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Blog To Biz Hive – Online Course From Melyssa Griffin

July 14, 2017Eve Tokens

Review of Blog To Biz Hive by Melyssa Griffin - How I was able to quite my job!


Blog to Biz Hive by Melyssa Griffin – My Review

Do you LONG to quit the day job and focus on an online biz? Your own online biz? That’s what happened to me in February 2018 when I quit London, and moved to Wales! Seriously.

And THAT is why I want to talk to you about an online course called Blog to Biz Hive. I’ve been asked many times about how I got my shizzle together to create an online business, having had no CLEAR idea previously about how the online world worked. I mean, my sustainable fashion brand GWEN&SYD got minimal traffic as an online fashion brand because I had NO IDEA how to leverage the internet.

Oh my friends, how times have changed!

My passion is my business, and that of course is The Creative Curator. And signing up for Blog to Biz Hive back in June 2016 SKY ROCKETED my business. Back then I was lucky to get 10 page views a week – and let’s be honest, those were my Pa, my Ma, my SIL Clare, my friends Clio and Laura and probably my housemates at the time too. Yep, that’s actually 7! The other three weekly views were probably me, refreshing the page! 😉

Anyway, I digress..!

How Did Blog To Biz Hive make The Creative Curator Happen?

I had wandered into starting an online business having been seriously disillusioned with the fashion industry. The way the fashion industry works, sustainability seems to be bottom of the ‘awareness’ level with profit being top. I get it, every business needs to make a profit, but to the extent that we’re EXPLOITING people in other countries?

Hell no! (FYI: As an entrepreneur, I’m MASSIVELY against Tim Ferriss’s book ‘The Four Hour Week’ purely because he advocates outsourcing work to workers overseas in order to pay just pennies per hour. Like REALLY? Lets exploit people EVEN MORE FOR OUR FINANCIAL GAIN? Argh!)

Melyssa Griffin Review – My Business Guiding Light

So, I decided I needed an ‘online business guiding light’ as it were to help me on my way. I needed The Creative Curator to be a success and as I had been following Melyssa Griffin for a few months – well, 5 to be exact – I decided to put my faith in her and invested the last of my savings in Blog to Biz Hive.

And no, I didn’t say that for drama… it really was. I had JUST moved in with the boyfriend and anyone that rents from private landlords in London KNOWS the extortionate rates we are charged for rent and deposit and yada yada yada… I don’t need to say more!

Well, Melyssa’s course wasn’t cheap – at that time Blog to Biz Hive cost $699 – and it’s now quite a bit more!

Who Is Blog To Biz Hive For?

Blog to Biz Hive is for men and women who have a blog or website and would like to take it further by turning it into a business. Inside the course – remember that it is an online course – Melyssa teaches the method of how to create online courses for your readers. That is the method she uses for monetising her blog.

If you don’t have a blog, but feel you should have one, and that you could potentially build a revenue stream for your business from this, then Blog to Biz Hive would be a good fit.

I don’t feel that you would get your money’s worth from the course if you were solely a physical product based business with no intention of creating digital products to sell. 

To clarify what I mean but this – half the course is about creating an online course. So, if you spent $999 on it, and only half the course was relevant, you might feel like you’d wasted your money. That said.. read further for how it can help!

Can Blog To Biz Hive Work For Non-Course Creators?

I’ll be even more honest now; it would look like most people see success after taking Blog to Biz Hive because they end up making online courses about how to make online courses! That’s not strictly the case. Let’s use me as an example!

I applied the strategies inside the course to create an actual course teaching something that doesn’t necessarily make you money. My first course was an online sewing course and guess what? Despite having many people interested in it, telling me they needed a basics sewing course, it BOMBED! 🙁

Not Everyone Will Pay For An Online Course

The reason? People who sew their own clothes aren’t necessarily willing to pay to learn online. Yes, they will take in-person classes, but they won’t necessarily take general sewing skills classes, online…

So I pivoted. I went back to Blog To Biz Hive course, followed the guidelines again and realised that actually the way most people find me is because of my pattern making posts, both on Pinterest and searching on Google. And the amazing thing was that Pattern Making is my jam. If I was able to, I would spend all day everyday pattern making.

And I Found A Way…

I set up a free email course – which is still running – that was directly related to pattern making, and EXPLODED my email list by almost 500 people. The emails are delivered straight into the student’s inbox and are made up of text and images only. NO video content!

I’ve seen HUGE changes in people’s skills and confidence from taking the free course, and it has been amazing. And from that, I realised I could create an online space for the women who wanted to further develop their skills. I could teach them new skills each month, provide an online learning environment, engage with the ladies – which I love doing – and actually start to create revenue for my business.

