How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

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Do you want to learn how improve your blog, but your budget is tight? What if there was a way to get blog courses that will grow your blog without spending a fortune? Well, thankfully there is one.

Learn how to grow your blog on a small budget. Great tips on how to get good blog courses for dirt cheap.

How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

Where YouTube, Blog Posts, and Podcasts Fall Short

Before I tell you exactly where to find blog courses to grow your blog for dirt cheap, let me explain why you’re missing out if you depend 100% on free sources of teaching to grow your blog. After all, there are a ton of YouTube videos, blog posts, and podcasts that cost nothing and offer lots of great free information to grow your blog.

I used that free content for years, but I started noticing a huge downfall. Free content tends to be short so it either covers just one small part of a topic, or it barely scratches the surface of a subject. Meaning you need to find a lot of different blog posts, YouTube videos and podcasts to get enough information to truly go another step further in whatever aspect of blogging you are trying to improve in. Or you learn just enough to get started and spend a lot of time learning the rest through trial and error.

In either scenario TIME is the key factor in using free blog training content successfully. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of time, and yet I don’t have the money for expensive blog courses either. Instead, I use the strategies listed below to get great blog courses for either free or dirt cheap.

How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

A Few Sources For Blog Courses That Cost Just Your Email Address

Mini Email Courses

There are many “How To Blog” bloggers out there who offer a mini course for the price of only your email address–in other words, you sign up for their email list, and they will send you the mini course free of charge. I have taken several now and found some to be very lacking in depth, but others are a gold mine of information!

I spent a few minutes while researching this post Googling “free ______ courses” (fill in the blank with Pinterest, Facebook, blogging, twitter, etc.) and found that with each search I did numerous free courses came up. These courses are more lengthy than blog posts, but as I said it is hit or miss as to whether you get depth or fluff.

Webinars

If I see an interesting Webinar that covers an area of blogging I want to improve in I usually will sign up. The only cost is my email address and a bit of time. I rarely watch them live (they generally don’t work with my schedule), but I will view the replay. I know within about five minutes if the Webinar host gave away useful free content during the webinar or if it was one huge sales pitch. I usually get great blog growing advice 50% of the time and the other 50% of the time I just end up exiting out at the five-minute mark.

Now although these two free sources of blog courses can be great, they are still really hit and miss, which means I am still wasting my time now and then.

How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

How To Get The Information For Dirt Cheap–Without Wasting Time

If you have a small amount of money to invest in your blog and you’d rather not spend time signing up for and flipping through free courses and webinars to see if they will tell you something you don’t know, then blogging course bundle sales are your answer. For less than the average cost of one blogging course, you can get dozens! 

Two Annual Blogging Course Bundle Sales

BC Stack

The BC Stack sale is put on by Blogging Concentrated (that is what the BC stands for) This year it cost just $27 and had over 65 products, many of which were full-length eCourses on topics to help you grow your blog in numbers and income. This year’s happened in July – Join my weekly email list to be notified when it is available again.

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit Bundle

I grabbed a copy of The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit Bundle last November and I plan to grab the 2017 version when it is released later this fall.  Join my weekly email list to be notified when it is available again. This bundle is priced right around the $100 mark, but it is 100 percent worth that price as it contains thousands of dollars of worth of valuable courses from top bloggers.

What You Need To Know About Bundle Sales Before You Buy

To Make Sure The Bundle Is Worth It For You Personally, Do This

Before heading to a Blogging Courses Bundle Sale Homepage grab a pen and a piece of paper. Write down three to five areas of blogging you want to improve in. Then click on over to the homepage and read through each course description. Take time to write down the ones that you feel would help you in those three to five areas of blogging you wrote down.

Did you list come to more than three? If so, then chances are you are going to save money buying the bundle. Sometimes all you need is one course!

Some Courses In The Bundle Won’t Be A Great Fit

If it seems like most of the courses in the bundle are not a great fit, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a good deal for you. As long as the sale prices of the courses that are a good fit equal less than the price of the entire bundle, you come out ahead.

However, it is entirely possible that you can get into a bundle and the course you thought would be super helpful ends up being a dud. This happened to me in the Genius Bloggers Bundle I bought, but then I found a course worth more than the price of the bundle that turned out to be pure gold in helping me with my social media that somehow I overlooked when I was looking at purchasing the bundle. So the dud was soon replaced with a real gem.

