Letting money get in the way of starting a blog or growing an online business is really silly.
The only reason for this is limiting beliefs. You don’t need to have a lot of money to start a blog or build an online business.
Like my bff Russell Brunson says, “entrepreneurs don’t have resources–they’re resourceful.”
As someone starting a blog, website, business (whatever you want to call it), you are in the beginning starges of becoming an entrepreneur (even though this is something I didn’t realize until later).
So, it’s time to be resourceful.
There are so many ways to make money online, including blogging, podcasting, YouTubing, Instagramming, selling stuff on Amazon or Etsy, creating your own store, etc.
However you choose to go about creating and growing your online business, I think there’s enormous value in layering on a website and blog alongside it.
I chose to start my blog and grow it as a blog before getting into other types of online business, like YouTube, Podcasting, coaching, etc.
When I started my blog I had six figures of student loan debt and not a dime to spare. I decided to freelance write and babysit to earn extra money to invest in my business (you can read my full story here). I did what I had to do and now my little blog is my full time job. It’s a legit business, and I have to pinch myself sometimes for grateful I am to have created this.
So, if you’re in start-up mode (also known as hustle mode and is-this-ever-going-to-make-money mode), you may be trying your best to make every dollar count.
Below is a list of the best freebies for bloggers (or online business owners who have a website and blog) that you can keep your precious dollars away from. I’ve used all of these, and I share my experience with each below.
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17 Freebies For Bloggers And Online Business Owners
Here are my favorite freebies for bloggers and online business owners. Save this post to Pinterest because I will continue to update it with the new and best freebies as they come out and I use them.
1. 5 Day Blogging Bootcamp
5 Day Blogging Bootcamp is a 5 day course that I created to show you exactly how to start a blog (or online website) the right way. My course is different than many other free courses because I take you through the goal setting, planning, and time management strategies you need to be successful starting a blog while working full time.
Add your email to the form below, and I’ll send you Day 1 of the free course right now.
2. How I Made $45k In 1 Year Blogging While Working Full Time Free eBook
How I Made $45k In 1 Year Blogging While Working Full Time Free eBook is the free version of the eBook I sell. I break down the overview of my income from last year, while I was working full time and blogging. You can see the exact numbers and schedule I used to both work full time and make money from my blog.
3. Blog With A Full Time Job 12 Month Plan
Blog With A Full Time Job 12 Month Plan is a 12 month plan for you to use to start, grow, and monetize your blog over the course of 12 months. Readers email me all the time telling me how much they love this because it’s so straightforward, simple, and direct. You can follow it exactly so the thinking is taken out of the equation. It’s great if you want a specific plan for the next year that will get you the results of making money from your blog.
4.Wordpress (+ Free Themes)
WordPress.org is the free platform I use for my website. You can also use WordPress.com for hosting, but I highly suggest not doing this. Instead, I suggest paying a really small fee (as little as $2.95 for blog hosting) so you actually own your site.
I like to think of the analogy of a house when I’m explaining how a website works…
- The land = domain name
- The house structure = hosting
- The decor = WordPress
You need all three for it to work. WordPress.org is #3 above. If you use WordPress.com, you are using it for #2, which is what I say not to do.
It’s very nice that WordPress.org is free and something I highly recommend using and taking advantage of if you want to grow and monetize your blog or business. (Using something like Squarespace, for example, precludes you from using plugins that are incredibly useful for online business.)
5.How To Start A Blog Tutorial
In my How To Start A Blog Tutorial, I show you exactly how to set up your website, including the design I used for my blog (and a similar one you can use).
If you haven’t started your website, there’s no reason you can’t do it in one day. There are so many free resources out there, including this tutorial. Don’t let your brain stop you. Put it on your calendar and get it done!
6. Blog Structure Blueprint
The Blog Structure Blueprint is a template that gives you a visual for how to organize your blog. I used this when I started and designed my blog and it taught me exactly how I should format my blog for the reader. This was huge in simplifying my blog so I could grow it.
