Cate Rosales is a blogging instructor who teaches online and helps others to achieve their dreams to be self-employed. This interview is filled with great information along with tons of free resources. Give your self a favor and read it or save it.
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1- Tell us briefly about yourself and how did you get into blogging?
Of course, I’m happy to do that! I’m Cate Rosales, the blogger behind SweetandSimpleLife.com. I live in southern California with my husband and our two babies. I’ve been blogging for a little over 3 years now and I’m a sucker for all things online business, marketing, and passive income.
I started blogging back when I was pregnant with my first baby in 2015. It was really just a hobby at first because I loved to write, and I loved telling stories that could potentially help someone who came across my blog. As my hobby blog started to grow, I decided I wanted to try my hand and making some money from it. And here I am 3 years later: a full-time blogger with my own online business. I seriously couldn’t be any happier!
2- I saw you are a very successful blogger and blogging instructor. How long did it take you to get where you are now?
Well, I had a lot of experience in the online business space before I started blogging. I was an administrative manager for many years, so I had experience in business, marketing, and social media management. Those skills really helped me to boost my blogging business quickly.
Success is relative, of course. But after I got laser-focused and strategic with my blogging business, it took me about a year of hard work to reach my monthly income goals…basically, walking away from my sucky day job and being able to pay my bills and feed my kids on my own is my definition of success.
I will say: all good things take time and effort. Blogging is not a get-rich-quick deal and you really can’t compare your own timeline to someone else’s. All you can do is educate yourself about the business of blogging, invest in the right tools, and put your time in.
3- I found you very active helper towards other bloggers regardless of if they are newer or established, what’s your thoughts are about supporting others?
Helping people is absolutely what I live for. It makes me so happy to support other bloggers on their journey and show them how to make money and build a successful blogging business. It’s a job that I would gladly do for free if I didn’t have bills to pay, that’s how much I love it!
And I think that supporting others is directly connected to our own business success. When you give of yourself and lift others up, it ends up lifting you up as well.
4-Tell us a bit about your blog’s name, How and why did you choose this?
My blog is called SweetandSimpleLife.com. Quite honestly, the blog has evolved a lot over the past few years, but its true meaning has always been the same. I’m all about keeping life simple so that we can enjoy the more important things. I used to blog about keeping life simple as a working mom, but my passion for sharing stories of motherhood just kind of faded after a while.
Over time, we evolved from a “working mom” blog to a “business” blog, and now all of my content is geared toward aspiring entrepreneurs that want to make money with their own blogging business. My original purpose still rings true through all of my posts: keeping things simple in life and business, so that we have time and money to enjoy the sweeter things in life.
I’m so proud of the name and the evolution of my content as my business grew. It has been exciting to watch my business and my mission takes shape and to have so much support from my audience.
5- This is my question for all successful bloggers, What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
When you own an online business, challenges will come up all the time. I’ve had months that I struggled to pay my bills, I’ve had other bloggers steal my content. You name it, I’ve probably dealt with it.
I honestly don’t recall one specifically challenging moment, because they come and go, and I choose not to dwell on them. But I will say that making steady money is a challenge for most bloggers in the beginning, so it’s important to be aware of that.
6- When did you decide to be a blogging instructor, your courses are great?
I was writing a lot of content about online business and marketing at that time. Many of my readers and commenters were asking me how to start a blog and make money…I realized there was a real need for education on this topic, and it was something that I could truly help people with.
I was spending hours upon hours responding to messages and emails, answering these same beginner questions over and over again. I decided it was much more efficient to create a simple beginner training course that answers all of these questions for you. I launched the course in early 2018 and it was one of the best decisions of my blogging career.
Here is the link to the course for any of your readers that would like to check it out!
7- How long after you started blogging did you begin to monetize your blog?
When I was blogging as a hobby, I never really intended to monetize. A few companies sent me free products in exchange for a review, so that was cool.
Once I got focused and decided to turn my blog into a business, I started making money right away. I only made a few bucks here and there during the first couple of months. And my income steadily grew over the course of a year. It’s all about your focus and your strategy. You can start making money pretty quickly if you know what you’re doing.
8- In your opinion, what’s the best social media strategy as there are too many platforms to be active?
The best social media platform and strategy will be different for each person. My best recommendation is to choose the ONE platform where your target readers spend the most time and learn how to rock it. Do some research, take a course, ask questions. Whatever it takes to help you capitalize on that one platform. Then you can use automation tools to share your content on the less-important platforms.
Most bloggers choose to focus on Pinterest at some point in their career, and I think that’s a good idea. I personally focus on Pinterest and Facebook to reach my target audience.
9- What is the best hosting site someone newer blogger should go with?
I personally use and love Siteground for my website hosting. But if you need a monthly option, Lyrical Host is good too.
The important thing is to choose a self-hosted site for your blog. This includes a small investment and you can follow my step-by-step setup guide in this article.
10- Can you shed some light on how important networking is?
Networking is great for any business. You connect with other people in your field, you learn what’s working and what’s not. So many doors open up when you step outside of your comfort zone and just start connecting with your colleagues.
I think it’s even more important to do when you run an online business like this. Because we have the tendency to sit behind our computer for hours and get lost in our own little blogging world. There’s actually a big, beautiful, supportive online community for bloggers. And getting involved with the community can lead to great opportunities.
11- How someone should use SEO keywords to increase blog traffic, please provide specific examples?
SEO is important because it allows your target audience to find your blog post right when they need it most. As an example, if you are a food blogger and you have a recipe about chocolate chip cookies, it would be great for readers to find that recipe right when they are searching for chocolate chip cookie recipes! That’s the beauty of SEO.
There’s a lot more to it, but here’s a simple for beginners: think of simple phrases that your ideal reader might type into Google when they are searching for something. Remember the chocolate chip cookie example above. Pepper those keyword phrases into your blog posts naturally so that Google knows what you’re writing about and where they should rank you on their search engine. This is a very simplified example, but it’s a good starting point. I also use and love Moz.com and BackLinko.com for help with my SEO.
12- What kind of attitude a blogger should have towards the readers, as I found some rude bloggers out there, as they were never new?
As bloggers, I think we have a responsibility to our audience, to be professional and kind no matter what. Of course, there are rude people in every field and we can’t change them all. But I personally believe your attitude reflects on your business, and it can be a good reflection or a bad one. I always try to err on the side of kindness.
13 -What best advice you have for newer/seasoned bloggers, please?
My best advice is to treat your blog like a real business. You are the CEO of your business and you have to act like it if you want to be successful.
Show up, do the work, serve your audience, and don’t be afraid to invest in your business.
But also, find joy in the process and make sure you’re having some fun along the way!
Thank you so much, Cate, for your precious time.
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