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Blogging Your Way Masterclass

Winter Session 2022/23

Self-paced class, have access to all materials immediately upon payment!

What if you woke up tomorrow morning and your Instagram account was gone? How would reach your followers, the ones that you spent years growing?

Or let's say you HATE doing videos on Instagram and really want to get back to writing and connecting to others through your words and photography?


You need a Plan B

I have friends who had to deal with this nightmare, it even happened to me twice, and each of us had to open a new account and try to rebuild our communities.


Thing is, you can never rebuild your follower count again to the numbers you once had after that level of loss. Your photos and all of those Reels, Highlights, likes and comments, they're all gone. Your community is shattered.


That's why you need a Plan B. This class is your Plan B - your "B" is your BLOG and with it, your mailing list. Why blogging?


For one, you don't own your social media followers or even your accounts, remember, they are free. However, you DO own your blog and your email list subscribers. But there's more...

Where do you search online when you need info?

I recently conducted a poll with over 15,000 participants and I learned that over 88% go to Google and 67% search Pinterest when they need news, information, ideas, tips, and more. The fact is, millions of people search for information using Pinterest and search engines every second of the day, and from there, most land on either a website or a blog.


They don't land on your Instagram account!


For over a decade, 87% of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest and Google alone with only 3% from Instagram.  


You won't be found in millions of daily searches on Google if you're only on Instagram.


What a loss. Let's change that. 

"To build a sustainable brand online, your blog and mailing list must be the foundation on which everything is built. Then comes Instagram and your other brand marketing tools."

Testing 1, 2, 3 - Does blogging work?

I started blogging regularly again on January 1st to test my theory. In less than 3 months of weekly posts, I have 37% more readers on my blog in just 3 short months!

Experiencing that kind of growth on Insta hasn't happened to me since the early days before video content became king. And do you know what else? I converted many of them into mailing list subscribers, which is even better because my newsletter reaches their inbox each week so I can deepen my relationship with each reader without fearing an algorithm or worrying about how many likes or shares I get.


Maybe you can relate, but I'm not creating a lot of video content online - writing and photography are my passions, not dancing, singing or potentially viral video-making. Consuming entertaining videos is what I do best, not producing or being in them, and that's okay. Maybe I'll eventually decide to create more video content, but I believe there's a place for everyone online, your job is to use what works best for you NOW or else you risk burnt out, depression, or worse - you push yourself to do things you don't naturally enjoy just to keep up with everyone else.


Authenticity and consistency are two main keys for building a sustainable online brand. Aim to do work that fulfills you and brings you happiness, and then place all of that happiness back into your brand.


I encourage you to start or return to blogging NOW and get serious about it - you own it, you don't have to worry about algorithms, you can potentially reach a massive audience of search engines users each day, and you can deepen your personal relationship with those on your mailing list which ultimately means that if you have something to offer, like a book, a new class, products from your shop, or a new business you're about to launch, you can reach your peeps very personally through your mailing list and convert them into customers. Fast fact: 75% of sales for my ecourses (like this one) come from my mailing list - only 7% from Instagram.


Instagram should be a big part of your marketing strategy, but not the only part. Join me and learn how to intentionally create content on your blog that you can use across all of your platforms while simultaneously building your mailing list - build a sustainable brand that has a Plan B! Blogging!

"I'm totally crushing it on Insta, why should I bother blogging?"


Instagram is a great platform (I have 126k followers and use it daily - @decor8). You can build community, generate buzz around your brand and even to earn some cash, get some freebies, and have fun BUT it’s fast becoming a video platform and these days, it’s all about going viral and beating the algorithm if you want to grow.


Instagram has made it known that their #1 goal is break away from being predominately a photo app. And that's totally fine. I actually enjoy making Insta Stories and I love going live. However, it's just a straight up fact that if you’re not posting video content multiple times a day (since there are over 1 billion users to compete with), you won't be able to grow the gram. Those early days of posting only pretty static images, motivating quotes, or writing meaningful captions are over. Forever.

 

If you're a writer and a photographer at heart, you'll have a hard time growing on Insta unless you jump on the video trend. If you aren’t interested in producing video content or you simply don't want to dance or lip sync to some potentially viral song, that's totally okay. Not everyone is into that.


If you enjoy crafting beautiful stories and creating content that feels authentic and true to you, if you love to write, then that's what blogging is for.


The best part is, you don't have choose one or the other, pick both – have a blog, and put time into you Instagram, as long as the goal is to use Insta to build your mailing list and get your followers over to your blog.

You don't own your Insta...

Remember: You don't own your Insta or most social platforms you're on (they're free, remember?) so they can delete your account just because or you can get hacked and lose everything in minutes (happened to me).  


Also, algorithms change frequently so today your account is thriving and tomorrow, it's barely seen in the feed of your followers.  Boo.


it's hard to build a business on platforms that you don't own, can't control, and that are powered by algorithms and likes. A blog is your safety net. Your mailing list is your contingency plan. If you don't have either, and you lose access to your social platform, well, you're 100% out of luck.


I'm not trying to be a downer, but please hear me out because it’s important to be realistic. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Especially when the basket isn't yours to begin with.

Algorithm-proof your business with a successful blog


In this Masterclass, I'll demystify blogging and break it down for you in a mere 5 weeks in 5 modules. I'll download my brain and my many years of experience as a blogger, teaching you everything that I know.


We'll cover blog setup (with one lesson being all about Squarespace, the platform that I use), how to dig in to blogging and get to work, content management, growth strategies that work, marketing, email lists, and we'll wrap up with monetization.


Also expect to learn about various social media platforms along with Instagram and Reels as we examine how to use each of them to grow a loyal blog audience and drive profit, not the other way around. Remember, the blog will be your new core, your foundation. Everything else will be built around it.


I've also added 4 live video sessions so you chat with me live each week for 45 minutes. You'll even have access to a private group where you can talk to fellow students to network and share ideas.

How do you make a blog profitable?


It's a myth that a blog can't be monetized unless you have a ton of readers. Listen up, it can be done! One of my good friends started blogging 5 years ago and has earned nearly a million dollars from her blog and her mailing list alone. She has under 5k followers on Instagram and barely uses it. She built her blog and mailing list as her foundation, and added on top of that an online course, and she consistently has 100K course launches several times a year. Today, she has around 30,000 subscribers on her mailing list but even when she had 3,000, she was earning 6 figures a year.


I'll show you many ways to monetize in this class. Never say never!


Are you over-thinking things?

"Blogging is too hard to figure out"

I get it. Which platform? How should it look? What do I say? Will anyone read it? How can I make money?


No need to feel overwhelmed and paralyzed anymore, it's time to make progress by getting the support and encouragement that you need. You have questions, I have answers. In fact, you can have your blog either up and running or back on track again during this class if you'd like! Weekly homework assignments and guidance from me and your fellow students will help you.

"I can't make progress!"

Oh, those pesky little voices... kick them out! Maybe you have a blog but you don't do much with it anymore because you're spending too much time on your phone. Maybe you need ideas, encouragement, and motivation to get back to blogging but you don't know where to start.


Perhaps you want to change direction with your topics or even experiment with a new layout, design, or platform but again, you're not sure. Should you try Wix? Wordpress? Squarespace?


No wonder you can't make progress. You need a hand to hold. Let me take you through blogging step by step, I'm happy to make this easier for you and fun, too!

Isn't blogging dead?

WIth Insta and TikTok being so hyped up, I bet that you wonder if blogging is still relevant or worse, you may think it's dead. It's totally not.


Look, if you aren't posting on highly controversial topics, crushing it with video content, or doing "lives" on a weekly basis, you can forget growing on Instagram. The days of posting a pretty photo and expecting to earn a living are gone.


And don't be fooled by all of the "sponsored content" on Insta. Most brand partnerships aren't even paid, they are "free product for a post".


Sorry, but I can't feed my family with free perfume or a sofa.


Blogging is definitely relevant, you just need to know what you're doing and have some goals in mind.


I can't wait to show you how to create a blog with intention, clarity, style, and confidence. You'll learn to approach your blog with the eye of a magazine Editor-in-chief so that you can craft a more authentic, sustainable, and profitable blog from the heart.



Join us for this self-paced class anytime this summer!

Facebook student community

This self-paced style class includes a Facebook group of students who have already taken the class in 2022 and others who are new, like you. This class has no group calls or group chats. There is a once-weekly homework assignment that you can complete if you want to, but on your own, there will be no one available to check your work however you can post it in the Facebook community for student interaction and help at anytime!

