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!”
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.”
About her experience, Arabah says,
“I began blogging within the Christian Living niche 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 in 2014 and doing so was a game-changer for me!
The course presents assignments in an effective format and Ruth mentored me through the process, even providing other invaluable content.
In about 10 months, my monthly page views increased from 10,000 to 150,000, but more importantly, I receive daily emails from people who are impacted by my message, which is 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 to continue growing my business…and my ministry”
Even so, she couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something she could be doing better. She felt stuck and unable to grow, and while she was earning some money, it wasn’t anywhere close to what she wanted to be making as a full-time professional. And yet, she wasn’t sure what to do next.
With a 100% guarantee, she figured she had nothing to lose, and she enrolled in the very first Elite Blog Academy course.
Straight out the gate, the first thing that EBA really helped her with was refining her message. As a writer, her content was already really good, but she quickly realized that she needed to narrow her focus. She restructured her navigation, began using an editorial calendar, improved her design, and overall became more confident and organized.
From there she worked to expand and grow her audience. She focused specifically on growing her email list by offering 8 Steps to Start Your Freelance Career off on the Right Foot, blogging consistently on topics pertinent to her readers, offering content upgrades on her blog posts and more recently, via a free email course. In fact, she’s grown her list from 100 subscribers at the beginning of 2015 to almost 3,000 today!
But Gina’s biggest transformation came in the form of how she monetized her blog. While she had previously been earning a respectable income offering her personal services, she realized that her true gift was in teaching others. On her blog she now offers two different online courses, one for learning how to become a virtual assistant and one for learning how to be a freelance writer, and her latest venture is a matchmaking service for virtual assistants and online entrepreneurs.
Just over one year after enrolling in EBA, her income has skyrocketed to more than $15,000 a month and continues to rise. She has truly gone Pro, and she absolutely loves it!
Of her experience with EBA, Gina says:
“When I started with EBA, I wasn’t totally sure how to grow, but EBA helped give me a structure and framework to grow my platform, audience, and reach. Now I have a clear plan. It has changed my life.”
When we asked her advice for others who might be considering or taking EBA, she offered this: “Make a plan for success, but do more than just learn. Take the course and implement the exercises. It will change your blog’s life, but IMPLEMENTATION is key!”
“I started EBA within a few months of beginning to blog because I wanted to start off on the right foot. Now that I’ve completed the course, I have a plan to follow — step-by-step — instead of aimlessly wandering and I have obtained the confidence needed to keep moving forward. I know how to grow my audience, build a brand, market myself, create products, start earning money, and fulfill my business goals. I also have the additional bonus of being able to revisit the steps any time I need to.
After almost 11 months of blogging, I am averaging 80,000 page views a month. Since I have started applying what I’ve learned, I’ve also created a book that is being sold on Amazon. I have two other products in the works as well. However, the most important piece was being given the confidence to just do it, to step out of my comfort zone, and to view my blog as a business. Making that mental shift was huge for me.
It is such an awesome program, and I am so grateful to Ruth for her transparency, willingness to mentor and to teach other bloggers. It is such a great mission and the program is done right!”
I initially enrolled in EBA to learn how to get my message out to even more people. Through EBA I learned how to market my posts on Pinterest and write better material. Now all of my focus goes into content and photos, because that’s what motivates reader to return. Pinterest has now become my new bestie!
I also learned that you reach your goals when you have a plan. EBA assisted me with creating my business plan and my first product has now launched! My page views have tripled, so my ad revenue has increased and I’m being contacted more often by outside PR companies. All of this is a direct reflection of my content. I will be eternally grateful to EBA and anticipate growing even more in the future!
I focus on helping women become a master of their homes and finances, because when those two issues are handled, your life has a tendency to run more smoothly. My biggest frustration with blogging was how to get my message out there, drive traffic, and build a following. Before EBA came along, I wasn’t sure what to do or how to do it. I was also fearful about my ability to make a living blogging. As a 54 year old single woman, I thought – if this didn’t work, what is my alternative? I enrolled in EBA during the spring of 2015 and the course helped me to push aside my fears and, instead, focus on my dreams and goals. I could see not only that Ruth was making a full time [plus] income, but that many other people were doing it too and if they could do it, so could I. EBA gave me the foundation to accomplish my goals by providing me the resources, tools and strategies to implement my plan and move this business forward. What a win-win it was for me!
I’ve proven to myself I can make money blogging and EBA has given me a great foundation and plans to follow to grow my business. One of the most significant things I learned was about Pinterest and its platform to drive traffic. I had heard of Pinterest but had no clue what to do with it. The whole section about Pinterest was a game changer for my blog. I brand all my images now, try to write captivating descriptions and am amazed at the amount of traffic I receive each month as a result. The other thing I learned was that I was clueless about was SEO. Now, I’m still a bit behind the eight ball with SEO, but I am getting better and better at it. As a life-time student in the course, I can review that unit pretty regularly to see what else I can garner from it to put into practice or sometimes to just give myself a little refresher. Either way, the content is there for me to utilize when I need it.
I must point out that the course requires you to work diligently. Don’t just skim the course – really work the course. Do the assignments and read and re-read what you don’t understand. Set realistic goals you want to achieve and work at them. A year later, you’ll be amazed at what you were able to accomplish. I was very fortunate to have found EBA as I was starting out. And now my hard work is literally paying off! My income has steadily increased over the course of the year. I went from making zippo to ending out December at $4,000!
I really feel blessed and fortunate that I was able to be part of EBA, get to know so many wonderful fellow bloggers and get my message out to those who need it. My only regret is I didn’t do this years ago. But, it came at a time that was right for me and I can continue to do this work well into my future years. In fact, my daughter will be joining the team this year and someday this blog will be hers. It’s a great feeling knowing I can continue to grow this business and hand it off to her someday.
