Every now and then I will do a review on a product that everyone is talkin’ bout. These reviews will be unbiased, honest and will tell you exactly what you can expect from the product and what you can expect to get out of it. The good, the bad and the ugly so to speak. First up is a Dare to Conquer (DTC) review.
You have probably heard of Paul Scrivens (Scrivs) and Billionaire Blogging Club (BBC), but now BBC is moving to Dare to Conquer. What are the differences? Is it worth investing now or should you wait? Is it worth investing at all?
Well, my friend, these will all be answered as we carry on through the review. You will be able to make an informed decision that will be in your best interest.
Each review will:
- Tell you exactly what the product is and who the author is behind the product
- Give you an idea of what to expect from the product
- Tell you what I got out of it and the results I saw
- Let you know the pros and cons of the product
- Give you an idea of who the product is designed for and who it isn’t designed for
- Include free options in case you aren’t ready to invest
*Updated 25th June 2019
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What is Dare to Conquer?
Dare to Conquer (you can check it out here) isn’t just a course, it is a community of support, a roadmap from which you can choose the path and it is about trying what works for you. Blogging and building an online business isn’t a one size fits all approach and everybody learns in different ways. DTC will enable you to build your business in a way that works for you.
Who is Scrivs?
Dare to Conquer (formerly Billionaire Blogging Club) is run by Paul Scrivens, who is slightly mad, currently runs upwards of 10 online businesses (what the what?!) and has built and launched over 40 sites. The majority of these online businesses are crazily successful. He can consistently boast a 6 figure monthly income.
Scrivs has been blogging since 2003 and loves to experiment with ideas to see what works and what doesn’t. This gives him an incredible insight into teaching others. However, he doesn’t teach a one size fits all approach, it’s a journey that he takes you on with information that is backed with research and his own trial and error.
What to expect from Dare to Conquer
Currently, there are 3 courses in DTC and the rest are still on BBC (which you will have access to until it is all moved over). The courses in DTC currently are SEO, Pinterest and Affiliate Marketing. The Sales Funnel course is currently being put up as it gets rolled out. Over on BBC you will find Niche Selection, Affiliate Marketing, Intro into Email Marketing, Google Analytics, WordPress and Content Creation.
Journeys are like mini challenges or mini-courses. Depending on where you are in your online biz journey will depend on which of these journeys you choose to take.
On DTC the journeys are $1,000+ a month with ads and Business Launch Blueprint.
Journeys are labelled Challenges on BBC and include: Launching your blog and getting 10k pageviews, How to reach $1,000 in revenue, How to gain your first 1,000 subscribers and creating your first paid product.
You take these journeys in any order you like.
The member exchange allows members to post ‘tasks’ that others can complete. When you have completed a task you earn a point. The more points you earn, the more tasks you can post. The idea is to support each other and help each other grow.
Slack is a great place to lose a lot of time. Slacks main feature are the channels, some general, some niche specific and others more technical. Here you can ask questions, help others, connect and have a bit of fun.
The members really get along and get to know each other well in the slack community. Inside jokes are posted alongside questions about SEO.
On BBC there are more community options such as cliques, journals, discussions, member exchange, the directory and Pinterest group boards. These will be moved over to DTC in time as well. The community is a great way to connect with others in your niche.
What I got out of Dare to Conquer
I haven’t completed each and every course, life gets in the way. However, I am playing catch up as they are just so darn good! I have spent most of my time in the Slack Community lurking (there’s a lot to catch up on when you are procrastinating).
The courses that I have taken are:
- Dating Pinterest
- SEO My Goodness
- Hero Branding
- Tribe Love
- Content Creation Cocktail
- And the journeys
DTC Pinterest Course
I was tempted to skip through the first few modules of the Pinterest course as it covers the very basics from setting up a Pinterest business account, applying for rich pins and setting up all your boards, which I had already done. In saying this though, this course made me look at my Pinterest accounts more objectively and fine-tune my profile which in turn made it more SEO friendly and helped strengthen it.
The tasks at the end of each lesson keep you on track and make sure that you have understood the lesson. It is easy just to read or listen to a lesson without really taking it in. The tasks ensure you don’t do this.
DTC SEO Course
The SEO course was something that I was super interested in as SEO had always eluded me (doesn’t it everyone?!). I came out of that course with confidence and knowledge of how to write posts with SEO in mind.
After implementing each task and each lesson the traffic I got from search engines increased immensely. Now, most of my traffic comes from either Pinterest or search engines.
I no longer have to spend hours participating in Facebook threads. I hated doing this as they are so time-consuming (I think every blogger can relate to this when they were first starting out). Plus, Facebook thread traffic isn’t organic traffic which is the kind of traffic you want.
DTC Hero Branding
This has been my favourite course so far. I’m not entirely sure why I think it just spoke to me in a way that a course hasn’t before. Hero branding isn’t so much about the physical look of your brand (logos, colours etc) but more how your brand feels. It was a huge mindset shift and forced me to think about my brand and readers in a completely different way which isn’t a bad thing. It is an insightful look at brands in general and will certainly make you reevaluate your own brand!
DTC Tribe Love
Another fantastic course. Similar to hero branding but more in-depth about your tribe (followers). Definitely a must for anyone trying to grow their tribe. Think transformations, worldviews and your why!
