When Tasha started Elite Blog Academy in 2014, she was a partner in her corporate law firm, where she defended medical professionals in big, multi-million dollar malpractice cases. She was also the mom to three-year old twin girls.To say she was busy and stressed out was an understatement!
She started her blog, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, as a creative outlet, but she just didn’t feel like she had time to figure out all the ins and outs of blogging. She was interested in enrolling in EBA because she thought it might be easier to let someone else do all the research and point her in the right direction, but she was worried about making such big investment into what was little more than a hobby at that point.
Of her time spent in EBA, she says:
“I jumped into the course right away when I purchased it in September 2014. I immediately learned about creating awesome content, perfect pins and going back to optimize old content. Truly, I have never worked harder in my life, especially since I was still working full-time as a lawyer!
Blogging is HARD WORK. Results do not come for free and Elite Blog Academy is not magic. It will not do anything for you if you don’t put the work in. But I put in the work in and within a year I had more than tripled my page views and was earning more than $10,000 a month through my blog.
On January 1, 2016, 16 months after starting Elite Blog Academy, I gave up my partnership at my firm to blog full-time. I am now earning MORE than I was as a private practice attorney from my blog. My blog and income continue to grow and I don’t plan to slow down any time soon. And more importantly, I couldn’t be happier! As far as I am concerned, the sky is the limit!”
Rosemarie Groner is a blogger at The Busy Budgeter who first registered for Elite Blog Academy in the fall of 2014. At the time, she was a stay-at-home mom who spent her days running a small daycare from her home plus working two other part time jobs while she worked on her blog at night. She and her husband were desperately trying to pay off debt, pinching pennies everywhere they could, and she was literally running herself ragged.
When she found Elite Blog Academy, she knew the comprehensive framework it provided was exactly what she needed to get on track, but it felt like a huge investment, one she wasn’t even sure they could really afford, given their precarious financial situation. But, at her husband’s encouragement, she resolved to take the class seriously and to do every single assignment in order, not moving ahead until each one was completed.
She started in phase one, with refining her message, and in the process, she determined with crystal clarity that her mission was to provide financial advice for people who were overwhelmed with life, and who struggle with time management.
From there she moved to step two and began growing her audience, and then, as her traffic started to take off, she was ready to transition into phase three and begin focusing on monetization.
And now, as she moves into phase four, building her business, she is equipped to refine and build upon this framework of success she has created for herself. She has a plan and she knows exactly what tasks to tackle every single day.
Speaking about the transformation she’s made over the past two years, Rosemarie explains:
“I was making $18/month from my small blog in September 2014 when I joined Elite Blog Academy. By following the framework, I drastically increased every month and am now making more than $30,000 a month from my blog, and I understand how to sustain that income.
More importantly, my life is completely different. Before Elite Blog Academy, I was running a day care of 4 kids, had 2 additional side hustles, and worked on the blog at night. I was exhausted! Now I work 20 hours a week, have financial freedom and a thriving business. EBA completely changed my life.
When it comes to enrolling in EBA, the ONLY question that should be in your mind is ‘am I committed to doing this?’ Even if you are living paycheck to paycheck, it’s worth it. When you see what’s possible, it is such a small investment, and if you are committed to doing the work, you will see results.”
Saira Perl spent almost 3 years trying to turn her blog Mom Resource into a business all by herself. Without realizing it, she was spending too much time on activities that weren’t benefiting her readers or her bottom line. In September 2015 she joined Elite Blog Academy & everything changed.
What EBA means to Saira's family:
“I started blogging in 2013 when we were living in Paris. I was taking a break from corporate life to stay home with my baby & was experimenting with blogging as a way to make a living & work from home.
For almost 3 years I followed other online “experts” without much focus or success. By the end of 2015 I felt burnt out & frustrated. I decided to take the leap & join EBA as my final attempt to really find out whether blogging could be a career. If EBA didn’t deliver, I would quit blogging & return to work.
Well, I’m still blogging today because I saw immediate results with EBA! It totally changed my focus - instead of obsessing over getting more & more readers, I starting diving deeper into topics my existing readers were already asking for... For me, that was Twitter.
Ruth helped me figure out how to deliver more value to my audience. She gave me the strategy & confidence to write my own online course, Twitter Legend!
