Elite Blog Academy Reviews (from non-affiliates)


UPDATED 2021 – EBA is no longer for sale as a standalone course, which is what it was when these reviews were written. I have no personal experience with the current EBA (now called Activate) and I recommend these blogging courses now.

I am going to go ahead and assume if you’re reading Elite Blog Academy Reviews (from non-affiliates) that you are already familiar with Elite Blog Academy, and perhaps even considering enrolling this year when it opens to the public in March.

You’re probably here reading because you know it’s not a CHEAP program, and you want to be thorough in your research, to make sure that EBA is a good choice for you. (That’s smart.)

I am a very BIG believer in EBA – four years ago, I did not have a blog.

I enrolled in EBA the day I started my blog, committed to doing the work, and I have never looked back. It was hard sometimes, and I would never want you to think that working through EBA was easy for me.

But it was so very worth it… I have made my investment back thousands and thousands of times over. Yes, I have personally seen GREAT success with EBA. And, so have some other EBA students that you probably heard of.

I LOVE EBA, and I know those people do too.

But are these stories the exception rather than the rule? Is EBA really able to help MANY bloggers create successful blogs?

Or do some of us just get lucky?

I HAD to ask myself this because I want to maintain integrity and feel good about what I do.

I believe that I am accountable to God for the things I say online, and if I don’t BELIEVE that EBA is awesome, then I better not be promoting it. So I thought about this – and about why I originally bought EBA.

I bought it with the hope that I would make $1000/month. I figured that if I could make $1000/month, that would be enough to make it WORTH it. It would be enough to keep me at home with my kids, to help pay the bills.

It would be life-changing for me.

And of course, EBA helped me blow that goal out of the water.

EBA helped me get to $1000/month, and then to go way past it.

I was talking to my friend Jamie, who has shared her blogging story here, and she told me that she has not posted IN EIGHT MONTHS, (she has 4 kids under 5 at home) and yet she still makes over $1000 / month with her blog. Thanks to EBA.

And this is consistent. Every month. She also credits EBA with this success and said it was totally worth the money.

My friend Tracy has a similar story.

She followed EBA to the LETTER, and she is making up to 4000$/month.

I figured there had to be TONS of other bloggers in her boat – making solid $1000+/month thanks to EBA (and on the way up!).

I was right!

It didn’t take me long to find a whole bunch of them, and many were willing to share their stories with me. So here you go – EBA success stories you HAVEN’T heard yet! Many (most) of these bloggers sharing their stories below are NOT affiliates for EBA – so these are non-affiliate EBA reviews.

I hope you enjoy reading them!

EBA Success Stories You Haven’t Heard Yet

Chris from Daily Dose of DIY

First, give me your blogging + EBA history:

Hi, my name is Chris and I have a DIY and craft blog over at Daily Dose of DIY. I started my blog in September of 2017 and I joined EBA in March of 2018.

At the time I joined EBA I made a couple of hundred dollars a month. I decided to join EBA because I absolutely wanted my blog to be my business. And I knew from previous EBA students that Elite Blog Academy was really the way to go to make that happen. They were right, it paid off.

As I worked through EBA my income gradually increased to about $5,000 a month by the end of 2018. And then in January 2019 everything exploded and I crossed into five figures a month.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

It gave me a focus that I didn’t have before. The way Ruth explains things and the worksheets she has us do made me see my blog in a new light. It really did, I finally had clarity on who my reader was and how I could help them.

And the support.

Half the battle to blogging is a mental game and learning how to do it scared. And knowing that everyone else is doing it scared too, that really helps.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

So I don’t think EBA is right for everyone.

If you’re more interested in hobby blogging I wouldn’t invest in EBA. But if you’re serious about making some money from your blog, you love (or at least like) helping people, and you can dedicate at least 10-20 hours a week to your blog, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to join EBA.

Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA?

I mentioned earlier half the battle to blogging is a mental game. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the little details of blogging, stop being a perfectionist. It doesn’t have to be perfect it just has to be good enough, right?

So many people that I see not succeeding are stuck on the little things that don’t matter much like getting the colors right or something about their site design. Or maybe they’re editing a post for weeks trying to get it just right.

Trust me a year from now you’ll look back and realize that post you spent forever on sucks. Those color combos you spent weeks on don’t fit your current vibe. You’ll learn and evolve so much in that first year or two if you just keep going and don’t get stuck on something that’s irrelevant to your growth.

Kristen from The Wayward Home

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

Hello! My name is Kristin and I run an alternative living blog called The Wayward Home. I live on a sailboat and in a campervan, so I write about all things van life, RVing, sailboats or tiny homes.

