Thank you so much to Shauna of Fantastic Fun and Learning for taking the time to share her blogging tips with us. I’m so excited to be featuring several bloggers over the next few weeks – real-life successful bloggers – and hearing their thoughts and tips about blogging! So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and be inspired!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog:
I believe childhood is a time to be spent learning and exploring through playful, hands-on activities. On Fantastic Fun and Learning we share ideas that teachers and parents can do with their kids to make learning fun and meaningful. By focusing on themes that kids love we do science experiments, learning activities, sensory play, play dough invitations, and games that nurture kids’ natural curiosity and desire to learn.
Shaunna’s most popular post teaches easy ways to remember your ABCs.
How much time do you spend blogging each week?
Blogging is my full-time job. I divide my time between activities for my education blog and my Pinterest management business. I typically spend about 15-20 hours per week working on the education blog side of my business.
What is your favorite way to get traffic to your blog?
Pinterest, hands down. It has been my number one traffic driver for years. Over time I’ve created a system and now manage Pinterest accountsfor many other bloggers to help them bring in more consistent traffic to their websites using Pinterest strategies.
How do you make money through your blog?
As a single mother who is solely dependent on income from my online businesses I try to have a wide variety of income streams so that if anything goes astray at a given time I’m not solely reliable on one income stream. I make money by selling my own products (preschool classroom and home preschool lesson plans available on my sister sites and on Teachers Pay Teachers but promoted mainly through Fantastic Fun and Learning. I also make money via advertising, sponsored content, and affiliate programs.
What is ONE big blogging hurdle you had to overcome and what steps did you take to overcome it?
There is always SO much you CAN do to grow your blogging business, but you don’t have to do it all RIGHT NOW. It’s easy to let blogging eat up all of your time, and before you know it your priorities have shifted away from why you originally started blogging in the first place (for me that has always been to be able to be home and care for my kids even after becoming a single mom).
It has been very important for me to set a realistic schedule that keeps my priorities in balance and to really try to stick to that schedule. I’ve also worked hard not to compare myself to what others are doing or what they have accomplished, so that I’m content with my schedule and the results I can get while keeping those priorities in line. I also keep note of key stats and accomplishments so that I can focus on what I have accomplished and not what I still have on my to do list for the future.
What is ONE piece of advice you would give to a new blogger starting out in your niche?
ONE?! That’s SO hard. If I HAVE to choose just one, I’d say, “Remember to always be a student.” The very first training I ever took when I started blogging was Tanya’s course, and it was so valuable to me. Even after almost five years of blogging I love that there is always something new to learn, and I regularly take classes and set aside time for learning new information. Of course this can be daunting, but pick one or two main focus areas at a time to become an expert in. Then as you tackle those move on to another area to learn more about. View the fact that things are always improving and changing in blogging as a benefit and not a burden…it will save your sanity.
Still Have Questions?
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