Earlier this year, my husband and I took a leap of faith and moved the family to Colorado from the other side of the country. We were ready for a new adventure, a new chapter in life. The kids were reluctant, but ready to take on the change. This move left me with another change – I left my 12 year career at a Forturne 50 company. I had intended to find another position once we were settled in Colorado, but quickly realized it was the perfect time to start something new. And I chose blogging. But I had no idea where to even start – or if I really could make money blogging.
At first I was just intrigued by the idea of starting a blog. As I started to look into it a little more, I uncovered this entire universe, and a wealth of information on the topic. The amount of information was a little more overwhelming than it was helpful actually.
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Somehow I was fortunate enough to come across a course from veteran blogger Heather Reese, from itsalovelylife.com. In this course, Heather teams up with her husband Pete to walk through the steps of creating and, more importantly, monetizing a blog.
In fact, there is a series of three courses. The content gets progressively more detailed as you work through each course. I’ve taken their full series, which starts with getting a website and ends with generating an income from your blog. Nearly everything about my blog is a direct impact from what I learned from Heather & Pete!
COURSE 1: Start Here If You Don’t Yet Have a Blog
This (FREE!!) 5 Day Email Crash Course will walk you through the exact steps of setting up a blog.
The course covers what to blog about, choosing a domain name, setting up your website, creating your social media accounts, and getting your first posts up. Money-making strategies are also introduced here.
The private Facebook group (that comes with enrollment) will give you the opportunity to bounce ideas off other bloggers – both new and experienced. So if you aren’t quite sure which logo looks the best, need ideas when you find your chosen domain name isn’t available, or have an issue with your site, you have a whole group there to help! And this group is always there for you to get on-going support from fellow bloggers, knowledgable group admins, and even from Heather & Pete themselves. I learn so much just from reading questions and answers others have posted, and I go back to the group frequently for help and advice.learn to set up a #blog and get on the road to monetizing with a FREE 5 day crash course! Click To Tweet
COURSE 2: Do You Have a Blog, But Need To Jump Start Your Traffic?
The 10K Traffic Challenge is another FREE course that will get you connected with other new bloggers. A new lesson is posted each day on teachable.com, so all students can work at the same pace.
In this course you will:
- learn the best way to share content on your social media accounts
- interact with a lot of new, and some more experienced, bloggers
- experience the process of sharing your content through social media and your relationships built with other bloggers
- learn the basics of SEO so your content can be found!
You’ll continue to find all the support you need in the Facebook group. A hashtag system is set up to make finding the different topics covered in the class super easy!
COURSE 3: You Are Ready to Make Money Blogging
Whether you have just set up your blog or are a veteran blogger, the 30 Day Blogging Fast Track course is exactly what you need to get started with monetizing.
This course goes into extensive detail about the various ways to make money with your blog. This includes ads, affiliates, sponsored posts, event coverage, and so much more. There are also lessons on setting up a business, staying in compliance while implementing these money-making methods, and designing the layout of your site.
There is a fee for this course, but the affiliate program makes it a low risk investment. Once you complete the course, you can enroll in their affiliate program. This means that for each person you refer to the course, you earn a commission when they enroll. It’s the perfect opportunity to implement everything you just learned. And it takes just 3 referrals to earn your money back! (This is where that note above on affiliate links comes in – I will earn a commission if you click on and enroll through my affiliate link.)new to #blogging? these courses teach you all you need to know, and two of them are free! Click To Tweet
Enrolling in 30 Day Blogging Fast Track gets you access to a private Facebook group that is specific to this course, where you can interact with former and current students on the course curriculum.
Note that enrollement for the 30 Day Blogging Fast Track course opens up for just a few days each month, with each new class starting on the first of the month. Affiliates often get coupon codes to give to potential enrollees, so check back for available codes from me!
Why Do I Recommend This Course?
I’ve done A LOT of research for blogging best-practices and how-tos that would get me in the right direction.
- the course content was the most comprehensive and the most thorough of most everything I found
- in addition to money-making strategies, there is a strong focus on driving traffic to your site – and without traffic, you can’t monetize.
- you could probably do all of the research yourself for free, but it would take you that much longer until you to begin to make any money
- not only do you learn how to monetize, the direct links to sponsor and affilitate programs are provided
- the on-going support from Heather and Pete, who have an authentic passion for blogging and supporting other bloggers
- technical support (via a separate Facebook group) to help you run your blog smoothly in WordPress
- the course fee is much lower than many other courses I’ve seen (and payment plans are also offered, if needed)
- the content will remain available to you for at least 2 years – which is great, because it is A LOT of information!
Do you know any new bloggers that could use a jump start on their traffic or are ready to make money blogging? Be sure to share this course with them too!