This is your definitive Passive Income Geek review from a course insider.
After signing up for the course recently—less than two weeks ago at the time of this article, I already have lots to share with you. I’ve spent 80 hours+ on the course so far. I’m going to fully but succinctly answer 21 questions about the course.
You can’t get all of these answers anywhere else (I’ve looked).
I won’t give anything away for free that’s behind a paywall (that would be unfair to the person who created the course). But I will give you my 100% honest assessment of the Passive Income Geek Course.
This is going to be a review from the inside out, so let’s get to it.
The Shortest Passive Income Geek Review
If you just clicked on this article to get my fast overall thoughts, here they are:
The Passive Income Geek Course is absolutely worth the money. It shows you how to build your niche website from scratch, find topics to easily rank on Google, get faster traffic to your site, hire writers, and scale your niche website business for long-term, sustainable income. The course community is tight-knit, responsive, and insanely helpful.
I 100% recommend that anyone interested in blogging get the course. You can get started on the course here. I look forward to seeing you on the inside!
Ok, with that said, there’s still a lot to cover about the course. Here are the answers to 21 questions about the course.
What Is The Passive Income Geek Course?
The Passive Income Geek Course is a self-paced, online course that combines videos, text, and tools to show you how to build and make money from niche websites. The course also gives you access to an active community of other members who have also purchased the program.
That’s the basic course in a nutshell. Now, let’s talk about what you actually get in the program.
What’s in the Passive Income Geek Course?
As a member myself, I have complete access to all the current and future course updates.
The Passive Income Geek Course is jam-packed with 9 modules that include:
- Choosing a Good Niche
- Topic Research
- Choosing a Domain Name
- Setting Up Your Website
- Writing Awesome Content
- SEO Tips
- Social Media
- Outsourcing Content
Each one of these modules is further broken down into detailed subsections. You could even call these modules “mini-courses”. In that way, you get 9 courses for the price of one!
Here’s an example from the Choosing a Good Niche Module:
As you can see, there is a TON of value in the course.
As a relative newbie to niche website building, I found the content comprehensive without being overwhelming.
There are currently 68 videos (and growing) of “over-the-shoulder” videos where you learn exactly how to do every step of the course. The course also includes plenty of text for those who learn by reading.
What else comes with the course?
- An active, growing community of other niche website bloggers.
- Early access to the Ezoic ad network (this is an awesome bonus because most bloggers make more money with Ezoic than Google Ads).
- Lifetime access to the Ezoic Site Speed Accelerator Tool to make your website run super fast.
I can tell you from a behind-the-scenes perspective that this promised content is 100% accurate and superbly helpful. The community is still small, but really engaged, making this one of the best times to join the course. You’re more likely to get more engagement from other course members now because the membership isn’t so big—probably right around 300-500 members so far.
The course creator, Morton Storgaard, is also very active in the community.
As soon as I posted an introductory message to the community, I received a quick welcome from Morton himself!
What Are the Latest Updates to the Course?
Like other courses, The Passive Income Geek Course is constantly updated with helpful new content.
According to PassiveIncomeGeek.com, here are the most recent course updates:
- Mar 17, 2021: New tool added to calculate income and earnings
- Feb 9, 2021: In-depth training added about the “Army Ants Method”
- Jan 5, 2021: New lesson on site speed and technical SEO tips.
Morton promises to continually update the course as he learns new techniques and information from his current portfolio of websites.
How Much Does the Course Cost?
The current price of the course:
- $299 to purchase the course (includes the first year of membership in the community)
- $99 fee per year as an ongoing membership subscription (starts the second year)
Those are the only costs of the program. Remember, you also get early access to Ezoic ads, lifetime access to the Site Speed Accelerator Tool, and access to all future course updates.
Why Is There an Ongoing Fee for the Course?
The ongoing fee for the Passive Income Geek Course is for access to the membership community (invaluable support and advice from other niche website bloggers—including the course creator himself) and access to all future course updates.
As far as courses go, it’s one of the lowest priced programs on the market.
I’ve purchased other courses in the past, such as Income School (which is a great course), but Passive Income Geek is much cheaper with just as valuable (and different) content.
How Does the Passive Income Geek Course Work?
The Passive Income Geek Course combines text, videos, and tools to teach you step-by-step how to create and make money from niche websites.
After you purchase the course, you will:
- Watch an introductory video from the course creator (Morton Storgaard).
- Create a profile on PassiveIncomeGeek.com.
- Complete an AI (computer bot-led) tutorial of how the community messaging works (I found this very intuitive and helpful).
- Introduce yourself to the community.
- Start the first module of the course.
