The Best Blogging Courses for New Bloggers

I’m really excited today because I’m going to be talking about one of my favorite bloggers! Suzi is one of the first bloggers that I found in my niche.

She makes the best blogging courses && I’d be totally starstruck if I met her in person (#goals). 

Are you wondering what the right blogging course might be? Out of all the blogging courses I have taken – this is it!

Suzi has taught me alot about blogging. I’m sharing the 8 most critical blogging tips for new bloggers.

Just in case you don’t know – Suzi blogs over at Her mission is to help other Mamma’s start their own blogs & make money for their families.

In her first year she made over 50,000 dollars, now she’s making good money per month!

I look up to her & hope to be nearly as successful as she is one day. Let’s get into the tips from her courses!

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Blogging tips for new bloggers

What you will learn about from Suzi…

Astra Theme 

I actually purchased a theme and I wasn’t loving it. When I started watching Blog by Number, Suzi introduced me to the Astra theme.

I stopped using the paid theme & started using this free theme!

All I need is a clean & simple theme. I like a white background, with easy to read text and a little bit of pastel colors. This was easy with Astra.

Install the Astra Theme

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New.
  3. Search for – Astra.
  4. Install Astra.
  5. Activate it.

Next – you’ll want to check out their “Starter Templates”. I like the custom printing template. It’s plain and simple, so I started with it.

There are plenty of other templates you could start with & they are completely customizable. You can delete sections or add sections. It’s up to you.

In blog by Number; Suzi walks you through the entire process.


Make sure Elementor is installed on your blog. It’s a WordPress plugin & it might already be installed.

Use Elementor for your pages. You can upgrade, or just use the free version. I have not upgraded.

You can see from above that my home page is made with Elementor. When I click the button “edit with Elementor” you go straight to the editing page.

Quick Elementor Tips

There are free widgets & paid widgets. These are just the basic free widgets there are so many more for free.

Also – if you have a plugin that comes with a widget you can use those in Elementor too. 


Elementor makes it super easy for you because they have some page templates that you can start using right away! You can delete parts of it; or add some to it.

They are fully customizable.

You can also add premade blocks! Some of them are only for Pro users; but there are plenty for free too! I usually use them for ideas and then build around them.  


I wasn’t using Convertkit – Suzi introduced me to the service & I’m glad she did. I started out with Mailchimp because it’s what I used before (a very long time ago!). 

Mailchimp isn’t bad. 

It’s just not good. It’s super clunky & the emails don’t look very professional. 


I switched to Convertkit; but kept hearing about Mailerlite – so I went ahead and tried them too. Mostly because they offered more free subscribers before having to pay. 

Luckily Convertkit upped their game – and now offer 1000 free subscribers! 

Mailerlite Vs. Convertkit

Unlike Mailerlite, Convertkit allows you to sign up and immediately & begin sending emails. Mailerlite has to confirm your website.

This doesn’t take too long; and I was approved within the same day; but if you have terrible patience (like me) it’s a huge turn off. I’ve heard some bloggers get denied too. 

They both offer the same 1000 free subscribers. Which is awesome!

When I started, Convertkit only offered 500; but I emailed them when they added the additional 500 and they upgraded me within the hour.

Their customer service is awesome

Mailerlite does offer more with their free version. You can set up automations and do a lot more. I also prefer Mailerlites landing pages. The overall user experience is better with Mailerlite. 

However, Convertkit wins in overall email experience. The emails simply look better and more authentic. 

Already using Mailerlite, Mailchimp, or another service? You can easily switch over and start using Convertkit

Pinterest Strategies

Suzi’s Blog by Number course covers Pinterest too (and Facebook!).

I have taken some more advanced Pinterest Strategy courses, my favorite is by Lauren over at EllDuclos Blog, but Suzi does a great job at introducing and getting you started in Blog by Number

Set up your profile and Boards

Suzi showed me how to set up my profile and my boards on Pinterest. She also discusses her personal Pinterest strategy and how it has helped her get a ton of traffic to her blog. 

