As a beginner blogger with little budget to work with, it can be hard to decide which ebooks and ecourses are worth taking since the prices can add up. But even with freebies, it can be overwhelming to sign up for multiple email courses at the same time, and learn about all kinds of different topics in short tidbits spread out over several days. But you know you need to invest in your business. You just don’t want to break the bank before you start making bank from your blog.
If that’s you, I’m excited to share about an affordable compromise: the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit! It’s loaded with tons of information at an insanely low price. In this Genius Blogger’s Toolkit review, I will share:
- an overview of the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit
- pros of purchasing the bundle
- cons to the bundle and how to work around them
- some of the resources worth looking at others I’d skip
- one more reason to get in on this special deal (flash sale May 14-15, 2018 only!)
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What is the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit?
This is an Ultimate Bundle of 89 ebooks, ecourses, and printables plus 10 additional bonuses that will help you grow your blog and monetize it. In case you’re curious of the breakdown:
- 28 ebooks
- 43 videos and ecourses
- 16 printables, workbooks, and templates
- 1 conference
- 1 membership site
- plus 10 digital bonuses
This year’s bundle focuses on:
- Getting Started: the basics to getting your blog off the ground
- Increasing Traffic: Pinterest, Facebook, SEO, and getting subscribers
- Social Media: Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter
- Productivity: creating systems that increase your blogging efficiency
- Blog-Life Balance: how to fit blogging with everything else in your life
- Branding: how to create a cohesive brand for your blog
- Content Creation: ideas so you never run out of topics, repurposing content, and effective writing
- Email Marketing: how to build your list and create opt-ins people want
- Monetization: affiliate marketing, ads, how to make passive income from your blog
- Creating and Selling Products: how to create ebooks, ecourses, and launch a product successfully
- Legal and Financial: the stuff no one really talks about but you really need to know
- Getting Organized: content creator and planners
- Podcasting: getting started with podcasts
- Beyond Blogging: how your blog can offshoot other streams of income
How much does it cost?
If you’re thinking that’s a lot of stuff, it’s because it is! You may also be wondering how much all of this is going to cost.
Well, the total value of all the items in this bundle if you bought them separately is $5802.51!
But don’t worry, if you’re like me and don’t have that kind of money to drop on this, here’s the kicker. It’s selling at 98% off for only $97!
What’s the catch?
How can they afford to sell it for this ridiculously low price?
Because they open a very small window for you to be able to get in on all these goodies. How small?
The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is available from Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8:00am EST – Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:59pm!
What’s so good about this bundle?
As an affiliate, I was able to purchase it early so that I could go through as many products as I could to let you know if it is worth the cost. I couldn’t get through all 89 products and bonuses, but I was able to get through more than half of it so far. Here are a few reasons why I’m liking this offer:
1. It’s a one-stop shop covering the important topics that bloggers need to focus on in order to turn your blog into a moneymaking business.
I’ve also read through a lot of blogs, signed up for way too many free ecourses, and downloaded way too many freebies than I’d like to admit, yet I still managed to find a boatload of practical information to implement from the start.
Having all these products on hand makes it easier to focus on one book or course at a time instead of being overwhelmed searching information over the internet in bits and pieces. I feel fortunate that this pack came out around the time of the launch of my blog because I was seriously getting headaches from all the information overload and literally losing myself in a time suck of clicking from blog post to blog post.
2. It’s easily accessible.
You can download all the goodies to your computer so you have access to them forever. And don’t worry, you have up to a year after you make your purchase to log into the Ultimate Bundles portal to download all the stuff.
3. You can be confident in your purchase with their happiness guarantee.
If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you have up to 30 days for a full refund, no questions asked…though I have a feeling you won’t be needing this 🙂
A few caveats and my workaround for them
There are a few drawbacks to note about this bundle:
1. There’s going to be some repetitive information.
Like how many lists of Pinterest boards do you really need?
On the other hand, there is value in repetition in some cases for two reasons. The first is that if multiple people are saying it, it must be a good piece of advice to follow. Second, sometimes you may not fully understand a concept or hack as one blogger explains it, but with the other blogger’s take, you can put the pieces together and form a better sense of what actionable steps I should be taking.
2. Some of the courses are overpriced so you might have high hopes going into them, only to find them leaving something to be desired.
If purchasing some of these products on its own, then some things I definitely would’ve been disappointed in. But because there are enough other courses that I feel were worth their price (sometimes more) then I still feel you are getting a really sweet deal.
3. It’s a ton of stuff to get through and can be overwhelming. Will you even get to it?
It can totally be information overload. One way to determine your plan of action is to figure out if you want to focus on tackling the bundle by sections and going through the material per section, or focus on one product per section and making your round that way.
Also, one important thing to keep in mind is that blogging is a marathon, not a race. Pace yourself or else you will get too overwhelmed to go through all the good stuff and may give up. And that would defeat the purpose of taking advantage of this huge value pack, wouldn’t it?
So, if you do want to tackle all the material eventually (as I will be doing), then set aside an hour each weekend (or whatever’s manageable for you) to go through something from the bundle. Honestly, I’ve only had this bundle for about 2 weeks and I feel that I’ve gone through about 50% of the material to a degree that satisfies me (that meant reading every single word or going through every module on some products and skimming through others).
