What if I could teach you how to become a blogger?
And, that learning how to blog, doesn’t need to be hard or expensive.
That for every $1000 course, $500 mastermind, $100 coaching session and $5 eBook, there’s a free tutorial online that teaches you everything.
And, that you can find them all with just a couple of quick Google searches.
In fact, scratch that – you can find every single blogging article you need right here.
In this article I’ve curated every single article you’ll ever need to learn how to become a blogger. No trick. No catch. Just to help you learn the trade the free way.
All you have to do is read on…
This list, like my list of SEO Tutorials and Traffic Generation Tutorials, doesn’t try to be the biggest or the longest.
Instead, this is here to be the best. Every article here has been hand-picked because it offers you the most useful advice for blogging.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner who’s yet to write your first post. An intermediate blogger who’s looking to get un-stuck. Or, a 10-year veteran who’s looking to freshen up your approach.
This article has been broken up into seven sections, and all you have to do is click the link below to jump to it.
You’ll also find that every tutorial has a label attached to it as Easy, Medium or Hard.
That way you know what you’re getting yourself into and can filter out the articles you don’t think you’ll be able to replicate.
If that all sounds good to you, let’s dive into the tutorials
When you first start your blog, it’s okay to feel confused.
There’s no guidebook, no manual, and you’re not always sure what success will look like. It’s the same for any business.
What you need is to take the right steps in the beginning to know you’re setting your blog up for a bright future.
In this section you’ll find step-by-step tutorials, tips and guides from people who have grown their own $100,000+ a year blogs to give you a solid foundation.
Want to know the specifics of how I turned my blog from just another Internet Marketing blog, into an award winning, money making machine?
Then look no further than this step by step video guide.
By watching, you’ll learn:
If you’re more of a visual learner, this is the best article for you.
This guide from Chris Guillebeau, the creator of the world famous The Art of Non-Conformity blog, talks you through how to become a blogger.
Now, this book came out in 2009, so some of the practical elements are out of date.
But, the core values are still true today. So if you want to create a blog that matters and makes money, take the time to read this book.
Inside Chris shows you through:
By the end of it you’ll be able to put your work out into the world with purpose and confidence.
And, that’s one of the keys to blogging success.
This is my personal step-by-step guide that I used to grow this blog to $73,334.09 profit.
Every section of this tutorial was followed, by me, to the letter to bring this blog to where it is today.
If you want a complete blueprint that you can use to unlock the potential of your blog, this is it.
In the tutorial I’ll show you:
By the end of my guide, you’ll have the perfect foundation to grow a profitable blog in any niche.
Okay, this isn’t one tutorial – it’s eight.
If you start a blog, you should do it with WordPress. It’s easy to use, simple to design and so user-friendly even a toddler could use it.
Over these eight guides you’ll learn:
By the end of this series, you’ll be familiar with WordPress and be able to address some fundamental technical issues, as well as design your site.
Want to take the confusion out of starting your blog?
Well, this guest post from James Johnson shows you everything you need to do over the next 90 days to go from blogging zero to blogging here.
Inside you’ll learn:
This guide will ease you along the path of blogging, from creating content to making money, and show you the simplest ways to stand out from the crowd.
In this guide, Ramsay, the Blog Tyrant, shares his 19 must know steps before you start your blog.
It’s not just a list post with hollow advice, though. This guide will help you make all of the important decisions you need to make before you start your blog.
Ramsay will talk you through:
If you have no idea what running a blog is like, this gives you a great insight.
Sean Ogle has built a career out of teaching people how to start niche blogs that make money.
In this guide, he gives away his specific strategy that has worked time, and time (and time) again.
He’ll talk you through:
There’s not much more that you need to get started.
By the end of the article you’ll have a clear picture of what it takes to start a niche blog, the essential work you need to put in, and what success looks like.
In this article James Johnson (a contributor here, too) talks you through how he started his blog, One Day Guides as part of a niche site challenge.
Don’t be put off by the title, though; this applies to any blog.
He talks you through:
If you follow his step-by-step tutorials you can have your blog set up in just a few hours and for as little money as possible. Not bad, huh?
Once you’ve set your blog up, it’s time to start creating content for it. And, to do that, you’re going to need a consistent flow of good ideas.
When you first start out, it’s okay to worry that you’ll run out of ideas.