Start and end at anytime!

This class is 100% self-paced. Self-paced is when a student signs up and advances through the course on their own without a teacher and very little peer interaction. Please note: You will have full access to this course only until December 31, 2022. After that, the course will be removed. However, you are welcome to download materials, including all videos, and save them in a private space where only you can access them.

Hello, I'm Holly!

Writing, photography, and teaching are my true heart passions and they all surfaced very early on in childhood. I hated doing homework, so the only thing I could do to motivate myself was to pretend I was a teacher to my 20 (!) dolls and bears that were lined up with name tags on my bed each night as my loyal students. They each had a personality, some were quite the class clowns, and I even had a grade book for them. Today, I teach wonderful, talented, and very curious students that are actually human (smile).


When it comes to writing, I always knew I'd grow up and write books simply because I was naive and believed it was easy to do. Boy, was I wrong! By the time I hit my late-20s working at a desk job, I wondered how I'd ever become a book author. Blogging felt like the only ticket to build a portfolio of my writing, so that's where I began. Today, I'm writing my 5th book.


Along the way, I learned photography and styling, mostly hands-on, intensive training under professionals for years. Today, in addition to being a mom, four-time bestselling book author, photographer, and teacher, I'm still blogging every week and I'm so passionate to teach this masterclass because I would love to show you exactly how you can build something meaningful from blogging, too.

I educate and inspire my audience in two key ways...

Grow a Heart-Centered Business

I guide my students on the business side primarily through my online workshops that I've been teaching since 2009. I don't teach the "typical" classes with all of the hustle talk and promises that won't pan out. I won't teach you how to have a 100K launch or add a million new follows to your Insta. What I do teach is an honest, sustainable, and enjoyable approach to business that allows you to grow and work from anywhere.


Since 2006, I've taught over 8,000 students online and at in-person retreats and workshops on topics that include better branding, beautiful photography, photo styling, growth strategies, monetization, and how to blog your best. I also teach classes that cover Instagram, email list building, and how to use Pinterest.

Create Authentic Living Spaces

On the design side, I always want to inspire my readers to reach inside themselves and find their personal style, then bring that into their living space. I share home tours and trend reports primarily on my blog, decor8, along with the latest products, people, and places in the interiors world today with a big focus on European and Scandinavian design, casual and relaxed style, and handmade objects. I view my blog as my own digital magazine, and I absolutely love it!


In addition, I attend Europe's most prestigious design fairs where I report live on my Instagram and share live videos to inspire and delight my viewers. I also use my Instagram to share my own photography and musings throughout the week.


I'm an author as well, I have four books in the "DECORATE" series, published in nearly 20 languages.

I want to become your teacher, friend, and guide as I open my little black book and reveal all that I've learned in my creative journey to inspire you on your own path. My greatest desire is to see you thrive, find success, and gain financial independence by doing what you love, just as I have.

-Holly Becker

Invest in yourself



Leaving my comfortable but lackluster career in 2005 to go back to school and later, to become a blogger, was the best decision (and the scariest leap of faith!) I ever made. No regets!


If I can leave my career behind, jump into the unknown, and keep at it for 16 years, when I hate to hustle and can barely add numbers without using a calculator, then you can also build something from nothing with a blog as your catalyst.


And don't worry, it will be worth it. It won't be a waste of time. Investing in yourself is never a waste of time.



Believe in yourself



Blogging has enabled me to create my own schedule, take vacation when I want, relocate abroad, spend more time with my family and friends, and work on projects that make me excited and happy.  I look forward to Mondays. I love my students, clients, peers, and online friends. I don't have toxic "job stress" like I once did and I can wake up each day and decide what I want to do and some days, that includes doing nothing except sleeping in. Each summer, I fall off the grid for a month to spend every second with son while he's on school holiday. It took time to have freedom and success, but it was worth it to stick with it and believe in myself. Let me help you to do the same.


The rest is up to you...



To be a success and see some of your dreams come true, remember to think positive and understand that so much is in your control and that often just getting started and trusting that everything will work out is enough. Every moment that you wait is lost, and life is much to short to sit on your ideas for another day. I once sat in my cubicle imagining my life as an entrepreneur but only through actively chasing my dreams, did I reach them. My background isn't one of wealth or privilege, my parents were very humble and taught me that character was more important than wealth, which I still believe. They also taught me that the only way to achieve goals is to first set them and then, confidently take baby steps each day in the right direction, believing that eventually everything will work out. Because they will.

