At the beginning of 2018, I set a personal goal to be a full-time blogger by Dec 31st. Now, in my mind, that meant that I was making enough money from my websites that I could focus on continuing that growth with full-time effort. The dollar figure I had envisioned was at least 6-figures, or at least very close to it.
I set that goal without any strategy or plan, because frankly, even though I know how to blog, I had no idea how to make a strategic blogging plan that would help me get to my goal.
By March, I wasn’t any further along in that pursuit and I was looking very closely at investing in Elite Blog Academy (EBA for short) as a way to help me get further along. So I started following a lot of other successful bloggers who had taken the course and also spoke with some newer bloggers I knew that had recently taken it. All but one of them had good things to say about the program.
What were the bad things someone had to say?
Well, she had two reservations:
- EBA is really expensive (she’s right).
- The tripwire strategy didn’t sit well with her. If you don’t know what I tripwire is, basically, it’s a limited time offer to buy a product at a deeply discounted price when you sign up for a mailing list.
It took a lot of thought and consideration before signing up for the program because it’s a huge investment, but I also know from past experience, when I spend money on a course or program – I do it. If it’s free, it’s not a priority.
Starting out with Elite Blog Academy
From the start, I committed to putting 100% effort into this program. I wanted SO badly to be full time with my blogging business, so I immediately dove in and started plowing through the course. The program is designed to be self-paced and there’s a LOT of ground to cover. It’s expected to take between 3 months to one year to complete. I got through it in less than 6 months and at the time that I write this post, there are still people plodding through it.
My biggest Takeaways from Elite Blog Academy
More than anything else, I learned that blogging full time takes a ton of effort and there are no short-cuts. There’s also no single way that works better than anything else, so be prepared to learn a little bit of everything in EBA, from course creation to affiliate marketing and more. It’s a broad, wide-scoped program and that’s a good thing because you can lean into the strategies that work best for you and your audience.
The other big takeaway I had was that you really have to know who you’re talking to, and how you’re solving their problems. This is critical and I know very often bloggers breeze over this element. Listen, if you don’t know who you’re talking to with great specificity, then you don’t know what keeps them up at night and you don’t know how to improve their lives. That’s how you end up with a hobby blog that makes no money and trust me, you don’t want to invest in EBA for that.
Did I see Results from EBA?
Most definitely. Even though I have been blogging for a long time, I never had a strategic perspective. It wasn’t until starting EBA that I even started tracking my analytics. I first set up my tracker in June of 2018.
Within four months of consistent, focused attention on my content creation, I started to see significant traffic growth and by extension, more ad revenue. I’m still not a big fish in this blogging world, but day-by-day, I’m gaining momentum and seeing growth by focusing on the right things (hint: that’s not Instagram).
So it’s almost one year later – am I a full-time blogger?
Nope. Not yet. In retrospect, I feel like my goal was too big and not well defined. I’m still not 100% sure when that will happen, but I will say, I’m a lot closer to that goal than I was last year. I now make a solid revenue from my blogs and while it’s not a full-time income, it’s growing month-over-month.
Did Elite Blog Academy Help?
Yes, I’d say it did help, and it continues to do so. Beyond the course content that helped me think about the blog in different ways, I think the community and weekly office hours with Ruth (the creator) are super helpful. Also, the course is updated every year, so I’ll go through it again this year and continue to refine my strategies and goals.
Is it Elite Blog Academy Worth the Investment?
For me it was. I don’t regret it, but I also don’t think it’s a program for everyone. If you’re already seeing a considerable income from your blog, I don’t think you’re going to learn anything new. The networking might be worth it, but if you have a trusted community already, it’s not something that’s going to add more value.
I also don’t think it’s for you if you’re not 100% serious about creating a business out of your blog. If you just want to express yourself and have fun, don’t do it. This kind of investment naturally puts pressure on yourself to grow, learn and elevate your presence. That sounds great in theory, but it’s also a lot of work and it can suck the life out of your blogging joy if you’re not in it for business results.
Want to See What EBA is like?
I can’t show you behind the scenes, but Ruth offers a few freebies that are simple, but helpful. Here are a few that I recommend checking out. If you like her style, and you want to grow a business, then maybe Elite Blog Academy is for you, but I encourage you to think hard about your goals and expectations.
- Webinar – From Passion to Profit (It’s not live until March, but it’s free to join, so get on her mailing list and you’ll get a taste of Ruth’s teaching style).
- The beginner’s guide to branding your blog – just a simple download.
- The Essential Blog Post Promotion Checklist – a quick guide to help you get your word out there once you hit publish on a post.
Got questions about EBA? I’m happy to answer them. Feel free to reach out to me. I’m not a course pusher. In fact, I think most programs aren’t worth the investment, so I tend to think less is more.