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5 Totally Free Blogging Courses

5 Totally Free Blogging Courses

Have you ever come across a free blogging course that is being advertised on social media, in a newsletter, or on Pinterest and thought, Holy Crap, FREE?!  Sign me up!  I know… right? Me too!  

I love free stuff.  However, have you also just bookmarked the site and haven’t actually utilized it?  Yeah, me too.  Since I didn’t spend any money on it, there is no harm, no fowl, if I don’t actually use it.  

There are so many resources out there that provide every bit of information that you could ever possibly need.  They cover almost every subject on running your blogging business.  Sometimes it can be overwhelming.  Sometimes, you get on a roll of signing up for all these free courses but then forget about them.

I am one to sign up for almost everything that is free.  This includes checklists, templates, challenges, courses, webinars, etc. etc.  But I am also someone who finds these optins months down the road realizing that I have never even logged into the course, never printed the template, checklist, calendar, and so on…

That is when I decided to go through my email and find every free blogging course I have signed up for and start taking them.  I set aside a day for each course and found a lot of amazing information.  

Holy cow, these bloggers know everything!  I learned so much, including finding the most helpful knowledgeable bloggers that I trust in order to guide me through this journey.  

My inspiration has really grown over the last couple of months.  I have found some awesome bloggers that I’ve really found a kinship with…and by “kinship”, I mean that I have stalked their blogs and devoured every bit of information I can so that I can be as AWESOME as them one day.  

Now, these are some of my favorite totally free courses that I have taken as of late.  They are some of my favorite bloggers, which amazing information to offer.  

5 Totally Free Courses

5 Totally Free Courses

For the newbie blogger struggling to find their own voice for their blog, there is the Strong Brand Mini-Course by Allison Marshall over at wonderlass.com.  She is so fun and quirky and I love her personality.  She has filled this course with so much info, while also being super entertaining.

For the blogger trying to learn about affiliate income, I found that Addy Ganley really knows her stuff!  Her course is called Affiliate Blueprint and it is a great course to learn about generating affiliate income in a clear, straightforward manner.  P.S. her newsletters are also little nuggets of gold chocked full of inspiration and information.

Next up, for those wanting to create their own product, try on Terra Dawn’s 3 Day Challenge Creator’s E-Course.  Terra, lovely lady and brilliant creator of uncorkyourdork.com has taken her successful strategies and laid them out here for all of us to be able to learn how to create our own challenge.  If you are feeling brave, then I suggest you also take a look at her growing list of challenges in her Challenge Library, and I can get you your first month free ya’ll using my affiliate link!

For those who are struggling with your email list, just head back to Miss Allison at wonderlass.com and take her Ignite Your List challenge.  She has created a great course to help you get your email list to where it should be.

And last, but certainly not least, for those who need a little inspiration regarding Pinterest, go see Kayla at ivorymix.com and sign up for her PinDepth course.  She goes over everything from setting up your Pinterest account to creating the perfect pin.  Also, in my eyes, she is the queen of stock photos.  If you like the any of the photos on my blog, there is a 90% chance that I got them from her.  You can check those out here and sign up for a membership using my affiliate link, which includes access to free stock photos and 25% off your first order!  

Well, there you have it.  Five AMAZING….and did I mention FREE courses that are filled with priceless information.  There are so many more free courses out there by super talented bloggers.  These are just some that I have personally really connected with.  You don’t have to take my word for it, check them out for yourself.  What have you got to lose?

What are some of your favorite free courses?  I would love to check them out!

 

 

 

 

Affiliate disclosure: I have included a couple affiliate links in this blog post.  They are not for any of the free courses.  They are to extra sources that I have pointed out in the paragraph and if you choose to purchase, I may get a little something out of it.  However, I would not promote anything that I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in or haven’t used myself.

Pinterest Purge: Spring Cleaning Your Pinterest

Pinterest Purge: Spring Cleaning Your Pinterest

Ahh….spring is here!  Woohoo.  Welcome friend.

When I think of spring, I think of fresh starts and new beginnings.  I am someone who actually does a spring cleaning, my closets and bathrooms are usually my focus.  There is no better feeling than getting rid of anything broken, out of date, or just doesn’t work in the space anymore.

I know I am not the only one who feels this way.  During the spring, my Pinterest smart feed explodes with all types of spring cleaning lists, how-to’s, and activities to make someone become more efficient with their spring cleaning.

