Build A Blog To Build A Business

Well, it's my birthday today – so I ALMOST had a day off, except…. my son and family were coming to see me, but they had car problems and got delayed coming back through France (Russ lives in Spain).

Anyway, my lovely sister scooped me up for a birthday meal yesterday and Russ and all his girls will be with me on Monday.

So although it means I will have had two days of birthday treats, that left Sunday – my actual birthday – with a bit of a gap, which of course I decided to fill by working! So much to catch up on….

Never mind – birthday chocolates and wine are on hand for this evening and I shall treat myself to a quiet evening, looking forward to my delayed visitors arriving tomorrow.

Build a Blog, Build a Business

blogging-build-px-300x250In case you wonder why I'm so busy that I decided to work on my birthday, it's because I have been putting the finishing touches to a new book I am writing to show small businesses how to Start a Blog

It's written for people who want to start an online business, but either don't have a blog, or they have a blog but it's not yet performing as well as they had hoped.

I firmly believe – and I'm sure regular readers will agree – that you should base any online business round a self-hosted WordPress blog. My new, free, eBook goes into more details of “why”, “how” and what to do to get beyond the basic “Hello World” stage.

It's not about complicated stuff like coding and CSS. I know many people enjoy that and are good at it – but I believe you can still have a successful blog without that. Happily I am starting to see sales from my own blog (here) that prove the point!

If you think you could benefit from these tips, please order from: Build a Blog, Build a Business.

And as if finishing that off wasn't enough to have on my plate this weekend, I'm not far away from the launch of….

My First Paid-for Internet Marketing Product

Social Media TrainingDrum roll….. I've talked about it for long enough, and finally my first “paid-for” Internet Marketing launched. There have been a few teething problems, but hopefully getting there now. Anyone who has ever done this will understand, I'm sure!

The product is an eBook, and it's the result of the coaching program mentioned earlier in the year. It would have launched a long time ago if it hadn't been for my parents' ill-health crises, which obviously took priority.

Social Media and Your Blog

My first “paid-for” product is about Social Media, with an emphasis on using the main social media platforms to get traffic to your blog – which should be the heart of everyone's business.

It's aimed at people who have already been able to set up their basic social media profile (so not for absolute beginners), but for people who – having got the basic pages set up – want ideas and resources to take them to the next level.

(Free resource: I used Survey Monkey to compile a questionnaire, then included it in a broadcast to my list. The results were illuminating and depressing, but have made me rethink my strategy!)

Back To My Birthday

The chocolates and wine are calling… So with apologies for a short post this weekend, I will go put my feet up!

Joy Healey

I left it too late to plan for a financially secure retirement. Don't make my mistake. Start building an extra income with a part-time (or full-time) business online. Think you don't have time? Can't afford the start-up cost? Can't meet sales targets? Contact me for free advice (no obligation) on the best fit for your circumstances. Exciting retirement business opportunities here.

Ryan Biddulph - December 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Joy, and congrats on both your free and paid eBooks! Very exciting times! I released 10 books in a 4 month stretch earlier this year, and there are few better ways to find your audience, to build your brand and to establish your credibility than by publishing eBooks. Really, they’re my fave and now that I’ve published so many that’s pretty much my wheelhouse outside of blogging.

Enjoy your day Joy!!


    Joy Healey - December 15, 2014

    Hi Ryan,

    Great to see you here again.

    I’d LOVE to publish eBooks and blog full-time, that would be my version of paradise! (Although not quite sure “Blogging from Harrow” has quite the same ring to it LOL.)

    But for the moment it has to be balanced with my day-to-day business to pay the bills. Your example inspires me that one day I will get there. One eBook at a time, and I guess two in one month is a good start!

    I know a lot of people recommend video learning, but I must confess I prefer eBooks, then I can print them out and make notes as I go along! (Just an old-fashioned girl, I guess.)

    It’s been a good birthday thanks, despite the disappointment of my “lost” visitors. But – I have them to look forward to on Monday!

    Thanks so much for your good wishes of encouragement and congratulations. Exciting (and scary!) times.

    Have a great week, Joy

James McAllister - December 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Joy!

