Yesterday I came across an interesting course called Growing Your Business with Google (aff link) that I’m really impressed with.
It’s by two guys – Dave Taylor (pictured) and Steven Van Yoder. I know Dave’s work pretty well and respect him as a blogger after both reading his stuff and listening to him on various podcasts and interviews over the last year. I’m not familiar with Steven’s work but he’s written a book called ‘Get Slightly Famous‘ (aff link) which looks like an interesting read.
It was Dave’s name however that hooked me into the course’s sales page. On the page is a free downloadable preview call for the course that goes for an hour. I’d highly recommend you listen to it if you’re just starting out with blogging and are looking to get more highly ranked in Google and establish an online presence.
The course is not designed for bloggers specifically (and it’s not just about blogging – although Dave can’t help but talk about it) – but rather for businesses wanting to get their brand or company name in front of customers using the web and Google. Having said it’s not designed specifically for bloggers if the preview call is anything to go by it seems like a course that could be helpful for beginners (or business people).
The preview call is worth listening to whether you are interested in shelling out for the full course or not because Dave (who does most of the talking) is a smart guy and says some worthwhile things.
In fact I enjoyed the call so much that I’m going to do the course. I’m not sure how much I’ll learn that is completely new (as a blogger who has been working hard for 3 years) but sometimes it’s worthwhile just going back over some of the basics as a bit of a refresher and as a chance to interact with others working on similar things.
The course itself goes over three months with a number of seminar calls, a discussion forum, question and answer sessions and the ability to talk one on one with the two presenters in what they call ‘office hours’ – I’d probably pay the fee just to pick Dave’s brain for an hour or two a month.
As I say – it’s probably not a course for more experienced web developers (unless you want a refresher) but it could be useful for those starting out. There’s a money back offer if you don’t find it useful as well which is always a nice back up. If the course is not for you – the preview call is still worth a listen. Enjoy.