Building Raving Fans with Design- My Interview with Marianne Manthey WPCP: 067


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Today I’m joined with the amazing Marianne Manthey. Marianne is a designer and has her own blog where she shares tips on how to make your site just that little bit better. As well as having design tips on her blog, Marianne also has a book out called:

Blog Beautiful: 50 Tips + Fixes to Make Your Blog Glow!

Marianne started a Facebook page early in 2013 for her blog to share things whilst her blog was being set up. She was doing her Facebook page for six months before her blog launched in July, and she gained 100 followers at this time.’s aim is to teach women how to design their own blogs. Also to show people how easy it is to do customizations, learn design, learn more about different styles, etc. Marianne wants to share all of these things with her readers and that’s why she created her book. Blog Beautiful has all of her thoughts on design inside. She needed a place to pull all of these thoughts into one and put them in order and work through with people – where to start, what’s next.

Questions I Asked Marianne

1. What made you really step up before your site was ready?

2. Before we get into the site and the blog, fill everyone in with what you do during the week? 

3. When did you officially launch the blog? 

4. What’s the premise behind it? And when you launched it, what was the plan and direction you wanted to take it in?

5. How do you manage all of this? 

6. What were some of the challenges or obstacles that you faced in growing this? Any advice? What would you recommend to somebody? 

7. With the writing, did you use a tool like Scrivener or Evernote?

8. Have you thought about publishing it as a physical? 

9. How long did it take you from concept to sale? 

What You’re Going to Learn

  • What Marianne would recommend to someone who is thinking ‘I want to start creating my own books, or products on my site. Give me tips or suggestions?’
  • Who her book is ideal for
  • What she enjoyed most about writing her ebook
  • How she approached the marketing of her first ebook
  • How the pre-sale process went
  • Whether or not she set up a big launch strategy
  • What she would do differently
  • What a blog tour is and whether or not she’d do it again

Where you can connect with Marianne

Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Kim Doyal

Hi, I'm Kim Doyal: Entrepreneur, Podcaster, ContentCreator, Optimist. Over 13 years into this online business journey, I believe that #EverythingIsContent and we can all #JustShowUP. Creator of #FtheHustle movement and Co-founder of the Content Creators Planner.


  1. Marianne on August 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks so much for having me Kim, it was so fun talking with you and I really appreciate this super kind writeup and all the nice things you had to say about me and my business. It’s an honor to call you a friend 🙂

    • Kim Doyal on August 11, 2015 at 10:29 am

      You are MOST welcome Marianne!
      You are a ROCK STAR and the world needs what you do! It’s an honor to call you a friend as well. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new site design!

  2. Kristine Manley on August 20, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Kim, I so enjoyed this Podcast, and I purchased Marianne’s book and love it! I have so much to do to up my Blog game – thank you. Kris

    • Kim Doyal on August 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      SO glad you got Marianne’s book! She’s brilliant… and a super fabulous human being. 🙂 You’re on your way (visited your site- looks great!).
      How’s your podcast going?
      Have a great day,

    • Marianne on September 9, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Thank you both so much Kirstine and Kim!

      • Kim Doyal on September 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        Anytime Marianne! 🙂

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