Congratulations on completing both your free and paid eBooks! I released my first book a few months ago, and it was a great experience. Releasing your own product is very exciting, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out for you.

My personal goal now is to write a minimum of one a month. I’ve found the first book is the hardest, and good books can be written out relatively quickly once you got a system in place.

Hopefully these books will be the first of many to come! Wishing you success with sales, Joy!

    Joy Healey - December 16, 2014

    Hi James

    Thanks for your good wishes, and I’ll keep you posted!

    One a month is probably too ambitious for me, given my other commitments, but I’ll certainly do another when “things” have settled down. You aim for one a month is a great goal to have and I wish you every success.

    Keep in touch and I’ll love to hear your progress.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

Harleena Singh - December 15, 2014

Hi Joy,

Congratulations and celebrations ๐Ÿ™‚

We just wished you too at the ABC (Aha!NOW Blog Community!), and wishing you every success and joy – always.

Wow! That makes 2 eBooks- lots to read and learn from you I’d say. I still need to find that quiet time to sit and write mine, and that’s something I plan doing in the new year for sure – somehow!

Thanks for sharing this with us, and best wishes once again! Have a nice week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joy Healey - December 15, 2014

    Hi Harleena

    I’ve just “got back” from your community, having found that super banner you made for me.

    Fellow bloggers – do visit Harleena’s blog and join her community – it’s a great resource.

    Well, the free ebook is “up” and the second is almost there. Can’t say it won’t be a relief when it’s finished.

    We’ll all look forward to yours too.

    Thanks for your visit and good wishes,


Edward Thorpe - December 15, 2014

Hi Joy,

Hope you’ve enjoyed the birthday goodies, you certainly earned them!

I downloaded the free ebook and will get your new product as well. Good luck with both.

Like you, I prefer reading to video. But, we’re among the minority, I fear.
One more time: “Happy Birthday, Joy!”

    Joy Healey - December 15, 2014

    Hi Edward,

    Enjoyed my birthday thanks – although it’s still continuing today as I have my son and family arriving later (car permitting).

    Hope you enjoy both books – thanks for your continued support. I really appreciate it.

    Rushing now to child-proof the house. Lucy is crawling now!!

    Have a great week, Joy

    Joy Healey - December 15, 2014

    Hi Edward

    I certainly did enjoy them, thanks. (And more to come this evening!) Tomorrow I’ll have to be looking at some of your exercise posts ๐Ÿ™

    Thanks for downloading the ebook and I hope you’ll find it helpful.

    I prefer reading because if I print the book or course out then I can make notes on it, also I can easily find bits I want to review, rather than trying to skip through a video. Glad I’m not the only one!

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

Terry Jenkins - December 15, 2014

Belated birthday greetings Joy. Hope you had a memorable day.

Nice to see someone else working hard on a project. I am trying to get my first product and sales funnel out there and have also been blogging about it.

Hope everything goes well with your launch.


    Joy Healey - December 15, 2014

    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for your good wishes – it still counts as my birthday as I’m expecting birthday visitors “soon”!

    Gosh – I just read your post and my “busy weekend” pales into insignificance compared to yours. Take care not to overdo it.

    Anyway, thanks for the good wishes for the ebooks. The free one is fine, still a little delay on my side for the paid one.

    Hope yours will all go well too.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

Joe Cheray - December 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Joy. I am glad to see you had a good day and that you have so many cool things going on with your business. I am halfway through the list building challenge, so once I am done with it I will grab your e-Book. I love to see what other folks in my industries are doing.

Have a great Monday.

    Joy Healey - December 15, 2014

    Thanks Joe,

    Well I certainly keep busy that’s for sure. The great thing about being your own boss is that you can choose what to do – the bad thing is that sometimes you choose not to do the things you should be doing (like the List-building Challenge in my case.)

    Glad to see you’re keeping up with it – Sue does some amazing challenges.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

Judith Morgan - December 15, 2014

What fabulous timing, Joy! You are giving me a good idea, the first of many I’m sure, to always launch new paid for products on our birthdays and other high days and holidays! x

    Joy Healey - December 15, 2014

    Hi Judith

    LOL – I must confess as I try and balance finishing my product off while preparing for visitors and fit in birthday outings I’m not honestly sure I rank this as one of my better “decisions”. And truth be told it wasn’t so much a “decision” as a slipped goal ! But – hey – better slipped than missed. I’ll get there….

