On Saturday I gave you all factors to consider when selecting a coaching program in my post ‘11 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Coaching Program‘. Today I would like to expand on this topic and give a more personal view on the subject.
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Please note, I have never joined a coaching program. And although I have gained access to a few coaching programs in order to do a quick review of a new course, I have never taken time to go through the course itself. Therefore my view should be considered as somewhat as an outside view. There’s no doubt in my mind that my opinion would change if I had to join a course for a few months, perhaps a more positive view, perhaps more negative.
So please bear this in mind when reading this post and remember that whether you think a coaching program is a worthwhile investment is somewhat subjective and depends on your own situation 🙂
Why I haven’t Yet Signed Up For A Coaching Program
Coaching is a relatively new phenomenon on the internet. I’m sure that there were courses available online a few years ago which helped you improve as a webmaster but I don’t recall ever seeing one. More specifically, blog coaching is something which has only become popular in the last year or so, being push forward by bloggers like Yaro Starak, however blogging itself has only went mainstream in the last 4 or 5 years so this is understandable.
I do not consider myself to be an expert on anything on the web, though I believe that this is the case for most webmasters and bloggers. However, I do not think that this holds anyone back from making a living on the web. Infact, most successful entrepreneurs spend a lot of their time managing others and delegating tasks rather than programming or designing.
And whilst I do not consider myself to be an expert on any specific aspect of making money online, I do have a very good understanding of most of the skills you need to be successful and I’m proficient enough in HTML, CSS and PHP to design basic websites and customize my blogs.
Which is one of the reasons why I have not signed up to a coaching program as yet. Most of the blogging related courses that I have seen are geared towards beginners so I don’t think I would get any value from joining them. Perhaps this would have been different a few years ago but I don’t believe that I would get much from a blogging related course in any shape or form because I have been doing it every day for a few years now i.e. it’s not something I need coaching on.
Skills I Would Like To Improve
There are certain things I want to improve and many things I want to learn more about though. Things which will hopefully help me long term :
- Writing : Whilst my writing skills have certainly improved over the last few years, I still believe that there is a lot of room for improvement (I actually ordered a writing tips book just a few days ago). When you think about the time a blogger spends writing online, it’s surprising so few of us spend time developing our writing skills.
- Affiliate Marketing : Affiliate marketing is something which I would like to learn more about as it’s how I fell into working online in the first place though I am not sure if my current workload permits me to throw myself into it as much as I would like.
- Lifestyle : Enjoying your time working online and being more productive so that you have more time to spend offline is another topic which I am fascinated with just now. On the surface it may seem to some people like a subject that offers no tangible benefits but in my opinion, having the right frame of mind and a target to focus on can make a huge difference to how you operate online (Tim Ferriss explained this brilliantly last week in his video ‘How To Blog Without Killing Yourself‘).
Perhaps there are other areas where I could improve but those are the ones which first come to mind. Would I pay for a coaching site on one of these topics? Yes, but I don’t believe that a suitable course will be developed.
With regards to writing and managing time online, I don’t think these subjects require coaching. There are hundreds of great books available on each topic and I don’t believe that coaching is necessarily the best way to improve your knowledge of these subjects anyways.
Affiliate marketing is an area where I think I would benefit from having an expert on hand to answer some questions. However, affiliate marketing is a funny thing. You have one hit wonders who got lucky and founded a successful website and now profess to being an affiliate master and then you have truly great affiliate marketers who want to make money from coaching but will not tell you the secrets you really want to know.
Generally speaking, the people who are making a huge amount of money making money online through affiliate marketing are too busy to coach anyone. It isn’t worth their time because they are making so much money from the medium. Plus, it’s not like they want more people out there using the same techniques they used.