Some Courses Will Rock Your Blogging World And Make The Entire Bundle Worth It

So far three eBooks and two eCourses in the last bundle I bought have helped me grow my blog in specific ways. These five products would have been $369 if purchased separately, but I paid under $100 for the entire bundle with plenty more products to dig into that have potential to help me grow my blog.

How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

What You Need To Do After You Buy A Bundle To Get Your Money’s Worth And More

Download, Sign-up And Redeem Codes For All The Courses You Are Interested In

Usually bundles come with an expiry date–meaning you have a certain time period to get your stuff. However, once you download, sign-up or redeem codes generally you have access to those courses you bought for as long as you want.

I like to mark the expiry date of the bundle on my calendar and circle it so that I see it days in advance, causing me to take action before my access expires.

Make A Priority List Of  The Courses And Schedule Class Time

After purchasing bundles set aside 10-15 minutes to go through the entire bundle again, making a priority list for the courses and eBooks as you do. With a list of what courses you want to take first look at your calendar and start scheduling in class time.

I like to spend Sunday afternoons either on the couch or my front porch swing (depending on the weather) curled up with my laptop in front of me, a glass of sweet tea by my side and a notebook and pen in hand. I then attack a course for several hours at a time.

Create A Google Drive Folder For Access Codes And Notes

For each bundle I buy I make a folder in Google Drive labeled the bundle name and the year. Then each time I sign up for a new course, I create a new document within the folder and label it the class name. On that document I put the link to the course, my password, and when I complete the course I type in some of the notes I took on the course, and at least three action steps the course has inspired me to take and a deadline to implement them. After all, taking a great blog course won’t grow your blog, but implementing a great blog course will.

Have you ever bought a bundle of blogging courses before? If so do you have any additional advice to add to my list?

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What Slow Blogging Is And Why You Might Want To Make The Switch

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When I first heard the words slow blogging I was immediately intrigued. Then I researched it further and found out it could be just what I need to take my blog to the next level.

Slow blogging. How it will help your blog traffic. How it will give you more time for blog tasks that matter most.

 

So What Is Slow Blogging?

I like the definition for slow blogging that I found over at JenCarrington.com

It’s when you commit to focusing on quality over quantity in your blogging process

Slow blogging means you produce fewer blog posts, but those you do produce go into greater depth. So instead of posting daily or even a few times a week you post just once a week, or even less than that.

Why switch to slow blogging?

What Are The Advantages Of Slow Blogging?

More Pageviews Per Post

Producing less content frees up hours in your week to research your blog post topic so that when you do write you provide your readers with a post that will truly help them with their needs instead of something that just scratches the surface of the problem you’re addressing.

When you fully meet the needs of your readers, they tend to naturally want to share your wisdom with others–that means more pageviews per post.

Slow blogging could give your blog a huge boost.

But What If You Already Do Write Detailed Posts?

Perhaps you are like me and you already do write lengthy detailed posts. If so, you and your blog readers can still benefit from slow blogging.

More Time To Be Inspired

If you are not spending as much time writing blog posts, you can spend more of your time doing what inspires you to write.

You can try out new recipes–tweaking them until they have your personal touch and then write a blog post sharing your new creation. You can redecorate your living room, challenging yourself to do it for under $500 and then write a detailed blog post about  how you did it.

Last year I felt like I was losing my blogging spark and couldn’t put my finger on why–until my family took our 22 week RV road trip. During the trip I decided to do just one evergreen style blog post a week and one conversation style trip update. Mostly I did this because I knew I was going to be spending a good chunk of each day exploring with my family  and simply didn’t have time to write more. But it ended up giving me time to really think about why I had lost my blogging spark. I was all words and very little  action. I simply didn’t have time to keep cranking out so many lengthy evergreen posts and live my blog topic.

Now that the trip is over I want to use the time I have been using to explore to live the type of life I blog about. I want to challenge myself to cut our living expenses, to toss more clutter, to create new simple recipes and to essentially transform my life inch by inch like my blog tag line suggests.

More Time For Blog Readers

From day one I have wanted a blog with a close knit community. I don’t want a fast food blog where people take the information and run. I want a slow food blog. One where people stay at the table for hours, engaging in conversation after the meal has been devoured.

For me that means more social media interactions. Notice I didn’t say more social media posts. I have two Facebook groups for my blog. My decluttering one is very active and grows daily. My thrifty themed one is still new and experiencing very slow growth. I want to make sure I spend time talking with the people in both groups as well as those who are a part of my blog’s Facebook page.

I want to share more as it happens pictures, and less scheduled stuff. I want to do regular Instagram stories, and at least a weekly Facebook live video. I want 80% of these posts to be social and only 20% to be business like (promotions of posts and such).

