The Newbie Blogger’s Guide to Success

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If you’re one of the thousands of people who start a blog each year, you’ve probably noticed that there is a LOT of information out there on how to set up your blog for success. For newbie bloggers, this amount of information can actually be discouraging. Where in the world are you supposed to start? What should be your focus? Is it smart to spend a lot of money on programs and resources to help you grow your blog when you haven’t made a penny from it yet? And as most new bloggers realize early on, the business of blogging involves much more than taking pretty pictures and writing about a subject you love.

I wrote a post a couple of months ago about my experience with Elite Blog Academy, a course that takes you through making your blog profitable. That course has proved invaluable for me, but it is fairly expensive if you are just starting out. It is also only offered for one week each year, so if you’ve missed the window, you have to wait a whole year for the next opportunity to enroll. I received several emails after I wrote that post from bloggers who just didn’t have the money to pay a premium for a course. Yet at the same time, they were eager to learn how to make their blog profitable.

side note:  Check out this post if you’re curious about the basics of starting a blog.

Last month, I learned that Abby Lawson from Just a Girl and Her Blog was relaunching her Building a Framework eBook. The original book was a great help to me, and I was excited to see she had added new content as well as three different options in purchasing the book. The first release of Building a Framework included the eBook as well as blog planner printables. But with this one, she is also offering video tutorials, an invitation to a private Facebook group, and expert video interviews.

I thought it would be helpful to share with you some of the things that have helped me in reading Building a Framework for those of you who are looking for an affordable resource in how to grow your blog.


Building a Framework - The Ultimate Blogging Handbook

Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook

Who this resource is for (Newbie Bloggers & Those Who Want to Grow)

The original eBook was written after Abby’s incredibly successful first year of blogging. So, with that said, this resource is geared more towards someone who is in their first couple of years of blogging or who has just decided to monetize their blog and doesn’t really know where to start.

What I like about this eBook

  • Building a Framework is written in a conversational, easy-to-understand style. Abby does not assume you know how to set up a WordPress account or that you know what a child-theme is. She shares the mistakes she made as a new blogger and offers insight into how things worked for her.
  • For a newbie blogger, Abby’s step-by-step screenshots are invaluable for initially setting up your blog. She also offers resources for many of the chapters. I particularly appreciated her plugins resource page, the media kit information she shared, and how to create a great About Me page.
  • At the end of each chapter, she has takeaways that you can put into practice right away. I like how she takes the mystery out of blogging and creates practical steps to start implementing.
  • My favorite thing by far about this eBook are the individual chapters on the different social media channels. That was my weakest area when I decided to get serious about blogging, and I knew I had much to learn from other bloggers. Abby lays out her specific strategy for each social media platform which gave me the framework to start figuring them out for myself.
  • The newest version of Building a Framework has even more detailed information about different scheduling software programs that will make your life as a blogger much easier to manage. I’m personally looking forward to reading up on some of these newer programs that I haven’t had a chance to look into yet.
  • The new version also has video interviews with top bloggers that are really helpful. If you’re wondering where to start with photography, why you need a newsletter (and what to include), and how to juggle blogging with your normal life, you’ll love these. I’ve just started watching them myself and have already learned so much.

How Building a Framework will help you

As you’ve probably noticed, you need to have a strong plan in place if you want to be a successful blogger. Very few bloggers can get away with writing when the mood strikes about whatever they feel like these days (if they want to monetize.) You’ve probably come across blogs that are incredibly put together and then realized the blogger is a newbie herself. The standard of excellence is high in the blogging world now but that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed.

What it does mean is a resource like Building a Framework becomes incredibly helpful. Rather than scouring the internet for a tip on Facebook for bloggers or a post about optimizing Pinterest, you can have everything you need to know to get started right at your fingertips. One of the things I love about blogging is the endless learning curve; it truly is a blessing and a curse, isn’t it? While preparing this post, I read through Building a Framework again and found myself taking notes about things I understand a little more clearly now that I have more experience under my belt. As I mentioned above, I can’t wait to read the updated sections since I know I still have a lot to learn.

You’re Not Going to Believe This

At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, you’re not going to believe the generosity Abby is extending to those who buy her eBook. She is grandfathering in everyone who previously purchased her Building a Framework eBook by offering them the updated option for free. What does that mean for you?

