By Yaro Starak
Kate McKibbin is a blogger from Australia and runs two six-figure blogs, which means she makes over $100,000 a year from each.
In this podcast interview, you’ll hear the story about how each blog was started, how Kate grew her traffic, and how she makes money.
Kate grew up in rural Victoria, a southern state in Australia. Her dad managed his own business, so she naturally leaned towards entrepreneurship too. Kate’s dad was also an internet sales provider so they were some of the first people in their area to have internet access.
Kate loved fashion ever since she was a child so it’s not surprising her first blog to take off was a fashion blog.
What most people don’t know is that she built her first website at age 13. This was no fashion blog though, it was a fan site for Nirvana. Anyone living in the in mid 90’s would know this band was the biggest deal around at the time and Kate was not going to let her teenage angst go to waste!
Kate worked in advertising in London after leaving to go travelling at the end of high school. Kate explains that her role in the corporate world was a very bad match and she found herself in dire need of an escape route before things went seriously pear shaped.
Kate wanted to get involved in publishing and writing and to find more of an outlet for her creativity. By this time she was still only 21 years old and in an amazing burst of creative inspiration and impressive execution, she created a website to publish magazine type articles she wrote herself. She used this to demonstrate to editors that she could do the work of a magazine journalist.
Her website was a creative way of showing potential employers an online CV. Whilst that’s quite common practise now, at the time Kate did this, it was still a very original idea. She pitched an idea to write feature articles to the editors of all the magazines she could contact and got picked up by Cosmopolitan.
This lead Kate to work in the publishing industry for three years then go into web editing. Kate’s technical skill in creating and managing websites and online content was rare in what was still a relatively new industry.
Typical for an entrepreneur, Kate was learning on the go and figuring things out as she needed to. She essentially learned how to create websites using Google to find the information she needed. Being a web editor still wasn’t the most fulfilling role though and by now Kate had moved back to Sydney and needed to make more money.
At the time there were three main newsletters everyone subscribed to for fashion but none were Sydney based, so Kate decided to create a newsletter and offer online shopping for fashion.
Because what she was doing was still very new and she worked in the magazine industry, Kate was very lucky to get her site mentioned in a few well known print magazines so her email list grew quickly.
Kate began to make around $1000 a month from advertising and was offered a one or two day a week contract role, so decided it was time to quit her full time job.
In a rather risky move, Kate took out a bank loan for $10,000 and holed herself up at home to learn everything she could about online marketing and systemization for her business.
Kate’s risk taking and incredible work ethic paid off. She was making a full time income from her fashion newsletter within the first year.
Things shifted gears for her fashion site when she turned it from just an email newsletter to the traditional blog magazine model. Posting regularly to then new social network Facebook, she grew subscriber numbers substantially. She also learned about SEO and was relentless in implementing whatever she discovered.
Serendipity led Kate to take on her first intern who needed to work one day per week at no charge for her university course. The internship went so well, Kate went on to employ her girl-friday at the end of the six months.
Having two people working on the blog meant they could create a lot more content. Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily went from two posts per day to a whopping six to eight posts per day. These were not long editorial pieces, being a fashion blog, they consisted of a lot of pictures.
In keeping with the strong focus on providing visual content to her audience, these days Pinterest is the big game changer for Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily. Within six months of using Pinterest, Kate had 5,000 followers. They grew these numbers by posting the best stuff they can find consistently. They post about 50 pictures a day using some of their own images and some re-pinned images. Kate’s fashion blog is currently at 150,000 followers on Pinterest as this goes to air.
Even with the momentum and exponential growth of Kate’s fashion blog, there was just one lingering issue…
Kate’s primary source of income was still selling ads. Selling ads was never something she felt passionate about.
Kate wanted to do something more interesting and creative than just keep growing her fashion blog. She played around with e-products but there isn’t a high pain point to drive people to action, fashion is really a luxury experience, not an acute need.
Even though Kate wasn’t sure what she really wanted to do at this stage, she knew she didn’t want to be an ad salesperson for the rest of her life.
Around this time, she was speaking with Denise Duffield Thomas who is a money mindset mentor and coach to women in online business. Denise told Kate,
Just repeat to yourself – There are easier ways to make money.
The seed that was planted took sprout when Kate was having coffee with a friend who also blogs and had been at it for the past seven years, but with none of the success Kate had experienced.
Kate’s friend kept taking notes while she was talking. The penny dropped as Kate realized that over the past six or seven years, she had amassed an incredible resource of information about growing a successful and monetized blog in the fashion industry that she could teach to others.
There was no one else teaching about blogging in this particular niche and she knew she had a resource of knowledge that was valuable to others. This is how Secret Bloggers Business came about.
Initially, Kate hitched her blog training program to her fashion blog but soon realized both businesses needed to be run independently of each other.
To begin with, she sold her blog training program for $197. Her first launch had a very good response with 50 sign ups.
Kate created the content for her training program as it moved along rather than holding off launching until all the course content was done. This is a great strategy, one I always recommend to my own blogging students. Kate was able to tailor the content she was creating to suit her clients needs as she worked with them throughout the program.
After the course ended, she asked her clients what else they wanted help with then found ways to provide that in her next training.
Both of Kate’s blogs are run as completely separate businesses. In order to run both successfully, Kate outsources a huge amount of the work for Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily.
She hired a couple of writers, a VA, a designer and a copy editor to run DDG – all of the team are freelancers. They work in a co-working office space in Melbourne and Kate spends two days a week in the office space working on the fashion blog with the team.
The rest of the time she works on Secret Bloggers Business and is unwavering in protecting her time and energy to focus on only one business at a time during each allotted day.
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YARO: Hello, this is Yaro Starak and welcome to the Entrepreneurs’ Journey podcast. Today’s guest is Kate McKibbin.
Hi there, this is Yaro Starak. We are about to dive into a fantastic story of Kate McKibbin who is a blogger from Australia, and today runs two six-figure blogs. So, she makes over $100,000 a year with both blogs. You’ll hear the story about how they were started, how she got traffic, and how she makes money.
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Hello, this is Yaro Starak and welcome to an Entrepreneurs’ Journey podcast interview today with a very successful blogger from down in Australia who I met at one of Darren Rowse’s Problogger Live conferences, a big one. There was 500+ people.
My guest today was with me as part of a little five-person, sort of like, it wasn’t really a panel. It was more like we all got to do a short talk, ten-minute talks each. It was actually called a keynote, I think, wasn’t it, Kate? Kate McKibbin is my guest. So, hello, Kate.
