Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:33 pm
If you’re a blogger who wants to build a business, chances are you have heard about the Elite Blog Academy course that was created by Ruth Soukup. Maybe you’re wondering if it’s actually worth the huge price tag that comes with it?
I can tell you that it is definitely an expensive course and I purchased it about 3 months after starting this blog. It was the most expensive blogging course that I purchased to date.
So I thought that I would write this review to show you what you can expect and my feelings about this course. Then I’ll also show you a better blogging course that I invested in that in my opinion is a lot better.
This is going to be a fairly long post as I want to make sure that I cover everything that I can and answer your questions about this course. The last thing I want you to do is spend your money on this course only to realize that you could’ve invested in something better.
Elite Blog Academy Review
This is my honest review because I want to give you as much information about this course so you can decide if it’s the right blogging course for you. I’m going to walk you through the entire back office and show you what you’ll have access to if you do decide to purchase it or not.
If you’re looking for a course that has more to offer than this one, be sure to scroll all the way down. I’ve found a better course for beginners who don’t want to pay the high-ticket price for this program.
There are 4 modules inside of the membership site. Here is a quick look at all 4 modules:
Module 1: Refine Your Message
- Unit 1: Start with Awesome
- Unit 2: Content Is King
- Unit 3: Presentation is Everything
Module 2: Grow Your Traffic
- Unit 4: Grow Your Platform
- Unit 5: Social Media & Viral Growth
- Unit 6: Rock Social Media
Module 3: Monetize Your Platform
- Unit 7: Show Me the Money
- Unit 8: Create Your Product
- Unit 9: Master Sales & Marketing
Module 3: Build Your Business
- Unit 10: Work Smarter, Not Harder
- Unit 11: From Blog to Business
- Unit 12: Lead Your Team
You’ll also quick link access to video training, social media tools and other resources inside of your dashboard.
Another cool thing is that you’ll have access to new updated bonuses whenever the program gets updated. Right now, the elite 3.0 version is being updated to 4.0 and is getting ready to be released and you can sign up for the waiting list here.
Is It Right for New Bloggers?
When I purchased the course in 2017, I did so because I was interested in the business aspect of blogging. As you know, this isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to blogging.
I’ve started several blogs in the past. The biggest issue that I’ve had in the past is actually building a profitable blog that becomes a business. That’s why I chose to invest in this blogger online training.
What I Noticed
This course is very basic at the beginning. It covers how to write content that is geared towards finding your audience using the FOCUS method. If you’ve never written a blog post before, you might find it helpful to learn how to write blog posts.
However, I found this course to be too basic for someone who has a basic understanding of blogging. The business side of the course is pretty helpful, but it’s a lot of money to drop on a program that you only need one module with 3 units.
What About Tech Help?
One of the things that I noticed while browsing the EBA Academy Facebook group, is that a lot of people struggle with the techie side of WordPress. I’m pretty fortunate that I didn’t need help with the tech stuff, because I’ve been working with WordPress for over 8 years.
But if you’re a brand new blogger who knows nothing about the WordPress platform, you won’t find any help here. Ruth does not have any courses that teaches you about WordPress themes, plugins or anything else related to using the platform.
However, you can get help from Greyson Bell from iMark Interactive by outsourcing simple tasks to him. I believe he also has a free WordPress course that is geared towards helping new bloggers to WordPress.
Blogging made simple and to help people reach their blogging goals so they can earn a full-time income from their business. You’ll learn that you don’t make money from your blog, but your blog is meant to help you build your business.
The course focuses on creating your own products and building a business. It’s not a course that focuses on making money with affiliate marketing or throwing ads on your blog.
Although, there’s nothing wrong with using those monetization methods. After all, if you can create multiple streams of income, you’ll be better off in the long run.
Would I Buy It Again?
I’ve picked up some great nuggets from this course and I do feel that it has helped me become a better blogger. While I do not regret buying this course, I can say that if I was looking for a new course to invest in, this wouldn’t be my first choice.
There are quite a few bloggers that have seen huge success with this course such as:
It is a great course, but in my opinion not worth the high price tag for someone who doesn’t have the money to invest in a blogging course.
I am a huge advocate of investing in your blogging business, especially, if you want to turn it into a full-time business. However, as a new blogger, you want to see quick results.
You don’t want to spend months or years trying to drive traffic to your blog. EBA does not focus on quick wins. Instead, they focus on blogging as a long-term strategy and don’t care about getting quick wins.
