERYTHING in the 2019 Genius Bloggers Toolkit. And I promise that EVERYTHING is brand new. Which is a good thing, because the only negative thing I can say about the kit I purchased in April of this year, is that due to the Flash Sale nature (it wasn't brand new), there were 2 or 3 products not available or expired. Even with that, there was just so much good stuff that I still feel like I got the most amazing deal!
Here is just one example.
I changed my email service provider (ESP) to ConvertKit as the result of The 2018 Genius Bloggers Toolkit, which included 3 months of ConvertKit for free (normally they only give you 14 days free).
I switched from my old ESP in April and it has made such a difference in my ability to do what I want when I send you an email.
And I thought I was saving money with my older, cheaper ESP! However, the other less expensive ESP resulted in me having to purchase upgrades which in the long run probably cost me more than what I'm currently paying.
ConvertKit charged me $49 per month based on the size my email list was at the time. So we are talking over $100 in savings just for that one thing! (and the kit was only $97). Thus, this one thing ALL BY ITSELF made up for the cost. But this was only the beginning!
One of my other favorites that was included in the 2018 kit was the “E-book by Number E-course,” by Start a Mom Blog. That class helped me to start and organize my Meal Planning for Kids Curriculum. This e-course sells for $97. So, those two things alone were worth $200.
Now I don't want to spend too much time talking about products that aren't available in this year's Toolkit.
Remember I said everything is new?
This is a good thing, because things get outdated VERY QUICKLY. So having the latest is always important when investing your money in a project.
For example, Katie Hornor, who is my blogging coach, has included her 5-day Premier Your Course Idea in this years Genius Toolkit. I've gone through this course, and it is currently selling on her Teachable site for $297.
Classes to learn how to create a presence and draw people to your Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter.