Since first opening our doors in 2014, Elite Blog Academy® has coached nearly 10,000 students in 60 countries around the world. In that time, our students have seen incredible results, from creating six and seven-figure businesses, to securing major book deals, incredible brand partnerships, and national media coverage. When our students do the work, they see the results. It’s that simple.
- JENNIFER MAKER -
When the travel guide industry she was in began tanking, Jennifer Maker knew she had two options. She could either get a new, good-paying job outside the home, or she could find other, better work to do at home. After some major soul searching, she realized she loved writing and sharing information, so she thought blogging would be a perfect fit. From September to December of 2016, Jennifer poured herself into blogging and gradually narrowed her focus from “all things mom related” to specifically DIY projects and crafts. She researched ways to monetize her blog, how to improve her blog, and how to expand her reach. And, while her traffic was growing, she just wasn’t bringing in any money. Her best month, December, brought in only $108. So she dug deeper. And, In early 2017, she discovered the Elite Blog Academy®. Even though she put her tuition on a credit card because she was dead broke, she was determined to make it work. And she did.
One year after starting EBA®, Jennifer’s blog is now consistently earning upwards of $20,000 a month. Her traffic has grown from 10,000 page views to more than 230,000 page views a month, and she has added nearly 30,000 subscribers to her email list. She’s launched her own products, mastered affiliate marketing, and created a business she loves, one that she knows will continue to grow.
Of her time at Elite Blog Academy®, Jennifer says: “I honestly had no idea it was possible to earn this much from a blog back when I started. But I think I was successful because I looked to others who were doing it successfully and followed their advice, even when I thought it was a bit weird or was outside of my comfort zone. I read every lesson in Elite Blog Academy® twice, watched every video carefully, and did EVERY assignment. I listened to those who had come before me, who were so willing to share. I just followed the framework. And it worked. Elite Blog Academy® tuition was the BEST money I have ever spent.”
"EBA® was a game-changer in my business. After blogging for six years with no real systems in place, Ruth's step-by-step program helped me clean up my online presence; create more engaging content; connect with my audience in a more meaningful way; grow my traffic, build multiple streams of revenue; maximize the potential of my platform, and inspire me with new ideas to grow my business. I have purchased many blogging programs and books, and this is hands-down the best content I have ever seen. EBA® is a clear and tangible roadmap for success. Whether you are a new or seasoned blogger, make your way through the modules, do the work, and you will see results. It is the best blogging money I've ever spent."
- Tess Master, The Blender Girl
- ROSEMARIE GRONER -
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.”
In February 2016, I came across a post from a blogger where she talked about how taking a blogging course – Elite Blog Academy® quadrupled her income in a year! For one month I worked tirelessly on my blog based on the course, juggling my internship and my blog together and just one month later, I DOUBLED my blog income. My blog was FINALLY working for me.
- Javeriya Sayeed, Sew Some Stuff
“When I started EBA® in March 2017, I had 600 email subscribers. Now I've gained more than 6,000 email subscribers by understanding who my readers are and how I can help them. As a working mom, I did every assignment at night and followed Ruth's advice. My blog has grown to almost 90,000 page views a month. I love having a plan for creating and building a business. Not only do I love blogging more than ever, my monthly income is more than $3,500 and growing every single month! EBA® is the best thing I could've ever invested for when I was ready to take my blog to the next level."
-Brittany Wise, Our Home Made Easy
"Just one year after enrolling in the Elite Blog Academy®, I am finally pulling the plug on my corporate career. A marketing career of 10 years that I earn a very comfortable salary with. It’s scary and amazing all at the same time! So, how did I do it in just one year? I followed Ruth’s steps to turn a blog into a thriving business! And it’s all laid out in a logical manner, where you can see your progress being made."
- Kristy Haare, LifeNReflection
“When we bought EBA® in 2014, we had been consistently earning money from our blogs for a few years. But it wasn't until we worked through EBA® that we realized the difference between being a blogger and creating a lifelong, sustainable business. Over the past few years we've been able to use our blogs to create a company that is bringing in passive income while we pursue our dreams. And the best part? We are using the information in EBA® to help us achieve the goals we have for our family and other businesses, not just our blogs! If you're looking to get organized and build a real business, EBA® is a no-brainer.”
- Mike & Carlie Kercheval, Fulfilling Your Vows
“I'm constantly asked what my recommendation is for my favorite overall blogging course, and that is Elite Blog Academy®. I purchased Elite Blog Academy® a few years ago and I truly believe that it's the best blogging course out there. I started Making Sense of Cents in 2011 just as a hobby (I didn't even know that blogs could make money), and eventually left my day job as a financial analyst to blog full-time. I now earn over $100,000 a month from my blog, and have enough invested to retire whenever I want, at just the age of 28. I love blogging, though, so I don't see me stopping anytime soon! Me and my husband sold our house in 2015, and have been traveling full-time for a little over 3 years now, and we're in an RV.”
