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This post is for bloggers who want to grow their blog or for online business owners, either with an existing business or just a dream. Over the past year, I’ve explored many options to learn all I can about how to do this blogging thing. What I have discovered is that almost anything can be found online for free if you spend enough time searching for it — emphasis on time! Sometimes, however, your time is much better invested in a structured program, and Julie Stoian’s Blueprint Mentorship Program may be your solution.
Have you ever experienced that “This is just right!” feeling? You know what I mean: an opportunity is suddenly before you, and you get that sense of certainty that you need to pursue it. As a high school senior, the first college brochure I received was for a college completely unknown to me, but I knew instantly it was where I needed to go. A few years ago I was offered a teaching opportunity “out of the blue” and didn’t even have to think about whether or not to take it. My husband and I were asked to lead a young married couples group and though it was something we had not previously considered, we agreed immediately. These are some of my “This is just right!” moments.
Today I am talking about just such an instance. This is a lengthier post, but worth the read if you are ready to do the work required to meet your blog or online business goals. And just to keep everything completely transparent, I am an affiliate* for this program, but I would be writing this post exactly the same way even if not.Ready to kickstart your #blog or #onlinebusiness? You owe it to yourself to look at this program! Click To Tweet
I’m curious, how many free webinars or online courses have you signed up for, only to sit through 1-2 hours of shallow information you already knew, followed by a hard sell for a crazy-expensive program? I confess to more than a few. I have so many pages of “notes” from these webinars (I’m a really good student and take lots of notes! 😉 ) where I have literally written no more than the title of the webinar and the date. Don’t misunderstand, I know the purpose of these webinars is to sell a program, and I don’t begrudge that at all! It’s their livelihood, after all. I’m just really tired of the ones that promise tons of “free value” and deliver nothing beyond the common basics.
When Julie posted in a Facebook group that she was offering her Wrangle the MailChimp Monkey course for free for a limited time, it was perfect timing. I knew nothing about MailChimp. N.O.T.H.I.N.G. However, I had committed to sending a newsletter in just a matter of days and needed to figure it out ASAP! I signed up, honestly expecting bare basics and a sales pitch, but figured anything I could glean would be helpful.
What I got was information overload! Seriously, there was so much quality, detailed instruction in this course, I watched it THREE times. And since I’m a slow learner, I’ve referred back to it frequently. 😉 I immediately signed up for every other free course Julie offered, got on her mailing list and read every single email, and haven’t regretted it a moment!
It was one of Julie’s emails last November that prompted me to enroll in her Blueprint Mentorship Program. The tone in her email was so different than so many of the others — she sounded honest rather than sales-y; she very clearly explained her experience without all the fluff and “I am AWESOME” verbiage that I was, frankly, finding tiresome. She was also upfront about the fact that this was a brand new course and in BETA, meaning it was not in final form and changes could be made along the way. In other words, as all writers know, the first draft probably wouldn’t be the best. But…she was offering the BETA course at a steal of a price compared to other programs, and she was offering lifetime membership, all future updates included. At that price, I had very little to lose!
Now keep in mind, I had no product to sell. My blog wasn’t making any money. I had plans for affiliate marketing, possibly some advertising, and (with luck!) some future paid writing opportunities. So the idea of investing real money into my “hobby” didn’t make a lot of sense. Okay let’s be honest, it didn’t make any sense. Nonetheless, it was one of those immediate “This is just right! Do this now!” moments, so…I did it!
I have never regretted a single penny!
Within 24 hours, I realized that Julie was giving her students more than the cost of the course in developer tools alone! Then she added the really huge value: not only did her Blueprint students have lifetime access to all updated courses within the Blueprint program, they also have access to almost all of the other courses she produces! Let me just say, Julie is a course-producing machine! Take a few minutes to look through her courses here to get an idea of the breadth of her expertise and what she teaches.
No, the pricing is no longer BETA pricing, which means this is a significant investment, especially if you are just starting out (or like me, you are in the dreaming stage). Is it worth it? You will have to judge that for yourself based on your own goals, but here are a few ways I have benefited from this material in the past few weeks.
Building Blocks for My Own Business
Julie added the Genesis Design courses after I joined The Blueprint. Since I use a Genesis theme and know very little about code, this is perfect for me. I am learning enough from her that I will be comfortable not only customizing my own theme further, but even offering services to help others do the same with Genesis. My own business helping others create and customize a Genesis theme for their own website?? I would never have considered this possibility before enrollment in The Blueprint Mentorship Program — ever!
Remember, I paid nothing extra for the Genesis Design course — she included it for free for her Blueprint members! That means I am gaining technical skills that will serve as building blocks for a possible future business and it isn’t costing me anything. As for offering the services as a freelancer in the future, Julie also co-teaches a new course, Create Your Laptop Life (CYLL), for those who want to create a business around their new or existing skill sets. (Because CYLL is a co-venture with Madelaine Corke, it is not included in the Blueprint.)
A New E-Booklet “Freebie” for My Blog
In blogging, “create a freebie and build your list” is a steady mantra. I didn’t even know where to start. Again, Julie walked me through this step by step. When I got stuck, she stepped in with solutions that got me back on track immediately. From topic and target, to design, to the technical “how to” of hosting and delivering a freebie, she helped it all come together.
A New Course Product
Julie took things one step further (okay, a whole lot of steps further!) by taking some of the work I had done and showing me how I could create a course out of it. Step by step instructions to take an “idea-less wannabe” who thought all she could teach was how to load a dishwasher, to an actual course outline! Am I really going to create an online course — me?? Yes!
I am a member of four (yes, four) of Julie’s Facebook groups: The Blueprint Mentorship (included with purchase of the program), VA Lifestyle Mastermind, Grow Your Blog & Biz with Julie Stoian, and Genesis Designers. She is amazing in these groups — extremely active and responsive. It is a given that as these groups and her business grow, she will not be able to maintain this same level of personal interaction and 1-on-1 assistance in all of these groups, but I have gained so much from her in the past few months. I am a member of a lot of Facebook groups, and none of them have had this much interaction and real value from the owner.
I joined The Blueprint Mentorship Program during BETA pricing, which is no longer available. However, the value is still exceptional. If you have goals and are serious about growing your blog or online business, I truly believe this program is worth your investment. It is at least worth a long, serious look! At the time of this writing, most of Julie’s courses are included in The Blueprint and you have lifetime membership. This is subject to change, so be sure you understand her current policies when you decide to purchase. Whatever your online goals, I wish you the very best!
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