After three years of working my butt off, I’m finally earning a full-time income from my blog. Investing in the best blogging courses I could was a major factor in that success.
I’m known to be a course junkie. I’m constantly asked by others whether they should take X course, or if they think Y course is too beginner-y for them.
In order to save my sanity (and reduce the amount of time I spend on Facebook messenger discussing pros and cons of the many blogging courses I’ve taken), I wanted to write all my thoughts on the best courses about blogging I’ve taken in the five years I’ve been blogging.
(Please note: I’ve taken many more blog courses than the ones I mention below. These courses are the only ones I recommend for people who want to blog for a living).
6 Blog Courses That Skyrocketed My Income
Table of Contents
- 1 6 Blog Courses That Skyrocketed My Income
- 1.1 Best Blogging Courses for Total Beginners
- 1.2 Blogging Courses for Intermediate Bloggers
- 1.3 Overall Blogging Courses
- 1.4 Related Posts
I’m still actively taking courses (never stop learning, y’all!), so this post will be a living thing. I’ll update it when I come across a killer blog resource.
Best Blogging Courses for Total Beginners
It’s so tough to find the money to invest in a course on blogging when you’re just starting out. You’ve paid for hosting and a domain, perhaps a theme and logo design, maybe a Pinterest scheduler – at least $150 before you even make a dime.
The thing is, unless you learn the right skills, you will waste time and actually cost yourself money.
Case in point – I started this blog in 2015 and didn’t make a dime until after I started to invest in courses in 2016.
Now that I have the skills from investing in the right blogging courses I can monetize a blog instantly (I started two new blogs – one in August 2017 and another in January 2018, and both are making a profit already).
If you could get your blog to the level of making $500 a month within 6 months by investing in a good blogging course, then, of course, you’d do it.
That said, you don’t have to spend a fortune on a beginner blogging course to see results.
In my experience, there are two things a new blogger should focus on to get a blog fully functioning and making money – affiliate marketing and traffic generation.
For affiliate marketing I recommend taking one of the following two courses – Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing or Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers; Everything You’re Missing.
For traffic generation, Pinterest is the easiest place to get traffic as a new blogger. For that purpose, I recommend The Perfect Pin: How to Create Viral Pinterest Images.
These courses complement each other perfectly. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing shows you how to set your blog up for affiliate income, how to find and contact affiliate partners and the best way to write posts around affiliate links. It also includes a Pinterest module which is great for beginners.
The Perfect Pin: How to Create Viral Pinterest Images then shows you how to make gorgeous pins that will get clicks to your blog (the only Pinterest metric that matters).
Keep reading to see why these courses are some of the best online courses to make money.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing was the course that took me from $0 per month to $1000 in affiliate sales. I enrolled early on and drank up the information.
For me, MSOAM was the right course because Michelle (the course creator) is in my niche and successful. I took MSOAM after Elite Blog Academy and found the advice to be more practical than Elite Blog Academy (which I consider more of a business-building course) at a much more palatable price (currently $197).
I learned that although I’d had some early success (mainly viral shares) the content I was creating was not easily monetizable.
After taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing I learned to write posts that converted like this one: How We’re Using Ebates to Save Big on Our Travel Bookings
The reason I still promote MSOAM years after taking it is that the information is constantly updated and the price is excellent for a beginners course.
Plus, the active community on Facebook makes bouncing ideas back and forth simpler.
If a course has an active Facebook group, that is a huge plus for me. Networking with other bloggers is a great way to build success – and collaborations to get both of your names and blogs more eyeballs.
What I didn’t love
Michelle makes most of her income from one post on her site that promotes a host I don’t believe offer a good service (they *might* rhyme with pootoast – just sayin’).
There’s nothing wrong with making money from hosting, (I love and recommend Siteground and occasionally people buy the hosting and I make $50) but it perpetuates the myth that the only way to make money blogging is by encouraging people to start a blog (not true – I’ll address this in another post)
I can see why that bothers people, but Michelle still makes well over $10,000 per month from non-blogging affiliates. I chose to go into the course focusing on the other stuff. That way, I still got great info from her course, and that’s why I’m recommending it.
In my full Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing review, I mentioned that experienced bloggers may not get a lot from this course and I stand by that.
If you’re an experienced blogger, you will need a more advanced course (see more below).
The course also doesn’t go deep on SEO or the next-level stuff you need to explode your income. But it can get you to the level where you’re earning a decent part-time income so you can invest in more advanced training (which is going to cost way more than the $197 Michelle charges).
I had to include this affiliate marketing course for bloggers as it’s a strong competitor to the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. Now, technically I didn’t take this course to get me to the level I’m at today, but had it been around when I enrolled in MSOAM, I would’ve taken it because a) the price is super competitive and b) Carly Campbell is an understated blogging legend and she’s never given me bad advice.
Her course is thorough, and I definitely think that you would have the same results (if not better) from this course, than the one above, especially if you are not in the personal finance niche.
In the course, Carly focuses on her mom niche (she writes a lot about postpartum and other mum/mom stuff) to show that you don’t need to blog about blogging in order to succeed at blogging.
She’s also wise to which kinds of posts get page views in order to earn ad revenue (she’s with Adthrive but the same applies to Mediavine and other ad networks) and how to then funnel those pageviews through to posts that are well-monetized with affiliates.