I started my blog in June of 2017 with absolutely no clue what I was doing. I’d just been laid off from a career in radio news, and knew I still wanted to write stories, interview people and help people.

It was very scary spending money on Elite Blog Academy just two months after I started my blog, in August of 2017. I was living on unemployment benefits, and the amount of money for the course felt like so much. But, I felt I needed the structure and support system offered by EBA, and I was SO EXCITED the moment I watched Ruth’s first video.

I felt like I was in a masterclass that would help me succeed. Now, 1.5 years later, my blog is bringing in $3,000 per month on average, and I expect it to grow in 2019! I attribute so much of this success to Elite Blog Academy.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

Elite Blog Academy gave me my foundation and framework for blogging. I’d dabbled in blogging before using sites like but had no idea websites could even make money. Once I learned blogging could make money, I wanted to give a self-hosted WordPress blog a try.

There were so many books and articles out there about blogging I didn’t know where to start and often felt overwhelmed.I love how Elite Blog Academy drips out the lessons in just the right order, with plenty of motivation from Ruth’s videos and the Q&A’s with other bloggers.

I felt like I’d found my tribe! This was SO motivating, that I worked very hard to monetize my blog.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

Elite Blog Academy is perfect for the beginning blogger who wants to learn how to run a profitable blog. I wouldn’t recommend this course for someone already doing very well with their blog.I think it’s a true beginner framework that is essential for learning how to run a website as a business.

If you’re just wanting to hobby blog for friends and family, I wouldn’t suggest spending money on EBA. But if you want a business, a stay-at-home income, and FREEDOM, Elite Blog Academy is for you.

Lil from Embracing the Lovely

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

My name is Lil and I blog over at Embracing the Lovely where I encourage women to connect their faith and creativity.

After joining several blogging facebook groups,  Elite Blog Academy came up in many conversations and my interest was piqued.  I’m not one to rush into a purchase so I did my research, telling myself that if this course was really for me,  I could get it the following year.

I’ve been a hobby blogger for as long as I can remember.
I’ve always been one to share and blogging was an optimal channel for sharing what’s on my workspace.

 How has EBA changed blogging for you?

In March 2012, while living in South Korea, my husband nearly died after having 3 brain aneurysms.  We had been in the ministry for 20+ years and we were pastoring an international church near Daegu, South Korea.

It became a real concern that I would have to go back into the workplace with little to no marketable skills as a Pastor’s wife.

My husband’s recovery was perfect (thank God!) but the thought constantly popped up into my mind that if something were to happen, I would not be able to keep my head above water financially.

After joining several blogging groups on Facebook,  Elite Blog Academy came up in many conversations and my interest was piqued.  I’m not one to rush into a purchase so I did my research, telling myself that if this course was really for me,  I could get it the following year.

EBA has given me the security of knowing that blogging can fill in the financial gap for me.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

The EBA framework gave me step by step instructions to turn my blog into a business.

EBA will benefit you if you are:

*unsure of the direction of your blog
*you need a blueprint that will give you actionable steps for success
*willing to put in the work on a consistent basis.
*willing to set aside a regular amount of time to work on your blog.
*get out of your comfort zone and PUSH through your doubts and limiting beliefs.

EBA Facebook Group
One of the things I love about EBA is the bonus private Facebook group.  It contains thousands of bloggers who are serious about success and don’t want fluff.  If you have a question, you can always ask there and get an answer with any of the EBA material and other questions as well.

Shannon from The Frugal Foot Doc

First, give me your blogging + EBA history
Hi there!  I’m Shannon and I blog about debt payoff, budgeting, and frugal living at  I started blogging almost 3 years ago, definitely NOT blogging about finance!

I have always loved reading blogs, especially about other moms, their pregnancies, routines, and their favorite “mom outfits” and baby gear, so naturally I wanted to start my own!  It took my a couple of years to muster up the courage to actually start the blog, but once I realized people were making money doing this, I thought it would be a great way to side hustle my way to debt freedom.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