But trust me, even after blogging for this long, there are always more ideas. Sometimes they even just hit you in the shower.
But, with these tutorials, you’ll always have a sure-fire way to generate new ideas.
Are you like me and want to make coming up with good ideas as easy as possible?
Well, in this next article I’ll show you my personal list of tools I used to create content.
I’ll show you:
Save time. Generate ideas. Keep your blog alive.
This article by Devin Joubert is just outstanding.
Instead of just telling you what to write, he gives you all the prompts you need to come up with ideas for yourself.
And, a little structure to give the new ideas context. Making the whole process replicable and sustainable.
Devin gives you ideas for a range of situations:
If you came up with one idea from each, you’d be able to create one post a week for nearly three years.
If that’s not value for (no) money, I don’t know what is.
Want to create blog post topics that will set social media on fire?
Then, you need this post from Buffer.
They’ve pulled together all of the resources you need to create a consistent flow of content that your social media fans will love.
In it, Kevan Lee goes through:
Once finished, you’ll have almost one year’s worth of content (if you post twice a week). And, a few hundred more social shares to show for it.
Short on time? This case study from Nichehacks shows you how to generate 105 topics in just an hour.
Now, they may not all be good ideas. But every blogger must go through the terrible ideas, to get to the gold. Don’t worry about that!
James will show you:
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had to struggle for ideas; this method is guaranteed to get you unstuck.
How to become a successful blogger? You have to know how to communicate with people through words.
Sounds simple, right? Well, yes and no.
The bad news is that it takes a lot of practice to get there. But, the good news?
You don’t have to be a great writer to start blogging.
You just have to have a clear message and a good work ethic. The rest you can learn from these tutorials.
My.copyblogger is an excellent resource. And, one of their best freebies is this book about copywriting.
If you’re not sure what copywriting is, just think of it as what you’re reading right now.
It’s the type of writing that is used to sell, inform, intrigue and delight.
It’s what separates Bloggers from Novelists.
They’ll teach you:
If you’re new to writing and aren’t too sure where to start learning, this book will give you all the basics you need.
Have you ever wondered what makes a blog post, well…good? SumoMe think they’ve cracked the code.
In this article their head content creator, Sean Bestor, talks you through the three major components every blog post should have:
And gives you strategic ways you can apply them to all of your content.
If you find your content is falling on deaf ears, this article is the life-saving injection it needs.
Introductions are the most important part of your blog posts.
If they aren’t gripping, enticing and value driven, nobody is going to read the rest of your content (where you win their hearts and minds).
In this tutorial, Neil Patel shares with you the perfect formula for crafting introductions so perfect your audience will by dying to read the rest.
I learned the hard way that introductions are vital. Don’t make the same mistake and get your introduction skills nailed.
When people come to your page, it’s key to try and keep them there.
In this superb tutorial, Brian shows you all the tricks of the trade to keep people on your page for longer.
He goes into depth about:
By the end of the tutorial, you’ll have an entirely new approach to creating, and writing your content. And your readers will love you for it, no matter your niche.
The biggest lesson I ever learned in Blogging is that almost everything English Class taught you is wrong. The words and phrases they drilled into your mind don’t translate into real writing.
In this tutorial, Shane Arthur talks you through the words you need to eliminate from your writing right now.
By the end of this, your blog posts will snap, crackle and pop.
This isn’t an article. It’s just this poster above. But if you want to be a good blogger, it’s one of the best tutorials you can follow.
There is no substitute for consistent writing, practice and creating content.
Not all of it will be good. Not all of it will be worth sharing. But this reminder to keep creating, no matter where you are right now, is paramount.
Have you ever heard of passive voice?
It’s a way of writing sentences that sounds, well…pretty weak.
If you want to create content that people want to read and hang on your every word, you need to weed it out from your writing. (Then you can learn how to use it in a good way).
In this article, James Chartrand shows you:
For a blogger, I can’t think of a more valuable lesson in writing than this one.
Copywriting is a skill that can be learned. The belief you’re either born a writer, or you’re not one, isn’t true.
And, as Neil Patel points out here, even some of the best Bloggers in the world started out awful at writing.
All it takes is the time, dedication, and the know-how in this article to become better.
Here you’re going to learn:
This is your write-to-make-money masterclass.
And it will show you how to become a blogger with much, much more ease.
