Before I started blogging, I started researching. I wanted to know exactly what I was getting into. It didn’t take long before I realized I would need help. Words like themes, plugins, and SEO felt like a foreign language. Other aspects of blogging, like having an email list, weren’t even on my radar when I first entertained the idea of starting a blog.
As a type-A person, doing things “the right way” was my utmost concern. I understood that meant investing in my blog from the beginning, but I also had a limited budget. Therefore, I chose what blogging courses I spent money on carefully and then put in my best effort to get the most out of each course.
Because of these wise investments, I’ve saved myself a lot of time and frustration by setting everything up correctly from the beginning. They also taught me best practices, so I’ve been able to grow steadily and create great relationships along the way.
I know many new bloggers are exactly where I was, overwhelmed with limited resources to invest in training. So today I want to share with you the best blogging courses for beginning bloggers based on my own experience*.
*Some of the original courses I took are no longer offered. I’ve updated this list to included newer courses that are great for beginners and are created by people I know and trust.
Best Blogging Course for Beginning Bloggers
The Blog With Heart Mentorship by Terryn Winfield
The Blog With Heart Mentorship is a course for women who want to start a blog, or for those who are within their first year or so of blogging and want to take it to the next level. You’ll be given a step-by-step framework designed to be comprehensive and easy to follow, and will give you the right foundation for long term success.
Content Conversations by Christa Hutchins
Created especially for Christian bloggers, Christa helps you create a content strategy for all your different platforms (blog posts, emails, and social media). I share all about this course here.
List Building Academy by Laura from I Heart Planners
You won’t be blogging for long before you hear how important it is to build an email list. But just like starting a blog, there is a steep learning curve! I love this course for beginners because Laura walks you step by step through setting up your email service, getting people to subscribe, and what to do with your list once you actually have subscribers.
*If you are looking to build your email list make sure you grab my free guide, How to Grow Your Email List on Autopilot.
SEO Foundations for Christian Bloggers by LeeAnn Fox
SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization and is the key to getting your blog posts found organically by Google, Yahoo, Bing, and any other search engine. A lot of new bloggers ignore SEO because it feels confusing and overwhelming, but that’s a huge mistake! LeeAnn makes SEO easy to understand and implement so you can reach more people with your great content.
Authentic Instagram Engagement by Ruthie Gray
Instagram is a great place to connect with your readers! However, authentic engagement doesn’t happen on its own. In this course, Ruthie helps you create an Instagram strategy that helps you grow your following, have an attractive grid, and most importantly, invites your followers to interact with you.
The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit by Ultimate Bundles
Each year the wonderful people at Ultimate Bundles curate The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit. This bundle is packed full of E-books and E-courses on every topic a blogger needs to know. The bundle only opens up twice a year (once early October and once in the spring). If you want to be notified when it’s available, sign up for my Blogging Joyfully email community and I will make sure you don’t miss out!
Monetize Your Blog by Crystal Paine
If you already have your blog up and running and are ready to start making money, Crystal’s Monetize Your Blog course is for you. Yes, even as a Christian blogger you can monetize your blog. Crystal teaches you everything, and I mean everything, you need to know to get started.
While there is a lot to learn when it comes to blogging, the courses above reflect where I recommend starting. Get your blog set up well from the beginning, have a solid content strategy, grow your email list, learn SEO, and find one social media platform to grow.
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