Just a little over a week and a half ago, I finally got my grubby hands on Adrienne Smith’s new online course for bloggers, Build A Blog Community, which serves as today’s review!
I’m going to be completely honest with you folks here, I’m usually sceptical about purchasing any online courses these days. I’ve purchased quite a few of them in the past, and most of them have turned out to be nothing more than a bunch of repackaged generic information, stuff that can be found freely on the internet!
So… how was this any different?
When I learned that Adrienne was launching a new online course, I knew that I had to check it out, and I’ll explain why.
First of all, this course wasn’t just created by some fly-by-night blogger, or by someone that I’d never even heard, this course was created by someone I knew well in the online business / blogging world, and by someone I trusted and utterly respected too.
Not only that, but the course was also created by someone who had a lot of authority in her niche industry, so when this course was unleashed on the tail end of November (2014), I knew I had to get my hands on it, so I purchased the course within a few days of Adrienne launching it.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog and my online reviews, you’ll know that I never promote products or services that I haven’t purchased or used myself. So just to prove that I actually purchased this course myself, here is a copy of my welcome email from Adrienne, and the PayPal receipt.
So… It took me just over a week to get through the material and complete the course entirely, and what I’ve been doing since then is going back to parts of the course that I found relevant to my needs.
A little bit about Adrienne Smith, the course creator
If you’ve been around the blogosphere for a while, specifically in the online business, entrepreneurship and blogging niche, you may well already be familiar with Adrienne and her blog, if not, then let me introduce you to her.
Adrienne is a professional blogger and successful online entrepreneur. She is known by her blogging community as the Engagement Superstar, because she knows exactly how to connect with influential people in her industry, and create lasting relationships with them!
I first connected with Adrienne myself about 3 years or so ago, back when I was blogging over at what is now my deceased blog, Magnet4Marketing.
At the time I was still relatively new to blogging (blogging for about 2 years at that point), and three blogs that really stood out for me were Adrienne’s blog, Ms Ileane Smith’s blog at Basic Blog Tips, and Ana Hoffman’s blog at Traffic Generation Cafe.
Adrienne has a massive community behind her blog. Her blog posts receives hundreds of quality comments, as well as a ton of social shares.
Her blogging status is proof alone, so if anyone was ever interested in her online course and needed validation, all they’d have to do is visit her blog to see the level of engagement going on over there. Her engagement proof is enough to convince anyone that YES! They should invest in her online course, if they want to learn how to build a blog community like she has. You can learn more about Adrienne here on her about page.
So this online course will really teach me how to build a blog community?
Yes! It’s exactly what it says it is on the tin.
It is powerful, simple to read and implement online course that teaches you how to build a strong and loyal community for your blog, like Adrienne has!
OK great! Is that important?
Is creating a blog community important? Absolutely it is in my opinion!
Adrienne explains very well why building a blog community is an essential element of achieving blogging success, but here’s my input.
One of the major reasons why so many bloggers aren’t able to maximise the full potential of their blogs, is because they don’t have a community to drive them, a tribe, a bunch of regular and loyal readers that will visit their blogs frequently to see what’s on offer, be it a new blog post, a new product or service etc!
Sure search engine traffic is wonderful, who doesn’t want more traffic from Google? But just imagine having a large enough blog community where you wouldn’t have to rely on search engines to give you traffic!
You should also know by now that Google doesn’t give a rats ass about your business or your blog! But if you’re already getting good organic traffic from Google, why not harness the power of both search engines and your blog community!
If one source lets you down, at least you’ll have the other to rely on right?
Just to re-clarify something here, traffic from search engines, namely Google, is more likely to let you down than your community is! One hit from Google Penguin or Panda, and it’s “see you later blogging business!”
With a blog community that trusts you, a community that will be loyal to you, that will be willing to show interest and engage with the stuff you share with them, a community where many will be willing to purchase your products and services later on, that’s pretty important.
Who is this course for?
The course is for bloggers of all levels, whether you’ve been blogging for a number of years like myself, or blogging for just a few weeks, it really doesn’t matter, you can absolutely benefit from this course in every way, if you want to learn how to build a loyal blog audience.
Perhaps you’ve already started to build your tribe, if so you can use this course to help you expand further, by tapping into Adrienne’s ideas and strategies, her proven methods!
Build a blog community course: What’s inside the course?
OK let’s get to the meat of the course, I do apologise for ranting on up to this point… I can’t help myself sometimes…
The course contains 8 carefully crafted chapters of very useful and actionable content.
This is so much more than just another course put together to show you how to do something! This course has been years in the making, the strategies, ideas and tips contained in the course is what Adrienne herself used and still uses to build her blog community with, and now she’s sharing her ideas, strategies, tips and methods with you!
Easy to read and digest
One of the things I enjoyed most about going through this course was that it was so easy to read and understand, there’s no technical jargon or anything over-complicated here.
The chapters are great in length too, not too short and not too long, and as I said, with lots of actionable tips and strategies to feast your brain with.
Throughout the course, Adrienne adds her personal touches, sharing her insights and experiences, her high points and low points, what’s been working for her and what hasn’t.
Will this course help me build a blog community?
I can safely say yes! Look, one of the areas that Adrienne addresses with this course is the process in which you can expect to see results.
People always want immediate results all the time, often without having to do much work! If you think blogging works like that then you’re in the wrong line of business for sure.
Like anything worth learning, applying and working towards, you have to stick at it to get the results you want, and I completely agree with her. Blogging isn’t an overnight process, what is these days? It takes time, persistent hard work, well you know the rest…
Build a blog community: Course structure
The entire course is in contextual format, however Adrienne has also added audio versions for each chapter, perfect for those who want to take the course on the go.
In addition there’s also bonus material and PDF’s in each chapter to get your hands on.
But it doesn’t stop there.
At the end of the course there’s even more bonus material, and even an opportunity for you to join a commenting group Adrienne has set up, so that you can get started on building your community!
Verdict and final thoughts
I don’t think I can possibly say anything more other than this is a great and worthwhile course to invest in, and very well packaged.
Adrienne has really put a lot of effort in building this course for her community, for you! She’s clearly passionate about helping you build a tribe for your blog.
I’m so glad I got to dive into it early, and I can’t wait to start implementing some of her ideas and strategies in the coming new year (2015), and really grow my blog community.
‘Build A Blog Community’ get’s a well deserved 5 Stars from me Adrienne!
Start to build YOUR blog community today!
If you’ve been through the course yourself already, I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions, how is it now helping you? Otherwise if you haven’t yet got started, and you seriously want to build an audience, a community for your blog! Learn how to do it the right way! Let the Engagement Superstar Adrienne Smith teach you how.
I’ll now leave you to check out her video to the course below.
Enjoy and have a super week folks =)
Images courtesy of Build A Blog Community
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