Before EBA, I had a lot of assumptions about blogging that weren’t true.  For example, I thought you could build a successful blog just by posting on Instagram.  I never thought growing an email list would be important, because I just knew that people were going to follow me on social media, and rush over to my blog with every post!  I never thought of my blog as a business, and I never would have thought product sales would be my main source of income for my blog.
I thought my income would be sponsored posts and ads, so this is another reason I didn’t see any need for an email list.
EBA also helped me to define my audience and determine my niche.  I realized that I didn’t even like talking about pregnancy and motherhood nearly as much as I thought I would!  Once I switched my niche to frugal living and family finance, I was on fire with unlimited post ideas, and excited to create products to help my audience.
The most important way that EBA changed blogging for me, is that it gave me a framework to follow.  This framework helped me to feel less overwhelmed, so I could finally focus on income-earning tasks, and make money faster.
What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?
One of the things that held me back from initially joining EBA was the cost.  I was trying to pay off debt, and didn’t need anymore expenses in my budget!  However, I knew that I was self-motivated, and could make EBA work if I put my head down and barreled through.
It was worth the initial investment because I knew my “why”, and I knew that I needed my blog to become a profitable business.
I think EBA is right for you if you’re a self-starter, and you know that sometimes you need to lay some groundwork for several months, before seeing results.
Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA?
If you want to turn your blog into a sustainable business, this is the program for you, but you have to put in the work. It’s important to have realistic expectations, especially if you’re someone with a busy schedule.
My husband and I own a medical practice and have 3 kids, so I knew I needed to carve out dedicated time to work through EBA For me, that meant getting up at 4 am most days!  If you are working through the course outside of a very busy schedule, know that it might take you longer (it took me 14 months), but if you stay consistent and follow the steps in order, you will have the results to show for it!

Laura from Mom Envy

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

I blog over at Mom Envy. My blogging career started casually back in 2012. After two babies and two failed blogs, I decided that I was finally ready to take blogging more seriously.

In April 2017, I rebranded with the goal to make blogging my career so that I could continue to be a stay at home Mom once my children were school-aged and not have to return to life as a special educator.

When the doors to EBA opened temporarily in July of 2017, I decided to take the chance to learn from the best and I signed up.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

I used the tools in EBA to build a solid foundation on my blog, including defining my avatar and niching my blog down into a crafty Mom blog – I share home decor, DIYs, crafts, lots of free printables, planner related content, and more.

With the information I have learned in both the EBA course, bonuses, and from the EBA Facebook group, I am now making enough money that I don’t need to return to my career as a special education teacher (and my income just keeps increasing).

The most valuable lesson EBA has taught me is to treat your blog like a business; you are going to get out of it what you put into it. Blogging is a lot of hard work and sleepless nights but with the right tools, you can be successful.

I have learned so much that I now have a long-term plan to use what I have learned to start 2 new blogs and I am so excited because I know that I have the knowledge and skills now to make them successful.

Plus, I am excited to go through EBA 4.0 with my current blog to help make it even stronger.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

There is one thing I do have to admit though about EBA, the truth is that EBA isn’t for everyone. To join to EBA, you must be serious about blogging because it takes time and it is a huge investment monetarily.

It’s actually why I love the EBA Facebook group – everyone is in there because they are really serious about blogging. And yes, it’s true that you can move at your own pace but if you aren’t willing to spend the time it takes to follow the course correctly, then EBA isn’t for you.

If you’re ready to get serious about blogging and you’re ready to treat your blog as a business and make it your career, then EBA can give you the tools to get you there. You just have to be ready to do the hard work it takes to get there.

Here is a graph comparing my last month before I started EBA in July 2017 to this past month (which wasn’t as strong of a month for me compared to the last few because of the after Valentine’s Day slump).

R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

I run The Ways to Wealth, a personal finance blog about making money, saving money, and investing it wisely. My blogging journey started in 2009. In a little over two years, I built and sold a personal finance site for millennials.

I then took the skills I learned blogging and used them to run the digital marketing for the financial service firm I was working for at the time. Wanting to become self-employed to spend more time with my growing family, in 2016 I launched The Ways to Wealth. The site now earns consistently over $10K a month.

I joined EBA in early 2017. At the time, the site was starting to gain some traction via Pinterest traffic. But, I didn’t have a long-term vision. I’d read about something, try it. If it worked, I’d do more of it. If not, onto something else. There was nothing tying everything together.

One day I’d be writing about investing books, the next how to save money on groceries. I joined EBA because I wanted to have one place where I can get all the best practices. Going from blog posts to blog posts to figure out a strategy was taking up a lot of time.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

EBA gave my blog a foundation to build and scale up on. Going through the modules allowed me to create a long-term vision for The Ways to Wealth.With that vision, I’m now able to better plan my short-term goals, so everything I do has a purpose.

Also, I was also able to see what I was missing. At the time, I didn’t have an SEO strategy nor an email list. Today, these are some of the biggest revenue generators on my site.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

Like any resource you invest in, you get exactly what you put into EBA. There is work involved, but it’s important to work if you want your blog to become successful.

Niki from Toot’s Mom is Tired

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

Hi! I’m Niki, and I run a parenting and mom life blog called Toot’s Mom is Tired. I call my daughter Toot and I’m always tired. So I got into blogging to share pregnancy and parenting tips with other tired moms.

