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 🙂
Do You Establish Work at Home Boundaries?
Some people love attention.
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I know a few who do their best to grab my attention. Phone calls, emails, cryptic Facebook Messages.
I ignore everything and every one outside of what I do in the moment since I set up work at home boundaries. I close the door and go into my office. No way I stop working for anything or anyone who starves for my attention. The house could burn down and I would scoot out at the last minute because work time is work time and I do nothing else save work during work time.
If you do not respect your time, people will not respect your time. If you give people your time whenever they want your time, for:
- small talk
- general BS
people will gladly ask for favors, engage in gossip, engage in small talk, chat you up and BS for hours, because you chose not to establish work at home boundaries.
100% of the time, if people appear to be using you or eating up your precious time, it is your fault. People treat you how you choose to treat yourself.
How a Happy and Successful Blogger Sets Up Work at Home Boundaries
Easy; I close the door, walk into the office and get to work. I do not leave the office until I complete my work. My phone? I turn it off. I check email rarely. I only check Messenger 2-3 times daily for 5 minutes at a clip.
I set up definite, clear, work at home boundaries to respect my time. People reflect my time-respecting back to me. Easy peasy.
If someone tries to grab my attention through Messenger, or the land line, or through email, or at the door, I completely ignore attempts made to grab my attention and time. Boundaries folks; you need to be clear and firm on your work at home boundaries to ensure everybody else respects your boundaries.
You Are Walking into a Word Office
Would a friend, family member or casual neighbor barge into your 9-5 job office asking for a favor? Would said folks barge into your 9-5 job office to spread the latest gossip? Nope. Then why allow said folks to barge into your work at home office to do similar things? Nope. Put up boundaries. Door closes. Enter office. You are busy. You are working. Even my 3 year old niece understands when Uncle Ryan goes to work in the home office. Everybody else can easily grasp this concept.
What About Impatient or Desperate Online Folks?
I completely ignore impatient, fear-filled, desperate folks who demand I answer Messenger or email requests in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or in 24 hours. I respect my time and completely ignore people who do not respect my time.
I built my blogging business almost completely on a passive income model so nothing I do online is time sensitive. I have answered most questions 1,000 to 10,000 times through my courses, eBooks, blog posts and videos. It is up to these awesome but unclear folks to find and use the answers I created, to improve their lives.
I am generous daily, publishing a blog post and/or video. Plus I published about 800 posts on Blogging Tips, and over 2,000 posts on Blogging From Paradise. It is on the impatient folks screaming for my attention to follow my blog posts, guest posts, videos, eBooks and courses because I answered their questions many times.
People treat you exactly how you teach them to treat you. I have posture so I set up work at home boundaries for offline and online folks.
Respect your time and work schedule and other folks will do the same.
Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?
Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.
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The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.
Birds of a feather flock together.
You have heard that one, right?
I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:
- face your fears
- serve humanity
- be a bright light for people to follow
- live your deepest, wildest dreams
Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.
Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.
Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.
Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.
Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.
Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.
Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.
Who Do You Hang With?
Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.
For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.
Surround yourself only with bloggers who:
- have posture
- have authority
- charge top dollar
- profit freely
- prosper freely
- exude confidence
- have a highly developed prosperity consciousness
You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.
But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.
Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.
Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.
Just your blogging success at stake.
Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?
My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.
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All of our power resides in the moment.
None of our power resides in the future or past because neither exists.
Time is illusion.
Only Now is real.
Look at that brilliant featured image. I snapped it from the front porch during our trip to Fiji. Sweet things happen when you are in the moment, focusing all power on the present.
This marks my 796th blog post on Blogging Tips. I feel grateful to Zac for the opportunity to serve you. Plus I feel grateful for all success that flowed to me through these guest posts.
How in the heck did I write and publish nearly 800 guest posts on one blog?
I am in the moment, mostly. I am present. Plus I never, never, ever chase the flavor of the month.
Bruce Lee and Blogging
Being patient, persistent and present helps you tap into immense powers, including the power of being creative *and* prolific. See my 800 blog posts on Blogging Tips as evidence of such power. Toss in my 2,008 articles (between posts and pages) on Blogging From Paradise and you understand: focusing on one core task, or core purpose, in the present, leads to amazing things.
Bruce Lee spoke of fearing not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but he did fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times. He embodied this mindset in his genius, Renaissance Man type ways.
Lee’s wisdom and physical prowess are both timeless because he understood and lived this great truth: do 1 thing so frequently, with a focused energy, being in the moment, that you do it incredibly well. He understood the truth of how I live my life: where your attention and energy goes, grows.
The Flavor of the Month
Most bloggers struggle because they practice 10,000 kicks once, chasing hot niches, running after trends, and choosing to blog today, and podcast tomorrow, because everybody runs a podcast these days. Wait a second; live video reigns supreme? Time to become a live video expert. Meanwhile, as you jump from niche to niche, and from blogging to podcasting to live videos, I just wrote and published 800 posts on Blogging Tips alone. Plus I wrote and published 1,000 more guest posts on other blogs.
While most bloggers chase hot trends, profitable niches and the latest game changing opportunity, guys like Alonzo and I thrive by doing one thing alone so we do it incredibly well.
Success is yours, but success is not an overnight or week-long endeavor.
Stop chasing hot niches. Visualize your dreams in detail. Focus on your blogging wins. Invest in coaching and courses from top bloggers. Surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.
Write, publish and connect with top bloggers by helping top bloggers.
Success Finds Specialists
I took a nap this afternoon. A calm, peaceful breeze kisses my face right now as I write and enjoy the day.
Imagine if you could work from home every day? Visualize that fun and freedom.
Specialists are the only folks who work from home full time. People who do 1 thing persistently, practicing this skill, so they become super skilled in a single, specialized niche.
I gave all of my professional energy to being a blogger for the past 10 years. I became really skilled at blogging because I never chased the flavor of the month.
Avoid program hopping, niche hopping and all forms of flavor-chasing.
Do one thing. Do it well.
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