7 Free and Paid Blogging Courses You Need to Take - Elizabeth Stapleton
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7 Free and Paid Blogging Courses You Need to Take

There is a lot to learn when it comes to blogging, from getting set up, creating content, promotion, social media, email marketing, the list never seems to end.

However, to save time a course can be a great way to learn. But figuring out which course to take that will ensure you actually learn something and that the course is worth your while, can be tough. 

Below are the best blogging courses I’ve taken (though I’ve taken far more courses than are listed below), they were well worth my time and in the case of the paid blogging courses, well worth my money.

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Free Courses to Start with:

The following courses do not cost any money but will help you to better understand the basics of all those blogging concepts you hear about and dive deeper into in other courses.

How to Start A Blog: From Idea to First Post

When I started a blog I used someones tutorial on how to start blog. And it got me from having no blog to having one set up. However, the tutorial didn’t really explain why I was doing what I was doing to get things set up. I didn’t understand what the steps taken were actually doing.

This meant that when it came time to move my blog or website from one hosting service to another I have no clue what need to be done or what was involved.

Now that I’ve started several sites and moved them around, I do know what’s going on. So when I decided to create my own free “how to start a blog” tutorial I wanted to make sure include explanations on why everything was the way it was so you could really understand and have full control of your blog and website.

If you’re wanting to start a blog but don’t know where to start and are left with more questions than answers after reading other “start a blog” tutorials then, sign up for my free course, Start a Blog: From Idea to First Post.

Grayson Bell’s WordPress Course

Now, my course tells you what to do to get set up with WordPress and why you do what you do to get set up. However, I’d be lying if I said that WordPress didn’t have a bit of a learning curve. And rather than create my own sort of WordPress orientation course and recreating the wheel, I figured I’d just share Grayson's from iMarkInteractive’s course.

Grayson is a WordPress Guru and if you’re in any blogging related Facebook Group chances are you’ve seen his name thrown around. He is awesome and decided to be extra awesome by creating a FREE WordPress course to help you get over the hump of learning WordPress. 

I wish this course had been around when I’d started my blog, because I kid you not it took me 6 MONTHS to figure out how to do a drop down menu. Turns out all you had to do was drag the menu item to the right. SIX. FRIGGIN. MONTHS.

So get yourself used to WordPress without headaches, do yourself a favor and just go ahead and sign up for Grayson Bell’s free WordPress course at iMarkInteractive.

Start and Grow Your Email List

One of the things you’ll learn when you start a blog is that an email list is essential. The reason is because you own your email list. Unlike social media where the platforms can change the algorithms and the rules at any given time. Which means you might lose out on whatever traffic you’re getting from them.

I consistently grow my list every single day, so I went ahead and created a free course on how to start and grow your list course.

It covers email marketing services, the difference between a content upgrade and a lead magnet, how to set up delivery of each, and how to promote your freebies to ensure your list is growing every day.

You can sign up for the free How to Start and Grow Your Email List Course here.

Paid Courses:

Now if you have some money to invest in courses then I definitely recommend you do. I’ve taken all the courses below and highly recommend them. I’ve actually take even more courses and while I did learn something from each of them, the ones below I felt gave me the most bang for my buck with the highest return on investment.  

Elite Blog Academy

Elite Blog Academy is a game changer, but it is not for the faint of heart. You’ve got to be committed.

I signed up for the 2017 version which I got access to in late February and I didn’t finish the course until late December. Yes, it took me almost a year to complete this course.

Now part of the reason it took me so long was because I’ve been blogging for a while which meant I had to go back and ix a lot of things I’ve messed up based on what I was learning in the course.

Elite Blog Academy walks you through step-by-step everything you need to do to ensure your blog is a success. While it’s not a technical technical course on how to set up a blog, it is walking you through setting up all the elements you need for a successful blog. It ensures  sure you have a solid foundation of content and design as well as strategies in place to grow your list and your traffic.

Elite Blog Academy then goes over monetizing your site with ads, products, affiliate marketing, and a few other methods as well. It even includes how to grow your business, that is your blog. It is an entire blogging course that covers every aspect of blogging. Frankly, I don’t know where I’d be right now had I not taken it.

My Elite Blog Academy Results

When I started Elite Blog Academy I had a around 700 email subscribers, but I’ve already doubled that. I’ve also 10x my traffic in this last year. Lastly, I now have a regular income from blogging every month, I cannot recommend this course enough.

Now as I said before it is not for the faint of heart and the cost reflects the value it provides. It’s also only open once a year, to find out when it is open you can sign up for the waitlist and start saving money while you wait. 

In the meantime you can go grab the free eBook, 7 Surefire ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight.

Date Your List

Now I did just tell you that Elite Blog Academy is an entire blogging course that covers every aspect, so why would you need to take any other courses?

Well while Elite Blog Academy does cover everything, you may decide to dig even deeper into certain topics. Which is where these other courses come into play. 

These very specific courses helped me to better implement Elite Blog Academy and I truly believe they could help you as well.

Date Your List is great for knowing what to send to your list each week. While Elite Blog Academy goes through how to grow your list and set up welcome sequences, it doesn’t really tell you what to write to your list on a weekly basis. And you do need to email your list every week, Date Your List solves the problem.

Date Your List is a quick course that is meant to be implemented in an afternoon. The course goes through how you should be approaching your list and what to email them every week.

Learn More About Date Your List

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

I actually bought Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing before I bought Elite Blog Academy, but I didn’t truly implement everything from it until I was taking Elite Blog Academy.  

It’s all about the affiliate marketing as you might’ve guessed. And while Ruth Soukup, the creator of Elite Blog Academy does go into affiliate marketing it’s not the one of her main income strategies. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents on the other hand earns over $50,000 a month from affiliate marketing.

Michelle knows what she’s doing and she has a great course to teach you how you can start earning money with affiliate marketing.

Before I took the course I would get an affiliate sale once every blue moon, if that. Since then, I now make money from affiliate marketing every single month. Now I may not be earning tens of thousands of dollars every month, but for me, every little bit helps.

Pinterest Traffic Avalanche

I signed up for Pinterest Traffic Avalanche when I was going through the social media section of the Elite Blog Academy. Now, I’ve bought several Pinterest courses and e-books before and so I was weary of doing another one.

I was afraid it was just going to tell me the same thing that I heard before. While what I had learned from those other courses and books helped, I hadn’t seen tons of results. However this course proved to be different.

Within two months of taking the course my traffic from Pinterest doubled, actually my traffic has been increasing 25%-40% each month thanks to Pinterest and taking this course.

While the course did cover some things I already knew, it had enough new information for me to implement to really make a difference where the other courses and e-books did not. Which is why recommend it, you can learn more about Pinterest Traffic Avalanche here

Related: How Pinterest Helps You Grow Your Blog and Email List

Bottom Line

There is a lot to learn when it comes to blogging and even more to learn if you hope to earn some income from your blog. I definitely recommend taking advantage of free courses and resources to start, but once you can afford to invest in other course, you should. They are paid courses for a reason, they are extremely valuable and will provide you with a return on your investment, but only if you’re willing to put in the work.

About the Author Elizabeth Stapleton

Elizabeth Stapleton is the founder and voice behind Less Debt More Wine and ElizabethStapleton.com. She is a Pinterest marketer, online entrepreneur, and recovering attorney whose writing has been featured on Entrepreneur.com, The Huffington Post, The Penny Hoarder, Budgets Are Sexy, Credit Sesame, and Magnify Money. Additionally, she has been quoted in articles on Business Insider, Student Loan Hero, and Nerd Wallet.

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