What’s it Like Working With Me?
“The coaching gave me the courage to quit my awful law practice job to focus on something meaningful – like my business.”
I’m winding down my bankruptcy law work to teach American academic skills to high school, college and graduate students and to write. I currently have about 5 or 6 private students and will start a new part-time position as I develop my private student business.
Before I took your course, I was thinking that I just needed someone to show me the way to develop my business into something that might one day offer the lifestyle that I want: teaching, writing, and location independent. I couldn’t find anyone that would do that until I came across one of your blog posts. I didn’t really have any reservations at that point – I was in a dead-end job, miserable and somewhat desperate.
At this point, I really love working with you. I can develop things at my pace without any pressure. But you still keep me on track and from wasting time, which I don’t have, and from pursuing ideas that my business can’t support yet or making too many mistakes in targeting my ideal customer.
The coaching gave me the courage to quit my awful law practice job sooner rather than later so I could free-up time and energy to focus on developing something more meaningful, like my own business. I’ve begun your “Sell More With Blogging” course and plan to complete that in the upcoming weeks.
I’m still working through clarity of purpose and business goals. But I have set aside time every week to work through the Sell More With Blogging course.
My biggest problem was figuring out all the steps to take to get my business started. I now know the steps, I just have to do a ton of work to execute them! I would recommend this service to others but only if they’re capable of working independently and meeting goals.
That you are kind and encouraging, yet not afraid to be honest and frank with advice or instructions. I really appreciate what you’ve created (the coaching and internet course) and I hope to one day emulate what you’ve done in my own business.
Shannon Brandao – Tutor and coach. Shannontutors.com
“My opt-in rate for my bribe is about 70% at the moment, which I’m just thrilled with.”
I’m a former journalist who now coaches businesses in public relations and social media. I’ve also done some corporate blogging and have been commissioned to write the biographical novel of one of Tasmania’s most prominent businessmen, due for release early next year. I’m planning to release an online program in October teaching businesses how to do their own PR.
My biggest problem before the course was not having a proper content plan. I second guessed myself all the time and often just ended up posting nothing. I feel more confident in what I’m doing now and the content that I have mapped out for the coming months to have the biggest impact. It’s nice to see a content calendar in front of me that has more logic to it. It’s also allowed me to focus more on guest posts that are going to yield the best results. If I’m going to give my best content away, then I need to make sure it’s worthwhile.
The course is very practical and easy to follow. It has a great balance of the “how to do it” and actual handouts that help you easily achieve what you’re advocating.
The best thing about the course? The handouts! I think it’s easy to read through a whole heap of “how to” information, but having something that keeps you accountable (it’s never nice to see a blank handout staring back at you!) is important in putting what you learn into action.
My opt-in rate for my bribe is about 70% at the moment, which I’m just thrilled with. I think honing in on that customer avatar has been so important and starting to have some guest posts happening. That third-party endorsement (ie being featured on someone else’s site) is just so powerful.
I’d certainly recommend it to others. Thanks so much for putting it together, Marya. It’s been fantastic! Well done. 🙂
Kellie O’Brien, Kellie O’Brien Media
“I’ve already found our chat has helped me shape my business for the better.”
I write and work with other writers helping them use different writing techniques to expand their creativity and find fulfillment in their work and personal lives. I’ve been running my business full time for the last year. Things are going well, but I still found many things that don’t seem to working as well as they should. I’ve also had a hard time prioritizing the different things I do.
I found our session to be extremely helpful. We covered a huge amount of information in a relatively short about of time. It was a lot to process all at once, but the way you laid everything out and explained made it easy for me to take notes to which I can later.
Most importantly, you began with the most important issues impacting my business which allows me to know where to place my energies first. I’ve already found our chat has helped me shape my business for the better.We discussed how the major factor impacting my business is that I am not precise about my ideal client and how I want to help them.
You also helped me realize that I don’t have to rush into setting up my plan and new website, and instead should take my time, lay out my plan and then implement. Best of all, you gave me a framework and ideas that will help me create that plan. Until now, I’ve been overwhelmed with all my options and didn’t know where to start. Now I know where to start.
