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20 Free Blogging Courses To Help Start Your Blog

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Hi, everyone!ย  My name is Crystal Jenkins and I`m an aspiring Blogger just like some of you.ย  I have spent hours on Pinterest and read so many posts about starting a blog but I haven`t seen posts about the struggles and the days and months before you get to the viral posts.ย  I want to fill that void for you! I have created this little blog to showcase the before.ย  I plan on posting about what I have to go through before I self host. I am a complete Newbie!

What Are You Waiting For?

 

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I have chosen some inspiring blogger’s freebies to help me start my blog. I found 2 ebooks on http://www.kobo.com (for free) and 5 free blogging courses (2 are on Pinterest pinning). I`m putting these courses to the test! Check out my Blog Diary for my weekly recap on the courses and how they have helped me thus far.

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If you want to go on a step by step journey to going viral (fingers crossed) with me, click on the link above and subscribe to my email list. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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I will send you a list of 20 free blogging courses I have found useful to me (maybe one day I will send out my own!) that`s in addition to the 5 free courses I`m alreading listing on my Blog Diary!! These courses are from some talented bloggers that I follow. They are on everything from step by step blog planning, Pinterest, Instagram, SEO, affiliate marketing and so much more.ย  Comment below and let me know if this sounds exciting to you!

Crystal xx

Don`t forget to click the link to get your list of blogging courses!

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Top 5 Lessons I’ve Learned About Starting A Blog

Hi, It’s Crystal!ย  This week has been a learning experience for sure!ย  I have been doing so much research and trying to build a following on social media (follow me guys!), I even tried working in an opt in or a call to action (a list of 20 free blogging courses from many wonderful bloggers that I have personally taken); but I haven’t been gaining much traction there. For my opt in I used http://www.mailchimp.com .ย  I found the program pretty straight forward and easy to navigate. I have been using the free version until I self host. I am so cheap! Actually, I want to be able to use the program and see some results before I commit to purchase.

Blogging Is Time Consuming Guys!!

20180509_165342_0001213580720.pngI wasn’t prepared for how enveloped I became in the work, how often I go to my dashboard to see the traffic insghts, follows and comments and of courseย  how many times my husband asks if I’m ever getting off my phone? Or am I ever coming to bed?ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I think I found my passion!!

You 100% have to be all in with this blogging thing if you want to make any money, I can see that now.ย  Just this week alone I have emailed bloggers for Pinterest boards, subscribed to Facebook groups, installed http://www.viralwoot.com for my Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook posting and http://www.planoly.com for my Instagram. Figuring all this out took a lot of time. Through all of this trial and error I have learned many lessons. How about my top 5?

top.51. Plan out your blog before you self host.ย  What I mean by that is have at least five posts written and your about me page and contact and legal pages.ย  This will help you tremendously. When you start your blog you are going to want to have the content there to publish. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Write at least three posts a week to start off.ย  This will help you get in the groove of writing. Post at least twice and then you will be one ahead of the game. We all need a sick day…wine day…whichever!

3. Join Pinterest its an amazing visual search engine and it will help you grow.ย  Find some group boards in your niche and apply.ย  Facebook groups and Instagram pods are great too. Social media will help get your name out there.

4. Find a Scheduler. I am currently using the above listed; Planoly and Viralwoot, for free for a limited time. They are functional.ย  I’m most grateful for the time they save once you set up all your hashtags!

5. Build an email list. So important. You need readers to your blog. Come up with something amazing that they can’t live without and offer it to them for free! I use Mailchimp for my opt in page. I’m still trying to figure this one out myself.

Good luck guys this isn’t for the lazy I can promise you that. And it will not happen without plenty of work and plenty of mistakes but you will grow and you will learn. I promise. Just keep at it!

Check out my previous post and click the link! I’ll send you a list of 20 free blogging courses to help you start every aspect of your blog. For those of you following along with the five blogging courses I have been taking, I’m going to have a course recap post coming sometime this week.

Crystal xx

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A Blog Built On Bloggers Results

Hi, everyone! My name is Cystal Jenkins. I`m an aspiring Blogger from a little island called Newfoundland.

I’ve been wanting to tackle this “passion project “of mine and start a blog.ย  Like all of you, I have spent hours online researching and dreaming.

