Looking to make money from blogging but don’t know where to start? Are you skeptical because of courses that make big promises but don’t deliver? I completely understand which is why I’m going to walk you completely through this Blog Simple Framework review.
I am someone who has written articles on hundreds of programs and products promising to make you money. Let’s face it. Most of them are crap.
That’s why I only promote things that I feel will truly help you make money. Thankfully, that is the case with Blog Simple Framework. I am a paying member, so I can walk you through everything that’s involved so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to join.
Without further ado, let’s get right into it!
Quick Overview of Blog Simple Framework
Product Creator: Paul Scrivens
Summary: Blog Simple Framework (BSF) is for people who want to create a full-time income with blogging. The goal for BSF is to get your blog to making 6 figures. BSF takes you through picking your niche, setting up your site, understanding SEO, how to get ad revenue, using affiliate marketing and much more.
What is Blog Simple Framework?
Blog Simple Framework is a training program from Paul Scrivens (“Scrivs”) that will teach you how to create a blog that actually makes money. In fact, the goal is to help you build a 6-figure blog. Because why even start blogging if you don’t make a good income from it?
We see a lot of courses and programs that promise to help you make a huge income. Many of them promise that you’ll be able to make thousands of dollars in your first days.
Those are empty promises.
Scrivs does not make empty promises.
He leaves the work up to you, but he guides you through the process of making money with your blog.
At the time of this writing, there are 11 courses inside BSF. (Things are always updating so this will likely change.)
I’ll get into more detail with each one soon, but for now, the courses are:
- Blog Simple Framework
- Blog Simple Pinterest
- Blog Simple Content Creation
- Blog Simple WordPress
- Blog Simple GeneratePress
- Ad Revenue Engines
- Affiliate Revenue Engines
- Blog Simple Niche Selection
- Blog Simple Bootcamp
- Blog Simple SEO
- Blog Simple Affiliate Marketing
Here’s the thing with Scrivs. He’s giving you all the tactics to create a successful blog with these courses. But…he also does something that other blogging teachers don’t do.
He makes you think about blogging in a different way.
Some people say that blogging is dead.
It’s not. But it has to be looked at differently. It’s not the same as it used to be. There’s a lot of competition because everyone and their mom is a blogger. How can you get ahead?
This is what makes the way Paul teaches so different from anyone else.
He gives you the tactics with the courses but also gives you the mindset check that you need in order to break away from the crowd.
And that’s important otherwise you’ll just get lost in a sea of blogs.
There are a few different ways that Scrivs communicates his ideas, and we’ll talk about those a little later.
First, let’s go into each of the courses in a little more detail.
How Does Blog Simple Framework Work?
As mentioned above, there are 11 courses within Blog Simple Framework at the time of this writing. Not too long ago, these courses were available separately, so I did reviews on a few of them.
If I have a separate review for a particular course, I’ll make sure to link it. If you don’t feel like reading all of that (and I wouldn’t blame you), I’ll also just give a quick synopsis for each of the courses so you know what they’re about.
1. Blog Simple Framework
This one is new and I’m still going through it. But basically, this gives you an overview of blogging, the overall look at the Blog Simple Framework courses and how everything comes together.
The most important part of this course is niche selection and making sure you choose a niche that makes you money. Again, why else are we doing this if not to make money?
I think of this course as a more detailed version of the free Master Workshop (which I’ll tell you all about in the next section).
2. Blog Simple Pinterest
There’s no doubt that Pinterest is an important tool for bloggers to attract visitors. The thing is, Pinterest isn’t the same as it used to be, and this is where Paul stands out.
I see other bloggers still teaching the same tactics with Pinterest that maybe worked a year or two ago. But Pinterest has changed, and Paul has new strategies and techniques that other bloggers aren’t talking about.
This course walks you through things like:
- Your niche and Pinterest (will your niche work well there?)
- What Pinterest wants (IMPORTANT!)
- The smart home feed
- Pinterest SEO
- How to set up your profile
- Creating great pins
- Pinning Strategy
- Manual vs. scheduled pinning
- Bonus: How to Create 10 Pins in 15 Minutes or Less
3. Blog Simple Content Creation
To be honest, this one is kind of new so I haven’t had a chance to go through it yet, but it’s probably the one I’m most excited about.
This is where the money is. Creating content that your audience loves so that they trust you enough to buy from you.
It’s important to create content that brings value to someone, and that’s what this course is all about. Here are a few of the many topics in this course:
- About your audience (and empathy exercises)
- Content planning, including The Skyscraper Technique, Google, Pinterest & YouTube and where to begin
- Creating content, including headlines and the perfect post structure
- Creating viral content
Content is king, and this course will show you how to rule with it.
4. Blog Simple WordPress
If you’re someone who’s brand new to WordPress, this course is perfect for you. Scrivs will walk you through WordPress and show you all the ins and outs and what you need.