I explain more about Pinterest & what I’ve learned in my How to get Traffic using Pinterest article

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Email Marketing

I learned how and what to write in an email from Suzi. I purchased her Email Bundle Ebook. She shares every single email she wrote in her first year of blogging.

It’s a treasure chest of information. 

I had no idea what to write & while I don’t copy her emails – it’s nice to see what an email should and could look like.

You will want to grow your email list from the day one.

How to write an Ebook & Sell it

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Because of Suzi, I quickly realized that I wanted to do more with my blog. A new door (or many doors) opened after taking her course. I knew that I wanted to write an Ebook. 

Ebook by Number

I purchased her Ebook by Number course & have already started writing! I’ll be taking my time with the process; but it’s happening!

Did you know that you could set up a clickable Table of Contents in Word for your Ebook? I sure didn’t – Now I do. Thanks Suzi! 

How to make an income blogging

In blog by Number, Suzi goes into detail with different ways you can make money blogging. 

Ads, Affiliate Marketing, & Your own Products 

Ad Revenue is probably the first one most of us think about when starting our blogs. We all want to get approved by adsense and start making money there.

The truth is that you don’t make much money with Adsense. 

& I just read that adsense denies about 95% of websites. So if  you got in – that’s great.

Adsense denied my blog because I blog about blogging. 

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is when you sell other people’s products. This is where many bloggers make their money.

It takes hard work and quality articles. You don’t need a ton of traffic – but you need to be able to make connections. 

People buy from someone they trust. So be Trustworthy. 

A great course on Affiliate marketing is Affiliate Marketing – Simplified by Cate at Sweet and Simple Life.

Selling your own Products

This is the big money ticket. Every blogger should want to create products eventually. Start with free products to make some relationships.

Create products that solve problems.  

How to use pinterest for Keysearch

The first time I heard about using Pinterest for Keysearch was from Suzi. Her course is video based, so I watched her go into Pinterest and find keywords.

It was a huge eye opener for me. 

I explain how to do this in my Pinterest for Traffic article

The Best blogging Courses to get you Started for free

There are a ton of great courses out there. I’ve paid over 500 dollars so far (it adds up fast!).

However, if you aren’t ready to start spending money – there are many free courses too!

Here are SIX free blogging courses to get your started:

  1. Boost your Blog Traffic with Pinterest Free 5 Day Challenge with Cate
  2. How to start a Money Making Blog Free 5 Day Challenge with Cate
  3. The 12 Month Blog Plan with Suzi (Free Ebook)
  4. The Free blog Traffic Challenge with Lauren
  5. Free Blog Traffic Planner with Twins Mommy

You can sign up for my Free blogging Course as well!

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    If you are looking for a blogger to show you how to have a successful blog? Suzi is the perfect person to do it. She’ll teach you the right way to do things.

    She’s completely relatable & extremely sweet. She’ll make you feel like a friend.

    You also get lifetime access to her courses & she updates them often!

    Key aspect of blogging that every blogger needs to learn about

    1). SEO – Search Engine Optimization

    Suzi teaches you exactly how to write 3 types of blog posts for different SEO purposes.

    2). Social Media Marketing

    You need to know how to grow your social media accounts & use content marketing the right way.

    Grab Suzi’s complete blogging course & start your online business journey today!

    Other Resources:

    1. Elite Blog Academy
    2. My Blogging for beginners course free
    3. The Blog Millionaire course review
    4. Best free blogging courses

    This should all be making sense now! Who have your learned from? What are your favorite courses? 

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      4. Mamie June.11.2020 at 5:43 pm

        Oh, I wish I knew about this when I started.

        1. Josephine June.12.2020 at 10:05 am

          I was lucky to find her courses right at the beginning of my journey!

