Many people ask me how to create their own blog, what techniques and strategies they can use to grow their website, and how they can turn their passion into a profession. Looking around the web, I realized that there’s nothing teaching real online business, marketing, writing, and growth tactics to travel writers and bloggers. Content may be king, but without good marketing and business skills, no one is ever going to read your pearls of wisdom. I’ve seen a lot of great blogs fade away because they never got a critical mass of readers.
I’ve spent a lot of time learning from big bloggers, entrepreneurs, and experts in other fields. I read a lot, I study, I get advice. I truly believe in my message of cheaper, better, and longer travel and want to learn how to share that with the world. Now, six years after I started blogging, my website earns me six figures, I speak regularly at conferences, this site gets over 600,000 visitors a month, and I completed a book deal. (I’m still in awe all this has happened, and I am eternally grateful to every reader of this site. Without your support, none of this would be possible and I’m honored you read my site and ask for my advice.)
Today, I’m announcing the beta launch of Superstar Blogging, my new master blogging course! I want to share what I’ve learned about running an online business with other bloggers so they too can rise to the top and have awesome success. The teacher in me wants to help beginner (and intermediate) bloggers create awesome, honest, and engaging blogs.
Superstar Blogging is my answer to a lot of what I think is missing from blogging courses – real hands-on, one-on-one help. It will teach you the blogging practices you need to be successful with your travel blog — and I know these practices work because they are the same that I use every day on this website. And with this course, I’ll be there to give you personalized direction on implementing what you read! (Don’t have a travel blog? Don’t worry. Neither did half my students. I also worked with bloggers in fitness, health, and food! The principles I talk about are universal). Moreover, you’ll also get technical help from Chris Richardson of RTW Labs who will walk you through WordPress and provide technical support. Two teachers for the price of one.
And because we are in beta, the introductory price for the course is $99 USD and comes with lifetime access. You’ll get everything future students get at an even better price. Plus, you’ll be able to help shape the future of this course and get more personalized help.
Everything you’ll learn in this course comes from the strategies and tactics I use to expand my blog and promote my message of budget travel.
Here is a detailed breakdown of what you’ll get in the course:
- 35 detailed lessons covering the following topics:
- The Importance of Design
- Social Media
- Search Engine Optimization A-Z
- Getting Media Coverage
- Monetization Strategies
- Sales Pages and Conversion Testing
- Working with PR, Tourism Boards, and Brands
- Copies of How to Build Your Blog and How to Make Money with Your Blog. (The course materials. A $37 value!)
- Amazing hands-on technical support and WordPress help from Chris Richardson of RTW Labs. (He’s the genius who keeps this website running!)
- An active forum for group support from other classmates and your course instructors!
- Expert interviews from top bloggers to help grow your business even more.
- Monthly webinars on various topics of blogging and Q&As to further expand your blog.
- Online resources and suggested reading materials.
- Hands-on technical help with physically building your blog.
For the next 48 hours, this program is only open to 50 people. After the first 50 people have joined (or the 48 hours are up), this course will be closed so I can work with the new students, get feedback, and make improvements to the program.
If you’ve been thinking of upping your blogging game and want to turn your blog into something more than a side project, sign up for the course and start picking the brain of two experts today.
We will be testing the course for the next 30 days and then, if all goes well, will be releasing it to the general public in April. (It will cost a lot more when we release it then.)
Chris and I are very excited about this project. I feel there is a lot of room in travel blogging for growing the industry and creating more full-time, expert bloggers. After all, travel is a one trillion dollar industry and we both feel bloggers should have a more prominent role since so many consumers use our resources for planning.
Let’s take things to the next level.
UPDATE: THE COURSE IS NOW FULL!!!
Hey, want a t-shirt? Last summer, I ran a Kickstarter campaign (travel app coming soon) and there are some t-shirts left over from the launch. I asked people on Facebook if anyone was interested in them and the response was so enthusiastic I made some extras. There are two designs available:
The shirts are $14.99 USD (plus shipping) and there are only 90 of each design available. You can click here to pick your size and get one.
And don’t worry – this is not the start of some merchandising trend. I’m not going down the whole “merchandising” route. There will be no Nomadic Matt bags, money belts, mugs, hats, iPhone holders, stickers, or whatever! (And if I do create those, you have permission to smack me.) I over ordered when I did the Kickstarter and got extra since people seemed interested – but that’s it. Unless there is surging demand from people for these shirts, I doubt I will order any more.
So if you want a nice comfy shirt to wear on the road, get one of these.