    Welcome to my blog and I hope you will find other posts of interest, Thanks for dropping by.


Donald - December 15, 2014

Happy birthday, Joy, hope you’d a good day!

Thank you for providing all this information. I must download the first one, I probably won’t be able to read it right away, I’m a slow reader at this time of yearโ€ฆ

Have a good Christmas, keep well!

    Joy Healey - December 16, 2014

    Thanks Donald

    Had a good birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

    Download and read at your leisure, and I hope you will enjoy it.

    You have a good Christmas too.


donna merrill - December 16, 2014

Hi Joy,

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on your product! So much to celebrate and well deserved.

It is not so easy to create a product then hook it all up for people to purchase. Everything has to be in working order (that’s the difficult part for me lol)

This is a great feeling and I am so happy for you.


    Joy Healey - December 16, 2014

    Hi Donna

    Thanks for your congratulations and good wishes. Few panic moments today, but think I’m getting through it.

    I will be honest and confess that a lot of the technical stuff and hooking it all together has been done by my coach, as part of the package I signed up for with him. I’m learning as I follow on.

    It’s good to see it live, although final checks still in progress due to a last minute glitch (by me – whoops!)

    Yes, feeling good to have got this far!


      donna merrill - December 17, 2014

      Hi Joy,

      It happens all the time! Just when we think everything is in place…a glitch happens. David does most of the technical stuff for us and when I see him pulling his hair out, I know we have a glitch lol.

      After a while you just get used to it. Glad your coach is doing this for you.


        Joy Healey - December 18, 2014

        Hi Donna,

        Ah, the beauties of having two of you in the same business. Well done for managing that – I know from experience that can be a challenge in itself. One that you are successfully managing! My son also handles a lot of technical stuff on my computer for me, but I can’t get him interested in blogging so he doesn’t know WordPress. He’s more of a connectivity and geeky stuff guy.

        Yes, there’s always another glitch round the corner and I’m resigned to it now. No chance to get bored!

        Have a great weekend. Joy

Joan White - December 16, 2014

I’d be interested in seeing a blog on your Survey Monkey results. That piqued my interest. I hope your family made it there yesterday and you all had a great time. Will they stay for Christmas now or come back? Have a productive week Joy and I’m downloading your ebook even though I prefer video. Having said that I’m not looking forward to making them for my 1st training course lol

    Joy Healey - December 16, 2014

    Hi Joan

    When I have a few more replies I’ll certainly write more about my Survey Monkey results!

    In the meantime I’m having mild hysteria getting the product finally launched, and starting some promotion for that.

    It was my elder son and family who visited me, plus my two lovely granddaughters. It was only a fleeting visit as they’re now on the way north to visit my parents.

    Russ will return to me briefly before he heads back to Spain where his business is, as he has customers booked in over the holiday period. Laura and the babies will be spending Christmas with her Mum this year. Bit sad, but that’s business for you ๐Ÿ™

    My other son and his wife will be spending Christmas with me and my parents. Confused? I am!!

    Thanks for downloading my ebook – I hope you will find it useful.

    I’m afraid all the videos I have made so far have been confined to the recycle bin – never to be restored. At least, the ones with me in them. I made one or two in my health niche using Animoto. If calm ever returns to my life I must use Animoto or something to promote my ebook!

    Good luck with your training course videos – you’ll be great.


Adrienne - December 16, 2014

Hey Joy,

Happy belated Birthday my friend and I hope you enjoyed your special day despite everyone running late and you ending up working.

Looks to me though that you had some fabulous announcements to make through this post with it being your birthday, you finishing your free opt-in eBook and now the release of your new paid eBook. Those are some great accomplishments and I have no doubt you’ll do very well.

Congratulations finishing them both and eager to hear about their release this week.

Enjoy your week now and hope you had a great time yesterday with family.