- Michelle Schroeder, Making Sense of Cents
"My blog has come so far in so many ways because of EBA®, and so have I as a blogger. I still am not quite at the income level that I want to grow my blog to, but I know that I actually have the plan to get there. I am starting to see growth on the foundation that EBA® teaches you to build first. Ruth's mastermind of EBA® is a true gem. It's the one course I will always value over any other course. It's the Holy Grail of blogging."
- Layne Dasher, Crafting a Beautiful Life
“My blog has grown tremendously thanks to Elite Blog Academy® and I can’t speak highly enough about the course. In terms of blog growth, I went from 1,000 monthly page views to 160,000 monthly page views in under a year, which is something I never thought possible! I learned how to monetize my blog through Ruth’s various strategies and earned over $13,000 in my spare time last year. I also created a product and started my own business, which allowed me to quit my full time job. None of these opportunities would have been possible without Elite Blog Academy®!”
- Kristin Larsen, Believe in a Budget
"In 2014, I read How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul. I was lucky to be included in the first Elite Blog Academy® group. Since then, I've gone through the course three times. Every single time I learn something new. Ruth's teaching has proven correct through the years. Her wisdom isn't based on the latest algorithm or fad but tried and true methods that withstand the test of time. Even after the first few lessons, I doubled the traffic on my blog. Since enrolling, my blog is more focused, more beautiful and more useful to my readers."
- Elaine Mingus, Radical Christian Woman
“Before enrolling the program, I felt like I was spinning my wheels — not making the progress I thought I should. EBA® helped me shift my mindset and showed me how to systematically accomplish all of the big tasks I had been putting off because I lacked the knowledge to do so. Seven months later, my hobby turned business is now earning $1,000 per month and my page views have increased from 30,000 to 172,000!”
- Brittany Ann, Equipping Godly Women
“Last year when I enrolled in Elite Blog Academy®, I was starting from square one with my new blog, Little Girl Designs. I had no social media presence, only 10 posts on my blog, and definitely was not making an income. So I made the investment, knowing I needed a strong foundation, and I’m so glad I did. The principles I learned in EBA® helped me grow my pageviews, build a strong email list, and grow my social media accounts. (My Pinterest account went from 0 – 8,000 this year!) And in my first year, I’ve created two workbooks, two mini courses, and countless resources for my readers using many of Ruth’s guidelines. Because of the success of these products, this course has absolutely paid for itself over and over again. You can’t afford to not take it!”
- Jennie Moraitas, Little Girl Designs
“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all you taught me through EBA® and the encouragement to go for it with creating and launching a product! Because of your advice I buckled down and made my first product, the Stay at Home Mom Survival Kit, and am actually launching it today! It was a lot of work, but so worth it!”
- Rebekah Schwind, Charming Imperfections
- MELISSA JAMES -
When Melissa, of Our Happy Hive, was starting out, she knew absolutely nothing about blogging and was intimidated by the tech side of it. That’s when she researched EBA. Melissa says that EBA “felt low risk to enroll because it was solid information and was backed by dozens of seasoned bloggers she followed.” After enrolling and following the framework, she’s seen her own blog grow, she is now even more of an EBA believer. One of her favorite things about this course is the community that you instantly become a part of. She loves that you are connected to staff, current students, alumni, and experienced bloggers, who all chime in when available to provide support, advice, encouragement, and answers. With so much information out there about blogging, it’s hard to know which tips to implement and which are a waste of time. And, she loves that EBA removes the worry of wasted time and overwhelm of information, and instead provides a trustworthy curriculum based off of Ruth’s own experience and success.
“Working with Ruth is the most powerful tool I have yet encountered in building my blog. In implementing her advice, my traffic quadrupled almost immediately, and I learned valuable insights for building a brand. In less than one year, I have increased my blog traffic by over 3,700% and my subscribers by 2,700%! Not only is Ruth full of hard-won wisdom and experience, she is a soulful encourager.”
- Tammy Strait, TammyStrait.com
- GRANDI MICHELLE -
Grandi got up SUPER early in March of 2018 and waited for the doors of EBA 3.0 to open - never really expecting this would be the first stepping stone into a new life.
She had started blogging the summer before, doing all the things she thought she should do, but really felt like she was just figuring out what NOT to do. But then she started EBA. And things started falling in place. She went through EBA step by step. It all just clicked like nothing had before. She worked REALLY hard and followed EBA to the “T”.
