Billionaire Blog Club: A Full Review
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If you’re reading this you have probably heard about the Billionaire Blog Club or are at least looking for some blogging courses to up your game.
If you are looking for an honest and in-depth review of the Billionaire Blog Club or looking to enroll in a blogging course that will change the blogging game for you, then stick around! I’m going to give you the inside scoop on the course (with some screenshots so you can see behind the scenes 🤯).
So hold on to your britches, cuz you’re in for a long ride.
Bloggers are pretty much always on the search for new courses or the next best thing that can help them take their blog to the next level. Just take a look in the Facebook groups you are a part of, there are always people in there asking for feedback on various courses. And if you have been in the blogging game for a minute, you have probably run across the Billionaire Blog Club.
I joined the Billionaire Blog Club, or BBC, in April of 2018. This was the first official blogging course that I have purchased.
I first heard about it from reading the Obstacle.co blog from pins I found on Pinterest. I enrolled in the 12-day Blogging Bootcamp email course first and really connected with the content in there.
I don’t really like people the sugar-coat things. I like honestly (hopefully you do too!) That is exactly how Scrivs comes across. So if you’re offended by swearing and you like sugar-coated crap, then you’re in the wrong place sista!
Who is this “Scrivs” character…?
The owner of Obstacle.co is Paul Scrivens (aka “Scrivs”). Paul has been blogging since before all the cool kids were doing it, back in 2003. Currently, Scrivs runs 13 different blogs in various niches such as health, make money online, home decor, and personal finance. I think it’s safe to say this guy knows a thing or two!
I love to experiment with ideas to see what works and what doesn’t. I’ve built and launched over 40 sites on my own. Some great, some terrible.
One of the things that I really connected with Paul about is the drive to be successful in blogging and to make money while still serving your audience. You know, like make money without being a total sell-out!
Why I chose BBC
Like, dilute my fabric softner cheap 👕.
But I also tend to hoard online courses, printables, ebooks, etc. I have so many free things that I have accumulated while doing online research and blogging that I will probably never get through all of them.
I’m sure some of you can relate to that!
So if I already have so much info at my disposal, why would I shell out my hard-earned cash 💸 for “just another course”?
Well, in short, BBC is not “just another course.”
You see, my ultimate business goal is to have multiple blogs (I have ideas for like 9 more 🤫) that serve multiple audiences and that I can create multiple kinds of products and or services and monetize them each in a different way. And, of course, an army of mommy VA’s to help me run my empire.
So naturally, when I see someone running 13ish blogs, I must know their secret!
So after researching, reading reviews, and getting all the free stuff I could from a few different courses, I landed on Billionaire Blog Club. I started with the 12-Day Blogging Bootcamp email course, which had a ton of good info in it. The biggest downfall for me with the 12-day email course, was that I was already past most of what he talked about.
So I needed more…
Now I already had my blog established and was not going into the course with a blank slate.
I already had my niche, social accounts, and a good amount of content to work with.
Although BBC has a lot to offer whether you are starting fresh or already have some traffic.
One thing that I really took away from the email course was Paul’s personality and I liked it!
He was blunt and didn’t fill his email with fluff (aka…crap). He directly states that he’s in it for the money, which I liked.
You see, my mission with blogging is to retire my husband and be able to comfortably support my family of 8 on my income alone. But I also want to make sure that I am serving my audience and building sustainable relationships, not just putting out clickbait crap and losing people’s trust.
One way that Scrivs was different in his emails from other’s that I have seen is that in his very first email he openly admits that he wants to take you from a subscriber to a customer. If you read sales funnel emails from many other bloggers they are normally not that direct.
Not that I am trying to bash other bloggers, we all do things differently. However, I have read enough emails and subscribed to enough newsletters to know.
Let me be blunt here if a blogger had a paid product, their goal in getting you on their list is to sell something to you.
That is not a bad thing.
There have been plenty of times that I have been on someone’s email list and purchased something from them, or at least milked them for all the free stuff I could get #sorrynotsorry!
What is BBC?
Billionaire Blog Club is pretty different than anything I have seen or done before. And I’ve read a lot of ebooks, taken countless [free] courses, and gathered in many Facebook groups!
So let me break it down for you…
It’s a community
This is probably one of my favorite parts of the “course.” There are several different aspects of the community part of the course. Scrivs could probably charge a monthly membership fee just for that, but he doesn’t (thanks man!).
