1. Nicole | The Professional Mom Project
    December 1, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    Hi Ruth – you’re so right about how a catastrophe today can be tomorrow’s great opportunity. It’s just hard to remember when you’re in the middle of it 🙂

    I’m a new-ish blogger and I work full time as well. I’m finding it really difficult to figure out where to go next with my limited time. Based on this post, perhaps I should focus on list building but to do that I need page views and how do you increase those without social media?

    As an aside, I’m in the middle of your productivity course for bloggers and finding it really interesting and useful not just for blogging but for work generally. Thanks for all the information you provide!

  2. Kimberlee@ThePeacefulMom.com
    December 1, 2016 @ 10:46 am

    Such good advice to look for the opportunity rather than focusing on the problem. I’ve been blogging since 2009 and things have definitely changed over that time, but by focusing on what I do best and creating products for my audience, I’ve been able to weather the storms.

    Thanks so much for your encouragement and tips!


  3. Faith (Home Ec @ Home)
    December 1, 2016 @ 2:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story. I have been blogging a long time, but didn’t focus on it as a business until the last couple of years. I was not aware of the pinterest crash since I have only recently tried to spend time building traffic with pinterest. I always wondered though how some pins could be pinned hundreds of thousands of times and my most pinned posts were only pinned hundreds of times. Thanks again for your positive message.

  4. Natasha
    December 1, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

    This is the key! Thanks Ruth! — “The truth is that within every catastrophe lies an opportunity, and the difference between success and failure is choosing to look for the opportunity, rather than someone or something to blame.”

  5. Heather
    December 1, 2016 @ 4:13 pm

    Hey Ruth,

    So excited for the EBA Blog, and I can’t wait for EBA 3.0! Being a new-ish blogger is hard when everything isn’t so easy as in the “good ol’ days” according to seasoned bloggers. I just always remember that you say “content is king”! I just try to remember to take of my readers and try to solve their problems.

    Thanks for the great post!

  6. Anita Richards
    December 1, 2016 @ 9:01 pm

    This is thought provoking and what I need to figure out is how to protect my business from hackers. My site was hacked in early 2009 although I now think that it had been hacked much earlier than that and I just didn’t know it.
    Anyway, the hacking cost me big. My customer base got nervous about malware hiding on my site and left spreading the nasty word as they did so. I changed hosts but the site was no longer working they way it used to and I just didn’t know how to fix it. This was also during the financial crisis so sales were way down.
    Fast forward a couple of years and I manually rebuilt my email database and tried to get back into the market with little success. The old message boards and forums that used to push so much traffic to my site had totally lost ground to Facebook and Pinterest was gaining traction. And again this year my sites, my personal computer our mobile phones and iPads…. ALL of them have been hacked.
    So now, I’m nervous.
    I will never build a business solely relying on third party traffic sources and want to avoid selling my soul to the devil with excessive ad revenue monetisation but at the same time I know that my personal details have been completely compromised by hackers who are having a heap of fun messing with my every aspect of my life, my children’s too.
    What to do in this situation as I really need to generate an income…. I’m lost.
    Thank you Ruth for this thought provoking article.

  7. Danielle
    December 1, 2016 @ 11:04 pm

    I’ve just had a what seemed like a catastrophe, I have to rebuild my entire site from scratch – and re-upload posts – around 350 of them….I guess it is better now than when I had 1000. The site was built by an experienced web developer who said wordpress was evil and not deserving of a website, but now, by popular demand, we’re embarking on the process of recreating the whole thing in wordpress – I’m very scared, but I guess a little excited, as everyone says it is the thing to go for.
    I am very afraid of loosing what I have built, but on a positive note, by continually adding good content (free children’s books) to the site we’ve created a loyal following and this year finally topped the 100k visitors per month level (400k page views). My next goal is 500k visitors – (goal setting also from your book!!!), so I just need to get through this rebuild – and soon as I have, I am following the advice here – keep looking at all avenues, and keep working on providing great content and solving the problems the audience has.

  8. Sarah @ The Teacher's Wife
    December 2, 2016 @ 6:22 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement, Ruth! I’m so glad I started my email list a few months ago. I’m enjoying connecting with my readers more in that way!

  9. Karla
    December 3, 2016 @ 6:56 pm

    Things do change Ruth and we have to adapt to it for sure!

    I started blogging about 5 years ago and had to learn so much every day, week, month and years.

    Now I just launched a new site and can’t believe how much work it takes and how many new updates, changes, developments in Social Media are happening and we’ve to keep up with it.

    One thing is for sure is that I want to be as helpful, informative and entertaining to my readers and not just chase numbers 🙂

    Thank you for your words of encouragement and looking forward to reading & learning more from great people like you!

  10. Aisha M
    December 10, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

    I am just now getting into Pinterest. I am new to blogging and hope to learn from you. Right now my budget does not allow me to take your course but hopefully soon i will be able to.

  11. Linda K
    January 6, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

    So Ruth – I totally understand about building products & a real business – not just relying on ad income from blog views.

    But when blog views fall so do subscriber opt-ins. This fall has been bad for page views & not so great for opt-ins, but yet my revenue is up.

    I can’t decide if I should just keep doing what I”m doing & not worry that my page views have been cut in half. Or if I need to spend time searching for other traffic sources (which will probably disapear in a year anyhow.)

    I think maybe I just want someone to tell me to focus on writing good posts, creating good products, building relationships with my email list, and not worry so much about page views.

    But I’m also not sure if I’m way off base.

    Any advice?