I am actually here to take spring cleaning to the next level.  Purging your Pinterest.  A spring cleaning of your boards and profile.  Today I am launching my Pinterest Purge: 5-day E-mail Course to Spring Cleaning Your Pinterest Account.  This is a good idea for a couple of reasons.  You can ensure that the pins you have on your account are active pins.  You also need to get rid of any dead links, brand your boards and clean up your bios.

Over the 5-day email course, I will go over updating your profile bio and board bios, show you how to bulk move and delete unnecessary or unwanted pins, and create board covers using Canva.

Pinterest Purge: 5-day email course

Benefits of Pinterest Purge:

The benefits of this course include:

  • Having a clear bio for each board helps your viewers find what they are looking for.
  • Eliminating double and triple pins from same or multiple boards that make your boards look cluttered.
  • Eliminating dead links, incorrect links, or unwanted affiliate pins that muddy up your board.
  • Each board will have a clear intent and focus which makes them easier to navigate.

This will take some time to complete, so make sure that you set aside a certain amount of time each day to work on it.  This is not something you will want to do in one day because after a while all the pins start to look the same.  Trust me, when I first started my spring clean, I tried to do it all at once and I almost drove myself crazy.  Once I took a step back and initiated a plan for myself, it was much easier and a lot less stressful.  And man does it feel good when it is all done.  I changed out my board covers and gave them a new look, so everything looks all fresh and organized.

If you are interested in taking this on and getting your Pinterest account organized for spring click here and sign up to get the course delivered to your inbox.

To get your started, here is your Pinterest Purge Checklist.

 

 

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7 Totally Awesome Blogging Tools

7 Totally Awesome Blogging Tools

I can’t tell you how much I love blogging, but even more, I love tools that help my blogging life easier.  I love planning, scheduling and automating so that I can breathe easier when life gets in the way.  That is why I like the fact that there are so many blogging tools out there.

I have tried so many blogging tools and have had a great amount of luck with some and little to no luck with others.  Some were super easy to navigate and were user-friendly, whereas others, not so much.  When I look at blogging tools, I don’t always look for easy; that helps, but I look at what the tool will do for me.  I want to know that I am investing my time and sometimes money on something that benefits me and gets me the best results.

That is probably the best advice I can give any blogger.  Utilize free trials and gauge how each tool helps traffic or followers and then invest in those that work.  There are some tools that you may have to invest in, but that are completely worth it, for me, that is CoSchedule and Tailwind.  Others are free and help me immensely, such as Buffer and Mailchimp.  There are just so many tools out there, and I would say to take your time to find what works for you.

BlueHost is what I used to create my blog.  The tips and customer service through BlueHost are fantastic.  Their online chat service is so helpful when I was first starting out; when I would have issues with blog 404 errors or is not accessible, and I would want to give up, but within 5 minutes, they would have it back up.  I have never experienced such excellent service as I did with them.  For those wanting to start a blog, I can’t recommend them enough.  It also doesn’t hurt that they are so reasonably priced.

Canva is what I use to create my blog graphics or social media graphics.  They are easy to use and have such great free templates.  I always upload stock photos so that I can then add my titles and other text as necessary.  I know that there are a lot of other tools to create graphics, but Canva has been the one that has worked best for me.

Ivory Mix is a great site for stock photos.  Kayla’s photos are so amazing and are featured a lot on my blog.  She has plenty of photo options to appeal to any blogger.  By just subscribing, you can get free monthly photos delivered to your inbox or sign up for a $10 monthly membership and have access to her 300+ stock photos.  You can’t lose.

MailChimp was a great resource in regards to setting up email lists and sending/tracking emails to your subscribers.  I was intimidated with the whole emailing thing.  I have been saying for months that I was going to start emailing my subscribers, but have always put it on the back burner, and it has simply not happened, until yesterday.  Finally, I bit the bullet and sent out my first email to my subscribers, and it was so much easier than I though.

Tailwind is a great tool for automating your pins on Pinterest.  Pinterest can suck you in….hard, and before you know it 3 hours has passed, and you’ve forgotten to do the laundry, or realize it’s almost midnight and your little one will be waking you up in 5 hours.  Tailwind is a great way to spend 20 minutes and quickly gather pins and set up automation for the next week.  If you go to Tailwind through my link, you will get a free month!  Also, join my Tailwind Tribe Help A Blogger Out and increase your reach with fellow bloggers.

