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Interview with Suzi from Start a Mom Blog
Today I am interviewing Suzi from Start a Mom Blog.
Suzi is one of my favorite blogging educators – she offers so much valuable content about everything from blogging basics to more advanced topics like email marketing and product creation for bloggers.
While her main audience is moms (as the name suggests!) I’ve found that her advice is applicable to all bloggers, whether you’re a mom or not.
In fact, I’ve taken several of Suzi’s online courses and learned a lot about blogging from her. So I’m excited to interview her today so she can share more about herself and her advice for how new bloggers can be successful!
Whether you’re a mom or not, her tips works for all bloggers.
Quick Note on Starting a Blog
Blogging has an extremely low start-up cost: You really only need to pay for web hosting (I recommend getting it through Bluehost because it’s only $2.95 a month) and a domain name for your blog. (And you get your domain name FREE with Bluehost, which saves you about $15-20.)
For the complete step-by-step tutorial on how to start your blog at a low cost, you can check out my guide on how to start a blog here.
You can also sign up for Blogging Bootcamp, my free email course that has helped hundreds of subscribers start their blogs…
And now let’s get into the interview with Suzi!
I think you’ll be as inspired by her as I am once you read this…
1. Could you give a little background on yourself and your website, Start a Mom Blog?
Hi, I’m Suzi! I have three awesome little kiddos ages 2, 4 and 5 years old. I studied Industrial Engineering in college and taught computer coding classes.
So when I became a stay at home mom after years of being in corporate America, it was natural for me to pick up blogging.
I started with a Catholic parenting blog and loved every minute of it. My hubby and I both blogged on it and loved sharing our faith.
My friends came over to my house for playdates and I would help them as we sat around the dining room table starting and growing blogs. It was a great way to connect with my friends and make new friendships online.
2. When did you start blogging and why?
My first little blog was created in 2011, then when I left corporate America I started blogging again a bit more seriously in 2015. I was inspired to start my blog because honestly, I was lonely as a mother.
It’s hard for me to connect in person with other people and blogging just made it so much easier to make friends online. I felt like I had a creative outlet again outside of motherhood, changing diapers and cleaning the house.
3. What helped you find your blogging niche?
I found my blogging niche by diving in head first.
Things weren’t perfect on my site. I didn’t have the best graphics. I’m a terrible writer. But I got better by taking action and testing new strategies.
4. What did you do before you became a blogger?
I worked for amazing companies such as Walt Disney World and General Electric.
5. How do you make money now as a blogger?
I make most of my money through affiliate marketing and my own product sales. I do offer coaching but I have a very selective process.
6. What would be your best advice to anyone who wants to start a blog but hasn’t yet?
Don’t be afraid, nobody is perfect or has the perfect idea. And you don’t need to know everything to become successful. Focus on growing your audience and helping them – the money and success will follow a giving heart.
7. You created a course called Blog by Number – could you tell us a little more about that?
Oh, I love Blog by Number. It’s been taken by almost 9,000 students and it has over 65 in depth video tutorials and is constantly updated. It helps moms start their blogs without getting overwhelmed by the tech.
It’s filled with templates, ideas and pre-made blogs so you can be up and running with your new blog in a few hours! I also keep the course up to date with new tips and techniques to grow your blog – and my current students love that – since they get access to all the course updates for life.
Editor’s note: I enrolled in Blog by Number and wrote a full review of the course, which you can read here. I highly recommend this course for new bloggers!
8. At the end of 2018, you retired your husband from his day job. How were you able to do that?
Oh golly, it’s a dream come true!
John and I work very hard on Start a Mom Blog and we don’t sit on the beach each day with our feet in the sand. We’re running after our three little kids, helping each other build successful blogs and working until late at night.
But we’re doing it together, on our time and schedule. We can have lunch together each day and take the kids to the park.
It’s such a huge blessing to have John home and working alongside me. He used to spend 12 hours a day at his corporate job, so it’s a treat having him home.
Thanks for the interview, Suzi!
If you are looking for a great FREE resource, be sure to check out Suzi’s Blog Plan. This free course gives you a complete roadmap to building a successful blog. It’s the perfect way to get started blogging if you’re a total beginner.
Get the Blog Plan for free here!
And if you’re looking for a more in-depth guide to becoming a successful blogger, be sure to enroll in Suzi’s Blog by Number course.
Suzi has more than a dozen other courses on topics like email marketing, digital product creation, and other advanced tactics for established bloggers too.