My biggest problem was that I was not precise in who I saw as my ideal client. Without knowing that, my blogging, guest posting and offerings were also too broad, and visitors too often left my website not quite knowing if what I offer is right for them. I’d realized this was a problem but wasn’t sure how to narrow my ideas. You helped me worked through it step by step, so I left our hour not only knowing who I want to reach but with notes and ideas for conveying that information clearly on my website.
I would recommend you to others, absolutely. I’m an expert at writing, but the way I write fiction or non-fiction doesn’t lend itself to business writing. Having someone who could help me really hone in on a business plan made all the difference. You made it simple. While you shared a huge amount of incredibly useful information, it is all straight forward and easy to implement.
Leigh Shulman, Writing Coach, The Future is Red
“Now that I am shaping my goals and making them more precise, I can actually create a step-by-step plan to achieve each one of them.”
I have been enjoying your advice and experience for quite a while through your website, so working with you was a small dream come true. I enjoyed interaction with you, as you are a pleasant person to speak with and, of course, I benefited from your professional knowledge/expertise.
Our session was extremely helpful in a number of ways. First, it was a real confidence booster – to have a successful professional remind me that everyone (even the most successful people) always faces competition and challenges, and that these challenges have an enormous potential for growth, helped me become more proactive in my approach. Second – perhaps, the most important thing for me – I was able to organize my thoughts and form a fairly clear plan of my actions for the next few months. Finally, it was hugely inspiring – I feel like my mind is being flooded with all sorts of ideas (old ones being refreshed and new ones appearing in the light of our discussion).
My biggest issue was that I didn’t have a clear direction in my actions. I had a vague idea of what I want to do, but because it was too general and too undefined, I wasn’t able to move forward. Now that I am shaping my goals and making them more precise, I can actually create a step-by-step plan to achieve each one of them.
I believe in mentorship, and I believe this service provides exactly that with regard to blogging and internet-marketing. In just one session I received support and encouragement, specific suggestions of action, and analysis of the current situation with regard to my project. So, if someone is looking for a mentor with professional experience in these fields who is straightforward and focused on solving your problems, this is the place to find one.
Maria Delaney, Journalist/freelancer, Wise Women Club
“The content opened up a whole new world of things to consider and work on. I love having the worksheets.”
I mentor women, speak at inspirational women’s events, and have written a book and several short stories. I’m also a trained coach.
Before I bought your program, I assumed my new blog would be like most of my other work—an expensive hobby. But, most of all, I wanted it to be successful (worth the time) and I wasn’t sure how to begin and make plans.
My view of successful at that point was “impacting some people in a positive way.” The timing of the course was perfect. And, honestly, the price seemed worth taking the risk. If it had been more, I probably wouldn’t have considered taking it. And when you threw in the coaching session, I was tickled pink. 🙂
The content was clear, logical, practical, and thorough. And it opened up a whole new world of things to consider and work on. I love having the work sheets.
Since then, I have added a tagline, mini author bio on sidebar, created two ideal reader profiles, currently designing freebie offer, having a logo/header designed. And I did a final post on my previous blog and invited only my current subscribers to visit my new blog. I received some great feedback from them. I’m confident that continuing to apply the things in your course will yield positive results.
You’ve been responsive to my emails and I feel like (even though I’m behind) you’ll still be available as I continue through the last half of the course. Really everything was great. My schedule was a little too full to keep up but I didn’t stress out about that too much because we can work at our own pace. And I was thrilled with what I was getting. If I had felt I was right on schedule, I would have been more likely to interact with you a little more along the way. I am hoping for some feedback on the blog when I’m close to the ribbon cutting. 🙂
I have already recommended you to others! Several of my friends would benefit from it and seem interested. You provided everything you said you were going to. And the content is thorough, insightful, and doable. You’ve given me the tools I need to fulfill my goal.
Thank you for working hard to produce a quality course. I love it!
Sue Ferguson, Coach
“When I want to take another session, I’ll come back to you.”
I knew I wanted to start an online business geared towards teaching what I want to learn and grow for the rest of my life, but I didn’t know how exactly to package it and offer it as a product. I wasn’t sure you were the right fit for me, but when I interacted with you, I became confident that you’d be able to help me with developing my product, I decided to go with you!
My biggest problem was actually figuring out my product, and how to offer it.You are conversational, easy to work with, give lots of details and examples. I created a brand new website, implemented (and still implementing…) every single one of your recommendations, and I put my picture up 🙂 (Introvert speaking). I haven’t gone live with my site yet, however I do know that I have a much clearer direction and purpose for my new business.
