- Starting a blog even when you’re not sure what one is
- Growing it to 1 million page views per month three months later
- Operating a world-wide business from the Alaskan Interior
- How to become influential when no one knows you
Ana’s story began a few years ago when she and her husband were expecting a baby. With no money for a house she started sketching plans and began building with her husband whom she calls RAM (Real Alaskan Man).
With a mattress on the floor she wondered how she could make a farmhouse bed cheaply and easily. With $80 and some recycled lumbar, she made the bed they still sleep on to this day.
Ana found herself on a friend’s blog in October, 2009. Not sure what a blog even was at the time she clicked a button that said, “Get Your Own Free Blog.” Reaching hundreds of thousands of homemakers each month (most of whom are women), Ana has turned her online influence into income.
I asked Ana if she ever imagined she’d have the following she has now. She shared great tips on starting and growing an online community.
“Content is King, but community is Family.” – Ana White
Ana says to always start with what you’re passionate about. That’s not a new message around here but I enjoy seeing it come up frequently from new guests.
With 500,000 unique visitors each month and 2 – 3 million impressions, it hasn’t been difficult to monetize through advertising. Ana doesn’t charge anything for her plans and sees free as the way of the internet.
Ana received a cease and desist letter from Pottery Barn; apparently they didn’t want to be associated with her even though they’re well known for ripping off designs from popular bloggers. Ironic?
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