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The very first blogging course I came across was priced at $1000+
Yeah I know…. it’s damn expensive.
And I dont deny that the content is top notch… nothing like anything you’ll find on the internet.
But even if I wanted it, I couldn’t afford it. Where would I get such a high amount of money?
My blogging budget was a little under $100
So the course was way out of reach for me.
But that didn’t stop me
I scoured the internet to find cheap blogging courses within my budget.
And I did find them but they were nothing.
Well, in all honesty, they weren’t all nothing… it’s just that I knew everything that was being taught.
In general, I realized community based courses are really not worth it.
I gave up on the search for blogging courses and kinda just winged it.
But I quickly realized my method wasn’t working at all.
At the time, I had joined Blogging Facebook groups and I could see all these bloggers happily saying how much they had made as new bloggers.
Man, is that hard especially when you’re giving it your all and have nothing to show for it.
So I gained courage and asked the group for cheap blogging courses that would help me.
And God is always faithful because that very same day not only did I get a whole list of courses but I also got a bunch of free tools and resources that had really great content.
I shortlisted all the blogging courses and remained with 5 blogging courses.
How Did I Choose the 5 Blogging Courses
Step 1: Create a Checklist for the Courses
If you’ve ever had one of those Boyfriend Checklists then that’s the method I used.
If you have no freaking idea what I mean, I’ll expound on it.
So basically, you create a list with all the cheap Blogging Courses that have been recommended to you on the left side.
At the top of the page, you put all the characteristics you need each blogging course to have.
Whichever blogging course ends up ticking all your specified characteristics gets to be the one.
Remember I had already spent money on blogging courses that didn’t help me.
I wasn’t going to buy a blogging course just because it was cheap only to end up with nothing.
My first experience with the community blogging courses had really taught me my first valuable lesson in the blogging world.
“Dont just blindly buy stuff on the internet.”
But when I started the process I didnt think I would end up with 5 Blogging courses.
I just wanted one course.
Step 2: Consider The Aspects of the Blogging Course that You Cannot Compromise on
Now, in creating my custom blogging course checklist, I had to take into consideration the following things:
I’m a mom, I was working at the time and I don’t have help around the house so I wanted a course that was self paced.
My attention span
I get distracted very easily so I wanted a course that would be engaging (a course with blogging worksheets, videos etc)
The Presence of a Realistic Action Plan
I know I cannot write 10 blog posts in a week. that’s completely insane. So I wanted a course that could give me some wiggle room in case I wasn’t going to be able to implement the strategy that was being taught.
The quality of the content in the course.
I cannot emphasize on the number of cheap blogging courses out there that are just garbage (for lack of a better word to use).
And the worst part is that you only get to find that out when you’ve already paid.
So you can’t get any refunds…
That’s why I wanted to find a course that had great reviews from actual bloggers with live blogs that I could refer to and confirm that the course had actually helped them.
And most importantly…
The price of the Blogging Course.
I wanted a cheap blogging course so I set the maximum amount of money I was willing to spend on the course which was $90.
I wanted to have some spare change for emergency expenses for the day to day activities of running my blog.
That would leave me with an extra $50 if I happened to spend the entire $90.
A Blogging Course with Blog Traffic Strategies as well as Monetization Strategies.
You’ll find a crazy number of courses that help you grow your blog traffic and a crazy number of courses that give you strategies on monetizing your blog.
But only a handful help you with both.
You might be wondering why I chose this as a criteria and I’ll break it down for you.
In order to make money blogging, you need people( or traffic)
Meaning Blogging money = Blog Traffic.
And in order to get traffic you need great content (a solid content strategy)
So Traffic = Content Strategy.
That’s why I wanted a blogging course that offers both of those things.
And that led to the cheap blogging courses that I’m about to share with you.
5 Cheap Blogging Courses under $70
From Zero to SuperHero Affiliate Marketing Course – $57
Blog Traffic Boost Bundle – $59
Pinterest Rank 2.0 – $67
Pinteresting Strategies – $57
Ezoic Ad placement Course – Free.
As you can see just from the prices on these Blogging courses, I couldn’t afford them all at once.
Remember, I have a budget of $110
So I chose two.
At the time, Pinterest Rank 2.0 was still a free course but boy was it a good course. No wonder Amy, the course creator, has since made it a paid course.
We’ll talk about it in just a second.
But overall I was able to get all the blogging courses apart from Pinteresting Strategies.
What I like About Each of The Blogging Courses
From Zero to SuperHero Affiliate Course
Out of this entire list of courses, this was the first blogging course I bought
I wasn’t sure if I should invest in it.
Infact, I thought about it for 3 days before actually deciding to buy it.
And Boy am I glad I did it.
Not only did it teach me how to make money through affiliate marketing but the creator, Ana, gives actual case studies.
Wow wow wow
That’s all I can say about this course.
But I’m here to tell you the truth so I won’t tell you I made my first affiliate sale in 1 day. Nope.
It took 8 days to finally see that golden email that tells you that you’ve made your first affiliate sale.
I was so excited that I had made money in my sleep… To be exact $19.95.
And I know that’s not much but it was the first income from my blog I had ever made.
To me, that counts as a win… no matter how small.
Pros of The Blogging course.
The information comes in different formats and keeps you engaged. There are videos, worksheets, listicles, and case studies…
For the amount of information Ana shares, the course is quite under priced in my opinion.