If you’re the type of blogger who knows that you will throw in the towel if you’re not getting traffic fast enough, this won’t be beneficial for you.
What Would I Recommend for New Bloggers?
Instead, you will want to invest in the Billionaire Blog Club (which is being updated to MOMO). This course is run by Paul Scrivens who has blogs in several different niches.
He’s in the trenches with you building blogs to earn passive income. I purchased this course in April of 2018 because I was struggling to get traffic to my blog. I figured that if Paul was growing several blog’s there was something that I could learn from him.
As soon as I enrolled, I joined the 10k blog challenge. Within 30 days, I had grown my blog traffic to over 11,000 pageviews using Pinterest. Now I am focusing more on improving my SEO (oh and there’s an SEO course inside of BBC).
What You Get With Your Membership
Starting sometime next month, the new MOMO platform will be launched an there will be several more courses that you’ll have access to if you join before Friday when Billionaire Blog Club ends forever. You can pick it up here.
Courses in BBC
- Tailwind Crash Course
- Billionaire Pinterest
- Billionaire Blogging SEO
- Billionaire Niche Selection
- Billionaire Affiliate Marketing
- Intro to Email Marketing
- Google Analytics
- Content Creation
You’ll notice at the top there’s a section for Challenges. He has a great challenge that will help you launch your blog and get your first 10K pageviews.
He has videos that walks you through on something to do each and everyday. He also reveals the type of content you should be writing to do extremely well on Pinterest.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, some niches do a lot better on Pinterest than others.
Getting Fast Wins
While EBA is geared more towards writing for your avatar and NOT really caring about quick wins. BBC is geared more towards helping you get some quick wins.
He wants to help you get to a point where you can apply for ad networks that pay well. This way you can start earning an income from your blog.
Once you’re earning from your blog, you can start focusing on other aspects like creating your own products.
Both Have Lifetime Updates
Both programs have lifetime updates so you won’t have to worry about spending anymore money. However, once BBC becomes MOMO (not sure what that means yet) I’m not sure if people will have lifetime access anymore.
Anyone who purchased the product under the BBC umbrella will be moved over the new MOMO platform and will not have to worry about anything.
Yes, he will have other services to offer his students where he will be able to increase his earnings. You won’t be obligated to purchase them if you don’t want.
Most product creators use a Facebook Group community to communicate with their members. Paul has chosen to use Slack and while I do find it a little confusing to use.
I have used it to get help directly from Paul regarding a blogging question I had. He’s there for you if you need any help with anything.
That’s what I find totally cool. It’s not very common to get direct help from a product creator without having to jump through hoops.
I think when BBC changes to MOMO the Slack community will be a monthly subscription. Thank goodness I won’t have to pay to continue using it.
Which One I Recommend?
If I would’ve heard about BBC soon to be MOMO before investing in EBA, you can bet that I would’ve purchased BBC. You get a lot more for your bang and for a lot less.
I’m not sure what the price will look like when it changes to MOMO and I will be updating this post to keep you informed.
Although, I would still buy MOMO before buying EBA. Because you’ll learn a lot more about the technical aspects of running a successful blog.
Plus you’ll learn about Pinterest, SEO, and so much more that you just won’t get from the other course.
Which One is Right for You?
Honestly, I don’t know what your blogging goals are. But if you can get in before BBC changes to MOMO, you’ll be better off because you will get access to everything with lifetime updates.
If you’re a brand new blogger who wants quick wins and wants access to everything you will ever need to grow a successful blog, I highly recommend getting started with Billionaire Blog Club.
When the platform changes to MOMO, you probably won’t ever have to worry about investing in the blogger academy known as EBA. So get in now before Friday or save your money and wait for MOMO. (that’s my opinion)
Final Take Away
I’ve invested in several blogging courses and I have learned something from all of them. If you do decide to invest in either of these courses, just know that it doesn’t mean that you’ll be a successful blogger.
It takes a lot of hard work to grow a blog. Especially, if you’re in a niche that doesn’t do very well on Pinterest.
Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and eventually, you’ll look back and see the online empire you created that actually makes you money.
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I’ll update this blog post once MOMO is released. I have no doubt that it’s going to be even better than what it is now.
Recommended Blogging Resources:
- Free 12 Day Blogging Bootcamp
- Article about using Yoast SEO for optimizing your blog posts and how to do it.
- SEMRush Free Trial to Gather Low Competitive Keywords
- Quiz: Which theme is best for your blog?
- If you want to build an email list and send newsletters, I recommend ConvertKit (starts at $29)