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Nov 15, 2023·edited Nov 15, 2023Liked by Christina Loff

Great tips! I did some of these, and will do more! Gotta get over my fear of going paid (although I have $800 in pledges - not bad!)

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I've had a Substack for 3 years and I still found this so helpful and succinct! You're such a talented teacher, Christina!

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Christina, I just finished watching. Wow! Let's just say I ended up with five pages of handwritten notes, shall we?!

Well done!

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Nov 15, 2023Liked by Christina Loff

This is helpful Christina. I'm gearing up to beginning my blog. I've been a reader since joining via financial subs on other platforms that recommended it and are also writing here. The only writing experience I have is in other professional positions. I write summaries and scopes of work for technician's and installation of residential home automation control systems. Not off the shelf stuff from Best Buy. My clients are a bit more challenging. I've always wanted to go mainstream about what I do and how home automation is beneficial for many reasons besides the "look what I got" factor.

One thing I've discovered is that there's so many talents here and to subscribe to all of them at five bucks a pop can easily add up to a modest car payment. My suggestion would be to offer TIP$ options as well. For example, if readers like a post or story by an author but don't want to commit to a subscription to see " the good stuff", the author can still generate income from that reader. Processing payment fees can be more welcoming by opening a Substack Escrow Account where the reader can put twenty bucks in it and get maybe twenty-five subtokens to tip authors for reading anything in a paywall sub and tip us for the free subscription materials if they wanted to. This may also help writers not have to resort to accepting crypto. And constantly filling in CC forms.

Looking forward to my first blog!

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Thank you for this, Christina. I couldn't make it on the day (professional speaking work!), and am very grateful for all the advice.

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This was really helpful, thank you Christina! I've had my Substack for some six months and this helped me figure out how to tighten up some things I had been missing.

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This was so helpful. Thanks!

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So helpful! Thank you!

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Wonderful orientation and overview. Wished I'd watched it before I started 10 weeks ago, but I'm gaining traction and learned even more from this excellent masterclass. Grateful!

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Been posting for a year and it's great to see how many new features Substack continues to roll out!! Excited to elevate my content next year <3

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Thanks for all these tips - very useful for a newbie 😁

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Thanks for this masterclass, really helpful and clear information. I’ve been making some tweaks - particularly to my about page.

Quick (and possibly stupid) question about changing the subdomain that you referred to. I’d like to use my own name rather than the publication’s name for the subdomain, I’m assuming by clicking on ‘change your name without breaking links’ ensures that you don’t lose anything...? Thank you

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fantastic! thank you so much for this succinct and knowledge intro to Substack! I'm starting....well, now, I think!

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Hey Christina -- I'm moving my newsletter over to substack officially in January (I soft launched it last week) and just watched this class and was like HEY I KNOW HER. You and I chatted a few years ago when Justin Barker introduced us. Your intro was great. Thank you! Glad to see you here.

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this was great! thanks so much. i just dove in without knowing much about substack. i find it to be the perfect place for me as a poet and artist. like you mentioned, this place isn't about an algorithm. YAY! i feel like the people who sign up, really want to be here and knowing that makes a huge difference for me as a writer. thank you, christina!

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I've already created my first post but don't want to publish until the design side is taken care of. Any recommendations for help designing? or designers, to hire?

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