Category: Blogging Tips

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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5 Awesome Ways to Appreciate Yourself as a Blogger

5 Awesome Ways to Appreciate Yourself as a Blogger

If you have started a blog, you understand the amount of time and work that goes into it.  People who have never started a blog, tend to have the misunderstanding that we just sit at our computer a type up a post now and then and go about our day of drinking Starbucks and getting manicures.

Holy Crap, they could NOT more wrong??!!

Creating content, creating graphics, marketing, sending out emails, attracting the right audience, etc.  The list goes on and on.  I am limited on what time I can spend on my blog, but if I didn’t, who knows how many hours I would be sitting at my computer working on my neverending to-do list.

Every time I have a few minutes, I am filling my Buffer queue or filling my Boardbooster boards.

I actually find myself doing this at stop lights….shhh…..don’t tell anyone.

It’s is exhausting as hell, but at the same time, I am proud of what I’ve done for my blog.

To be honest, I had been talking about starting a blog about a six months before I put it into fruition.  My husband was SUPER supportive and kept asking me when I was going to take the leap and start it.  My apprehension was that I had soo many ideas of what I wanted to blog about.  Seriously, it was ridiculous…..

My blog Little Miss List Maker had been redone three times in its first few months, and now I love it.  I was okay with it when I first started, then I got a pro to help me redesign the site, and I began to feel really good about it.  But it wasn’t until I took it back into my own hands again and narrowed down my niche that I absolutely fell in love with it.  Sure, there are things I want to tweak here and there, but I think that will always be the case.

There is always room for improvement.

On that note, I wanted to tell you that you work hard and I appreciate the work you do.  I try and visit as many blogs as I can in Facebook Groups and on Pinterest, and I can see everyone putting their heart, soul, sweat and tears into their work.  I know how hard you must work because I know how hard it is for me.

For all of you who are always pushing yourself too much, beating yourself up over every little slight, and ready to give up, take a minute….. Look at what you’ve accomplished and remember how many people out there who haven’t taken the risk to join this crazy world of blogging.  You are amazing and what you’ve done is AMAZING.

Let that sink in….

 

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Celebrate your Accomplishments

Celebrate…no matter how big or how small.  Every new viewer, each post in a Facebook group, new Twitter follower…. it all counts.  Take a second everytime you get discouraged to look at what you’ve already done and what you may have gained since you last looked at your stats or blog and give yourself a high-five.  You’ve worked hard, and it is showing.  Don’t forget that.

Set goals for yourself and make a mental note of when you make progress towards reaching your set goal.  If you feel good about yourself and are proud of the work you do, it will show in your writing, graphics, and your interactions with other bloggers.

 

Help Someone in the Blogging Community

Facebook groups are excellent.  You may have seen me boast about them in once or twice in some of my blog posts.  I can’t help it; it is an amazing community of people I can look up to and ask for guidance.

Every day you need to go through your feed and read the questions that are posed by other bloggers.  Answer someone’s question.  Give some advice, as long as it is good, solid advice.  Don’t answer a question about WordPress if you have no idea what you are talking about.  That doesn’t help anyone.

However, on any given day, I can guarantee there is someone asking for an opinion on which picture looks better or which font works best.  Give your two cents.  It helps the person asking, and you know that you are contributing, not just fishing for page views.  And that can feel pretty damn good.

When I first joined these groups, I would just post my promos, do my reciprocations and skedaddle.  Now, I read what other bloggers are posting in these groups outside of the promo posts, and sometimes I post a question myself.  To get the feedback that I do, makes me feel like people are listening to me and want to help.  It feels great.

Be one of those that wants to help others.

 

Do Something for Yourself every day.

Hold up….I know we are all busy.  I have taken on way too much myself, but there are still things I do every day that I do for myself.  It doesn’t have to be a huge pampering thing, an expensive thing or even a try to find a babysitter type of deal.

Just something that makes you feel good about yourself.  For me, it’s a glass of wine and one of my shows on the DVR.  Tonight, it was This is Us.  Love that show.  Last night, it was taking an extra long shower so I could try my new conditioning hair mask.

Trust me, when you can take a second to only be in the moment with yourself, it can go a long way for your sanity.  Completely clear your mind, or think about only the good things that you’ve experienced that day.

You’ve already spent too much of your time thinking about your to-do lists, remembering what you forgot to do, and adding to your list for tomorrow.  30 minutes of nothing won’t kill you, in fact it may actually inspire you.

 

Cater your blog to fit you

When you started your blog, you probably had this vision of what you wanted it to look like.  Then when you started your site, you may not have had the knowledge or patience to make your site look how you wanted it.  So, you settled.  Well, don’t. There are so many ways to get guidance on this.  You want your site to reflect your personality, so you feel comfortable on it.  When you feel more comfortable on your site, you’ll want to post more and market it more.

There are so many ways to get help with this.  I settled when I first started, then I sought guidance on Fiverr and found a pro for a good price to help me completely redesign it.  From there, I’ve found so much on Pinterest and on Facebook that has helped me the rest of the way.

Trust me, when you love the look of your site, you will want others to see it and will love reading their encouraging comments.  Also, learn to ask for help.  On Facebook, you’d be surprised at how many time I saw  “I hate to ask….” or “I feel stupid for asking….” or my personal fav “Total newbie question, but….”  And once I read the question, I was like “Oh yeah, I was wondering that myself.”  Post your questions because you never know how many you’re helping just by asking, not to mention how much advice you can get in return.