I would recommend you to others – YES. You were not limited to just what your coaching package says, but met me where I was. That was a huge plus!
When I want to take another session, I’ll come back to you 🙂
Saiisha – Mediation Coach. NestInTheForest.com
“I would recommend this service to someone who is also in the first year of business. “
I found you were generous with your knowledge and honest with me about what I can expect and what improvements you could see I can make. I liked that you had prepared well and spent some time looking at my website and understanding me.
My biggest problem was getting clear on who my ideal client is. I was struggling to be specific and you helped me get there. I found all you information very helpful, useful and relevant to me. I have a list of Homework now.
I would recommend this service to someone who is also in the first year of business and blogging and who is struggling to find their way in the online jungle.
Thank you again Marya for your generosity in sharing your online knowledge and wisdom and for giving it to me honestly. I now now where to direct my energies and feel more ready for my business to take the next step.
Karen Main, Life Coach. karenmainonline.com
“I think you’ve done an outstanding job.”
I am a writer, therefore I share and sell books But I also have a passion to help others succeed at whatever their passion is. I’d like my blog to encourage others to pursue their individual passions and dreams and not give up!
Before taking this course, my biggest problem was not knowing how to build a sustainable and solid core group of followers / readers. Now I’ve launched my new and improved blog based on what you’ve been teaching.
I am thoroughly enjoying this course and very impressed with all of the well-thought-out lessons and worksheets (I am a also training coordinator and write training materials for my J.O.B. As such, I have a great appreciation for others who do similar work!).
I like the samples and examples, in addition to your suggestions (to help open my mind to the possibilities). I like being held accountable. I like the Module idea with a specific goal for each one. I like the progression over the space of a few weeks rather than getting everything all at once (easier to digest bite-sized portions).
I absolutely recommend this to others. I think you’ve done an outstanding job and it is clear you’ve put a great deal of time and thought into building the training materials. It is also very obvious that this is a passion of yours…and one you have been working on for quite some time.
Thank you for sharing your insight and expertise. I also like your very positive and supportive ‘attitude’. It shines through every word of encouragement! GREAT course and thank you for doing this. I am excited!
Peggy Lea Baker. Author, Artist, Entrepreneur. Smashwords.com
“HUGE takeaway was defining my ideal customer. I truly feel like this was the missing link in my plan.”
I have been following your work for awhile so was very excited to finally have the chance to work with you!
I really appreciate your style and insight. I got so much from working with you in our session. I can’t believe I missed something as obvious as defining who my target customer is! HUGE takeaway was defining my ideal customer. I truly feel like this was the missing link in my plan. I’m working on that now and really believe that once I know who I am targeting, I can find out how better to help them. By figuring this out I can better target them and provide the content they are looking for and would be inspired by.
I would absolutely recommend this service to others. You have a successful business and writing style and I firmly believe others can benefit from your experience and insight- especially when they are first starting out. Don’t change a thing!
Thank you again for our session! It was so eye-opening. So I truly appreciate your insight, wisdom and advice. I am sure this will make all the difference in my business. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Candice Cannel, Writer. candiland.com / deliciouslifeseries.com (coming soon)
“I would definitely recommend you to others.”
I thought the material provided was really good.
Since working with you, I have revised my tag line, added author bio, re-did about page, created reader profile but need to think about this more, reduced elements from side bar, still thinking about freebie offer – not sure what a shop should be offering… need to work on guest blogging still. My site definitely looks better and is now clear it is a shop!
Nothing I didn’t ‘like’ but would like a forum/fb group to be able to connect with others on the course. For me, your mini-blog critique is a critical part of the course as I wouldn’t have make so many changes without it.
I would definitely recommend you to others. You are friendly, encouraging and supportive. Thanks.
Rebecca Ward, Lingerie Pattern Technologist. Knit1tea1.com
“I really needed direction on how to start the whole idea of online business and the course was very helpful for me to learn it.”
I am about helping and educating people (adults and children) to live a healthy life and continue healthy living and enjoy everyday life through my ebooks, coaching and weight loss program.
Before enrolling your e-course, I was looking for an affordable course. So I wanted to enrol without any reservations. The course advertisement was very appealing.
