Elite Blog Academy: how to build a successful blog

how to build a successful blogBlogging can make you feel like a cat chasing its tail.

You spend an enormous amount of energy and effort running after the latest strategy, fad or traffic-building idea, only to wind up exhausted and disappointed.

Wouldn’t it be great if 2015 was the year that you finally discovered how to build a successful blog?

It can happen! (affiliate) Elite Blog Academy is an incredibly detailed, results-oriented course that can take your blog to the next level! Ruth Soukup, of Living Well Spending Lessone of the most qualified, approachable and knowledgeable expert in the world of blogging, shares all her secrets with you.

Really. She’s risen to the top and she wants to bring others with her to enjoy the view.

Ruth explains in great detail the critical building blocks for how to build a successful blog. Then, she tells you exactly how to implement them. Weekly assignments keep you focused and moving forward.

Just by implementing Ruth’s Pinterest strategy, we saw our traffic increase by 25 to 30 percent in less than one month! And that’s only ONE of many strategies she reveals during her 12 sessions.

And, for the first time, we’re building a solid, focused plan for monetization — instead of throwing darts at an elusive target.

Elite Blog Academy shares proven, field-tested strategies for building a successful, profitable blog, regardless of the niche and no matter the target audience.

It’s time to quit chasing your tail! Don’t miss the Black Friday Sale of The Elite Blog Academy’s course!

Enrollment for the Spring 2015 session of Elite Blog Academy will be open the  week of November 28 – December 5 at a discounted price. You’ll save $100!  

Click here to sign up for Elite Blog Academy and start building a successful blog TODAY. (affiliate)

how to build a successful blog

Here is what the course includes:

  • 12 Comprehensive Unit Videos
  • 12 Detailed Unit Workbooks with Video Outlines
  • 16 Powerful Handouts
  • 30 Purposeful Assignments
  • 4 Live Webinars
  • Accountability & Community within a Private Community Forum

Elite Blog Academy is designed to be self-paced, but should not be completed in less than 12 weeks. Blogging is not for the faint of heart, and this course requires a willingness to buckle down and get to work.

That said, for those who are willing to do the work, it also comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.

Anyone who completes the course and has not seen measurable results in both traffic and income growth will get your money back, no questions asked.

That’s a pretty incredible promise, but it means that you’ve literally got nothing to lose.  

Disclosure: We are an affiliate of Elite Blog Academy and will receive compensation when you purchase this course. However, we can wholeheartedly endorse such a time-saving, quality program because it’s the best we’ve seen out there for bloggers. 

how to handle unwanted mommy advice

how to handle unwanted mommy adviceWe love our families. We really do.

…….Until they want to give us unwanted advice. You know what I’m talking, mommas. 

This is when your well-meaning Aunt or non-so-well-meaning Cousin decides to impart all of their “wisdom of experience” or sometimes, complete lack of experience, onto you. Some hot topics of advice: feeding, sleeping and discipling of YOUR children.

But here’s the inside scoop:  they usually just want to be heard. Sometimes they want to feel like they’ve helped us. We can affirm their “suggestions” and let them know we do appreciate their concern (unwanted advice) without leaving them feeling ignored or rejected. I promise.

Here’s where living as a Southerner most of my life comes in handy. Feel free to adopt these following responses and sprinkle liberally over relatives that decide to slap you upside the head with unwarranted advice:

“How nice!”  Yes, this will work — especially when repeated with a couple of different speech inflections. And a few, “Hmmm”s.”

“You don’t say?” “That’s interesting. Thanks for sharing that with me.” These loving folks in our lives need to feel heard. The worst thing you can do is ignore them or try to come back with a witty comeback. Just let it hang in the air after it’s shot out of your mouth……..then, it will fall to the ground. It won’t hurt anyone there.

“Indeed!” “Wow!” “Amazing!” It’s my personal favorite for people who just want to share their success in a place that you feel like you’re failing. The sister-in-law who bounced their newborn for exactly 22 times, swaddled the baby and played white noise and their child slept for 14 hours straight — that’s who gets this exclamatory affirmation. They may truly think it will work for you. So, tell them you’ll try it.

It might. It might not.

They just want to be heard, remember. And congratulated. Oh, and ask them to get you a white noise machine for Christmas.

What do you do when you know that whatever they are suggesting is just hogwash? “It’s just a little trip around the corner. I’ll just hold the baby in the back seat. Just drive slow.”

Or, “Well, I’m going to just do whatever I want with your kids when they’re at my house and you’re not here.”

Or, “You just need to lighten up, get a grip, relax about this.”

Believe it or not, politeness still reigns. We have to be careful not to confuse aggressiveness with assertiveness. The first one will get you nothing but an argument. The second will earn you respect.

Here’s one statement that works well as a vote to leave the conversation.

“I am his/her mother. Just so we are clear — I am his/her mother.”

If you think you’ll have a hard time saying that to certain people, practice saying it 10 times in the mirror at home. It will generally stop most folks in their tracks. Call a friend and get encouragement. Do whatever it takes to muster up enough courage to show your momma bear fangs….

without digging into anyone’s shoulder for lunch.

When have you received unsolicited advice from folks?

What has worked for you when you realize that they mean well, but you want stop the conversation?

When have you had to show your momma bear fangs?






Join the Launch Team for our New Book for Moms!

Mothering From ScratchIt’s almost time! Our new book, Mothering From Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family is releasing from Bethany House Publishers in January!

We are excited about the message of our book — and we think you will be, too! Trying to follow someone else’s rules for mothering can take the joy right out of being a parent. But Mothering From Scratch shows moms how to develop their own style that helps them be the best mom for their kids.

Full of solid biblical truth, this book will help moms:

* explore their personality and examine their strengths and weaknesses in order to find what works for them

* tap into the resources surrounding them and get mentoring and support from other moms

* push past the fear of change or doing it wrong and allow room for grace in their mothering

Our book provides a flexible, customizable approach to help moms discover their optimal parenting style.

As a member of our Book Launch Team, we’ll make it worth your while in a number of ways:

* A close-knit private Facebook community where you’ll feel loved on and cared for

* Pre-made graphics to share and pre-made status updates for social media sites

* A free Advance Reader Copy and a Final Copy of the book to keep or use as giveaway

* The opportunity to network with and get to know other bloggers and authors

* All kinds of special exclusive perks and resources!

If you would like to be a part of the Book Launch Team, please click on and complete this brief questionnaire so we can follow-up and send you the appropriate information:

Mothering From Scratch Launch Team Application

We realize this is the holidays — the busiest time of the year! Please know that we will not require much of you at all until AFTER Christmas.

We look forward to seeing your applications!