    Joy Healey - December 16, 2014

    Hi Adrienne,

    Thanks for your good wishes – yes an exciting week. Complicated (pleasantly) by the family visits, but – hey – it wouldn’t be “me” if it went according smoothly.

    Just sorting out a panic or two (by me) and I should be writing about the final product release next post – unless I have checked in to a sanatorium somewhere ๐Ÿ™‚

    Watch this space….


Sandy - December 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Joy! Wishing you great health, great wealth and full of Joy, all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

Downloading your book after this cimment. And look forward to your launch. Have great success and many more to come! All the best.

    Joy Healey - December 18, 2014

    Hi Sandy

    Thanks for your good wishes. I had a lovely time with the family.

    Hope you enjoy the book – and I amended my post because my Social Marketing Beginners book has now launched! Hooray. Although it didn’t happen ON my birthday, getting it finished and out there was a great birthday present!

    Have a great weekend. Joy

Enstine Muki - December 18, 2014

OMG I’m late on this. Are there still some birthday cakes?

Happy birthday dear friend and congratulations on your products. That’s the way to go my friend – product creation. Being an author is awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

I remember abandoning my warriorplus.com account due to Paypal issues in my country. Things are better now and I think I’ll have to check back on that account.

Congrats once more for releasing both product. Coming from you, I have no doubt there is real value inside.

Good luck Joy ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Joy Healey - December 18, 2014

    Hi Enstine,

    Thanks for your good wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

    > Are there still some birthday cakes?
    Haha! What do you think? Sorrreeeee

    And further apologies for having been absent from your own excellent blog for far too long – but you can see why, from the above post.

    I’ve just been stretched too thinly of late and running to catch up all the time.

    Just hoping for a calmer few days now.

    However, even after the stress of it all, I must admit to a sense of satisfaction when the ebook finally went live – and even better now that sales have started coming in too!

    Thanks also to Jackson for the Christmas gift – I was lucky enough to grab one before they all went.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

Nathaniel Kidd - December 18, 2014

Happy belated Birthday Joy! My gosh you have been busy. Congrats to you! I already know that it going to be an awesome eBook. I am very interested to read it myself.

Your free eBook will be a great intro into your Social Media eBook. What a very smart idea! I wish you great success. I look forward to following you in 2015!

    Joy Healey - December 18, 2014

    Thanks Nathaniel,

    Yes, it’s been a busy few months. I hope you will enjoy the book. If you have any issues receiving it, please get in touch as I’ve had one or two teething problems. Never easy!

    Anyway, thanks for your good wishes and we’ll certainly stay in touch in 2015.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

Navneet Teotia - December 18, 2014

Hi Joy,

First of all, happy birthday to you again.

Congratulations to you on launch of the both the ebooks. It is wonderful how you are launching two ebooks at once. No wonder you have been so busy lately.

It has in fact turned out to be great that both books are released together since they are complimentary to each other.

I wish you all the best for both the products.


    Joy Healey - December 18, 2014

    Hi Navneet

    Thanks very much.

    At one level it seemed madness to release the two together – but it does make sense, as the free one can promote the paid one! Fingers crossed.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

ikechi - December 18, 2014


Happy Birthday and Congratulations for a wonderful achievement. I am sure your product gave you so much sleepless nights and busy days. It is great that it is finished and ready for success.

Many Happy Returns. God bless you.

    Joy Healey - December 18, 2014

    Hi Ikechi,

    There have been some panic moments after the release, as well as sleepless nights up to it. But let’s hope it will all be worth while in the end.

    Thanks for dropping by, Joy

Abrar Mohi - December 18, 2014

Hi Joy,I\’m happy to see two back to back ebooks on your blog. I just had a look on the free one, it seems nice already. I hope, I will grab the paid one soon. Both topics are really useful. First people need to build a blog, you\’ve just guided it on the free one. Then the bloggers can go for social media marketing as you did in the paid one. I\’m sure many people will be interested to get the paid after reading the free one.Oh! I forgot, wish you a happy birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joy Healey - December 20, 2014

    Hello Abrar

    I’m glad you requested the free ebook – yes, that’s the plan – that once people have got their blog set up, they will continue on to need the paid eBook to help with Social Media, plus more advanced courses.