 

Get Offline

Get off of your blog, Facebook, and Pinterest.  When you are constantly online, you will nitpick your site, or you will continue to find those who are more successful boasting about making six figures from their blog.  Those posts are great for inspiration, but when it is constantly in your face, it can become discouraging.  That is not helpful, nor productive.  So you need just to get offline.  If you get blog post ideas when you are offline, physically write them down.

Step back, walk away, or sit down with a pen and paper.  It is also good for your eyes and mental capacity to not be constantly sitting in front of a screen.  This is an excellent time just to brainstorm.

By getting offline, you can have one less distraction so you can focus.  Write down some goals, recap your day and everything you’ve done.  When you can take a minute offline, you may be able to see that you’ve done a lot more than you thought.  This will help you to appreciate what you have done and give yourself a break.

 

We all need a little encouragement and appreciation sometimes.  However, when you can appreciate what you’ve done and can see how far you’ve come, you will strive to do more.

5 Ways To Make The Most of Your Content

5 Ways To Make The Most of Your Content

Creating your blog content, it is so important and if done correctly can get you an enormous amount of traffic.  I think it is every blogger’s dream to have evergreen content, which is content that is always relevant.  This will ensure that no matter the time of year or day you publish, it will be on topic.  Bloggers want to have content that will attract the right kind of traffic to their blog.  That is why I have gathered a list of the 5 ways to make the most of your content when you are creating blog posts.

When I began writing blog posts, I had to get it all done right then.  I will spend 4-5 hours glued to my laptop.  I will create the blog content, add links, and create the graphic.  Then I will plan the social media posts, and get the SEO just right.  Then when I realize that it is time to write another post and I’d stress out thinking about how it takes me those 4-5 hours.  I would analyze if I had the time to spend to get the post completed right then.

Well, now that I have been doing this a while, I’ve realized that you don’t have to do it all in one sitting.  I am still just as excited once I get a post idea, but I’ve learned to schedule, downloaded tools and I’ve created templates, so it’s not so time-consuming or stressful as it once was.

Blogging doesn’t have to be stressful.  It is a great way to make money and an excellent way to share your ideas with others.  However, unlike a regular 9-5 job, you are the boss, and you can make the decisions on what/when/where/how you do your work.

If you want to put your best foot forward when you hit publish, take a look at these 5 ways to make the most of your content.

Creating the right content

Make sure that you are staying true to your brand when coming up with new content.  If you have steady viewership, then there are certain things that your viewers expect from you.  You want them to keep coming back and for them to find consistency with your blog.

Utilize tools on your blog that will increase the readability of your posts.  I love Yoast SEO.  It lets me know when my SEO and readability for my posts are up to par and informs me of how I can improve them before hitting “publish.”

Grammarly is a great tool to ensure that the content you are writing has correct spellings and is grammatically correct.  I know that many people like to write as if they were having a conversation with someone and sometimes it isn’t always grammatically correct, that’s totally fine.  I love reading posts from those bloggers who I feel are talking to me.

At the same time, though, you can ensure that what you are writing will make sense to those who are reading it.  When I was typing up this post, I had 12 errors in the first 3 paragraphs.  It turns out I use the word “actually” a lot and reminds me of other words I overuse so that I can delete it or use a different word.  When I write, I want to sound like I know what I’m talking about, but I also want to keep the conversational aspect as well.

Also, since I’ve installed Grammarly on my computer, it not only helps me with my blog posts but whatever I’m writing.  It comes up when I’m writing social media posts, emails, school work and when I’m commenting.  It is such a helpful tool.  You guys should check it out.

Plan Ahead

I use CoSchedule to schedule out most of my content.  Mainly because I love the headline analyzer and the alert emails, I get when something is coming due.  When I think of an excellent blog post idea, I add it to my calendar in CoSchedule.  Currently, I have the next couple months of ideas planned out, and it is such a relief.  On top of CoSchedule, I also have a physical planner that fits in my purse.   I like to cross things off my lists physically, it gives me a sense of accomplishment.  Also, when I’m out and about, I can read ahead and create outlines for the posts.

Content Upgrades

Stuck trying to create new content?  Maybe it’s time you look at some of your old posts and give them a little facelift.  See if those old posts would benefit from adding a download such as a checklist or other type of freebie.  This can bring new life to a post that may have fallen flat in the past.  Maybe change up the outline of it, change the photos or add headlines that would better grab a readers attention.

Research

When you have an idea for a blog post, test the waters to see if it would be something your readers would find interesting.  Send an email survey so that you can get feedback from your subscribers.  You can also post a survey in a Facebook Group.  Also, it ‘s nice to see if there have been a lot of recent blog posts lately on the same subject.  You don’t want your content getting lost in the crowd.  If you find that there is too much similar content on the topic, see what you can add to make it stand out above the others.  Maybe you would benefit more by adding a freebie or creating an email course.

Promotion

Once you have created your masterpiece, you don’t want it to go unseen.  Promote that precious jewel that you’ve just spent your valuable time building.  There are so many social media platforms where you can get the word out there about your posts.  I post in at least 5 Facebook Groups a day.  A majority of my viewers come from the groups, and I am so thankful for those participants.

Well, there you have it.  5 ways to make the most of your content.  I know how much time and effort is put into creating a blog post and it is so disappointing when it doesn’t get the attention you feel it deserves.  Go back and tweak an old post or put these ideas into play when creating a new post, it’s not too late.

What are some of the best pieces of advice you’ve received when it comes to creating content?