BlogMastermind is Open for New Students
A couple of hours ago the second edition to the BlogMastermind course opened. What is the course about? It is basically a training program for people that want to make money with blogs. It starts from the very beginning on how to setup a blog, and leads you all the way to making money with it. Here are some examples of what you will learn on it:
- blog foundations
- blog design
- selecting a niche
- generating traffic
- content production
- search engine optimization
- monetization with ad networks
- direct advertising deals
- blog promotion
- leveraging social media
The course is structured around weekly lessons, tasks, audio interviews and video case studies. Additionally, you will gain access to a community forum and a social media group.
I am an affiliate for the program, but I actually saw all the material, hence why I am willing to recommend. Last year, in fact, I helped Yaro by being a mentor on the community Forum and by writing some advanced lessons.
So do I think the course is worth it? Definitely for beginner and intermediate bloggers. It costs $97 monthly, but with all the information and material that you have access to it would be difficult not to make it back very quickly.
It has a total duration of 6 months, but you can cancel your membership at any time if you feel it is not what you were looking for. Here is the signup page if you want to enroll.
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Sounds like a very interesting course, and Iâ€™ve heard glowing reviews from other sites (assuming they are not ambush marketing!). Right now though, I think Iâ€™ll pass on the pricetag.For me, making money is secondary to enjoying writing. If it was the other way around, however, this may be a good course to invest in!
Thanks for the contribution Bill and I hope you are enjoying the program so far.
Personally, my favorite lesson is #7 about authentic content, and some of the latter lessons about affiliate marketing and email newsletters. The mindset audios hopefully offered a few nuggets for you too.
Maybe we will speak on one of the mastermind teleconferences coming up….
Thanks to all who offered their constructive contributions to this conversation.
@L-Jay, one can also take only 1 month of the course (and perhaps be satisfied with the initial info he got), so in this case his total cost would be $97.
Kudos for the ‘straight up’ 🙂
Yeah – marketing (selling) tactics drive me crazy! lol
Just wanted to jump in here with a comment or two.
After some consideration, I decided to sign up for BlogMastermind. I’m not entirely convinced that a paid coaching course will work for me right now, given my schedule, but I have a month to figure that out and still get refunded.
Yaro’s sales pitch doesn’t strike me as any worse than all the other pitches I’ve read from pro bloggers. In fact, he offers a lot of good content for free, and that ultimately is what made me decide to sign up.
As for why someone would take a course like this instead of taking the time to learn it all by trial and error, what’s the point in doing that? Name one profession or hobby where you are expected to start from square one and re-learn everything that someone else could easily teach you.
I don’t expect that I can take everything that Yaro teaches and apply it cookie-cutter to what I’m doing and suddenly bring in tons of money. But I do expect that what I learn from his program will help me get up to speed more quickly and enable me to take my blogging to new and exciting places.
As far as I’m concerned, if the program helps me put an extra $97 in my Paypal account every month, I haven’t lost anything.
Hey L-Jay – You sound like a suspicious guy 🙂 – You probably don’t like a lot of the marketing tactics used today online.
I think my sign-up page is pretty clear and no one can join my program without going through this page:
# Option 1 (“Easy Monthly Payment”): Pay $97 for the first month, try it and if you like it, continue to pay $97 a month for six months total. You will have immediate access to the member resources and online community and receive one lesson per week until you graduate in six months.
# Option 2 (“One Time Payment”): Pay $497 upfront, save yourself $85 and get access to ALL the course materials right away. You get instant downloads for all the lessons, the member resources and access to the online community.
Why do you think a course that takes away â€˜personal experienceâ€™ by fast tracking your learners to â€˜quick and easy formulas of successâ€™ will actually help your learners achieve the same as you?
There’s quite a few elements at play there. Let’s start with the marketing psychology first –
People want things to be easy, especially people new to something. Having a step-by-step plan that takes away the guesswork, is what they want.
However, just because I lay out a plan, doesn’t mean they won’t go on a journey. It’s virtually impossible for me to detail every single finite element, so they will have to go through the process and learn from their mistakes. A training course simply provides the sign-posts on where to begin and what major errors to avoid.
A big key point here too – most people are too lazy to do anything unless their are ramifications for not doing it.
Paying money is a ramification.
It’s not for everyone of course. Some people prefer to spend time rather than money and do everything by themselves. They may get to the same destination if they are very determined, but it will almost definitely take longer.
That’s fine of course – early in my career I was broke so I never bought anything either. It took me about 5 years to get a stable income, from there though I started buying products and hiring help and my income multiplied by 10 within the next 2 years.
Everyone goes on a different journey, how they choose to educate themselves during the journey is up to the individual.
My point is:
The information in this post is separated which means a reader needs to search for the information and put two and two together to get the real amount: “It’ costs $97 monthly” is in one paragraph and then in the next paragraph “duration of 6 months”. You did not put the two pieces of cost information together (or even in the same paragraph) which is a tactic similar to the ‘small print’ of hard-core sellers. This is why it makes me suspicious.
Why not just put:
The complete course costs $97 a month, for six months.
The total cost of the course is $582 if you pay monthly or $497 if you pay up front.
Straight forward, to the point.
@L-jay, I don’t get your point.
For me saying something costs $50 monthly and the duration is 10 months is the same as saying the total cost is $500.
I would agree with you if someone said “the course costs $97 period” But that was not the case.
