After making over $150,000 in only her third year of blogging, Kate Kordsmeier launched The Six-Figure Blog Academy to help other creative entrepreneurs make money doing what they love, while keeping their souls intact.
[This is my second interview with Kate Kordsmeier, founder of Root + Revel food and lifestyle blog. You can find Kate’s first interview here.]
For almost ten years prior to founding her blog, Kate Kordsmeier worked as a full-time freelance food and travel writer and recipe developer. Her content has been published in over 125 magazines, newspapers and websites, including USA Today, EatingWell, Cooking Light, Travel + Leisure, Shape, FITNESS, Women’s Health, The Washington Post, Clean Eating, Vegetarian Times, Wine Enthusiast, SELF and Real Simple.
Today, Root + Revel is a full time business, where Kate publishes articles and recipes that inform and encourage natural, mindful living, without sacrifice. Root + Revel provides a wealth of guidance and content covering everything from nourishing food to science-based self care; safe, non-toxic and effective green beauty; creating a healthy home environment; and holistic wellness. Kate is also a senior manager with Beautycounter, on a mission to get safer products in the hands of everyone.
A self-described “entrepreneur down to her bones,” Kate has expanded her business to help other online entrepreneurs benefit from her success through such offerings as one on one coaching and DIY resources, including how to start a food blog, how to grow an audience, how to turn blogging into a successful business, how to pitch an e-book, and the Six-Figure Blog Academy.
Kate lives in Atlanta with her husband, Matt, their son, Jackson, their two cats, Scout and Boo, and their puppy, Finch.
Kate Kordsmeier Show Notes
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Could you talk about changing your focus for your blog?
You said you changed it over slowly, was that hard and did you think you were going to lose the people coming there for recipes?
How did you come up with this plan?
Isn’t it funny that when we republish a recipe, we think that our followers will be bored because they’ve already seen it?
When you decided to take 4 months off for maternity leave, did you have things scheduled for while you were off?
Was it hard to go back to blogging after the four months were up?
Was your success all planned or did you just roll with it as it was coming?
Can you talk about how you shifted gears for the blog?
Can you talk about how you came up with the course you’ve launched?
Why do you wish you’d done income reports from month one?
How many income streams do you have going right now?
Can you talk about affiliate marketing?
Can you share a couple of your top affiliate companies?
Did you want to mention any more of your affiliate companies that one wouldn’t know about normally?
How would one go about finding out about these things?
I’ve noticed that you started to have a lot of photos of you on the blog, was that hard to do?
Since the last time I spoke to you, have you had any other big food failures?
What is your favorite cuisine?
What is one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
What would be your last meal?
Do you have a favorite cookbook?
Can you talk about when your course will reopen and what people can expect?