Hi Aiken, you're right - every creator's journey is different. There's no "one way fits all".
Yet, there's a lot to learn from people who've done what you're trying to do. Smart strategies always fuel growth. So, I don't think he's exploiting his audience.
When I started writing on Medium I booked a writing course and coaching calls with Sinem Günel. And even though I'm not deploying her writing as a "template", her strategies and tips have helped me grow faster.
But I get your point. And I also think many people fall into the trap thinking they can "buy" parts of Ali's success by joining his course.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!