For well under a hundred bucks, this course is excellent value.
Aah Pinterest. I love your free traffic. I love that you don’t care if I have no followers. I love how you give beginners a chance.
And yet, sometimes, you drive me absolutely bonkers. I design the prettiest pin in the world and it flops, then a text box screengrab goes viral – what’s that about?
If you feel the same as me about Pinterest, you need to take The Perfect Pin: How to Create Viral Pinterest Images by Jeff and Ben from Breaking the One Percent.
Now, confession time. When these guys came out I had total envy at their beautiful pins. I saw them EVERYWHERE! And I just knew they would be successful, because their pins were engaging and eye-catching, and their content was too.
At first, I wanted to hate them for being so good, but then I did what any self-respecting entrepreneur should always do – I got close to them.
I took their course, I joined their Facebook group, I learned to love their no-BS way of describing their Pinterest strategy. I gasped out loud when I found out all those beautiful pins were designed on Powerpoint (no, seriously).
These guys have a Pinterest course that shows you how to create a beautiful pin and they only charge $47 for it.
I once made $80 in ad revenue in one day after a pin I made went viral, so trust me when I say that this is the best $47 you’ll ever spend. A good pin can bring you traffic and ad income for years.
Blogging Courses for Intermediate Bloggers
Traffic Transformation by Lena Gott was a game-changer for my traffic. Using the strategies in this guide, I was able to go from a plateau of 15,000 page views a month (I honestly thought I’d never get past it and strongly considered becoming a bloggers VA instead), to reaching the threshold for Mediavine and blasting right on past it.
Now, there are people out there that will tell you traffic doesn’t matter. They’re wrong. Let me tell you why. You need traffic to qualify for a premier ad network (Mediavine requires 25k monthly sessions). Once you qualify for an ad network you get REGULAR MONTHLY INCOME.
I cannot emphasize enough how much of a shift in your business regular income makes. Regular income means you can invest in new tools, maybe a VA, or just more courses.
Back to the guide. I reread this guide regularly. It’s worth at least triple that $79 Lena charges for it plus I love that it’s PDF so I can read it on my Kindle in bed on lowlight while the kids are asleep next to me – #mombloggerproblems
The book contains 21 strategies to increase your traffic.
If you’re spending a lot of time on your blog and not getting anywhere, this is the guide for you.
Step 3 of the guide details some low payback tasks you can just quit right away. I stopped all of these (grind) tasks and saw no drop in traffic, and got 5 hours a week back. 5 hours a week that I could use to focus on tasks that grow my business. That is a big deal to a WAHM!
I really think the best thing about Lena’s guide is that it forces you to use the data you already have to improve your blog as it stands.
Improving existing posts, driving more page views from every single visitor and then showing how to replicate your successes over and over again.
If you’re working your butt off and still the traffic isn’t moving, this guide is a must-buy. I’d stop everything you’re doing right now and work on these strategies.
Overall Blogging Courses
As you can see I’ve taken multiple blogging classes to get where I am. But there is an alternative – taking a course which shows you everything. The blog courses listed below are complete in that they discuss starting a blog from scratch, niche-selection, writing content, promotion and monetization.
Billionaire Blog Club is a complete blogging course. Paul Scrivens (Scrivs) runs multiple blogs successfully which is the reason I signed up for the course only this year. I wanted to know his system for automating and managing multiple blogs, plus I saw lots of successful bloggers taking the course.
I knew they were successful because they were monetized with Mediavine (minimum 25k sessions per month) and some of the blogs were less than six months old (I checked their archives). That is a seal of approval right there.
I really like that Scrivs encourages new bloggers to write popular content to establish their blogs and get decent traffic from Pinterest.
His training is very specific, step-by-step, in video format.
This course also teaches a bunch of super-practical stuff like how to make your first $1000 and runs challenges around getting to 10k page views or writing a certain number of words each day.
The community on Slack is very-supportive and collaborate regularly. They have places where members can sign up to each others group boards on Pinterest (highly niched group boards with low contributor numbers are still helpful) or offer a guest post, social media promotion and loads of other cool stuff that really helps when you’re new and nobody knows you.
To get a feel for Scrivs’ style, check out The Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Money Making Blog Niche.
Build Blog Freedom is a membership site and in my opinion is one of the best blogging training courses I’ve come across.
I’ve followed Sharon Gourlay for five years now. I remember when I went travelling in 2014, she was blogging about her Amazon affiliate niche sites and I was super-interested.
Almost all of her traffic to her Amazon sites was from search engines and she made a huge passive income while travelling the world with her family.
She gives away a ton of free value in her Facebook group and on her blog, Digital Nomad Wannabe.
Needless to say, when she released her SEO course as part of her new membership site, Build Blog Freedom, I was in.
The only reason I’ve not listed this at the top is that the fee is monthly due to being a membership site, so the cost could be prohibitive to some. But at $97 a month, I get access to advanced SEO training and all the other courses she runs alongside (affiliate marketing, social media, email marketing, technical lessons, masterclasses, private Facebook group).
If that cost is something you can afford, you won’t regret spending it.
So there you have it. The best courses for running a profitable blog, in my opinion. Don’t waste another moment flailing with no guidance.
I hope this article has been helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments.