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When we first started blogging 8+ years ago, we really had no idea what we were doing.
We didn’t know any of the ‘blogging’ terms. We didn’t know what an ‘opt-in,’ ‘welcome sequence,’ or ‘landing page’ was.
Financial situations were definitely NOT in our favor, and we were trying our best to do this blogging thing as close to free as possible.
Even then, we knew that in order to make money with our blog, we had to spend money. There just wasn’t any other way around it. So, we decided to invest in education first and foremost.
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And that’s when all of these terms and strategies were thrown all over the place, and we started to feel, well… a little dumb and even more intimidated.
Keep in mind we’re college graduates with marketing degrees.
We’re pretty darn tech-savvy and can work through most computer programs. We knew we weren’t unintelligent, but understanding the very specific world of blogging was completely foreign to us.
So, we did what any other determined beginner blogger would do; we researched even more, starting with landing pages.
We knew we wanted to focus on our email list right from the get-go, and a landing page was going to do just that. And that’s when our heart sank.
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There were SO many options and even more opinions. To make matters worse, all of the ‘you gotta have this!’ programs required more than we were willing to spend.
We couldn’t afford yet another monthly payment. Especially since our blog wasn’t even live yet, let alone bringing in any form of income.
After a lot of back and forth, weighing all of our options, we decided to save up every penny we could and bought Thrive Architect (part of the Thrive Suite).
At the time, it was a deeply discounted one-time cost for the entire Thrive Suite that we thought would grow with our blog.
For the price, it was a game changer for our (very) poorly designed landing pages that were NOT converting.
We were now creating professional, well-designed landing pages with minimal effort. The best part? They were actually converting!
But then it got clunky and difficult to use. It was no longer a simplified approach to creating landing pages, and that’s what Simplifying DIY Design is all about; simplicity!
So, we dove back into our research rabbit hole to see what landing page builder was truly the best on the market.
After what felt like dozens of hours combing through video tutorials, review posts, and Facebook group surveys, Elementor seemed to be a clear winner specifically for WordPress users and LeadPages for those who were turning their blog into a full-time business.
At the time, we already had multiple five-figure launches, so we were ready to invest in a higher-end product and bought LeadPages.
For our small-budget and/or beginner bloggers, we recommended Elementor, which is 100% free to use.
So much so, that our complete funnel page template system, Confident Funnels, was designed solely for Elementor! (We’ve since added LeadPages templates, too.)
Here’s what we love about Elementor as a free page builder for WordPress users.
Super easy to use
Our knowledge of coding is very basic; think spacing, bold, italic, things like that.
Having an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop page builder that requires zero coding is a huge win, in our opinion.
Elementor is very similar to LeadPages when it comes to its drag-and-drop capabilities. They provide decent blog and page templates to give you a jumping-off point.
But, for whatever reason, it’s not as many as they used to have, even on the Pro plan.
Similar to our Canva templates, you just switch your colors and fonts to match your brand. Add your content and any other sections you need using the drag-and-drop builder, and you’re ready to publish!
Ability to save the layout as a template
If you’ve been hanging around our site for any time at all, you’ll know that we’re big fans of efficiency and using templates to save time.
The same goes for our landing pages. Once we have our sales page created using the drag-and-drop features, we don’t want to start from scratch each time we need a sales page.
Thankfully, Elementor gives you the option to save any page you create as a template. Then, when you’re ready to create your next project, you can just upload it and tweak to fit your needs.
It already matches your brand, and the layout is already the way you want it. Just switch out the product image and copy, and you’ve got yourself another sales page.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Hope you’re ready for a truth bomb because you’ll never be able to design a landing page without using some sort of page builder and still have it look professional.
The world of online marketing is increasingly visual. Graphics matter. Presentation matters. Your words aren’t the only ones responsible for making that sale.
90% of snap judgments are made on graphics alone. We’re all guilty of judging a book by its cover, and we think a big reason for that is trust.
We need to trust that a website is professional, secure, and NOT sketchy before we’re willing to put our email in, let alone our credit card!
If you want to grow that list and make those sales, you need to use a page builder for your landing pages.
Elementor is our recommendation for beginner bloggers.
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