I must admit that I’m a little torn about whether I want to spend a lot of time trying to make money from affiliate marketing. I’ve probably made over $100,000 in affiliate commissions from websites over the last 5 years but I did not always enjoy updating the sites. I find many aspects of affiliate marketing monotonous and uninspiring. Perhaps my view would change if I made much more money but I came to the conclusion a long time ago that I don’t want to spend a lot of time doing something that I don’t enjoy.
That is why I want to continue to develop Blogging Tips over the next few years. Writing doesn’t seem like a job, I enjoy writing. Sure there are days when I can’t be bothered but that’s just the way I am 🙂 More importantly, I am hoping that it will open many more doors for me. Writing a book is something that I’d love to do in the next few years and a successful blog is a great way make something like that happen.
That being said, I would like to learn more about affiliate marketing in order to develop a site to surplus my online income. After all, a man needs to eat! Blogging opens a lot of doors but until your blog is very successful, it is unlikely to pay the bills.
My personal View On Coaching Sites
I know many of you just want an answer to the question : ‘Are coaching programs worth the money?‘ but I don’t think that this can be answered with a straight yes or no, it really comes down to your own situation.
As I pointed out the other day, you really need to set aside time to work through a program in order to benefit from joining up. Plus you need to whether coaching is the best way for you to improve your online skills.
I think it’s very important for all training programs to have content available for new members but personally, if I was looking to improve as a blogger or marketer, content is not something that I would be too concerned about when choosing a course. The reason is simple : there are hundreds (if not thousands) of great books available via book stores like Amazon.
The price of a monthly membership varies however generally speaking you could purchase 3 or 4 books on the subject of either blogging, marketing or programming for the price of one months membership. Whether the content available online is better than the content contained inside the books you buy is debatable but at the very least you will have something tangible in your hands, something which you will own for a long time and something which you can always refer too. This is very important as many courses stop you viewing the course content once your membership has expired.
I appreciate that many courses are designed in a similar way to a university course with questions and answers after each stage. Nevertheless, I would rather purchase a book on a subject I want to learn more about. Books are easier to refer to, you can read them on the bus to work or on holiday and once you’ve finished, you can pass the book onto a friend.
The main reason I would join a coaching program would be to gain access to someone who has knowledge and experience about something that I do not. Time is money (cliche but true) and successful people do not tend to have a lot of time to waste therefore getting support from an experienced marketer or blogger, be it directly or through a private forum, should really help you progress.
If you are looking at joining a marketing program then the marketer(s) has to be experienced. They should have a proven track record with a few large successful sites, they should have at least 2-3 years experience working on the web and they should be making a living from working online. I do not include those spammers who tell you that you will become a millionaire from a few hours per week a work : they make most of their money online by conning people to join their own member site and then tell them to refer more people to the program to make money (otherwise known as a pyramid scheme).
With a blogging course, I don’t think the owner needs to own several successful websites. Whereas with a marketing program the benefits will most likely be the tips and secrets that the developers reveal, with a blog coaching program it’s more to do with how experienced the blogger is and specifically, how they can point you in the right direction.
For example, other than his membership sites, Yaro Staraks main success is his own blog (his words, not mine!). However, it really doesn’t matter that he hasn’t made thousands from selling affiliate products or marketing through CPC campaigns as you don’t require these skills to be a successful blogger. Yaro is a great writer and is very clear and articulate in his podcasts and videos. This is why his blog coaching programs have become so popular.
In essense a good blog coach has to be :
- An experienced blogger themselves
- Able to help members with common tasks and problems
- Use their knowledge and experience of blogging to cut out the crap, tell the member what is right and wrong and point them in the right direction
Most blogging coaching programs are being launched by bloggers with a good reputation (e.g. Daniel Scocco, Jim Kukral etc). These bloggers have probably made some of the same blogging mistakes that all bloggers make therefore they are in a position to stop you from making mistakes they made. I try to do this myself. For example, I participated in banner exchanges years ago but they were a complete waste of time as I was sending away good traffic and getting back poor untargeted traffic. Therefore I would tell new bloggers not to make the same mistake I made and try a different promotion technique.