Feature 1: Cliques
This is a great way to connect with other bloggers in your niche. Looking to exchange guest posts or collaborate with other bloggers on a project? Then this is where you should start! As you can see you can post and respond to messages about guest posting and starting or joining BoardBooster tribes.
“Recent Popular Topics” is a great place to share your most popular posts and boast some bragging right! I shared my 10 Frugal Dinners for When You’re Broke post here and of course bragged about my “viral” pageviews!
Feature 2: Journals
I’ll be honest, I haven’t used this one a whole lot. I will read a couple here and there while I’m sitting waiting for the kids, but I don’t really contribute. But it is a great place to track progress, big and small, and get just get your thoughts/ideas out there.
Or you know, just to vent about random crap!
Feature 3: Discussions
Discussions are similar to the Slack channel, but not in real-time. You can use them to discuss blogging topics with others.
Feature 4: Exchange
I think this is such a cool concept.
The member exchange is a place to help other members grow their blogs by exchanging tasks.
Currently this is only open to sharing social media activity and commenting on blog posts.
Each time you complete a task and the blog owner approves it you get a point which in turn allows you to post tasks.
Each time to post a task it takes 10 points. I believe that you get 1 point each time you complete a task, so it creates a really good environment for sharing and linking to other’s content. Tasks can include: backlinking, Facebook like/comment/share, blog comment, Twitter reply/retweet, Instagram like/comment, Pinterest repin. So there is plenty of opportunity for helping each other grow traffic.
Feature 5: Directory
This is a neat feature because you can quickly find other bloggers in your niche if you are looking to connect. The directory includes the blog, the owner, the blog niche, and if they are open to guest posting opportunities.
So this is a great place to look for people to hit up for guest posts.
Feature 6: Pinterest Group Boards
This one was a TOTAL game changer for me!
I had a goal of reaching 50 group boards in May (I started with like 16) and this part of the community is the reason I met that goal! BBC members add their group boards and the best way to contact them to get accepted to the boards. I found that mostly everyone was super quick to respond, some within minutes! Although many of the boards may not be HUGE, it is a good starting point for many bloggers.
After applying for a ton and getting accepted to so many, I decided to start my own group boards. If you are looking to join some group boards, you can apply to mine here.
I have a general board, one a saving money, one on making money, and one for frugal recipes.
Feature 7: Slack
There is a Slack community, which is great for getting quick feedback. If you are not familiar with Slack, it is like an instant messaging service that is broken up into “channels” that are divided up into different topics. For example, Pinterest, SEO, general.
One of the coolest things about this Slack community is Scrivs seems to always be active in there! That is not something you find with many other course owners. Most of the time they have their VAs answering everything and you will only “see” them here and there.
There is also a very helpful moderator in the group (shout out to MaryBeth) who is so insightful and quick to respond.
It’s a giant resource center!
I’ll be honest (that’s kind of the point here right!) when I first started to really get into BBC I was a little overwhelmed but in a good way!
There is SOOO much information in this course it can make your head spin. But the good thing about that is you don’t have to worry about not getting enough info and action steps to grow your blog.
Once you log into the Billionaire Blog Club dashboard you will see this menu:
I really love the fact that the resources/course materials are broken down into “curriculum” and “courses.”
What the heck is the difference?
Glad you asked…
Resource 1: Curriculum
Here is a peek at the curriculum:
It’s broken down into three different stages of blogging.
I skipped around in the first section because I had already launched my blog and was looking to grow it. One of the main things I immediately focused on was setting up my BoardBooster campaigns and reading the Pinterest Manual. My main goal in purchasing the course was to grow my traffic using Pinterest.
Resource 2: Courses
Courses then are just the different topics listed. I’m totally one of those kinds of people that like to skip around, which I know can be counterproductive at times. But I knew going into this course that Pinterest was my main focus, so I dove into the Pinterest courses before anything else.
There are a total of 9 courses with 119 lessons in all.
Resource 3: Challenges
Challenges are all about reaching milestones.
There are currently 4 challenges:
(Aww look at those adorable little POP figures!) I’m totally stealing that idea when I start doing my own stock photography…SQUIRREL!)
