Honest Review of Elite Blog Academy
Trigger warning: If you like EBA, you probably won't like this review, so click away, my friend. Also, all opinions are my own and from my own experience.
Elite Blog Academy or EBA is opening up for registration again, and I thought I'd post up a more singled out and direct review here. Please note: I am not an affiliate, so there's that.
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An honest review of Elite Blog Academy
What is EBA
Elite Blog Academy is (pulled straight from the EBA site):
"If you want to learn exactly what steps to take to grow your blog and take your platform to the next level, Elite Blog Academy® 3.0 is designed for you. Our ideal members fall into one of these categories:
YOU’RE AN AMBITIOUS BEGINNER
YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY & LOOKING TO GROW
YOU’RE A FULL-TIME BLOGGER OR BUSINESS OWNER"
- The Elite Blog Academy website
Let's Break It Down
If you're an ambitions beginner, EBA will show you how to start off blogging and how to find out who you're writing to. You'll go through worksheets that take you through the process of finding the direction you want your blog to go.
If you're looking to grow a blog that you've already started, you'll go through the same exercises and worksheets to line you up in the right direction and make sure you've got the bases covered.
If you're a full-time blogger and/or business owner and want to maximize your reach to connect more with your audience, you'll also need to start from the basics and transition into building your list and creating a product from there.
What You Really Get with EBA
While I can only speak for the 2017 version of EBA, I'm going to assume that not much has changed. You get lifetime access to updates if you sign up in any year, but again, I can't speak for the changes, since I no longer have access.
With EBA, you get schooling. It's exactly what it sounds like - a blogging school for $797 (2017). You get modules and worksheets that you need to complete, one by one. You're advised to start from the beginning, even if you're a seasoned blogger, because you might've missed something when you first started. This could be your key to growth, so they say.
The modules and worksheets are fairly easy to complete, until you get to the module where you're growing your subscriber list. This is where I got stuck, because it's recommended that you not move forward until you grow your list to about 1,000 subscribers.
It is recommended that you take 9-12 months to complete the course. In 2017, if you wanted a refund, you have to complete the entire course in 6 months and submit all your work. They may have changed this after I asked for a refund, though. Sorry, ya'll.
What is Good About EBA
In my last post about EBA, I was pretty ticked off, so I laid out all the frustrations I had about the course. Have I changed my mind?
However, I can't say there wasn't ANYTHING good about it. Here's what's good.
EBA makes you think about your blog a lot. It puts you in the mode where you want it to be better, and you want to reach those milestones. It teaches you about the elements of blogging and the different ways to make money - affiliates, courses, sponsors, etc.
If you're having trouble finding a niche, they have a good worksheet that helps you figure this out. Granted, most of it is unnecessary, but the bare bones that you need are there if you can filter them out.
It teaches you that just because something has a high price tag, does not mean it's worth the money or is the best thing out there in terms of value. It just means that it's expensive.
If you're good at reading and figuring things out for yourself, then EBA might be for you.
Why I Didn't Like EBA
Before I went into the course, I did a ton of research. I saw all this great stuff about EBA all over the internet and Pinterest. Every blogger I saw was saying such good things. Not a negative review to be found, so I thought, this must be really, really good.
I was broke, so I waited for tax refund time to invest in my blog, hoping that EBA would help me flip my blog into something that generates income. I went for it, and I dove in hard.
There's a Facebook group for EBA members. I tried to join repeatedly, but the administrator kept denying my request. I sent an email through the EBA site contact, with no reply. For weeks, I tried and retried.
Finally, I emailed Ruth Soukup (owner, creator). The email was forward to Breanna, the EBA manager at the time who apologized and asked that I re-request so that she could approve it.
Going through the lessons, I was learning a lot about blogging and all its elements. I did everything the lessons told me to do, but I wasn't seeing any growth. I re-did my theme, organization, niche - everything. My blog wasn't really growing, but I kept going until I couldn't anymore.
Why I Got Stuck
When I got to the list-building module, I had to stop after setting it up with content upgrades. Unless you had 1,000 it was recommended that you continue working on building the list instead of continuing. By this time, I was already getting really annoyed with the course and with the administration.
I hopped on the FB group a few times to see how the interaction was on there. It was really underwhelming. I would see a bunch of EBA members talking amongst themselves, helping each other out. It didn't really seem like anyone knew what they were doing (but trying so hard), and no EBA moderators in sight. I guess that's just how they roll.
Feeling really frustrated, I messaged another course creator, Mariah Coz of Femtrepreneur about being present for her course members, and she replied to me via private message apologizing for the delay in response (she got hacked). Honestly, I didn't notice the delay, because I wasn't expecting a response. I was surprised by hers though.