Typically, each section (and subsection) of the course starts with an introduction, usually some text and a series of video tutorials showing you exactly how to perfect each task.
Each section builds on the next in an easy to follow structure (You can also jump around to any module you want at any time).
As you complete each section, you click on a “mark complete” button that tracks your progress through the course. You can repeat any section as many times as you want and at your own pace. I found that very helpful as a busy father with a full-time freelance workload.
Who Made the Passive Income Geek Course?
Morton Storgaard is a successful blogger, YouTuber, and creator of the Passive Income Geek Course. He is a father, husband, and blogger who lives in Denmark. He’s been involved with making money online since around 2007. Before running niche sites, he did e-commerce, dropshipping, and SEO consulting. He now runs a portfolio of successful niche websites (along with his team).
His portfolio of websites include:
|Website||Ahrefs Domain Authority||Estimated Organic Monthly Traffic|
|AnimalHow.com (He built and then sold it)||17||16.5K|
Each one of these sites (and others) make Morton a healthy income each month. Understandably, Morton does not disclose his full, total income to strangers on the internet (smart guy that Morton).
However, he does occasionally disclose how much he makes from individual sites:
It’s important to trust the person who made the course. I implicitly trust Morton after following his YouTube channel for the last 6 months.
Here’s another video showing some more proof of his earnings:
How Is Passive Income Geek Different Than Other Courses?
I’ve only taken one other full course (Income School), but I have researched other courses and followed course creators online.
As someone actually inside the Passive Income Geek course right now, I believe it stands out for several reasons. Some of the reasons include design, content, and price.
How is the Passive Income Geek course different?
- The price of the program is very low compared to most other courses on related topics (huge upside!)
- The content focuses on finding and maximizing what Morton calls “underserved topics”.
- The course is very intuitive and easy to follow, even for a relative beginner like me.
Do I Get Personal Help in the Passive Income Geek Course?
The Passive Income Geek Course is designed as an online, self-paced course and community. The course does not promise one-on-one, individual help. However, I have personally found the community members (and Morton himself) highly responsive in the community forums.
The good news is that the course and community make it surprisingly simple to launch your niche website.
Whatever questions you may have along the way can likely be answered by other members of the Passive Income Geek community. Especially right now, as the community is still relatively small.
Morton is very transparent on PassiveIncomeGeek.com. He shares an easy way to reach out to him whether you are a paid member of the program or simply someone interested in learning more.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Morton welcomes community members to privately message him with individual questions.
How Much Money Can I Make With the Course?
The Passive Income Geek Course (like any other reputable course) can not guarantee any person a specific income. There are just too many variables—skills, effort, the Google algorithm, etc.
However, PassiveIncomeGeek.com does clearly lay out the following possibilities:
Therefore, if you follow the course, you can potentially earn between $400-$1,000 per month from display ads by the end of 12 months. When you add affiliate offers, you can make even more.
My guess is that you can make significantly more money than this but, for legal and marketing reasons, most course creators must low-ball the average earnings. The last thing anyone wants is to get in legal trouble or end up with disappointed customers.
So, if you follow all of the course material, choose a good niche, and create really good content on underserved topics, I personally think you might be able to double or triple (or more) those average earnings. When I compare the estimated earnings to what other trusted sources say, the numbers definitely add up.
For example, Doug Cunnington says that (if you do most things right) you can make between $1,500 to $5,000 per month by the end of one year. Income Schools says you can earn up to $4,000 per month.
How much can you really make from the Passive Income Geek Course?
If you pick a decent niche, find underserved topics, and write good content that is well monetized (aka follow the course), I personally think you can make between $1,000 and $5,000 (or more) per month from your site.
That’s my plan. I am using my existing website, www.WritingBeginner.com, to go through the course. After I get it to around $500 per month, I plan to launch a second niche site following the program from the very beginning.
Do I Need To Buy More Tools in the Passive Income Geek Course?
Not at all.
You don’t need to buy any additional tools in the Passive Income Geek course. As long as you already have a hosting company (like Bluehost), everything else is included. Morton does recommend certain tools at times, but there is no requirement for purchasing them.
You can easily create a website using the free WordPress.org (not WordPress.com) content platform. Then, you can choose any hosting that you want. I currently use Bluehost (and I’m happy with it), but The Passive Income Geek Course suggests that you use HostArmada then upgrade to WPXHosting.
How Long Will It Take To See Results From the Course?
According to PassiveIncomeGeek.com, you can expect some level of results in the first 12 months. Some niche website bloggers see faster results. Some may see slower results. Most bloggers recognize that it takes approximately 6-8 months for new blog posts to rank well on Google.
However, my experience is that you can get ranked much faster (within the first 1-4 months) with truly underserved topics.
