Shauna Coleman Walker on Earning Income While Blogging Passionately
Shauna Coleman Walker is a mother of two, a Christian, and a professional blogger who shows others how to blog for income as well. Her powerful story.
Wow, Shauna. Thanks you for this interview. You have a powerful story that I’m excited to learn more about. So, let’s get started!
Where were you born and raised, what was childhood like, and what did you want to be when you ‘grew up?’
I was born in Alton, Il and raised in Brighton, Il till I was 8 years old then moved back to Alton. Childhood for me was both good and rough at times.
I was that kid at school with hand me down clothes on that were sometimes dirty because my parents couldn’t afford to wash them. I am pretty sure we always lived in the ugliest house on the street. You know, that one house every neighborhood has? That was us.
I also had good times like when I lived with my Aunt and Uncle who lived comfortably, but I also had times when I seen and witnessed things no child should ever see or go through.
One time in particular I watched a man, my mom’s boyfriend, hold a knife to my her throat and threaten to kill her if my brother and me cried. I believe if it weren’t for God that man would have killed us all that day.
I remember I wanted to be many things I when I grew up. The one thing that never changed though was I wanted to be a writer. I loved writing even as a small child.
What did your parents do for a living and was there any Entrepreneurship in the family?
My dad was an Art Student until my grandma passed away and then he took a minimum wage job at retail warehouse.
My mom lived on state assistance and later went on disability. Entrepreneurship was unheard of in my family. Those were the kind people my family stayed away from.
At one point, you were extremely poor and you and your family lived with the lights off. How did you get through this period?
This was during a time I lived with my mom. It was actually several times our lights were turned off. You don’t realize how much you rely on electricity or water until you don’t have it anymore.
I can remember being angry at times and I can remember a time when it was just “normal.” It was a way of survival going without.
When did you let God into your life, and has he made any appearance to you, or do you have any story of divine grace in action?
I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was a young child. Probably too young to even understand. When I turned 19 I fell away from God and went down a very bad path full of drugs, sex, and alcohol.
On February 5, 2009 I gave birth to my son and nearly died. The doctors, till this day, say I should not have lived through the birth; I lost 7 liters of blood. I was in ICU on life support for 3 days after my son was born and we did not go home till he was 8 days old.
That is when I believe God was most present in my life. I know He is here all the time but I truly believe it was God that saved me on that operating table.
When did you discover network marketing marketing, and what was your first two years like?
I discovered network marketing in 2013 but had no idea what it was. It seemed to have all things that could give me the lifestyle I wanted and help me achieve all my goals. It wasn’t until December 26, 2014 that I took the leap of faith.
My 1st two years were the absolute toughest. Only because I made it tough. I was one of those people who expected great results with-out putting the work in. I was looking for the next get rich quick opportunity. I just knew there was a way to make it big overnight…. oh how I was wrong.
What are the three best tips you have for new internet marketers?
- Do something you are passionate about. If you don’t look forward to working the “opportunity” then it isn’t the right one.
- Stay consistent and set a schedule. I can not stress this enough.
- Never Stop Learning! Read books, listen to audios, go to events, surround yourself with the people you want to be like.
In 2014, you were determined to become a 6 Figure blogger and write passionately while earning income. How did you find out about blogging, and what do you love writing about?
I first heard of Blogging around 2003. I knew then I wanted a Blog but just never knew how to start one let alone make an income from it. In 2013, when I first stumbled onto network marketing, is when I realized having a Blog that brings in an income was possible and many people were doing it.
I love writing about everyday things. Mostly inspirational things that encourage and motivate others.
I love your blog! How old is it, how many posts are on it, and what is your daily traffic like?
I started my Blog on December 26th, 2014 so it is slightly over 2 years old. I have 52 posts on my current Blog. I had well over 150 but when I made a huge decision to leave my previous company I took my Blog with me and not all my posts made the transfer.
My daily traffic is much more than I ever expected. When I first started Blogging I remember thinking to myself who would visit my Blog let alone read it?
Once I changed my mindset and believed people out there were looking for me, that is when things changed. I remember my first Blog Post that reached something like 20 shares, I was stoked, then I went back the next day and it had over 500 shares. That was just the beginning!
Should every internet marketer blog and why, and what should they promote to make money?
Absolutely! Blogging is a necessity for any business especially Network Marketing. They should promote something they believe in. This is where I failed in the beginning. I bet I went through 4 or 5 companies before I found SBC.
My tip is, don’t sign up if you’re not going to show up. If you’re not a user of the product or you don’t believe in it then find something else. There is something for everyone whether it’s Digital or a Physical Product.
What’s the best way to generate leads for you these days, and can you share a technique?
My blog is the best way! I use techniques like offering freebies. Free ebooks, books, audios, etc. I run weekly and monthly contest where I will send a book or audio that had an impact on me to someone who opted in to my email list.
What is your favorite book right now and why?
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? –Rick Warren
What are your goals for 2017?
My goals for 2017 is to:
- Have at least 3,500 viewers on my Blog per Day. That is around 100,000 viewers a month.
- To help as many people as possible become a successful Blogger / Network Marketer.
- To reach Diamond Rank in SBC by October.
- Donate $10,000 to Kafso Charity.
What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote? I actually have two!
“Do Unto Others As You Want Done Unto You” and “You can have anything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar.
Thank you so much for this interview Shauna!
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