DTC Content Creation Cocktail
Content creation cocktail is exactly what it sounds like, a course about… content creation! Scrivs teaches you how to format your posts, how to come up with content, content marketing, your audience and how to create viral content.
Dare to Conquer Pros
I wouldn’t be recommending a product if I didn’t like it, but my main favourite parts are:
The Slack Community
This is worth its weight in gold, you get access to Scrivs who spends a lot of time in the slack community answering questions and helping out everyone. You also get access to Marybeth, Scrivs Slack Master. She is accessible, helpful and knows her stuff too.
Community members help each other out, ask questions (no question is too silly), share their wins and offer advice.
I would suggest not worrying if you can’t keep up. Use the search feature if you need to but don’t feel like you have to go back and read every single message if you haven’t logged in for a few days. You won’t ever be able to keep up all the time. It is too fast moving for that.
Marybeth does send out a weekly email with all the slack highlights of the week so if you find out you do miss a week, you still get to see the good bits.
Quick, concise and straight to the point. I hate sitting in front of the computer for half an hour before someone gets to the point. By the time that happens, I have lost interest and tuned out which is why I like the journeys.
The journeys on DTC are quite different from the challenges in BBC, the journeys are slightly more in-depth in DTC with tasks and a mixture of videos and text while BBC is more of a series of short videos.
The format of the courses changed in DTC from the format on BBC. DTC now has a mixture of text and video which is great if you don’t learn well from videos as a lot of online courses are video based. I love the tasks at the end of each lesson. This holds you accountable and makes sure that you have understood the lesson as well as implementing practical action steps along the way. PDF’s are available that you can download if you are like me and like to sit with an e-reader and pen under a blanket or a printout and pen. There are also case studies, ways to ask Scrivs questions directly in the course module and loads of neat little tricks scattered throughout.
No BS approach
I don’t like fluff and I don’t like fuss so Scrivs no BS attitude is a breath of fresh air. Scrivs isn’t afraid of the odd sweary word or telling it how it is. This is refreshing as a lot of people just tell you what you think you want to hear. Scrivs is honest to the point of brutal sometimes, but not to the point of being mean. He really has everyone’s best interests at heart and wants everyone to succeed.
I have heard that some of the other major blogging courses, the creator isn’t there for the students or they are fobbed off to their assistants. I find this dishonest as you often buy the course or program because of the creator. Not to ask assistant questions.
Scrivs and Marybeth are always there to answer questions, to clarify and to converse with.
Dare to Conquer Cons
Not all is well and rosy. Everything has pros and cons and it would be unfair to paint it otherwise.
Overwhelm: The sheer volume of information can be overwhelming. Often, you won’t need each and every course that is available. Just pick the ones that will enable you to progress in your online business and don’t even look at the others.
It is steeply priced: $997 is a lot of money and if you aren’t going to make the most of all the information, it may not be worth the hefty price tag for you.
It is annoying switching between DTC and BBC: I know this won’t be forever but is a pain in the bum switching between the two sites. Especially if you post tasks in the member exchange for each like I made the mistake of doing. BBC is slowly rolling over to DTC so it won’t be too far away before it is all on one site. Hopefully!
Dare to Conquer is for you if:
DTC is going to be for you if you are just starting out in your online biz, have no idea where to start or want to connect with a whole bunch of people in the same boat as you.
Dare to Conquer isn’t going to be your bag if:
You probably won’t find much use out of DTC if you don’t have a lot of time to invest in a course. There is little point shelling out for a course if it is just going to sit there.
Now the thing that you want to know the most. How much?
The Dare to Conquer current enrollment price is $99 a month. That’s as much as a single course cost on most sites and even less than other courses. When you enrol you will have access to both Dare to Conquer and Billionaire Blogging Club as all the information from BBC gets rolled over.
There are no current payment options available. However, if you buy any of the courses then decide to upgrade to the full membership, the cost of the course gets taken off the membership price. For example, if you buy the Hero Branding course at $199 you will pay $798 for the full membership.
You don’t have to buy the whole Dare to Conquer membership. Enrollment into individual courses is open. If you feel like one area of your knowledge is lacking over another, you can always just grab what you need.
- Hero Branding – $99
- Tribe Love – $99
- Content Creation Cocktail – $149
- SEO My Goodness – $199
- Dating Pinterest – $199
- Affiliate Marketing Magic – $199
- 6-Figure Product Creation – $299
- Feel Good Funnels – $299
If you can’t shell out and purchase the full Dare to Conquer experience or one of the courses, sign up for one (or all) of the free email boot camps below:
- Online Business Bootcamp
- Biz Idea Generation
- Brand & Tribe Framework
- Creating Killer Content
- Understanding SEO
- Principles of Pinterest
- Acquiring Affiliate Marketing Dollars
- Perfect Info Product Creation
- Storyselling Sales Funnels
The boot camps are a great way to ‘try before you buy’. Through these, you can get a feel of Scrivs, his teaching techniques and gives you an insight into what you can expect.
You can also follow Scrivs and Dare to Conquer on YouTube for loads of videos on starting your online business.
DTC is a great investment if you are just starting out and want a comprehensive course that covers everything from SEO to sales funnels to affiliate marketing. However, if you have your online biz up and running, are making a decent chunk of money from it and know what you are doing, it wouldn’t be worth investing.
Have you tried DTC before? What are your thoughts?
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will zing a reply right back ‘atcha,
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