Wait…oh yeah, challenges…
These are the 4 challenges that range from 15-27 days to complete:
- Launching your blog and getting 10,000 pageviews (27 days)
- How to reach $1,000 in revenue (15 days)
- How to gain your first 1,000 subscribers (27 days)
- Creating your first paid product (25 days)
Each day of the challenge includes a short video with actionable steps.
In all honesty here (I hope you’re starting to trust me by now 😉) I didn’t get through all of the challenges. I started the first one and got completing sidetracked on re-branding the blog. So I do plan on going back through all of them and completing them!
Maybe even make a schedule for it to complete them all within the next few months. Don’t worry, I’ll share!
Resource 4: Books
There is only one book in this whole course, The Billionaire Blogging Pinterest Manual: Use Pinterest to Propel Your Blog to New Heights.
When I didn’t have time right away to sit down and watch the videos for the courses, I was reading this ebook.
This isn’t your average 30+ page ebook that just gives you a general overview on the topics. This is a 165-page manual that covers the “Traits of successful bloggers,” all about Pinterest and the Pinterest user’s mindset.
I really love the fact that he hits on the psychology fo the pinner’s mindset. It’s so important to have at least a basic understanding of psychology when it comes to any kind of marketing. Did I mention I have couple psychology degrees, so I totally geek out 👓 over this stuff!
Fun fact: did you know a pins half-life is 3.5 months?
That means it takes 3.5 months for a pin to get 50% of its engagement.
That is significantly longer than any other social platform out there!
The manual also hits on Pinterest SEO, the use of hashtags, how to utilize group boards, the science behind a “perfect” pin, authority pins, and Pinterest scheduling tools. And so much more!
**Bonus** Scrivs often updates the Pinterest Manual when there are Pinterest changes, so you don’t need to worry about it becoming outdated in a month because the almighty Pinterest Gods decided to change that damn algorithm yet again!
Resource 5: Milestones
Milestones is another great place to shamelessly brag!
Confession again…this is another area of the course that I haven’t been super active in. I did a couple of them when I first started but haven’t looked through them much. Although when I was writing this post, I went back and checked them all off cuz I have completed (almost all of) them!
Currently, there are 12 different milestones listed, and as Scrivs states, in no particular order.
- 100 pageviews (done)
- 5 group boards (done)
- 10 email subscribers (done)
- 1,000 pageviews a month for 2 months straight (done)
- Add a task to the member exchange (done)
- Publish 30 blog posts (done)
- Plan 60 days worth of content (done-for June, July, and August)
- 10,000 pageviews in a single month (done-check while happy dancing)
- Make an affiliate sale (done-HostGator was the first big one)
- 100 repins on a single pin (done-see below)
- 1,000 repins on a single pin (close!) I thought I had this one in the bag with my 10 Frugal Dinners for When You’re Broke post. Turns out, from what I can see, I have a total of 785 repins (see below).
- $100 in one month (technically I did this for gross income in November, December, and April)
Over the last 30 days, I had a couple of pins do over 100 saves!
Total repins from 10 Frugal Dinners post:
How is Billionaire Blog Club unique?
So many other courses out there that just give you the information and let you go. I mean you already handed them over your cash…
There are so many things that are different about BBC from other courses. Just look at the list of awesome resources listed above.
Challenges, Milestones, and Member Exchange. I haven’t heard of other blogging courses out there that do anything like this.
BBC is just as much of a community as it is a course.
Which I think anyone that has gone through BBC can say sets it apart from anything out there.
As I said before one of the things that really drew me to this course is that Paul runs multiple blogs in various niches. Don’t get me wrong, I know people gotta make $$ but I absolutely HATE it when I see someone promoting a course on how to make money doing X when they haven’t actually done it themselves. How many bloggers out there blog about making money blogging and that is all they have ever blogged about?
Probably a lot…
That is one thing that I feel really makes BBC unique is that Scrivs experiments in various different niches; health, fitness, personal finance, blogging, parenting, home decor, etc…
He is continually testing and tweaking to find what works and what doesn’t.
I won’t lie, he is kind of my blogging idol 😘.
I want to have multiple blogs all in different niches cuz I think that takes so much talent, just by keeping everything organized and moving forward. Plus there are so many different opportunities in different niches as far as different ways to monetize and making connections with others.
**Spoiler alert: I totally plan on creating a blog about blogging but I want to have blogs in different niches first so I have a treasure trove of experience to draw from.
