Building A Blog- eBook Review and Blog Update

When I first got started blogging, I had no clue what I was doing. Even though I was a fan of reading other blogs, I wasn’t too sure how to go about starting my own blog.

I did the basics to get my blog started. This included setting up my blog on WordPress, setting up my hosting account with BlueHost, as well as purchasing Genesis and a child theme.

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested a small amount of money to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever! 

I also downloaded a few widgets and set up a new email account. Other than that, I wasn’t really too sure what to do next. I was stumbling around on the internet reading anything and everything.

What I was really looking for was guidance.

Enter Abby Lawson and her fabulous eBook, Building A Framework: What I Learned My First Year Of Blogging.

Once I started reading Abby’s book, I couldn’t put it down. Finally I had a source that answered so many of my questions.

It was tiring scouring the internet, but with Building A Framework, I was able to go through each chapter and simultaneously make the changes to my blog.

Building A Framework basically helped me take the next steps. Much like the title suggests, this ebook guided me through the best widgets to use, how to utilize Pinterest, create a newsletter and all kinds of strategies and tips.

My small blog tripled in size after I read Build A Framework. I also implemented smart strategies, like how to monetize and earn income.
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The eBook also covered different ways to monetize my blog, which I found to be incredibly helpful. Abby goes into great detail about how she monetizes her blog, including my favorite method, affiliate income.

I say this all the time, but I love affiliate income! Unlike Google Adsense or similar methods of advertising, affiliate income does not rely on high blog traffic.

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My favorite thing about this book was how I was able to save so much time by having all my answers in one place. I would seriously spend hours on the internet trying to figure out one thing, and this book definitely helped me manage my time better.

Let’s talk blog numbers

I started getting serious about blogging last fall. As you can see from the photo below, I was really new to blogging. I only had a few hundred page views a month in November! I’m also not embarrassed to admit this – we all have to start somewhere, right?

Once I purchased Abby’s book and started implementing her advice, my views started climbing immediately. In less than two months I more than tripled my views.

In March, I nearly tripled my pageviews again. In April, I hit an all time high of over 8,000 page views in 1 month. While this might not be a lot of views to some, it was a record for me!

Biab Blog Stats

Clearly, this book had a positive effect for my blog. I don’t know where my blog would be today without this book!

So…I am so, so excited to announce that Abby has a new eBook that just debuted! In less than two years, Abby has managed to make over six figures from her blog and once again, she is sharing how she did this.

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Building A Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook

Abby is releasing three different versions of her eBook:

The Starter Package ($25):

  • Newly Updated eBook
  • Newly Updated Blog Binder Printables
  • Starter Guide with Complete Course Overview and Step-by-Step Outline
  • Lifetime Updates of the eBook + Printables

*If you already own this ebook, you automatically will receive the Starter Package for free!

The Advanced Package ($50):

  • Newly Updated eBook
  • Newly Updated Printables
  • Access to an Exclusive Building a Framework Facebook Group
  • Starter Guide with Complete Course Overview and Step-by-Step Outline
  • 15+ Step-by-Step Video Guides; Topics Covered:
    • Basic Blog Accounting
    • Google Analytics
    • Google AdSense
    • RSS
    • My Posting Routine
    • Plugins
    • Tailwind
    • Buffer
    • CoSchedule
    • Facebook
    • Pinterest
    • MailChimp
    • PicMonkey
    • Photoshop
  • Lifetime Updates of the eBook + Printables + Video Guides

The Master Package ($75):

  • Newly Updated eBook
  • Newly Updated Printables
  • Starter Guide with Complete Course Overview and Step-by-Step Outline
  • Access to an Exclusive Building a Framework Facebook Group
  • 15+ Step-by-Step Video Guides
  • 15 Video Interviews with Expert Bloggers!!!
  • Audio files from the 15 expert interviews so you can listen to them on the go!
  • Lifetime Updates of the eBook + Printables + Video Guides + Expert Interviews

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If you are ready to get started on growing and monetizing your blog, Building A Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook is one of the best books you will ever read!

There is a lot of new information to absorb, even if you read the first edition. If you are just starting out or are serious about growing your blog, this eBook is worth the read!

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What are your favorite eBooks or websites that helped your blog grow?

Kristin, is the creator behind Believe In A Budget. She teaches others how to start a blog and how to side hustle. Her course, Pinterest Presence, helps bloggers + businesses drive traffic to increase their website’s profitability. Click here to learn more

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  1. Congrats on the great numbers! That’s impressive!

    This was one of the first books I purchased on blogging and it has been very helpful. I also purchased How To Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) and it has also been helping me transform the way I blog.

    These are two great resources that I too would recommend!

    1. Everyone seems to love Ruth’s book! Thanks Tennille!

  2. Awesome job Kristin with your intentional steps to growing your blog! I will keep that book in mind for a good resource. You give me hope that I can continue to grow my blog as you have done. Thanks!

  3. Great review! And congrats on the traffic increase! I definitely need to work on increasing my traffic so I’ll have to check this out some time.

    1. Thanks Chonce! I am really happy with the growth of my blog!

  4. Perfect timing! As with the other commenters, I’ve read Ruth’s book, as well as a few others. They’ve all been helpful, but I’m in a lull and have been eyeing this book. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it. As soon as I get through with a few more from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle I’ll snag hers. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Ooh, I need to learn more about Ultimate Homemaking Bundle – will you be doing a review?

  5. Kristen! Those numbers are seriously impressive! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished! And thank you so much for your sweet words about Building a Framework– you are the best!

    ~Abby =)

    1. Thank YOU Abby πŸ™‚ So excited to read all the new chapters in your new book!

  6. This book looks awesome!!! I definitely will be purchasing it at some point, thank you so much for the recommendation. I read Ruth Soukup’s “How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul” and learned a lot! I read that back when I first started blogging and have been wanting to find a new book to motivate me to keep it up. Again, thank you!

    And huge congrats on your traffic increase!!! That’s awesome!! Soon you’re going to be writing your own book on making money blogging πŸ™‚

    1. I’m really excited about the traffic increase πŸ™‚ I need to make the time to read Ruth’s book and implement her ideas too!

  7. Thanks for the great book reference! I just launched my blog last week and I’ve quickly realized that all of the various aspects of blogging can be overwhelming. For now, I will continue to read and learn as much as possible! All the best!

    1. Hi Dane, congrats on starting a website! I still get overwhelmed too!

  8. Great review, and a big congrats on the increased traffic to your blog! That’s so awesome πŸ™‚

    I’ve been seriously considering purchasing Abby’s book too, you might have just really swayed me into it! I found How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul (by Ruth Soukup) to be a great resource as well.

    1. Thanks Christina! I picked up Ruth’s book too, but have only kinda gone through it. I have heard great things about her book.

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