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Last Updated on November 29, 2022
Wondering how to make money blogging? In this post we share the best online courses and resources that teach you how to make money blogging by building a sustainable, successful, and profitable online blog and business.
This post was updated on November 30, 2020 with new courses and relevant trainings, including freebies, to get you started!
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 if you’re new to this concept, let’s briefly start at the beginning.
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In my opinion, all websites are blogs. And all businesses need one.
Yup! Whether brick + mortar, service-based, retail or online, you need a website. And in 2021, if that website has any content on it, it’s a blog. Why?
Blogs are your home base—they’re how people find you.
Creating content online is the fastest way to show up in Google search results, which will bring more people to your website, increasing your visibility and, in turn, helping you sell more products, courses, programs, coaching sessions, services, etc.
Even better? You can also monetize your blog itself with ads, affiliates and sponsors!
In 5 years, I went from not even having a clear idea of what I wanted to blog about (despite a deep knowing that I was meant for more and had a powerful message to share with the world) to making over $677,000 FROM MY FREAKING BLOG!
That’s not even counting what I’ve made from selling online courses and coaching programs. That’s just from monetizing my blog itself. You can do this, too!
But 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 and resources 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!
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Best course for: beginner bloggers
My beginner’s course, 21 Days to Impact, will help you go from idea to implementation in just 21 days! I’ll show you, step-by-step, how to start your blog from scratch the RIGHT way.
No confusion. No ambiguity. Complete hand-holding.
If you’re an aspiring blogger, an Instagram influencer, or an ambitious creator ready to get your idea out there and turn your passion and purpose into profits, I’ve got the proven system to get you there.
You’ll learn how to figure out your niche, overcome imposter syndrome, buy your domain name, navigate all the tech and get your blog up and running quickly, without overwhelm!
And just in case you worry you don’t have time for yet another online course, we’ve made 21 Days to Impact quick and easy to follow, so you can hit publish on your very first post and be on your way to financial freedom in 3 weeks or less!
With my proven framework, you could get your blog up and running in a matter of days (even hours) as I break this blogging thing down piece by piece, in a way you can actually understand (no confusing tech lingo!).
In this free training, you’ll learn:
Best course for: existing bloggers who want to scale, monetize, and grow their impact and income
In my signature course, the Six-Figure Blog Academy, you’ll learn how to turn your blog into a six-figure business WITHOUT a huge audience, spending hours on social media or a penny on paid ads, burning out, or selling your soul!
If done right, you CAN turn your hobby blog or passion project into a profitable business–one that gives you freedom from overwhelm and flexibility so you can live life on YOUR terms.
The Six-Figure Blog Academy is the only roadmap you need to make money blogging about what you love. My superpower is making BIG profits with a small audience, and a whole lot of soul!
I went from making $0 from my blog to over $24,000 a month! Today my blog makes nearly $250,000 a year, WITHOUT selling courses or services. And, how about this:
Best course for: entrepreneurs new to email lists and list building
What’s the most important asset of your blog?
If you guessed your email list, you’d be right!
When it comes to building a thriving email list, quality is infinitely more important than quantity. You don’t just want an email list of randos and freebie seekers, you want an email list of people who will eventually invest in what you have to offer. That right there makes all the difference!
When you’ve got an email list brimming with ideal clients and customers, even a few hundred subscribers can completely transform your business.
One of my favorite mentors, Amy Porterfield (listen to her interview on my podcast here where she talks all about how to create a digital course), has been teaching list building since way before it was cool. She knows her stuff and has helped many thousands of online entrepreneurs build businesses fueled by thriving email lists.
Amy’s course, List Builders Society, will teach you a proven step-by-step framework to start and grow an engaged email list that can’t wait to hear from you! She’s taken everything she’s learned building an 8-figure online business where the majority of her revenue comes from… you guessed it… her email list!
Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll learn:
Best course for: learning all things Pinterest
Pinterest is my #2 traffic source after organic search from Google. Pinterest is a must for any blogger, regardless of your niche.
Even though Pinterest is often classified as ‘social media’, it’s important to realize that Pinterest really isn’t a social platform, rather it’s a search engine.