I started my blog in August 2016. I finally was able to join EBA in late 2017 during a surprise sale. EBA had been on my wishlist since I heard about it a few months after starting my blog.

In June 2018 I was making enough money from my blog to quit my day job. I didn’t finish EBA until around the end of 2018.

I have since gone back to review a few of the modules from time to time when I feel stuck again.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

I think the best part of EBA is access to the community.

The Facebook group really does have a lot of the elite bloggers and they are willing to help with technical issues or even help with branding and content problems.

And there’s an EBA Tailwind Tribe which is great for getting quality pins for your boards and getting your pins shared by bigger bloggers.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

I don’t think it’s right for everyone. It’s a big investment. You have to be the type of person willing to do the work.

You’re not paying for an instant solution. It takes hard work and a lot of time.

Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA?

When Ruth gives you an assignment, you do it. You can’t just absorb information and not act on it.

It took me a few months of just reading and listening before I started DOING.

Erin & Daisy from Sand Sun and Messy Buns

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

My blog is called Sand Sun & Messy Buns, and I started it in 2016 as a combined effort with my daughter when she was a senior in high school (we co-own the site).

She blogs about beauty and I write about travel.

I wanted to teach her how to safely navigate the online world and market herself and her work, while also helping her develop some WordPress skills that might benefit her later in life.

Her portion of the blog helped her to secure a partial scholarship to the college she’s currently attending, and through the skills she’s learned, she now has a successful YouTube channel where she motivates young girls who are dealing with typical teen problems, such as skincare issues and social anxiety.

As a single mom, I’m very happy that she is able to focus on school full time while she earns a living via sponsorships, affiliate money, and ads on her YouTube channel. She currently brings in between $600 – $1200 of her own money per month while she sits in class earning her college degree.

To me, that’s priceless, and there’s no telling how far she’ll go once she graduates. The reason her income varies so greatly is because it rises significantly during the months when she is able to produce sponsored videos — which she isn’t always able to do as a full-time college student — and falls when she doesn’t take on sponsored posts or videos. She makes a baseline of $600 no matter what via YouTube ads and affiliate income. Hope that helps to clarify!)

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

I think the biggest change is that it’s motivated me to develop my own (separate) website as a future business endeavor. I’ve been busy the past few years teaching my daughter the ins and outs of blogging, but within the past 6 months, I had the opportunity to take some time for myself and develop my first product: my Savannah First-Timer’s Guide.

I’m honored that people are not only buying the ebook, but they’re also recommending it to others! I only wish I’d created a product sooner, but I’m excited to see what the future holds once my daughter graduates and I can fully focus on developing more products of my own.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

I think it is worth it if you are willing to put in the work and if you are in a financially stable place. If you do not meet those two criteria, then I do not recommend it at this time.

Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA?

Do not chase social media traffic. Focus on search engine optimization (SEO) instead.

Do not compare yourself to others. Instead, put your blinders on, focus on YOU, and do one thing every day that your future self will thank you for.

Always remember why you started in the first place (for me, it’s for my daughter) and use that as a motivating factor whenever life throws obstacles your way.

Sareeta from Flight and Scarlet

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

I’ve been blogging seriously at Flight & Scarlet for just over 3 years. I teach busy young women like me how to take control of their time, energy, and money so that they can be the kickass hero of their life— and enjoy their young years with less stress!

I currently earn anywhere from $400-$1000 per month gross income, with a net income of about $100-800 USD. I joined EBA 2.0, so in March 2016, and I was curious about EBA because I had spent months learning on my own for free.

I was overwhelmed, didn’t know what to focus on, and felt like I needed more direction on how exactly to grow my blog and create income. I actually decided to join after taking Ruth’s webinar that year and finding actual actionable information that gave me results almost immediately.

I trusted her quickly after that, especially after having taken so many webinars that were not nearly as useful before that!

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

I knew I wanted to blog before I started EBA, but after, I knew what I had to do to be successful at it. Before EBA, as someone who is naturally a writer, I felt I had a good of a grasp on how to write for my reader… but I discovered I still had a lot to learn! (It’s not just about what you write, friends!)

I also knew next to nothing about social media and felt overwhelmed trying to stay on top of all the new updates. I actually went through the course twice, and the second time I really focused on honing in on my avatar — that’s by far the #1 thing that helped me.

EBA really laid the foundation I needed to build a successful blog, but it has also helped me gain a lot of confidence and insight into who I am, which is invaluable.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

Nope. It’s definitely not! If you want an easy way to success that DOESN’T require a lot of work, this isn’t it.