KATE: Yes, hi. Yes, it was a five-person keynote, which was my preferred way of doing it [laughter].
YARO: Yes, a little strange that we all got ten minutes to talk, but it worked out well. So, Kate was invited on stage because she has a very successful fashion blog called Drop Dead Gorgeous, and she has another blog called, I’m going to… all these long names we were talking about before at the show that Kate loves long names for a blog, the other one is Secret Bloggers Business. So, she’s the owner of two six-figure blogs and she’s had some pretty incredible success, I think in terms of the speed of getting to six figures, as well. So, we definitely have to dive into how you’ve taken these blogs from nothing to the kind of money that they’re making now.
But, Kate, as always, I’d love to go back in time and find out what led up to you becoming a blogger and even before that was there anything entrepreneurial? So, can we go back during even high school, primary school in Australia? There was not so many lemonade stands, but did you have the, I don’t know, I used to buy and sell and collect cards and things like that and even toys in the Trading Post, if you remember the Trading Post newspaper. Did you have anything in your childhood as well?
KATE: Childhood? Not so much entrepreneurial-wise, but I was always attracted to just the media industry. So, I suppose it is entrepreneurial but I wasn’t trying to make money out of it, but I used to create my own magazines and things like that as a kid. My dad actually has his own business, so growing up, I always had this thing in the back of my head that, yes, I’ll have my own business one day. I just got to figure out what that is.
YARO: What kind of magazines were they? Like fashion?
KATE: Yes, it was always sort of fashion-y stuff. I’m quite a girly-girl, so it was makeup tips… I was also a country girl, so my fashion tips weren’t particularly cutting edge, but I like to write and I like to take images and I was a bit creative, so that was how I kind of got that out.
YARO: When you say, “country girl,” were you country…?
KATE: Yes, Country Victoria, so out in deep sand, out amongst the cows and the grass and not much else.
YARO: And, not a lot of internet back then either, I am assuming.
KATE: No, although I was actually one of the first people in that area to have internet because that’s my dad’s business. He’s an internet sales provider. So, yes, I think that he started with bulletin boards and then, things like that.
So, yes. I built my first website when I was about 13. It was terrible. It was built in Publisher because back then, you could just make a pretty page in Publisher and hit publish and it was on the internet. And, it was a fan site for Nirvana [chuckle].
YARO: That is awesome.
KATE: That was my first ever website.
YARO: I don’t want to date you too much here but what was the era? Are we talking nineties or mid-nineties when you made a Nirvana website?
KATE: It must have been mid-nineties.
YARO: Mid-nineties. Okay, so you’re real early adapter. Despite being in country Australia, you’re an early adapter of the internet and built a website. I’m surprised you did Nirvana. You didn’t do a fashion website as your first one. So, I am assuming Nirvana didn’t become your first successful business as a website.
KATE: Right [laughter].
YARO: Can you take us forward then from the 13-year-old girl. Did you know go to, obviously, high school and then enroll in university degree or did you have a not so traditional path?
KATE: I was very traditional, actually. I finished high school. Again, I was one of those people who had a vague idea of the type of, I suppose, work I wanted to be doing, but not really anything specific that I wanted to be doing so I did a very broad degree and after that degree was finished, I went and traveled for a bit and I worked in London in advertising which was quite so destroying and [unclear], which is something I definitely didn’t want to be doing.
And then, I started slowly kind of coming back towards publishing again. So, I wanted to just to be more creative. I wanted to write. I still had this sort of passion for fashion-less people, right to say. And, I started… Actually, on a whim, I came up with this idea for a featured… sorry, what are they called? I’m thinking in blog terms now but in magazine terms, they are called like a feature article. And, I pitched it around like I’ve never written an article in my life. But, I pitched the idea around to all the editors I could get my hands on their contact details and it got picked up by Cosmo in the UK.
So, the very first thing I ever wrote got published in Cosmopolitan and I’m like, “Okay, that was really fun. I want to do that.” I like that kind of thought. So, again… I was feeling nervous. Let’s say this was probably about 21, I think. It took me a little while to kind of internalize this thing, I started thinking, I just want to, my thought behind it was, I wanted to do something I enjoy, basically.
YARO: You sound a lot like me in the sense that I saw myself as entrepreneurial because I wanted to not have a job, but I was actually probably more interested in publishing and I don’t know if sometimes those lines aren’t as close as people think they are because, you know, running a magazine is certainly entrepreneurial, but running a website doesn’t become entrepreneurial until it turns into a business. You could be publishing content and enjoying your favorite subject because that’s what I used to do. I love to read video game magazines and then card game magazines. I love this medium.
And then, when I went online it made sense to have a website because it’s like a magazine, right? But then, you don’t really see it as a business until you start thinking about what maybe I can make money from this.
So, were you thinking as you’ve written your first article for Cosmo? At that point, were you thinking, “Well, maybe I can get a job as a journalist?” Or, were you actually thinking, “Maybe I could become some sort of owner of a publication?”
KATE: Well, at that time I was still thinking journalist, but it was weird. To become a journalist is really, really hard. It’s particularly, I mean, it’s even worse now because there’s mostly many things required, but there’s very few actual jobs, very few actual publications in Australia or anyway like there’s a handful of magazines.
And so, what I decided to do was, I wanted to show them that I was good and I was proactive and I could write. So, I created another website which isn’t this now, this was another one which was, I sort of basically, [inaudible] my magazine to show them that I could work in real magazines.
YARO: Ah, what was the magazine called? Do you remember?
KATE: It was called DNM (de-nim), and so it was like a deeper meaning for a kind of thing. It was a bit stupid [laughter].
YARO: Actually, that’s a good domain. Everyone is into the whole Flickr and Fiverr and DNM would have worked well.
KATE: Yes, I know. I was ahead of my time.
YARO: Yes [chuckle].
KATE: Again, like I would say that it was very rough and ready and I spent all my weekends putting this thing together and it basically acted like a CV for me and I did it for a couple of months and then, I did get… and within that couple of months, I actually got some advertisers approach me, which again was strange.
KATE: Yes. Back then, there just wasn’t much happening on the Internet. So, not in that space. But yes, I ended up getting a job in publishing, ended up working in publishing, moved up to Sydney, did that for about three years and then, ended up becoming a web editor, so doing their websites for them. And their website–
KATE: –was appalling.
