Blogging courses – my opinion.

They’re not worth your money. They’re just not.

I’ve put off talking about this for a long time because I don’t want to offend anyone. And honestly, I’m sorry if this offends anyone who charges for these courses. But, the truth to the matter is, when it comes to running a blog, the person behind the blog is what determines whether or not a blog is successful.

Let’s be real! You can find everything you need to set up and run a blog for free on Google. Categories, subject matter, audience engagement, tags, SEO, marketing, formatting, etc, etc… can all be found on Google. You can ask blogging friends, for free, once your blog has been made. You can learn by experience, for free, as you go. You can watch videos about it on YouTube, for free. All of these resources will give you the tools and resources you might/could possibly need/want to run a blog.

They are not going to make your blog successful though.

You make your blog successful.

Think of it like parents who purchase vocal lessons for their child. The teacher can teach all about reading music about tones, pitches, breathing, all things to deal with learning to sing. That teacher is not going to turn the child into Adele though. All the vocal lessons in the world won’t turn the child into Adele. Adele is Adele for a reason. The magic behind Adele is her, and it’s a magic that can’t be taught in any vocal lesson.

The magic behind an incredible blog can’t be taught in any blogging course. If you really want to throw your money away, I’ve got two open hands. Or, save your money, do some online research and use your individuality to make your own magic in this online world.

82 thoughts on “Blogging courses – my opinion.

  1. I’m so glad you posted about this!!! This is also an appropriate follow up to your NYT bestseller post. Again, people are out to make $$
    I fully agree, it’s all about the message and the tone etc. I write from my heart. I started this blog in Oct of 2018 and yes, it’s slow going but I sincerely enjoy meeting other writers, sharing ideas and interacting….like how I stumbled upon you. As a newbie at this….is there any feedback you can share with me?
    The tech side of it stumps me bc I don’t have a lot of hands on technology knowledge and everything I do I am self taught in. WordPress to me is complicated that way. I have the personal blog account and I do whatever I can simply figure out. Also, I was sharing this with another blogger on here, I don’t write on a computer. I do absolutely everything off my cell. I’m on the go and work a full time job in a boutique. I can type well but am sooooo out of practice lol….I literally type my blog with 2 thumbs 😜

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    1. Genuinely, when I give out advice with respect to blogging, I tag it as ‘marketing’ so it’s on the menu at the top of my blog. All of my blog advice, tips, tricks, how-tos, etc… can be found there, in one place. I do that so people have all the advice together and they can decide which of it they like, which they don’t, what they want to use and what they need to adapt to best suit their liking. If you decide to give it a read, let me know if you have questions about that. I would direct you to there first, though, just because it might answer a lot of your questions and it’s already all written down/available.

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  2. Your always extremely honest I’m I’m here for every moment of it!!

    But I do get where your coming from. I suffer from f*** it I’ll do it my self syndrome and I have a hard time seeing why people spend money on courses other then they are lazy. Not too lazy to learn but too lazy to do research on it and find out it can be found easily and in more mass elsewhere like you said on YouTube or other bloggers. I guess it’s just convenient for people for all the info to be in one place and seems more legit if you have to buy the courses.

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    1. I’m not going to call anyone lazy. Some people genuinely do believe these courses will help. Some of these courses genuinely are marketed in such a way that it portrays instant successes in life for whomever signs up. So I genuinely do believe that people can go into these courses thinking that said course will make them blogger famous and will make their blog blow up. I just want to provide a point of view against that belief… in case someone might not know any better.

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      1. I see your point of view and I can respect that. I never really thought of it that way considering a lot of people seem to get sucked into ladder schemes or get rich quick schemes thinking just that. That they’ll make a ton of money without putting in a lot of work. That’s more of what I was thinking when I said lazy. Not meaning to offend people who actually believe it will work or people who genuinely put in work to make it happen.

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      2. In both cases willing to learn but one might not want to do the courses just to genuinely learn but learn to make money quick. Hmm I guess I should be more open minded as well because I honestly didn’t think of it the way you pointed it out.

