A year ago today, I had no idea how much my life was about to change.
I’d been blogging for about five months, and had decided in December 2015 that I was going to really go for it with blogging.
But I was completely overwhelmed. I was spending literally ALL my free time on my blog with no real direction, and no real goal in my mind besides, “I want this to be my main source of income.”
I didn’t know how to get there. I was scrambling to get posts published, struggling to stay on top of social media, and barely finding enough time to actually learn about feminism — the entire reason I wanted to blog about it in the first place!
I knew there had to be a better way. But I had no idea how to find it.
Then I discovered Elite Blog Academy.
I saw all the success stories of people like me, who were brand new to the blogging world. These people had felt the same as I did, with the overwhelm and lack of direction, but were now making a living while making a difference and doing what they love.
It seemed like the perfect solution to my problem.
But I was still scared to take the leap.
I mean, it was expensive. As a substitute teacher, my income was not steady. I was on a tight budget and could barely justify going out for a $50 dinner with my partner, Grady, let alone hundreds on a course that only might help me.
Plus, those success stories seemed unreal to me. Was it really possible to make more than triple what I could make in a month as a full-time teacher? How?! It seemed like a HUGE claim to make!
And I was already used to seeing courses thrown at me left and right from bloggers who said they knew exactly how to grow their blog, or their Pinterest, or their Facebook, or their email list… because I’d already spent so much time researching about blogging.
I was sick of the salesy-ness of their “free webinars,” especially since I’d participated in so many and found little to no value in almost all of them. I had literally just participated in a couple free webinars the very week that I discovered EBA was open, and I was frustrated!
How could I be sure that what they were selling was of any value? I didn’t really trust anyone who was selling anything anymore.
I decided to sign up for one last free webinar.
I wanted to see if maybe this woman, Ruth Soukup, really did know something different.
I remember telling my partner, Grady, “This is the last free webinar I’m going to watch. After this, if I learn nothing, I’m just going to do it on my own.”
Well, I was right.
It was the last webinar I watched.
In that webinar, I learned how I could improve my posts and make them more shareable. I learned how I could grow an audience of loyal fans. I learned that the most important thing is to put your blinders on and ignore everything around you — to just do the work.
I actually tried the tips from the webinar right after I watched it, and updated a recent post at the time.
And I kid you not: I immediately noticed an increase in pageviews on the one post I tried it on — Why Being One of the Boys Is Not Better Than Being Girly.
I’ll admit I was wary of believing it was because of the changes I had made due to the webinar, because… what are the chances of that happening within days?
But somehow, I knew I needed guidance.
So I checked out the Elite Blog Academy website, and saw that there was a 100% money-back guarantee.
Then, I knew. I knew that if I didn’t try, I would regret it for the rest of my life. It sounds like an exaggeration, but it wasn’t! I was at a point where I wasn’t sure I liked my career choice and I knew that the earlier I could take a risk and do what I really want, the better.
I thought about saving up for it and doing the course a year later. But judging by how overwhelmed I was, I knew I’d be struggling all that time. I knew I’d give up.
So after talking to Grady about it for an entire hour, I took the risk.
I signed up.
And in the time since I started Elite Blog Academy, the course has paid for itself multiple times.
Last November, I registered my business officially. Now, I am making over $1000/month, with only 4,000-5,000 page views per month. I’ve grown my Pinterest from about 12 followers to nearly 2,000, and I’ve learned to leverage it to get nearly half of my traffic from just Pinterest.
A year since I started Elite Blog Academy, I’ve gained confidence in myself that I didn’t have before, as a feminist and as a blogger. I’ve developed skills that are incredibly useful in today’s online world, and while I use them for my own blog, I also now work with other bloggers as a Virtual Assistant, doing exactly what I love.
And I have plans to be full-time by the end of the year!
So is EBA right for you, too?
Well, it depends.
Do you have the drive to put 100% of your effort into completing the assignments in order, not skipping ahead and not skimping certain assignments because they’re “too basic” or “too hard”?
That’s what the most successful graduates have in common.
Elite Blog Academy is for people who are committed to following the process step-by-step and actually doing the work, even if they think they already know it all. (Trust me — I didn’t think I’d learn much from the section on social media because I’d already spent so much time learning about it, but I did!)
EBA isn’t easy. It will only work if you do the work.
If you’re only going “skip to the good stuff” and only pay attention to a few of the lessons. you’re going to get frustrated. The EBA process is designed to create success, but it only works if you are willing to commit to actually doing the work! So DON’T try to click through every unit and unlock them ahead of time. Resist that urge. It will cause you to miss information and overwhelm yourself.