YARO: Yes. I wanted to ask you this because there’s two skills you’re talking about here. You talked about your ability to submit an article and get published, which leads you to want to become a journalist, then you create your own website, but that turns into a technical role because you built your own website, and I am assuming at that point, you weren’t using Microsoft Publisher anymore to create a website. You were teaching yourself some new tech skills, is that right?
KATE: Yes, it was still, I think it was on something called Moon Fruit or something like that which was around before, it was very basic kind of WordPress thing. But again, the University of Google was my friend and I was trying to figure out how to turn things into links and how to embed images and how to create backgrounds and those basic CSS stuff and I’ve always had that, “I can figure this out myself” kind of attitude to everything which has helped and hindered me along the way. So, basically, I kind of arrived in publishing and was able to do technical staff and no one else there had any idea about the internet.
They were creating like actually static pages each time, so every time they released a new magazine, they would get the designer to design just one single page with no links or anything, and they upload that and that was their website each month. It was just very… yes, times have changed.
YARO: In terms of your interest, obviously, you’ve cared a lot about fashion to want to be involved with these fashion publications. You liked writing and you liked designing websites.
There’s a lot of unusually crossover here of skills. I don’t normally see people who want to be the writer and also want to be the web developer. It’s like, where was your interest in all of these? Were you sort of just figuring stuff out as you went along? And, we haven’t even talked about starting your own business yet. So, can you take us forward from that point?
KATE: Yes, sure. I think for me, I have always been one of those people who has had a very wide variety of interests and who gets bored quite easily, and I love the challenge of figuring something out.
So, that’s kind of been how it all came about, I guess, and that’s kind of why I’m still and probably more hands on than I need to be now because I liked taking the challenges. But, so what kind of happened next was, so I was working as a web editor and I was actually quite bored. Though, at that time, they just didn’t get online and I wasn’t really doing anything like there was nowhere to go within that and also working in magazines is horrifically badly paid. I think I was on about like 28,000 or something and I was just living in Sydney, so I had to have a second job on the side to be able to afford to live. So, I’m like, “Okay, maybe, there’s a way I can make some little money on the side,” like that was my initial thought.
And, at the time, there were all thee newsletters that everyone would subscribe to. I don’t know, you probably might not have come across them because they are very female-based, but there’s one called Daily Candy and Michi Girl was a Melbourne-based one.
The weird thing is everyone in Sydney were subscribed to them and the Daily Candy one was featuring these cool things that you could buy in America. And, the Michi Girl one is featuring these cool things you could buy in Melbourne. But, everyone in Sydney was subscribed to them and I’m like, “Okay, this makes no sense. I’ll show you I can do something similar but featuring only things that you can buy online, so that no matter where you are, if you receive this, you can click and buy it. That was my initial idea.
So, I actually started… My blog started out as a newsletter.
KATE: And, yes. I got my bosses’ blessing at the time and went and kind of decided doing that. It took off really quickly because I think it’s one of these things that with just quite little time, online shopping was very new. People didn’t quite trust it yet and people also, most online stores didn’t deliver to Australia yet, so I was able to sort of offer value and a service by saying, “Oh, did you know, Top Shop… Did you know that you can buy this brand from this store but it’s because of everyone is cheaper in America, you can actually get it at a half price what you’d buy in Australia,” stuff like that. That was the start of the, what is now Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily.
YARO: Okay, that’s what I wanted to clarify. So, you’re still working as sort of a web publisher person for a magazine as well as obviously some other side jobs to survive in Sydney, and then you started what essentially was a, like if I think about it, it’s a daily deals email with some editorial content as well.
You’re talking about what’s kind of cool in fashion. Like Daily Candy, like… there’s a bunch of other ones that you said at the time, but you were focusing on local like, were you kind of promoting it within Sydney only even though you were selling things online? And, just to clarify, the selling part too, did you… like was that an affiliate relationship you had with the, like in terms of you making money from this?
KATE: Originally, I was going basically, very much of how magazines worked and I knew because I put together the newsletters from the magazines that they sold, banners on their newsletters for other times like getting enormous amounts of money. And, that was how it started.
And then, I started doing affiliate links, as well once I started to realize that even existed. So, everyday I’d feature a different item and usually have an affiliate link attached to it and it wasn’t just Sydney. The focus was definitely Australia but everything I featured had to ship worldwide just so that if someone else subscribed, it was still going to be relevant to them.
But, editorial-wise, I’d be saying, “Oh, it’s cold. It’s winter. Here are some jackets.” So, obviously, we had to be in the same hemisphere.
YARO: Of course. So, just to clarify the technical aspect, too because that’ always interesting for people and put this into context. Are you like 25-ish years old living in Sydney? You’ve obviously got tech skills, did you just go and register for something like Aweber to start this newsletter? Was that how it began, as simple as that?
KATE: Yes, yes, iContact was the one I started with and again, I was using good old Moon Fruit. That was my web design of choice but I just had a landing page with a sign up form on it which was hosted on DropDeadGorgeousDaily.com and yes, people signed up and then, they would get the email newsletters.
I would get into work an hour early everyday and put them together and that was not very organized and that was it. That was, yes. That was the start of my business.
YARO: How did it grow? Was it just word of mouth?
KATE: Word of mouth, a little bit of, luckily for me, nepotism is alive and well, because it was something new and exciting and I happen to work in magazines, I got quite a few mentions in some of the magazines to start off with. So, my email list grew pretty quickly.
I also had someone contact me about, I don’t even know if you’re allowed to do this anymore but, at the time, that worked well. There’s about six different people got together and each provided a price of a certain value and then also provided some budget to be used for promotion. And, for people, if they wanted to, and it was this one big competition, and if people to enter the competition, they had to opt in to at least one person’s email list. The people, they got me in at the end and people were putting in massive budgets. So, I was like, “Oh, I’ve got like 100 bucks. I will do it sure, but you know, I can’t be putting in thousands of dollars.” And, they’re like, “Oh no, no, that’s fine.” And so, I think there were about 10,000 people subscribed to my email list in a week.”
KATE: …which was amazing. Yes, that was like a pretty good kickstart to any online business.
YARO: How did that work? I don’t understand, so it was a competition and do you get access to all the subscribers in the competition, not just the people you get but also everyone else who was in that competition?
KATE: Yes. The page was set up and below the, it was the normal kind of 25 words or less mechanism and right at the bottom that, there was optin boxes checkboxes for all the brands that were in it and they had to check at least one to be eligible to enter. And, if they checked your box —
YARO: And, who promoted it?