Editing is a skill that’s separate from writing. And while you don’t need to be of the standard of the Editor in Chief of The New Yorker, you do need to know some simple edits to make your writing better.
It makes your writing cleaner, easier to read and heaps more professional.
Here you’ll learn:
Take this article and apply it to your next article (or go through and improve your old ones) and you’ll see the world of difference an edit can make.
I’ve never met a successful blogger that can’t write earth-shattering headlines.
Your headline is your beacon. It’s what draws attention, captures their imagination and makes them want to do nothing more than read your blog post.
A good headline can make, or break, your piece of content. These tutorials will show you the tried and tested methods to create headlines that make sure your content is their top priority.
The headline of this book should be enough to share the potential inside. There’s a lot of information for a free eBook that you can devour and boost your headline writing skills.
You’ll learn, step-by-step, the core values of what make an attractive headline. The words, methods, and techniques needed to stand out from the rest of the crowd in your niche.
If your headlines suck, this is the place to start.
Don’t want to take the time to write your headlines? Don’t worry; Nichehacks have you covered.
Here you’ll find a list of 41 headlines that you can simple copy, paste and fill in your words. And, with so many variations available, you’ll never have to write your headline again.
You’ll also cover:
No matter who you are, or who you write for, by the end of this article you’ll have a bulletproof set of articles that are hard to ignore.
This was the first book of headlines I ever read. And, even after all these years, I keep the PDF to hand when I write headlines, too.
Jon Morrow has been writing scintillating headlines for Smart Blogger for as long as I can remember. In this eBook here, he shares with you his secrets. Including:
And, if you write a piece of content for every headline in the book, you have enough content to last you a year. Win, win, win.
Power words are those words that make you feel something when you say them. For example; fast cash now. Hot coffee here. Explode your traffic.
There’s an emotion behind them which you can picture, and feel, in your bones when you say them. And this emotion is what makes people care about what you’re writing.
You’ll also find there is no better place to put them than in your headlines, either.
This article from SumoMe may just be a list of words. But once you learn how to use them, you’ll start to blog in the big leagues.
Optimization is all about taking the traffic you get to your site and converting it into customers, email subscribers, and loyal fans.
These tutorials are going to show you how to design your site, create lead magnets and do the basic SEO for your WordPress blog posts.
If you want to learn how to perform Search Engine Optimization on your site, you should check out that list of tutorials right here.
A lead magnet offers the people who visit your site a free product in return for their email address, social share, or any action that you want them to take.
Don’t worry, this isn’t an expensive product and doesn’t even need to cost you a lot of your time.
In this step by step guide, Robbie Richards shows you how to create a product in under 10 minutes that will convert your traffic into loyal fans in just a few clicks.
He’ll share with you:
By the end of this article, you’ll be able to create lead magnets for all of your content and see a drastic increase in your conversion rates.
You may think your blog design is just about how pretty your site looks when people land there.
But, your design can also impact how much money you make. And if they take the actions you want them to.
SumoMe saw this issue and took a much deeper look into it.
After researching the most efficient templates on the internet right now, they distilled the information into an actionable strategy you can learn to design your blog.
They’ll teach you:
If you find your bounce rates are high, and not enough people convert the way you want, you should take a look at the strategies in here.
SEO is one of the most talked about subjects in blogging.
It’s also one of the most misunderstood by bloggers. This post helps make that a little easier, especially if you’re a newbie blogger.
Serge Stefoglo shows you really basic steps you can take, like:
That will help you get your blog noticed by Google and drive you some well-deserved traffic.
The amount of email subscribers you have correlates to how much money you make (more on that next).
So, it’s important to capture as many emails as you can from the people who visit your site.
Again, Robbie Richards is here to show you how to do that with ease.
In this excellent case study, he shows you how you can capture lots of emails even with just a tiny bit of traffic.
All of this is proven with real clients in a real environment. And you can replicate every step even on a tiny budget, and a minuscule amount of traffic.
Have you ever thought about what success looks for your blog?
It’s a simple question, but the implications are huge. And once you answer this question, you can optimise your site accordingly.
In this article Kristi Hines will show you:
So you can measure, track and monitor your success. Leading on the road to money, success and a blog you’re proud of.
This is why you’re here right?
A blog is an incredible way to make money online that comes with a lot of perks, such as: not having a boss, freedom, control over your income and making hundreds of dollars from topics you love.
