Are you a blogger? Have you ever considered taking an on-line blogging course to help you take your blog to the next level? Today I am sharing my experience with Elite Blog Academy, run by Ruth Soukup of the hugely popular blog Living Well Spending Less.
Before beginning my blogging journey, I read Ruth’s book, How to Blog for Profit Without Selling your Soul. I found it easy to read and full of practical blogging information. I was totally new to blogging, and completely clueless about all things blog related. I knew how to write content, and I was confident that I was a good writer. The rest was a mystery.
The book got me started, but soon I realized how much I didn’t know about the technical parts of blogging. I had no idea how to use SEO and long-tail keywords sounded like some exotic bird. I was overwhelmed by social media and though I had a vague sense that it was powerful, didn’t know how to use it effectively. After reading some good reviews and realizing I could use some help, I signed up for the course.
I was only a few weeks into blogging when I first took the course. This was both good and bad. It was good in that as I slowly built my blog I had great advice to steer me in the right direction right from the beginning. The information about targeting and focusing your blog was extremely helpful. The bad part was that I wasn’t yet ready for much of the content. Although the course is helpful for beginners, I think it is even better when you have some experience, and more importantly, content under your belt. There is plenty of advanced knowledge here.
I have a PH.D. in Education and years of teaching experience; I understand what good instruction looks like. This course is very organized and full of excellent content. You will find a syllabus, a detailed schedule for each unit, videos, readings, and most importantly assignments. These are actionable to do items where you take something from your blog and revise it or create new content such as a Facebook Marketing Plan or a plan for improving your Pinterest reach. Ruth also sends helpful e-mails and holds a weekly office hour discussion where you can ask her anything. The EBA community on the forum boards is very active and extremely helpful. This course is well built and well managed.
Though the course officially lasts for 12 weeks, you can work at your own pace. I am still doing the work and still learning from it. Once you join EBA, you are a member for life. The course has been completely updated for 2016 and I plan to do the entire course again. I am now ready for some of the more advanced work of writing a business plan, hiring assistants and creating books and courses.
Ruth guarantees that if you do all the work, your blog will grow and that the course will pay for itself. If you are not satisfied, she offers a 100% money back refund.
If you want a taste of Ruth’s teaching style and content or just want some great free training, sign up for her free 3 video series here:
Another great way to get some free blogging help is to participate in a free webinar on Feb. 22
Lastly, if you know you want to sign up for Elite Blog Academy, sign up now to get on the waitlist. The course opens on February 22nd. If you sign up through my link, I am offering a free bonus of my evaluation of your web site. I will give you a reader’s perspective of things that are working well, and suggestions for things that can improve your blog.
I loved taking the Elite Blog Academy course. I found it worth my time and money, and I would encourage you to check it out. At the very least, try the free training- we can all improve out blogs. My blog is far from perfect, but it gets better every day and I am enjoying the process of learning and growing my blog.
What questions do you have about Elite Blog Academy? I’d love to answer them in the comments below.