(If you’re even remotely interested in blogging – food-related or “other” – that is.)
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I’m sneaking in on a Sunday to tell you about a REALLY exciting opportunity that is RIGHT at your doorstep (er, at your fingertips?) at this very moment. It’s called Food Blogger Pro and, for just FOUR more days, you can get in on alllll of the action.
But first, let me tell you a little story about how I came to be an esteemed Member of this rad, awesome, entertaining and inspiring community. For us food bloggers out there, there’s this little (er, not so little) mecca of a blog called Pinch of Yum, run by Lindsey Ostrom and her husband, Bjork. Pinch of Yum is basically an industry leader (aside from Smitten Kitchen, IMHO) in this fairly new food blogging world. Lindsey and Bjork have spent countless hours refining their brand and determining the best ways (and how) to monetize their food blog. It has become a wild success for them and, this is the good part, they’ve created the online forum that is Food Blogger Pro (or FBP as us natives have come to call it) to share what they’ve learned with all of us! How cool is that? Successful people helping other people become successful. That is so my jam!
So, instead of me rambling on and on about how great Food Blogger Pro is, I thought I’d narrow it down to a list of 5 (almost) concise bullet points as to why you should join this amazing community. Let’s have at it!
This is for sure #1 in my book and if you read any part of this post, please let it be this.
Let’s be real here. I’m the lone food blogger in my group of “real life” friends. I have a couple of friends that write travel blogs, but none are currently trying to make it their full-time gig like I am. As you can imagine, this leaves me feeling a bit isolated at times because they just don’t “get” it. How in the world can you make a living from writing a blog? Why are you saying no to Happy Hour or a beach day just so you can work on your blog? It’s nothing against them, but they’re just not in the same mindset as this crazy Type A, “I’ve gotta be successful with this” person (points to self.)
Once I joined Food Blogger Pro, I realized that I am sooooo not alone. I was suddenly surrounded by like-minded people, trying to do the same thing I am, or having already been successful and sharing their stories with others. Although virtual, I finally found that connection and sense of community I had been looking for. As my friends and I would say, I found myself surrounded by some really #awesomehumans.
TBH I was a little intimidated by Food Blogger Pro when I first joined. I kept asking myself, “Where do I start?” I found my way to the community forums (even before I started watching the tutorials) and immediately felt at home. There were people asking questions that had been in the back of my mind since who-knows-when, there were others offering encouragement, and others seeking feedback. There were members asking for roundup contributions from other members, and members sharing business opportunities. This was a whole new world for me and I was totally digging it. Talk about being able to lose yourself in something for hours at a time…
I’m just going to brush over the surface of these, because there are still sooooo many that I need to get to, but don’t let that undermine their importance. One of the greatest resources Bjork and Lindsey have provided through FBP is their video tutorials. You guys, there are videos on EVERYTHING you’ve ever wondered about as far as setting up your blog, optimizing it for SEO, selling products on your site, etc. The list goes on and on. And the best part is they keep adding more! Recommendations and questions are pulled from the community forums and turned into quick (we’re talking 5-10 minute) tutorials. I have learned so much from the few video tutorials I’ve already watched, I know I’ll be rocking-and-rolling as soon as I find the time to watch them all!
Okay, so I can’t say that I’ve been able to attend one of these yet (that dang 9-5 job keeps getting in the way) but, about once a month or so, the Food Blogger Pro team (often including Bjork and/or Lindsey) will host a live Q&A to answer your most burning questions as they relate to the blogging world. As you can imagine, this is an incredible opportunity to learn from the best of the best and keep your feet headed in the right direction.
I’ve already mentioned a bunch of the tools available to members of Food Blogger Pro, but wait, there’s more! In addition to the community forums, video tutorials and live online events, there are countless other resources to help make your food blog (or any blog for that matter) a success. There are experts on staff to help with areas such as social media, security and SEO, there’s a Nutrition Label Tool that you can use for all of your recipes, and so much more!
Bottom line: If you’ve already started a blog but feel stuck and unsure of how to move forward or progress, you should join FBP. If you haven’t yet started a blog but have aspirations to do so, you should join FBP. If you want to monetize your blog so you can quit your 9-5, you should join FBP. If you’re a successful blogger and just want to connect with like-minded individuals, you should join FBP. Have I given you enough reasons yet?
- As I mentioned above, enrollment for Food Blogger Pro is only open for a limited time! Open enrollment closes at 11:59 PM CST on Thursday, June 2. After this deadline you get stuck on a long waiting list with no idea of when you’ll be invited to join this group of #awesomehumans, so hurry up and do it now! Just click on this link or on the banner below.
- The cost to be a member of Food Blogger Pro is $29/month or $279/year. And you can cancel at any time! There are no contracts and there is no sketchy fine print. I was hesitant to cough up the cash at first, but I am soooo happy I did! It has proven to be well worth every penny.
- No, you don’t need to be an official, certifiable food blogger to join the party. About 10-15% of Food Blogger Pro members come from other walks of blogging life.
- To sign up, simply click on the links or banners within this post. Each one will take you to where you need to be!
That’s my Sunday spiel for ya, so hurry and go sign up so we can be friends! Now excuse me while I get back to my regularly scheduled Sunday programming of lounging on the couch with my man and multiple cups of coffee…