Okay. So what’s included?
Elite Blog Academy gives you a step-by-step roadmap to success, and I swear, you will not find this much comprehensive information anywhere else. I’ve looked!
The course includes everything you need to turn your blog into a successful, profitable business. It teaches you to refine your message and grow your audience and then monetize your platform and build your business.
It IS possible to create a successful business from a blog — I am living proof! And Elite Blog Academy will show you exactly how I’ve done it.
Now, since EBA is designed to be self-paced, you should give yourself plenty of time to complete it if you want to do it right. Blogging is not for the faint of heart, and this course requires a willingness to buckle down and get to work. That said, for those who are willing to do the work, it also comes with that 100% money-back guarantee.
What have you got to lose, right?
How To Get Started
Enrolment for Elite Blog Academy only opens ONCE each year, and will only be open for five days when it is. Unfortunately this year’s launch already happened, so you’ll have to wait until next year. But if you are ready to finally take your blog to the next level, you should definitely sign up for the waitlist! That way you won’t miss out when doors open. You can click here to get on the waitlist 🙂
Wait! How much is it?
I won’t lie: it’s pricey. This year it cost $797. But I don’t actually know how much it will cost next year, since it isn’t my course and I have no control over that. Still, you can be sure that whatever price you get it at, it will be well worth it because Ruth is constantly updating everything. When I signed up, there was less than half of the content there is now. But I got all that extra content FREE once it was released! Once you’re a member, you get all course content updates and additions completely free of charge. And you can bet the price will go up again, because since Ruth is always adding new information, the value of the course does go up — just not for those who already bought it! This year she has COMPLETELY revamped the course, and I’m actually planning to go through it all over again.
So for me, it was well worth it. Considering that I made $1000 from blogging last year (that’s not including the $1000 total I made in January) it has already paid for itself, more than twice! I didn’t break even until last month, but that’s because of all my wasted money on courses, books, and other resources I didn’t need… before I found EBA, of course. You don’t have to make that mistake 🙂
If you’re still worried about the cost, I totally get that.
Keeping budget-conscious people like you and me in mind, Ruth set up a payment plan this year — 3 payments of $297.
Now, I’m not one to go for payment plans. Even though I don’t make a lot of money (yet) I’m a pay-in-full kind of person. If I can’t pay in full, I don’t buy it because I don’t like the idea of being in debt. In fact, I actually paid for EBA in full when I bought it last year, dipping into my savings.
But if you choose ONE THING to go on a payment plan for, this should be it.
I’m serious. This is the ONLY course you course you need to start your blog and take it to the next level. You could easily waste your money on five courses that add up to $797 (trust me, I’ve done it) but you don’t have to. Cut back on your groceries. Reduce your shopping. Go out for fewer movies and dinners. It WILL be worth it! (If you want more help with budgeting, check out Rosemarie Groner at The Busy Budgeter — she’s actually an EBA alumnus too! She’s the one that convinced me to sign up last year.)
With the payment plan, this year’s new students got access to everything up to Unit 4, until the whole course has been paid in full. And that’s perfect — I was already making money by the time I hit Unit 4! Those are the units that take the longest; which means you’ll have lots of time.
So I say go for it, my friend. It’s true that I don’t know what the payment plan will be like next year, but you’ve got a year to save! Click here to get on the waitlist free so that you’ll be ready.
Did I mention the bonuses?!
In addition to literally everything you need to know to get started with your blog, you’ll ALSO get amazing bonuses just for signing up. (Aren’t you glad you kept reading?)
Note: These were bonuses included in EBA 3.0 during the launch this year. Except for own bonus, I don’t know what will be included next year. But these are an excellent indicator of the quality of bonuses you could get!
Bonus #1: Personalized Feedback & 3 Hours of Help From Yours Truly
If you purchase EBA through one of my links at any point during the week, send me your receipt and I’ll add your name to a list of people that I will give 30 minutes of exclusive, personalized feedback on your blog. You can choose to ask for my help right away so that I can help you with the technical side of setting up your blog, or when you hit the unit where you need to ask for objective opinion.
Either way, I’ll also suggest what you can do to improve where you’re at, and give you… *drumroll*… 3 hours of my virtual services! I usually charge $120 for 3 hours, but I genuinely want to help you succeed. So I thought I’d help you out. Blogging is HARD! I don’t want you to give up because of that. I want to do everything I can to help you reach your dream!
