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Great tips. I've gathered a few of my own from just one year here on the platform, growing, having fun, making it my own, and earning some good cash in the process - https://sleepyhollowink.substack.com/p/hack-your-substack-10-tips

Hope this adds to the convo and helps someone!

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Thanks, Krista - I'll share in Back Office operations part 2. Loved our little exchange over on your post ;-)

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Thank you for sharing all this wisdom!

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Thanks for the appreciation, Kerry! I hope it helps you. May I ask that you share the site if you know a caregiver or someone else who could benefit from this or other information at Carer Mentor? My mission is to spread a Network of Empathy to reach as many caregivers as possible and offer support to everyone.

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Wow Victoria, thanks for all the shoutouts in this super-helpful post! I love creating helpful articles to share how to "do" Substack. My publication is free for everyone (forever), so come on over and check it out if you haven't already.

I also offer one-off video calls to help solve writers' problems instantly, if anyone needs a quick sanity check on their publication...

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This is so great - so useful. Thank you!

By the way, if anyone is looking for help with editing (and we could all use an editor at some point), then I can wholeheartedly recommend the brilliant Amanda B. Hinton: https://theeditingspectrum.substack.com/?utm_source=%2Fsearch%2Fediting%2520spect&utm_medium=reader2&utm_campaign=reader2

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Welcome thanks for the recommendation

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Great tips! Thanks for so generously sharing them. I hadn't used that export function--thanks for the reminder. I just made my first download, yay! I'm curious about the CRM. It seems to be very useful but I have no idea how to derive at those data you mentioned.

It seems that you have reached all 3 goals, is that right?

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Thanks, Louisa. I'm glad you have a backup of all your articles now. I hope everyone can benefit from this. This is just me 'Walking My Talk' on defining success; marking a 'milestone for myself'. Yes, I completed all three goals. 'High- 5-ing' myself!!

MORE importantly, now I have 'A System' AND 'A Way of Working' AND I can return to the main mission of building content and Connecting subscribers. I'll share how I did the CRM when I've time. Here's the key: I researched and manually collated the data I wanted into Excel and imported it into Notion. Notion enables, cross-links (relationships of field data...)

SHOUT OUT to everyone - It's beautiful to have less than 100 subscribers to get this done...I input data cell by cell!

NOW, I can connect my subscribers with each other because I took 'their stated keywords' & can see who has similar topics of interest! This Community Centre now has a Database Register ;-) AND I can help its members connect with each other! I want to do this freely for anyone subscribing so that we can create synergies in our work. (FYI It's worth keeping up to date re. Privacy policies. https://substack.com/privacy. As a publisher here, I follow THIS data privacy GPDR regulations AND as part of my private limited company based in the UK.)

So now you know there's a solid foundation and back office to the Community Centre ;-) (small tech issue = 2 deleted responses to you this morning!)

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High-5ing you on reaching your 3-month goals! I can sense that you're very methodical and systematic in your approach to establishing your Substack website. I admire your ability to analyze data. Personally I have no patience for that and realized that I could use a bit more rational analytical thinking for my own benefits. I didn't expect you to show us how to set up the CRM system, but really appreciate your effort in connecting your subscribers to build synergy. Thank you!

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Thanks, Louisa! I'm slightly laughing inside because my friends know I hate project management-execution stuff, BUT after 3 websites doing all the tiny bits to establish a basic site, I love that Substack does all the nitty gritty, so I can focus on the 'Value-add'. You're absolutely right about analysis - I'm a qualitative market researcher at heart (my 1st 'proper' job), so building insights and connecting dots, is my 'thing'

In all this, I have a LOT of content that I'm slowly squeezing through the toothpaste tube, which constrained my time...so my aim is to maximise impact and outreach Together with others. Excited to connect and collaborate and create synergies!

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Substack is a good tool, easy to use, and you're a quick learner too. Your background in market research will definitely come in handy when it comes to building connections here. Look forward to the toothpaste coming out 😁

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