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To my fellow newbie blogger searching for “free resources for new bloggers.”
If you’re anything like me, at this point you’re running off a mixture of emotions and little funds to get you started. You’ve chosen your blog name, set up hosting and installed all the necessary plug-ins, but you’re skeptical about publishing that first post.
There are so many other things to do and think about, right? Social media. Marketing. Monetization. Legalities. And, we all want to make sure it’s just perfect before sending our most precious thoughts out into the vast World Wide Web.
Well, I’ve been doing my homework and I’ve found some exciting free resources I want to share with you. Let me help you save yourself time and money (and ease some of those anxieties) by checking out these…
FREE resources for new bloggers.
In this 6-day email course, Helene touches on everything from promoting yourself, building traffic, and how to create compelling content to knowing your blog’s worth and creating an online presence. I thoroughly enjoyed Helene’s videos. She is inspirational and a great motivator for those just getting started.
Kate’s interactive video conference definitely helped me get kicked into gear on where I wanted to go with my blog. Kate is certainly one that believes in finding your niche quickly. She focuses on how to target your specific audience to build a list of followers who will eventually benefit from the products you have to offer.
I absolutely love this social media calendar by Anna over at Classy Career Girl. It keeps things real and relevant and takes the guess work out of how to speak to your audience in a genuine way, especially when you’re already overbooked with the countless hours you spend researching, writing and marketing your content.
The simplicity of Crissy’s blogging calendar design makes it both visually attractive and easy to use. There is an area for long-term goals and a place to break them down into monthly and daily action goals. You can check them off as completed and document improvements you’d like to make in the future. There are a lot of useful tools jam packed into this free planning kit.
If you’re like me, the first time I came across “media kit” I thought to myself…what in the world is that? It sounds waaay too complicated for me. (Lol) But, to ease your mind, it’s essentially a resume for bloggers. And, if you’re at all serious about monetizing your blog or freelance writing, you will definitely need one to market your special talents. Dana does a fine job of explaining the ins and outs of the media kit and offers quite a stylish presentation if I must say so myself.
Legalizing your blog is probably one of the more scarier tasks to think about. Jackie shares her knowledge of the basics in an easy to understand way that will ease your mind and make you feel more confident about sharing your content with others. She’s also a licensed attorney, and it’s reassuring to know that you’re getting your information from an educated source.
In Bob’s blogging ebook, he goes through the steps of how to set up your blog and delves even deeper into how to monetize it. He shares his experiences with what has worked for him and explains the differences in the multiple types of affiliate marketing programs.
If you’ve done any research yourself about monetizing your blog, I’m sure you’ve come across many posts about Pinterest for monetization and building traffic. In McKinzie’s free Pinterest Primer ecourse, you will learn how to set up an appealing Pinterest profile, how to create a viral pin and many more of her tips and tricks.
I’m super duper excited about this one! Lena’s Blog Income Tracking Spreadsheet seems to cover it all. It’s broken down by the month and allows you to capture income in the form of cash or products. It also helps track which payments have been received and those that are past due. The spreadsheet has a section for expenses and can even calculate estimated taxes based on the percentage you input. I love it! It’s the only thing I’ll need for quite some time to keep track of business monies for tax purposes.
Of course, there are more where those came from. These are just a few of the top free resources for new bloggers that I have found quite beneficial. These freebies would be great for those just starting out or looking to monetize.
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If you’ve found free resources for new bloggers that helped you, or if you have one of your own you’d like to share, please let me know about it in the comments. I’d love to check it out! And, if you’d like to learn a little more about me and my goals here at Live.Love.Jillian, you can check out my About Me page.