Have you ever thought about starting a blog?
If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog, you want to read this post. I am just finishing up the Elite Blog Academy (EBA) course and I have included the pros and cons that I have found below.
FYI: They are not currently open to new members, but you can get on the waiting list for more info.
Elite Blog Academy
I have to admit that when I first started Elite Blog Academy in November 2015, I had no idea how much work it would be. When I first started blogging, I quickly set everything up on my blog, searching Pinterest for resources, but had no idea what I was doing. I had NO blogging experience. I knew the basics about computers, but nothing about code, photography, design, or anything blogging related. I was a mess!
Don’t have the time?
I am a single parent and I also have a full-time job plus side jobs on top of this blog. Because of this, I am only able to blog part-time. This has slowed me down, but I want you to know that if you are in a similar situation, it can still be done. You can work while building your blog on the side. Of course, the more time you have to commit, the faster things will happen, but you can still make it happen even if you’re blogging part time.
On a budget?
Being a single parent, I am also on a very tight budget. The great thing is that you can always sign-up to get free information while you’re saving up for any courses you decide to take. I have included some free resources below.
How long does the course take?
The course is very flexible and you are able to move through it at your own pace. It’s a 12 week course, but you can go through it on your own time. I started the course in November 2015 and it took me a year to go through the program. Many bloggers finished it much faster than I did, some are still working on it. It just depends on the time you have available and also on where you are currently in your blogging journey.
One thing that slowed me down (besides blogging around my full-time job and kid’s schedules) is trying to figure out the technical side to blogging while going through the course. If you have your blog set up already and are pretty familiar with the technical side of blogging, you can go through the course much faster. One great thing about it is that you can take the course more than one time. Once you’re signed up you can also go through it as many times as you want.
- Purchasing EBA is like paying for blogging college. If you think about it in this way, it’s actually much cheaper than a semester of college.
- Elite Blog Academy will definitely help you learn to blog smarter. It will help you slow down and taught walk you step by step through what you need to do: to build a brand and build my blog.
- One of my favorite things about Elite Blog Academy is the support system it provides. They have a private Facebook group that you will be a part of. I met a group of friends through Elite Blog Academy and we communicate almost every day. It has been so nice to have somewhere to go to ask questions or just talk about difficulties and also daily successes.
- The course will help keep you on track in areas that you may have given up without the structure. I would not have been where I am today without Elite Blog Academy.
- This course helps pull together information on blogging into one course. This will save you a lot of time that easily could have been spent hopping around from one thing to another while trying to figure it out alone.
- Elite Blog Academy is only open for registration one time each year. See the waiting list.
- Ruth admits that she is NOT the biggest tech guru and she doesn’t give step by step directions on setting up your blog. This was the biggest negative I found throughout the whole course, but she was very clear about this from the beginning.
- If you are a complete beginner, you may want to set up and learn the basics before enrolling in this class. Even with having my blog set up, I realized I had a lot of work to do on my blog. Trying to figure out some of the basics of building my blog while completing the course definitely slowed me down.
- I would recommend completing at least 10-25 posts on your blog before beginning this course. If you are still set on this course and you haven’t finished the 10-25 posts, you can probably do it, but just know that it may take you a little longer.
- This is NOT a get rich quick gimmick. Hard work and dedication are required to be successful.
- The cost can be difficult for many to pay before actually making money blogging. I wouldn’t recommend spending money on this course if it’s taking from your family’s basic needs.
If you’re on a tight budget like I am, this course may be a big investment. These are my recommendations if you’re still not completely sure if it will work for you:
- Start out with Ruth’s free ebook: 7 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Blog Income Overnight.
- Purchase How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul. This book seems to be a general outline of the course. The course will be much easier to follow, but this is an inexpensive option if you can’t purchase the course right now.
- FREE Blog Structure Blueprint.
- FREE Goal Setting Workbook for Bloggers.
- Information on How to blog even if you’re not a professional photographer.
- Follow other bloggers who have been through Elite Blog Academy. You will learn many things from them that they learned through the course. Plus, it’s always great to get to know other bloggers 🙂
- A smaller course that I used before Elite Blog Academy was Abby Lawson’s Framework III- Boost Blog Traffic Guide.
- You can also check out some of the basic blogging resources that I use (and will update occasionally).
Start planning NOW by putting some money in savings each month for the course. This course only opens up one time each year. By the time it opens up again, you can decide if you’re ready to take the course. Or maybe you’ll decide that between your own knowledge, the free ebook, and Ruth’s book were enough to get you going on you blogging journey. If that’s the case, you’ll get to keep the money you started saving! 🙂