All the materials provided were very presented in a clear organised manner. Only thing I wanted to tell about is week 4 and 5 were quite heavy. I would personally like the course to be for duration of 10 weeks rather than 6 weeks course.
So far I have changed the tag line and made it more readable, redid the about page, fixed the sidebar, created a ideal reader profile, pitched blogs for guest posting, left more comments on blogs, became very active on social media and created a freebie e-book just to name a few.
Since then I have more twitter followers, clear understanding of future blog posts and already have a list of ideas. Look and feel of the site is professional.
I really needed direction on how to start the whole idea of online business and the course was very helpful for me to learn it. I learned a lot and already implemented quite a lot. The whole course was really good. If the course could be spread out with the weekly contents to a manageable proposition it would be great.
Lalanthi Lawrence, Health Coach
“I also have close to zero tech ability, but it’s glad to know I can still do this.”
I’m a certified life coach, technophobe, but passionate about helping people design lives of meaning and happiness
Thanks so much for all your feedback and advice, Marya. Wonderful!!! I’m so appreciative. Now I am working to actually implement it. I think I’m going to have to invest some more $ in making the website stuff happen, but ok, I’ll do it.
I agree with you about my point of differentiation and ideal customer profile. I’ll keep thinking about how to project that on my website – probably more through design and topics than actual words that say “here’s who I want to work with” I’m using the Google keyword search to see what exactly people are looking for online – what problems they’re seeking answers/solutions to. That has been truly compelling and helpful.
I totally agree about the importance of the freebie. I’ve been wracking my brain for months about this! And yes, you’re right – I can get it done!. I’d love to do something different/original. I also have close to zero tech ability, but it’s glad to know I can still do this. I also need to hire someone to do my website and help me with video.
Thanks so much, Marya. Yes, I agree with everything you’re saying. Very wise and helpful. I’ll keep plugging away.
Irina Baranov, Life Coach
“My guest post got published today. It more than doubled my subscribers from that one post and that is from your help 🙂 I’m doing a happy dance here.”
I am a certified life coach and use the things I learned on my course a lot in my writing etc but I haven’t been providing coaching lately on a 1-2-1 basis – I found I preferred writing and marketing when I started marketing my coaching business 🙂
The accountability factor is a big thing for me. For example, I would have definitely not worked so hard last weekend without the homework you set and I coasted a bit during the week because I had no homework. (Not sure what that’s about because one of the reasons I wanted to work from home was to have more freedom!)
I’m really enjoying working on my business now and adding the actions from your coaching. I’m very excited about pitching big blogs too and offering content that will blow their socks off. I updated my About page yesterday and tried to convey my point of difference in that with a promise statement, added the social media links and sign up form.
I have now published one book in this niche so far and I’m not pushing it very much at the moment because my focus is on building up traffic but I expect to have a handful by the end of the year on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions. I am also creating a relationship coaching product sold from my site.
Thank you so much for your feedback and help. My guest post got published on Dumb Little Man today. It more than doubled my subscribers from that one post and that is from your help 🙂 I’m doing a happy dance here.
Jan Small. Relationship Coach
“You have inspired me and given me the confidence to finally complete a long held dream.”
Marya, Thank you very much for all you have done for my blog, which has lain redundant for so long until your professional touch. And for what you have done for me!!!
Your style of coaching service has been invaluable to my writing, to getting the business started and in moving it forward in the right direction. You know your stuff!
Just as importantly, you have inspired me and given me the confidence to finally complete a long held dream. I love your site; it’s fantastic to get your emails in my inbox as a constant reminder of what I ought to be doing to continue on this roll. Thank You!
Caroline Kirk – Writer. CarolineKirk.com
“Marya helped me understand the mindset behind my blog and gave me strategies to help reposition my services and offerings.”
Before I needed some insight and clarity into ideas that I had by someone with a lot of experience. I had uncertainty about the direction of the business I was about to start or the services I was to offer.
I enjoyed the very positive, encouraging and helpful session with a list of to do items.
I have a better idea about what how the blog is related to my business and what I need to do to make it profitable. Marya helped me understand the mindset behind my blog and gave me strategies to help reposition my services and offerings. I have a list of to do items to treat my blog more like a business and earn an income from it.
Thank you for your time, assistance and insights, Marya. I hope to make many of the changes we talked about and use your strategies to take the blog in a new direction.