Before EBA, $500/month sounded like a dream goal. Within 1 month of joining Elite Blog Academy I made over $1,000/month, and now I consistently earn $1,000-$3,000/month.
For my family, earning a real income online means I have the freedom to work around OUR schedule. With little kids at home, I love that I can still put my family first while pursing my passions part-time, from home.
I will admit when I joined EBA it felt like a HUGE financial investment – I barely earned anything from my blog & the EBA price tag would require everything I made.
Looking back now, EBA was obviously, easily the BEST investment I ever made in myself, by blog & my career. This is a game-changer & I only wish I had taken it sooner to avoid all that wasted time, energy & frustration.
But I’m not done. EBA is a massive course & I have taken my time going through each step. There is always more to improve on.
For example, I wrote my course without understanding how complicated it could be to promote a course. I was THRILLED to read through Ruth’s brand new EBA Product Launch Playbook where she shares the exact checklists & email sequences she uses to promote everything from her planner to her book to EBA.
This is the kind of practical detail Ruth shares & if you are really looking to turn your blog into your business, EBA has everything you need.”
Maureen Campaiola is a blogger at A Debt Free Mess Free Life who enrolled in EBA in 2014. At the time, she was running a family residential and commercial cleaning business, running her coaching practice and was a full-time caregiver for her sick mother. She was running herself ragged trying to keep up with all demands and desperately wanted to find a better way. She was looking for an end game to the cleaning business, and blogging seemed like a great strategy to make that happen.
When she started blogging her goals included finding her tribe of loyal readers, driving traffic, email marketing, and monetization strategies. She readily admits her biggest problem - she had no clue what she was doing and needed a step by step plan to help her navigate the waters. She recalls writing blogs posts, posting them on social media and then waiting for “something to happen.” Of course, nothing did, and her frustration level grew in direct proportion to her regular failures. As a 54 -year old single woman, she thought – “if this doesn’t work, what is my alternative?”
Then she stumbled across EBA. After reading the information about what was included in the course, she signed up immediately anxious to get started on the modules and how to make her blog successful.
How signing up for EBA impacted Maureen's blog:
“EBA gave me the foundation to accomplish my goals by providing me the resources, tools, and strategies to implement my plan and move my business forward.
I took the time to go through each and every module and applied what I was learning step by step. Anytime I got confused or felt like I needed a refresher, I would head back to the modules and fine tune what I was doing. Each and every time I did, I saw a direct, positive impact on my business. Soon I was starting to see more and more traffic and my income was getting bigger and bigger.
The course requires you to work diligently – not just skim the surface. Blogging is hard work, and it’s not always easy to put all the pieces together and create something people value and want to support. But because of EBA, I can say that I learned what it requires to take a blog from mediocre to phenomenal.”
Of her time at Elite Blog Academy, Tania Griffis, blogger at Run to Radiance says:
Building a successful business can feel overwhelming, especially as a creative who isn’t naturally business savvy. I had been blogging for 3 years with very little growth, and getting to the point of frustration where I was ready to quit. I saw a friend post about Elite Blog Academy, and decided to give it a shot.
I faithfully went through the class—it took me about 6 months because I implemented every single step. Within that time frame, my blog traffic tripled! With Elite Blog Academy I got more growth in 6 months than I did in 3 years, by far.
It wasn’t just my traffic that grew, though. My eyes were really opened to the possibilities of what I could do with my business. Ruth is an excellent teacher—she’s great at breaking down big-picture items into small digestible bites. Her upbeat personality and encouraging tone helped me push through the more challenging lessons.
A year after completing Elite Blog Academy and faithfully implementing everything Ruth taught, I was able to finally make my dream happen—I quit my corporate job and became a full time blogger!
My husband and I celebrated the start of my new fulltime career by taking our dream vacation—a month in Europe. I would have never been able to do this without Elite Blog Academy.
Currently, my days are filled with creating projects, photography and writing. Beyond all of that though, my thinking has shifted to how I can build my brand and grow my business. I’ve learned that my blog isn’t my business, but that it’s a part of my business. I’m learning something new every day and can truly say I love my life.
If you’re on the fence about Elite Blog Academy, I really encourage you to go for it! If you are at the breaking point like I was, you literally have nothing to lose…but everything to gain!"