Course Outline: What to expect in class

Module 1 - Setting Up (8 Lessons)

  1. Welcome Video from Holly Becker
  2. Why Blog?
  3. Platforms: Squarespace
  4. Platforms: Blogger
  5. Platforms: Wordpress
  6. Platforms: Wix
  7. Goals (as a Blogger)
  8. Personal Style (Branding)
  9. Design + Layout (Blog)
  10. Homework (optional)


Module 2 - Digging In (5 Lessons)

  1. Topics (for your Blog)
  2. Voice (Writing in your voice)
  3. Target Audience
  4. Bio (Writing your About page)
  5. Frequency (for blogging)
  6. Homework (optional)


Module 3 - Content (6 Lessons)

  1. Finding Content: Part One
  2. Finding Content: Part Two
  3. Planning Content
  4. Outreach
  5. Content Cross Promotion + Repurposing
  6. Content Pillars + Scheduling
  7. Homework (optional)



Module 4 - Growing Your Audience (6 Lessons)

  1. Blog Marketing 101
  2. Mailing Lists
  3. Instagram for Bloggers
  4. TikTok for Bloggers
  5. Facebook for Bloggers
  6. Pinterest for Bloggers
  7. Homework (optional)


Module 5 - Monetization (6 Lessons)

  1. Memberships + Communities
  2. Working with Brands
  3. Photography Gigs
  4. Coaching, Teaching + Online Class Creation
  5. Writing for Magazines + Books
  6. Products + Collaborations
  7. Goodbye Video from Holly Becker


Bonus Content

  • 30 Blog Post Ideas
  • Blog Audit Videos by Holly of Former Students' blogs
  • How to Maintain Inspiration as a Blogger


FAQ's

What students have to say...

"Holly’s course paved my way and was the founding base of my own blog and social media. Her profound blogging knowledge and experience were a real treasure for me."



— Igor Josifovic Kemper, Blogger, Bestselling Author and Founder of the Urban Jungle Bloggers community

"Holly knows how to motivate, encourage and bring her students/clients to the next step giving enormous value. She has a great in-depth knowledge of how to work with students and shares very generously content she has applied herself successfully. I would definitely work with her again and highly recommend!"


— Gudy Herder, Trend Analysis Expert and Keynote Speaker

"Holly opened my eyes to the creative possibilities and joy that lay in connecting with my audience in a new way… Most of all, she helped me to put creativity at the heart of my business. It’s something I’ve focused on ever since and I’ve never looked back!"


— Fiona Humberstone, Bestselling Author, Creative Director and Founder of The Brand Stylist

"I had high expectations but this course surpassed them all, I loved every minute. Completely and utterly fantastic!"




— Christina Greve, Photographer and Founder of Christina Greve Studio

Don't miss out!

Blogging Masterclass

$447
Fee for all-access to this class: $447 USD (VAT/Tax included). *Price shown is in US Dollars.


You will have access to all materials and modules at the time of payment so you can binge everything all at once, or take the lessons one module at a time.

If you need to contact me please do anytime: holly@decor8blog.com

All sales are final. No refunds. Course access is until December 31, 2022.
Thank you!

Best,
Holly

3 Months

$157
per month for 3 months

This is a 3-month payment plan of $157 (VAT/Tax included). * Please note that all prices are shown in US Dollars.

You will have access to all materials and modules at the time of payment so you can binge everything all at once, or take the lessons one module at a time!

If you need to contact me please do anytime: holly@decor8blog.com

All sales are final. No refunds. Course access is until December 31, 2022.
Thank you!

Best,
Holly

5 Months

$97
per month for 5 months
This is a 5-month payment plan at the rate of $97 monthly (VAT/Tax included. Prices is in US Dollars.

You will have access to all materials and modules at the time of payment so you can binge everything all at once, or take the lessons one module at a time!

If you need to contact me please do anytime: holly@decor8blog.com

All sales are final. No refunds. Course access is until December 31, 2022.
Thank you!

Best,
Holly

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Refund Policy:

Due to the nature of this course, and because you will have access until December 31, 2022, once payment is made (or first payment if you are part of a plan) there are no refunds given, sales are final so please make your purchase wisely.