It will take time, and you have to understand that it very well may take years. So if you need money fast, it’s not for you, unless you are open to working as a virtual assistant (or something similar) while you blog, to put your new skills to use.

Also, EBA comes with what is most definitely a BIG price tag. There are cheaper options, but there is nothing that is as comprehensive and that goes into such depth. If, however, you really cannot afford EBA, I would NOT suggest you get into debt to buy it. Work on saving for it this year, and grab it next year 🙂 It will still be here, and so will everyone in this amazing community!

Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA

Please know that huge successful bloggers like Ruth herself blogged for 4 YEARS before achieving any level of “success” — and by that, I mean that if I’m not mistaken, it took her four years before she achieved her FIRST goal of enough income to sustain her family in some way.

Not even the seven figures she makes now! Knowing that, and knowing that other people also took a few years to achieve their goals, really inspires me and makes me feel like I’m not “behind” if I haven’t hit full-time income in my 3 years — just that I’m on my own path. This is ABSOLUTELY achievable if you are patient and do the work!

Melissa from Perfection Hangover

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

My name is Melissa and I blog over at Perfection Hangover. I tried blogging twice before, but I had no idea where to begin and was very overwhelmed. Of course there are free videos on YouTube where you can get ideas, but I have the personality type that is easily distracted by everything.

Those two blogs didn’t get very far before I called it quits.

I purchased EBA a few years ago, and at the time, it was a huge investment for me. I had quit my full-time job to stay at home with the kids. There was very little money left after paying childcare and fuel expenses, and I always knew I wanted to work from home eventually.

My husband agreed to the investment of EBA, but he put a lot of pressure on me to actually turn it into a business.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

It motivated me to keep going when I wasn’t growing pageviews as fast as I would have liked. The Facebook group has been so helpful. Being able to chat with others who have gone before me and succeeded encouraged me to keep going.

Before EBA, I didn’t know the anatomy of a good blog post. I lacked direction and focus, and with EBA, I was able to outline and structure content that was written for a specific purpose, to help the reader in some way.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

At Perfection Hangover, I share the ‘sober truth’ about money, blogging, and business. I’m going to be brutally honest and say that EBA is not for everyone. It’s an investment, and it’s a commitment to yourself and your goals. If someone is reading this thinking they might want to give this blogging thing a try, they’re not the right person for EBA.

Only those completely committed to putting in the work and following the modules, one by one, should purchase EBA. There’s a ton of free blogging advice (some better than others) online, but EBA puts it all together for you to easily digest on your own timeline. I love that!

Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA?

Consider that every single blog (and its audience) is different. It’s easy to get caught in the comparison trap, thinking “Why am I not growing as fast as everyone else?”. Don’t do that.

Creating quality content, written specifically to YOUR people is far more valuable (even on a smaller scale) than having hundreds of thousands of pageviews.

Remember that blogging is a long game, and every investment takes time to grow. You have to plant the seeds, and EBA can help you if you’re willing to work.

Shannon from Urban Mom Tales

First, give me your blogging + EBA history
I started putting together my blog Urban Mom Tales in November 2016 and signed up for an early deal of EBA 3.0 around the same time.  While the course didn’t start until the end of February 2017, there were some assignments emailed like the Avatar assignment.
So I started doing some of the coursework while putting my blog together.  While I already had picked out a name and domain, I had not streamlined what I would actually focus on besides it being a parenting blog.

How has EBA changed blogging for you? 
In the beginning, I wrote posts about things that interested me in parenting.  Sharing everything from money conversations to DIY Nursery art.  While working on the EBA curriculum, Ruth did suggest “throwing spaghetti at the wall” to see what topics resonated with readers.  What made the most difference for me at that juncture was the avatar assignment and really thinking about who my blog was for and solving problems for them. Not just blindly picking topics but in line with my avatar and figuring out what I could offer other moms.
Since I was working on the course at a very early stage of my blog, it was beneficial because I did not wait too long to start collecting emails and thinking about optins when writing blog posts.  Now I did not create my first optin until I’d been working on EBA for 3 months, but I had 1,000 subscribers within 2 months.  And grown steadily since then.
What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?
It’s not for everyone.
If you don’t have the time to devote to working on the course, you’ll be disappointed.  Because it is an investment, and you won’t see the return on your investment unless you put in the work and apply the principles to your blog, content and business strategy. At the same time, I did not work on the course as quickly as others.  It’s been a slow ride for me as I have not always had the time to put in to it, especially during my third pregnancy that wasn’t the easiest.
So you don’t have to have the time to run through the course quickly and have a successful blog within 6 months.  Set your own pace, work on a consistent schedule, and stick with it. I’ve consistently improved my blog and business throughout the last 3 years and have lots of plans for continued growth in the future.     
Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA?
The one thing I wish I would have done more is to create a community and network more with other bloggers in the course.  There is no better motivation than other bloggers doing the same work as you.  Yes, put your blinders on and do the work but don’t forget that you can build friends and “co-workers” in the blogging world as well. Those relationships are essential and worth the time to cultivate from the beginning.