Some of you may think that coaching programs are a waste of money. I disagree. I think it really depends on how much experience you have as a blogger. Looking back, if I had joined a coaching program several years ago then I would probably be more successful today as I may have saved making a lot of mistakes and it might have helped me focus on my long term goals.
If you have been blogging for a while already and are progressing online then coaching might not be for you. New bloggers will benefit greatly from joining a coaching program and I would recommend all new bloggers to look into joining one if they have the cash to spare. The benefit of joining one perhaps diminishes as you become more experienced though so I recommend reading my ‘11 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Coaching program‘ article again to see if you will benefit from participating in a course.
As I said previously, the support you receive by becoming a member would be the main attraction for me rather than the online content. Therefore if I was a new blogger and was looking to join a blogging course then it would be between Daniel Scoccos Online Profits (currently closed to new members) or Yaro Staraks new venture with Gideon Shalwick Become A Blogger.
I’m not sure which one is best. Yaro has a fantastic background and has a lot of experience with selling products and creating videos and podcases whereas by joining Daniels Online Profits membership site you get support not only from Daniel but from several top marketers and bloggers.
I’d love to hear your opinion on coaching sites. Are you currently a member of one, were you previously a member? If so, what were the positives and negatives from the course and did you think the course was worth the money?
Again, I would just like to reiterate that I have not participated in an online coaching program myself so please bear this in mind when reading this post 🙂
Blogging for Money: How to Increase Your Profits
Gordon Gekko embodied blogging for money. He said what is worth doing is worth doing for money.
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I agree with that idea. Not with his insider trading.
Old GG clues you in to how to boost blogging profits.
If you blog you should make money blogging because you live a worldly life.
I see monks on alms every morning here in Northern Thailand. Monks do not need money. Buddhists give to the cloth, supplying monks with food and goods. A dazzling looking wat, or temple, sits 1 minute from the house. I hear gongs each evening at 6 PM, bringing the monks to some ritual. You should hear it too; quite serene and commanding, at the same time. I love living in foreign lands.
Blogging for Money
If you live like a monk you can shun money because you shun material things and a life of leisure. If you choose a worldly life just get comfortable receiving money through your blog. Or receiving more money through your blog.
Money helped me travel to New Zealand, where I snapped this dazzling photo.
Money is a car, a home, my plane tickets to Thailand, food, movie tickets, all that good stuff.
Blogging for money simply helps you live your dreams through blogging.
Whether you made millions online or are in a different tax bracket the same tips apply to making money with your blog.
See yourself as being successful. Money flows from within. I see this more daily. I feel good about my prospering. Money flows to me. My outside world reflects my focus on success. Feel successful. See your blogging wins. Observe your blogging wins, success and profits expand beautifully.
1: Focus on Money Flowing to You Easily
Million dollar bloggers and billion dollar entrepreneurs believe clearly that money flows to them easily. I concur.
Money is an inner game. Money begins in mind. As Bob Proctor says; money is in consciousness.
Warren Buffet has been one of the richest people on earth for decades. He said he never doubted he’d be really rich. His belief became so.
See money flowing to you easily. Visualize it. I do this multiple times daily. I affirm freely. I feel money flowing to me easily and see money around me, appearing out of the ethers.
Money flows to me easily these days. Plus money making ideas flow to me easily. I execute the ideas. The results rock.
My blog post ranks on Page 1 Position 3 for “advanced blogging tips” super quickly. I just published the post a few days ago.
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Plus I noticed how I nailed down 5 positions on page 2 of Google for “pro blogging tips” the other day.
I affirmed my wealth, felt more and more money flowing to me easily and saw more money flowing to me easily.
Do this is you are a 6 figure earner looking for greater profits. Money is an inner belief.
2: Learn How to Make Money Blogging From Top Pros
Top pros teach you how to become successful, full time bloggers.
