I’ve got a killer list of sites to help you grow your blog.
I’ve been blogging for three years, and I know first-hand that it takes a lot to grow a successful blog.
Here’s what I personally recommend using for your blog (side note — I’m constantly updating this list with the most current and best stuff so keep coming back! Oh, and these are affiliate links, fyi 🙂 ).
1. 5 Day Blogging Bootcamp
5 Day Blogging Bootcamp is a free blogging course that walks you through how to start a successful blog. Every day, there are actionable tasks for you to take to get your blog off the ground. The result is that at the end of your course, you are ready to start monetizing your blog. If you are thinking about starting a blog, sign up for the course to get started now. It’s free because I’m super duper committed to giving back what I’ve learned over the last three years. So, sign up now to get started on what has been the best journey of my life — starting a blog.
2. Blogging Quick Start Guide
Blogging Quick Start Guide is my eBook that walks you through exactly how to start a blog, and how I created a profitable blog and how you can, too. This is perfect for you if you are just getting started blogging because I show you what to do and when to do it (and what not to do). If you want to make money blogging, this eBook can help you get started!
3. Six Figure Blogger
Six Figure Blogger is an online course that teaches you how to make a six figure income from blogging — specifically through affiliate marketing and selling digital products (eBooks and courses).It’s the best blogging course I’ve ever taken, and I highly recommend it if you already have your blog launched (if you haven’t started, don’t take this course). Use BACON15OFF to get 15% off (this is a special code just for my readers). I took the course and this is the exact monetization strategy I’m using right now.
4. 21 SEO Tips To Increase Blog Traffic Right Now
In 21 SEO Tips To Increase Blog Traffic Right Now, I walk you through how to implement an SEO strategy on your blog that will increase your blog traffic. Use this guide to learn how to make people find your content when they search in Google. It’s the best way I know of to get people on your blog. There’s no reason not to grab it right now and start implementing SEO strategies on your blog today. This guide is actionable, helpful, and easy to use. I think you’ll love it!
If you are learning how to start a blog, then you need to signup for a hosting plan, and for a new blogger, I recommend starting with Bluehost for your host. Bluehost is one of the most popular blog-hosting companies, and if you sign up through my link, you can get your hosting for as little as $3.95 / month – woot!
6. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is an online course that teaches you how to make money blogging with affiliate marketing. The creator makes $50k/month from affiliate marketing on her blog — it’s amazing. The course rocks, and I keep going back to it to improve my own affiliate marketing strategies. You also get access to a private Facebook group by signing up and it’s very active with bloggers helping each other make money blogging with affiliate marketing.
7. Beginner Blog Accelerator
Beginner Blog Accelerator is a paid course for bloggers that teaches you how to start a blog. If you want step-by-step coaching with video-instruction, then this course is the best place to start. It’s affordable and the content is amazing.
8. iMark Interactive
iMark Interactive is the only company I trust to help me with my website (whether it’s fixing WordPress problems on my site, transferring sites, or setting up a new blog). This is the best company I know of to work on websites. And if you are a blogger, you will need someone like Grayson Bell, the man behind iMark. He’s amazing!
10. Planoly (Instagram Scheduler)
Planoly is an Instagram app that changed my life. It helped me completely rebrand to a cohesive feed, with my followers now growing exponentially. Planoly allows you to pre-schedule your posts and move them around so you can see what your feed will look like in advance. I don’t know of another tool to help you grow your Instagram following more effectively than Planoly.
11. Elite Blog Academy
Elite Blog Academy is the course that I took in 2016, which resulted in my tripling my blog income. I think it’s the best course out there for learning how to blog. It gives you a complete framework for creating your blog and shows you how to monetize it. You can only get the course in February every year, but you can join the waitlist and download a free workbook until the course opens. It’s definitely worth every penny. It completely changed my life!
12. How I Made $40k My First Year of Blogging
How I Made $40k My First Year of Blogging is by Chelsea Lords from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. In her first year of blogging, Chelsea made $40k!!! She spells out exactly how she did it in this ebook. I highly recommend reading this book if you want to learn how to turn your blog into a successful, money-making website from the start.
13. ConvertKit (Email Marketing)
If you plan on monetizing your blog at all, you need to collect email addresses from day one. And even if you’re not monetizing, everything is still built around your email list. So, you need to decide which company to use. I recommend ConvertKit. This company has taken over the email marketing for bloggers in the last couple years. Their success is incredible (even Pat Flynn uses ConvertKit!). And it’s all for good reason — they do a really good job. I am completely satisfied with ConvertKit.
Read this blog post I wrote about the benefits I see on my blog from using ConvertKit.
14. How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul
How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup is AMAZING. I read it and increased my pageviews exponentially (like from 150/day to 1000+/day). You’ll learn how to maximize Pinterest, treat your blog like a business, and keep your integrity while you do it. I highly recommend this book!
15. Your Way To VA (Virtual Assistant Course)
You can make money with blogging by doing tasks for other bloggers as a virtual assistant (VA). You can learn how to become a VA in the course Your Way To VA, by Laura Pennington (use the code NATALIEB to get 20% off). She teaches you exactly how to go from knowing nothing about being a VA to running a successful business as a VA. I highly recommend it!
16. Strategies Worth Sharing
Strategies Worth Sharing by Brittany Ann is an eBook about how to increase your Facebook following. I devoured this 75+ page book in one night and immediately put the strategies into action. I highly recommend this if you’re getting started on Facebook or want to see your following grow. It’s so good!
18. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche is an online course that will teach you how to use Pinterest to exponentially grow your blog traffic. You can use code BACON15OFF to get 15% off when you buy through my link. This is a solution for beginner bloggers who want to drive 10k-100k in organic traffic to their blogs every month. The creators are super cool and easy to learn from, so after the course, you’ll have an action plan to implement right away.
18. Facebook Groups
Through my own personal experience, Facebook groups have been critical to my traffic growth. I’m a part of several groups and even created my own called The Blogging Mastermind Community for bloggers to connect and help each other grow their blogs. I highly recommend joining Facebook groups that align with your vision (mine should do that if you’re interested in growing your social media followers).
19. Email lists
Join email lists and subscribe to bloggers who you want to learn how to blog from. It’s the best way to have direct access to people who inspire you and who you want to be like.
You can sign up for my email list using the form below if you’re interested. I would love to have you!
A Final Note!
This list is full of amazing ways for your to grow your blog. I also suggest reviewing these posts next:
- How to Start a Blog: A Step-By-Step Guide
- 5 Books Every Blogger Needs to Read
- Blogging Quick Start Guide
- The Most Important Blog Metric To Make Money Blogging
For all of my blogging posts, visit my Blogging Page.