UPDATE 2020: This review was originally focused on the MatadorU course, but since it no longer exists, I’ve redone it to focus on Superstar Blogging (SSB), which is another travel blogging course I took and enjoyed as much, if not more than MatadorU.
In fact, SSB is even more comprehensive than what MatadorU used to be. Based on how I’ve seen the course development in the last few years, I now consider that Superstar Blogging will give you more for your money in the long run.
Today I still see how I benefit on a daily basis through direct interaction and feedback from the SSB mentors and community about anything related to my blog.
Throughout this review, I share a bit more about why I think Superstar Blogging is the best travel blogging course out there.
It’s been a good while since I took the MatadorU Travel Writing Course and Nomadic Matt’s Superstar Blogging Course. Every now and then I receive emails from readers and travel enthusiasts who are interested in taking the course, yet are not too sure if it is worth it or not.
But, is it?
This review of Superstar Blogging is based on my experience while taking the course, and the after-effects of it.
Taking the Superstar Blogging Course
Even though when I took the Superstar Blogging course I had already run my blog for about five years, I still wanted to improve it and expand its online presence. I wanted to get a better structure and foundation on blog development and search engine optimization to better monetize my blog.
Superstar Blogging is divided into a series courses that focus on a different aspects of travel blogging, including The Business of Travel Blogging (the one I took), How to Become a Travel Writer (The closest to what the MatadorU Travel Writing Course used to be), Master the Art of Travel Photography, and How to Become a Travel Vlogger.
Each Superstar Blogging course is currently priced at $99, which makes it affordable for anyone who is looking for targetted content in the area they need to improve, whether it is writing, photography, video, or overall blog business.
In addition to the content you see today, more content is added regularly as travel blogging evolves. In the years since I took the course, they’ve added double the amount of content in originally had. The trend still continues.
The courses not only inlcude their specific coursework, but in addition, you get exclusive access to paid writing, travel blogging collaborations, photography opportunities, and lifetime access to resources and continuing education. But to me, the most valuable asset is the secret facebook group for members.
Superstar Blogging’s Business of Travel Blogging course is divided into ten-week modules with several lessons per week, totalling 74 lessons. These modules cover: Building a Brand, Creating Content, Mastering Social Media, Developing Traffic, Affiliate Marketing, Making Money, and Growing Your Business, and more.
Several valuable lessons on the course helped me connect the dots between good writing, blogging, creating successful pitches, doing press trips, blog monetization, and other aspects that are important to make it in this competitive travel writing industry.
While the Business of Travel Blogging course has a timeframe of 10 weeks, I had the flexibility to take them whenever I wanted and to take as long as I needed to do the work. We have lifetime access to the content.
While I haven’t taken Superstar Blogging’s Travel Writing course, I’ve seen it’s content and it’s very similar to the MatadorU Travel Writing course I took, which helped me find my own voice as a travel writer and how to do narrative writing.
A similar approach is taken with the other two courses, but with photos and videos, respectively.
Beyond taking the Superstar Blogging Course
Now, I’ll get to the after-effects of the course. If I had to summarize it, I’d say that Superstar Blogging has been possibly the smartest decision I’ve taken regarding my travel-writing career.
As I mentioned before, its secret Facebook community is probably the best tool in it. People there are always hands-on to help with any questions you might have regarding your blog, how to grow it, monetize it, press trips, and more. Very strong and active community!
As you know I’m doing a round the world trip now, but it didn’t start as intended, it actually started way better thanks to an opportunity that surfaced through MatadorU’s opportunity board. (Superstar Blogging did not exist when I started my trip, but they have a similar opportunity board)
It was an opportunity only available to students, and I was lucky to get it. These type of exclusive assignments happen all the time, and if you look again at the image above, they are currently looking for students in various countries for a special project.
Beyond these opportunities, which are extremely valuable and accessible, another key highlight of the course is that you actually network with people in the industry.
Thanks to this networking, I was able to do a two months Eurail trip across 23 countries in Europe and collaborate with Visit Norway, among others. Now and then people post on the facebook group about opportunities they know of and are looking for travel writers to take on assignment.
But, what if you don’t get to network, will you get these opportunities? Sure you can!
If you’re seriously thinking of becoming a travel blogger or a freelance travel writer, Superstar Blogging will give you a solid foundation on the structure and techniques of travel blogging, including pitching to publications and doing press trips. You will be set. I’ve used those techniques to get my own press trips and other forms of travel sponsorship.
In fact, Superstar Blogging also offers a module dedicated just to learn how to get press trips and sponsored travel.
If you have more questions about the course or my experience, feel free to ask me!
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