Julie from Loving Christ Ministries

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

I began my blog at Loving Christ Ministries in late 2012 to share information about women’s retreats I had begun organizing and holding. I also used my blog as a way to journal the grief I felt over my best friend’s passing. I’d always wanted to have an online business. In 1999, I actually had a craft sales website for a while, but I didn’t understand how to grow it or monetize it. After about a year of trying, I gave it up.

In the summer of 2014, I found Ruth Soukup’s book, How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul. I followed everything in the book and finally felt I had a small idea of what to do to turn my blog into a business.

I knew I needed more guidance and depth, and so when EBA first launched in September 2014, I signed up right away.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

EBA changed blogging for me by first helping me dig deep to find my purpose for blogging. I was able to see the big picture of what it took to be a blogger, but everything was broken down into manageable parts. The Facebook support group was invaluable as well. Any time I had questions, I could go in the group and find advice and support.

When I began EBA, I finally knew I would be able to build the online business I’d always wanted to if I was willing to do the work.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

I would tell new bloggers considering EBA that blogging is a long game and not to expect to make millions or even thousands within a short time. While the dream of that can motivate a person, she can’t let it discourage her either when it takes more time to make a solid income.

I believe that EBA is right for anybody who is passionate about her topic and willing to stay focused on completing the course as it’s laid out.

Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA?

Someone in the EBA Facebook group years ago wrote, ‘Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.” Those words helped me through many times when I felt earning a steady income would be impossible. If you’re willing to work steadily and not give up, you will be able to turn your blog into a money-making business.

Jaime from No Getting Off This Train

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

I’m Jaime, and I run the blog No Getting Off This Train. I started it in March 2015, and I teach moms how to save money on groceries and eat healthy food on a budget. I currently earn approximately $1,500-$2,000 per month and that’s about 80% through ads (Mediavine).

I joined EBA in February 2017 and am currently in Unit 9, creating my product and doing a launch. I joined because I really wanted to take my blog to the next level and start earning enough to put my daughter Allison through private school.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

EBA has really taught me to cater to my avatar. For so long, I wrote posts to just anybody. But now I’ve got my avatar pinned down and know how to write to her, and I believe that’s how some of my posts are getting so much traffic.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

I would definitely advise people to take their time with this course. I’m 2 years in and still haven’t finished, but I’ve been going at my own pace. Even though I haven’t completed EBA, I’ve still been able to implement the steps and earn a good part-time income.

So don’t get discouraged!

Janet from Twenty Cents

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

My name is Janet and I blog at Twenty Cents. It’s a blog I started right after I bought EBA. That’s right, I was a blogging newbie when I first bought EBA. I mostly blog about saving money and making money.

In my third month of blogging, I already made $500. I made my first $1,000 within 6 months and my blog is still growing every day. I earn enough from it to pay most of my personal expenses. The reason I decided to join EBA was simple – it was hands down the best blogging course available and I wanted to learn from the best of the best.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

EBA is what made me fall in love with blogging. Before, I really thought that blogging was a hobby and that you wouldn’t make money from it. Boy was I wrong! My goal now is to grow my blog to a full-time income and I know I will get there soon with the help of EBA and all the students.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

EBA is not for everyone. You have to know that this is what you want and be willing to put in hours and hours of dedication. There’s no hand-holding. However, if you do follow everything Ruth teaches in the course, I know you will find some excellent results, as did I!

Lisa from Graceful Abandon

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

I blog over at Graceful Abandon. I’d been a mom blogger for almost a decade when I joined EBA. While I was by no means a beginner, I started in unit 1 and worked my way systematically through the course.

I was finally ready to invest in my education and growth, and it’s paid off! It took me ten months to grow my non-existent e-mail list to 1,000 and 4 months after that I was able to sign on with an ad network. Now I continue to grow steadily each month, working toward our dream of full-time income.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

EBA gave me a community of bloggers with the same goal, and being a part of that helped create momentum I’d been lacking. The motivation to complete each unit before moving forward helped me avoid “shiny object syndrome” (mostly, LOL) and helped me learn systematically. I liked that I didn’t have to figure out what came next; it was spelled out clearly.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

EBA isn’t right for everyone. Each person has a unique learning style, unique budget, and unique goal for their business. But if you’ve benefitted from Ruth’s webinars, you want a community of like-minded people, and you’re ready to invest not just money but time into your blog, this can be what you’ve needed.

Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA

I debated on EBA and signed up with about 5 minutes to spare the last day. I just had to KNOW it was the right thing for me, you know? And it was a good choice for me at that time because I was ready to dedicate 5-10 hours a week for the next year to grow.

Raquel from Pretty Easy Life

First, give me your blogging + EBA history
I started blogging at Pretty Easy Life as a hobby, back in 2012, only about food. I only decided to turn into a business in 2017 when I started learning about DIVI, and all the technical stuff.
How has EBA changed blogging for you?
EBA gave me a roadmap to navigate through the unknown possible paths of monetizing the blog. However, when I first started I didn’t have a clear idea of my avatar or the niche I wanted to explore. I decided to go for a lifestyle blog, talking about health (mainly Yoga), healthy nutrition (to make some use of all the recipes I already had posted) and home organization. Therefore it was more difficult for me to narrow on one single avatar.
Currently, I have a good idea of my audience and things are going way faster.  I went back and forth following the modules and didn’t complete some of the steps but the whole structure is my road map, which is a comfort to have always available to me. I love the fact that the program has been updated and always looks fresh and current.
What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?
I really think that EBA is a product aimed at women and for beginners that have already a good idea of their niche and the product they want to be selling down the road. It’s also better for people who have conquered the technical aspects beforehand.  Before purchasing I did good homework for getting information about it, I didn’t have any bad surprises.  The best part for me has been the motivation that Ruth inspires in her videos. It is always there when I need to be reminded of why I am building my business.

Kat from Wandering Bird Adventures

First, give me your blogging + EBA history
I started blogging at Wandering Bird Adventures in 2018 just for fun as an online diary to show our travels around Europe. It took 4 months until I learnt that people were making MONEY from their blogs (who knew!) So I tried to make money from mine… badly. 8 months later, I was still only earning about £50/ month and getting 10,000 monthly sessions if I was lucky
I only heard about EBA about a month before it became available (March 2019), and I waited until 5 minutes before closing to break out the credit card (for emergencies only…!!) and sign up.
By November 2019, I was in Mediavine, getting 100,000pvs+ and have earnt £1000/month or more since September 2019. I put all of it down to EBA- even if it was just teaching me what I didn’t know (SEO!) and forcing me to go out and improve it.
How has EBA changed blogging for you?
It’s made me realise what I DIDN’T know and it’s made me MUCH better at honing my message. Before, I was throwing spaghetti (and the cheese, meat and the fricking saucepan) at the wall- and getting nowhere fast. My message wasn’t clear and I wasn’t ‘known’ for anything. I also didn’t have ANYTHING to sell other than pageviews.
What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?
First, I think it’s only right for anyone who wants to create a business from their blog. This course is information overload and if you’re not serious about it, it could be completely overwhelming. However, if you want to build your brand, business and learn how to make it all work for you, it’s a fantastic framework. Also, it IS only a framework- you will need to invest in further education in specific areas, like SEO or Pinterest.
Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA?
Do NOT compare yourself to the big bloggers in there making lots of money- you’ll end up feeling frustrated very fast!! 🙂 Focus on YOUR journey and be kind to yourself if it takes a little longer than you hope.

Elaine from Mom Blog Life

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

My name is Elaine, and I blog over at Mom Blog Life. I started EBA back in 2017 after aimlessly trying to figure out this whole blogging thing. I have slowly worked my way through EBA, taking my time to really absorb the information and put it into practice. I actually restarted it last year because I didn’t think I had done some things properly even though I was already earning a good income from blogging. That’s the great thing about EBA – it’s there to use over and over again. It’s a system that works as long as you are willing to do the work.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

EBA gave me the framework to start and grow a successful blog. Before EBA, I kind of just guessed at what to do, now I know what steps to take. Basically, EBA gave me the focus so I could drown out all of the other noise and distractions in the blogging world. That is a complete game changer!
What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?
I would tell someone considering EBA to make sure they are ready to dedicate the time and to really focus on what’s taught in the course so that they see progress. EBA isn’t for everyone. If someone is easily overwhelmed or is expecting the course to cover everything (meaning not having to buy any other courses) without having to invest further then it’s not from them. EBA is the framework for success but the person will need to roll up their sleeves and do the work and other learning if they need to.
But, if you’re looking for proven steps to take to grow a blog, then get ready to really love EBA.
Please also add anything else that YOU would have liked someone to say when you were considering starting with EBA?
I would have loved if someone mentioned that EBA is the framework and that you will have to do the learning in areas that aren’t covered by EBA. That would have prepared me so that I could set aside some room in the blogging budget. Does that mean you shouldn’t take EBA? Absolutely not! What is taught lays the foundation for building a successful blog foundation and without that, you won’t have anything.