Top pros teach successful, full time bloggers how to make more and more money.
Study wealth acquisition from wealthy people who live their dreams. Acquire wealth. Simple and quite easy way to prosper freely.
This tip is how most bloggers gain wealth quickly. They focus on advice offered by prospering bloggers and follow it from an abundant, dream-focused, success conscious vibe.
Read pro blogs. Invest money in pro courses. Hire pros to coach you. Profit.
I learned from top pro Alonzo Pichardo to create content and let it do what it does. Have posture. Know you succeed, now. Know your content will carry far and wide.
I shared this success conscious view with my readers via this video, which Alonzo promoted to his Facebook Page:
Pros remind you success and prospering is your birthright. Top pros offer proven practical tips for prospering but share the most important mindset tips to align you with blogging profits. Listen to them.
3: Count Money Wins
Count every single money win you recall from the past few years. Making $1 is a money win. Making $1,000,000.00 is a money win. Money loves you. Money loves being recognized. Recognize money. See your wealth acquired.
Sit down right now. Count your clients, course sales, affiliate sales and eBook sales. Be thorough. Money loves if you love noting money you made. Where your attention and energy goes, grows.
Give your attention to money you manifested to make more money through your blog. Make more money.
4: Create on Topic and Inspire
Create on topic content to inspire your readers.
Stick to your niche. Be known in specific blogging circles.
Inspire readers to live their dreams through your:
- blog posts
- live broadcasts
always infusing your positive, can do, success conscious energy into your posts.
Me by a massive yacht during my trip to Qatar. Pretty sweet boat.
I love adding my tropics selfies to every blog post. I make sure my readers soak up my life here in this sleepy, tropical village in Northern Thailand, pausing for a few minutes during videos between advice offered. Top bloggers love my delivery because many still seek the key to freedom; I help boost their profits and free them from a successful but confining lifestyle.
I also inspire top bloggers who live their dreams vicariously through me; maybe a few even decide to up and travel as well.
As these big dawg blogging pros promote me I boost my blogging profits.
Success Is Yours by Default
You are born into success.
Success is yours by default.
Seize your heritage.
Profit through your blog.
Develop your money mindset. Your energy and focus dictate your blogging income more than anything else. Successful bloggers speak their success into existence by visualizing their good and calmly, confidently seeing their success come into form. New mind, new blog. New mind, greater blogging profits.
Go within to see a new world. Go within to change the without.
All of your blogging success is an inside game. Since you succeed by default you simply go within, see your dream life unfolding before your eyes, in your imagination, and you know it will be so.
Pro Blogging Advice: How to Filter Opportunities
I ensure that freedom is A1 in my life. Take this pro blogging advice to the bank. Literally.
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Freedom helps you make more money, help more folks and feel good as your success expands. Freedom means making freeing choices all day long.
Freedom means filtering blogging opportunities according to:
- giving energy only to opportunities promoting your freedom, success and dreams
- giving no energy to all other opportunities flowing your way through email or Messenger or wherever
I spent a few minutes this morning making the bedroom in Thailand nice and cool. Freedom. Considering outside temps are toasty I figured having a cooler work space feels better, more freeing and helps me work from a chill – literally – relaxed, prospering energy. I had the time to do that because I only pick a select few opportunities flowing to me daily.
Pro Blogging Advice
Imagine Gordon Gekko’s line; I see 100 opportunities daily and choose 1.
I see quite a few and choose only successful opportunities that work for me and the other party.
Here I am during one of my Thailand trips.
This is how to filter opportunities to accelerate your blogging success. Give all of your attention and energy to:
- opportunities vibing with your dreams
as you filter through:
- co-creating opportunities
- interview requests
and you will become more successful while enjoying the ride and having tons of time offline to do what you love doing offline. Or to engineer your room in Thailand to make it cooler.
Pro bloggers save themselves hours daily and accelerate their success by only giving their energy to success and freedom expanding opportunities.
