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Best Blogging Training Courses

As a new or more experienced blogger, it can be hard to sort through free articles, webinars, tools, and endless paid for and free blogging courses.  These are the best blogging training courses and resources that I love, even if you think you know what you are doing.

The Best Blogging Training Courses, Tools, and Books For Beginners

As I progress into my second year of blogging as an LLC, I realized that in order to succeed, I needed to start taking more blogging courses to up my game.  While I learned a lot from free online blogging webinars and articles, sometimes it is great to invest in courses where the instructors have proven their authority.

You know: the stats and money that go with success.

Below are the best blogging training courses that I have taken, including blogging courses for beginners and those who need more inspiration or tips.  Also, find a few extra blogging tools that I love and inspirational blogging books.

Best Blogging Training Courses

The Best Blogging Training Courses

It always amazes me when people start a blog and just think if they journal and write whatever they want, the masses will come.  While your voice and niche are essential to blogging, I have watched far too many newbie bloggers drop within the first two years of blogging.

Some realized that blogging for business just wasn’t for them or sparking joy.  However, others thought that they could get rich quick.  Many had no idea how much work it takes.  You need patience, time, and the willingness to change and grow.

A fatal flaw: these newbie bloggers never invested in learning from the pros.

Blogging is not just writing to your heart’s content.  Blogging is about:

  • Providing value to a specific audience
  • Fulfilling a need
  • Writing for others and not just yourself
  • Hard work (I’m talking endless hours and sacrifices)
  • Building community
  • Learning and growing: you need to know (or hire someone who knows) basic website design, SEO, marketing, writing, and business skills
  • Time: Time that you put in, time to rank in search engines, and the patience to see it all through, even if takes 6 months or 3 years

With that said, most bloggers go into blogging having done some research and looking for more.  You don’t want to start off on the wrong foot–which we all do to some extent–do you?  How do you sort through it all?

Here are a few of the most affordable and best blogging training courses that I personally champion for your blogging success:

Best Blogging Training Courses How To Become A Blogger For Beginners

Becoming A Blogger By Cate Rosales Of A Sweet And Simple Life

Cate is one of my favorite bloggers because she is all about her name: simplicity.  She can take a small blog audience and transform readers into loyal customers and followers because she provides endlessly free value.

Her income stats prove that she makes sustainable blogging money through sponsorships, affiliate marketing, her services, and free blog posts–to name a few sources.  She doesn’t currently use ad channels.

Becoming A Blogger is an amazing blogging course for beginners as it walks you through the entire blogging process, step-by-step.  With 21 modules, you learn how to set-up a blog, write content, make money, guest post, create products, write pitch letters, factor in SEO, market on social media, and organize your business.  Find out more here→

Cate also runs a successful FB group, Becoming A Blogger.

Best Blogging Training Courses for SEO Basics

SEO Basics By Rachel Paul Of College Nutritionist 

I always recommend keeping your eyes wide open for blogging bundles.  I will be sure you let you know when I find them too.

Recently, I purchased what has been some of the best blogging training courses in an Entrepreneur Bundle.  While the Bundle is no longer available, the courses are for sale individually.  Slowly, I have been watching all 32 and picking out my favorite ones.  SEO Basics is a great blogging course for beginners.

Although Rachel’s niche is extremely different from mine–you can guess that she focuses on food plans and nutrition–her course is applicable for everyone.  Yup, even a book and literary travel blogger like me.

SEO Basics is three short modules that you can watch in a day.  Rachel has HUGE, goal-worthy blog page views from Pinterest, Instagram, and Google searches.  Her course focuses on keywords, blog user experience, and productivity.  She zeros in on how to pick your target audience and shape the bones of your website.

My huge takeaway from SEO Basics is about having core blog posts that you update every year–about one a week.  You don’t have to pop out endless blog articles every other day to be successful.  Hearing this was a GAME CHANGER for me.  With less time pounding out content–and maintaining the BEST articles–you can have time to work on even more fun blogging projects.

Rachel’s course also provides some fantastic free SEO tools that I use every single day.  As a bonus, she covers SEO for Pinterest and Tailwind Basics.  Rachel talks about site speed, picture sizes, and utilizing popular posts.  She’ll also warn you against some big no-no’s.  Check out SEO Basics Here→

Best Blogging Training Courses: Pinterest With Ell

Pinterest With Ell By Ell Duclos Of Boss Girl Bloggers

If you follow me anywhere on social media, you know that one of the most affordable and best blogging training courses for beginners is Ell’s Pinterest program.

Why does Pinterest matter?  Pinterest is a visually stunning and popular search engine.