So when it comes to the course, he can really say “well this approach worked better in this niche and this didn’t work so well in this niche.” Which many other bloggers can’t do; they take the same approach to every blogging niche.
Pros and Cons
No course is perfect by any means. It doesn’t matter who the course creator is, there will always be pros and cons to any kind of course.
I think one of the biggest pros of Billionaire Blog Club over other courses is that there is a one-time payment and you get lifetime access. Even when there are updates you don’t have to worry about paying extra for them.
For someone like me who is on a skinny minny budget, this is great!
There are a ton of videos! Sometimes when you read something, especially when it comes to the techie stuff, you might not always get it right away. The great thing about videos is that you can see exactly what Scrivs is doing and copy him to make sure to are getting everything set up correctly. I found this especially helpful with the SEO and BoardBooster campaign videos.
The Slack community is amazing! There have been quite a few times where I have asked a question and tagged Scrivs and he responds, pretty quickly too! Which I think is pretty awesome that he is in the community and responding rather than just disappearing after he gets your money.
The Slack community is also so helpful for connecting with other bloggers. Are you looking to start a structured mastermind with a few fellow bloggers? Need just an accountability buddy? Want some feedback on your latest pin design? Ask the Slack community. Everyone is so helpful and friendly!
Billionaire Blog Club is all encompassing and so much more than just a course. Before I started the course I didn’t have a clear sense of direction for The Daily Change Jar. I was just kind of looking to see what other bloggers were doing and writing posts that I thought might be popular. After getting into the course, I feel like I have a much better sense of direction. I have a content calendar, am continually connecting with other bloggers, and have met several of the goals I set for myself.
It is awesome that there is so much stuff within Billionaire Blog Club, but it can be pretty overwhelming.
I like the fact that he has the “curriculum” but even with all the other stuff in the course, it can be difficult to feel like you can get everything done along with building your blog. If you’re not careful you could literally spend all day in Slack talking to people and trying to read older comments. So just be aware that Slack can be a total time-suck.
If there is one “complaint” that I have, it is that the videos were kind of difficult to hear on my computer sometimes (although that could just be my computer) and I generally had to wear headphones to hear Paul because he can be rather soft spoken.
With all the topics I noticed that Scrivs covers (and there is A LOT) he doesn’t really talk about sponsored post opportunities. I know this is kind of a higher-level concept, so maybe that is why. Also, sponsored work might not be for everyone or every blog.
It is something that I am personally interested in (but I bought another course to cover that gap 😊 which I got on sale for SUPER cheap-watch for a review post on that in the future!).
Lastly, BBC is not open all the time. Which is both good and bad. Bad if you need help like yesterday, and good because they only open it so often so not to flood the course/Slack community. Which I totally understand. I don’t think the BBC team is super big, so they can only handle working with so many people at once.
How Billionaire Blog Club helped my blogging game
How exactly do you measure success?
When it comes to blogging there are so many factors to consider: pageviews, subscribers, gross income, net income, impressions, repins, blah, blah, blah…
The main factor that I have been focusing on is pageviews, because, theoretically speaking, more pageviews = more $$$!
So let’s break it down…
I bought Billionaire Blog Club at the beginning of April. My pageviews have increased since using the Pinterest tactics that Scrivs outlines.
My pageviews previously were kind of stagnant and were stuck at around 3,000 monthly pageviews for a few months running.
- September 2017: 123 (putting up content, not yet “launched”)
- October 2017: 861 (started using Tailwind to schedule pins)
- November 2017: 9,316
- December 2017: 4,467
- January 2018: 2,833
- February 2018: 3,873
- March 2018: 3,298
- April 2018: 8,748 (first “viral pin; bought BBC and started using BoardBooster campaigns)
- May 2018: 17,315
As you can see after purchasing the BBC course and implementing the strategies I had quite a significant increase in pageviews.
Strategy and Planning
One of the other aspects of BBC that really helped me to up my blogging game is putting together a strategy and intentionally plan what I spend my time on.
When you start blogging it is so easy to get stuck in a black hole of little tasks. Things like making tiny tweaks to your website, getting lost in Facebook groups sharing content or testing new plugins on your website.
It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to blogging or have been at it for a while, you MUST have a strategy to work from.
Scrivs helped me to figure out how to create a blogging schedule that works for me. When I first started I got wrapped up in time sucking activities, I thought I had to be everywhere at once and ultimately didn’t get anywhere. Even worse, I wasn’t helping anybody.
