I have started as a total newbie blogger, not even knowing the full meaning of a post or 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.

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Here is our list of free Blog-related Courses

Free Courses

Begginer Blogger

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 - Beginner Blogger Bootcamp (3 weeks)

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

Meera Kothand - Email Lists for Newbies

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)

Dre Beltrami - How to create a signature style for your Brand and Blog​

Kotryna Bass - Design your Own Blog (7-day course)

Regina of by Regina - Blog like a Mag

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

Gina Horkey - Kickstart your Freelance Writing Biz (5 lessons)

Mariah Coz of Fempreneur - Build a profitable blog the right way

Summer Tannhauser of Lady Boss League - Streamline your Biz Strategy (10-day course)

Finding your own Voice

Daniela Uslan - Define your online voice (5-day course)

Jeff Goins - Become a better blogger in just 12 days (Intentional Blogging)


Ali Rand - Worry-free 5-day Wordpress course

Shaylee Smith - Uplevel your WordPress (5-day challenge)

Social Media

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 and 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 (30-day course)

Mom Makes Cents - Pinterest Primer (a 5-day Email course) - 

Summer Tannhauser of Lady Boss League - Pinterest Power (5-day course)


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

Paid Courses

Some of the links are affiliates and I will earn a commission if you make a purchase through the link.  If you do, thanks for supporting this blog.

Beginner Blogger 

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 in February 2017.) 

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Start a Mom Blog 

Suzi Whitford - Blog by Number

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)

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.

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'

Erin from Printable Crush - Basic Printable Design course - This course is specially caters for designing PRINTABLES in Adobe Illustrator.

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.

Social Media


Kate Ahl of Simple Pin Media - Pinterest Mastercourse

Kate Ahl of Simple Pin Media - How to Master Tailwind

Pinning Perfect by Blog Clairty

Summer Tannhauser of Lady Boss League - Pintastic Profit Plan (your 31 day plan to build a list, gain traffic and secure paying clients through Pinterest

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Alex Tooby - Infamous to Influential 

Alex Tooby - Hashtag Hero

Insta Workshop

"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, please leave a comment below.

Happy blogging!

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2 thoughts on “How to start a blog – 30+ Free and Paid Bloggers Courses

  1. chris verhoeven

    Hi gerhard amanda? is that your name?

    thanks for this list. In my opinion this list is not complete without the Blog to Biz hive from Melyssa Griffin.
    I see you’ve mentioned list surge, but the Blog to bizz hive is a great course for who want to start a blog and create an income through creating courses.

    Also Pinfinith Growth is very popular. This is her pinterest course.

    besides that it’s a great list though.



    1. gerhardamandanel@gmail.com Post author

      Chris, you are right and more courses will be added including those of Melyssa Griffin.

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