More Time For Product Creation

I have been blogging since 2011 and yet I have only one product, my book, Thrifty & Thriving: More Life For Less Money. This book took me two years from start to finish. Why? Because long, in-depth posts take a lot of time. Some of my longest evergreen posts, which are also some of my most popular posts, are over 2,000 words long and took me as much as 10 hours to complete.

I was publishing two evergreen posts a week. That right there is as much as 20 hours devoted to content creation.

As an at-home mom who homeschools two teenagers, has a house to maintain, and four mouths besides mine wanting food three times a day plus snacks, devoting 20 of my blog hours each week to content creation was leaving me little time to devote to product creation.

Cutting back to one post a week will allow me to devote much more time to product creation.

More Time For Bigger And Smaller Blog Projects

Yes, creating a product is a big blog project, but I am thinking about other types of big blog projects here, like site updates, email subscriber freebies, moving your email list to another email list provider that better serves you and your readers.

And then there are the smaller blog projects such as writing guest posts, updating popular posts for maximum return on their exposure, cleaning up sidebars, redoing your About Me page and the list goes on and on.

More Time To Study How To Be A Better Blogger

I ordered the Ultimate Bundle for bloggers last year and although I have read all the eBooks in it, I have yet to take the video driven courses. Spending less time creating content will allow me to take these courses which will help me improve in areas as a blogger that I need help in. Areas such as how to grow a Facebook page, how to increase my SEO ratings and how to design a better blog.

Slow blogging: what it is and why it works.

The End Result

The end result of slow blogging is a more reader friendly blog with an active community of readers–meaning people love what they find on your blog so much they can’t help but share it and that means more pageviews.

More pageviews leads to more profit, which means you have more money to hire help to create an even better blog reader experience–plus you also get more money for your own personal use, making blogging even more rewarding.

So who is joining me in making the switch to slow blogging? What do you think is the best advantage and why? Let me know in the comment section.

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15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

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Blogging can be a great job for moms because it is so flexible. You can work whenever you want from pretty much wherever you want. However, the flexibility only stretches so far; you still need to carve out a certain amount of hours each week to work on your blog if you want it to be successful–and if you are like most moms you are probably already feeling like you are constantly busy.

I totally get that. I am a homeschooling mom of three and if it were not for the time management tricks I carry in my homemaking tool belt, I would never be able to fit in time to run a blog that now earns a full time income. Today I am going to share those tricks with you.

Struggling to find time to blog? This post can really help!

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

 1. Perform a Time Audit

Before you can manage your time well, you need to know how you are currently spending it. In order to do that you need to perform a time audit

Related article: How To Perform A Time Audit

2. Figure Out When You Do Your Best Work

Do you work better at night or in the morning? Save the blog work that requires the most concentration for the time of the day you work best and do the no-brainer tasks when you are at your lowest energy levels.

Related article: Are You A Night Owl Or A Morning Bird?

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

3. Plan In Advance For Bigger Windows Of Work Time

Working hours for moms are all over the place. One day you might be able to have 2 hours to yourself while one child is at band practice and the other is at gymnastics. Another day you husband might come home earlier than expected and tell you he can manage the kids if you want to go to the coffee shop and work on your blog for a few hours. When these type of “bigger windows” of work time come up you can use them more efficiently if you already have a plan for them in advance.

Related article: Making The Most Of Large Windows Of Uninterrupted Time

4. Keep A List Of Small Blogging Tasks For Small Windows

The job of being mom comes with small breaks here and there throughout the day that you can use to advance your blog. Got five minutes? Repin a few pins. Got 10 minutes? Write and schedule a few Facebook statuses. Got 15 minutes? Get out a pad of paper and a pen and brainstorm ideas for future posts.

Related article: Making the Most of Small Windows

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

5. Always Write Out A Daily To-Do List

You have probably heard the saying “aim at nothing and you will hit it every time”. That is what happens to a day where you don’t take the five minutes to write a to-do list: you end up with little done.  To-do lists don’t have to be fancy. I create mine on a small yellow legal pad (like these ones), circling the top three things on my list so that I get the most important things done and if the rest doesn’t get done there is always tomorrow.

Related article: How I Create My Daily To Do List

6. Say NO Often

If you want to carve out enough time around motherhood responsibilities  to create a successful blog, you need to keep outside activities to a minimum and the only way to do that is to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.