KATE: Well, that seemed like we all kind of promoted it around to our own list and then, it wouldn’t have been Facebook ads, I don’t think. I don’t even know if there were Facebook ads back then.
YARO: That was too early.
KATE: Yes. But, some kind of online page advertising or maybe it was Adsense or something was where the budget went to.
YARO: Got it. Okay. So, basically, a lot of people who signed up would have ticked all the boxes so you got included with all the sign ups or a lot of them, and remarkably, it was marketing. You were getting 10,000 people at the end of the day which was, that’s fantastic.
KATE: Yes, I mean, there weren’t the most strongest leads in the world and I think probably of those, I’ve got like maybe 4000 were actually, stuck around, but it was still a good little boost at this time.
YARO: So, take us forward from that point. We’d love to hear that point when you were able to quit your job. I am assuming that’s coming up at some point, right?
KATE: Yes. This is all within the first couple months, I think I had nearly 20,000 people in my list by the end of the first year. But basically, it was kind of those things when you know, like all the stars are kind of aligned and my boss who I loved left and I got a new boss who I did not love quite so much. I was quite bored in the role that I was in. I was seeing this momentum in what I was doing and that it was starting to work. And, I’d had advertisers approached me and that was already making little bits of money like maybe $1000 a month kind of thing.
And then, I got offered a one to two day a week contract at, it was anonymous then actually, just helping them create content which would be enough to pay all my bills and kind of gave me the rest of the week to see if this was going to actually be a thing. So, I thought, I’d go, I would regret it for the rest of my life if I do not burn the boats, go and actually try this out.
And so, I quit. I wasn’t completely crazy, but I went and got a $10,000 personal loan while I was still employed and then, pretty much, this was like a buffer, and then pretty much, the day that arrived in my back, I walked into my boss’s office and quit. [Chuckle] I probably won’t do that again now. Just being 25 and really naÔve is actually quite a bonus to go and do brave things.
But yes, so then, I basically just locked myself away and tried to learn everything I could learn about online marketing and also about sales because back then, I was still using very much the magazine kind of model ad sales in return for coverage and things and I’ve never been a sales person before, so I had to kind of create systems to be able to be a sales person and to make sure that I was making enough money.
I was making a full-time income within the first year. It was more than what I was earning in magazines, but that wasn’t overly hard and then, I think, for the next probably even two to three years because I was sort of still stuck in that magazine mindset, it grew but slowly and then, it was probably about two years ago that I started playing with e-products… Well, actually not even two years ago. It was 18 months ago. I did it the hard way for a very long time.
YARO: Which is not surprising though given your niche. Fashion is not known unless you’re selling the fashion yourself of got a lot of good affiliate relationships. You’re running ads. That’s how you make a living as a fashion publication, right?
KATE: Yes, exactly. It was lucrative like I was earning six figures and I had three girls working for me and things like that. It just meant that my day to day was spent selling ads and that’s not what I wanted to be doing. So, that’s when I started looking for different ways of doing it.
YARO: Okay, before we dive in to that, I’d just like to sort of bridge the gap between Kate sitting there, well, quitting her job and having a 2-day a week job to keep the bills paid living off a loan of $10,000 and sitting there trying to grow Drop Dead Gorgeous. That transition, that period of time, so now, you’ve got three staff and you’re making 100,000 plus a year, a lot has to happen. Obviously, your audience has to increase. You got to have more content. So, could you, not necessarily go through everything that happened but I would just love to know what you think did the big changes. What were the big impacts? Were there any a-ha moments or inflection points where you made one change and suddenly your traffic grew or suddenly, your income grew? What was the smartest things you did in hindsight?
KATE: There are a few different spots and obviously, like everything changed again since. One of the biggest a-ha moments for me was that I was creating all these content in a newsletter, and it didn’t leave anywhere else in the internet [chuckle]. And, that kind of seemed a little bit of a waste, so I actually turned it into a blog and went with the traditional kind of blog format with that.
And then, when I did that, the number of subscribers and things grew, so I grew quite quickly as well because people could see the value before they were opting in to it.
The next sort of big growth point was I really started getting into Facebook and this was back, it’s like obviously Facebook is completely different now but a friend tipped me off on something that she’d heard that, at the time, it was if you post hourly to Facebook, your traffic will go through the roof.
YARO: Right, genius [laughter].
KATE: So, yes [laughter]. And, it did. It does not do that anymore but I’m pretty sure Facebook hates you if you post more than three times a day. It was sort of trying to see what people who were growing quickly were doing and trying to figure out how to model that to work for me.
So, that was one thing and that worked for a period of time and sort of grew our Facebook page to about 25,000 within about six months or something and I was getting lots amounts of traffic from there.
And then, I started looking at SEO stuff and building that in. So, it was quite a piece by piece kind of growth thing as I sort of like think, “Okay, I need to figure out how to do this thing now. I’ll focus all my attention and energy on that. I’ve kind of got that one working. What’s the next thing?
YARO: Were you still a one-woman show at that stage?
KATE: No. I had my first… A girl came, she approached me actually. She needed to do an internship for her university. They required that she did six months working one day a week for free and she wanted to work in publishing and I was in Melbourne by this point and there wasn’t really a whole lot happening in Melbourne publishing-wise so, she contacted me and came in and that’s discovering outsourcing [chuckle] and other people can do work for you, quite a moment in itself [chuckle].
When her six months ended, I started paying her to come in two days a week to help me out because it was just so invaluable.
YARO: Why, what did she do?
KATE: So, she helped me with creating the content. At that point, it was again, it was sort of one of those things that keeps changing, but the more content you created, the more traffic you would get also. This was probably about five years ago.
So, I was trying to go from creating one to two posts a day which I was doing myself to six to eight posts a day.
YARO: Wow, real magazine.
KATE: Yes [laughter].
So, that’s when a team sort of formed.
YARO: And, when you say, posts, you mean like this is fashion. You’re not writing long editorial pieces. Is that more lot of pictures…?
KATE: Yes. It was all short form, a lot of galleries and things because at this point, I was now using banner ads and CPM kind of stuff. So, you wanted as many page impressions as possible.
Yes, I think [unclear].
YARO: Right, I can see, you basically hired a writer and you ramped up your content production to get more paid views, to make more money from advertising as it worked back then, which, I mean, it still does to a degree now. It’s just all the numbers have dropped. You don’t get paid as much. All that content doesn’t bring in as much traffic like it used to. Is that what you found?
