I’ve been blogging for more than 10 years. Most of that time my blogging was very casual and more of a hobby than a job. I’ve written blogs about what I ate everyday, blogs about the city I live in, and even blogs about fashion (and I’m no fashionista).
It used to be a bit easier to be a blogger. You chose a certain topic to write about, and you found other bloggers who wrote about the same topics and commented on their blogs. Then that blogger and their followers might see your comments and follow you back. Soon you had a few active followers yourself.
Perhaps you also joined a forum on your topic and left comments there. You found your tribe and gained more followers and slowly created a community.
However, nowadays it’s not so easy for new bloggers. For one thing, there are already so many websites and blogs. You’re competing with all the other content that’s online. It’s difficult to find something new to write about. Even if you are an expert in hiking boots probably someone, or maybe many people, already wrote all about hiking boots. So how can you be different?
And the previous techniques of finding your tribe by leaving comments on other sites really doesn’t work anymore.
Now you might gain followers by going on a social media site like Instagram or Twitter or Facebook and communicating with with other like-minded people. But then you have to entice them to go to your website if you want them to visit your own platform. It’s a lot of work.
And now many successful bloggers are sponsored by large corporations or are compensated to write content about places to go and things to purchase. How can you be authentic, or how can you get a piece of the pie?
Why am I talking about how blogging has changed? Well, if you’re thinking about starting a website or blog now, you could probably benefit from tips, assistance, help, and hacks from more experienced bloggers who offer blogging for beginners courses.
Sure you can muddle around and work things out for yourself. Experimenting and learning is part of the fun.
However, it can also lead to frustration. You spend hours or days on a post, and no one comes to see it. You spend a year building your Instagram but can’t figure out how to get followers to your blog. Perhaps you have some followers and traffic but can’t figure out how to make any money to keep going. This can be annoying and depressing.
Luckily, there are people with experience who are willing to share their knowledge. Here are 10 professional blogging courses that I think could benefit beginning bloggers who want to know how to start a successful blog.
Blogging 101: 10 Best Blogging Training Courses for Beginners 2018
1. The Business of Travel Blogging :: Nomadic Matt says “Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn your love of travel into a paying gig while helping others at the same time?” Um.. yeah! If his 9 tips for becoming a successful blogger are any indication, this course is a super helpful, realistic and ethical guide to running a travel blog. The course covers website design, how to work with brands, social media tips and includes monthly webinars, Q&As, and tech support, and tons of blogger tips and tricks. After this class you will definitely know how to become a blogger in the travel niche.
2. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing :: This is one of the most popular online blogging courses for beginning bloggers who are in the first steps of monetizing their websites. Michelle has an amazing personal finance blog called Making Sense of Cents that she runs while traveling full time in an RV. She shares her (six-figure) income reports every month which provide ample proof that she knows what she is talking about when it comes to making money from affiliate ads. You can also check out her FREE email course on how to start a blog.
3. Food Blogger Pro :: This website and community is dedicated to teaching people how to start and grow a food blog. Learn How to Start, Grow, & Monetize Your Food Blog is their acclaimed online course with many successful graduates and online testimonials. The bloggers behind it share their monthly income reports so you can see they know what they are doing! The professional blogging course is currently closed for new registrations but have a waiting list you can join. In the meantime you can download their free ebook 10 Mistakes That Bloggers Make.
4. Facebook Strategies Worth Sharing :: Social media is a great way to grow your blog traffic and Facebook is definitely one of the best of the bunch. This ebook by Brittany Ann is a step-by-step guide to growing your Facebook followers and getting more engagement. And the ebook is very affordable too. It’s a great addition to a more general blogging for beginners course.
5. The Blogcademy :: With the tagline “No boredom. No blathering. No bullshit.” this isn’t your run of the mill online course. The three “headmistresses” who teach the video course say blogging is about learning to communicate from your heart. But they don’t just spout sweet platitudes, they also teach you how to format your blog, grow your social media following, and partner with brands to make an income. After this course you will know how to start a successful blog. It’s really blogging 101.
6. Launch Your Blog :: Alex and Lauren learned from their newbie mistakes trying to launch blogs and now share their knowledge with others who are just starting out. Want to learn the secrets of how to become a blogger, how to get a WordPress site up and running or how to get an email marketing campaign started? Check out this course. They also have a more advanced course called Six-Figure Blogger. Alex and Lauren will teach you how to make money blogging and how to make your blog popular.
7. Simple Pin Master Course :: I love Kate Ahl’s podcast Simple Pin Media about how to excel at Pinterest. Her online class goes more into detail with every blogger tip and trick for making the most of your Pinterest strategy. Another great class that offers something extra to go on top of a more general blogging for beginners course.
8. Introduction to SEO: Strategies and Tactics :: Every blogger should understand SEO. Rand Fishkin of MOZ teaches this SEO in a nutshell course on Skillshare, giving you amazing techniques for making the most of your website. If you’d like to learn more you can also check out the terrific Whiteboard Friday feature on Moz.com (for free!).
9. Context is Key: Social Media Strategy :: If you are confused about the best practices for all the different social media channels, check out this Skillshare class with Gary Vaynerchuk. His forceful style might not be for everyone, but there are great nuggets of information in the course. You can also check out his very popular podcast.
10. B-School :: While not a blogging training course per se, this online class is mainly aimed at online entrepreneurs who want to build a business that thrives. Taught by the gorgeous and funny Marie Forleo, the course happens once a year, so get on the waiting list if you’d like to join. Marie is now also offering an online writing course called The Copy Cure.
I hope this list of the best blogging training courses helps you to find the education you need to build a better blog, how to monetize your website and how to make your blog popular.
I have not taken all of the above courses already, I put this list together while researching ongoing education options for myself. I’d like to take my blogging to the next level in 2018 and hope that a course or two might help me do that. Will you join me?
I’ll continue to update this list as I gather the funds to take these courses and try them out. If I find them useful I will share that with you and if there are any negatives I’ll also share those as well. Please get in touch if you’ve taken a course you’ve found valuable.
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