I finished The Business of Travel Blogging Course by Nomadic Matt in February of 2019, a little less than 1 year into my blogging journey.
I was starting to feel in a rut and that I have read all the free resources online. My blog was growing at a reasonable rate for the first few months, but if I was being completely honest with myself, I had no clue what I was doing. Most of my success at that point was strictly luck, and I felt the hard work I was putting in wasn’t matching my results.
I decided that around November of 2018 (black friday deals!!), I would finally make the plunge to sign up for a good course. I was debating between Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, Travel In Her Shoes Instagram Course, and Nomadic Matt’s Super Star Blogging Course.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing had amazing reviews from so many people, but I felt I was still at the growing stage where I needed help with marketing, writing, design, etc. Not just monetizing. I still might take this course at a later date.
Travel In Her Shoes is extremely popular on Instagram, and her course teaches you how to grow your Instagram following and up your photography game. My focus, at this stage, was on my blog and Pinterest, so I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a course that focused solely on Instagram. I also was not very good at Photography so I saw this course as a big, uphill climb!
Note on Travel In Her Shoes Master Tribe: There were rumors that this entire course was a scam and more than half her students demanded a refund. I can not personally attest that this is true because I did not take the course, but I feel like I dodged a bullet with this one!
The Super Star Blogging Course, specifically The Business Of Travel Blogging, had everything I was looking for: SEO, Coding, Writing Tips, Design Tips, Marketing, Social Media, Monetizing Strategies, Networking at Conferences, Building your Email List, and Partnering with Brands / Tourism Boards. My only concern of this course was… if it covers this much material, how in depth could he possibly go?
It was overwhelming how much knowledge and information he shared.
I want to pin point the major pros and cons of The Business of Travel Blogging Course. But… spoiler alert: There are not many cons!
- He answers questions you didn’t even know you had!
- His tech guy, Chris, teaches the first half of the course. When you go over “how to set up your website,” he not only shows you how to sign up for WordPress and all the extremely basic things, but he shows the advanced settings you should have set to optimize in the search engines. Just this section alone made the course useful.
- Matt is known for his extremely detailed and easy to read writing style. His entire course is written in his voice, which makes it unbelievably easy to read. AND he teaches you major pointers on what makes his writing so great, so you can write great too!
- He actually responds to feedback. After his writing section, he encourages you to email him a word document of an ENTIRE guide for him to critique. He will give you feedback on what would improve your writing from a reader standpoint. Most “instructors” will ask you to send over a paragraph to read, but he asked for 1,000 words to review. This is what made me go from liking his course to loving his course. Showing that he goes above and beyond for his students.
- One of my favorite tips he shared was what he claims was the biggest contributor to his success. He says that a lot of bloggers not only lack networking skills, but networking beyond their industry. He scored his New York Times best selling book deal and many opportunities by branching out of the travel industry.
- He has a Facebook group with all the students who can answer any questions you may have while you go through the course.
- He shares his secrets on how he has gotten on so many of the major news outlets like The New York Times, National Geographic, CNN, Fox, Wall Street Journal, and more!
- As a bonus, he provides interviews with successful people from not only the travel industry, but from all types of industries. He recommends learning beyond the course such as books, articles and other blogs.
- The course covers so many topics of blogging and goes far beyond any of the free resources you find online.
- I bugged me how the course did not keep your place. Sometimes I would take a week or two between sections to really master it before moving on, but I would forget where I left off! If you are logged into the course, I wish it started where you left off instead of kicking you back to the beginning.
- I wish he touched more on the “business side” of blogging. For example, when and how to get a business license, how to file your blog (LLC, Sole Proprietor, Corporation?), Disclosure policies, etc. However, I will note that he ALWAYS responds to questions via email. If you have questions that he does not cover in the course, I am sure he would be more than happy to answer them for you.
That’s a wrap! I loved his course and teaching style so much that I signed up for his Photography course as well. If it’s anything like this course, I am sure I will be posting a lengthy, glowing post for you to read in the near future!
If you have any questions about the course or how to sign up, don’t hesitate to contact me!
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