Of her time in Elite Blog Academy, Kim Anderson, blogger at Thrifty Little Mom says:
"When I started learning about blogging from Ruth a fews years back I could have never anticipated how EBA & blogging would change my life and my family. When I started, I was just a stay at home mom searching for more in my life. Fast forward 4 years and I now run a successful blog, I'm a published author and I make enough income that my husband was able to quit his terrible commute and his day job to work on his own dreams at home"
Holly Hanna is a blogger at The Work at Home Woman. Of her time at EBA, she says:
"When I came across Elite Blog Academy in 2014, I had been blogging for five years. And even though my blog was generating income, I still had to work a freelance gig to replace what I had earned working as a full-time nurse (a career that I did not enjoy).
But let me back up.
Earlier in 2014, I had purchased Ruth's book, How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul. It was the first book that I had read in a LONG time that had some substantial information that I was able to apply to my blog. In fact, I re-read the book several times that year. So when Elite Blog Academy came along, it was a no-brainer for me. I signed up and made it my goal to earn enough from my blog to be able to quit my freelancing gig.
Within two months, I was able to increase my traffic by 66 percent. And from there it kept going up and up. In one year, I was able to increase my blogging income by 150 percent which allowed me to quit my freelancing gig. For the last three years, I've earned a full-time income from blogging alone.
Elite Blog Academy gave me detailed road-map and clarity on how to take my blog to the next level. Something that I wasn't able to figure out on my own. But besides the monetary gains, it gave me complete freedom over my time and my career. I finally have my dream job which is an amazing feeling! I LOVE what I do, so much so, that it never even seems like work. I think back to my nursing days and how miserable I was that sometimes I feel like I need to pinch myself."
JoAnn Chron is a full-time blogger at Whimsicle who has been featured on The Today Show, among other accomplishments. About her time in EBA®, she says:
"Like many beginning bloggers, I had no clue how to run a successful business. It was February of 2015, and I had decided to take another year off teaching. I told everyone it was to spend more time with my one-year-old son, but secretly I also wanted to make blogging my career. I started Whimsicle a year prior and thought, "I should be making more money by now."
I read article after article, trying to glean some major secret about blogging. I felt like a failure. It seemed as if all these other bloggers had huge audiences and money pouring in. However, nothing I tried worked. To top it off, I felt burnt out and really down on myself.
When I found EBA, I immediately enrolled for the waiting list. I knew that Ruth had an extremely successful business and I wanted that! I needed someone to show me how to do this.
I learned that running a profitable blog isn’t magic - rather it’s consistent practices that build the foundation of a strong business. EBA taught me how to create eye-catching pins for Pinterest, develop a strong structure, write posts that engaged my audience and how to plan for future growth.
Now, I no longer search for that magic ingredient to overnight success. After the first month of applying EBA practices, my blog Whimsicle nearly tripled in pageviews. Two years later, I’m still growing! I attribute that to the solid foundation that Elite Blog Academy helped me establish. Without it, I’m positive that my blog would still be a hobby and I would be back in the classroom."
Lena Gott is the blogger behind What Mommy Does and the blogging community Adventures in Blogging. Lena is a CPA turned stay at home mom of three little ones. She started writing online in 2008 and officially started blogging in 2010. She started taking her blog seriously in 2014 when her youngest child turned three.
She wanted something to call her own once her kids were in school, and she knew blogging was a great way to earn money while being available to her kids on a flexible schedule for field trips, after school activities, and even impromptu vacations!
When she started Elite Blog Academy in 2016, she was already earning a full time income blogging but working very hard to do so. She was looking for a way to take her blog from a “job” to a “business.”
She considered enrolling in Elite Blog Academy for three years in a row and finally took the plunge after hearing the glowing recommendations from bloggers she admired. Enrolling in EBA was a turning point in her blog business.
The trainings in EBA are designed to help bloggers get into a business mindset and figure out how to serve their readers in a deep way. Once she started applying the principles from EBA to her existing blog content, the results were tremendous! She now works fewer hours than she ever thought possible to earn six figures blogging because she finally figured out what REALLY matters when it comes to growing an audience and customer base.