Related article: Say No

Great book that covers this topic: The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog7. Eliminate Your Ill Fitting Yes Choices

Some “yes choices” might have been good choices at the time, but they are not now that your stage of life changed. Perhaps you said yes to helping out with an activity your child was in at one time, but now the child is not involved and you are still helping out. If so, it’s time to find someone to take your place so you can say yes to other things.

Related article: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices

8. Make Effective Use Of Short Waiting Times

In the day and age of smartphones we are basically walking around with mini computers in our pockets. Take it out while waiting in line at the grocery store and pin a few pins to Pinterest. While waiting for your coffee, create a new Facebook status. When stuck in the car waiting for the soccer coach to wrap it up and release your child, open your favorite notes app and brainstorm some new post ideas.

Related article: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

9. Make Effective Use Of Longer Waiting Times

This tip has been vital to me getting enough time to work each week. After I performed a time audit I realized I was spending a lot of time driving my children back and forth to their practices. I would drive 15 minutes to drop them off and then 15 minutes home then an hour or so later drive 15 minutes to pick them up and then 15 minutes back home again. That equals 30 minutes of time in the car each way. I started packing up all that I needed to work and then dropped them off and stayed in the car and worked. I gained 30 minutes of work time each time I had to drive a child somewhere.

This works for me since my children are all old enough to stay home by themselves while I drive their siblings somewhere–I realize it won’t be as helpful for moms with younger children.

Related article: 7 Wise Ways To Use Waiting Time During Children’s Practices

10. Involve The Kids

You can involve your children in your blog work in two ways. One way is to teach them to perform simple blog tasks . The second way is to get them to do age appropriate household chores that you are still doing for them. The first is only going to work if you have older children interested in your blog work, but the second will work for all ages. Even two-year-old’s can help you pick up their toys. At first it might take longer to get the chore done with them helping, but soon it will take less time than if you never taught them–trust me. As a mom of three children who are now 14, 16 and 21 I am reaping the rewards of those frustratingly slow chore teaching sessions when I so wanted to just say, ” Forget it let me do it.”

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15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

11. Get Help

What type of help you can get is going to depend on your finances and your stage of motherhood. If you have younger children and are able to afford it, you might consider hiring a sitter a few hours a week so you can be 100% focused on blog work. If your budget just won’t stretch that far you could consider a babysitting swap with a friend.

For those of you with older children you still might want to consider getting some outside help, but obviously not in the form of babysitting. Perhaps you can afford to hire a VA to take over a few blog tasks? Or do a talent trade with a blogging friend. You, the grammar queen, can edit her “free for subscriber eBook” and she, the image queen, can make you some image quotes for social media.

12. Own Less Stuff

Owning less stuff might seem like a weird time management tip, but hear me out. When you own less, you spend less time taking care of things. Less time dusting. Less time sorting. Less time repairing. And my personal favorite–less time searching through your piles of stuff to find what you need right now.

Need decluttering help and support? Join my decluttering Facebook group.

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

13. Create A Simple Timer Based Cleaning Routine

If you are like me, you put cleaning tasks off because you figure they are going to take too long. Then when you do get around to doing them the job ends up taking a long time because things have gotten so bad. However, when you give a task a time, you will discover that you not only move faster, but the task somehow seems less daunting. Plus, when you consistently clean an area it stays cleaner and therefore starts to take even less time to clean.

Related Article: How to Create A Simple Timer Based Cleaning Routine Plus a Peek at Mine

14.  Do What You Can To Keep Meal Preparation Simple

There are so many ways to reduce time spent in the kitchen. You can cook a double batch and freeze half for a quick meal another night. You can cook meat in large batches and then freeze it in such a way that you can easily toss it in a stir fry or casserole, significantly cutting your meal prep time. You can make a list of simple meals requiring simple ingredients and keep them on hand for nights that you want to work just a bit longer.

Related Article: My simple meal planning method

The Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings courses by Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom!

15. Take A Few Great Time Management Courses

Two times during the day are critical to being as productive as you can each and every day–morning and evening, which is why I recommend taking Make Over Your Mornings and/or Make Over Your Evenings. These are 15 day, video driven courses that come with a workbook for you to complete. Each day’s lesson consists of a five minute video, five minutes of reading and a five minute workbook activity.

The information I learned in the Make Over Your Evenings course gave me 30 minutes each and every morning without getting up earlier. The Makeover Your Morning course is just as full of great time saving advice that can help you carve out more hours each week to work on your blog.

Related Article: 10 Books To Help You Manage Your Time Well

Got any great time management tips to add to my list? Add them in the comments.

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