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So much advice!
Have you been thinking about starting a blog? It is easy to get totally overwhelmed with all the advice, courses, e-books and articles out there.
I have spent the last few months reading all the blogs, taking all the free courses, some of the paid courses, downloading lists, reading articles, watching videos, listening to podcasts…you name it, I’ve tried it!
If you think that sounds overwhelming, you’re right! My brain probably looks like swiss cheese, at least that’s what it feels like. I have been trying to wrap my head around all the information out there. There is so much available and everyone tries to sound like an expert, but not everyone is!
I have narrowed my list of must-read blogs down recently and thought I would share them with you. If you are just getting started in the blogging world these are some great place to start reading and learning from.
If you are going to spend money on courses I have included a few that I highly recommend too.
If you haven’t started your blog yet, check out my post on how to set up your website in WordPress.
The Best Blogging Blogs for Bloggers
I really love reading Meera’s blog. She has a TON of information available and it is all free! She talks about e-mail lists, marketing, productivity and so much more! Her resource page is extensive and the few times I have exchanged e-mails with her I have been blown away by her knowledge.
Elna Cain writes about blogging, freelance writing, and being a mom to twins. Her site is beautiful to look at and fun to read. I really enjoyed her post about Mompreneurs to follow and this post about commenting on other blogs.
It might seem funny to have a money-saving site on a list about starting a blog, but I love the way that Crystal writes about blogging and business. She is honest and funny and real. She has some great posts on How to Make Money Blogging that really inspired me to get started on my own blog.
Worthwhile Courses for Bloggers
Abby from Just a Girl and her Blog has written a great program for those just starting out. It includes worksheets, videos, audio and a step by step guide to walk you through it all. It is a great introduction to building your blog from the ground up. I am still working my way through all the information!
I decided to sign up for this course not really knowing if I was going to do affiliate marketing. Michelle of Making Sense of Cents really opened my eyes to the possibilities that were out there. I love how she lays it all out and makes it so easy to get started. Plus, her focus on being real and helpful to people instead of sales-y really spoke to me.
I absolutely adore Jennifer Maker and her class on building your email list is one of my all-time favorites. She covers building a Resource Library in order to share lots of different opt-ins with your readers. If you are struggling to build your list, this is the course to take.
Kim Anderson has an amazing podcast for bloggers, Just Keep Blogging. She covers everything from tips to improve your blog to pep talks to keep you moving forward. Her Facebook group is an amazingly supportive place too!
Simple Pin Podcast from Kate Ahl is an in-depth look at how to use Pinterest for your blog. She has great guests, covers all the updates that Pinterest does and shares great tips.
I only recommend one membership group and that is from Kim Anderson. She runs the Just Keep Blogging Mentored Membership group which provides new educational material each month and has an amazing Facebook group to go with it.
Kim is so engaged it’s amazing! If you want to fill in the gaps in your blogging education, this is the perfect place to be!