Why Lena wished she would have enrolled in EBA sooner:
“Once I started the Elite Blog Academy lessons, I kicked myself for not investing in EBA the very first time I heard about it! There are so many valuable lessons for new and experienced bloggers, alike. If you are unsure about anything in your blogging business, from your messaging to your ability to generate consistent revenue, EBA will help you nail down those things. Above all, I think EBA helped me figure out EXACTLY who my ideal readers are, determine EXACTLY what to say to them, and know EXACTLY how I would make money doing so. I like knowing what I should be doing on a daily basis to grow my blog as opposed to wishing and hoping what I put out there sticks.”
Elise Draper is a blogger at The Frugal Farmwife. Here's what she has to say about her time in EBA®:
"In 2014, I was a blogger, working my tail off on all the wrong things. I made enough money from my blog to pay the internet bill, and that was about it. I was totally burned out, and EBA was my one last shot at trying to make it work.
Starting EBA breathed new life into my blogging efforts as I started implementing each and every step - completing each unit before moving on to the next one. Immediately, I started seeing an uptick in traffic to my blog, but nothing major.
And then I happened. I got to unit five, and with the solid foundation laid in all the previous units, my blog stats skyrocketed. Within a month, my income just from add revenue increased 6x, the month after that, it doubled again. And that was just unit five. As I continued with the EBA curriculum, my income continued to rise. I learned how to focus on effective strategies, listen to my readers needs, and bring value to my readership.
And today? My little blog pays for each and every one of my family’s expenses - all while staying home with my kids.
If you know my family’s story, you know that we hit rock bottom and couldn’t even afford to run the air conditioner in our rent-free house during the southern summer months. We didn’t even have internet at our own house when I started Elite Blog Academy - I walked up to my parents house to watch the course videos! With no jobs in our area, my husband traveled to another state to work for a friend. In fact, I sold the beloved trophy saddle I’d been holding on to of the day we had enough money that I could again start riding horses, just to pay the fee.
It’s safe to say that Elite Blog Academy has changed, not just my life, but the lives of my whole family. It was a risk that paid for itself in the first month. It allowed my husband to quit that taxing job, and start his own in-home business.
It was - and is - work. But It’s allowed us to travel the world - not something we even dared dream about in 2014. "
Gina Horkey is a blogger and business owner at The Horkey Handbook. Here's what she has to say about EBA®:
"Back in December, 2014 when I initially launched 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success, my (now) friend Ruth Soukup was also launching her very first course, Elite Blog Academy. My business has grown quite a bit over the last 2+ years and enrolling in her course (and taking my blog seriously) is one of the reasons why.
Let me show you...
My December, 2014 Stats (12/10/14)
My Current Stats (2/1/17)
I may not have the biggest numbers traffic-wise, but like EBA will teach you, they’re just vanity metrics anyhow. What’s important is that I’m making a full-time living from my website. And I have my own team now that I’m responsible for supporting too!
I started following Ruth way back when online business wasn't even on my radar. Back when I was just reading and writing blogs for fun. ;-) So it was a no-brainer to sign up for EBA 1.0 when it came out, even if it felt like a big business expense at the time (spoiler alert: it paid off!). What I love about Ruth and her team though is how important putting out valuable and actionable content is.
That’s why I’m going to take EBA 3.0 again when it’s available. Because I know I’ll learn something new that will help me to take Horkey HandBook to the next level. (And it doesn’t hurt that I get free access to the updated material either!)
In addition to Ruth being my online guru, she’s also someone that I've gotten to meet and hang out with in person. Basically, Ruth's the real deal. And so is EBA!
Jennifer Roskamp started her blog, The Intentional Mom, in 2015 because, as a busy homeschooling mom of 7 kids (soon to be 8), she wanted creative outlet, and she also liked the idea of possibly being able to earn a little extra money on the side to supplement her family’s income.
She had no idea that less than a year later, she would find herself in a position of being the primary breadwinner when her husband unexpectedly left his job in order to go back to school full time.
At first she was scared, but the she realized that Elite Blog Academy had already given her all the tools she needed to support her family—she just needed to put them into action. She continued growing her audience, developed a loyal following on Periscope, and began creating the books and products that she knew her audience was looking for.
Of her experience with EBA, Jennifer says:
“I started EBA within a few months of beginning to blog because I wanted to start off on the right foot. I had no idea that only a few months later, I would need to use my blog to support my family. But I wasn’t scared because I had a plan to follow — step-by-step — instead of aimlessly wandering, and it gave me the confidence I needed to keep moving forward.