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      3. It’s like a version of an MLM in a way. lol

        I totally get where you’re coming from and I wasn’t trying to imply that you were trying to offend anyone. I’m sorry if it came across that way!

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      4. What’s MLM?

        You weren’t implying that but I thought I’d throw that in there because I got to thinking whoever else reads this might think my intentions were just to knock other peoples grind and I didn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.

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      5. MLM=Multi Level Marketing – another term for pyramid scheme businesses – where you have to pay to play. Arbonne, Young Living, LulaRo, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef… stuff like that.

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  3. I honestly don’t even pay for this site. My following is very small & I would never claim that my blog is a failure or a success just yet because I am just getting started. Do I get frustrated at times & look for pay stuff to help me? Yes, but you’re right; if you ever want genuine success it can’t be bought, it comes from the heart. I will never pay for blogging marketing.

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    1. That’s the best outlook to have. You might be able to buy you a few samples, but truth be told, the magic behind your blog is you. So spin that magic into gold with your own actions, not your wallet. (god that sounded so cheesy… like a greeting card)

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    1. Some people do luck out and win the lottery. But, the probability of that ever being you or I is slim to none. We make our own life, we make our own blog, we make our own successes. 🙂

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  4. I would never pay to learn about blogging.
    I admit I had no idea about blogging when I started this one many years ago.
    You’re correct in saying about learning through experience, Google, YouTube, and friends, especially you for your kind tutorials.

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  5. Thank you for being so honest. This post deserves 1000 shares ❤ Honestly, I just threw my money at a subscription for sheet music (Musescore). I want to get better at playing piano and feel like it will be a good use of my “free” time.

    Similar to piano, blogging takes time, practice, and dedication. One does not get good at anything from watching videos and passively taking courses. One gets good by applying themselves and putting in the damn work. “That guy” selling you courses got good at blogging (and making money) because he put in the work.

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      1. I tried the free music approach but had no luck finding the song I wanted. Also, I like how this website allows you to listen to the sheet music, similar to how Sibelius (software) works. I mostly learn by ear so being able to listen to it while sight reading helps a ton.

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      2. Oohh, it was a specific song you got? A favourite of yours? Nice! Piano is such a good talent to have, and habit. Everyone loves when someone can sit down at the piano and play.

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      3. I was looking for the ending theme song from Spirited Away. My sister-in-law plays piano very very well, and recently started playing soundtracks from this movie.

        I am NOT good at playing piano and can’t sight read very well. I have a keyboard and it’s kinda pointless having one if we aren’t going to use it. Having a subscription allows for unlimited downloads along with other perks. If there’s any hard-to-find song you want to play, feel free to let me know and I can [probably] find you the sheet music (just as long as it isn’t Disney music because I already confirmed that it’s not available).

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  6. Hi! I started following your blog the other day, this weekend.

    It is fortuitous that you posted this, as only just the evening I was thinking about nearly this very thing. I was watching an unusual YouTube video where the gentleman concluded by recommending that creators get a coach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvkzGRZ3zVk I saw your post which added that maybe, as opposed to self-teaching, I should look for a mentor.

    It was consoling for me what you happened to state about that sort of thing. Decent blog entry.

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    1. The more blogging friends that you make, the more you’ll learn the inns and outs of blogging! People will share and everyone can give you a little something or other. Words with friends is the best way to improve!

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  7. Love this! Thank you for sharing your opinion, those courses are all so well marketed it’s tempting to give them a try. It’s hard not to want instant results, but I also want to stick to my own thing and keep my blog my own!

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    1. It can be so tempting! Their marketing of the courses really plays to the inner… self-improvement hopes in people, leading them to think that if they take part, they’ll better themselves with their blog. It can be extremely deceiving.

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  8. “But, the truth to the matter is, when it comes to running a blog, the person behind the blog is what determines whether or not a blog is successful” – thank you for saying this! I’ll never shell out money for these blogging courses!

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  9. You’re honest and open about what matters to you, I like that! I agree with you. At the end of the day we make or break our online presence. Paying for courses is for those who are lazy in my opinion. Like you said, everything is right there, Google is everybody’s friend!