KATE: Yes, definitely. And like, around about this point, I had an ad agency. So, I worked in that agency as well to help with, so I’d have this standard like adsense kind of banners and then, ad agency would sell like the premium spots. And, we used to get $40 of CPM kind of thing back then, and that, I think is more like $2 now for a premium one. Yes, the landscape just continues to change and you have to keep kind of running with it.
More recently, the stuff that’s a biggest game changer as far as Drop Dead Gorgeous side of things, it’s definitely been Pinterest, figuring out Pinterest has quadrupled our traffic pretty much in like twelve months [laughter].
YARO: You have to explain that. So, you discovered Pinterest for the first time. How did you make it work?
KATE: Pinterest is one of those ones that seems to be, with mostly social media, how it works now is you have to basically plug at it for about six months with really small growth, and then, once you kind of get passed the tipping point, then it grows really quickly.
So, with Pinterest, I think, it took us about six months to get our first 5,000 followers, and then, the next six months, we got another 5,000 followers.
My best tip for Pinterest is you have to be posting the best stuff you can find and consistently. And, the beautiful thing about Pinterest is it’s so easy to find amazing content. You just have to be following really good people and then you edit down your favorites from what they’re sharing, and obviously, your own content from your blogs or sites or whatever, as well sort of trapped within that.
There weren’t tools back then but there are tools now like TailWind and ViralTag that I now actually sit down at the start of each week and do enough pinning for the entire week and sort of upload it all into ViralTag, and then you just hit ‘shuffle’. It distributes it for you out through the week. So, you don’t have to be sitting there going back in and back in.
YARO: When you say ‘distributes it,’ you mean just like, everyday, it will post or re-pin X number of pins for you? Is that how it works?
KATE: Yes. So, it drip feeds it out for you and Tailwind is actually, it figures out the times of day like it monitors your traffic, what’s happening with your interactions and things, and it recommends to you the best times of day for your pins and then, it kind of creates the schedule for you, so, it’s five or six–
YARO: Just to clarify for people who are completely clueless with Pinterest, so you’re taking photographs from your blog because you’re using photography already and you have to answer where you’re actually getting the photography, and you’re also following all these other people who use Pinterest and just taking, well not taking but you’re re-pinning, so basically hitting that re-pin button so it goes up to your wall on Pinterest.
So, you’ve got all these pretty pictures, I’m assuming mostly of women’s fashion going up every single day, lots and lots of it. I would love to know how many pins.
KATE: Yes, about 50 a day, if you do have [unclear].
YARO: Wow, okay. And, everyone of those pins, does it link back to your blog as well?
KATE: The ones you share from your site do. The rest link to whoever they came from originally. That’s one of the really nice things around Pinterest is it’s so easy to also be sharing other people’s things and everyone is quite happy to share other people’s things as much as they’re sharing their own.
YARO: It’s so funny. It’s like blogging in the early days. Remember when everyone used to share each other’s content on blogs, like you link to each other…
KATE: Yes [chuckle]. I will track back some things…
YARO: Yes. So, this thing on Pinterest is not going to last. Everyone is going to get all internal. They’re not going to share each other’s stuff.
KATE: Oh, I know and then, they are going to try and monetize it and destroy it and then, the next thing will come along which just seems to be rapid.
YARO: Very cyclical. I am curious with Pinterest because your subscriber growth, so you work hard at it. When you said you worked hard at it, were you actively trying to build relationships to get people to follow you? How does the actual following of you happen?
KATE: Well, now I’ve kind of come to terms with the fact that people are going to digest your content how best works for them. So, you know, email list and I actually did it because of the email list because our open rates had dropped quite a bit because most of our audience is quite young and they just don’t seem to like emails as much as they used to. So, they would much prefer to interact with us on Instagram and Pinterest.
So, for me, it’s like for right now, and for probably the last year or so, it’s figuring out which are the best channels for our people, for my target market? How do I make those ones work? And then, sort of playing where the people want to be interactively rather than being so hard driving them back.
So, for Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily, we haven’t been pushing emails signups as much as we used to although I’m considering going and changing that. But, in the early days, I did a lot of competitions and things to drive people to opt in to my emails, and that was kind of our main opt in focus.
YARO: Okay, can you just close the loop for me. I’m looking for your Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily Pinterest page. You’re just about to hit 150,000 followers, which sounds pretty epic.
Now, I can see you’ve got Pinterest, you’ve got Instagram, you got your own blog with all this content on it, you’re re-pinning and putting photos and pictures everywhere… it’s all pointing, or some of these is pointing back to your blog as well. Some of them are joining your email list.
At some point, there’s links to buy things plus you sell your own stuff. Is that how it all works, just like eventually, they are going to get offers from you?
KATE: With Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily, that’s like our next phase. We’ve been dabbling in very basic e-products. With that kind of fashion market, they’re not as… because it’s not so obvious the problem that you need to solve, and it’s not such like a high pain point topic. It’s more like light and fluffy and light and fluffy is sort of like a hook.
YARO: So, how have you been making money from it then, just pure advertising?
KATE: Yes, it is. It is very much still advertising model, advertising and affiliates is our main…
YARO: Okay, so how does that all connect with all the social media? Because with advertising, usually it’s on your blog same with affiliate marketing, right? So, do you have to keep bringing people back from Pinterest, back from Instagram to your blog, then get the page views in order to charge the money to the advertisers, is that right?
KATE: Yes. So, everything that we’re doing at the moment is to drive traffic back to DDG, not so much to have sales but just paid views. That’s right now. There’s plans for the future to change that.
YARO: Yes. It might be the best way. I mean it’s a fashion. Like you said, it’s not a pain point niche. It’s a rational passion niche as [unclear] follows them and you got people who just love and eat this up even you’re 50 pins a day, which is crazy. But, they’re not going to buy stuff. They might buy the fashion, but chances are you’re not necessarily going to be part of that transaction, maybe as an affiliate, right?
YARO: And, I can see why you probably, you can do good with that, but to get to the next level with magazine-style blog, your only path, and correct me if I am wrong, is to magnify the volume of audience you get which really only gets from magnifying the amount of content you get, which means you have to hire a lot of people to produce a lot of content to do a lot of social media. Is that kind of right?
KATE: Yes. That’s it in a nutshell. It becomes a very big beast to be able to grow it to the point where it’s something….
YARO: Like seven-figures, eight figures…
KATE: Yes, exactly. That’s when I decided to stop my second piece.
