Are you new to blogging? Or are you a blogger who wants to revamp somethings on your site? Well, just for you, today I am going to discuss the 5 FREE blogging tutorials that have actually worked for me. I couldn’t even believe this information was out there. More impressively, I couldn’t even believe that it was out there for free. There aren’t too many things in this world that are free anymore. Especially, here in the blogging world of ebooks and affiliated links (something I am no stranger too…ahm…see side bar). I firmly believe that those links and ebooks are worth the buy, most of the time anyways. But I don’t believe all of it should cost you money though.
After helping a new blogging friend of mine Katie, make sure you check out her awesome blog The Brooksie Life, it made me think. These things are really hard to find when you’re new or just don’t have the time to invest in hours of research. Then of course most of the links are old and now broken. I mean for real, Pinterest has changed four times since I started blogging at the end of March. FOUR. TIMES.
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All of these FREE tutorials I have used on this blog at one point or another. Most of them I am still using today.
1. Pic Monkey :
As many of you know, Pic Monkey, is a tried and true resource for anything you want to create/design on your own. You can create printable’s, logo’s, edit your photos and so much more. I am putting this on here because let’s be real, Pic Monkey is a blogger’s god send. I don’t know what I would do with out it (probably not have a cool blog title picture for this post for starters). You can sign up for the free version of Pic Monkey or purchase the yearly fee for $35. Even with the paid version, it’s still surprisingly cheap. Below I have listed four FREE tutorials on how to do different things within Pic Monkey.
As many of you know, other plugin’s or widgets do not always generate the best information for your blog. To help give you a more realistic number of how many people actually visit your site, most bloggers have now turned to Google Analytics. But it’s SO complicated. Well, in the beginning it is. I swear when I was on Blogger I couldn’t find a decent tutorial that actually showed me a super easy way to install it. Every single one just showed me how to plug things in through my HTML code. Personally, I don’t want to mess with something I know NOTHING about. I also, don’t have the time to sit down and take an eight hour course on CSS or HTML coding either. Do you? That being said, here are two amazing tutorials on how to install Google Analytics on both Blogger and WordPress. I used the first tutorial to install it for my Blogger blog. However, I used Abby’s ebook to install Google Analytics in to my Genesis Framework. She also goes into crazy detail on how to completely understand and navigate it too. That is a paid option for you if you want to become a Google Analytic master. But until you reach that point of awesome blogging wizardry, I would totally use one of these videos below.
Pinterest is a social media giant. If you are not using your Pinterest then you really need to think about where you are wanting your blog to go. Pinterest can do a lot of the work for you when it comes to sharing content and driving readers to your blog. It’s also a great place to get inspiration for your blog or to find some other awesome tutorials like the one I have posted below. Pinterest, just like Pic Monkey, can be your best friend as long as you are willing to nurture the relationship. Below are a few of my personal favorite tutorials that can help you ramp up your Pinterest and make it work for you.
4. Mail Chimp:
Email marketing should be on your to-do list. If you want followers that will never just “disappear” because that social media outlet your using is now outdated or my personal favorite no longer working, ( remember MySpace?) then build an email following. An email following can go with you no matter what happens. I highly recommend Mail Chimp as it is extremely user friendly and FREE up until a certain point. If you’re sending out 2,000 + emails then you will need to upgrade to a larger account that can hold your volume. I have posted this webinar below in my What I Work For Series but I feel like it needs to reposted and shared to the masses. I love everything that Kirsten does concerning Mail Chimp. I am serious. I am not even affiliated with her, I just love her work. You would be foolish not to pop on over to her site sweetteaandsavinggraceblog.com as she sends out tutorials via email and has a private Facebook group. Her Facebook group is not only chalk full of tutorials, webinars and other awesomely answered posts but she also does a weekly session of FREE “office” hours. This is her way to help you if you have a question about a certain thing through Mail Chimp. There are also tons of people on there that can help you solve any problem you may have, test out your emails or simply be there when you’re frustrated to the point of throwing your computer out the window. I love her Facebook group. But you can only be apart of it if you join her email subscription, which is also wonderfully free.
5. Other FREE Blogging Resources & Tutorials:
I wanted to leave the last one as a general title. Only because there are so many little things out there that can really help your blog. I feel as if a blog can be a metaphoric onion (Shrek anyone? Lord help me, I need more adult time) there are so many layers to it. That being said, here are some other really awesome free resources and/or tutorials that I feel are worth your time to check out. There are literally thousands of tutorials on how to do different things. But I feel like these are my absolute top favorites.
I hope these free resources and tutorials help you on your blogging adventure. If you would like to receive more tutorials or webinars like the ones posted above be sure to SIGN UP for our newsletter. I write a weekly series called What I Work For and each one has at least two links for tutorials, webinars or cool blogging tips and tricks that I am currently working with.