For this release, there are three package options available. When she releases a new version of these packages and adds new material and videos in the future, you will receive the updated version of your package FOR FREE. Isn’t that incredible? That said, if you do have the resources to purchase Package 3, I would go for it since as new resources are added, the price will go up. But since you will have already paid for it, you will receive everything for free.

If you have previously purchased Building a Framework and would like to upgrade to Package 2 or 3, there is an option for you as well. You won’t have to pay for the book again; you’ll just pay for the new portion.

The Details

I’m sure by now you’re curious about the details–what do you get in each package and how much does it cost. Well, here you go!

Starter Package
  • PDF eBook
  • 35 Chapters | 209 Pages
  • 32 Page Blog Binder
  • 9-Page Course Outline
  • Lifetime eBook updates with each new version
Advanced Package
  • PDF eBook
  • 35 Chapters | 209 Pages
  • 32 Page Blog Binder
  • 9-Page Course Outline
  • Access to the Exclusive Building a Framework Facebook Group
  • 20 Step-by-Step Video Tutorials
  • Lifetime eBook updates and access to all future tutorials
Master Package
  • PDF eBook
  • 35 Chapters | 209 Pages
  • 32 Page Blog Binder
  • 9-Page Course Outline
  • Access to the Exclusive Building a Framework Facebook Group
  • 20 Step-by-Step Video Tutorials.
  • 15 Video Interviews with Expert Bloggers
  • .mp4 Audio Files of All 15 Expert Interviews
  • Lifetime eBook updates and access to all future tutorials and interviews


I’ve personally been watching the videos in Package 3 this week and have learned so much already. I have a little notebook that is quickly filling up with ideas to implement so I need to go on a creative retreat to plan! :) The step-by-step video guides are helpful to be able to see Abby’s process (how she sets up her BoardBooster account, etc.) and the video interviews are great to learn how other top bloggers make their blogs profitable in specific ways.

I honestly think you’re going to love this resource! Building a Framework is approachable, helpful, and full of great advice that will get your blog growing.

If you’d like to learn more as well as what other bloggers are saying about Building a Framework, click here.

Have a lovely {and creative} day, friends!

47 thoughts on “The Newbie Blogger’s Guide to Success

  1. This is great info beings I am a newbie. I signed up with Wax for blogging but noticed that pretty much every blogger speaks of WordPress. Did I make a big mistake? The thought of starting a blog completely from scratch again is overwhelming. I usually find that I shouldn’t purchase these tutorials or books because they are WordPress based. Have any advice?

    1. Hi Melissa, Yes, most bloggers do selfhost via WordPress, and Abby’s book speaks to that. That said, chapter two would be the only one that is irrelevant to you (as it is about how to set up a blog from scratch.) If I were you, I’d download the free chapter and look through the chapter titles in the index. That way you’ll be able to see if it looks like something that will be helpful to you. Hope that helps! :) And Happy New Year (a few days in advance. :))

  2. I found your review full of great info for the newbie blogger. I definitely wish I had this kind of resource to refer to when I began myself. The book is well written & helpful. Thanks:)

  3. Hi there, this is a great post, and this is something I wish I had ran across before I started blogging because I think I would be a lot farther than I am, but I’m catching up and learning daily.

    1. Thanks for your comment! :) I know, there is so much to learn, isn’t there? Who knew. Hope you’re having a great day!

  4. How awesome! My name is Nicole, and I’m one of the co-hosts for the Merry Monday linky party. I wanted to stop by and thanks for sharing this at Merry Monday’s. Perhaps though it might be best to stick to non affiliate based posts though, in keeping with the Merry Monday theme. Have a great week!

  5. I have her ebook too. I haven’t had a chance to go through the new additions though. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Great resource tip! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we’re looking forward to what you have to share next week. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  7. Hi, thanks for this resource. I have been blogging for 2 months & its way tougher than I ever thought it would be! I could use all the help & advice I can get.

    1. I know! I had no idea blogging was so involved when I started. :) I wrote that this resource is for newbie bloggers but it there is also a lot of new information as you grow too. :) Hope you have a great day!