And that’s how my membership site Creative Cutting Class came about. Which is now – FINALLY – The Creative Curator. Boom!

Further Course Income

On top of this, I also made the free entire email course available immediately for a fixed price. People take me up on this offer everyday, because it answers a need inside that they have. Win win!

Can It Work For Physical Product Based Businesses Then?

Like I mentioned above, I think you get your money’s worth if you are going to create an online course or digital product. Half the course is after all about how to create an online course.

That said, I have seen people inside the Blog to Biz Hive private Facebook Group that have had success with physical products and service based businesses too. Half the course is about finding and building traffic to your site, so if you really implemented the strategies, I don’t see why you couldn’t make it work!

So, lets take a look at what you’ll learn inside Blog to Biz Hive…

Blog to Biz Hive Curriculum

There are currently six units inside Blog To Biz Hive – it’s possible Melyssa will be updating it during the next launch with more content too!

1. Growing your traffic

You learn about different traffic growth strategies – Pinterest and SEO are in there, and these two streams are where most of my traffic comes from.

2. Starting an email list and newsletter

Creating an opt-in as well as setting up a welcome sequence

3. Growing your email list

More list growth strategies, including setting up a resource library

4. Planning your online course

This covers everything from researching viable course idea options, to outlining the course modules, naming and pricing your course.

5. Creating your online course

Exactly what it says. How to record and edit the course, uploading it to Teachable (I use Thinkific for my membership site, and Teachable for my individual courses), writing a sales page and then the student welcome / onboarding emails.

6. Marketing your online course

The last stage is of course marketing. If you don’t tell anyone about your course, how will anyone find it? Doh! Melyssa covers this quite thoroughly. She does a lot of webinars as part of her marketing strategy because they convert really well into sales. I have yet to go down that path as I’m not convinced they work for my niche (fashion creation) but I will have a lot at some point in the future when my membership site is properly running.

Tech trainings

Ah yes… Melyssa also includes tech trainings, such as using Leadpages, Zapier, Teachable, Webinar set up.. I have never used Leadpages or Zapier, as they are overpriced for me and my niche, so don’t feel like you have to implement everything Melyssa teaches. It really comes down to what is right for you and your online business plan.

Blog To Biz Bootcamp

Okiedokie… I don’t think there is anything I can add to this overview of Blog To Biz Hive. If you are thinking about taking a course to help you with your online business and have questions, drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Comments (4)

  • Tatiana

    December 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Dear Eve, thank you for this review! It was really helpful.
    My name is Tatiana, I am now relaunching my webpage and doing the rebranding and I am thinking of enrolling to Melyssa’s course. Now, I saw you followed three different programs: Pinfinite Growth (which I am following too), the Blog to Biz and Pursuit HQ. In these days Melyssa is launching the Pursuit hq again and I was wondering whether to jump on to this membership site or wait for Blog to Biz to come out. What do you think? Or it makes sense to follow both of them? Just an insight from someone who did all three would be sooo helpful! Thank you!

    1. Eve Tokens

      December 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Tatiana,

      Thanks for the comment!

      I bailed out of Pursuit HQ because I felt that the content that I was learning was very similar to what I had learnt in Blog to Biz Hive. I was a member for three (or four?) months, and the monthly sessions back then covered email list growth, web traffic, multiple income streams and building business with purpose. Two of those were / are covered in BBH.

      I suspect Melyssa won’t open up BBH again until late spring at the earliest, and there’s no guarantee that she will then. Her first launch was June 2016, the second in December 2016 and then the last was in August 2017. So she isn’t following a specific fixed launch schedule with that one!

      Pursuit HQ appears to be opening up once a year – but again, that could change. The great thing about signing up for Pursuit HQ is that it is a monthly membership. So if your were to enrol, and then decide that it’s not for you, you can always cancel, as it is much less of an investment, and monthly recurring at that.

      Then, if you decide BBH may be more suitable – you have the option of that later on!

      Hope that helps – feel free to drop any further questions if you need fuller answers!

      Of, and if you’re still interested in joining Pursuit HQ – this is my affiliate link to it (which doesn’t cost you anything more, but I do provide a Pinterest Prescription as a bonus after 30 days!!):

      All best,

      1. Tatjana

        December 21, 2017 at 7:29 am

        Thanks so much, Eve!
        I enrolled to the Pursuit hq for the moment and then I’ll see how it goes.
        Best of luck with your beautiful fashion project and a great 2018!

        1. Eve Tokens

          December 21, 2017 at 9:48 am

          Amazing! I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to email me if you need anything else, and I’ll do that Pinterest Prescription for you in the new year too! 🙂 Have a lovely Christmas! 🙂

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