7. 120 Awesome Blog Post Ideas
120 Awesome Blog Post Ideas is a massive list of blog post ideas! No matter who you are, there are some times when you’d like more inspiration for what to write about. I always have a lot of ideas for what to write, but I still like to see other ideas so I can improve mine. This massive list will definitely inspire content generation.
8. Pixaby + Unsplash
Pixabay and Unsplash are sites where you can get free stock photos. Photos are part of your brand and image, which is important for you to feel confident about your site. They won’t drive revenue for your business, but they will represent you. I love these two websites for stock photos and use them all the time.
Canva is a free platform where you can design fancy PDF downloads or freebies for your audience.
For example, I used Canva to create the Blog With A Full Time Job 12 Month Plan above.
Canva is completely free, but gives you the option to upgrade for fancier features. I’ve never found a need to upgrade, so I still use it to create my images and downloads.
10. The New Bloggers Guide To Guest Posting
The New Bloggers Guide To Guest Posting is a free download specifically for if you want to incorporate guest posting into your business plan. Guest posting is a great way to get exposure to other audiences and generate free traffic. It’s best to follow the known rules for guest posting instead of just winging it and getting rejected. I highly suggest reading this guide if you’re going to use guest posting.
11. ConvertKit (for 30 days)
ConvertKit is the platform I use for my email marketing service. I love it and am kind of obsessed with it because of how easy it is to use and get the results you want (growing your email list and delivering sequences to sell your products). ConvertKit is a paid platform, BUT you can sign up for 30 days for free with my link. You can also use a free-free platform up to 2k subscribers on Mailchimp… but I don’t recommend it. I did this and it just delayed growing my email list (you can read about the 4 email platforms I compare here).
12. 10 Steps To Take When A Blog Post Goes Viral
10 Steps To Take When Your Blog Post Goes Viral is a download that gives you specific tips for what to do when a blog post goes viral. If you already have a blog and you publish content on it, grab this – you never know when your blog is going to go viral, and you don’t want to miss an opportunity!
13. Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a Google tool where you can analyze and track your website traffic over time. You can use GA at a very beginner basic level and continue to use it for way more advanced features (beyond what I even do). So, it’s really a great tool to use from the getgo because it will be with you along with way. I’m recently using it to track my “goals” (sales funnels within GA), which is a more advanced feature. I also use it to track pageviews, new users, and sessions on a daily basis.
14. 2018 Blogging Trends eBook
The 2018 Blogging Trends eBook is an amazing eBook that I devoured in about 10 minutes. It’s about the top trends that you need to be doing in right now if you want to succeed online. It’s so good!
15. 7 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Blog Income Overnight
7 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Blog Income Overnight is a free download with ideas for how you can increase your income. If you’re just starting out, this will be super useful to come up with ideas for where to go next with your business. And if you’re intermediate or advanced, sometimes it’s just nice to have another look at someone else’s ideas for how to scale income. And it’s free, so why not?
16. Work At Home Summit
The Work At Home Summit is a free website portal with amazing trainings on how to start working from home right away. These free trainings apply to every stage of starting, growing, and monetizing a blog or online business (beginner through advanced). I’m obsessed with the Work At Home Summit and can’t speak highly enough about it. I can’t believe it’s free it’s that valuable.
17. Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are amazing communities that you can join for free. They can be a time suck for sure, but if you use them right, you can get a ton of value from them. Have a question about your blog or business? Head to the right FB group and find someone to answer that question. There’s nothing better than having access to a community of people who are already doing what you want to do. Just be careful that you don’t waste too much time in FB groups. 🙂
A Final Note!
These freebies for bloggers and online business owners are amazing.
They’ve helped me a ton, and I use them with all my other blogging and business tools (you can find them here on my Blogging Page).
Cheers to starting, growing, and monetizing online businesses!