After getting such phenomenal value from my first blogging course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I decided that investing in myself, and my blog was the way forward.
Looking to expand my spend money & travel section I looked for the very best travel related blogging course on the market. After extensive research I was split between Nomadic Matt’s Superstar Blogging & Travel Blog Success.
- Course Materials - 42%42%
- Structure - 77%77%
- Extras - 60%60%
- Value For Money - 21%21%
Superstar Blogging's course content is designed for absolute beginners to blogging that can often be found for free on internet tutorials.
It's extras get a 60/100 although it's Facebook group is rather quiet, the podcasts we're great - albeit a little awkward to listen to. The tech support provided is a great addition - if you really need it... and if you do, I'd suggest spending the $267 solely on tech support as I think you'll get a better ROI.
Both of similar pricing, all the reviews on other blogs seemed to be bias, simply wanting you to sign up using their affiliate link (so they get a commission).
In the end I went with Nomadic Matt’s Superstar Blogging. Matt’s website is beautifully curated and has been featured in major news outlets – it really didn’t seem like a bad blog to follow in the footsteps of.
SuperStar Blogging Breakdown
SuperStar blogging is broken down into four separate courses; travel writing, travel blogging, travel video & travel photography.
While I would have loved each and every course. I had to pick the one that was set to bring me the best return on investment. So I opted for ‘The Business of Blogging’ the course was $267 (or 3 payments of $99). It came with a number of case studies, hours of expert interviews and tutorials as well as a 30 day money back guarantee – just in case.
The structure of the course is different to any other I’ve previously taken in the fact that you get a module released once a week.
This is great on one hand as you’re left not feeling overwhelmed by information. However, on the other hand if you have some spare time and want to get in front – it’s going to require you to invalidate your 30 day money back guarantee and ask for the entire course unlocking.
This, for me personally is where things all started to go a little wrong…
Before I started I noticed that in the FAQ it said this course was suitable for established bloggers. Having been blogging for almost three years (although very little on the topic of travel) I considered I’d be okay.
However, I breezed through the first week, and the second, and the third… These were not only all things I’d done previously but things I feel that you can learn for absolutely free – In fact I have a tutorial on it all right here…
Suddenly I was left worrying. Had I wasted $267?
I looked over the course content once more. Left with the decision of whether to unlock the entire course or quickly do my best to claim back the money I’d spent – In the end, I opted for the latter.
Who Is SuperStar Blogging Designed For?
From my four weeks experience on the course I can hand on heart say that this course is not designed for any established blogger.
If you’ve been blogging for more than a year (regardless of your niche), I’d say you know 90% of this stuff.
Even if you’re new to blogging I honestly believe you can find a better, cheaper or free course that can teach you all of this – or at least a good chunk of it.
Why Am I Reviewing SuperStar Blogging If I Got A Refund?
I think by now you’ve probably realised that I’ve found this course very poor in the terms of value for money…
So, I guess it comes down to why on earth have I written this post?
Well, personally $267 is a lot of money in my opinion.
I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Nomadic Matt. His blog is fantastic, however the more I listened to him and read his content the more I was put off by his ideals of selling products to your audience over opting for free hotel stays for reviews etc.
I’m not saying this is bad entirely, just this isn’t going to work for everyone. In fact some of the ambassadors of his course do the opposite and work with brands to promote products – and that’s okay! There’s more than one way of doing things…
Finally, I trusted my fellow bloggers to honestly tell me what they thought of the course. However, from my own experience I’ve found those reviews to be bias. Maybe it’s because they got the course for free in return for a review. Maybe so they could get an affiliate commission. It could be because they like Matt (I do too, he seems like a nice guy), who knows…