UPDATED FEB 2017:
Depending on how you found this article, you may have seen the original title “Small Bloggers Benefit from Elite Blog Academy Too.” I wrote this when my blog was much smaller than it is today.
Now I make a full-time income in my online business and I want to tell you exactly how Elite Blog Academy helped me.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2016-EARLY 2017:
- In August 2016, I quit my corporate job and turned my blog into a full-time online business.
- I launched my first product, the Easy Budget and Financial Planning Spreadsheet <– this spreadsheet, which I drive traffic to primarily from Pinterest, has made me over $4,000 and has truly been “passive”
- I launched my first eBook, Busy Moms Building
- I ran my first group coaching program and began offering 1:1 coaching
- I turned my eBook into a course by the same name –> Busy Moms Building Course
- In late October 2016, I launched my Facebook group that has over 850 women entrepreneurs as of Feb 2017
…and these are just the highlights. NONE of this would have been possible without first investing in myself and gaining the knowledge I needed to succeed at online business.
Affiliate links are included below. This means I get a commission, at no additional cost to you, if you purchase Elite Blog Academy. I have taken this course myself and highly recommend it! Read on to find out why 🙂
I say this all the time, but in case you are new here, I want to make sure I repeat. I am an affiliate of Elite Blog Academy (which means I will make a commission if you purchase using my link with no additional cost to you) and it is the ONLY online course that I’ve taken from start to finish. It took me eight months to complete the whole course and do all of the assignments, correctly.
Coincidently, finishing the course coincides with when I finally pulled the plug on my almost 11-year old career in tech. <– YES, this is a pretty big deal. I made a very comfortable salary at my day job.
Let’s begin by looking at the cold hard facts. Statistics. Everyone wants to know how Elite Blog Academy influenced my blog stats. But first, I want to make something very clear. My monetization strategy is NOT to chase pageviews. I make money primarily through affiliate marketing, email marketing, and my own products. However, none of this would have been possible if I did not have a platform to communicate with people– that platform is my blog. My strategy is to pull people in from Pinterest (primarily) and get them on my email list. Once they are on my email list, I nurture them with email sequences and eventually upsell to an affiliate product or my own products. Elite Blog Academy helps you set up the foundations of using your website as a tool in your business.
My Blog Statistics Jan 2016 vs. Feb 2017
Monthly pageviews: 7,119
Unique visitors: 1,788
Email subscribers: 52
Monthly pageviews: 64,095
Unique visitors: 29,226
Email subscribers: 7,609 (I’ve cleaned over 3,000 people from this list, I would be around 10,000 in just 1 year!)
INCOME: Feb 2017 was my first $10k+ month!!!
Why I Started Blogging
I started blogging in July 2013 when my daughter was 7 months old. I knew nothing about how to blog, I didn’t even know what WordPress was little alone self-hosting and how to buy a domain name. What I did know was that I had something to say and I wanted a platform to say it on. I wanted to connect with other working moms who were going through the same struggles as I was and needed a place to feel like it’s okay. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed, stressed out or lonely in your journey. It’s okay to admit you can’t do it all. It’s okay.
Blogging turned out to be a lot of work, a lot more work than I could have ever managed. As I got to know more about it, I realized that a lot of women have turned their blog into real profitable businesses. Wait, what? People made money writing about topics they were passionate about? I could do that! If I could survive corporate America, I could do this. Or so I thought.
It turns out, I really had no idea what I was doing.
The Reason I Purchased Elite Blog Academy
I found Elite Blog Academy because I followed the creator, Ruth Soukup, since she started her couponing blog, Living Well Spending Less, back when Extreme Couponing was on TLC and it was the hottest topic around. I was on her mailing list from years ago and kept seeing enrollment emails for this course and started to dig a little bit more into what it was.
It was the best investment I have made since starting in 2013. The course is intense, but it is the best comprehensive course I’ve found on blogging and I’ve spent a lot of money on courses because I am what they call a “course junkie.”
I purchased in September 2015 and I started taking the course serious in January 2016. I finished the course in August 2016, right when I quit my corporate job and was about to launch my eBook.
I learn best when content is laid out in a logical manner and there is a way to see progress being made. I loved the format of Elite Blog Academy so much that I modeled my own course after the foundation of following 12 steps with homework assignments. Each step builds on each other.
This is not meant to be completed in one month.
Running an online business or blog is A LOT of work! You have to be in it for the long haul if you want to be successful.
Ruth shows you how to do that in this program.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Elite Blog Academy
#1 I am completely new to blogging and feel extremely overwhelmed by all of the information out there. Will EBA help me?