And while she was making progress on her blog, she realized she had another calling when Jennifer Maker announced that she was hiring an assistant. She started working for Jennifer the following October and has since stepped into the role of Operations Manager. She feels that EBA prepared her specifically for her new role that she LOVES because their company follows EBA framework as well!
We LOVE Grandi’s story because it shows how Elite Blog Academy can be an important step and equally as life changing even if your plan is not to start your own business!
"For me, Elite Blog Academy® was an amazing experience! I joined EBA® in March 2017 and it's unbelievable how much I learned in less than a year. I remember being afraid of making this investment because my blog was only 3 months old when I joined the course. Now, looking back at this great year, I can say that it was totally worthwhile! This course has helped me grow my blog, build an engaged audience, and set a great foundation for even more growth in the future! I love being part of the EBA® community because it gives me the opportunity to connect with awesome bloggers and learn from their experience too! I would totally recommend EBA® to any blogger who is determined to build a successful blog! It's the most comprehensive blogging course that I've ever seen and it offers a step-by-step approach that is easy to understand and implement."
- Raluca Loteanu, Playful Notes
- GINA HORKEY -
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)
Monthly Pageviews: 3,010 Monthly Unique Visitors: 739 Email Subscribers: 64 Facebook Page Likes: 196 Twitter Followers: 348 Pinterest Followers: 55 More Current Stats (2/1/17)
Monthly Pageviews: 50,723 Monthly Unique Visitors: 25,253 Email Subscribers: 14,747 Facebook Page Likes: 1,392 Twitter Followers: 3,425 Pinterest Followers: 3.5k 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®!”
"To say that Elite Blog Academy® has changed my life is an understatement. Unlike many entrepreneurs in the business world today, Ruth’s core values make her exceptional. Elite Blog Academy® is designed on the foundation of those same values. This is a course that offers a lifetime of learning. EBA® teaches you sound business principles and effective strategies to continue to grow and scale your business, not about how to use the latest algorithm to achieve overnight success. Ruth’s mission is to teach others to be successful and she willingly shares her secrets to success. Investing in Elite Blog Academy® is a sure-fire way to ensure your success. No matter who you are or what your circumstances, you have a unique story that the world needs you to share."
- Allison Chovanec, Dust Bunnies and Blessings
- MELISSA BLEVINS -
Melissa Blevins of melissablevins.com, teaches about all things personal development and personal finance. Unfortunately, Melissa is somewhat of a self-sabotager. She tends to run away from anything hard and ultimately sabotages some of her goals, dreams and aspirations. So to help her narrow her focus, she went ahead and purchased EBA 3.0 in 2018, and could not have been more excited and eager to get started.
But her urge to run away kicked back in and caused her to revert back into her shell and pause EBA. She says “I felt all over the place, which left me lacking focus and direction in the growth for my blog.” Because of this, she reverted back to what was most comfortable. For Melissa that was real estate. So she put EBA and her blog completely on the back burner.
Then in January of 2019, she picked EBA and her blog back up again, and this time completely re-branding and relaunching! The growth she has seen from EBA, even in such a short time, is huge. She completely credits EBA and says she would not be where she is today without it. She says “even if you are on the fence even just a little bit, you should really consider EBA.”
"As a result of studying EBA®, in less than ONE year's time, I've launched a full-bodied blog, (closing in on 100 articles) started a second blog, successfully launched a best-selling book, gained a following of over 1500 subscribers, and made my first $2,000 all with the help of Elite Blog Academy®. (And I’ve had a blast doing it!) My life has changed incredibly over the last year. I would have never imagined I’d be where I am today. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store! Without Elite Blog Academy®, I would still be surfing the internet, reading other peoples’ success stories, while my life stayed the same."
- Amber Fox, All Natural Joy
- CARLIE CAMPBELL -
As a stay at home mom, Carly Campbell was desperate to stay at home and continue raising her kids, but also wanted to find something that she could turn into a career. So in March of 2016, she decided to start her blog, Mommy on Purpose.
Prior to purchasing EBA her blog was pretty much non-existent, except for owning a domain and hosting. A month later after buying EBA, she found that she had to scrap her original domain as well as buy new hosting because of all of the things she had learned within that month and a half. Carly stated that “going through the course was so hard… but EBA gives you the framework and how to find your own path to do it”.
The next step she took was the midway assessment and it asked if she was blogging about the same things she was when she first started. She realized she wasn’t and that the course was doing exactly what it was meant to do, which was to lead her down the path to a successful blog. Halfway through EBA, she began to make a few cents here and there on ad sense and now, two years after finishing EBA, she is making enough money to pay her mortgage and so much more! “It’s beyond my wildest dreams”.