Trying to be everywhere without a strategy and without automation tools to help isn’t going to move your business forward. As a serious blogger, you need to focus on activities that will “move the needle,” like creating pillar content, promoting good affiliate offers, or creating your own paid products.
You also need to be able to know how to use analytics. You can sit there and write blog posts all day long, but how will you know if you are having success?
The courses and lessons within the Billionaire Blog Club also focus on how to use analytics to increase your growth. I know that it might sound scary or boring looking at analytics, but I promise you, it is actually really exciting once you know what to look for.
When you are working hard to up your blogging game, there is no doubt that you run into questions.
How do I add that cute, branded “pin it” button over my images?
What the heck is an RPM?
How do I add hidden pins in my blog post?
What is this GDPR compliance and am I doing it right?
If you can’t find your answers in the “Blog FAQ” section of the Billionaire Blog Club dashboard, then turn to the Slack community. (Just make sure you do some research first before you go asking questions, you don’t want to be that annoying person…)
Like seriously Google, YouTube, and Pinterest are my BFFs when it comes to figuring stuff out. If I can’t find it on there, then I turn to Slack!
Generally with courses when you post in a Facebook group you can get tons of random answers that might not be very helpful. As I said before, Scrivs is actually IN the Slack community and there have been multiple times that I have communicated with him directly when I had questions. He provided me with answers and is always super helpful!
It takes time
I bought the Billionaire Blog Club course because I read a blog post by another blogger that had taken the course (you’re welcome for the affiliate commission btw 😉). She was already 12+ months into her blogging journey and her numbers were similar to mine (only being about 6 months in).
I knew from the beginning that blogging was not a get rich quick plan, but it made me feel a whole lot better knowing that there were others out there in the same boat. Hustling every day and not making HUGE gains but still moving forward. #wins
I have two words for you…PATIENCE & PERSISTENCE.
If you blog about what people are interested in and you put in the time, you can be very successful. But it will most likely not happen overnight.
We sit here and read income reports from famous bloggers about how they are making $100,000 per month or more (cough, cough, Michelle…😉). What you don’t see is the several failed blogs before that where they had no clue what they were doing. You don’t see the hours they spend making their website just perfect, or the late nights creating their courses after the kids go to bed.
Blogging isn’t easy if you do it right, it takes time and a lot of effort! But if you do it right it can be so rewarding and lucrative.
Wins straight from the BBC community!
I know a lot of other courses share testimonials, I wanted to share real and actual wins straight from the Slack community of real BBC members.
The great thing about #wins is that we [inside of BBC] celebrate both big and small!
Straight from Scrivs himself!
So I have already gushed about how awesome Paul Scrivens is! He was kind enough to answer some questions for me via email about his blogging experience and Billionaire Blog Club.
Scrivs, on your about page it says you run 13 blogs, how accurate is that?
It’s definitely more than 13 blogs now. However, since I’m only one person I can only actively work on so many each month. The “active” ones are:
The Final Verdict
Would I shell out the cash for BBC again?
I suggest it all the time to anyone I know that blogs, no matter if they are new to the blogging game or have been in it for awhile. Or are thinking of starting a blog.
Unlike many one-off courses out there, it is consistently being updated. Like Paul said, something he has to “feed” every month.
You may have noticed that there was a pretty big update to Pinterest recently (May 2018) which changed the way you should schedule your pins. The BBC team was on this! Within less than a month they had an updated version of the Pinterest courses.
I also think is it unique that the course focuses on bloggers at various levels. I have previewed other courses and they tend to be very basic. But what happens after you have the basics down? You have to buy another course…
Not with Billionaire Blog Club, it is your one-stop shop for all your blogging needs (ok, that was pretty cheesy…🧀).
But seriously, there is so much info in BBC to keep you occupied for some time.
So what are you waiting for?!
Go enroll already…and oh yeah…it would be super cool if you used my affiliate link here (shameless plug 😜).
Oh yeah, and here is a bribe to sweeten the deal 🍭…send me your receipt for BBC to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do a free blog audit for you (worth $150).
I don’t claim to be a blogging “guru” or expert by any means, but let me tell you another set of eyes on your blog is SOO helpful. I did this when I was rebranding and it was a real eye-opener!
Have you purchased Billionaire Blog Club? How did it help you?
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