  8. As a newbie blogger, I’m really interested in this book! I just began blogging in April when I left my teaching job to become a stay at home mom to our baby girl who was born in early April. If I buy package one, would it be possible to upgrade to package 3 later? I’d love to at least do package 1, because that price is the most manageable with our budget and I may have a hard time fitting $75 in, but if I love the book and am implementing a lot from it I don’t want to be kicking myself later for not getting everything.

    1. Hi again, Rachael! I just rec’d an email from Abby that said that yes, they will always have the upgrade packages available. So if you can only afford the book for now, that’s fine. You can get the other packages at a later time. The book is quite a tome in itself so it will give you a good foundation to start with–hope that helps! :) Oh, and p.s. congratulations on the birth of your baby girl! Have fun with her–those newborn days feel so long but you’ll look back and wonder how they flew by so fast. :)

  9. Thanks for sharing this. As a new blogger i love reading any helpful tips, books, idea etc, since I’m trying to learn as much as I can.
    Sarah-Ann @ Living Intentionally Simple

    1. You’re welcome, Sarah-Ann! I know, there is so much to learn when you’re just starting out. I liked how Abby writes in a conversational voice so it is like talking to a friend who happens to have a really successful blog. Hope you have a great day! :)

  10. Thanks for sharing at the party. Can’t wait to check this out when I get back. Pinned & shared.

    1. I think you’ll like it. It’s another great resource. :) I think the videos are like going to a mini-blog conference! :)

  11. Blogging manual, I say yes! So much to learn! Thank you for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things and I hope to see you next week again!

  12. Most people don’t realize that you have to learn to blog. It’s so much more involved than you realize when you first get started. This seems like a good resource!

    1. I know–I blogged for years here and there and so thought all I had to do when I started this blog was be consistent with posting. Little did I know! Abby’s book & videos have definitely been one of those resources that I keep coming back to because there is a LOT to learn. Thanks so much for stopping by, Kim! Hope you have a great weekend. :)

  13. Love love this!! I have seen this several places and I think you have convinced me that it is worth purchasing! I would love to help spread the word by having you share this on Making Memories Mondays! :-)

    1. I think you’d really like it, Cathy. It is a LOT of information, for sure, but I’ve been going through the videos as I have time and implementing bits and pieces. I really like the ‘expert’ interviews because so many of them are my favorite bloggers. :) It’s great to hear their methods for viral posts, newsletters, photography, TIME MGMT (good grief, we could all benefit from that, right?), etc. etc… I’d love to stop by Making Memories–will be right there! :) Have a great week! :)

      1. I am so exited to join in on the fun, and start learning lots! I am also so happy that you shared this on MMM! I am so glad that you came! I hope to see you on Sunday 9pm EST for another MMM! :-)

  14. I loved hearing your testimonial, Jennie. You’re so right about Abby’s generosity. I’m still in awe of how much she has jam-packed into the book itself, let alone all the bonus resources. Also, your post graphic is absolutely ADORABLE! I love your doodly style!

    1. Thanks so much, Lauren! :) :) I know, I felt like saying, “Are you sure?” to Abby in terms of us getting free upgrades forever because WOW, what she is providing now is sooo much info. It is going to take me a while to get through it but the inner student in me LOVES that. :) And thanks for your love to my graphic–you’re the best! Have a great week!!!

  15. Thank you so much for being willing to share Framework with your readers, Jennie! I appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    ~Abby =)

    1. You’re so welcome, Abby. It has been a great help to me, that’s for sure! Have a wonderful birthday! :) :)

  16. I have been seeing more and more about this book. I read Ruth’s book and I would like to join her course, but it wasn’t in the budget for me this year. Hopefully next year. I’ll have to check out this book.

    1. Hi Sheena! I think you’d really like this book. I’d call it EBA-lite. ;) And the price is much more doable for many of us!

      That said, it is still packed with tons of information. I’ve been going through the videos this week and have learned so much. (Abby interviews 15 top bloggers on different topics–super helpful!) You can see sneak peeks of the videos here: Building a Framework video snippets. I also have appreciated watching Abby’s video tutorials on how she set up BoardBooster and what her typical process is after a post goes live. (There are a ton of how-to videos in Package 2 too!)

      Hope this helps! :) Have a great day!

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