The only question that gets in the way is, well…how do you monetize a blog?
Well, that’s where these tutorials and guides home in.
They show you how to become a blogger that makes money online, by highlighting the most effective ways. All you have to do is follow along.
There are lots of ways to monetize your blog.
But, in this article, James breaks it down to the 31 ways you can start to make money right now.
These are plug and play strategies that work.
James talks you through:
That way you start to make money in minutes and not months.
And who doesn’t like quick money, right?
Want to know every way you can monetize your blog? Then look no further than this complete menu from Problogger.
This classic article shows you every single way you can monetise your blog effectively. You’re also talked through the pros and cons of each so you can make informed decisions.
This isn’t quite a tutorial. But, there’s so much here for you to consider it did need to make the list.
I love this case study from Jeff Goins. To run it he posed the question, “Can you start a blog and make money from it within 48 hours?”.
Taking his (second) passion, coffee, he was able to create a free blog and generate a new customer in just a two days period.
In this guide, he talks you through the entire process and how he did it.
Jeff shares with you:
If you feel like stuck and just can’t seem to make money online, I’d suggest you try this article. It can break that belief and show you the internet is the place to make money right now.
Just because you don’t have thousands of people landing on your site every day, doesn’t mean you can’t make money.
You just need to know how to deliver your product to the people you do have.
That’s exactly what Neil shows you how to do here. He’ll talk you through:
These are all proven ways to make money, and he has the case studies to prove it.
If you’re looking for the means to boost your income, you may have just found your answers.
A digital product is a product that exists only online. Unless they were to print it out onto paper, it doesn’t exist in the ‘real’ world.
That makes them one of the best products a blogger can create and sell. Why?
Because they’re cheap (even free) to make. You don’t need to package and send them. You don’t need to worry about returns.
And, you can put them together in just a couple of hours or days.
In this guide, you learn how to choose, create and sell your digital product. You’ll cover:
Even the smallest blog, with the least traffic, can start to make money from these digital products.
The final stage of everything is getting people to see your blog posts.
Because, without traffic, you’re trying to sell to an empty room.
In this section, I’ve collected tutorials that will help you take your content, and your social media pages, and get them in front of people who care.
But, if you want tutorials on getting significant traffic to your blog, check out this complete list here.
Content promotion doesn’t need to be hard or confusing. In fact, when you get your process in order, it can be really quite simple.
In this article, Chris Lee shows you through:
So you don’t have to work hard; you can work smart.
Copyblogger can give you a clear foundation for most topics in blogging. This guide to content promotion is no different.
Another free download from My.Copyblogger, this book takes you through the core values and strategies of content promotion. Showing you where, when and how you should share your content.
There is some information that’s dated, but the core principles are always the same. If you’re not sure what it takes to get a blog post out into the world, you should start here.
Trust me, you want to read this guide. Julian Sakanee shares his personal strategies that he’s used to grow traffic on multiple blogs. All you have to do is follow along step by step.
He’ll show you
You can’t really ask for more from a traffic generation article!
Getting your content in front of new people isn’t as simple a just putting it on social media and hoping for the best.
Instead, you need to manipulate your content to make it shareable, interesting and fit for different platforms.
In this article, Neil Patel talks you through 16 different ways you can manipulate your content, and your sharing, to get the most traffic per blog post.
Some of the strategies include:
This will give you access to thousands of people who otherwise would have no idea who you were And; that’s just the start of his strategies.
Social Media doesn’t need to be hard. When you have a system in place, it can be easy to master and drive consistent traffic back to your blog. But where do you start?
This tutorial from Buffer shows you how to create an entire social media strategy for your blog from scratch.
Even if you’ve never posted a Facebook update (who are you?!) you’ll be able to follow along.
Kevan Lee shows you:
If you want to use social media to get big traffic wins on your blog, this is the best place to start.
Finally, this in-depth guide shows you how to build your blog audience from scratch. Even if you have no idea who you’re writing to, you’ll be able to build a following here.
Across ten chapters, Neil Patel and Aaron Agius take you through:
If you want a complete understanding of getting your blog seen and growing an audience, you’re in safe hands here.
There you have it. All the articles you need to successfully start, run and monetize your blog today.
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So now you know how to become a blogger, what is holding you back?
Let me know in the comments…
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