I’ve been in the blogging and online business space for a little over a year now, and in that time I’ve had the help and inspiration of many online resources that have taught me about everything from how to setup WordPress to how to structure a blog post to how to accept payments online.
As a way of paying forward all the help these resources have given me (and in the hopes that some of them will help you too), today I’m sharing my top six resources for learning about blogging, copywriting, and online business in general. I hope you’ll find them as helpful as I have.
First off is Fizzle.co, the site that helped my create Grammar Is Sexy. Fizzle is a training resource and online community for “bootstrapping” entrepreneurs, people who want to build an online business that can support and fulfill them.
Fizzle includes an extensive training library covering everything from defining your business’s audience to filming your first video. I’ve been a member for almost six months, and I’ve only watched a fraction of their library. If you’ve encountered an online business question, they probably have a video that covers it.
And if your question isn’t covered in one of the videos, you can turn to the site’s helpful forums, where there’s bound to be someone more experienced who an answer one of your questions.
Of the resources I’m mentioning in this post, Fizzle is the only one that costs money ($1 for your first month and $35 a month after that). While I think access to the videos and forums is easily worth this, they also have an excellent blog and an amazing podcast that are both free to anyone.
[Note: the links above are affiliate links, meaning that I do get a small discount on my membership if you sign up. Don’t worry, it’s at no extra cost to you.]
I’m a bit newer to this site than Fizzle, but for the past month or so I’ve been learning about copywriting from Copyblogger‘s free online community.
They have dozens of ebooks and articles that cover how to craft the perfect headline (it’s a lot harder than you think), how to format your content for maximum readability, and much more (I’m still discovering everything they have).
In order to access their content, you have to join the site, but the account is free, don’t worry.
3. Paul Jarvis
Not only is Paul an amazing web designer, but he also blogs about freelancing, content marketing, and growing an audience online. I recently discovered his site and really love his style. He gives practical advice but also writes a lot about the struggles and philosophical issues of freelancing. He also has a paid course that I’ll probably purchase soon; if I do, I’ll make sure to write a review here.
Here are a few of his favorite articles of mine:
- Content marketing isn’t the dirty word you think it is
- Behind the scenes of The Sunday Dispatches (Paul’s weekly email newsletter)
- 8 out of 10 statistics are completely made up
4. Smart Passive Income
Smart Passive Income (SPI for short) is where passive income master Pat Flynn shares everything he’s learned about building a business online. His blog is excellent, but his podcast and videos are where he truly shines.
While the site is aimed at people attempting to earn a passive income, most of the content applies to any online business endeavor you might undertake.
Here are a few of my favorite videos:
- How to Write a Book
- Pat’s Home Office Setup
- My Top 5 Productivity Tools (Pat’s explanation of how he writes blog posts is invaluable)
And a few of my favorite podcasts:
- Autoresponder Email Best Practices
- How to Become a Contributing Writer on Large Media Sites
- Productivity and the Early Morning Routine
5. Nathan Barry
Unlike the other blogs I’ve mentioned, Nathan Barry’s is clearly divided into two categories: Marketing and Design. The Marketing section (the one I mainly read) focuses largely on email marketing (Nathan’s main product is an email marketing app called ConvertKit), although it also contains such inspiring posts as “Join me as I create & launch a product in 24 hours.”
Also check out “9 email marketing wins that take less than an hour.” I guarantee you’ll learn something.
6. The Buffer App Blog
I don’t read this blog as often as I should, but when I do I always learn something. For those of you not familiar with it, Buffer is a web app that allows you to schedule you social media posts in advance, posting them at times optimized for the most engagement.
To help market this tool, they’ve built a really helpful blog that covers the best strategies for writing shareable content, creating beautiful social media images, and generally being a better online marketer.
Here are a few posts worth reading:
- How to Spend a Social Media Budget
- 15 Psychological Studies That Will Boost Your Social Media Marketing
- The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Slide Decks
What About You?
What are some of your favorite online business resources? Share them below in the comments.
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