I emailed Ruth about being stuck and unable to finish the course, so I asked about a refund. Again, my email was forward to Breanna, who kindly replied to me saying that I needed to complete the entire course before I was eligible for any refund. There was no offer to help me with my issues. Maybe they could've helped me and turned me around, right?
Then There Was Anger
I asked her, how was I supposed to complete the rest of the course when I was instructed by the module to wait until I had 1,000 subscribers before doing anything else? Essentially, no refund can be had here, right? No growth and no refund. She replied saying I had 6 months to complete the course (I was 3 months into it) and qualify for a refund then if I still wanted to go through with it.
One year later (not in EBA anymore), I only have 130 subscribers. Good thing I didn't wait, because I learned after I left EBA that you don't need to. If you know where you want to go, there's no need to wait around for a certain number of subscribers or followers.
Why did I pay $797 for a course where the course creator is absent? Any contact I tried to make with her was forwarded to her manager who did not create this course. I didn't want to speak to the manager. I wanted to speak to Ruth, and I wanted her to help me.
I wanted to speak to the lady who created EBA, because she knows more than anyone how it works and how to help those who are struggling to make it work. Apparently, that was too much to ask for.
Finishing the Course
Pissed off at EBA and everybody who wrote about how great it was, I put my head down and went to work, finishing off the rest of the modules as best I could. One of them recommended hiring a Virtual assistant.
Like, what the eff, dude?! What?!? How shall I pay for this VA? They need to eat too!
Obviously, I did not do that. My blog didn't grow much, if at all. Any growth I had, I owed to Pinterest and Twitter (where all my blogger friends are), but it was not a great time.
When I finished the modules, I emailed them over to the manager. I already gave up on contacting Ruth. Maybe she's not real. I don't know anymore. She processed my refund, but I'm still angry.
Why There Are Good Reviews of EBA
All of the reviews I've seen are affiliates. Bloggers who get paid when people sign up for products that they promote. EBA has a 40% referral rate ($318.80 per sign up for the blogger), so I can see the appeal. I'm an affiliate of some courses and programs, so I get it, I do. However, I just felt really let down by these reviews and my experience.
Maybe the bloggers really like EBA too. However, I can't speak for them. I can only tell you my experience with it.
Also, it's one of those things - EBA promotes bloggers who promote them. A lot of the bonuses you get from EBA are from other bloggers.
The bonuses that I had access to weren't that great either, but what can you do. It's a massive business, and what they're doing works. I'm just throwing my opinion out there, because I've helped some people. That's good enough for me.
How I've Grown and Moved On
It's been over a year since I signed up, and I'm still mad about it. I'm angry that people may have been suckered into EBA by all of those paid reviews, people like me who took a chance to invest in themselves and their blog - for just basic information that's made to look hard - people who had no money to spare.
In one year, I learned so much about the blogging world, how it runs and what it takes to really make it work for you. Everything that's working for me now and bringing in money, I can tell you I did not learn that from EBA.
I read a lot more after that experience, and I learned a ton of things on my own. I took a course that cost a couple hundred bucks, and it was also pretty basic. I got through it in a day and didn't learn anything I couldn't pick off a random blog post on Pinterest. More disappointment, yeah?
Then I found Paul Scrivens (Scrivs) post on Pinterest one day about the Billionaire Blog Club. The word Billionaire is pretty intriguing, like yeah, hello where can I get that?
However, what really got me is the way he laid it out. Straight talk and no bull. I'm a direct person, so I really appreciated the honesty. He curses, so if you don't like that, you'll have a problem.
I signed up for his email list for more information about BBC, and I knew that this is what I was looking for. After becoming a BBC member in August 2017, I haven't regretted a single day.
The BBC members are a team (best team ever), and we are constantly helping each other out and learning together. Scrivs is always hanging out too, answering questions and offering suggestions. He's real, and he cares.
Why I Love BBC
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I don't need to say more about BBC other than it's the best thing I've ever done for my blog and business.
If you're looking for courses and e-books to help you grow all parts of your blog, lifetime membership access to everything that is and ever will be BBC, and a community like no other, then BBC might be for you.
Scrivs shares everything he knows about blogging, what works, what doesn't. He runs 13+ blogs and uses his strategies in all of them to make sure that what he's teaching really works.
And yes, I will promote BBC any and every day. Why? Because Scrivs cares and has actually given me the tools to grow. I'll shout it from the rooftops.
Okay, that is all.
UPDATE: I've been asked why I'm ranting about EBA and simultaneously plugging BBC while I'm an affiliate. Well, here's your answer.
I wrote my original review and feelings about EBA on my other blog (I've recently moved things over to here) before I became an affiliate of BBC.
I also started promoting BBC before I became an affiliate, because I liked it that much.
It just so happens that now, I am indeed an affiliate, so I had to disclose that by updating my blog post. The post used to say - "I'm not even an affiliate, but who cares!"
So if you've been wondering why, that is why. And BBC is awesome.