I learned how to grow my audience, build a brand, market myself, create products, start earning money, and fulfill my business goals, and I was able to revisit the steps any time I needed to.
Every day I ask myself what I can do to build my business, and then I just throw spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. When I figure that out, I alter it slightly and then do it again. I honestly think this would have been too scary to me to try had I not had the overall plan and steps that EBA provides.
If you are wanting to start a blog and are looking to earn any kind of income from it, the money you invest in this course will more than pay for the course many times over. It’s just a matter of taking the leap!”
Arabah Joy is the blogger behind ArabahJoy.com. She signed up for Elite Blog Academy in 2014 without even knowing for sure what she wanted to accomplish, but just knowing that she was looking for a little guidance along the way.
About her experience with EBA, Arabah says:
“I began blogging as a ministry in 2010. I knew that I had great content but did not know how to gain traction, or what to focus on and when. I needed a plan --- a step-by-step process I could implement --- from someone who knew what to do. I enrolled in EBA and doing so was a game-changer for me!
The course presents assignments in an effective format and Ruth mentored me through the process, providing everything I needed to get the results I was looking for. In the first 10 months, my monthly page views increased from 10,000 to 150,000, which was amazing, but more importantly, I began receiving daily emails from people who are impacted by my message, which was my ultimate goal for blogging.
I do not have ads or do sponsored posts, which means I rely on affiliate programs and my own products to monetize my site. Through EBA, I was inspired to launch my first online course and not only earned $3,900 during that first launch, but also gained the confidence that I will be successful going forward”
These days, Arabah not only inspires thousands of women on a daily basis, but earns a healthy full-time living through her blog, which in turn has made her ministry even stronger. She can afford to spend the time making a difference in people’s lives because that time is also helping to support her family.
When my husband and I first got married, Jeremie was a professional soccer player. The plan was to play soccer as long as possible & then start a business. He experienced over 17 countries as a pro soccer player but once we found out we were expecting our oldest daughter, he changed overnight. He didn’t want the nomad lifestyle any longer.
We were both working for Stanford University at the time we found out we were expecting. He was in his off-season, coaching summer camps, & just realized how much he disliked coaching. He liked seeing players improve quickly & did not enjoy the coordination of events or the politics of coaching. He came up with an idea for how to equal his pro salary & Global Futbol Training was born.
At the time, I was working full time as a pediatric nurse, I was Clinical Coordinator of a program called Extra Corporeal Life Support (ECLS) for a children’s cardiac ICU, was adjunct teaching & guest lecturing while finishing my doctorate. I was also responsible for Jeremie’s website creation, development, management, etc. Plus – I had my own company on the side to run. I was so stressed!
We faced our own crisis moment with my health. The choice was clear that I needed to have time off, to raise our children, be a wife, and just be me but the transition to one income was hard! I found Ruth’s voice to be a clear guide during that time of transition, learning how to live well on less. But she kept mentioning this blogging academy.
I had urged Jeremie to start blogging just to give us more family time. We found that as parents’ children would enter a new age category, they would have the same questions as those who were 3 years ahead of them. Blogging was a way to say, “Here is your answer + so much more!”
I talked to Jeremie about signing up for EBA. I think I was the second class. #mindblown The course was amazing because Ruth was as authentic in business as her blog. EVERYTHING about blogging was covered - & then some.
Jeremie is a former pro who has not only produced collegiate & pro standouts but he trains pros in their off-season. Jeremie knows soccer. EBA is business. And as entrepreneurs, I cannot recommend highly enough that you do exactly as Ruth says. We believe so much in EBA that this year (2017) we’re offering a third path to success in our Elite Sports Business Academy (ESBA) that includes the requirement of enrollment in EBA, because a lot of our students have so much to share beyond the field or the court – and EBA is a great Launchpad for their success in sharing those perspectives.
We’ve been slow to address our vanity metrics. Most of our clients wanted to be ‘undercover’ but we’re growing our social media anyway. Our BLOG is where our big numbers are at & that is where our focus remains.
My biggest win: After this year, I will be stepping away from GFT & ESBA to return to my own company full-time - & I’ve already paid for EBA!