Every filter is a personal, intimate choice. If something feels fun to you, assess how you see the opportunity expanding your growth. Does it feel like it’s a way to expand your success and dreams? Seize the opportunity from a detached, chill, energy. You’ll see more success.
If the opportunity feels like it cannot expand your success then give it zero energy. Save yourself time, energy and the heavy, burdened feeling weighing down most bloggers who give more than a bit of their attention and energy to anything other than their success and dreams.
How to Filter Opportunities
Let’s say you just opened Messenger or your email inbox.
Scan the title of the first email. Within 1-2 seconds you instantly know if the opportunity moves you toward greater success and happiness and freedom. Respond with 1-2 lines if this is the case. Give no energy to any other opportunity.
If the Message or email feels like fear, give it no energy after 1-2 seconds of scanning. If it lacks clarity, give it a few seconds of scanning. If you vibe with the core message, respond. If not, release.
I tend to give most of my inbox no energy and a few opportunities minimal energy to save literally weeks of email time over years. You instantly know what to respond to and what to let go after a few seconds of scanning. We all do.
A Few Pointers
Keep these ideas in mind:
- only pursue opportunities with positive, success-focused bloggers
- only pursue opportunities that feel fun and freeing and success promoting
- partner only with heart-centered bloggers
- give your attention and energy to success-seeking newbies who literally put their money where their mouth is
- think through how much time and energy interviews require before agreeing to do interviews with any blogger
For me, for an hour long interview, Tim Ferriss or Joe Rogan will do. Leveraging.
If not, that hour is best spent at the movies or going out to eat here in Thailand or writing an SEO-optimized post. Rest and relaxation and offline play is the foundation of all my pro blogging success. Getting a life makes you a successful blogger; you vibe abundantly by having a well-rounded, peaceful, abundant, interesting, fascinating, multi dimensional life, as all genuinely successful bloggers have.
I do not gobble up any opportunity. I clearly see if the opportunity aligns me with greater success and more successful folks because where your energy goes, grows.
This is a chief reason why I have circled the globe and lived a movie worthy life for 8 years. I give my attention and energy to success so success expands.
Success Seeking New Bloggers
Sprint up the energetic ladder and see greater success by going to the top of your niche, networking solely with top bloggers in your niche.
Network with bloggers like Jeff Goins. Learn from him. Make an impression. Promote him. Move into higher blogging circles. Learning from the best and following their advice is a way to cut your learning curve by years.
It makes perfect sense to:
- surround yourself only with highly successful folks
- learn from only highly successful folks
- align with only highly successful folks
If you seek health you seek out a highly skilled, successful doctor.
If you seek blogging health and success you seek out only highly skilled, successful bloggers.
Networking only with successful bloggers puts you on their radar, inspires you to practice writing, influences you to create and connect and you will see how your opportunity filter mirrors a pro’s filter; you learn from the best so do as the best do.
Only make room for blogging success.
Pursue success-expanding opportunities.
Network with successful bloggers.
Filter out all else.
Where your energy goes, grows.
Mindset is everything in blogging. Buy my course to get the right blogging mindset.
Blogging Mindset: 2 Tips for Increased Success
Developing a winning blogging mindset precedes your success.
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First you feel successful and count your successes, or blogging wins. Devoting your energy to success allows this success to appear in greater amounts on the worldly plane.
Two specific blogging mindset tips accelerate your blogging success.
The first tip vibes nicely with my chill evening here in Thailand. I watched Showtime online for quite a bit. Netflix next. Earlier today I watched the Game of Thrones premier, being a huge fan of the show.
Get A Life.
Look at the featured image for this post. Me in Cyprus. Look at this image below. Me in Bali.
Successful bloggers lived well-rounded lives. Successful bloggers spend hours away from blogging because freedom is the #1 blogging goal we all tend to aim for.
