13 Free & Paid Blogging Courses You NEED to Take
Note: If you have been redirected to this page after clicking on a link referring to Elite Blog Academy or Ruth Soukup, it is because Elite Blog Academy is no longer offered as a stand alone course, and I do not recommend the membership that has taken it’s place. Please see the list of courses (both free & Paid) that I do recommend below:
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. Blogging courses can help you to shorten the learning curve.
But figuring out which course to take that will ensure you actually learn something and that the course is worth the investment of your time and or money 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 Blogging Courses to Start with:
The following courses do not cost any money but will help you to get up and running. It will also help you better understand the basics of all those blogging concepts you hear about and dive deeper into in other courses.
1. How to Start A Blog: From Idea to First Blog 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. It also didn’t tell me anything about what to do once I was “set up”
This meant that when it came time to move my blog or website from one hosting service to another I have no clue what needed 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.
2. 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. 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.
Paid Foundational Blogging Courses For Once Your Blog is Set Up
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 taken 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.
3. Blog to Biz Hive
Similar to Elite Blog Academy Blog to Biz Hive is a foundational course, the difference is it’s big focus is building a blog with the purpose of launching a course as a product.
Elite Blog Academy just focuses on launching a product, it doesn’t have to be a course.
I’d recommend taking either Elite Blog Academy or Blog to Biz Hive, but both is definitely not necessary – a lot of the content will overlap.
The course does cover a lot of ground and usually includes some great bonuses when it goes on sale. Because of how much it covers it also has an investment to reflect that, last I saw it was $997 or a 6 month payment plan.
4. The Blogger Breakthrough Summit (free)
The Blogger Breakthrough Summit takes place at the beginning of each year and is free to attend while it’s live. Giving you free access to each session for 24 hours after it airs.
If you want access for longer you’ll need to get a Pro Pass. To check out the 2021 summit, you can get access for just $19 here. To get the best deal on the Pro Pass – get it right after you sign up for the free preview.
Buying tip: Sign up for the Blogger Breakthrough Newsletter to be the first to know about the 2021 Summit and get access to the Super Early Bird Pricing.
Free & Paid Email Marketing Courses
Email marketing is a great way to connect with your audience and better yet is a channel you own, unlike Instagram or Twitter which could change their algorithms (a la Facebook) any day. These courses, some free, some paid help you to grow your email list and teaches you what to send them too.
5. Email Marketing Membership
The Email Marketing Membership from copywriting rockstar Liz Wilcox is a monthly membership that helps you to craft engaging and high converting emails to your list on a regular basis.
Each week you’ll get access to a new template complete with a breakdown of the why & how behind it, so you can make it truly yours.
Liz also offers monthly Q&As and ideas on what to send your list. Right now it’s priced at just $9/month which is a great deal if you have trouble emailing your list regularly.
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6. Love Your List/ Little List Big Profits
Love Your List by Kate Doster, has completely transformed my approach to email marketing and the results I get from it. While it’s only for sale publicly once a year, she does offer an amazing free training that is sure to help you do better at affiliate marketing.
You can sign up for the free training, Little List Big Profits here.
Paid Blogging Courses to Help Monetize Your Blog
If you’re looking to learn about blogging courses chances are you’re trying to make some money blogging. These courses help directly with earning more. One of my favorite ways to monetize is with Affiliate Marketing. I love that you set it up and it continues to make money months and years down the road.
7. 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 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 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 usually hundreds if not over a thousand dollars.
Want to learn more about the course? Check out my full review of the course.
Buying Tip: Michelle will occasionally do a sale, the maximum discount you’ll typically see is 20%, so if you see it on sale for 20% off, grab it, it’s the best price you’ll get.
8. Affiliate Marketing Video Course
I’ll be honest there is only one reason I bought this course from Matt over at MoneyLab after taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and that is to learn how to do Google Analytics for better tracking of my affiliate links.
Ironically, not long after I got this course I got Lasso a plugin Matt co-created, which actually automatically does this for me.
So if you want to set better affiliate marketing strategies that require data I highly recommend you get this course.
FREE & Paid Blogging Courses to Legally Protect Your Blogging Business
9. Straightforward Business Starter
This is a free course I put together, because I found a lot of people didn’t really understand what it meant to register as a corporate entity and how to do it. It was knowledge I took for granted having worked on business formations when working at a law firm.
Straightforward business starter, helps you with understanding legal entities like LLCs vs sole proprietor and what they mean in terms of protecting your personal assets.
Plus, it’s free. Check it out.
10. Cover Your Assets: The Ultimate Guide for the Legal Side of Blogging in the U.S.
This eBook, helps you to understand the legal issues that can come up when you’re blogging. That way you can better understand what actions you need to take to protect your blogging business.
Check out the guide, Cover Your Assets: The Ultimate Guide for the Legal Side of Blogging in the U.S. here.
11. Website Legal Templates
Where they stand out a little bit is:
- A. they’re affordable for people that can’t yet afford to hire an attorney.
- And B. they’re super simple:
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FREE & Paid Courses to Amplify Your Blog
12. SEO BootCamp
SEO Bootcamp, so this one I actually have not taken yet. It’s by, Mike the creator of Stupid Simple SEO, which is an SEO course that I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about.
He has this free SEO Bootcamp course and as of writing this I haven’t taken it but I plan to. Because SEO can be hard and it’s one of those things I think bloggers shy away from at first.
However, it can be a great way to amplify and get consistent traffic to your site. If you can find your site in favor of the Google gods, traffic abounds. So check out SEO Bootcamp, it’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose.
13. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche
When I bought Pinterest Traffic Avalanche, I’ll admit I didn’t have super high hopes, I’d bought a lot of Pinterest courses and strategies and ebooks in the past and while I’d learned a lot I hadn’t actually seen a big increase in my traffic to my blog.
In the month after taking this course traffic to my blog increased by over 40%. Which is why this is the only paid Pinterest course I’m recommending here. Though make no mistake, you do have to do the work. If you are willing to put in the time and do the work, this is a great course.
Paid Courses to Help Sell Your Digital Products
14. Webinar Rockstar
I’ve been a long time follower of Mariah Coz the mastermind behind Webinar Rockstar, in fact the first course I ever bought to learn more about blogging was from her back in 2015. She and her course helped me to learn a lot of the basics.
At the end of 2018 I once again invested in one of her courses, Webinar Rockstar.
Mariah is a Rockstar when it comes to webinars, I know because I’ve bought many a product from her webinars. Webinar Rockstar helps you to earn money with webinars. Simple enough, until you realize you need to send multiple emails, set up various pages, and then there are partner webinars – which are a whole different ball game.
Mariah give you everything and I mean everything you need to run a webinar in a week. From templates, to swipe copy, to webinar presentation slides that help you to teach and pitch.
With my first webinar I made nearly $300. It’s not open for enrollment at the moment but you can sign up for her list to learn more.
Bottom Line on Blogging Courses
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 blogging courses and resources to start, but once you can afford to invest in other blogging courses, 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.
I have been wanting to learn the best emails to send to my list and when for ages so I’ve signed up for your free course 🙂
Very informative post, I appreciate you taking the time to provide a free course for us as well. There’s many courses out there that cost $200 – $1000 that most beginners don’t need and they’d be better off using that to grow their following instead. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for creating this, I’m getting into blogging in 2021 out of wanting to have a creative outlet but also become better in writing. I was confused about everything and most of the courses I have paid focus heavily on “finding your niche” and it becomes boredom.
So glad you found it helpful!