The 5 Best Blogging Courses That Took Me From Zero to $5K/Month

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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 find was a major factor in that success.

My blogging friends know me 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 with all my darling blogging buds), 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. There are a lot of crappy courses out there).

5 Blog Courses That Skyrocketed My Income (+1 you should consider)

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.

1. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

Price: $197 

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.

How to check if a blogging course has an active community
Before signing up for a new blogging course, check out the Facebook group and see if it has many members/posts. You probably won’t be able to enter the group if you are not a member but you should see the number of members and how many posts per day/month etc.

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).

>>>Learn more about Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing here<<<

Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – Everything You’re Missing

Price: $79 

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 I was a beta tester when Carly first released the course and 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. Don’t forget to use the code BLKFRD15 for $15 off.

>Learn more about Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – Everything You’re Missing here<<<


2. The Perfect Pin: How to Create Viral Pinterest Images

Price: $27 reduced to $19

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 $27 $19 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 $27 $19 you’ll ever spend. A good pin can bring you traffic and ad income for years.

>>>Click here to read more about The Perfect Pin.<<<

Blogging Courses for Intermediate Bloggers

3. Traffic Transformation: 21 Strategies I Used to Go from 17k to 400k Page Views in 10 Months

Price: $79 

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 the $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 without doing a tonne more work (it kinda emphasizes working on your current content more, actually).

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 – hello pin all threads! – 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.

>>>Click here to read more about Traffic Transformation<<<

What's the best blogging course out there? In this guide to the best blog training courses I will show you the results I've had from five blog courses ranging in price from $47 right up to the more expensive blogging courses at several hundred dollars. If you want to make money blogging, be sure to read my results. If I can do it, so can you!

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.

4. Billionaire Blog Club

Price $447 and open NOW! for a limited time.

If you only take one course – make it this one. 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.

>>Click here to learn more about Billionaire Blog Club<<<

blog courses

5. Build Blog Freedom

Price: $99/month

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.

>>>Click here to learn more about Build Blog Freedom<<<

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.

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10 thoughts on “The 5 Best Blogging Courses That Took Me From Zero to $5K/Month”

  1. Hi Emma. I want to start a new blog. I am absolutely new to everything and I already choose my topic which is climate change. Which course or guide to start a blog you recommend me that will make me start off on the right course since the beginning? And is the billionare blog club just for intermediate advance, or beginners are also going to take advantage of this?

    • Hi Analiese, if you were only going to buy one course, then absolutely get Billionaire Blog Club. It starts from scratch and will show you everything. I personally started it as an established blogger so I didn’t take advantage of the tutorials for new bloggers but it’s all there. If your budget is lower, then I would look at Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. It’s less than half the price, has an excellent getting started tutorial and will give you access to some of the big movers and shakers in the blogging world.
      Now, as for your topic. It’s important and will make a difference, but if you want to blog for profit you need to find ways for that topic to make money. I’m not sure of which affiliate programs you could access – perhaps Amazon for eco-friendly products, books etc. But will they make big money? Probably not. You might want to expand your niche into something like natural living/green living so you have a wider range of topics to write about and make money from.
      You can always monetize with ads but you’ll need traffic to make decent ad revenue. I make between $300-$400 a month with ads on my smaller blog that gets around 20-30k pageviews a month. So it’s a lot of pageviews for quite low revenue.
      Just some things to think about. All the best with it!

  2. What do you mean when you say Elite Blog Academy is more a building business course? I am new to turning my content into an income producing blog. I have a few brick and mortar businesses and am ready to try this! I am willing to take any of the courses or monthly training, just want to start.

    My website below is for my mortgage business, but I have a TON of experience in personal finance, business building and managing that I am ready to share and have been creating for years! I’m excited to make money in a different way with it now.

    • Hi Megan, EBA is a huge course that takes a lot of time to complete. Whilst excellent, it didn’t give me all the information I needed to write search-friendly content or incorporate affiliate links etc. I had to buy extra courses to get that information – and TBH for the price of EBA I really expected it to be a one-stop shop. The courses I recommend are more practical how-to courses for those who want to get stuck in. EBA only opens once a year, so it’s tough to wait when you want to start now.
      I think BBC would be a great course for you. The community is awesome and the founder – Scrivs – is always on Slack answering questions. It’s open for enrolment now but I think it may have gone up to $447 for a lifetime membership (and he’s currently reworking the course so it’s gonna be epic). Personal finance is a great niche (I may be *slightly* biased) and with your experience, you’ll ace it. All the best!