I have two answers to this questions.
First, EBA does not show you how to set up the backend of your blog. Ruth begins her teaching by walking you through the strategy behind starting a successful blog. If you don’t have a website set up yet and you’re worried you won’t be able to figure it out once you buy EBA–I’ve got you covered! Check out my bonuses below, one of them shows you exactly how to set up the backend of your blog! I personally don’t want the tech side of blogging to stop you from starting. I’ve got ya there!
Second, what I love most about EBA is that Ruth built it as building blocks. Instead of throwing a bunch of advanced strategies at you and sending you on your way, she builds each concept off of the last one. EBA will lead you through 12 different units and 36 assignments. EBA teaches you how to be intentional with your blog so that you don’t waste time spinning your wheels.
Because EBA was built to be taken in 12 unique steps, it stops you from getting overwhelmed with too much information coming at you all at once!
You ready? Awesome! Click here to enroll in Elite Blog Academy
#2 I’ve been blogging for a while and feel like I’ve got the basics (and maybe some advanced strategies) figured out. Will EBA help me move forward?
YES, YES, and YES again! Oh my gosh, I cannot speak enough to this point. When I bought EBA, I had been blogging for 2 years and my corporate career was in marketing. I understood all of the strategies and techniques, the problem was implementing them in a way that actually made me money.
EBA is designed to help beginners, intermediate, and advanced bloggers because it teaches you how to think differently about your blog. When I first opened EBA, I wanted to skip the first 4 units because I felt like I had already built the foundation that I needed. Luckily, I followed Ruth’s advice and forced myself to do every single unit and assignment. I am so glad that I did! I ended up completely rebranding my blog based on the exercises I did in the first 4 units!
It took me eight months to complete the entire course and at the end, I quit my corporate job. EBA is absolutely valuable even if you’ve been blogging for a while.
#3 But seriously, is it worth the $797 price tag?
$797 is definitely an investment and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. The course material is no doubt worth the price. The real question, I think, is whether you are willing to take the time to invest applying what you learn in EBA.
If you plan on purchasing EBA and putting it on the shelf like “all those other courses” you’ve purchased, then no, it’s not worth the price tag. If you’re serious about turning your blog into a business, there’s no other course that has been as effective for me as EBA–and I’ve spent OVER $5,000 in online courses in 2016 alone!
#4 Will EBA make me money?
YES, EBA can totally make you money, IF you are willing to invest the time into completing all of the assignments. In fact, I’m so committed to showing you how you can be successful with EBA that I’m including my Pin Practical Masterclass and ConvertKit Masterclass as bonuses. These two masterclasses take a deep dive into how I applied EBA’s social media and email marketing strategies to turn my blog into a full-time income.
Everyone’s journey to making money with EBA will be different. EBA provides you the framework to build a successful business. The way you choose to implement the framework will be unique to you.
#5 I’m ready to purchase but my spouse thinks it’s not a good idea. Any advice on how to change their mind?
This is a great question because my husband also did not think EBA was a good idea at first. Let me give you a little bit of background about my experience.
When I invested in EBA, blogging was a hobby for me. I had a feeling that it could be more and I desperately wanted to get out of my 10-year corporate tech career.
Look at it like this: what do you spend on your current hobbies a year?
I confess that I didn’t tell my husband until AFTER I made the purchase. When he gave me the side-eye about it, I asked him how much beer league hockey cost and the hundreds of records he seems to buy each year.
Now, here’s the crazy part, my husband’s hobbies have never repaid us a dime, but EBA sure has repaid us 100000x over!
Technically, I didn’t negotiate with him on EBA. After I purchased EBA, I now use the hobby logic on him all the time!
Here’s what the worst and best case scenarios were for me:
WORST: You invest in EBA and find out you just want to keep blogging as a hobby. Cool, you would have spent more than that on your hobby throughout the year anyways.
BEST: You make a full-time income blogging after taking EBA and it turns out to be the best investment in a hobby EVER!
This is how I break it down in my head. Does it help you at all?
#6 How long will EBA take me to complete? How long will I have access to EBA?
It took me eight months to complete EBA from start to finish. The amount of time it will take you to complete EBA is largely based on how much time you dedicate towards working through the course materials. I spent about 10 hours a week on building my blog during those eight months.
You’ll have access to EBA forever! PLUS, Ruth offers a return policy for the first 120 days!
How Do I Get Started?
Enrollment for Elite Blog Academy only opens ONCE each year and is currently closed right now. Make sure to sign up for the waiting list to be notified when the doors open again!