Posts tagged jun 2016
How Kelsey of Paper & Oats Made $20k Launching Her First Course to 900 Subscribers (Using Your First 1K)

Kelsey Baldwin is the graphic designer, Etsy seller, and infopreneur behind Paper & Oats.

She is a student in my Your First 1K course (which you can find here). 

A few months ago, Kelsey sent me this email:

"Your First 1K was a huge game changer for me, it helped me to actually be strategic about my email list which resulted in it growing from around 400 when I started the course to nearly 2,000 six months later.

Your First 1K also kick started the creation of my first online course, The InDesign Field Guide, which earned $20,000 in it's first launch (just 6 months after starting Your First 1K.

In Your First 1K, I also got to know 2 other designers who had been acquaintances before, and we've now formed a mastermind group where we chat daily about our current projects, get feedback + advice about our businesses, and we even met up for a retreat this year and had a blast planning + scheming for the new year. Our mastermind has been an incredible benefit to all of us, and it all started in Your First 1K.Your course was a great foundation for me to learn about strategic list building and product creation in an easy-to-follow format that I could apply to my business right away. The Slack group is so great. Thanks for all the work you put into it, it's been a fabulous resource for me, and many others."

I was like, girl we need to tell your story!

Kelsey has generously allowed us to ask her all about her business, her launch, and what she's going to do next with what she's learned in Your First 1K (her second course, Etsy on Autopilot!). 

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Before and After: How 6 Course Creators Redesigned Their Websites for More Email Subscribers and Sales

“I don’t have a blog, can I still create a course or product?”

“I hate my website! It’s impossible to use. I can’t even edit it myself!”

“I want to start my online business, but step 1 is having a website and I literally have no tech skills and no idea where to start.”

For the past year, our readers and students have been telling us about their website struggles.

And we’ve been listening :)

So for a year, we tested and tweaked and optimized.

We studied what makes a website that converts.

Not a website that was “pretty” or “cool” - but one that actually converted MORE email subscribers and made more sales on autopilot.

How could we create the perfectly organized, optimized website just for course creators and infopreneurs like us? What would that look like?

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The Ultimate Guide to Joint Venture Webinar Contracts

This is a guest post by Jackie Jade.

Webinars are one of the BEST, if not THE best, ways to connect with your audience. You get to talk directly to your audience and show them what a smarty pants you are.

(But you don’t need me to tell you how awesome webinars are, right? Mariah absolutely has that covered!

One way to really up your webinar game is to do a joint venture webinar where you partner with another blogger.

This is so great because you’re bringing two great minds together, but even better – you’re also bringing together TWO audiences.

You get to reach another audience, build your list and have great potential for growth. It’s an all around win for everyone involved.

Today I want to talk about the unfortunate situations where a joint venture webinar collaboration can go wrong.

Maybe the other person doesn’t promote your registration link like she promised she would, or she doesn’t send you a copy of the webinar slides or the webinar recording, or she starts selling the webinar for profit, or she never gets you your cut of the bundle income.

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Why we switched to Teachable to Host and Sell Online Courses (And 6 Reasons Why You Should Too)

Last August, I made the switch to Teachable for hosting and selling all of my online courses (which are my entire business!).

To be honest, I hesitated to “make the switch” for a long time before we did it.

See, when I first started creating and selling courses years and years ago, a lot of the technology that we rely on today did not even exist.

(This is why I am constantly telling you that you are SO lucky to have these software resources at your disposal that are both easy to use and amazingly robust. I’m not bullshitting when I say that NOW is the best time to create an online course.)

So when I first started selling courses, I had VERY limited options.

I chose the cheapest path. I set up email courses, connected everything with a $10/month payment gateway, and manually did EVERYTHING.

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