There has been a lot of new blogging and marketing coaching member sites launched recently. I have brought news about several of them in the past including Jim Kukrals The Biz Web Coach, Daniel Scoccos Online Profits program, Yaro Staraks Blog Mastermind course and more recently, Gyutae Parks Winners Circle.
Whilst I have posted announcements about the launch of these courses and coaching programs in the past, I have never given my view on the subject or talked about the pros and cons of joining one. So I thought I would do just that for all as I don’t think many bloggers have actually discussed the topic (including myself).
Today I will be talking about what you should be looking for when considering a coaching program though tomorrow I will give my personal view on coaching sites in general and whether I believe they offer value for money.
Blogging & Markting Coaching – A brief Introduction
Every coaching site is different but generally speaking, a coaching site offers one or all of the following :
- Premium content
- 1 on 1 Help from an experienced blogger or marketer
- Access to a a forum where you can get help directly from mentors and other subscribers of the coaching program
Nearly all coaching programs require you to pay a monthly fee though I have seen a few ask for a payment up front instead. Daniel Scocco bucked the trend and organised a team of mentors for his Online Profits course however most coaching programs tend to be developed and managed by just one or two people.
Things to look for in a coaching site
The sales page of a coaching course can be very overwhelming. There’s so much sales talk and promises flying around that it’s difficult to see exactly what is on offer and whether the course offers value for money.
Here are the major factors which I think should influence your decision to join a coaching program :
- How much content will you get access to
Does the coaching program list all the content that subscribers will get in detail or is it a little vague? Many sales pages list the content that you will get after parting with your cash but it is not uncommon to just see a promise of ‘Premium Content’.
Pay attention to what topics are covered in the content area as there is no point paying to learn about something you already have experience with.
- Will there be more content added to the course
Many courses have a great amount of content available to new members though many courses hold content back and release it later to encourage members to keep subscribing. A technique that many member sites use is to create a site with little or no content and then add more content on a weekly basis.
This allows the site to be launched quicker as the owner can invest the funds from new members to get new content written.
- Is it easy to cancel your membership
If you are really unsure about whether to join a coaching program then this will be an important factor in signing up. Many courses offer money back guarantees for those who are not happy to ease any doubts potential customers may have.
At one point in the future you will no longer get any value from the course because you have learned all their is to learn and do not need direct help from mentors anymore. Therefore, you should pay attention to the terms and conditions and see if there is a notice period from cancelling your membership.
- Who developed the course
Nearly all coaching programs are developed by one or two people and these people are selling themselves as much as they are selling the course.
If one of your favourite bloggers or marketers launches a coaching program then you will already know a lot of about who developed the course. If you come across a course from someone who you have no knowledge of you need to do a little more research. Find out how well known they are in their niche. Are they popular, are they influential, are they experienced?
The content contained within the site will likely be written by the person who is launching the site (though no always) and is the person who will be helping you improve as a blogger. Therefore, it is important to both like and respect them in my opinion. I don’t know about you but I would be a little hesitant in joining a course if I didn’t like the owner.
- Will the course run for a set period of time
Many courses only run for a set period of time. I think this is sometimes a good thing as it encourages the subscriber to work harder and get the most out of the program when it’s live. It’s very similar to a standard teaching module or syllabus so the learning curve is very structured, which may suit a lot of you.
If the course does not have an expiry date then I would recommend giving yourself some sort of deadline to read all the content in the program and go over everything before cancelling your membership.
- Will you get help directly from the creator of the course or some sort of mentor
One of the main reasons of joining a coaching program is to get direct access to a top blogger or marketer. Some owners will help new members directly via email, telephone call, messenger or more commonly, via a member only forum. You should find out if joining the program will give you premium support from the creator of the program or a mentor.
The more experienced and influential the blogger or creator, the greater the benefit from getting time with them one on one.
- Is there a limit to the number of people who can go on the course
If the main benefit of joining a program is to get access to the course content then it really doesn’t matter if 5 or 5 hundred people join, as it doesn’t effect what you have paid for.
However, should one of the main benefits of the program be support from the owner then you need to know if there is a limit to the number of members the course will have. You will get much better support from a blogger who has 50 members to help than one who has 500 members to look after. So bear this in mind when considering your coaching program.
- Membership Cost
This will undoubtedly be one of the biggest factors on deciding whether to join a coaching program. In my opinion you should not join any program which is beyond your budget. Joining a coaching program should not hurt your personal income or greatly reduce your online budget.
Value is something which is difficult to quantify. Information which is valuable to one person might not be valuable to another. That being said, if you look at the benefits of joining the course and compare it to the membership cost, you will get an idea of whether the course is of good value to you.
If you are having difficulty advancing your blog or website to the next level and believe that a course will teach you what you need to know then the information contained within the program might be more than the membership cost suggests.
- Look at the alternatives
It’s easy to get excited about joining a coaching program when you find a course that offers everything you are looking for. Though I still think it’s important to take the time to look at the alternatives.
Can the information be found freely on the web? Is the information available in a book? Is there a cheaper/better program available elsewhere?
These are questions you might have wished you asked yourself later on if you don’t do your research!
It doesn’t matter how fantastic a membership program is or how cheap it is if you don’t have the time to read the content and apply the tips and techniques containted within the site.
In order to get any benefit from a blogging or marketing course you need to make the time to sit down and learn the techniques, it’s as simple as that.
As I mentioned previously, the sales page can sometimes be a little too long and occasionally baffling so if you are unsure about anything I encourage you to email the owner of the coaching program and ask them some questions. This can sometimes be a good way to guage how support will be too i.e. if it takes a week for the developers to answer your questions then it doesn’t look like support will be their strongest point.
Take your time and do your research and I’m sure you will make the right decision!
On Monday I will give my personal view on coaching sites and whether they offer value for money. Make sure you don’t miss it 🙂
Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?
Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.
I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier. But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.
1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It
Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.
10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.
Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.
2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure
Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.
No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.
3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears
Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.
Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.
Time is a great blogging ally.
All you need flows to you over time.
Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.
Success is yours.
What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?
I do nothing on my own.
Everything is a team effort.
As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.
One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.
What’s It Look Like?
Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.
How to Grow Your Network
Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.
But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.
Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.
Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?
Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.
I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.
Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls
I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.
Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.
Most Bloggers Never Level Up
Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.
Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.
Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up
Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.
The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.
If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.
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