I used a similar approach for my new website even before I joined the program (which was then greatly enhanced by the lessons in the course). Some of my articles already rank on the first page of Google and bring thousands of page views to my website per month.
Therefore, I believe that if you follow the course closely and work hard, you can expect to see your traffic, pageviews, and earnings trending in a positive direction within the first 6 months (and sometimes even sooner).
Is Passive Income Geek for Beginners?
The Passive Income Geek Course is very beginner-friendly. Beginners will learn exactly what they need to know to succeed, without fluff or over-complication. The entire program walks you step-by-step through each stage of building a niche site, filling it with valuable content, and monetizing your site to create a passive income.
As a beginner myself, I love the simple and intuitive design of the course.
I had no trouble working my way through the course, taking action steps, and following along with the video explanations. I also really appreciated the “build with me” videos where Morton literally creates a new niche site on camera.
Is Passive Income Geek for Experienced Bloggers?
The Passive Income Geek Course is great for more experienced bloggers. There are new insights, new approaches, and new tactics shared in the course. Even veteran bloggers with successful websites have said that the course offers fresh content they have not seen elsewhere.
It’s true that experienced bloggers might not learn as much as a complete beginner (like myself). However, the course is designed to take someone from a beginner to an advanced level.
The more advanced topics include scaling up to running multiple websites with teams of content producers.
Can I Take the Course if I Have a Full-Time Job?
Yes, the course is fully optimized to learn at your own pace. I am a full-time freelancer myself, so while my schedule is very flexible, I am also very busy. Not to mention that I also have two kids under the age of 16.
I find the self-paced design of the program very user friendly.
Most of the text and videos are short, to-the-point, and include only the details you need to know to take action. Each video maximizes value while minimizing time. It’s very obvious to me that Morton put so much work into making an accessible and actionable course even for busy adults.
Will the Course Work if I Already Have a Website?
The Passive Income Geek Course works if you already have a website. You can simply skip the module on choosing a niche and domain name (although I recommend you watch them anyway). You can start with the module on finding topics and writing amazing content.
I have an existing website and have already started seeing small positive trends in the right direction. Trends like increased traffic and pageviews.
Very quickly, I was able to find underserved topics even in a competitive niche.
After I scale my current website a bit, I’m going to start a second website following all of the modules right from the start. Even though I already had an existing website, I learned ways to optimize and improve it.
Is the Passive Income Geek Course Only for US Residents?
The Passive Income Geek Course is for anyone in the world with access to the internet. The course creator lives in Denmark and members of the course community live all around the world. The focus of the course is on Americans in the United States because that is where the course (and most affiliate marketers) make the most money.
However, you can create niche websites in any language and focused on any country.
If you live outside of the United States, you may want to check into a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service (allows you to access Google from a United States IP address). I believe that this will allow you to make the most of the course, ad platform, and affiliate earnings.
What Are the Pros and Cons of the Passive Income Geek Course?
I put together a simple infographic that compares the major pros and cons of the course. I thought it would be a helpful part of my Passive Income Geek Review. As someone in the course right now, I see WAY more pros than cons.
In fact, when putting together this infographic, I struggled to come up with downsides to the course:
What Is the Passive Income Geek Refund Policy?
The Passive Income Geek Course does not offer a refund. Since it’s a digital product, you have complete access to the course the moment you purchase it. You can cancel your ongoing membership subscription at any time and maintain access to the course and community for the remainder of the subscription period.
Here is how PassiveIncomeGeek.com explains it:
Is the Passive Income Geek Course Accessible to the Visually Impaired?
Yes, the Passive Income Geek site and course are accessible to the visually impaired using free online text-to-speech tools. The abundance of course videos also makes learning from the course easier for those with visual differences.
How Can I Learn More?
The best way to learn more about the program is to visit PassiveIncomeGeek.com.
You can also watch this 4-minute launch video where Morton talks about the course:
Here is a 13-year “fly-over” view of his philosophy and approach:
As you can probably tell, his approach to SEO and keyword research is radically different than most other experts in the space.
This is such an important part of his strategy, you’ll find several YouTube videos on his channel showing you how to do it. Having watched those videos, I can tell you that there is EVEN more valuable content in the course itself.
Thank you for reading my Passive Income Geek review. I’m thoroughly impressed with the course and truly think you’ll be amazed at what it (and Morton) offers.
If you have any other questions, please reach out to me on social media. I’ll happily answer your questions, and update this post as Morton adds new content. The price is likely never going to be this cheap again.
If even part of you is intrigued by the course, I encourage you to join the community now. It could be one of the most important investments you ever make in yourself.