CoSchedule is great for scheduling content.  You can also schedule social media posts and there is also a headline analyzer.  The headline analyzer is so helpful.  I will play with words until I get the highest score for the title for my blog post.  It almost is like a game, just by changing one or two words, the score can increase by 15 or 20 points making your headline more appealing.  It is probably my favorite thing about CoSchedule.

Buffer is a great tool for scheduling out your social media posts.  I still have the free account so I am limited on how much I can add to my queue.  It beats not posting anything or posting inconsistently.  Having this tool is extremely helpful and easy to use.  I have the app on my phone as well so I don’t have to be on my computer to add to my queue like I do with Tailwind or CoSchedule, which I like as well.
Finding what works for your blog depends on you.  Blogging tools that work for my blog may not work for yours and there is nothing wrong with that.  I have tried several tools and some didn’t work, and some did.  That is why I love free trials.  Most of these apps offer that, which makes trying them a no brainer.  Let me know what works for you or what didn’t.  Any feedback is helpful!
10 Blogging Goals: December

10 Blogging Goals: December

10 Blogging Goals: December

Now that we have moved into December, the last month of the year, holy cow, where did the time go?!  Anyway, I enjoyed my challenge that I created for myself last month with my 15 Blogging Goal: November post.  Call me crazy, but I decided to try again and create 10 blogging goals for December.  I am doing this because it helped me keep my blog in the forefront of my mind, rather than a hobby to work on when I have time.  It was more than I have done since launching my blog.  I made the mindful choice last month to spend as much time as I could on my blog.  It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed it.

I was a little overzealous in creating my goals for November.  I made too many and wasn’t able to achieve all of them.  There were just too many things that I wanted to work on, and I wanted to get started on all of them.  For me, when I get an idea, I have to start working on it right then and there.  By doing this, I tend to get in a little over my head.  I also just wanted to see what I could do in a month.  I ended up only achieving roughly 9 of the 15 goals.  You can see the breakdown of my results here.

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So, for December, I decided to narrow down my focus a little more.  I want to keep going with the goals that did work for me in November but also add a couple of new goals.

December Goals:

  1. One post per week: I am going to attempt this again.  I did do four blog posts for November, but they were posted more than 10 days apart rather than once a week.  This month, I am going to strive to have new posts every Monday.
  2. Post to 5 Facebook Groups Daily:  I was able to do this in November, and this is where I get almost all my traffic, so I will continue to do this.  I am going to look back at my Facebook Group Trackers from November and see which groups had the best results for my blog and social media platforms.  This will help me plan out in what groups I will post during December.  Some groups had a lot of follow/unfollow activity, which is no fault of the group itself.  It happens, it stinks, but it happens.
  3. Utilize Buffer: I will continue to keep my buffer queue filled so that there will be constant activity on my social media platforms.  This didn’t require much work on my part, but it did help in gaining followers and blog traffic.
  4. Utilize Coschedule: I will continue to plan my blog posts and social media posts through Coschedule.  It is super helpful with the headline analyzer and helps keep track of when what was posted and to where.

Pinterest and my email list are my two main focuses for December.  By improving my Pinterest, I am hoping to gain traffic and subscribers.  My final six goals will focus on these two main areas.

5. Join 10 Pinterest Groups: I didn’t have much success with joining groups in November.  I emailed hosts asking to join, but a lot of them didn’t get back to me.  I will continue to try.

6. Pinterest e-courses/webinars: I think I have 4 or 5 e-courses and webinars in my inbox regarding Pinterest.  I will complete these courses and utilize them to create a more successful Pinterest account.

7. Content Upgrades: I will do content upgrades on at least 3 of my old posts.

8. Mailchimp: I will create new emails to send to subscribers regarding my posts each week.

9. Newsletter: Since I have yet to create a newsletter I will work on with this month for January.  I don’t think I will be able to create one quick enough to go out for December, so I will give myself a little more time and create one to be sent out beginning in January.

10. Email e-courses/webinars: I will take at least 2 of the email e-courses or webinars that are in my inbox.  They can also help give me ideas of what to send to my subscribers in between new posts.

There you have it.  My goals for December.  I feel that I will have more time this month because my grad classes will end mid-December and not start again until January.  This will give me more free time to focus without having the pull of homework.  This will be super helpful!

What are your goals for December?  Do you have any advice for the goals I have set up for myself?