While wrestling with the ideas in my head I decided to start a blog that tests out all these posts I’ve been reading!ย  By documenting what methods I have been implementing (and offering my two cents), together we can figure it out! Of course I’ll reference these wonderful bloggers so you can follow along with me.ย  All the ebooks and course I’ve usedย are free (I`m cheap) so they are accessible for everyone.

My plan is to have enough posts and pages (apparently they are not the same, who knew!) ready to launch my very own self hosted blog! If all this sounds exciting to you too, why not jump in feet first with me and start your passion project as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Come join me on my blogging journey from a little island called Newfoundland.

Crystal ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment below and let me know how your blogging journey is going, I would love to hear from you.

 

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Which Bloggers Inspire you to Blog?

Who are your mentors, your direct competition, the people whose accomplishments you want to meet?

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” Oprah Winfrey

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

We all have them.ย  These ladies have inspired me so much I`ve dedicated this little blog to reviewing their free courses (if I had the budget I would gladly fork over the loot (*sigh))!ย  These women have put in the work, spent the time on their content, SEO, and keywords and of course, the FREEBIES!ย  They inspire me to want the same.ย  So for that — a shout out. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  We all have an inner desire to inspire others; these bloggers are doing it right.

http://www.epife.com

http://www.amintademadura.com

http://www.redefiningmom.com

http://www.momsmakecents.com

I want to thank you ladies for helping a girl out.ย  Please keep it up; I need you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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How do you become an inspiration to other bloggers?ย  Help us solve a problem — these ladies all did for me.ย  I went to Pinterest with a problem and they fixed it!ย  How can I do the same for my readers?ย  I can start by introducing you to the bloggers that helped me.

These blogs each have a ton of content that is fun to read and easy to understand which is great for a newbie like me.ย  Please check out each of their blogs and let me know if you found them helpful and if you do,ย  don`t forget to leave them a nice comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

Crystal xx

Oh, and please subscribe to my mailing list! I send out helpful tips and tricks that I find are working for me. The link is at the bottom.

 

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Countdown To Blog Launch

30 Days To My Self-Hosted Blog

If you`ve been following along with my blogging journey you already know – I plan to launch a self-hosted blog in 30 DAYS!ย  In order to keep myself in check I`m going to document my journey to keep myself accountable. I tend to slip but I AM getting better at keeping goals. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment below and let me know how you are at keeping goals; I can`t be alone!

Yesterday I completed Day 1 of the 5 free courses I`m taking through email. You can find the links to their blogs on my Blog Diary page. (If I can figure out how to link my page I will, otherwise it`s at the top of the page).ย  I also read chapter 1 in both ebooks.

When I finished I felt immediately inspired and ready to tackle it all!ย  The information is somewhat repetitive but to me that means it works, right?

Most of the bloggers have”action items” or homework at the end of each lesson; I love that!ย  It gives you something to work towards and helps you feel like you are getting stuff done!ย  I mean, the goal is to be our own boss, right?!

Hopefully you`re following along the courses with me absorbing and implementing what you are learning to your own blogs.ย  Comment below and let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

These 30 days will be quick; I`m sure.ย  Days go by fast after 35 (LOL, not cool); but we`ve accomplished so much already.ย  We can do this together. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until tomorrow everyone and look for my weekly recap on Friday!

Crystal xx

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A Blog Built On Bloggers Results

Hi, everyone! My name is Cystal Jenkins. I`m an aspiring Blogger from a little island called Newfoundland.

I’ve been wanting to tackle this “passion project “of mine and start a blog.ย  Like all of you, I have spent hours online researching and dreaming.

While wrestling with the ideas in my head I decided to start a blog that tests out all these posts I’ve been reading!ย  By documenting what methods I have been implementing (and offering my two cents), together we can figure it out! Of course I’ll reference these wonderful bloggers so you can follow along with me.ย  All the ebooks and course I’ve usedย are free (I`m cheap) so they are accessible for everyone.

My plan is to have enough posts and pages (apparently they are not the same, who knew!) ready to launch my very own self hosted blog! If all this sounds exciting to you too, why not jump in feet first with me and start your passion project as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Come join me on my blogging journey from a little island called Newfoundland.

Crystal ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment below and let me know how your blogging journey is going, I would love to hear from you.