Q. How does this e-course work?
A. Our e-courses are held via a self-paced password protected site and forum which you can access on your computer or mobile device, such as your iPhone or iPad. You can log in anytime day or night – to access all of our materials. New lessons, videos and podcasts will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by 12:00 PM EST. Most of our materials, including podcasts, screencasts and videos, can be saved to your computer so that you may refer to them for as long as you like. You will also have private access to a student-only forum where you can interact with students and teachers 7 days a week, 24 hours a day!
Q. Do I need to be online during specific days and times?
A. No, you can be online anytime you’d like, it’s a self-paced e-course that is attended by students worldwide. You can come and go as you please, day or night!
Q. Will I be able to meet other students in this e-course?
A. Yes, this class has a very strong community built around it. During the e-course, you can communicate via comments on the e-course website and in our private forum where you can ask questions, get support, plan meet ups in your city (or attend them), share your weekly homework, interact with teachers and more!
Please note: Upon course completion you will automatically have access to our BYW Community, for up to 12 months from the date of registration, which includes continued access to the Students Helping Students and Student Discussions forum along with other features intended to facilitate meetups.
Q. Will I get direct feedback from you about my blog specifically?
A. Yes and no. We have a private forum where you can interact with all of your teachers and fellow students to ask questions that you have about our lessons, however we don’t offer in-depth feedback regarding your blog specifically. In the forum, students ask other students for personal feedback and blog reviews which are given freely. The e-course is structured so that upon completion you don’t need professional feedback – you are able to look at your blog and know exactly what needs to improve!
Q. How long will course content be available?
Course content will generally be available for 4 weeks plus 2 weeks of extended access unless outlined otherwise. During this time you will have the opportunity to download most material so that you may refer to it indefinitely.
Q. What can I expect to accomplish by the end of the e-course?
A. You will learn more about blogging than you ever thought possible from the best of the best – teachers and students who have spent years online that have loads of experience and wisdom to share with you. You will feel happier than ever about blogging and excited to get started on making blog improvements right away. You’ll also make new friends by becoming a very special community member of the BYW Community, which gives you access to continue chatting with other students long after our e-course ends in the Students Helping Students and Student Discussions forum.
Q. What do I need to take this e-course?
A. You should know what a blog is and how to write a blog post, though we welcome new bloggers with open arms and only ask that you have some knowledge of basic blogger terms so that you can keep up. Ideally, you should have a blog or at least launch one right before class begins or during week one (even if it’s not ready to show to the world yet) so you can work on it during class using all of the tools that you’ll learn. We want you to apply what you learn immediately! We suggest the following blog platforms to get started: WordPress, Blogger, Typepad and SquareSpace. You should also have access to the Internet, a Facebook account, and a journal for note taking during our podcasts, screencasts and videos. You should also have a digital camera since most of our e-courses cover photography tips and techniques.
Q. How do I pay?
A. You can pay by credit card or wire transfer (Banküberweisung for German students) via PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account though, you can transmit payment as a guest (instructions provided by PayPal at checkout). However, please note we cannot accept any other form of payment as our registration system depends on PayPal transaction information.
Q. Do any of our classes teach blogging basics, like how to choose a blogging platform and how to write a blog post?
A. No, we assume you know this stuff already; especially with a bevy of books and websites dedicated to the very basic topics around blogging. We’re here to teach you what is impossible to learn on your own without dedicating years to blogging first – those “gems” that really matter and are based on the experience of professional bloggers who make a living through their blogs – like us! Please see our e-course outline for a complete list of the topics we will cover.
Q. How much time should I invest each week?
A. You get out of this class what you put into it which is why we suggest visiting the e-course site when new materials are posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so that you can enjoy them at your own pace without feeling rushed. Written materials can be printed out our saved, which you can collect in a notebook to refer to later on. Podcasts, screencasts and videos can be downloaded and saved (but cannot be shared with anyone else). We suggest spending one hour on class days (so 3 hours per week) to read through materials and interact with students in the forum. We will issue a weekly homework assignment (not mandatory) though students who participate do tend to walk away from class with a much bigger smile on their face (it’s fun and you learn a lot!), so you should add on a few more hours per week for homework if you’d like to do it, again that is absolutely up to you!
Q. What happens when I register?
A. Upon payment via PayPal you will redirect you back to our website where you will create your account. You will then have immediate access to the e-course site to view the curriculum and read our welcome message. The actual class will commence on the date listed on the registration form.
Q: Do you issue refunds or transfers if I enroll but decide to cancel?
A. No. All sales are final and no refunds or credits will be given before, during or after class. No exceptions can be made due to the nature of our courses.