Vishnu, Career Coach
“Your course is well designed, easy to follow, clear and blah-blah-free.”
First of all, please let me to say how wonderful your course is. It is well designed, easy to follow, clear and blah-blah-free. The structure is very logical and readable. It took me 7 months of procrastination and two weeks of following your lessons to start a project – a niche blog. It scared me to death just to start. But now it’s working, and people like it.
I also admire you being so modest – you haven’t tried to ‘sell yourself’ to your students – you sold us an information about how to do stuff instead.
Thank you very much for your work.
Maria Skatova – Language Coach
“I am thrilled to be part of your coaching. I appreciate your critique.”
I have a bachelor of journalism and while I was in my fourth year I started a blog “to see what the fuss was about.” From there I went travelling and kept my blog up as a way to document my adventures and stay in touch with friends and family.
With my themed blogging I picked up a LOT of freelance work. This is on top of my full-time writer’s gig for a non-profit (where I’m a staff writer so do all types of writing). Obviously it has become too much. I am now looking to get out of that 9 to 5 thing.
I am thrilled to be part of your coaching. I appreciate your critique. You’ve said all the things I’ve been thinking for months/years and I have no problem making those changes.
So here is what I’ve implemented from your critique: Wrote and posted new About Me content, reworked sidebar so it is clean and straightforward, changed order of elements, posted a blog with my new focus and started an account with Mail Chimp to begin collecting email addresses when people sign up.
Working on the signup incentive now!
Robyn Roste, Freelance Writer
“My productivity has escalated.”
“Having Marya in the background, and feeling accountable to her, has meant my productivity has escalated. My ‘to do’ list has always been full, but when working on my own, I don’t necessarily direct my energy in the most beneficial direction.
Having her look at the bare bones of my blog/business, and talk me through which avenues will have the most impact on visitor numbers and my bottom line has been invaluable.”
Jane Sarchet – Foodie.The HedgeCombers
“I would certainly recommend you to any artist or anyone who is struggling in getting their business off the ground.”
I would just like to say a very big thank you for helping me with my blog. You not only explained your first impressions, you highlighted what was important and what I should be concentrating on. You also gave me great advice re direction and the way forward. I know it will take effort on my part too but at least I now know what to work on.
I would certainly recommend you to any artist or anyone who is struggling in getting their business off the ground. You know your stuff.
Amanda Bilson -Artist. AmandaBilsonArt.com
“I walked away with a dozen ideas and action steps to take my blog to the next level.”
Working with Marya is a must for anyone who takes their online business seriously. She is not only very professional, but has a great eye when it comes to improving a website/blog.
After our very first session, I walked away with a dozen ideas and action steps to take my blog to the next level. I look forward to working with Marya again.
Juan Villarreal – Fitness Trainer
“Thank you for your positive approach to teaching/learning and willingness to share so much with each of us.”
Marya, Quickly want to say thank you, once again, for your training course! I am excited and working on the lessons – although slowly due to some other pressing projects that were already in progress – in particular my current novel (which is nearing completion…finally!). In the meantime, I’ve organized a binder with each module’s lessons, workbooks, checklists, and resources, and I am very eager to complete each one.
I am moving forward on doing the work and wanted to share my first worksheet with you. Thanks again for the handouts. It’s good to have the questions I need to think about all in one place–and to refer back to periodically, as I update my blog periodically. I’ve been happy to realize I’ve already done some of the work you suggest because of your blog posts and insights. It’s making me celebrate the hard work I’ve already done.
This course is important to me because need to develop a solid core of eager readers to sell my ebooks.
Thank you for your positive approach to teaching/learning and willingness to share so much with each of us. It is refreshing, energizing, and has infused me with great enthusiasm and anticipation.
Susan Minarik – Writer
“I really like the way you come across as a real person.”
I really like your emails, and the way you come across as a real person.
Just so you know… it was one of your last emails about the course. I liked what you said and how you talked about yourself and your work so much that I was going to email you to say why I wasn’t buying it this time (too much going on) but that I really enjoy your stuff and would definitely get something sometime. And then I decided to click through anyway and take another look, saw what was on offer and the price and thought I would get it anyway, even if I wasn’t ready to work through it just yet.
So good luck, and thank you for all your work!
Anne Waldon (via email)