By November of 2014, I was frustrated – thinking about blogging all the time and spending far too much time on it without enough return on my investment. I felt overwhelmed with all there was to do and felt as if blogging was an endless quest to get more and more pageviews. Initially, I hoped that EBA would help me increase my pageviews. But I got so much more out of the course! One of my biggest fears was that my one income stream (advertising revenue) was unreliable. EBA helped me find many different ways to monetize. I now see myself as a businesswoman. My blog is an asset of my business, not my business itself. I have a very solid blog income now, which is a huge blessing to our growing family.
Since enrolling, I’ve also learned that I don’t have to be everywhere on social media; I can pick the platforms that I enjoy instead of spending all my time being everywhere. This has been very freeing! Most of all, though, I’ve learned to think ahead. Instead of trying to get pageviews today, I’m creating products and planning for tomorrow. We had a baby in December. I spent very little time blogging in January, but with my systems in place I made record income! A year after enrolling in EBA, my monthly income had more than quadrupled. I love how EBA is the gift that keeps on giving! New content is continually added to the course, and I get to benefit!
Before EBA, I knew working on my blog part time from home would be my dream job. But in order for that dream to happen, something had to change. The blog would have to take off – big time. The three concerns I was most worried about before purchasing this course were all addressed:
Would I have time? One of the best things about this course is you can take it at your own pace. I work on my blog primarily during my son’s naptime and nowadays that doesn’t amount to much time at all! Elite Blog Academy is designed to be self-paced, but should not be completed in less than 12 weeks. If this course fits in to my crazy schedule, it can fit into yours too.
Would it be worth the expense? Oh my goodness, YES! Elite Blog Academy has been by far the best investment I’ve ever made in my blog. The course materials and handouts have taught me so much and the techniques really work. In fact, anyone who completes the course [including all of the assignments] and has not seen measurable results in both traffic and income growth after completing the assignments will get their money back – meaning you’ve literally got nothing to lose.
Would it reach my expectations? No. It exceeded my expectations! The benefits of my hard work with this course are already paying off. As I progress further through the course, I’m expecting those results to get even better! After completing just half of the Elite Blog Academy, my pageviews went up by 49% and my Adsense revenue went up by 24%! I’m almost done with the course now and my subscribers have increased 146%! I’ve gained so much more from this course, including (but not limited to) added revenue streams, new subscribers and connections with other bloggers. The investment was worth every penny and more.
Final verdict: I can easily say with complete honesty that Elite Blog Academy is worth every penny and more. It has been by far the best investment I’ve ever made in my blog!
She soon found that her message was resonating with other parents in similar situations. She received letters from readers letting her know that her posts helped them handle their own parenting conflicts and find answers to their problems, and her real life friends came to her with their questions as well.
Even so, she felt stuck and frustrated as a blogger, especially as she noticed others who had been blogging for less time growing their blogs and earning an income. Although she was putting in a lot of effort, she wasn’t seeing a lot of growth, and she was earning almost no income—often as little as $10 a month. To her, it seemed much safer to think of her blog as a hobby.
But deep down, she also knew that if she really wanted to grow and earn an income the way others were, she was going to have to invest in her blog and actually commit to the process. She was going to have to stop hiding behind the word “hobby” and take it seriously.
Ultimately, after reading a number of testimonials from others who had taken the Elite Blog Academy course and seen real results, she decided to take the leap and enrolled in our Spring 2015 session.
Almost immediately, she began to see some real results of her own.
While her content and message had always been strong, she discovered new ways to grow her audience, and in less than a year quickly increased her page views nearly tenfold, from 29K a month to nearly 200K a month, noting that it took her five years to get to 29K, so to be able to grow that quickly was nothing short of amazing.
And while Nina is thrilled by the increase in traffic, she says that her biggest lesson from EBA has been learning how to diversify her income stream, especially through products. Through EBA, she was inspired to write a book called Parenting With Purpose that currently sits high in the parenting category on Amazon and has helped generate a steady stream of income. But she doesn’t plan to stop there—she has several more product ideas she wants to pursue, and is already working on the next one!
About her time in EBA, Nina says, “investing in EBA was the best money I ever spent on my blog. EBA presents all the information in one place — information that one would normally have to collect from several sources. The course also provides an effective timeline and an accountability piece. While completing the course, I set goals and worked hard to achieve each one. I believe you have to do so to stand out in the blogging world. Although I still use my blog as my creative outlet, I’m so much more committed to it and treat it as a business. Now, all the effort I’ve put in has paid off. After my first 5 years of blogging, I was earning just $10 a month. After 7 months at EBA, I’m earning more than $1,500 each month and aspire to increase that even more.”
I signed up for EBA because I wanted to increase my traffic and income. In addition, I felt that I had reached a dead end. Now I’m able to better focus on the topics that my readers are most interested in and I’m able to work more efficiently, and I became better at planning, too.
In fact, the most valuable part of EBA for me was the section about creating an editorial calendar. Although I was a bit reluctant at first, I created one and was shocked to discover that my calendar was booked for 4 months! This realization dramatically improved how effective I became at time management.
Scheduling also helped me to increase my traffic significantly and to maintain a higher rate than before. I’ve even been able to increase my eBook sales by focusing on what was working and improving those areas.
As a result of attending EBA, I began focusing on affiliate programs and now make about $700 a month. This course is definitely something I’d recommend to other bloggers! And my best advice to those who do enroll is, “Do the assignments!” When I signed up for EBA, I told myself to do the very same thing and to apply what I learned. By “forcing” myself to do so, I have become a more efficient blogger and my business has really grown.