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I’ve received so many inquiries on how to start blogging. Although I could probably start my own course, I know deep in my heart I don’t have the time to do so. With that said, I learned how to set up a successful blog by taking courses by Suzi Whitford over at Start A Mom Blog.
If you’re interested, you can click on any of these links. They’re all from Suzi’s courses and I’ve taken every one of the ones listed below and I can tell you this…it’s worth EVERY penny.
Suzi believes in offering value without emptying our wallets. Her courses are priced way under what she should be charging.
If you’re thinking about blogging, I would recommend you sign up for her mailing list and sign up for her free blogging course.
I guarantee you, it’s worth it.
I’ve tried a ton of blogging courses (even ones for $4,000 – which I’m an affiliate for and I won’t recommend), but Suzi’s blogging courses are worth their weight in GOLD.
If you don’t care for Suzi’s teaching style, the other course I would recommend is Sticky Blogging or Sticky SEO. These are two really great courses as well, but class enrollment isn’t open all the time. By clicking the links you can sign up to be placed on the waitlist, or you never know, you may just hit it right when enrollment is open.
Other Blogging Resources Worth Checking Out
Jennifer Maker List Love – I’ve taken Jennifer Maker’s List Love Masterclass, and I have to tell you it’s wonderful if you’re looking to learn how to set up a password-protected resource library, vault, or whatever you want to call it. (Like what I have on my site). Jennifer also offers other courses such as Pinterest, YouTube, and of course how to work a Cricut machine, since she’s a DIY craft blogger.
MailerLite – I’ve tried so many different email platforms and without a doubt, MailerLite is the most cost-effective email provider out there. Not only do you get to use their entire platform for FREE (up to 1,000) subscribers, but you also get access to a ton of features that are on the paid plan. When it comes time to upgrade, it’s so much cheaper than the other email providers, and they give you a 20% discount. Even if you decide to pay monthly it’s way less than ConvertKit.
Another great feature with MailerLite is the ability to have landing pages where you wouldn’t have to spend additional money for sites such as LeadPages or Send Owl, to send your paid freebie, and/or “tripwire” to your new subscriber. With MailerLite there are a ton of integrations, and my WooCommerce shop is linked directly through to MailerLite, at no additional charge.
**Update June 3, 2022 – MailerLite has changed and I hate it, but you may like it. Companies should leave things alone that work fine alone. I switched over to FloDesk.
ConvertKit – ConvertKit is touted as one of the best email service providers out there for bloggers. If you don’t care about designing an eye-pleasing newsletter, you may want to go the route of ConvertKit. Although you can test ConvertKit out for free (I think up to 100 subscribers), after that ConverKit becomes costly at around $29 a month.
If you do decide to go with ConvertKit, I’d like to recommend a great free course from Elizabeth Goddard. After taking the course you’ll be able to see if you truly like ConvertKit. You can find her beginners guide here.
Flodesk – Flodesk is another pretty decent email service provider. If you’re looking for eye-pleasing email newsletters, Flodesk has you covered there. The only thing is, that there’s a small learning curve when it comes to figuring out how to use their platform. You can get 50% off the paid version here. (It’s only $19 a month for a year. After that it’s $38 regardless if you have 1 or 100,000 subscribers). I just recently switched from MailerLite to FloDesk, and I’m flipping loving it!
Siteground – Siteground is one of the best-hosting sites out on the market. What makes Siteground great is it’s so user-friendly. Not only that, but the customer service is second to none. Do be advised, that although the rates are pretty reasonable for the first year, they will go up in the 2nd year.
Bluehost – Bluehost is an affordable option when starting out with a blog. It’s not as user-friendly as Siteground is, but it’s a pretty decent hosting service if you’re brand-spanking new and don’t want to spend a lot of money.
You can find a crap-ton of different themes out on the market today. You can find some great ones on Etsy, but I’m going to have to recommend you check out Restored316.
What makes Restored316 so great? I’m so glad you asked. Not only do they offer amazingly beautiful website themes, but they have a Facebook group where they keep you up to date on issues, and WordPress updates and they’ll help you with any issue you may have.
If you’re not into Facebook, they also have a bevy of tutorials on their website, but I’d strongly recommend you sign up for Facebook if it’s only to gain access to immediate assistance; whether it’s from other users of the Restored316 team.
DepositPhotos – How many times have you visited a website or blog only to see the same image over and over again? That’s kind of annoying. These people use free stock images. How will a free image set your site apart from others? It won’t.
DepositPhotos has the best stock photos and it’s worth every penny. A few times a year a company called AppSumo offers 100 images from DepositPhotos for $39 or $49. You should get on their mailing list to be notified whenever they have that sale. It’s typically around the early spring and during Black Friday.
Canva – If you’re looking to edit images, make amazing pins for Pinterest, or graphics for your blog, you’ll want to sign up for a free account with Canva. Canva does offer a lot of free stock photos, but you also have the option of becoming a premium member. It’s not necessary to become a premium member, because the few additional perks aren’t really worth it in my opinion.
As a blogger, it is a necessity to start your blog off on the right foot. One of the first things you should post on your blog is your legal disclaimers. I would not suggest you use a free legal disclaimer.
As a blogger, it is a necessity to start your blog off on the right foot. One of the first things you should post on your blog is your legal disclaimers. I would not suggest you use a free legal disclaimer website and I most certainly wouldn’t recommend you copy anyone else legal disclaimers, especially if you’re an LLC.
Reason #1. The free generator probably would never hold up in court if you were sued. It’s generic and the lord only knows if the information provided is applicable to your state or country.
Reason#2. Copying anyone’s legal disclaimers can be construed as copyright infringement.
If your goal is to make any money off of your blog, regardless if you only made .10cents off of Google Adsense, you’re a business. To protect yourself and your work, you need to have a legal disclaimer that has been drafted by a legal professional.
With that said, I would highly recommend you check out the legal bundles from A Self Guru. They’re written by an Attorney from the United States, and they are so affordable. By trade, I’m a Paralegal, and I didn’t even feel comfortable drafting my own legal disclosers. The best thing I did for my business and blog was to purchase the basic legal bundle.
Pinterest SEO Traffic Secrets – Anastasia Blogger has this nailed down to a fine science. I’ve taken a few other Pinterest courses, but honestly, they were pretty awful, a waste of money, and I wouldn’t even recommend them to you. Anastasia also has a YouTube channel where you can check out her teaching style. Due to Anastasia’s training, I’ve found the amount of traffic Pinterest is sending my way is around 85% higher than when I did it alone.
Tailwind – Tailwind is a platform that assists you with scheduling your Pinterest pinning. I wouldn’t use Tailwind as your only option, but it’s an added plus when you’re unable to pin manually during the day. If you sign up using my Tailwind referral link. There was a time when you couldn’t do much for free with Tailwind, but they recently changed things up and you can use the platform for free. Of course, they have a limit on the free account, but it’s totally worth trying it out.