How do you create a successful blog? In this roundup I share the best online courses that dive deep into how to make money blogging. Each of these five resources, from eBooks to blogging schools, have helped me grow Root + Revel into a full-time job in less than 2 years!
Checking in here today with something a bit different–this one’s for all my bloggers, entrepreneurs, and biz owners, current and aspiring, out there! Don’t worry, we’ll be back with delicious, healthy recipes and holistic, natural living tips on Friday (if you just can’t wait–this easy berry cobbler is sure to console you).
In the meantime, today we’re talking about the best online courses for starting a successful blog.
By now you’ve likely heard about this whole make money blogging thing and how people can create a full-time income (and then some!) from blogging.
But what does it take to have a successful blog? There are so many resources, eBooks, schools and courses out there these days (believe me – I’ve taken a lot of them!), it can almost be more overwhelming to figure out where to start.
So today I’m sharing with you my favorite online courses for creating a sustainable and successful blog. If you want to start a blog, or if you have a blog you want to grow and monetize, then this post is for you!
How to Make Money Blogging: Blog to Biz Hive
Melyssa Griffin teaches online entrepreneurs and “heart-centered hustlers” how to start their blog, grow their audience and build an income online. She has a thriving online business that regularly brings in over 6 figures per month (yep – per month), which means she generates OVER A MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR from her successful blog and e-courses. Whaaaaaa?!
Right now, Melyssa is offering a free Blog to Biz Bootcamp Series that’s packed with some of her best teachings. This training introduces the step-by-step process you need to follow to grow an audience (and an income) through your blog, products and courses, but it’s only available for a limited time so make sure you sign up for this free series today!
The thing I love about Melyssa is that she has a fun teaching style where she’s able to break down complex ideas into simple, easy-to-follow steps. Content that is actionable without being overwhelming can be hard to come by, but her course Blog to Biz Hive delivers a proven process for finding your focus, building your audience, and monetizing your blog with a profitable e-course. Yeah, it’s a course about creating courses…pretty meta, right?
It is 4 years of strategy, testing, and implementation that has turned Melyssa’s blog into an ever-growing and highly profitable community. After taking the course myself, I was able to grow my email list from about 20 subscribers to nearly 10,000! And I’m working on launching my first course as we speak.
Enrollment for Blog to Biz Hive opened yesterday on Tuesday, August 22nd and closes Wednesday, August 30th, so act now, before the doors close again (likely for another year)!
How to Make Money Blogging: Food Blogger Pro
Food Blogger Pro is an insanely helpful website that teaches you how to start, grow and monetize your blog – think of it like an online blogging school. Founded by the Pinch of Yum couple who is straight killin’ it in the blogosphere (think monthly revenues of $30,000+!), FBP boasts over 300, easy-to-follow tutorial videos, covering everything from how to set up WordPress, to essential plug-ins, ad networks, affiliate programs, Photoshop and Lightroom, email marketing and more (they’re adding new videos all the time, too!).
It’s been one of the most helpful resources for me as a new blogger and I continue to use their responsive community forums and informative video trainings. In fact, I wrote an entire post about my experience with FBP and how it helped me make $32,000+ in my first 1.5 years blogging here.
Enrollment is currently closed but you can join the waiting list by filling out the form on the homepage here: Join the Food Blogger Pro Waiting List!
How to Make Money Blogging: The Blog Village
Similar to FBP but with their own unique courses and insights, The Blog Village is another online blogging school founded by the couple behind the successful blog Show Me the Yummy, which they grew into a profitable business earning six figures in just two years. They’re especially genius at creating viral food videos (you know, those ones you see all over Facebook!) and offer members exclusive workshops and trainings.
One of my favorite features of TBV is their Social Stats Dashboard (shown above), which gives you insights into how you’re performing across all the major social media platforms. You can track your progress, test new strategies and annotate events, while also seeing the performance of over 1,000+ other blogs that they track. Having data on all of your social networks in one place gives you a universal view of the effectiveness of your social media strategy and is insanely helpful!
I also highly recommend joining TBV to create a super high-tech and gorgeous media kit–here’s mine that I learned how to make from their school. It’s helped my sponsored content income go from non-existent to over $7,000 per month!
How to Make Money Blogging: The Intuitive Workweek
At the end of 2016, I was a mess (you might remember I talked about the overwhelm, exhaustion and overall I’m-a-failure type feelings I was having here). But then I came across Jen Carrington’s blog, and I almost instantly felt better. Particularly after reading this post.
Jen’s message just resonated with me so much that I decided to not only hire her as my biz coach, but also to sign up for two of her courses: Wholehearted and The Intuitive Workweek (the tagline is “Say Hello to a Joyful, Impactful, & Productive Daily Grind”…Umm, yes please!)
This course is different than the others in this collection as it’s less about specific strategies for growing your business and more about diving deep into discovering what kind of business and life you really want to be building. Jen teaches why working intuitively in your business can be so powerful and how to make it work for you, so you can make positive and impactful changes over the weeks and months ahead.
She also supports you in developing a process for quarterly, monthly, and weekly planning so you can prioritize the most important areas of your work and put systems in place to support your best workflow. The Intuitive Workweek is mostly taught in the form of reflective exercises, with an action plan for you to fill in at the end of each of the three sections – so that you can take what you’ve discovered and turn it into action in your business and creative life along the way.
It’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent.
How to Make Money Blogging: Adventures in Blogging
Another online resource for how to create a successful blog that I literally just finished reading last night is the eBook, The Traffic Transformation Guide. Author Lena Gott, founder of WhatMommyDoes and, more recently, the blogging resource school, Adventures in Blogging, where she offers multiple courses, eBooks and challenges about successful blogging based on what she’s learned over the past 6 years.
This is a 100+ page guide where Lena put together her top 21 traffic generation tips, theories and a list of what NOT to do, so you can apply what’s she discovered over the years to your own blog. While the book is more geared to beginners and newbie bloggers (and focused on growing traffic rather than monetization strategies), I did find some really helpful tips in the book, particularly about how to use Google+ to drive traffic, keyword research tips, harnessing the power of holidays and using analytics to grow your readership.
Lena also recently added a 40-minute Google keyword research & optimization training video to the bundle, where she walks step-by-step through the simple methods she uses to mine keywords and optimize her blog posts to rank high in Google results, which is an oh-so-important skill in blogging!
The Traffic Transformation Guide is just $79–get your copy here–you can also sign up for Lena’s FREE Blog Traffic Bonus Guide, which contains 3 solid traffic generation tips that aren’t included in Traffic Transformation.
Now, over to you! Which of these online courses are you most excited to try out? Are there any that you’ve found to be useful that aren’t listed here? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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