So years ago, when I first started my blog, I had no idea that there was more to blogging than just writing a little intro story and then typing in your recipe. Yep, that’s all that I did for almost 4 years! And then I went to my first blogging conference and, man oh man, was that ever an eye opener.
Wait, you’re suppose to write your recipe in a recipe plugin that’s programmed so google knows it’s a recipe?
And there’s a minimum number of words to write for your intro so google will notice you?
And there are H tags?
And a meta description?
And Pinterest images?
And pitching to brands?
Oh, and alt text too?
Holy moly, did I ever have a lot to learn. I returned home from that conference with my head spinning in all directions. I’ve gone to more conferences and retreats since that first conference and have not only learned how to do this blogging thing, I’ve also made friendships along the way.
Thank goodness I’ve met lovely ladies who are successful bloggers who share their knowledge. So now I have learned from the best of the best. I’ve learned so much from these ladies and I want to share them with you.
Let me introduce you to my friends and I hope they will become your friends too and I hope you take in all they have to offer. They’re lovely ladies and, trust me, they know their stuff.
Pitching To Brands and More with Jenny Melrose
Jenny Melrose is the queen of pitching to brands. Jenny has perfected skipping the middle man and going directly to a brand to pitch her talents. Owner of successful blog The Melrose Family, Jenny also runs a membership site for bloggers, that I belong to, of course, that is filled with so much knowledge…..how to design a media kit, how to get a brand’s “golden ticket”, the best way to use Instagram and Instagram stories, writing proposals and so much more. Jenny has live webinars where she gives the latest updates on all things blogging, interviews expert guests and even has a podcast, Influencer Entrepreneurs with Jenny Melrose, that I’m always listening to in the car. It’s like having a girlfriend with me when I’m driving, and yes, sometimes I even talk out loud to her!
Jenny Melrose has been able to make a full time income from her lifestyle site which has been run for over 9 years as well as her B2B business helping women entrepreneurs achieve their business goals. Jenny’s students call her encouraging, empowering,
and knowledgeable about all things online business as well as transformative when it comes to helping others grow.
Just click on my affiliate links and check out all that Jenny has to offer!
Check out Mastering Your Influence, Jenny’s subscription membership group and the ultimate growth resource for your business success, with a 14 day free trial. Membership includes an exclusive, engaging
community, trainings to move your blog to the next level, and one on one coaching to give your business a personalized path to success.You can join at one of three levels of membership. The camaraderie in this group is amazing.
Mastering Your Influence Cost:
Silver membership: $49/month
Gold membership: $149/month
What is included:
● Access to over 90 trainings
● Access to private Facebook group with weekly live trainings hosted by Jenny
● Monthly trainings with an industry expert
● Monthly group QA call
● Everything in the Silver membership
● 2 15 minute one on one coaching calls with Jenny each month
Trainings everyone talks about:
● SEO training with Marye Audet-White
● Mindset and Productivity trainings to revolutionize your business beliefs
● Email Marketing Strategies including how to create a re-engagement sequence, email
list growth strategies, and how to nurture your list into buyers.
● All things Affiliate with Tasha Agruso
● Building relationships with readers AND brands via IG stories
● .. and so much more
Pitch Perfect Pro is the best path for reaching your highest blogging income and the only course you’ll ever need to learn how to work confidently with brands.
Pitch Perfect Live is a free 5 day online training event to increase your blogging influence without selling out.
Take Jenny’s Master Class and learn what sponsors really want to hear to sign you on the spot.
Launch Pro is the most comprehensive resource to launch your product or service.
Learn how to create a sales funnel that keeps on converting with Jenny’s Product Guide, a how to create your own product that sells starter guide.
SEO Training with Marye Audet-White
Next up is my friend Marye. We bonded over cocktails in a jazz bar at a blogging conference in New Orleans. I just love this blogging life!
Marye Audet-White is an SEO expert and has been a blogger for over 10 years. She currently has two food blogs, Restless Chipotle and Lowcarb-ology, reaching over 750,000 readers and fans. The author of over 10 cookbooks including one that spent a week on the NYTimes Best Seller list, Marye is also the Food Editor for Texas Living Magazine, and has over 900 keywords on the first page of Google search. Whew! That’s quite a resume!
I’ve learned so much about SEO and Google Analytics by taking Marye’s courses and joining her Facebook Group where she does live webinars, answers your questions and shares her wealth of knowledge.
Marye offers several courses focusing on SEO, keywords and a deep dive into google analytics. Mary asks “Are you ready to finally own SEO and push your website through the glass ceiling like Charlie and Mr. Wonka smashed through the factory roof? Of course you are! Learn SEO in short, understandable lessons AND have fun doing it – I promise.”
Click though my affiliate link and check out Marye’s courses. Trust me, you’ll be happy you did!
Graphic Design & Blogging Planner with Brandi Jordan
If you are in search of a graphic designer, look no further! I’ve got the person for you. Brandi is an amazing talent and so easy to work with. I am so happy that I met Brandi at a blogging retreat because I am not tech savvy at all and thank goodness Brandi has my back. From changing my blog colors to designing opt-ins and my cornerstone content pages, Brandi works wonders with her artistic eye. Don’t hesitate reaching out to her at Brandi@BrandiJordan.com.
Brandi is also the creator and designer of the Blogging Brain Book Planner that I just love using to keep me organized and on track with my blogging schedule.
The Blogging Brain Book Planner includes 675 pages of planner goodness. It features everything you need to plan your blogging editorial calendar for an entire year.
Plan yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily to optimize your time and make sure you’re reaching the goals you have for your blogging business this year.
* keep track of affiliates with the Affiliate Tracking Sheet
* plan out your monthly posts
* have a plan from idea to publish for each blog post with the Blog Post Planning Pages
* keep track of your social media and blog statistics month-by-month and over the course of the year
* plan out videos with the Video Planning Sheets and Video Script Template
* create daily productivity plans to stay on track
* find ideas for writing when you feel stuck
* and so much more!
So if it’s a graphic designer or a blogging planner that you need, Brandi is your go-to girl!
Food Styling with Denise Vivaldo
Denise Vivaldo has been a food stylist, author and culinary producer for 30 years and is well known in the industry as a top expert in the field. Denise has worked with so many famous people that I can’t even begin to name everyone but can I mention Michael Douglas, Suzanne Somers, Muriel Hemingway and Ellen DeGeneres, just to name drop a few!
Denise’s latest book, The Food Stylist’s Handbook, that she co-authored with Cindie Flannigan, is my go-to reference book for all food styling tips, tricks and secrets of the trade. If you want to be a master food stylist and showcase your recipes on your blog, then The Food Stylist’s Handbook is essential! I actually gave a food styling presentation at a blogging retreat recently and my copy of The Food Stylist’s Handbook was a major part of my presentation with it’s invaluable illustrations, photography and wealth of information. I was so happy to have Denise and Cindie with me for my demonstration.
A classically trained chef, Denise founded Food Fanatics in 1988, a catering, recipe-development, and food-styling firm based in Los Angeles, California. In 2012 Denise rebranded her company as the Denise Vivaldo Group.
As a consultant, food stylist, and culinary producer, Denise has helped with numerous television productions, infomercials, food manufacturers, grocery stores chains, restaurants, publishers, authors and celebrities with their projects and products.
Denise is a popular contributing blogger to the Huffington Post as well as her own blog, Denise Vivaldo Blogs. She also teaches food styling, catering and cooking classes and workshops in a multitude of locations across the country and internationally. She has been a featured guest expert on many television shows ans now has a food podcast with Diane Worthington called Women Beyond A Certain Age and it’s a hoot!