Product Name: Tribe Writers 2.0
Product Owner: Jeff Goins
Advertised Price: $49/mo
What is it?
There’s just not much substance to the actual course. Jeff is a great writer, and he makes a lot of valid points in this course, but it’s all theory — general information without any actual How To. In fact, the actual course itself was my least favorite part of Tribe Writers 2.0, but it does have some great bonuses and resources that provide more help than the core lesson-plan.
Before You Buy
There is a Premium version of Tribe Writers 2.0, which cost a little more.
The main differences between the Premium membership and the basic membership seems to be access to live webinars, and archived case studies.
The case studies let you go through old members’ Q&A sessions, and the live webinars let you join in on live calls. These differences are pretty subtle, and at an added cost of $99 per month it hardly seems worth it to upgrade.
However, if you’re concerned about it, Jeff says that you can join at the basic level and upgrade any time you want. He also says there’s no extra fees or anything like that, you just have to pay the difference.
What I Liked
Luckily, I did find some things worthwhile about Tribe Writers 2.0.
The best thing about Tribe Writers 2.0 is the type of support that’s offered with it.
If you’ve ever read any of my other reviews, you know that I place a lot of importance on support. That’s because a support network is one of the most important things in helping beginners become successful business owners.
However, a lot of products just don’t offer real support. Most tend to only offer “technical support”, which means you only get help with download issues and things like that.
Tribe Writers 2.0 is different, it offer the perfect type of support. In fact, it offers two of the best kinds: a forum and a Facebook group.
Despite the things I don’t like about Tribe Writers 2.0, I really have to give it props here. Having a forum and a Facebook group is going to be very beneficial for members, especially the newbies.
Facebook groups are nice because they keep community posts in your personal feed, meaning your business will be on your mind all the time. You'll get quicker answers because people are on FB all day anyway.
The reason forums and are good for support is because they allow you to interact with other members. This means you can ask questions, strategies and learn from members with varying degrees of experience. Your post stays around for a long time, and people can add responses over the following days or weeks.
For example, Tribe Writers is on it’s 2.0 version, which means there has been at least one other group of members before the ones joining now. The newer members have the luxury of asking older members what they’ve learned, and the older members can ask the newer members what they might be missing out on in the new release, without having to go back through it all over again.
When you buy Tribe Writers 2.0 you get access to a lot of bonuses.
“Bonuses” are typically offered with just about every product I review but I normally don’t mention them because they tend to be worthless little things like checklists or outdated PDF, etc. But in this case, the bonuses are actually much better than the core product in my opinion.
Jeff offers a number of ebooks, including one of his own, which you can buy on Amazon for .99 cents. There’s also bonus audio content, where Jeff interviews successful bloggers and entrepreneurs. I found these to be pretty good.
But the one bonus that I think is particularly valuable is the video course that teaches you how to setup a WordPress blog.
Don’t get me wrong, some of the others are good, but the “WP 101” bonus is a video course that actually provides a lot of help for newbies. There nearly twenty videos that talk about everything from why you should use WordPress, to how to customize it. A WordPress blog is a great way for people to get their business online quickly, and it's one of the core elements for my business.
The best part is, these videos give you an over-the-shoulder view into how to do everything you need to know to get started building a WordPress website. It’s not general information either.
It’s an actionable course that newbies can realistically take something away from.
What I Didn't Like
There’s really only one problem with Tribe Writers 2.0, but I consider it to be a pretty major problem.
There is No Actionable Advice
When you buy Tribe Writers 2.0 you’re promised that you will be taught how to write and how to make a living from that writing. Unfortunately, that’s not really what you get. I didn’t expect Jeff to teach me how to write though, as good writing is subjective.
I did, however, expect him to teach me how to make money writing. But like so many other courses and products, there's just a lot of general information.
You’re told things like…
Start a blog, blog everyday, build an email list, et cetera et cetera.
This is all very general information. Yes, it can work, and it’s not necessarily wrong or “bad advice”. It's just not the kind of stuff where you can sit down at your computer and say, “OK, this is what I need to do today”. What you get is four modules containing about six to nine lessons each. Each lesson is a video about five to ten minutes long.
However, the videos are nothing more than Jeff standing in front of his camera talking about things you should do — or should I say, things you can do. There are no screen recordings, tutorials or how-to guides at all.
When you buy a course like this, you expect to be taught something tangible, something you can go out and act-on immediately. Instead what you get is the equivalent of someone standing in an empty room talking about theories.
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