Here are some of the lessons in this course:
- Exploring the Dashboard
- Color Customization
- Gutenberg (eek! I still need to learn this myself)
- Categories, tags, media library
- Pages, comments, plugins and all the other things in WordPress!
I think WordPress can look really daunting for someone new. There is a learning curve there. But it’s worth it to master it because it has a ton of flexibility that you’ll want later down the line as you build out your blog.
5. Blog Simple GeneratePress
While I used to use Thrive Themes for my blog, I recently switched to GeneratePress and I have to say that I absolutely love it. It’s easy to use, completely customizable and it’s very slick.
You don’t need to use the GeneratePress theme to run a blog, but if you do use it, this is a nice course that walks you through how to set things up on there.
You’ll learn how to set up:
And Paul’s even thrown in a little CSS tutorial to show us how to do a couple of extra fun things with our blog.
6. Ad Revenue Engines
Ad Revenue Engines used to be it’s own separate thing completely, so it’s one that I reviewed in-depth, and you can read that review here. The premise behind Ad Revenue Engines is getting your blog to a point where it has enough traffic that you can slap some ads on it for some fairly passive income.
Is it the best way to do things forever? It’s not because you’re too dependent on keeping your traffic up to keep you qualified for ads.
Is it a good way to earn some income so that you can work on growing other aspects of your business? Yes.
In Ad Revenue Engines, you’ll learn about:
- Choosing your niche (this may be different for a blog that is meant to have ads versus one that’s not)
- Finding content
- Setting up your site
- Writing content
- SEO crash course
- Promoting with Pinterest
Because Ad Revenue Engines was its own thing not too long ago, there may be some overlap within some of the other courses in Blog Simple Framework.
7. Affiliate Revenue Engines
This was another one that was its own thing, and I did a complete review on Affiliate Revenue Engines here. Where Ad Revenue Engines focuses your blog on getting ad revenue, Affiliate Revenue Engines focuses on getting your blog making money with affiliate revenue.
Both are legitimate ways to earn money with your blog, and it’s a great idea to learn how to do both as you don’t want to put all of your eggs into one basket, right?
In Affiliate Revenue Engines, you’ll learn things like:
- Choosing your niche
- Finding content
- Setting up your site
- SEO magic
- Affiliate marketing
- Information products
Like with Ad Revenue Engines, there may be some overlap with these lessons since this course was its own separate thing at one time.
8. Blog Simple Niche Selection
We see a lot of lessons in Blog Simple Framework for niches and picking the right niche. I think it’s great because niche selection is important! It’s what will make you money (or not).
This course will talk about:
- Your money goals and how that relates to picking a niche
- Your passions, interests, expertise, and opportunities
- Your competition
- Your content
This is probably the most important quote in this course, and maybe even all of Blog Simple Framework:
“If your niche can’t support your financial goals then you probably don’t want to enter the niche.”
9. Blog Simple Bootcamp
There are two versions of this bootcamp. One is via email, and then there’s this one that’s within the BSF. I think they are similar, but Paul says that this version has a few extras with it.
This and the Blog Simple Framework course are great places to start before you head into the other courses. Blog Simple Bootcamp is another version of a top-level look at blogging and how to get started.
Of course, this bootcamp isn’t going to get into nitty-gritty details. That’s what the other courses are for. But you’ll get an overview of topics such as:
- ARE vs ARE (Ad Revenue Engine vs Affiliate Revenue Engine)
- Niche Selection
- How are you going to make money
- Sales funnel
- Web hosting
- Choosing a theme
- Creating content
This is definitely a nice place to start with your blogging journey.
10. Blog Simple SEO
There are two main ways to get in front of people with your blog:
- Paid Ads
Paid ads get you in front of people faster, but they can cause you to go broke if you don’t know what you’re doing. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is free, but it takes longer.
I personally prefer SEO and especially if you’re just starting out, SEO is a great way to get your feet wet without breaking the bank. Even if you do use paid ads, it’s still a great idea to know SEO. Why not get free traffic too?
In this course, the lessons cover things like:
- How Google works
- E.A.T. (Important!)
- Setting up your site
- SEO-worthy content
- Link building
- Google analytics
There are also 3 bonuses here:
- A case study
- Guest posting directory
- Backlink quick wins
This course will get you to really understand things like buyer intent and being trustworthy. These are super important when we’re talking about SEO and getting Google to love us enough to rank us. (Which means free traffic.)
11. Blog Simple Affiliate Marketing
As the name suggests, this course goes into affiliate marketing. To put it simply, affiliate marketing is promoting other people’s products for a commission. It’s a great way to do business because you don’t have to deal with products, inventory or customer service.
This course covers the major aspects of affiliate marketing. Things like:
- CAT (Context, Authority, and Trust)
- The buyer’s lifecycle
- The best traffic
- How to find affiliate programs
- Affiliate marketing strategies such as review articles and how-to guides
- How to create a good workflow
Again, the goal of your blog is to make money. Affiliate marketing is one of the major ways that bloggers make money. You’ll definitely want to know how to use it.
