Starting a blog and want to know what’s actually worth investing in as far as blogging courses go?
I have taken ALOT of blogging courses… and if it’s here in this list, it’s worthwhile.
(Some of the following links are affiliate links. There is NOTHING recommended on this page that I haven’t purchased myself and don’t love to use. Our full disclosure policy is really boring, but you can find it here.)
Blogging has totally changed my life – in more ways than I could possibly tell you in this one little sentence.
All the following resources are things that I have paid for / used and LOVE. These blogging resources allowed to me to start making a full time income after just 7 months of blogging.
Read my Income Reports to see how blogging has become my full time job!
BLOGGING RESOURCES FOR TOTAL BEGINNERS:
FREE TUTORIAL – How to Start a Blog and Make Money This step-by-step guide walks you through everything you need to know to get started RIGHT.
Bluehost Hosting – your blog must be self hosted. I know you’ve heard it a 1000 times, and there’s a whole bunch of reasons. But the big ones are this: you have control over your blog and when something goes wrong there’s 24 hour support. You can get a package for $4.95 / month, and it comes with a free domain name. For step by step guidance – here’s a 100% FREE tutorial on how to start a blog!
Elegant Themes – the theme package I have, and would recommend to anyone anywhere, no matter what your technical ability ‘cus of their most popular theme, DIVI. A drag and drop builder that allows you to make beautiful blogs and websites – NO CODING REQUIRED ♥
The Blog by Number course – this is a VERY thorough and budget friendly course for anyone who wants a little hand holding in the first few months.
Blogcabulary Plus – If you just wish you had all aspects of blogging terminology in one place, not just defined, but with examples and images – this book is for you. It is super affordable and it explains every aspect of blogging – from a complete beginner perspective.
Kaspersky AntiVirus – Put a good antivirus on your computer, especially if your computer is your livelihood. Ever since I ditched all the Windows and McAfee stuff, I’ve never had another problem. (Hallelujah!)
RESOURCES TO TAKE YOUR BLOG TO THE NEXT LEVEL:
Easy On-Page SEO SEO should be the foundation of your blog… and many bloggers overlook SEO for far too long. These are two of the best SEO handbooks I’ve ever come across. Any serious blogger should have them.
10 Step SEO Improvement Plan – If you, like me, started blogging with NO attention to SEO then you need to do this. This is a 10 step improvement plan that works WITH the blog posts you already have out there – to get them ranking in google. It becomes addictive, actually.
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: Everything You’re Missing – This is my OWN course, it is NOT necessarily for beginners who are looking to learn how to find and add affiliate links to their posts. This course focuses on CONVERSION STRATEGIES. (How to actually get people to BUY things from you links.) It also has a detailed module on how to use affiliate marketing in EMAIL.)
The Traffic Transformation Guide – It’s one thing to create a blog, and whole ‘nother thing to get people to come TO your blog. Lena has TWENTY-ONE awesome strategies (many that I would absolutely never have thought of) and she gets 400k pageviews PER MONTH. I LOVE this book!
PINTEREST IS MY FAVORITE WAY TO PROMOTE MY BLOG, AND THERE ARE 163 PINTEREST COURSES OUT THERE. I AM AN ADDICT, SO I HAVE TAKEN… MOST OF THEM.
THESE ARE THE ONES I WHOLE HEARTEDLY RECOMMEND AND BELIEVE YOU WILL GET THE MOST BENEFIT FROM.
THE BEST PINTEREST RESOURCES FOR BLOGGERS
The Pinterest Improvement Master Plan – this is, hands down, the most important Pinterest course you will EVER take. There is NO other course out there like it. It explains WHY Pinterest works the way it does, and you NEED to understand that if you want to be successful on Pinterest.
The Perfect Pin: How to Create Viral Pinterest Images – this course is VERY affordable and teaches you HOW and WHY you need to create pins that actually LOOK good. Pinterest is high competion these days and your pins need to be able to stand out and hold their own in the crowd.
Blogging teachers know that the best way to get you to buy from them is to give you something awesome for FREE first.
Some of these “freebies” are absolute crap.
These ones are good – I promise.
BEST BLOGGING FREEBIES
How to Start a Blog and Make Money – Free step by step tutorial for getting started.
The 12 Month Blog Plan – great for beginners, who want a step by step “what you should be working on” laid out for you.
The Blog Traffic Bonus Guide by Lena Gott – just plain old good traffic advice. We all need good traffic advice.
CreativeMarket offers free fonts + fun things every week. – I’ve found these useful for pins and images. Make sure you always check the terms!