To get started, we recommend Simple Pin Media’s free Pinterest Image Guide and Pinterest Planner. Simple Pin Media (run by Kate Ahl, the Pinterest Queen!!) also has a monthly membership called Collective for ALL things Pinterest!
As a member of the Collective, you get access to:
Best training for: SEO and people new to keyword research
Author Lena Gott, founder of WhatMommyDoes and, more recently, the blogging resource school, Adventures in Blogging, offers multiple courses, eBooks and challenges about successful blogging based on what she’s learned over the past 8+ years.
The Traffic Transformation Guide 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 keyword research tips, harnessing the power of holidays, and using analytics to grow your readership.
The newest revised version 3.0 contains reflections from her past 23 MILLION PAGE VIEWS!
Best course for: anyone who wants to start a podcast
Did you know that podcasting is one of the best ways to build an audience, connect with others in meaningful ways, and build your brand–even from scratch?
If you’re a blogger and want to expand your reach, adding a podcast is a natural fit that will help you create a deeper connection with your audience.
If you’re ready to stop thinking about starting a podcast and actually want to get started today, join Pat Flynn’s podcast course Power Up Podcasting!
Power-Up Podcasting is designed to walk a new podcaster through the entire process of launching your show, including equipment selection and set-up, technical training on recording and editing, and how to properly launch your show in order to attract the maximum number of listeners in the first month.
This is the exact course I used to start my podcast, Success with Soul. Pat is the father of podcasting. He is a professional blogger, keynote speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and host of the Smart Passive Income and AskPat podcasts, which have earned a combined total of over 60 million downloads, multiple awards, and features in publications such as The New York Times and Forbes (listen to his interview on my podcast here all about podcasting).
Best course for: learning how to optimize Instagram
Manu Muraro, the founder of Your Social Team (listen to her interview on my podcast here where we talk all about Instagram Metrics), helps brands and entrepreneurs use Instagram to connect with more people and get more customers and clients.
She brings to the Instagram world 20 years of experience in creative, marketing, and strategy, working full time for brands such as the Cartoon Network and King of Pops.
With Your Social Team, Manu has taught over 100 classes and workshops, created several online trainings and started a membership (that she swears is the best thing since sliced bread!).
Oh, and want to hear a secret? Her biggest corporate *dream* client found her on Instagram when she had only 500 followers! That’s proof that you don’t need thousands of followers or the swipe up feature to grow your business with Instagram.
Here’s a few of Your Social Team’s Courses you can pick from:
Best course for: online entrepreneurs with courses or programs looking to scale
If you have a course, product, or service and have been considering partnerships to make more money and get more sales, I HIGHLY recommend you listen to my interview with Laura Sprinkle, and then join her Rock Your Affiliate Program course!
Laura Sprinkle is an affiliate launch strategist for online course creators and coaches who are ready to take their product launches to the next level with the help of affiliate partners.
Partnerships are a win-win for both you ( = more sales and impact, without even having to pay for traffic) and your partners ( = they get to make money without having to deliver the product or service, all while helping their audience meet a need).
Now, over to you! Which of these online courses or products 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!
Best course for: anyone who wants to boost your publicity and PR strategy to get more media coverageImpacting Millions is a comprehensive program designed by publicity maven Selena Soo that walks you through exactly:
On all these things, IM delivers. This is a course that is designed to position you as a leader in your industry, as a stand-out presence — even if there are thousands of others “doing the same thing” as you are.
Best course for: anyone who wants to learn how to create a profitable digital courseDigital Course Academy helps online business owners and entrepreneurs turn your knowledge and know-how into a digital course that will generate consistent revenue through live and evergreen webinar launches. The program provides a step-by-step process for the entire course creation journey–from strategy, to planning, to creation, to launching–with NO fluff and no stone left unturned!If you’re struggling to make money online, feeling stretched too thin, and feeling uncertain of what you should be doing to create a profitable asset in your business, then DCA will teach you how to make the ultimate shift into building and launching a digital course that you can launch over and over again!
Here are just some of my biggest takeaways from DCA:
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