There are so many resources that helped me start and grow my business up to multiple six figures (and now scaling to seven!).
Here’s a complete look at my fave freebies…
1. Online Business Free Course
Online Business Free course 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 any other free course 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. I also show you exactly how to grow an online business the right way so you can save time and actually make money.
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2.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).
3.How To Start A Website Tutorial
In my How To Start A Website 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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.
8. 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.
9. 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).
10. 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!
11. 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 get-go 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 page views, new users, and sessions on a daily basis.
12. The Beginner’s Guide To Branding Your Site
The Beginner’s Guide To Branding Your Site is an amazing download that shows you how to create a brand for your online business so you attract the right customers. Branding is so important when it comes to making sure there’s a product to market match — meaning you create a brand that attracts the right people. This freebie shows you how to get started doing just that.
13. 7 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Income Overnight
7 Surefire Ways To Boost Your 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?
14. 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. 🙂
15. The Best Free WordPress Plugins
The Best Free WordPress Plugins is a download of the very best WordPress plugins that you should use in your online business or blog.
16. 9 Tools To Up-Level Your Life
9 Tools To Up-Level Your Life is a free webinar training you can take right now to get access to tools that will show you how to coach yourself, including a free worksheet to use every day in your morning routine to start the day off right.
17. How To Stop Being Busy In 4 Steps
How To Stop Being Busy In 4 Steps is a free webinar training you can watch and learn the exact steps to implement so you’ll stop running around busying and start living that relaxed life that you’ve been waiting for all while running an online business.
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 Online Business Page).
Cheers to starting, growing, and monetizing online businesses!