Cate Rosales has her Becoming A Blogger course in Teachable, with links in her Sweet and Simple Life blog. That’s why I got confused when I saw a different, nothing-but-a-placeholder URL in her Twitter bio. Like, why lead others to an empty site that’s far from functional when there’s already a working one? I don’t get it. Not the best first impression, but I’ll say hold your horses and read the entire scoop first before judging.
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No offense, but Cate should stop tweeting advice about getting enough ZZZs when she prolly lacks sleep herself. I mean, that’s the only reason I could think of why she messed up her bio. It’s not that big of a deal, alright, but I just can’t help not to point out the irony. Anyways, off to her working sites, I go.
In her blog I mentioned earlier, Cate introduced herself as a blogger, a business strategist, and an educator. No surprises here ‘cause Becoming A Blogger is an online school about starting a blogging business. Specifically, her goal is to help you simplify the process of building a profitable blog.
“Building a profitable blog isn’t that hard – it just requires strategic action, a little patience, and a little help from your friends (bloggers like me),” she explains. Easy for her to say that when she started way back in 2010. Y’know, the time TikTok is just a catchy tune rather than a popular short-form videos app.
And speaking of the devil,er, TikTok, the recent TikTokification of consumption habits means a much harder time in creating long-lasting engagements through blogs. Not to mention the sheer number of sites, including massive social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok itself, vying to do the same.
Sh*t’s tough considering the intense competition and the fact that the majority of population nowadays has the attention span of a squirrel. In the blogging space, you’d be scrambling for scraps, those left by big players after they’re done feastin’. Worse part, you’re still not alone in wanting the leftovers. So, in trying to have your audience hooked, you gotta have your game face on. Always.
The point is, I wouldn’t say that building a profitable blog “isn’t that hard”. It IS hard, it IS war! The key term is profitable. It would take a lot of time, effort, and luck going your way to get there. I’m not saying this to stop y’all from blogging, I only want your expectations to be more realistic in terms of making a living out of it. I’m just keeping it real.
Anyways, here’s a more specific description of Becoming A Blogger as written by Cate: An actionable A-Z guide for starting, growing, and monetizing your blog. The twenty one self-paced modules here would apparently reveal everything you need to know about blogging.
Topics discussed in the said modules include setting up your blog; writing blog content; ways of making money through affiliate links, sponsored posts, selling your own products, and the likes; SEO optimization; using video and photography in your blog; ways of building an email list; and promoting your blog through social media.
Besides the modules, signing up for Becoming A Blogger will also give you access to an online community, a comprehensive promotional list on Facebook and Pinterest, and discounts on Siteground, a hosting service. The price of getting allat? Well, Becoming A Blogger would cost you a one time payment of $147.
The good: Becoming A Blogger is an affordable course for anyone who wants to have their blogging tips and tricks in one place. One might find the convenience it provides worthy of the modest investment. There’s also a 30-day refund policy in case you’re not satisfied with the course. But then…
The bad: Besides the reasons I listed earlier on why I don’t recommend blogging as a source of income, I also don’t like the ambiguity of Becoming A Blogger’s refund policy. Like, what’s the meaning of “you went through the course, put in the work…” as the refund requirements?
Until she provides more specific deets about the requirements, I’ll assume that she can just refuse your refund request for no reason aka not putting in the work. Quite frankly, I ain’t a fan of that. Also, is it even possible to do both [requirements] within thirty days? I don’t think so.