Saturday, November 29, 2008

Blogging Course: Simpleology

I saw this on a another blog and decided to test it out. You get to take this free blogging course provided you post this blurb on your blog.

I'm evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they're letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.

Update: So far, I am not liking it. I had to log in numerous times, got SQL/database errors, and had to continuously say no to all these things they offer for a price. Once in a lifetime offer can only be offered once. At least during one session. I've spent about 15 minutes saying no to things and yet to access the actual course. Buy additional courses. Give gift certificates to people etc. How can I give gift certificates if I don't even know if the course is good? It seems like sending chain emails to friends. Yuck.

Now after about 30 minutes into this, I get a list of 15 things I must do before I even have access to the blogging course. Print stuff, watch videos, memorize stuff, ya da ya da. That's a lot to do for a free course.

The list of things to do goes on and on. And you don't get access to the blogging course at all. I gave up after a while. If you want someone to evaluate your course, why not send the link to a few selected bloggers? It is called a pilot in course development. Obviously these folks want free publicity and want to lure in other bloggers to advertise for them. I personally find it very dishonest.

Bloggers are not idiots. Don't treat us like that. I seriously thought this was a legitimate company. I have serious doubts about them now. They also have serious flaws in their marketing. I mean bloggers write about stuff. So if we come across something that is borderline dishonest, we will write about it on our blogs. Hello!!!

I've taken free courses before and this one is something that comes with a ton of catches. Unless you want a lifestyle change and commit a lot of time to do this, avoid it.

I pulled down this post because I did not want to offend anyone. But then decided to go ahead and post it. Just want others to be aware of what they are getting into.


Nicole said...

Thanks, but no thanks.
I rather go with my own ideas of how to blog instead of falling into the same drawer and scheme like so many blogs out there.

The answer 5ooo questions before you get to the point of interest reminds me of Vista Print.
But there you at least get your prize at the end ;)

I get recently a bunch of emails from Chapeau blog whatsoever.
No clue what they want from me, nor do I care :D

Ballerina Girl said...

I am glad that you posted this...a tip for all of us, at the expense of your time, sorry about that! BUT, thank you!!!

I am coming to the States for Christmas but not Texas!
Thanks again for posting this, it is a shame that companies do this! IF it is even a legitimate company!


Jodi said...

You go girl! Thank you for posting this & saving us the time. There has got to be a catch to everything. All those things you had to say no to. That is terrible.
They shouldn't do that to people you know.

Scriber's Web said...

Thanks! I'm still getting some daily emails from them. Yuck!