"One of the biggest benefits to joining EBA and following Ruth has been learning how to think like an entrepreneur. From finances, to marketing, to goal-setting - EBA has given me the tools to turn my side hustle into an actual business. I never thought I could leave my teaching job to run my own business, but within three years of me starting my Teachers Pay Teachers store, I was able to quit my teaching job because my income from TPT was double that of my teacher's salary."
- Sara Marye, The Stellar Teacher Co.
- MARY SMITH -
Living in the Midwest and raising a family, Mary Smith knows what it feels like to be overwhelmed and a bit beaten down by the daily grind.
After thinking about blogging for two years, she realized it was on her heart for a reason (even if that reason wasn’t apparent) and Coffee + Moxie was born. Soon after, she discovered Elite Blog Academy® and knew if she was going to make a real go of it, she would need to learn from someone who had experienced success and could help her as well.
This once timid dreamer is now heading up an online community of mothers walking through their struggles together and facing them head on.
About finding her passion for blogging and goal-setting, she says:
“Even though running a blog takes a lot of work, I have fallen in love with it! It has been an amazing creative outlet for me to share my ideas and help others.”
"I started EBA in March 2018. By January of 2019, I had started to consistently make money, and by May, my blog was officially profitable! When March 2019 rolled around and I saw EBA open its doors again, I remember looking at my husband and saying, 'Thank God I didn’t wait another year to do this.'"
- Rachel Muur, Budget with Rachel
- ADI LUEDEKING -
Soon after Adrienne Luedeking graduated college, she found herself disillusioned with her major and the job prospects it led her to. She realized she had lacked clarity in college and been on the wrong path. Struggling to find herself and navigate the newfound challenges of adulthood, she took a risk and started her own business from home as a side hustle.
She discovered EBA® around the same time. She realized blogging was the next thing for her, and she dove in deep. The course helped her grow her blog, Fruitfully Alive, into a stable source of income that has allowed her to go back to school — this time for her passion of entrepreneurship — and help other millennials who are where she was three years ago.
About finding her transformation through blogging, she says:
“EBA® changed my life. I got through that period of my life of not being clear and not knowing what to do next. To be able to look back now and help people who are in that place and give them the lessons I learned myself and have them come back and say, ‘You got me through it,’ is the most powerful feeling. It has given me drive and purpose. To know the work I’m doing is actually meaningful is so important for me.”
"I saw results from EBA almost immediately. The principles in EBA are essential for creating a strong, healthy blog. From that position, a blogger is then able to start earning some income. EBA presents the principles very clearly and simply and Ruth is a great motivator: in the course videos, in the FB group, and on her podcasts."
- Diana Petrillo, Adirondack Girl @ Heart
- TANIA GRIFFIS -
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!”
"Traffic to the blog saw a noticeable uptick as soon as I began EBA. The numbers were still small, but there was a doubling in the volume of visitors and page views. Because I operate in a niched niche, the SEO work I did through EBA started to yield results pretty quickly. My page began appearing on the first page on Google ranking for quite a few of my blog posts from an early stage!"
- Sarah Morris, The Tudor Travel Guide
- TRISH TOWNSEND -
Trish Townsend wanted to help build up and encourage other women through her blog, Hope Dwellers. She just wasn’t sure she had what it takes. Taking her cues from Ruth’s teaching, she learned that the world doesn’t need another blog. It needs awesomeness. That stuck with her, and Trish pursued her dream of raising up a community of women who see themselves the way God sees them and empowering them to reach their own potential. “You can do it scared,” she says. “You can have that hope that your dreams can come true.”
About launching her blog with the help of EBA®, she says:
“Buying the course gave me the momentum and the impetus to start the blog. [It] helped me to be able to get into the mind of my reader and really understand who she is and what she needs. The whole process of learning methods for developing my writing and my content really helped me to hone that message so i wouldn’t be rambling in every direction. EBA® has given me the opportunity to set into place a way of helping others.”
"When I started working my way through EBA I thought I already knew who my audience was and the type of people I was talking to so I skimmed over the section about getting to know your avatar. As soon as I realized that who I had been TRYING to talk to and who I WAS talking to were two completely different types of people, I went back and was really able to give my audience what they wanted and when I started doing this, my page views took off and my mailing list grew rapidly in a short period of time which ended up hugely increasing my income from ads, affiliate sales, and my own product sales."
- Amy Raines, Deliberately Here
- ELISE DRAPER -
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 it 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 til 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 Academ®y 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.”