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    1. If you want to learn – google and blogging friends are the best places to look. What better place to go then to find someone who’s been there and done that! Right? Right.

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  10. I think some people feel as though they need to monetary invest in a product to take it more seriously. We live in a time where everyone wants instant results, so I think that’s why some people take the time to research and others just pay to get everything they need in one spot. I personally would never pay for a blogging course. I think through trial and error is the best way to learn what works for you.

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    1. I think you’re right, there is a bit of a notion that if you’re not investing dollars into something, you’re not investing into something.

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  11. Nearly everything can be learned for free these days, and unfortunately a lot of people think they have to spend huge sums of money in order to learn something new. I’m self-taught in most of my skills, and that happened through research, free resources, and a lot of experimentation, trial and error.

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  12. I agree we can find out most things for free. But, I feel we have to be careful of the date the post or video was made, as it might old knowledge.2) even the free stuff on the web sometimes is selling stuff

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  13. Yes!!! Preach! This is why I follow your diary or blog. You seem to be a free thinker. I get inundated with crap about building a better blog when I clearly am not looking for help. The problem with these classes that promise to make you a better anything are that I think it stifles peoples creativity instead of enhancing it and then your blog becomes like millions of blogs that are out there – quoting other peoples ideas and quotes as they are your own. Ooops, sorry for the rant, not really 🙂

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    1. I like rants. I love rants in my comments section and I agree with you. Courses like these are built like cookie cutters… to make every blog/blogger follow suit with the same directions. We don’t need more of the same out here, we need people who feel free to be themselves.

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  14. I mostly agree with this — but let’s also recognize that be it a natural instinct or learned from your professional experience, you have a much more innate sense of communication and marketing than a lot of people. You’re also far more interesting and good at sharing your thoughts than the average person. People like us are hard to find.

    What seems obvious to you may not be obvious to others and they’re only going to learn what you already know if they do the research. That’s why they need to act now and order my blogging system and if they do, I’ll throw in a free “I’m a Blogger” keychain and cufflinks.

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    1. Sign me up for the keychain and cufflinks because they’re definitely not going to learn how to share or be interesting from a cookie-cutter blogging course. Hey, cookie cutters. We should sell those too.

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  15. I agree! When you look on Pinterest for starting a blog, almost every one of them suggests signing up for a blogging course (theirs). Complete crap. Exactly what I DIDN’T want to do was create another blog about blogging, and charge bloggers to learn about blogging. Yuck! I like your vocal / singer analogy though! So true. 🙂 Have a great day.

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  16. So true! I hear time and time again “you write well”, so that’s what matters. I make no sales pitches, I speak from experience with a touch of humour and that’s what people seem to love. Authenticity and writing style seems to triumph above any fancy layout of formatting technique.

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    1. To this statement “Authenticity and writing style seems to triumph above any fancy layout of formatting technique”, I doth my cap to thee.
      If ever there was something so accurate to sum up my entire post in one line, this would be it. You are wise, grasshopper. Thank you for this comment.

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  17. Great post! I agree, we are individuals with unique characteristics that make us special, our blogs are a reflection of our personality. If we are all taking a class, then our blogs might all begin to look the same, and what is the fun in that?

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  18. I have found blog SEO testing so it’s tempting to think someone can help and advise if you pay them. But the information is all out there (and it’s free a lot of the time) and after dredging through countless websites stuff starts to make sense.

    Blogging itself is about writing – find and pick your lane. You don’t need a course to teach you this.

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  19. Don’t forget about the most important ingredient of all: dumb luck. There’s a lot of great, talented bloggers/writers/musicians etc. out there who will never achieve the fame and fortunate that perhaps their talent deserves, simply because they don’t get the lucky break that others get, “running into a guy who knew a guy who roomed with X big name in the business back in college” moment.

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    1. Dumb luck is sometimes a factor, and others, not. I think there are some people that all the force in this world couldn’t hold them down. Chuck Norris could kick them around the sun and they’d come back and be a success. Dumb luck does play a factor, yes. But some people will find success anyways. It’s all depending on the person.

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