Ell’s Pinterest course got my juices flowing, and within just three months of taking her course, I saw mind-blowing results:

The best blogging training courses for Pinterest
This is an example of a Pinterest pin for one of my blog posts. Over 2,000 people have saved the pin and 683 people have clicked on it.

Pinterest pins linked to my blog posts started going viral (over 1,000+ saves and hundreds upon hundreds of clicks).  I reached up to 1.4 million monthly Pinterest views, which waivers with algorithms, of course.  You can peek at The Uncorked Librarian’s Pinterest account here.

Best blogging courses for online Pinterest success
One example of stats from two more viral pins linked to my blog posts.

Ell frequently updates her Pinterest course and has 7 easy to follow modules.  She teaches you how to set up your Pinterest business profile, how to use targeted keywords, and what Tailwind is all about.  Learn about making pins convert to traffic and sales, group boards, and how to make affiliate sales via Pinterest.  Branding is everything.

Ell’s Pinterest guide is one of the best priced blogging courses for newbies, and you can even find her free blogging traffic course there too.  Check out Pinterest With Ell Here→

You can join Ell’s supportive FB Group, Boss Girl Bloggers.

Additional Blogging Resources For Beginners

One of the first mistakes that I made as a newbie blogger included not legally protecting my blog THE RIGHT WAY.  I highly recommend forming an LLC for your blog to start.  You want to separate your business from your personal assets.

What happens if you don’t love a brand’s product, you write an honest review, and they sue you for slander?  What if someone violates their terms of agreement?  Or, what if you use a free stock photo that you accidentally didn’t have the rights for?

Will someone’s first reaction be to sue you?  Probably not. They will ask you to take it down.  Could they sue you?  You bet.  One photo will run you about $150,000 for copyright infringement in the U.S.

So who is my legal go-to these days?  Amira…

Best blogging training courses and tools Legal Bundle

Blogging Legal Bundle From Amira Of A Self Guru

Amira truly kicks ass–she is a lawyer and a blogger so I know she GETS me and speaks legalese.  From Cease and Desist letters to working contracts and essential pages for your blog, I always go to Amira first.

One big mistake I made in the beginning, and you probably are doing the same right now: messing up and going CHEAPO on your blog’s footer legal pages.

Yup, you can get free Disclaimers, Privacy Policies, and all of the essential documents from the web, but truly, these will not cover you.  Did I do this at first?  YUP.  Was it dumb?  Yup… Was I saving money? Yea, but at a long-term cost.

Blogging legally is where bloggers unintentionally mess up.  I am always super paranoid about breaking some rule or regulation.  Remember panic mode for everyone when GDPR came out…?!

If you want to get approved for ad revenue like Google Adsense, protect your brand, and meet legal requirements, you need the right legal pages, which requires a small investment.  I 200% love and recommend Amira’s legal bundle including:

  • A Disclaimer
  • A Privacy Policy
  • Terms and Conditions

These pages are a one-time but FOREVER investment.

Protect your blog legally and let brands and readers know how they can use your content (or not use it).  Claim your content, stop copyright infringement and plagiarism before it starts (and it will…), and protect your assets.  Let people know how you use analytics and collect data (there are laws about this), and show brands that you are a professional.

Do you mean business?  Because I do.  Get your Legal Bundle here

As a blogger who has dealt with plagiarism, find out what to do when a blogger steals your blog content.

You can also join Amria’s Facebook group, A Self Guru.

Best Blogging Training Courses and Tools

Travel In Her Shoes, Aggie Lal’s Presets

Lastly, it is no secret that I am not personally an Instagram girl.  Nor do I have those particular travel influencer goals.  However, I do use Instagram for business.  It’s a love-hate relationship.  I do understand and champion a well put together IG grid with pretty pictures for your niche, whatever that means to you.  For me, wine is BEAUTIFUL.

I also like having decent pictures on my blog when I am showcasing my travels.  Pictures sell.  These are my IG pics edited in less than 5 minutes with presets (you might be thinking, yup I can tell lol–but this is me…).

The Uncorked Librarian on Instagram
The best blogging training courses for Pinterest
The Uncorked Librarian on Instagram

The Uncorked Librarian on Instagram @theuncorkedlibrarian

I suck at photography, and I am not sure I even give two f*cks.  BUT, I do use Photoshop and presets so that I have pictures that look slightly better and more professional.

For me, I love Aggie’s presets because I click, make some minor edits, and in 3 minutes, I have an OK picture.  I don’t want to spend hours editing my IG pictures, but I don’t want blurry, ugly ones either.

