Below is one of my student’s success stories of making $7,000+ in five days! Read on to find out how she did it!
How to Make $1,000 or More in a Week
I couldn’t believe it. My Finnish language course 5-day launch was over and my Teachable account was showing 7000+ USD of sales.
I felt so humble and grateful. Over 180 people were trusting me to guide them to learn Finnish online.
And there were 900+ students enrolled in my free mini-language course.
No work before had ever felt so meaningful. With my niche blog, I am able to help people all over the world. I am able to add more understanding between different cultures.
This post walks you through my lessons learned in 1.5 years of dedicated blogging. I’m only at the beginning but I believe I have found my voice and know my next steps. I’ll share five tips that were the key to my success and why I think you could build the same results in a shorter time than me.
#1 Niche blog about what you love
Her Finland started as a gratefulness project. I wanted to give back.
I traveled a lot in my work so I needed to come up with a project which I could tap into while being idle at the airport or in a hotel room. I noticed that online people were asking a ton of questions about Finland without finding an answer to them. At the same time, I felt that my home country had given me all that I had in life.
It just clicked. I knew I could help. So, I started writing a blog about Finland and Finnish culture. I kept a tiny blog for the year 2017 and understood that this was something important to me. In mid-November 2017, I entered maternity leave and decided that I wanted to do this for real. I started learning about blogging and social media.
#2 Find the right mentor and RESOURCES
Immediately, I bought a useless online course about Pinterest. That got me disappointed and I didn’t look into any paid resources for a long while. I decided to find my own way, which resulted in a huge amount of time spent learning about stuff from different sources. With a trustworthy paid resource, I would have saved a lot of time.
Nevertheless, I bought a domain, transferred all my post from the old wordpress.com blog and launched Her Finland. Also, I stumbled on to Start a Mom blog and read all free content.
I downloaded the blog plan and put my Twitter and Facebook on autopilot thanks to Suzi’s free method with Google Calendar and focused on SEO and Pinterest. I stayed committed and worked while our baby was napping or sleeping.
#3 Listen to your audience to find your first product
When I wrote a post about Finnish sayings, I instantly noticed that people loved it. I started to write more language posts and created a separate category for them so that my readers would find them. I started getting emails asking about the Finnish language but I didn’t react. Looking back at this now, all the things were already in place in autumn 2018. I just wasn’t!
In January 2019, I finally asked my list of 1000 people what they would like me to create. I got flooded with replies about studying Finnish online and I was determined.
#4 Focus on growing your list
After I asked my list and knew a great mentor, I was all in. I bought the VIP bundle to absorb everything Suzi had learned and, especially, how to make online products efficiently. I watched and read all the courses in January.
I saw the big picture. Suzi had had the same page views as me on her first year, but unlike me, she had also built a massive list and good income.
It was possible. I was just focusing on the wrong things. I wasn’t helping my audience as much as they deserved. I was super excited! I knew what I needed to do and I had all the tools. Now it was just me delivering.
#5 Don’t overthink it, just do it
Between February and April, I have implemented a bunch of tips from the courses and will continue to do so:
– List by Number
– Course by Number
– Blog by Number
– Post by Number
– E-book by Number
All of Suzi’s paid resources have been so much more than I thought.
For example, I improved my site a lot with the help of Theme by Number. Also, the back-end time-saving tips have been so useful. And the Income Journey! It has helped me refocus my business entirely.
The results have been incredible:
– My list grew from 1000 to 2000 in two months.
– I launched a mini-language course at the end of February to test the market, create a valuable lead magnet and help those of my people who don’t have money
– I launch a full language course in April: the course generated 7000 USD in 5 days. I followed the steps of Course by Number in detail.
– My page views and social channels have grown on average at 15% monthly rate.
Key lessons learned before Course Launch
Here are the key things that worked for me and built the success of my course launch.
- I started my list on day 1
- I have emailed my list almost always once a week throughout my blogging journey
- I have a professional looking blog with DIVI theme
- I focused strongly on SEO
What I failed on before buying VIP Bundle
- I was focusing on page views when I should have focused on building my list
- I didn’t focus on my freebies so the growth rate of my list was slow
- I didn’t have time-saving techniques & templates back end so making a post was slow
It fills me with joy to help people to connect with Finland and all things Finnish. I hope this post helps you on your blogging journey! I know you can do it, dear fellow blogger!
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I’m Varpu, the founder of Her Finland. My passion is to help you learn the Finnish language and experience Finland, wherever you are. As a MSc speaking six languages and coming from a family full of teachers, it’s my pleasure to show you all things Finnish!
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