Ally from The Modern Mary

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

My name is Ally King and I blog at The Modern Mary–it is a site for Christian women to find encouragement on their walk with Christ. The whole idea is keeping faith simple and focused on God.

I have been blogging for 3.5 years but I joined EBA 2.5 years ago after realizing that I needed to learn from someone who was already doing it well. No need to reinvent the wheel!

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

I knew that it would be difficult to earn substantial income in the Christian niche…but EBA laid out the path in a clear and understandable way. By following the EBA curriculum, I now earn over $1000 a month and work less than 5 hours a week.

I’m not saying it’s easy to do, but if you’re willing to put in the work and effort—it is more than possible! this point, my blog is on auto-pilot and earns money even when I’m not actively working on it.’

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

What I wish someone would have told me before I started EBA was just how important quality content is. You can’t just throw anything up and expect it to take off. If your content is excellent and solves a problem for your reader—you’ll be so far ahead of the game.

The most exciting part about being a lifetime member of EBA is getting to go through the course over and over again every time it’s updated. I have the confidence to know that there is no cap on the amount of income I can earn and I owe much of that to EBA.

Alice from Cape and Apron

First, give me your blogging + EBA history

I blog over at Cape and Apron.  I published my first blog posts (lifestyle/parenting niche) June 1st of 2017 and had decided to PASS on EBA enrollment that year because I thought the price was CRAZY. And here’s my story: I’ve regretted it ever since.

I was struggling to make $200-$300 a month, finding that THE giant hurdle any blogger faces while trying to earn a full-time income is finding the clear-cut way HOW. I saw other bloggers who had enrolled in EBA that year, flourish and develop an income stream WAY BEYOND me.

The next year, EBA couldn’t come soon enough and I literally enrolled the minute that cart came open. Today, I am only half-way through the course and I went from $300 a month to earning $3,000+.

EBA has changed the entire blogging game for me. I thought I could “do it myself” without a blogging education and find everything online.

I might have been able to do that, while struggling for years on end but I needed a clear-cut path from someone who had fruit on the tree.

How has EBA changed blogging for you?

EBA showed me how to take things one step at a time and perfect each and every facet of my online blogging business, from the most optimal way to correctly write a successful and profiting blog post all the way to understanding the best way to optimize an email list from an income-per-subscriber point of view and MUCH more.

What would you tell anyone considering EBA? Is it right for everyone?

For anyone considering EBA, I would say it is definitely NOT for everyone.

Elite Blogging Academy is exactly what is sounds like: a blogging education via online curriculum. That means it’s a class, which equals work.

Which sounds elementary but I cannot tell you how many people I’ve seen who have started the class, skipped through the course kind of doing the work, and complained that it was giving them no results.

You absolutely get out of EBA what you put into it. I worked my sweet buns off, putting in 60+ hours a week outside of caring for my little one 70+ hours a week.

There were nights I only slept a few hours. This class is just not for those who aren’t willing to actually listen to what Ruth says, take her advice (even though you don’t want to or don’t understand why you have to do a certain assignment) and put in the hours.

Most importantly, those enrolling in the class must understand fundamentally that blogging is compounding work: sweat equity. 90% of the time you will do HARD work for 3-6 grueling months and see ZERO results until the end of that time. Many will need to exchange their employee (hours for dollars) thinking caps for a business one (investments).

For those who are serious about profiting from a blog and are willing to commit to that goal: invest in the course and your future, do the work…all of it. Don’t skip ahead.

And do the work even if it seems questionable to you because Ruth has MUCH more blogging knowledge than any of us do. Trust the advice and fruit on the tree there instead of your own. Because why take a class from a multi-millionaire in the field you are trying to break ground in and not take her advice? If you do, you will see phenomenal results.

Ruth is very smart when it comes to creating your online business, and even when I think she’s wrong, she’s usually right. (But that’s not irritating, that’s fine.)

Elite Blog Academy changed my life and I am ever grateful that God put it in front of me when He did.

Learn more about Elite Blog Academy here.

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2 thoughts on “Elite Blog Academy Reviews (from non-affiliates)”

  1. Thank you so much for featuring me 🙂 I can’t agree enough with all the points made in the post. EBA rocks 🙂


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