YARO: Right, I was going to ask you, did you have a vision for Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily of that or did you see more of it like where it is now like a good solid small business but you don’t want to deal with more staff, more of everything?
KATE: I’ve had a bit of mindset flip on this in the probably last 24 months ago which is, okay, I can hustle with the best of them. Getting in there and rolling our sleeves and doing the work has never been my problem, but do I want to do that for the rest of my life? Not so much.
That’s when I started looking like, okay, the thing is I love this business. I like that it gives me a creative outlet. I love the team that I have. But, I don’t want to be an ad salesperson for the rest of my life. So, what can I do to make this a bit lighter, a bit more streamlined but still allow me to increase my revenue?
I want your lifestyle. I want to be over in San Fran right now like that sounds amazing [laughter].
YARO: You and I have something in common which is your other business.
YARO: You should maybe connect the dots. So, when did that come into the picture with the chronology?
KATE: That was February last year, actually. And it was one of those, and I think a lot of entrepreneurs have had the way you just seem like going, “Oh, I don’t know if I can keep doing this. This is so frustrating. There must be a better way kind of things,” and I’d actually, I don’t know if you’ve come across, I’m sure you have Denise Duffield Thomas, who does the Money Mindset stuff. I’ve been chatting to her and she said to me, she goes, “Just repeat to yourself– ‘There are easier ways to make money.'”
And, I’m like, “No, there are not. It’s advertising… You can’t…”
She’s just like, “No, no. There are easier ways to make money.” And, it sat at the back of my head and then, yes. It just sort of popped into my head because I had a coffee with a blogging friend who had been blogging for about seven years. I’ve always loved the strategy side of things and the business side of things of blogging. I think, even more so, maybe than the creative side of things. And, she kept taking notes while we were chatting. And, I’m like, “What are you doing?”
She’s like, “Oh, I never thought of that.” And, I’m like, “What do you mean? It was just pretty straightforward and basic. Everyone would have thought of that.”
She’s like, “No.”
I asked a couple of other people about some things and I realized that over the six plus years, nearly seven years I have been blogging that I had, yes, I figured a few things out particularly around the magazine side of things.
Yes, I was finding it frustrating because being an ad salesperson was never what I wanted to be but I had managed to create a successful magazine style business where a lot of people I knew were just not there yet and I’d been doing it for a long time as well.
So, that’s was the seed, that was the start of the idea that maybe, there’s a lot of different blogging courses out there for different people but my niche, which is usually women, we’ve got two gay men in there, as well [chuckle]…
KATE: …the rest of them are women who want to do a magazine-style blog because that’s their passion project that they would want to make money from it as well, how they just didn’t seem to be necessarily one resource to step in through how did you do that? So, that was my, the Secret Bloggers Business came from, which is like the business side of that kind of blogging.
YARO: I love the fact that this is, I notice in this because obviously, I’ve been teaching blogging since 2007 with my own materials and pretty much everyone, including myself at that point, were just teaching how to make money blogging, so the top-level subject. But now, as all markets do, it’s fragmenting. So, I’ve decided to go, “I’m focusing on the sales funnel.”
So, it’s all about product sales through a funnel with the blog included. You’re sort of teaching more magazine orientated to other, particularly women and gay men, and then you thought of… I’ve seen a couple of people who are focusing specifically on cooking blogs like they run their own cooking blog and they’re teaching other people how to do a cooking blog, so it’s starting to fragment into specializations and like yourself, you’ve got the experience from having spent whatever it was, five, six years growing a fashion blog, which is a ton of knowledge and a ton of experience which translates great, into a training program.
My own story, I had a magazine website about card game and I had a proofreading business, and I had a blog so that when everyone comes from this background of collecting skills, then they can become teachers and, as I’m sure you’re finding out, which I’d love to hear more about now is starting a teaching business can be quite lucrative. So, can you explain how you spun that off? Because it is a bit of a spin-off of Drop Dead Gorgeous in a way, right? Because I am assuming a number of the initial customers of the blogging course have come from Drop Dead Gorgeous, is that right?
KATE: Yes. The entire first intake was from the existing DDG database and initially, the thought was that it would sit underneath and be part of Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily. I thought they would be one and the same.
But, and I’m sure you discovered, it’s a whole other beast doing online courses and things. I’ve got terrible shiny new projects [unclear] so I managed to launch three courses in the first year which was an excellent use of my time.
So, I came to a point where I felt like I probably exhausted the DDG database and I’m like, “Okay, well this has been much more lucrative than advertising,” and less icky as well, like I always felt a little bit with some of the advertising that you kind of cross the chain yourself a little bit particularly, around sponsored posts and things which I don’t advice people do. So, I kind of came to a point, drew a line in the sand and made them two separate things. And now, Secret Bloggers Business has its own. Then, I had started getting serious about going at least specifically the Secret Bloggers Business. And, that’s all your usual tricks. It’s the opt in to a lead page to an email series kind of thing.
Although, for me, I didn’t connect the final dot and have that email series actually be a sales funnel. It was just an opt in, here’s an email series so you can find out who I am, or warmed you up a little bit and then, I was doing launch models and that kind of thing.
YARO: Yes, that’s how I started too.
KATE: Yes, I know. And, it’s the same thing. I think everyone really seems to go along that same path of, “Oh, this seems like a great idea,” and you do it a few times and like, “Oh gosh, I can’t do that anymore. How do I make this easier? How do I make this give me a bit of a life?” That’s the point I’m at right now.
YARO: It sounds like you got to make some money, got to make some money. Then, you make some money. You got to work less, got to work less. Then, you work less. Got to find something more fun, more passionate and make money and then, this sort of all start to congeal together.
But, one thing we haven’t really talked about is how on earth do you start a second business while still running Drop Dead Gorgeous in terms of setting up a new blog, setting up a new email list, setting up a new social media channel, creating of course, writing all the messages in that sequence you just talked about, doing a product launch… a whole new business?
So, how do you manage this with the two? Because I actually failed at running two blogs at the same time myself, once I had two blogs, and to make it work, I had to completely outsource one of the blogs, all the writers and the manager. It was a magazine blog and it existed independent of me and then, I sold it. Have you done that? Is that how you’re managing the two businesses?