I hope she doesn’t read this and decide to increase the prices…. lol
It’s priced at $57.
The strategies she teaches in her course really work.
And she explains them in a simple language.
She also avoids over explaining the common stuff that you probably already know.
The course is self paced.
I was able to finish the course and implement it in two weeks despite having a crazy schedule.
Not only does she talk about where to place your affiliate links but gives hardcore data on:
The best spots to place your affiliate links to make huge returns.
Number of times your affiliate links should appear without looking spammy
How to pick products to promote that your audience will want to buy.
And how to drive traffic to your affiliate links.
I can rave all day about this course because it’s made such a crazy impact on my blog.
I’ve had this blog from November and so far I’ve made $150… And as I’m writing this, it’s end of December.
Ive made back the money I used to buy the course and still remained with profit.
Though I’d love to owe it all to the course, I want to be transparent with you.
so that Incase you buy the course you know what you can do to increase your chances of success.
before taking the course, I had already written quite a number of blog posts.
To be precise, 30 blog posts.
That fact helped me implement the strategies in the course pretty fast.
All I had to do was tweak most of the things on my already existing blog posts.
And within a few days the affiliate sales began rolling in.
In short, if you want to increase your chances of getting success as fast as I did, I’d suggest having a couple of posts on your blog.
Don’t worry about your blog posts not being optimized or the best.
The course does a great job guiding you on how to do it whether you’re a writer or not.
What I Didn’t Like About the Course
If you’re a pen and paper kind of girl like myself, you’ll have to download some of the resources and worksheets.
Most of the resources are digital meaning they’re editable on your laptop.
But I’m not a fun of digital resources.
That’s just me.
Blog Traffic Boost Bundle
A week after I bought the course above I realized that I needed to be able to drive more traffic to the blog posts that had my affiliate links.
More traffic, more sales….
And since Ana, the same creator of the previous course, had a course bundle that had combined two courses, I decided to buy it.
One course teaches how to use Pinterest for traffic while the other teaches how to create great content.
These two blogging courses are more expensive if you decide to buy them separately than when they are bundled together.
The She Approach to Pinterest course is $57
and the The She Approach to Boosting your Blog Traffic is $27
That’s $84 if you buy them separately… but if you buy the bundle, it’s $57.
So it was a no brainer for me to buy the bundle.
I must admit that it did take some time to implement the strategies in the course because I was still working on implementing the affiliate course.
But when I did get around to implementing the course, these are the results I got from it.
I’m constantly referring to the courses in the bundle.
I haven’t quite memorized everything that I need to do for each pin to make it a success.
But I have a lifetime access so I can refer to the courses as much as I want to and for as long as I want to.
And I love that.
Plus, the number of strategies are so many.
In short, you’ll have options to choose from that will align with the number of hours you’re able to allocate to your blog.
Pinterest Rank 2.0
When I discovered this course, it was free but it has since become a paid course.
And I can see why Amy, the creator, made it paid.
if you know my story, you’re aware that this is the second time I re-launched this blog.
But when I first launched my blog, I was able to secure a client through Facebook groups to manage a Pinterest account.
And at the time, I knew very little about Pinterest marketing so I didnt charge market price.
I didn’t want to spend the money she had paid Incase I had to refund the money to my client.
So I searched for free Pinterest courses and that’s how I found this particular one.
And believe me when I tell you that the account has grown so much in such a short period of time that I’m fascinated.
With only 100 followers, the account has over 15 pins ranking on Pinterest.
Each of those pins bring in about 150 – 200 visitors to the blog monthly.
That’s a total of 3000 people in a matter of 2 months.
Here are some of the stats.
I’m not going to disclose the account just because I don’t want to mess with the audience insight.
It’s a blog in a highly niche industry.
I’m planning on getting the Scheduling Shortcuts from the same creator.
But it’s a little pricey at $297.
When I do get it, I’ll do a detailed review about the course.
But I can vouch for what I have already used from her.
Amy really does know her stuff especially when it comes to Pinterest.
Ezoic Ad Placement Course
This was the final course I took because I wanted to make some ad money.
I had thought of joining Google Adsense but it’s not the best for new bloggers.
Out of all the blog income reports I have read, none of the new bloggers seem to get a good pay from Google Adsense.
So I decided to join Ezoic.
the platform doesn’t have any traffic requirements so that makes it a great place for newbie bloggers.
But you have to have content on your blog.
I mean just think about it.
Even if Ezoic wants to place ads on your blog, where will they place them if you haven’t published any blog posts?
I’d suggest having at least 5 – 10 blog posts before applying.
If your blog don’t have 10k monthly traffic like when I started you’ll have to take the course.
Once you’re done with the course, Ezoic will place ads on your blog.
Steps I Took To Join Ezoic with Less Than 10K Pageviews A Month.
I chose Namecheap WP host as you can see from this post because it’s extremely affordable especially if you’re on a tight budget.
So I’m going to show you the steps I used to set up my own blog on Ezoic with that being my host.
I personally contacted Namecheap customer service so that they could help me set it up without having my site down.
If you’re using another host, I’ve attached videos to watch right on the blog as guides.
Enjoy the videos.
At the beginning of this blog post, my estimated budget for the blogging courses was $110.
I ended up using $114.
I went a little over my budget by $4 but what I have gained so far from the blogging courses has overtaken how much I spent.