Teaching Blog Traffic School
Do you want to share your ideas in a teacher blog and/or sell teaching materials online? Would you like to create a website for teachers but aren’t sure where to begin? Whether you’re just starting out or want to take your networking and blogging to the next level, a great resource called Teaching Blog Traffic School can help you out.
What is Teaching Blog Traffic School?
In the fall of 2011, I emailed the fabulous Laura Candler to ask for some website advice. She told me about Teaching Blog Traffic School, a video course for teacher bloggers that explains how to create high-quality content, sell teacher resources online, network using social media, and increase blog traffic and web presence. Laura said the course (and the support of the secret Facebook group that corresponds with the course) was one of the best professional investments she’d ever made. I respect Laura a lot and knew that if she was willing to put her seal of approval on the resources, they had to be worth checking out.
Teaching Blog Traffic School is founded by Charity Preston, a teacher who decided to stay at home with her son due to his medical issues just over a year ago. Now Charity’s son is healthy (yay!) and her business as an edupreneur is thriving. She has over 13,000 Facebook fans, 80,000 YouTube views, and her income is now far surpassing what she made as a classroom teacher. Charity was so thrilled that she was able to make a living doing what she loves (helping teachers) and created the TBTS course to equip others to do the same thing.
Are the videos useful?
I was initially skeptical about TBTS since I’ve been in the website game since 2003. But I was amazed at how many things I didn’t know anything about–networked blogs, doing give-aways, Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, etc. I also realized I was really underutilizing Facebook and social media sites, and learned that there were many simple things I could do to build relationships online. Until I went through the TBTS course, I actually had no idea how little I knew!
Rest assured–there are lots of teachers who are take the course prior to even starting a blog or Facebook page–they’re literally at square one! Because Charity is a former teacher, she understands how to convey information in a way that speaks to both beginners and advanced learners. Everyone in the TBTS group–at every level of expertise–agrees that the videos have been helpful. That in itself is amazing.
The Teaching Blog Traffic School videos are not slick, high-budget productions. They’re informal screencasts of Charity talking to you like she’s offering advice to a friend (which she will be after you join the group!) Here’s the intro video in which she explains how the course works:
The TBTS Moodle
One of the best part of TBTS is the new Moodle platform with message boards. I can post a question there and gets tons of answers from other teacher bloggers immediately. The quality of support available through that group is amazing: Charity and the members of Teaching Blog Traffic School are the real deal. They are people with integrity who genuinely want to help teachers and earn extra money in meaningful way.
We follow one another’s blogs and fan pages and cross-promote each other’s materials (a huge bonus!) Many members conduct group give-aways and linky partys, collaborate on materials for Teachers Pay Teachers, share one another’s links, etc.
Right now there are just over 100 members and I have to say, the group feels like family. There is actually a TBTS reunion at Charity’s house planned for the summer, and others of us are meeting up at the BlogHer conference in the fall. I feel like I have a group of positive, encouraging eduprenuers I can go to with any question, problem, or even celebratory announcement and get a caring response from people who genuinely want to see me succeed. That alone is priceless to me.
How do I join TBTS?
Click here to purchase the Teaching Blog Traffic School video course. It’s $59, which gives you unlimited access to all 30 videos and ongoing coaching/support from other teacher bloggers through Moodle. Charity offers an affiliate program so that I make a small percentage when people use my link to order the course, but as my long-time readers know, I don’t recommend anything that I haven’t used and loved myself!
I get so many great ideas through TBTS: I feel inspired and supported by the community and would say it’s had more of a positive impact on my blogging than anything else I’ve been a part of. I can assure you that every one of the video and written testimonials on the TBTS page are real, because I interact with those wonderful bloggers on a regular basis and watch how their sites and following have grown! I hope you’ll join us there and become a part of the community. See you in the group!
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