      5. Maura June.11.2020 at 11:07 am

        Suzi is a wealth of information. She was one of the first YouTube channels I started watching to learn blogging and I continue to follow her because of her great tips and how easily she breaks things down.

      6. Lucy June.10.2020 at 9:43 pm

        I follow just about every blogger you mentioned in this post ? they are all super amazing and share great content. I was actually watching one of Suzi’s videos yesterday to help me with my eBook – it was great!

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 11:00 pm

          Hi Lucy! Great minds think alike! I also look to your blog for tips and tricks too! Your blog is a great resource too!


      7. Emily June.10.2020 at 8:37 pm

        There is so much great information in this post. Thank you – I’ve bookmarked it for future reference!

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 8:49 pm

          Thank you for your kind words! šŸ™‚

      8. Kale @ June.10.2020 at 6:39 pm

        Suzi blows me away! I haven’t taken any of her courses…I just get her newsletter. I need to commit and just take the plunge! Thanks for reminding me how helpful she really is for bloggers!

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 8:49 pm

          Her courses are amazing! She offers so much for free; but the courses add it all together seamlessly!

      9. Natalie June.10.2020 at 1:10 pm

        Suzi Blog by number is really amazing. I highly recommend it too. Thanks for these resources. Really helpful.

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 2:24 pm

          My pleasure! She really does have the best blogging courses!

      10. Sara June.10.2020 at 9:09 am

        Thanks for sharing all of these great resources.

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 9:55 am

          You welcome for reading about the best blogging courses! šŸ™‚

      11. Jen Towkaniuk June.10.2020 at 7:15 am

        I wish I’d known about Suzi’s course when I started. It would have cut the learning curve quite a bit. Now I’m actually looking at another one of her courses, as she knows her stuff!

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 9:55 am

          It seriously covers everything a blogging course should cover!

      12. Elizabeth June.10.2020 at 7:06 am

        You can tell Suzi spent a long time making her courses thorough and easy to understand. It certainly helps to have a trustworthy, knowledgeable mentor when embarking on a new endeavor.

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 9:56 am

          Yes! She does such a great job at creating content that works!

      13. Sharon June.10.2020 at 6:27 am

        It’s so great that you found a mentor when you started blogging, it’s key to getting off on the right foot.

      14. Danielle June.9.2020 at 5:36 pm

        So many great tips here! I will have to check our more in depth of these resources a little bit.

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 9:57 am

          Her blogging courses are the best!

      15. Mimi June.9.2020 at 12:53 pm

        I actually have Elementor, I’ll have to start using it!

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 9:57 am

          Yes! It’s a great tool!

      16. Lecy | A Simpler Grace June.9.2020 at 11:06 am

        I don’t know that I’ve ever taken a blogging course before. This is a great resource!

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 9:58 am

          They are great tools just to make sure you are doing everything you can to get your blog out there!

      17. Melanie June.9.2020 at 11:04 am

        These Pinterest strategies are spot on! I am really working on overhauling my Pinterest account so these were really helpful. Thank you!

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 9:58 am

          You’ve got this! Let me know if you need any help! I offer Pinterest Audits under my “work with me tab!”

      18. Kinzy | June.8.2020 at 6:32 pm

        These are awesome tips. I love the courses I’ve taken from Suzi too!

      19. Ceci Rey June.8.2020 at 5:11 pm

        These are great suggestions! I need to learn how to create an e-book and sell it!

        1. Josephine June.10.2020 at 9:59 am

          Yes! That’s where the money is! It’s hard work – but can pay off!

      20. Kemi June.8.2020 at 4:18 pm

        This was a fantastic read !! I learned so much! Thank you

      21. Anitra June.8.2020 at 3:40 pm

        Great info and resources for bloggers! I learned from Pete and Heather Reese from It’s a Lovely Life and took many of their courses!

        1. Josephine June.8.2020 at 3:43 pm

          I’m going to check them out! Thank you!

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