  3. I really appreciate your information here. I have been blogging for 2 months now (I know thats not long at all but I feel like I have ADHD. Everyone is looking to take your money and I keep worrying I’m not doing the right things. It was a huge learning curve just getting my blog theme the way I wanted it (is it yet?) and yet each step I take has tons of learning. I am on the waiting list for EBA and I also bought Create and Go’s package but haven’t felt like it was on the whole, the best course for me. I googled reviews today for Carly’s course (because she has a sale going on:)) and came upon your sight. I was going to sign up for Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing but it sounds like I can learn what I need from Carly at about 1/3 of the other course. I will also look into what other courses you were talking about. Thanks for being straight

    • Cheryl, if you’ve already taken some courses then I definitely think Carly’s course will be better for you. I think MSOAM is a better course for absolute beginners, but Carly gets straight to the point and doesn’t show you how to start a blog from scratch etc. If you know a little already, definitely save yourself a few bucks and get Carly’s course.

      As for your theme – it looks great! Just a couple of tips and these are totally just my opinions so you don’t need to change them if you don’t want to.
      I think maybe you could reduce the number of items on your navigation menu (maybe move Contact to under About) and get rid of Home as most people know to click the logo on your site to get to the home page.
      Also, get rid of the url written under your logo in the header – it’s unnecessary and when it comes time to use ad networks you will find out that is prime space. It’s called ‘above the fold’ and you want to have your content showing there so eliminate anything unnecessary from there.

      There are some weird links in your scattered leaf tree skirt post. Under the first paragraph and before the image. Links should be in-context (something you’re talking about and don’t have a ‘cold’ link – you want your readers to expect the link. For example, I get my felt supplies from Michaels – these are the ones I use – with the link on the ‘these are the ones’ etc.). A random link about glasses is jarring and puts readers off.

      Your photos are gorgeous – well done! I think your blog is beautiful and have no doubt you’ll do well. All the best!

  4. Emma – thank you for your generosity in writing this course. This has so much GREAT information that I know will be useful. You caught my attention when you mentioned that you were considering going to work as a VA at one point, because I sometimes feel the same way. But these course you mention give me hope and inspiration to learn new and better blogging methods. I have had my blog as long as you have, but am no where near your level of traffic. (Working full time while doing this is a constant challenge!) Again – thank you!

    • Thank you, Kristine, I really appreciate you saying that. Working full-time definitely makes it harder, so you really just have to focus on the stuff that makes you money. It might make you more efficient than me (I spend a lot of time fussing about, not very focused on the task at hand, really need to work on that). I actually know some blogging VAs who make a decent living, there’s no shame in it. And as blogging continues to grow, there is a huge opportunity for skilled VAs who know about WordPress and Pinterest and all that good stuff to make a good living. All the best to you in whatever you choose to do 🙂

  5. Hi Emma, which course would you recommend if you primarily want to drive traffic to your site so that clients will book an appointment with me. I am not expecting to make money from my blogging but would love to gain more clients. I am an Integrative Sleep Therapist – one of the few where I live in Ireland and want to make my name know as such – where do you think would be a good match for me in terms of blogging courses?

    • Hi Deirdre, thanks for the comment. So you need to focus on search engine traffic because you want to rank for terms like ‘sleep therapy Cork’ or similar. Sharon’s Build Blog Freedom SEO course (which is available as an individual course for around $300 I believe) would be an excellent start. Pinterest traffic will bring readers from everywhere, but for appointment-making you need to be ranking for those search terms. I use a free Chrome plugin called Keywords Everywhere to quickly tell the search volume those terms get, then write posts around them.
      If you’re looking to add blogging as an income stream (lots of bricks and mortar businesses do this now), then getting Pinterest traffic to posts like 10 Things You Need To Do To Stop Insomnia or 5 Foods to Avoid if You Can’t Sleep At Night (they sound click-baity, I know, but those kinda titles really do work) is a great start. You can then make money from ads and affiliate sales.
      So in summary, you need SEO for local booking for your therapy practice, and Pinterest would be a nice addition if you decided to do online consults or wanted to make money from ads and affiliates.

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