I’ve been around the blogging community for several years and have spent a lot of time and money on various courses.
Some of it was well spent, and others, well.. not so much. Kind of smacking my head now, but live and learn, right?
I know most of you are moms with chronic illness, special needs moms, or midlife moms on a budget. I care about my readers and totally understand the need to generate income from home on a schedule that works for you (without breaking the bank!)
So I’ve compiled this list of tried-and-true resources to get you started with a minimal amount of cost and fuss.
Blog By Number
If I could go back in time, this would be the first blogging course that I’d take and probably wouldn’t need too many others!
Blog by Number is designed just for bloggers who are moms. Are you a visual learner or easily distracted? You’ll LOVE it! It’s full of templates for blog posts, images and headlines. All you have to do is fill in the blanks!
It makes blogging easy and saves a ton of time – it’s exactly what time crunched moms need!
I loved it because it’s step by step guide with actionable steps and absolutely no fluff.
Here’s some of what you’ll learn:
*How to decide on the perfect niche for you
*How to create an unforgettable blog name
*How to start a blog
*How to set up a feminine and free theme
*How to write your first post
*How to install plugins
*How to customize your plugins
*How to create viral Pinterest Images
*How to get traffic
*Build your list
Yes, it’s that awesome. And the forms & spreadsheets are worth the cost alone. They’ve made my life so much easier!
I’ve used MomWebs from the very beginning. They’ve been totally reliable and have wonderful customer service – not once have they been impatient with my lack of tech skill or my dumb questions. Very, very user friendly and highly recommended!
Many bloggers recommend Siteground. I honestly have not used it but can recommend based on the testimonials of other bloggers.
Ready Set Blog for Traffic
After you’ve been blogging for awhile, you’ll want to learn more about building traffic. Once your numbers get to a certain level, income opportunities start to open up so you’ll want to learn everything you can.
This is a gem of a little course that’s your next step after Blog by Number to take your blog to the next level.
Check out Ready Set Blog for Traffic here.
The Complete Blogger’s Template Toolkit
If you’ve spent any time at all on Pinterest or the blogosphere in general, you know how important great visuals are. Since I daresay that most of us do not have a graphic design background, I was *tickled* when this resource came out.
Why? Templates, baby, templates! This resource has Every.Single.Template. you could possibly need as you grow your blog.
Seriously, 209 of them! From social media templates, opt-in posts, a media kit template, newsletters..this has got you covered. Since I started using these my traffic has doubled, just from having a more systemic look to my Pins.
I’m honestly embarrassed to admit how much I spent on Pinterest courses before I heard about Pinterest Ninja which is very thorough and far more affordable (and it covered some topics that the other courses did not, such as monetization strategies, affiliate marketing and affiliates organized by blogging niche)
If you’re wondering why Pinterest is so important, you must understand that Pinterest is the main source of traffic for new bloggers. It can take something like a year to build up SEO on Google (which you should certainly work on.)
You can’t beat the value at $49.99…check it out here!
One of the most important things you can do to monetize your blog is to create a mailing list. As you probably know, social media algorithms are constantly changing. Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest could disappear tomorrow. (Remember how hot MySpace was back in the day?)
But you have control over your email list!
I highly, highly recommend ConvertKit, though it isn’t free. I resisted it for a long time for that reason. But after wasting months trying to figure out the free services and then hiring help from Fiverr, I finally decided it was an important investment ($29.99 a month). It has made my live so much easier and I’ve been able to add opt-ins effortlessly. And if there’s a technical question, customer service gets back to me within a couple of hours.
Check it out here!
And you know what…if you’re more technically savvy than I and can figure out the free versions of MailerLite or MailChimp without pulling your hair out…then go for it! Me, I’m a special needs mom with chronic illness…the brain fog is real some days.