Aggie’s presets sharpen your pictures, add dimension, and help you get minor uniformity that you can edit.  I learned a lot about editing from her preset settings, too.  Aggie’s presets work in two versions.  One with the free Photoshop app and one with a paid-for version.  See all of Aggie’s Presets Here

Best Blogging Training Courses Via Book Inspiration

Don’t Keep Your Day Job By Cathy Heller

I received Don’t Keep Your Day Job as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.  The title is set to publish in November 2019, and you may know Heller from the Don’t Keep Your Day Job Podcast.

Heller is all about following your creative dreams and living your life happily to your fullest artistic potential.  This purpose on earth ranges from making cupcakes or teaching yoga online to starting a blog or selling pottery.

I find Heller to be highly relevant and inspirational.  She teaches bloggers how to build community, reach out to target and end buyers, and even brings into the mix self-discovery and meditation.

Her book gives scenarios of everyday people like you and me making their dreams come true.  Heller also discusses and interviews big-name podcasters, bloggers, and entrepreneurs to demonstrate how you can replicate their success.

Anyone can do it.  

If you journal or write down your goals, you will love Heller’s prompts.  Pre-order a copy of Don’t Keep Your Day Job Here→ 

Which Of These Best Blogging Training Courses And Resources Will You Invest In Next?

As a newer blogger or a flailing one (or even one caught in the purgatory of success halfway to Mediavine), blogging can get overwhelming.  Finding the best blogging training courses becomes stressful because you have to weed out the BS from the good.

I always recommend that bloggers do their own due diligence too.  Some people fake it to make it while others have good intentions but lead people unintentionally astray.  Plus, what works well for one person might not work for you.  Look into all of these courses before you commit financially.

Sometimes, I even find myself resistant to course teachings because the information provided goes against what I’ve been practicing or thought I knew.  I am a Taurus.  Stubbornness is a trait.

I let the advice simmer, I ask around, and I test out theories on my blog.  I take some blogging course advice and leave some.  Better yet, I modify and make tidbits work for me.

While I have enrolled in blogging course after course, these are truly my favorite blogging courses for beginners and those looking to up their game.

Be sure to check back as I will frequently update this page.

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Wednesday 17th of July 2019

I need all of this! ALL OF IT. I bought Ell's course... back when it was $12! Still haven't had time to take it. Though I've been making other back end changes. I figure I better do all of this while I have no traffic or backlinks to break. And by I've been making changes, I mean I've been making my husband do them for me bc I'm absolutely clueless. I'm better at drinking wine. I'm looking forward to Ell course tho, I'm hoping this weekend I can dive in!


Monday 22nd of July 2019

LOL!! I feel you. I have so many courses to go through, and they are all teaching me so much. It can easily get overwhelming at times, too.

That's so funny and NICE that your husband is doing them for you. My dream one day is to hire a developer to fix all of the bad that exists deep within the inner workings of my site. I am updating last year's posts now and realizing how much I've grown and learned. It's kind of cool, but now I want to trash it all.

I am a PRO at drinking wine!!

Kelly | Another Book in the Wall

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Thanks for sharing such a great and informative post, Christine! One thing I particularly need to look into more is making sure my blog is legal. I’m so paranoid that my disclaimer and privacy policy aren’t properly set up. I might have to spend a little money and do one or two of these courses. Thanks for all the resources, love! You’re amazing! ❤️


Friday 19th of July 2019

Hey! Thanks! Blogging legally is always so *unintentionally* hard. I just realized that my GDPR cookie consent no longer had a reject button (a friend pointed it out) I had to update that to be in compliance. Then, no one had told me about no-follow links when I was taking affiliate marketing courses (so there was another HUGE ethical mistake). I spend SO much time going back to make everything meet legal requirements. Then, a blogging friend just realized her disclosures were not fully FTC approved and needed to fix each one individually. We all struggle there.

I always knew my free Disclaimer and Privacy policies barely had me covered so I was stoked when Amira came out with affordable templates for bloggers. I didn't have a Terms and Conditions until Amira either. The pages are seemingly pricey for newer bloggers, but 200% worth it once you read them. They leave little room for loopholes. I feel better!

Thanks again, and have a great weekend!


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

This was so informative!! I think if I ever decide to invest in a course, it'd be related to blogging. I like Instagram & Pinterest, but I'd be more into working with my online space. So, Cate's course is probably the one I'm most drawn to out of all of these great resources! However, legal entanglements are never fun, so I'd have to consider Amira's course as well. Also, that tagline in the top graphic, "Don't get caught in blogging purgatory," made me chuckle :')


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

I definitely feel like I started off this year in a blogging purgatory that resembled the Upside Down from Stranger Things. I ended last year on a super high note and flatlined. My stats were OK, but not where I wanted to be. I figured that it was time to hunker down and invest--and I haven't regretted it yet. The summer is supposed to be a slow month (and my Pinterest is dragging more than usual), but I am still seeing the highest page views at a steady increase, which is amazing. I am hoping this means that the fall will be amazing for TUL. I also love taking courses in the summer since it is a tad slower. Summer for me is the perfect time to catch up, learn new things, and fix the bad stuff. Plus, go to the beach ; ) P.S. I love your beach and FLOWER pics.

