This post was first published in July 2016 but with new courses being added, you can now learn 'How to start a blog - 30+ Free and Paid Blogger Courses' in 57 courses!
I have started as a total newbie blogger, not even knowing the difference between a post and a widget!
To say that I have traveled around the world and back, searching for 'how-to's' and 'buy this', totally overwhelmed me at some stage.
Finding information was great, but having to pay for it every single time, was just not possible.
Luckily, we are all starting more or less in the same boat. The trick is to know where to go for help (from other bloggers) for free - our South African slang for it is MAHALA.
Top Tips for course success:
Do not overdo it.
Start with a first phase course.
Master the process and move on.
Take one course at a time and give it your all.
Do your homework!
Join the course platform to engage with others. You will learn so much just by reading the Q & A's.
Here is our list of free Blog-related Courses
Bree of Blog The Blog Stylist - Free Beginner WordPress E-Course
Jamie Delaine Watson - 5 Days to Build your Blog Following
Krista of Blog Beautifully - WordPress in a Weekend
Krystal Abbott of Daily Femme - The Epic 14-Day Better Blog Challenge
Start & Grow your E-mail List
Amber Kuivenhoven - The 10 Step System To Creating One Info product Per Week
Kirsten Oliphant - The Free Email Course
Lindsay White - Mailchimp 101 Workshop
Create a Professional Look
Daniela Uslan - The Blog Makeover (Transform your blog from blah to beautiful)
Kotryna Bass - Design your Own Blog (7-day course)
Sarah Hart - Brand Legend Quiz
Create awesome Graphics
Freda Waller - Master your Canva Graphics Skills like a Boss
'Show me the money'
Addi Ganley - Affiliate Blueprint (4-day affiliate course)
Allison of Wonderlass - From Side-Hustle to Success (Mini-course)
Kate at Secret Bloggers - Ditch your Day Job & Blog Full Time will learn you how to turn your blog into a profitable business
Mariah Coz of Fempreneur - Build a profitable blog the right way
Finding your own Voice
Jeff Goins - Become a better blogger in just 12 days (Intentional Blogging)
Increase your Blog Traffic
Lena Gott offers a free Blog Traffic Guide, in her own words:
- They are foundational strategies that helped me push my blog traffic over the edge when I needed additional traffic for sponsored opportunities and increased ad revenue.
- They may seem simple at first, but I promise they're not - I still use them to this day!
Ali Rand - Worry-free 5-day Wordpress course
Shaylee Smith - Uplevel your WordPress (5-day challenge)
Krystal Abbott of Daily Femme - Social Media 101
Anna Bennett of White Gloves Media - Chapter 1 of her Pinterest Marketing course (including how to set up your Pinterest Business account)
Ivorymix - Pindepth an in depth course on how to use Pinterest for your business and make it your #1 traffic source
Laura Williams of The Badass Business Mum - PinGroPro (
Mom Makes Cents - Pinterest Primer (a 5-day Email course) -
Summer Tannhauser of Lady Boss League - Pinterest Power (
Saira Perl of MomResource - Twitter Mini Course
Alex Tooby - Instagram E-course (7-day course)
Emily Quinton - Instagram Taster (5-day Photography course)
Here is our list of paid Blog-related Courses
Some of the links are affiliates and I will earn a commission if you make a purchase
No list will be complete without Ruth Soukup's - Elite Blog Academy(enrollment is closed at the moment. You can put your name on the waiting list in the meantime and be informed of early-bird specials once it opens again.)
Start a Mom Blog
Suzi Whitford - Blog by Number a solid course to take you from an idea to a business. It is a cheaper course but by no means compromised in terms of quality. Suzi offers more than expected because she knows how moms want to stay at home and help contribute to the finances.
Grow your E-mail List
Melyssa Griffin - List Surge (Combining the most powerful list building strategies with lots of tutorials to give you a fool-proof list-building system).
Blog by Number Income Journey by Suzi Whitford of Start A Mom Blog. In this course Suzi shares month by month details of what she did to make her income grow to thousands per month and how her email list exploded! You can buy the book only or the email bundle (all her emails to her subscribers are included) or put both in your cart!
Increase your blog traffic
Jenn Snyder from Winning Women Online offers a 'Find your Tribe-course' with list of influencers in all niches, Pinterest group boards and Facebook groups to join.
Traffic Transformation by Lena Gott. Lena shares 21 Strategies to increase her monthly page views from 17k to 400k+ in 10 Months. This book is personally recommended by me and I am still busy implementing some of Lena's strategies.
Design & Photo Editing
Beth Bryan - Lazy Girl's Guide to Lightroom. Easy photo editing for bloggers. If I say easy, you can bet on it. Beth is such a good teacher, I could see the difference in my images straight away!
Adobe Illustrator Masterclass - learn to create beautiful graphics for your blog/business (sign up for 2 free classes before you buy option).
'Show me the money'
Elise McDowell of House of Brazen wrote an E-book - How to make your first Affiliate sale in 24 hours using Pinterest. The book is easy to read and implement within a day!
Erin from Printable Crush - Basic
Gina Horkey - 30 Days or Less to Freelance writing Success.
Susan Macarelli - Submission Savvy (how to get published).
Tasha Agruso - Affiliate Marketing for bloggers (new course available as from 1 August 2016.
Adrian of Adrian's Crazy Life - The Essential Guide to Make Pinterest Work for you E-book. Adrian has managed 100+ Pinterest accounts for clients and the E-book is her tried and tested strategies and accumulated knowledge of the platform.
Kate Ahl of Simple Pin Media - Pinterest Mastercourse
Kate Ahl of Simple Pin Media - How to Master Tailwind
Pinning Perfect by Blog Clairty. A stunning hands-on course with loads of blog-related advise!
"Learn how to create swoon-worthy, intentional Instagram content, define your insta audience & style, and learn a strategy that will grow your following by thousands a month. This course is all about photo styling + major strategy to have becoming an Instagram rockstar in no time."
Saira Perl of MomResource - Twitter Legend. Enrollment is currently closed. Put your name on the waiting list in the meantime.
I am hoping that this list will get you off to a good start in your blogging journey or beyond!
If you know of more excellent value for money courses, please leave a comment below. And off course, if the list lead you to a phenominal breakthrough in your blog or business, please come and share your success!
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