My name is Anna, and I am an independent journalist who runs an online publication called The Insight. The Insight is a platform where I share my original and in-depth articles on topics such as politics, culture, technology, and more. I also post my articles on Twitter/X, a social media network that allows me to reach a wider audience and interact with my readers. Thanks to Ghost and Leapjuice, I have been able to launch and grow my online publication and make a living from my subscriber income. In this blog post, I will tell you my story and how I achieved this.
How I Started My Online Publication
I have always been passionate about journalism and writing. Ever since I was a kid, I loved to read newspapers, magazines, and books, and learn about the world. I also enjoyed writing essays, stories, and poems, and expressing my thoughts and opinions. I dreamed of becoming a journalist and having my own publication someday.
However, my dream was not easy to realize. I studied journalism in college, but I struggled to find a job in the industry. The traditional media outlets were either too competitive, too biased, or too restrictive for me. I wanted to write about the topics that I cared about, and have the freedom and flexibility to do so. I also wanted to have a direct connection with my readers, and get their feedback and support.
That’s why I decided to start my own online publication. I wanted to create a platform where I could publish my articles and reach a global audience. I also wanted to make money from my work, and not rely on ads or sponsors. I wanted to have a sustainable and independent business model, where I could charge my readers for premium access to my content.
How I Chose Ghost and Leapjuice
To start my online publication, I needed a CMS and a hosting service. I did some research and compared different options, such as WordPress, Medium, Substack, and more. However, none of them met my needs and expectations. WordPress was too slow, complex, and expensive. Medium was too limited, crowded, and unpredictable. Substack was too simple, generic, and inflexible. They also took a portion of income/fees.
That’s when I discovered Ghost and Leapjuice. Ghost is a modern, open-source, and headless CMS that allows you to create and manage your own online publication. Leapjuice is a premier managed Ghost hosting platform, built on Google Cloud, that offers the best technology, service, and price for your Ghost site. I was impressed by the features and benefits of both Ghost and Leapjuice, and decided to give them a try.
I signed up for a free trial of both Ghost and Leapjuice, and was amazed by how easy and fast it was to set up my site. I chose a domain name, installed Ghost on my server, configured my site settings, and uploaded a theme. Within minutes, I had my own online publication, ready to go. I also connected my Stripe account to my Ghost account, and created my pricing plans and products. I decided to offer a free plan, a monthly plan, and a yearly plan, with different prices and features. I also created some coupons and discounts to attract and retain my subscribers.
How I Created and Published My Content
After setting up my site, I started to create and publish my content. I used the Posts tab in the Ghost admin panel to write my articles using Markdown, HTML, or the rich text editor. I also added images, videos, links, and other media to my articles. I used the Post Settings menu to configure my article settings, such as title, subject, preview text, from name, from email, reply to email, and more. I also chose my audience, which could be my free subscribers, my paid subscribers, or both.
I published my articles either immediately or scheduled them for a later date and time. I also previewed my articles before publishing them, and edited them if needed. I made sure to write high-quality, original, and engaging articles that would appeal to my readers and subscribers. I also made sure to write consistently and frequently, to keep my publication fresh and relevant.
How I Promoted and Grew My Publication
After publishing my articles, I promoted and grew my publication. I used Twitter/X, a social media network that allows you to post short messages and links to your content. I created a Twitter/X account for my publication, and posted my articles there. I also followed and interacted with other users who were interested in my topics. I used hashtags, mentions, and retweets to increase my visibility and reach. I also joined and participated in groups and communities related to my topics.
I also used other methods to promote and grow my publication, such as email newsletters, SEO, guest posting, and referrals. I used the Analytics tab in the Ghost admin panel to track my publication performance and feedback. I saw various metrics, such as views, visits, subscribers, revenue, open rate, click rate, unsubscribe rate, bounce rate, and more. I also saw my subscribers’ comments and reactions, and replied to them if I wanted.
How I Made a Living from My Subscriber Income
Thanks to my hard work and dedication, I was able to make a living from my subscriber income. I started to get more and more subscribers, who paid for premium access to my content. I also retained my existing subscribers, who renewed their subscriptions and supported my publication. I also got some donations and tips from my generous and loyal subscribers, who appreciated my work and wanted to show their gratitude.
I was able to earn enough money to cover my expenses and save some for the future. I was also able to invest some money back into my publication, and improve my site, content, and service. I was also able to enjoy the benefits of being an independent journalist, such as having the freedom, flexibility, and satisfaction of doing what I love and making a difference.
How You Can Do It Too
If you are inspired by my story and want to start your own online publication, you can do it too. All you need is a passion for journalism and writing, and a platform that supports your vision and goals. Ghost and Leapjuice are the perfect platform for you, as they provide you with everything you need to launch and grow your online publication and make a living from your subscriber income.
You can sign up for a free trial of both Ghost and Leapjuice, and get started in minutes. You can also check out their websites for more information and testimonials. Ghost and Leapjuice are the ultimate choice for online content and publishing.