Can you teach an old dog new tricks? | Learning how to make money online and grow a digital business | The Social Media Virgin Mature Lifestyle Blog

Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

It’s been a little while since I posted frequently and after starting Project 365 with a bang, it has been merely more of a fizzle on my site as of late. I have however been posting on Instagram and teetering around the 250 followers for a while, so if you’re on Instagram please do give me a follow! I’d love to check out your ‘gram as those millennials call it!


Anyways, after having my daughter show me how to change my theme on my website to make it far more professional looking, I’m back and submersing myself fully into Project 365.

Before the New Year, I had delved into Launching A Blog For Mature Bloggers and There needs to be more mature bloggers. FACT.

These posts really got me thinking, can you really teach an old dog new tricks? Metaphorically speaking of course. I’m 53, I’m hardly what you’d call old! As for a dog, don’t even go there!

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? | Learning how to make money online and grow a digital business | The Social Media Virgin Mature Lifestyle Blog

Armed with my brand new Canon EOS M10 that Santa brought me and my new MacBook I feel ready to learn more and start building this ‘laptop lifestyle’ that is the new way of work.

Having had a whistle-stop tour of how to operate my new camera from my daughter (she doesn’t have any patience. At all!) we headed down to the local beach and we shot the images for my Defensil Serum post. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out and can’t help but think that my new Canon Camera is really going to help me improve the aesthetics of my site and my Instagram.

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? | Learning how to make money online and grow a digital business | The Social Media Virgin Mature Lifestyle Blog

Getting to grips with a MacBook after having been used to a Windows desktop for all my tech life is taking some getting used to, but so far so good, and I’ve been able to create posts a lot more efficiently than I had been doing on my iPad with my wireless keyboard. Admittedly, my keyboard case is actually really handy though and was such a great purchase and I just love the portability of my iPad. Although admittedly I will achieve so much more with a Mac. It’s funny how you become attached to your gadgets.

Now I’ve got all the gear (and no idea), I’m really focusing on learning as much as I can about making money from home through blogging. I am a huge fan of Michelle from Making Sense of Cents and I have been reading her posts with great interest. Can you believe she made $110,000 in November alone! Mind-boggling.

Through reading her posts and other blogging tip posts while I’ve been scrolling through Pinterest, I have now decided that I am going to move my hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost. Typically I’ve been paying £7.19 per month for my hosting through GoDaddy, however, Bluehost is priced at just $3.45 a month which is a massive saving of around £50 annually. The reviews and recommendations from users is also exceptionally good.

You can grab your hosting from Bluehost here for just $3.45 per month.

I’ve also been waiting in anticipation for my daughter’s academy to launch, she’s been building and working on her coaching academy for over a year now and I just know it’s going to be great when she launches on Friday 2nd February. Even that in itself is an excuse to pop the bottles of Moet, isn’t it? It’s a Friday after all!

Her academy has been created to help bloggers and influencers from every niche, level and experience, upscale their blog into a thriving business so they too can become entrepreneurs and be in control of their lifestyles.

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? | Learning how to make money online and grow a digital business | The Social Media Virgin Mature Lifestyle Blog

I know I’m definitely biased, however for £9.99 a month it is certainly going to be worth subscribing to, mainly because I can get all the information from her brain without her actually talking to (at) me! As well as this if you’ve ever heard any of the free advice she gives, well, the paid advice is going to seriously help us all. She’s like a little oracle. I’m first in line when the doors open. She, alongside her employee Vanessa (who’s lovely), have totally reinvented the wheel when it comes to academies and subscriptions.

Sites she had previously subscribed to seemed to just offload the information with no guidance and a lot of worksheets to complete with little benefit. Together the ELLEfluence girls have created an engaging and interactive academy which is really going to push boundaries as well as their members to help take their blogs to the next level.

If you want to be on the pre-launch list then head over to the ELLEfluence site now for more details.

So now I feel that I’ve got all of the tech I need, I’m about to enrol in the academy and I’ve found a way to decrease my overheads for running my site. Onwards and upwards to generate some income.

I’ve just implemented affiliate programmes throughout my site. I use Awin and Skimlinks which are great synergistically, as anything I don’t have an affiliate link for on Awin, nine out of ten times Skimlinks has a link for me. This means that I’m not dropping any commissions from sites I recommend. See I am learning the residual ways to make money and make my site work for me!

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? | Learning how to make money online and grow a digital business | The Social Media Virgin Mature Lifestyle Blog

Alongside affiliate marketing, I have also added Adsense to my site to generate an additional income. It’s only a couple of pennies here and there at the minute, however now I’m learning how Adsense works I am going to start testing where it is best to place these ads for maximum exposure.

We’re just getting started

It’s a huge industry and a brand new world to me; The Social Media Virgin, but I’m really getting into it. I’m really enjoying my journey, it’s my time and I feel that right now I’m building the pillars of my digital empire. After all, I have to, I have a blogger lifestyle to maintain…

I’d love you to share my post with your Pinterest followers. Don’t forget to pin me.

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? | Learning how to make money online and grow a digital business | The Social Media Virgin Mature Lifestyle Blog

6 Comments

  1. We definitely need more mature influencers, I count myself as one of them and look, we’re women who’ve lived, we’ve had so much life experience, our opinions are so important.

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      Thanks Mandy, I totally agree. It’s not just for the millennials! It’s amazing how many ladies of a certain age have so much more to give (and stories to tell) and you are right, experience does count, its now our time to create successful digital empires! hope you are well x

  2. I definitely think there needs to be more mature bloggers. As a 27 year old, I don’t just want to read and learn from my age group and younger, I want to hear an older, wiser perspective on things, and I’d like to see how our world views are different — or the same?! Good luck with your new laptop lifestyle (I must ask Santa to bring me a camera too… I hope he still delivers after xmas 😉 ). I’ve followed you on instagram too. Perhaps you’re interested in my ‘gram’? 😀 (I’ve never said that — I’m not cool enough! ). @kateconservation

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      Hi Kate thank you for your lovely positive comments, I will certainly give you a follow and I am sure everyone is pretty cool in their own way even if they don’t think they are, it’s just a matter of perspective.

  3. This is brilliant! I absolutely love the thought of learning anything new, especially after official ‘education’ is over, really well done. That class looks great I might check it out too! x

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      Thanks Kelly for your kind words, I agree I absolutely love learning new things & being open to new opportunities, long may it continue that I retain the information I take in.

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