KATE: Yes. So, I’ve got a couple of writers, a VA, a designer, and a copy editor who are all freelancers who basically run DDG for me, and I actually had to physically split my week and physically remove myself. So, I’m in the office two days a week, because we’re in one of the co-working spaces in Melbourne, I’m in the office two days a week working on Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily stuff. And then, I go and I work on Secret Bloggers Business stuff. And, they know, don’t email me. If anything is urgent, contact me through a text message, but I had to actually physically separate because otherwise it was getting yourself in a little bit here and a little bit there and just not being very productive. And, I am very much a, and this is pattern of life, I would do absolutely everything at the last minute if it’s possible.
For all of the courses, I am creating the content. I’m building the plane as I fly it, or whatever it is that I’d like to say.
Now, I am in the process of all the courses of being created, I’m going through and sort of making them look a bit prettier and updating some of it, adding in some extra bonus modules and that kind of thing. But, it’s been a very long to-do list but luckily, I haven’t had much else on this last 18 months, so it’s been okay.
YARO: Can you maybe break down just a little bit of the chronology of that? So, you decide, “You know what? I’m going to do a teaching business. I’m going to market it to my fashion audience and see if who wants to take this course.” But, I’m assuming you didn’t create the course first. So, can you maybe go from idea generation and in the first launch campaign and what do you create? Because I know, you’re quite technical, so you’ve been doing, I’m assuming, all the websites yourself, writing everything yourself for Secret Bloggers Business.
KATE: Yes, I have [chuckle]. (I need to stop doing that). Yes, so when I came up with, you know, what I thought it was a bit of a crazy idea because I still had that, I don’t know that much kind of mentality, and I thought initially, that I just wanted to see if anyone would buy it. So, I sat down and I mapped out what the contents of the course, what are the modules would be, kind of like a paragraph for each.
I knew what I was covering and how I was going to present it. And then, I wrote a blog post and put a PayPal button in it and put that blog post on to Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily and it basically said, and I was really honest, I just explained how I sort of got to this point, and I was like, you know, I’ve been a bit burnt out and you know, it’s like some months it’s like trying to get what I was doing and I thought it must be better. I was getting quite stressed and then I had this idea and I’d love to share what I have learnt so maybe people don’t make the same mistakes that I did or maybe, they can get to where I got to just quicker. And, it’s going to be starting in a month’s time. Here’s a PayPal button if you want to come and join me. I had about 50 people sign up in the first couple of days, and I’m like, “Oh, okay.”
YARO: How much did you charge?
KATE: Yes, that worked.
YARO: How much was it then, Kate?
KATE: It was $197.
KATE: I’ve upped it a few times.
YARO: But still, $200, Paypal button on a blog post, on a fashion blog, and you get 50 sign ups. That’s pretty amazing.
KATE: Yes, I was in shock. I think that it was quite addictive, unfortunately. Then, I’m like, “I think this is so much better than selling advertising [chuckle].”
KATE: Yes, so that’s how it started and then, so for the first couple of months while the course was actually running, I was always three weeks ahead so it was never like the day before but I was creating–
YARO: Break that down, Kate. I got to interrupt because okay, 50 people buy your course, and you got nothing yet, right? You don’t have a page.
KATE: [Laughter] Exactly, yes. I didn’t even have a welcome email like it was nothing.
YARO: So, they gave you money and then, they got nothing immediately afterwards, right? [Chuckle] There’s a lot of faith there.
KATE: Yes [laughter].
YARO: So, did you think, “Okay, membership area, set up WordPress, get a membership plugin, did you have a customer relationship system? What did you do in terms of technical things and going forward?
KATE: So, my number one job was after people started signing up was again, I need them to be able to go somewhere, basically once they’ve signed up, so they realize that I’m just not taking their money and doing a runner.
I decided it was better to create its own domain and have all hosted separately… too many plugins. They don’t [unclear]. I set up a new blog. I used one, I found one of the themes that have go, what is it, Page Builder or something like that, it was one of the mass drag and drop kind of things. So, I thought I’d go with that because I wasn’t quite sure what I needed yet, so if something that was customizable was a bonus.
YARO: Like a Woo Theme or something like that.
KATE: It was Theme Forest but yes, it basically got a plugin that’s in the back end that pretty much, any page, you can set it up to look however you want which is quite handy, especially with the course stuff.
And so, step number two was to create this site and I just put up like a coming soon banner basically. And then, I started ironing out the kinks. So, it wasn’t just a Paypal button. It was a proper button which was linked to a membership service. The one I am using is Member Mouse. And, when that payment went through, they arrived in a welcome page that explained a bit more about what was going to happen and when and that kind of thing. That probably took about a day to get all that sorted out.
And then, once that bit was set up, then I was yes, hardly in there trying to actually create the content because I thought that the content being really good and really valuable was probably the most important thing now that people didn’t feel like I was a shyster running away with their money [chuckle].
I’ve done everything backwards. So, once the course was up and created, then I was like, “Oh okay, I probably should start building my email list.” So then, I sort of came up with some ideas for different opt in bribes and then I discovered lead pages which I have never really played with before and started learning about Facebook ads and all of that kind of stuff which is now, just pretty standard protocol, and yes since then, I’ve… yes, I actually don’t know what to do now [laughter].
YARO: I’m just even looking at your page now. You got a sales website where you’re selling eBook templates for bloggers as well or is that… am I correct?
KATE: Yes, that’s right.
YARO: So, you really branched out.
KATE: Yes, after I did the first course, and we got a Facebook group, I use the word “we”. It’s only me. I have no idea. I’m just chatting to people in there and finding out, “Okay, well what else do you need?” So, a lot of them were saying, a lot of them, they didn’t have my, not that I have a background in design. I think it was just something that I’ve always been interested in and figured out. That was like one of the barriers for them like this is why I won’t do a… because it won’t look pretty or it’s going to cost me $3000 to get a designer to do it.
So, I was like, “Well, actually, that’s not true. I do most of mine in PowerPoint. They are pretty simple and you could make them look good and yes, here are some templates.”
And, anyone can use these so that’s why I’ve got those there. People are asking about Instagram, they weren’t sure how to get moving on Instagram and I’m like, “Well, okay. We’ll do this whole thing.”
So, I have been very reactive, I think for once I’ve created also like a beginner beginner blogger’s course because there’s a lot of people going in to the main course and freaking out. They had no idea what I was talking about because it was that sort of assuming that level of knowledge, so I’ve done like a beginners’ beginners one and there’s like a more advanced one.
I’ve covered all the bases so far.
YARO: Yes, wow. So, it’s really turned into a fairly robust information marketing business now. So, you got a magazine blog, you got information teaching business and blog as well, and that’s kind of like how you split your time at the moment.