For the most part, I wanted to continue learning and going through some of ecourses or ebooks because it was that informative where I truly enjoyed going through the course versus feeling like I had to because I purchased it.
4. Some of the bonuses are only available to new users.
This was totally applicable to me as a newbie blogger so not a problem. The one thing I was bummed about was seeing that a free theme was included as a bonus…the day AFTER I buckled down and bought myself a theme. But if you’re already using the services, then unfortunately some of these bonuses won’t apply.
Some resources that are worth your time
I’m a practical gal, so I like products that break things down into simple terms, goes into detail so I can better understand what and why I should be doing something, and also teaches me how to figure out a plan of action that fits my needs. Here are a few of the products that I really got a lot out of:
Biz Boost Workbook by Tonia Kendrick (Solopreneur Diaries)
Why I’m loving it: It goes the different parts of running a successful solo business, like managing your time, creating passive income streams, networking and collaborating, etc. It’s full of useful tips for how to tackle each of these areas, but not too long where I’m going to take forever to get through everything to implement anything. Plus, it’s a workbook where my notes are actually helping me to put a plan together.
Core Affiliate Strategy Guide by Rosemarie Groner (Busy Budgeter)
Why I’m loving it: First off, it’s about a topic that everyone is both highly interested in: making money. This guide breaks down how to use your mailing list in an affiliate strategy to earn you income and maps out the step-by-step process so all you need to do is plug in your affiliates.
Why I’m loving it: This is not the most exciting topic to read up on (as is pointed out in this guide). But it’s a necessary one to understand not only to avoid getting into trouble with Uncle Sam, but to also be able to take deductions that will help you save, especially in the beginning stages when you’re likely spending more than you’re making.
Boost Your Blog Traffic (She Approach)
Why I’m loving it: There are lots of courses out there that teach about various facets of building traffic. This ebook is jam-packed with information that covers the important parts of a wide array of traffic techniques, from networking to SEO to social media, among other things. Just following the Pinterest set-up part alone got me 20 followers before I pinned my first blog post!
Passive Income Planner (Blogging with a Smile)
Why I’m loving it: It’s simple, straight advice to help you build streams of passive income (you know, the kind that you can make in your sleep). There are strategies that you can implement right away, even when you’re a beginning blogger, and other ideas for what you can work towards when you’re a bit more seasoned.
Some resources that weren’t as helpful
Here are a few products that weren’t as helpful as other products in the bundle:
BlogWise: How to Do More with Less by Darren Rowse (ProBlogger)
This compilation of tips from highly successful bloggers is in an interview format. The tips in themselves are useful ones to know, but when you’re a beginner blogger, you’re not looking for general statements like “know who you’re blogging for” or “set aside time to decompress.” You want more guided evidence like “here are the 5 steps to determine who your target audience is” or “this is the exact system I use to cut down the time spent on blogging tasks, which would help you find time for the other things in your life.”
Update: Since the time of this review, another downloadable resource has been included. I think it does provide more value, but I haven’t delved deeper into the additional download.
My 14-Point Blog Startup Checklist by Bob Lotich (SeedTime)
While I can see that the previous product did show effort into creating information that I’m sure would be helpful to some (it just didn’t fit my style), it feels like this particular checklist was put together in about 10 minutes max. Because so many products are bundled together, I feel that contributing bloggers should be more careful about what they will be including because it will be judged against the other products.
For a very well established blogger, I felt that he could have provided more useful advice to beginner bloggers who are starting out. There are much better start a blog resources in this bundle that left me disappointed about this one.
How to Master Tailwind by Kate Ahl (Simple Pin Media)
I was really excited to dive into this course when I saw the title because I just started using Tailwind. Unfortunately, this course is aimed at those who seem to know the basics of Tailwind already. There were jumps in steps that meant I couldn’t really implement the strategies because I don’t even know how to get to their step one yet. I’ll be revisiting this course after I get a hang of Tailwind though because I can tell that these people know their stuff when it comes to Pinterest.
Last reasons why you should buy
These reasons aside, I want to round this post back up to why I’m writing this Ultimate Bundle: Genius Blogger’s Toolkit review in the first place. I do recommend this jam-packed bundle because I was able to benefit in one way or another from each and every product (even my least favorite ones). Most times, I took away lots of practical, actionable advice that I think would help bloggers at any level (but especially beginner ones who have a huge curve to overcome).
I do honestly feel that this Ultimate Bundle is worth way more than what it’s going for. In fact, I already earned back what I spent on this course with just my recommended products above, and that’s not including a bunch of others that I really liked as well (and I’m sure ones that I didn’t even get to touch yet). And as many of these are setting me up to monetize my blog, I will literally earn back what I spent.
And if you need one more reason to convince you, aside from all the valuable information you’re getting that you can’t really place a value on, there are useful bonuses included in the Ultimate Bundle that you can price out, including a free premium theme from BluChic ($79), two months of Tailwind for new users ($30), and 3,000 pins (approximately 3 months) from Boardbooster for new users ($30). These alone are worth more than the cost of the bundle.
How to buy
Whew, that was a lot longer than I thought, but that’s how passionate I am about detailing this Genius Blogger’s Toolkit review to help you make an informed decision about your purchase.
Check it out for yourself!