I also wrote about this on my blog http://www.gregellison.net/making-money/would-you-spend-money-on-yaros-program/. It sounds more like a late night info commercial then anything. I would rather go with the journey like someone else said then spend thousands of dollars.
Hey Yaro – thanks for the reply.
Well, the first link (is your cost page so I went to your coaching page coz it’s probably the page most people would arrive at first and it…) has so much info on it it’s hard to find anything (especially about money because…) you don’t actually find out the cost until you click on ‘sign up’. Your second link is much clearer.
But I thought I was making a (good?) point for Daily Blog Readers to think about if they want to do a similar thing as you:
Readers don’t always go straight to the ‘horse’s mouth’. You might be saying stuff straight, even on your own blog, but sometimes your promoters don’t. And that’s a big challenge with promoting your stuff via social media as you are subject to other peoples views and ‘selling’ techniques – promoters don’t always say the right stuff, or stuff in the right way, about your product. And of course this can affect peoples opinions about your product. But I think you handled it well by being available for discussion ;-).
You seem like a fare dinkim guy so one question(s) that I’ve been thinking about:
If you got where you are today by personally experiencing both successes and failures, learning by trial and error – learning by personal experience – (and it seems like most successful bloggers have done it this way too)… Why do you think a course that takes away ‘personal experience’ by fast tracking your learners to ‘quick and easy formulas of success’ will actually help your learners achieve the same as you? You have had to fail, spend time, study, and self learn to get where you are – your ‘journey’ is what has made you successful. Won’t taking away the ‘journey’ also take away important personal lessons too? To get success fast is trying to skip straight to the destination – but isn’t it the journey that is most important and is what creates success?
I understand the concept of learning from other peoples mistakes but as you can tell, I’m a big fan of ‘the journey’ rather than the destination. The ‘process’ is what makes me happy.
The sales copy is such a huge turn off. Makes it sound like a scam.
Hi L-Jay – I think this page is pretty straight forward regarding pricing:
I also note the prices in my blog posts and emails leading up to the opening of my program, like this one here –
I’m not trying to trick anyone and was very upfront with the pricing structure even before the program opened.
“Itâ€™s not like you are getting consulting calls or guidances from Yaro personally.”
Actually you do. I conduct live teleconference calls with my members where you can ask me anything you like about your blogging business.
I agree to some extent Matej, especially your point about taking action and working on your sites as the key ingredient, but I also believe courses like mine offer a lot that you wonâ€™t find elsewhere – especially a key ingredient: experience.
My program is backed with stories and case studies taken directly from my experience starting from nothing and growing my blog, plus case studies of other students who have worked with me.
Simply put, you canâ€™t replicate this because itâ€™s unique. It’s not available elsewhere and never will be.
The same goes for the community we have within Blog Mastermind. The people there are unique in that they have all joined the program and are working together towards the same goal.
You wonâ€™t find the social traffic club, or the unique interviews with Darren Rowse, Brian Clark and other professional bloggers.
Even if you find the ideas and concepts replicated online for free, they are not packaged together in a sequential order written using my teaching style and voice.
The same goes for Teaching sells. There are not many people out there who know what Brian Clark does about teaching online. You simply can’t replicate what he has done and thus what he can teach.
That’s the true power of buying online courses (at least the good ones) – you get the experience of an expert packaged up into a neat, streamlined, training program without the information overload, or the trudging around the free sites trying to find reliable information.
I’ll buy a course or hire an expert any day over finding the information for free myself. In fact, I think one of the big reasons I’m successful is because I do this and don’t waste time on low leverage activities when a small fee can buy me access to the quality information or experienced person I need.
That’s my philosophy and it’s served me well so far 🙂
Things were not that easy when I started two years ago. Something like this would have saved me a lot of headache. 🙂
Not to be a drag, but…
It costs $97 a month but the course runs for six months – so thats actually $582 for the course. Why don’t people advertise that the whole course is $582? Why do promoters separate their information to make readers have to search for all the bits and put them together to get the real information? Transparency in blogging builds trust – this way of information-encryption makes me suspicious.
@Matej, I agree, all that material can be found elsewhere. Some even here!
But people need time to find and organize that free information. that is why some are willing to pay a good price to have someone else do that task and present the result in a structured and pedagogical fashion to them.
Almost everyone blogged about it yesterday and today…. Same thing with teaching sells…
These courses are great moneymaker for guys who run them, but I don’t find it very useful at all. All these informations can be found elsewhere, including “special forum communities”. It’s not like you are getting consulting calls or guidances from Yaro personally. It’s just content.
If there’s one thing I have learned during my time blogging and creating sites ( 1 year) is that most people fail because they simply don’t work on their sites. Simple as that, they may have needed knowledge but they don’t act. That’s why most of people earn 100-200$ / month ( including me) at most instead of 1000$+ .
You may have knowledge, ideas but if they are still on your WhiteBoard you won’t succeed.
Many people join that programs before trying their best. But as Daniel said, if you are total beginner and type of guy who asks “why the adsnse click price is lowered from before” on forums like DigitalPoint then it may not be bad for you…
@John, yeah if making money is not your goal than investing money into a similar course is not necessary.
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Sounds like a very interesting course, and I’ve heard glowing reviews from other sites (assuming they are not ambush marketing!). Right now though, I think I’ll pass on the pricetag.
For me, making money is secondary to enjoying writing. If it was the other way around, however, this may be a good course to invest in!
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