KATE: Yes, and my hope is that, because now the product is all there and I’m on a new product then I’m not allowed to create any new courses or any new anything.
YARO: Who is giving you this ban? Is that self-imposed?
YARO: Yes, okay.
KATE: It’s self-imposed [chuckle]. If I came up with an idea, I’ll write it down and I might have look at it in twelve months’ time. But yes, it’s now going through and fine tuning everything and getting things like the actual sales funnel is in process so that it’s something that will yes, kind of grow, not grow on its own but something that’s not going to take up quite so much like pushing an effort and something that I can just kind of keep rolling.
So, I can go bug off and live in San Fran for a few months, or things like that [chuckle].
YARO: I have to say I am a fan of your design work. I was quite shocked to hear that it’s all mostly you who have done it all. That’s like me designing all my stuff. I wish I was that good. So, you’ve got a skill there. I should recommend for all the people listening in here to just see what Kate is doing. Obviously, your websites are DropDeadGorgeousDaily.com.
KATE: Yes, Daily, yes, it’s even worse [laughter].
YARO: All one word, DropDeadGorgeousDaily.com, that’s the fashion blog with the team behind it now. And then, I hope I get this right the first time, SecretBloggersBusiness.com and in particular check out the Blogging Courses tab and you can see the different programs now that Kate is running, and also even like I said, the design is what’s really grabbed me. I think there’s a real, a feel to what you’ve done, which I suspect is attracting obviously the people from a fashion blog. Because like my stuff, if I presented the way I present to your fashion audience, they are probably going to go, “No. This is not pretty enough. This is not sassy enough.” Sassy is the word I think to use for your design styles here. It’s very graphically heavy and sort of modern design.
So, I think yes, it’s a really good continuation and you can see how you take in a fashion blog and turned it into an information teaching business as well, taking the same audience even though it’s quite different subject matter but there’s some overlap there. So, check it out.
Kate, we’re almost at the end here, we almost hit an hour. Thank you for breaking all that down. That’s really interesting and great to get clarity. You’re certainly a work horse. I can see there’s so much take in both these two businesses. That’s amazing.
KATE: That’s the next thing I have to work on.
YARO: Yes, well no doubt. You’ll really get some benefit from that considering how hard you’ve worked to have more people do other things even design work.
What I’d love for your sort of final words here is for those people listening now, let’s turn our attention to them. You have a lot of experience now with two different business models. I guess, like me, you went through magazine to information products and you tasted both sides of the fence, so you kind of know the pros and cons.
If a person is listening to this and A, yes, they want to start a blog but B, they are just not sure how to move forward now, what are you telling people today when they come to you right at the start, in a nutshell, you sort of gotten in towards one of these business models or what’s your step one for a newbie?
KATE: Step one for a newbie is to get their content right, actually, to figure out what it is that they have to say and what value they can add. But, as far as monetization-wise, what I normally recommend is people actually want to have a minimum of three different ways that they’re monetizing especially if they’re going down that magazine kind of path, and I definitely would recommend that if what they are blogging about, if their topic is something that they are a bit of an expert on, or that can really add value or that is basically… about the pain points and things, that if what they are sort of sharing is something that can really help somebody, then just sort of start planting the seeds and looking around at how they could possibly turn that into an information product.
But just because you go down the information product route doesn’t mean that you can’t do banners or you can’t do something else like that. I’m very much, okay, figure out which one is going to be the low hanging fruit, which one’s going to work best for you right now?
So, whether that’s banners or because you got a lot of page views or whether you got a really engaged audience or probably an e-product could work quite well, pick that one thing, figure it out, and then, once you got that one working, then go, “Okay, I’ll go and have a look at the next one,” and kind of layer it in. Because if you can get a couple of different layers working all at once, then that sort of gets rid of all the peaks and troughs of the online world. You don’t know if tomorrow adsense decide it doesn’t pay more than $0.01 per view or something like that, then you’re fine. You got something to lean on. So, that’s my advice.
YARO: Okay, content first, monetization strategy next, and then begin the hardwork.
KATE: Yes. Then, say goodbye to all your friends and family– just kidding [laughter].
YARO: [Laughter] I do like the fact that you demonstrate the, actually almost like a perfect example of it from working a full time job and getting something going still with the hour in the morning and then, in the night time and then, transitioning to two days a week of a job and then, using the rest of the time for your business, and then, eventually, going full time on your business. That was a lovely… even though, I’m sure it took a lot of time and you probably didn’t feel that lovely at the time but the transition, that’s kind of safe. That’s about as safe as you can get, really besides maybe the $10,000 loan that might have been a bit risky, but it’s a good example of you can do this if you have a job. That’s the point I am trying to make.
KATE: Yes. You’ve just got to carve out the time whatever time is going to be best for you. I am a morning person so arriving at work at 6:30 in the morning, that was fine with me. It meant that I was in bed by 8:30 most times so that’s all right [chuckle].
YARO: The opposite of me.
All right, Kate, any final words before you say goodbye?
KATE: Final words, I suppose it’s just, if you’re feeling like this is something that you want to do, don’t not do it. The scary thing I ever did was hit publish on my first ever blog post and then, it’s been an amazing roller coaster ever since then, but I would be kicking myself so hard if I hadn’t done it. Yes, it’s work but it all pays off. So, if you want to go and if you’ve got the entrepreneurial kind of spirit, you just have to do it. Otherwise, you’ll regret it. That’s my final words.
YARO: Right on, totally agree. Good final words. Kate, thank you.
So, DropDeadGorgeousDaily.com and SecretBloggersBusiness.com, two websites to check out for Kate.
YARO: Kate Mckibbin who is on every social media you can think of, as well given what you do. Thank you for spending the time sharing your story with me today.
KATE: My pleasure. Thank you for having me.
YARO: Good luck with everything in the future. I’ll keep an eye on it because I love looking at your designs, actually. You inspired me to sort of get a bit more modern with my design, as well. Not that I’ll be doing it but I’d like to steal some of your ideas.
Kate, thank you. Thank you for all the listeners. You guys know where to go. It’s entrepreneurs-journey.com for my other podcasts and also the show notes to go with Kate’s episode if you haven’t got them already, and obviously, the transcript will be available there too.
That’s it from me guys. I’ll talk to you all very soon.
All right. There you have it, the story with Kate Mckibbin. I hope you found that informative, educational, and very inspiring, as well.
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About Yaro Starak
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