We’ll have the 30-minute chat to figure out exactly what you need to focus on based on where you are at, and then decide where you would like my help for the bonus 3 hours. I can help with social media, content editing, back-end work, building your email list… literally anything! I want to help you build your blog 🙂
And my friend, this is NOT something I’m offering anyone else. This is just for you, because the world needs to hear your voice. Finding your passion is step one (and Ruth will help you do that in Unit 1) but it’s putting things into action that is difficult. And with the online world, it’s not as difficult as it once was. There is so much possibility now, and life isn’t limited to working a 9-to-5 job that you don’t like. You can change it. You can take control of your own life. I really believe that, and I want to help you do it!
Bonus #2: The EBA Product Launch Playbook Early Bird Bonus
Students who enrolled by11:59pm on the second day of the launch also got access to a free Early Bird Bonus: The EBA Product Launch Playbook! This bonus is INCREDIBLE. I can’t even begin to talk about it. Basically, if you’ve ever even thought about launching a book, a digital product, a physical product, or even if you’ve wanted to do an affiliate launch, this would be INVALUABLE to you.
It’s literally everything Ruth knows about how to launch a product. It has actual sample launch plans for 4 launches Ruth has done, including the actual emails she sent, the actual blog posts she published, and the actual timeline plans she used… all of which have generated over a million dollars in sales!
To top it off, it comes with templates for your own products.
The price for it now is going to be $297. My friends, this was a HUGE bonus. Even if you wouldn’t use it right away (which you probably wouldn’t) you WILL use it later on. I don’t even get access to it as an affiliate, but GEEZ do I wish I did! I know that I’ll probably end up saving for it.
So if you want to sign up for EBA, be sure to do it in the first two days when it opens! Ruth always has AMAZING Early Bird bonuses — last year I got the Daily Productivity Guide and after reading just a few pages I’m already more productive… as long as I stick to it!
But if you don’t sign up in the first two days, you’ll have to pay full price for whatever the bonus is next year.
Bonus #3: A FREE Ticket to the First Ever EBA Live Event
It doesn’t end there! As an EBA member, I got the inside scoop — I’ve always wanted to use that expression! — on something that I am SO excited to share.
The FIRST EVER live event that EBA will have is happening THIS YEAR in Portland. Tickets are going to go on sale in the spring, and the event is in September.
Now listen to this:
Students who signed up for EBA 3.0 by the end of the launch, and who paid in full got a FREE FREAKING TICKET.
I am so jealous. Seriously. And I will probably be buying a ticket myself… if I’m making enough by then!
For real, you should get on the Elite Blog Academy waitlist. These are opportunities you can’t pass up. You may not have a free ticket to this event this year, but I guarantee you will see amazing bonuses next year. And even if this live event doesn’t happen again (which I’m betting it will) you will still meet AMAZING bloggers like yourself and make incredible connections, if you take your blog seriously and start networking now. EBA is the first step! (Plus I mean, the waitlist is free… and you’ll get emails from Ruth featuring blogging tips to help you along the way! You’ve really got nothing to lose.)
EBA Partner Bonuses
Finally, with your enrolment in the course you also get access to several resources to help you as you reach certain units. Usually the bonuses are different each year. This year there’s a mini course about Instagrammable photography, a book about affiliate marketing, the very book I’ve used to increase my engagement and reach on Facebook, and more. Here’s what I’m most looking forward to:
- Rosemarie Groner’s Core Affiliate Strategy: I’ve been eyeing this for ages, but it’s been too expensive for me to invest in. Rosemarie has helped me a lot during my blogging journey, and is an EBA alumnus herself. She gets a LOT of her income through affiliates, so I cannot wait to learn from her. She is the best!
- Twitter Strategy for Bloggers: I have a decent following on Twitter, but I don’t get a lot of traffic from there at all. I’d really love to find out how Twitter can work for bloggers, especially since there are a lot of active feminists there, so I’m excited to see something dedicated to this topic!
- The Busy Moms Building Business Tracking Spreadsheet: I’m not a mom, but I’m definitely busy! I already have a spreadsheet for tracking my income and expenses, but I’m always looking for new and better ways to do it. I’m looking forward to seeing how Monica Froese of Redefining Mom does it!
Of course, there’s a lot more, but those are the ones I’m most excited about. You get access to everything as they are applicable to the units you complete, which is fantastic because like I say — you don’t want to rush and overwhelm yourself!
So what are you waiting for? Get on the Elite Blog Academy waitlist! It’s totally free, and Ruth will send you lots of freebies throughout the year to help you out while you wait for EBA to open 🙂 if you want to see what the freebies are like, click the image below to get one that I think is essential for every blogger: The Blog Structure Blueprint!
Are you ready to blog? Leave a comment below and tell me what your idea for a blog is, or share the link to your blog if you already have one! I’m so excited for you 🙂
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