Now let’s talk about this Master Workshop. It’s free, so why not?
The Blog Simple Framework Free Master Workshop
Before buying into Blog Simple Framework, you’ll first be directed to this free workshop. I love this because it gives you a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into before fully committing.
The master workshop answers questions like:
- Is blogging dead?
- Who is blogging for?
- What is a blog?
- What are the 4 main ways to make money with blogging?
He then talks about the one big thing that changed blogging.
This is what started Paul on a different blogging path. This isn’t something that I’ve heard others in the industry talking about, though it’s pretty important.
He then goes on to talk about the way you make money with a blog. You need:
- The right message
- The right person
- The right offer
You need to send the right message to the right person and present them with the right offer.
Simple concept, but it’s not one that most people master easily.
What’s interesting is the way that Scrivs teaches us how to do this. It’s all about helping people become someone that they want to be. We have to take them through a transformation with our content.
Don’t make that bigger than it has to be.
The example he uses in the workshop video is maybe someone just wants help with their stinky armpits. lol Remember, it’s just about the right message to the right person and making them the right offer.
Part of learning how to craft the right message is knowing the 5 stages of awareness and what stage your person is in when they’re reading your post.
The 5 stages of awareness are:
- Most Aware
- Product – Aware
- Solution – Aware
- Problem – Aware
- Completely Unaware
From here Scrivs talks about how you can move people through the stages of awareness with your content. And then he introduces…
The Content Buffet
This is all the content that you create that pushes people along a path to your product or service.
THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE MONEY BLOGGING.
Oh, did I yell that?
Just wanted to get the point across.
In fact, Scrivs says that if you follow this model, it’s hard to NOT make money.
I love this master workshop because it gives a different perspective on blogging.
I highly encourage you to watch it. It’s free, so there is no downside.
Blog Simple Framework Pros & Cons
I’m going to give you some of the Blog Simple Framework pros and cons as I see them. These are from my perspective as a paying member.
- Gives you all the information you need to create a successful blog
- Paul Scrivens has a no-nonsense approach to teaching and you won’t find any fluff
- Paul is extremely passionate about helping everyone succeed and is constantly finding better ways to do that
- There is a great, active community within Slack where Paul and his assistant Marybeth are both very involved
- Paul is very successful at running multiple blogs and is someone amazing to learn from
- Because these were offered as separate courses at one time, there is some duplicate content
- Slack is not the easiest community tool to get used to (but they do have a Discord as well)
I think community is actually very important and it’s always good when you can tap into a group of like-minded people. At first, I didn’t understand Slack and didn’t really get how to use it. Now I absolutely love it and I think it’s a great way to talk with the BSF community.
Scrivs and Marybeth are both very active in there, asking questions, answering questions and just being a part of the community that they’ve built.
Here’s a snippet from a discussion this morning about calling yourself a blogger vs. an entrepreneur (the hardest word in the English language to spell, I’m convinced).
It’s nice to be able to ask questions and get some thoughts from the people at the top.
Where You Can Tap Into Scrivs’s Thoughts
While I hoped that this Blog Simple Frame review showed you that all the tactical components are covered in the courses, there’s more to being a member of BSF than just those tasks.
As I mentioned, Scrivs is someone who is always trying to help everyone succeed as much as possible. And he’s always thinking, strategizing and coming up with new plans and ideas of how to win as a blogger. (Fine. Entrepreneur.)
There a few different ways to get these strategies and ideas from Scrivs:
- Via his emails. Being on his email list will make you happy, not sad like so many other lists. There are a lot of good ideas and thoughts and not as much selling like with other marketing gurus.
- Via Slack. Paul pops into Slack pretty consistently and that’s where you can get a hold of his brain directly.
- Via his Facebook group. Once you’re a member of BSF, you’ll have access to the Facebook group. It’s run very well with Scrivs being the only one who can create a topic. I like this because other Facebook groups can run amok, and this one is very strategic and organized.
Being a member of BSF is worth the cost just to have access to a marketing mind such as Scrivs. If you want to learn how to create a 6-figure business online, why not learn from someone who has done it consistently?
I hope this Blog Simple Framework review gave you enough insight into the program to decide if it’s right for you. Not only will you learn all the necessary tasks you need to get a blog up and running, but you will also get insight from Scrivs about how to make your blog truly successful using ideas and strategies that other marketers don’t teach.
Being a part of the Slack community and Facebook group in order to have direct access to Scrivs is worth the cost of the membership, in my opinion. It’s not easy to find someone who’s so successful at online marketing and is also readily available to answer questions and give his thoughts and opinions about what you’re doing. (Sometimes these opinions are lovingly and necessarily harsh, which is a great thing if you ask me. He gets you on the right track.)
What you do with this information is up to you, but I do hope you’ll at least take advantage of that free Master Blogging as a Business Workshop and Free Blog Simple Guide. If nothing else, you’ll get some great insights from that.
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