Earlier today I saw many of my blogging buddies excited for the Game of Thrones episode, as was I. I also observed some blogging buddies who had no interest in the show. Different strokes for different folks.
However; some bloggers pride themselves on doing nothing but blogging 12 hours daily, shunning TV shows, movies and all forms of entertainment. Most of these bloggers fail, being filled with tension, force, stress and basically having no life. Bloggers who manifest worldly success with such an approach make tons of money but miss out on life. You cannot be successful unless you enjoy a well-rounded ride because your spirit is not one dimensional.
I chose to succeed and to enjoy my Netflix, Game of Thrones, basketball, traveling and other hobbies. You can have it all but get a life to detach some from blogging, to enjoy the richness of a rounded human experience and to accelerate your success.
Develop the blogging mindset of someone who is calm, confident, knowing of their success and detached from results. Watch TV, exercise, do yoga, go to the movies and get excited about season premiers. Top bloggers play online and play offline to vibe high, to be creative and to reach the pinnacle of their niche, because their chill, peaceful, confident, successful energy says so.
Go. Where. Loved.
Go where people love you. Give your attention to love and success. Love and success expand. You accelerate your blogging success.
I respond to each person who Likes or comments on one of my Facebook posts. Likes and commentors love me. Or show me love. I respond to people who show me love because where your attention and energy goes, grows. Give energy to love and love expands. Success expands as love expands. Simple.
I responded to all comments on my blog. Give energy to love and success expands. Quite easy.
Reach out to successful bloggers you vibe with. Read their posts. Comment genuinely. Go where folks would love you and observe how friendships blossom.
Successful bloggers think like successes. Successes go where they are loved and waste no time giving energy to anything but love. Keep going back to where dear friends fill your well. Prosper. Simple formula.
Take care of your tribe. Befriend your readers. Bond with your customers. Keep showing love to people who show your love. Since where your energy goes, grows, the love grows as does your success.
How Living Both Acronyms Develop Your Mindset
As for getting a life, I just spent a few hours blogging earlier this morning having fun online from a chill vibe. After the blogging play I spent 4 hours out with Kelli. We enjoyed lunch here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I have a life. I go shopping and eat out and watch movies and spend a few hours daily on Netflix. I also exercise and do deep yin yoga. Everything factors into my success.
Living in Fiji for 4 months factored in to my blogging success too.
Doing these things – aka having a life outside of blogging – works for me in a few ways:
- I emit an abundant, calm, confident successful vibe, resulting in greater worldly success
- top bloggers who also vibe success and abundance – who live rich lives offline – align with me
Observe John Chow. He is super successful. Does he work 20 hours daily? Nope. He leverages online and spends a ton of time offline, going out to eat, buying sweet cars and homes and living an abundant, balanced, rich life. He exudes abundance. He aligns with other top bloggers. No wonder why he is incredibly successful.
Getting a life helps you feel rested, recharged, calm, confident and success conscious. Perfect energy for reaching the top of your blogging niche.
As for going where loved, this is simple success energy in action. People love you and your blog. Give 100% of your attention to people who love you. Love expands. Your tribe grows. Your tribe becomes more loyal. You see more success because you give your energy to people who see you as successful. Simple. Easy too, because giving love to people who show love requires little effort.
See your success. Now.
Feel good about all of your blogging wins. If you experienced it, it is a blogging win for it brought you to today.
Get a life. Be like a pro blogger. Spend time offline. Emit a calm, detached, confident vibe irresistible to success.
Go where you are loved. Engage followers and fans on your blog and via social media. Give all of your attention to people who love you. Things will grow quite swiftly for bloggers 100% focused on engaging fans because where your energy goes, grows.
I gotta go guys; I just bought a container of fresh mangosteen here in Thailand. You should see how brilliant the skin looks. Incredibly tasty super fruit too with oodles of health benefits.
Time to enjoy this refreshing and filling super fruit.
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