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, and for dropping by.


Philip Verghese Ariel - December 19, 2014

Hi Joy,

Here comes a bit belated Wishes from Philipscom & Associates.

It’s indeed a great privilege to be here again to check out this wonderful giveaway.

Thank you for the lovely eBook, I just downloaded. What a coincidence a gift to your readers on your Birthday.

That is really lovely. Well written piece!

I just had a glance at it, you did a wonderful job on this piece, I appreciate your writing skills. Keep it up!

Keep writing and share it with your esteemed readers.

May you have a great year ahead Best Regards ~ Philip

    Joy Healey - December 20, 2014

    Hi Philip

    Well, they say it’s better to give than receive, so – yes – my birthday gift to everyone is the free eBook. I’m glad you liked it and hope you will find it useful.

    Thanks for your visit and good wishes.


Larry Frank - December 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Joy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you enjoyed the day even as you were waiting in anticipation for Russ and his girls..

It’s good you launched your product, both free and paid, that’s a lot of powerful tips to read from you.

Congratulations for that.
Thanks for sharing, and do have a wonderful day ahead..
Marry XMAS

    Joy Healey - December 20, 2014

    Hi Larry

    I’ve had a great few days thanks. Russ and the girls have left now, and next week Matt and his wife ELke and their dog Bailey will be visiting to spend Christmas with me. It’s a wonder any work gets done in December.

    However, I can relax a little now that my two books are launched.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family, Joy

Don Purdum - December 19, 2014

Hi Joy,

Happy Birthday! I’m sorry I’m a little late to the party. I love what you are doing and I need to be a much more regular reader of your blog. In fact, I’m going to join your email and I look forward to reading your ebook!!!!

I’m working on my through the holidays and in fact I’ve decided to write on free one per month and then eventually I’ll move them over to paid from free, or do a variation.

It’s good to finally connect!!!

I hope you have an incredible weekend and a Merry Christmas!

~ Don Purdum

    Joy Healey - December 20, 2014

    Hi Don

    Welcome to my blog, I am so pleased you found me and I hope you will find plenty of helpful information here:-) Thanks for downloading my ebook.

    I will also be working quite a lot of the holiday time. Funny how it used to be a two day holiday and now – in the UK at least – it’s expanded into a two WEEK one. However, that works well for me because my offline clients are closed, which means I can progress my online business.

    Nevertheless, I hope we will both have some quality time over Christmas.

    Yes, very pleased to connect. Thanks for your visit.


Mi Muba - December 19, 2014

Hi Joy

Gosh I am too late but must wish you a very happy birthday because this occasion comes once in year and can’t wait for one more year to wish you on right time. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is great to learn about your premium product and wish its more success.

The topic of the post is so eye-catching and happy to click it. Had I not clicked it, I would have been unaware of your joyous moment of your life.

Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and happy moments.

Stay blessed.

    Joy Healey - December 20, 2014

    Hi Mi Muba

    So glad you noticed my “title” and that encouraged you to read this post. I know that titles are an area I have to work on!

    I had a lovely few days over my birthday.

    Thanks for coming back to comment, Joy

Mark - January 1, 2015

Hey Joy!

It’s a little late, but so glad you enjoyed your birthday!

And big congrats of the launch of your first paid product!

That’s got to be terribly exciting! And for sure your experiences will help everyone that’s ever struggled trying to sort out the in’s & out’s of
successfully marketing online.

Happy belated birthday!LOL! Hey, as far as working on your birthday goes, take the work anytime you can get it!LOl!

And now you can share step by step exactly what it takes to complete
a project like that!

It certainly make for some interesting reading!

All the best BTW going forward with your launch and in 2015 and beyond!

    Joy Healey - January 2, 2015

    Hi Mark

    Thanks for your good wishes – for both my birthday and the product launch. Birthdays near Christmas aren’t the best …. I think I should be like the Queen of England and have an official birthday sometime in Summer.

    The product launch was scary and lots of stress and worry involved – although I have to confess I had a LOT of help on the technical stuff from my coach.

    Next time I think I’ll be expected to do a lot more myself LOL.

    Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year, Joy

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