Start your blog easily with these fantastic free blogging courses (and other resources) covering how to start a blog, email marketing, affiliate marketing, Pinterest and SEO.
When it comes to startup costs for a business starting a blog is hard to beat. With great hosting available at only $3.95/month (their customer support is amazing) and a variety of free themes widely available it’s possible to have your blog up and running on the cheap.
That being said while it may be cheap to start your blog there’s still a ton of things to learn. There’s WordPress to figure out, what to write about, social media and Pinterest and how to attract traffic to your site. Not to mention how to make your blog profitable. While there are tons of courses available on all of these subjects the cost would quickly add up.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of some amazing resources to take your blog to the next level. And the best thing – all of these blogging classes are completely free!
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Free Get Started Guides for Your Blog
Resource Number One
If you’re just starting out your blog you need to check out Suzi’s blog Start A Mom Blog.
Even if you don’t plan to start a mom blog she has some great resources. Her Blog by Number is a great course which covers everything from how to choose a niche, getting your site set up, creating images, writing content, generating traffic and making money from your blog. Suzy has included her blog by numbers eBook, a worksheet packet and all the slide images she uses. All this is backed up with videos detailing every step you need to take to start your blog.
Suzi has also recently launched a new Post By Numbers mini course. In it, she walks through how she researches, writes and formats all of the posts on her sites. She’s also looking for guest contributors on her sites which is a great way to gain backlinks to your blog. And – Post By Numbers is only $9!
However, if you’re looking for a completely free option Suzy also offers this great 12-month blog plan with tips on how to get traffic every month, how to make money from day one, the essential tools you’ll need for your blog and how to make money from day one. This class is a great guide to give you the support you need in your first year of blogging.
Resource Number Two
Paul Scrivs from Billionaire Blog Club runs a FREE 12-day blogging course. It covers everything from choosing a niche, web hosting, creating content and launching your blog.
Free Traffic Tips for Your Blog
As a blogger, I have found one of the hardest thing (by far) is driving traffic to my site. Without pageviews, it is extremely hard to generate affiliate sales, product sales, ad revenue or create an email list. And while I don’t think every new blogger needs to spend their time chasing traffic, the simple fact is that without eyeballs on your posts you’re stuck. The first step for getting traffic to you site is creating content people actually want to read. And here are two free guides to get you started in the right direction.
Resource Number Three
Lena Gott from What Mommy Does has a paid traffic guide called Traffic Transformations which I swear by. There’s an amazing 40 min video included with the guide which goes through the whole process of for Google keyword research and optimization.
And she also offers a free trial version of her guide! All you need to do is opt for the free trial option instead of purchasing the whole guide.
In this guide entitled How to Create Roundups of Your Own Content to Drive Traffic (and Even Sales) Lena breaks down how creating roundups of your own blog content. It’s an easy process to implement and as your not creating any new content it works fast.
Resource Number Four
Abby from Just A Girl And Her Blog also has an ebook called 5 Types of Content that Will Boost Blog Traffic. And it’s completely free!
Resource Number Five
Monica from Redefining Mom has put together a list of 101 Free Website Traffic Ideas. Save yourself hours of time with these awesome ideas.
Free Pinterest Marketing Tips for Your Blog
If there is one platform you should master as a new blogger it’s Pinterest. It can be an amazing way to drive traffic to even a new blog and best of all it’s FREE! However, using Pinterest as a blog creator trying to drive traffic is different than using it as the average consumer. Here are some resources to help with your Pinterest account.
Resource Number Six
McKinzie Bean from Moms Make Cents has a beginner Pinterest course called Pinterest Primer which is completely FREE. It covers the basic of starting up your Pinterest account and how to promote your blog on Pinterest.
Resource Number Seven
Monica from Redefining Mom has a FREE spreadsheet with hundreds of possible group boards to join.
Resource Number Eight
As well, Monica has a FREE course called Pin Practical Funnelling. It covers taking the traffic you’re getting from Pinterest and learning how to convert those visitors into subscribers (and future customers).
Related Post: How to Boost Your Pinterest Engagement
Free tips to Build Your Email List.
Once you start seeing traffic to your site start converting those visitors into email subscribers. I personally use Convertkit for my email list but there are also several providers who offer the first few hundred subscribers free.
Once you’ve got a list it’s time to start emailing them.
Resource Number Nine
Monica from Redefining Mom has a FREE swipe file of welcome emails for you to use with your email list.
Tips on Monetizing Your Blog
You want your blog to make money and there are several ways that it can. One of my favourite ways is through affiliate marketing.
Resource Number Ten
Tasha from A Designer Trapper in a Lawyer’s Body offers an extensive course on affiliate marketing which I found so helpful. However, along with her paid course she also offers a FREE Quick-Start Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers. This covers the basic of what affiliate marketing is, how it works on a blog and how to get started.
Keeping Everything Organized.
Resource Number Eleven
Blogging is about multi-tasking and I find it’s vital to keep all aspects of my blog organized or chaos ensues. To help with this I use Trello. It’s a Free program which lets me organize all the content I publish on my blog and more.
Other Resources for Blogging.
Resource Number Twelve
This is one of the design tools I use to create my blog images. The basic version is free and can do most of what you need to do for your blog.
This is what I use to schedule most of my Pinterest content. I also love their tribe feature as it’s an amazing way to get your pins shared while your Pinterest account is still new. While the service itself is not free they do offer a free trial of 100 pins which does not expire. As well, you get access to 5 tribes for free.
I hope these free resources are useful and best of luck with your blog.