If you ever decide to take Cate's course, I have a 40% discount code that you can use. I think I am going to drop it in my next newsletter too--which happens to land right as we are moving, ekkk! I gotta make sure I have a PO Box that I can still use to the bottom of that newsletter...speaking of blogging legalities.

Blogging legally (or accidentally illegally) terrifies me. It's a large part of the reason why I am an LLC now too. I wanted the extra protection once I fully monetized. Amira's little legal bundle for your blog footer is AMAZING. One day, girl, when you are growing your site even more and not in school, they'll be waiting for you!

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

This is a Godsend of a post! I've already started Rachel Paul's SEO Basics course and I'm loving it so far. And I really like the sound of the Pinterest course you mentioned, especially with the boost it has given your pins. My real problem is implementing everything, since my real "love" of blogging is in the actual writing, and everything else feels like a bit of a chore.


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Hey Katherine! Thank you SO much! Let me know what you think of Rachel Paul's SEO course in the end; glad you love it so far. That was one that threw me off-kilter at first (I have no idea why I was so resistant to her blog setup and 52 post idea). Then I seriously stepped back, started to look over my site, and was like HOLY CRAP, that's actually DUH and AMAZING. Turned out to be by far one of my favorite courses this year for target audience and blog design. I also love courses like Rachel's where you can take some ideas and leave others. It really gets you thinking. I felt like because I have a slightly different niche, I can bend some of her lessons to better fit book blogging and travel.

The Pinterest course by Ell is truly amazing too. Rachel gets you started in the SEO one that you are enrolled in, and then Ell is a fantastic follow up to really target just Pinterest. Ell tends to discount her courses around the holidays so I'll let you know if I see anything too. Her Pinterest course is one of the cheaper courses I've seen, and it is SO powerful. I was super happy to be able to show those successes here. I don't think even I believed that I would have viral Pinterest pins.

I am like you: I love writing. I just wish that I could write and write and write. It's my happy place and my dream. I think for hobby blogs (maybe!?) you can get away with just writing. But I figure since I love writing and want to make it my career, I gotta suck up the other stuff. I actually love taking courses. School has always been my thing minus tests. What I don't love is realizing all of the mistakes that I made and having to go back and fix them. LOL. That just KILLS the passion for the day. I will say, too, that Pinterest is probably the easiest and most fun for me on the other side of not writing. Tailwind is WAY too tedious, BUT it doesn't take a lot of time and the results are worth it. Plus, it gives me more time to write.

Thanks SO much! If you ever want to chat about what you learned, drop me a message. I love discussing ideas and trying to figure it all out with others. Clearly, I love blogging A LOT. lol!

Lauren Elena

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Thank you for this! I need to get on this. I have some courses I’ve been meaning to take. I took Ell’s pinterest course but need to read over it again. I need to get Amira’s bundle and still need to update my theme. My organizational and time management skills are lacking! I’m also indecisive. ?


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

P.S. I definitely think I have a few courses lying around about productivity so I'll let you know if there are any that rock for that and organization. Even blogging full time now, I just can't get done what I want to...and I make daily goals and checklists. I do a lot but it's SO hard to prioritize.


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Hey!!! If you ever decide to take Becoming A Blogger by Cate, let me know. I can get you 40% off since Cate is my go-to for everything! She helps me SO much and is the sweetest. I love her simple approach to everything. You definitely should follow her on Twitter if you aren't @simplycaterose.

Amira's bundle was on my Christmas list until I had that plagiarism issue. I figured it was just time to lock my site down! Well worth the expense--but I definitely understanding holding out too. Amira tends to have sales around the holiday, and I get emails for them. I'll let you know if I see a big one. I saw Ell buy the legal bundle first (and interview Amira) and then Kathy. Cate uses them too. I'm SO happy with them and feel a tad more legally covered. Plus, if those ladies use them, I knew I made a solid choice. I love that Amira has working contracts too.

The theme issue was killer for me this year. I was so bummed when PD was caught with unethical practices. I LOVED their themes and their customer service. It took me forever to re-do my site, and I still find glitches. PD had some built-ins that just can't be replicated. Bummed they went rogue. I love the Genesis Framework and Restored316 that I use now, though. Genesis seems to have boosted my SEO, for sure. It's super girlie like me too!

Thanks for reading!