Blogging is hard and the COVID-19 epidemic is not making things easier.
Luckily, several businesses have started offering their blogging, SEO or marketing courses for free to help bloggers and small business owners who are struggling because of the pandemic.
This page lists the best courses I have found. If you know of another blogging course, please post a comment below the article and I will add it to the list.
Blogging and marketing courses that are temporarily free
This awesome blogging course offered by Ahrefs normally costs 799 USD but is now temporarily free. It will teach you how to grow a successful blog and get more than 100k monthly visitors.
Considering how quickly Ahrefs themselves grow their own blog, this is definitely advice you want to listen to.
The creators of the famous WordPress SEO plugin are offering their training for free to help business owners affected by the pandemic rank better.
Moz is offering all their premium SEO courses for free until the end of May.
Simply use the code wegotthis to get access.
Here are some of the courses you will find in Moz Academy:
- SEO essentials
- Backlink basics
- Keyword research
- Local SEO fundamentals
This course will teach you how to triple your productivity and write more content, something lots of bloggers may find incredibly helpful when working from home.
Some of the things you will learn include:
- How to write 3k words an hour
- How to batch your writing
- Why a voice recorder can help you produce more content
LinkResearchTools are now offering their online SEO training for free to support social distancing.
You will learn little-known linkbuilding strategies and earn a SEO certificate but also discover how to analyze your competitors’ backlinks and get access to helpful browser extensions.
DigitalMarketer is temporarily offering its Lab membership for free.
A great opportunity to learn new skills such as Facebook Ads, copywriting or email marketing and join an online community of marketers and bloggers.
Smart Passive Income is offering a free online business toolkit including several usually paid courses such as Smart from Scratch, a course that will help you find your business idea.
Pat Flynn also temporarily offers the PDF version of his books Let Go and Will It Fly for free.
You will also find advice t work from home and lots of helpful articles.
Blue Array is offering free access to their SEO training courses until the end of June with the code WeGotYouCovered.
This course will teach you the skills you need to reach the SEO manager level and boost your SEO career.
This online membership was created to show people affected by COVID-19 how to get traffic to their website for free even during a recession.
Here are some of the things you will learn:
- Advanced Ahrefs tips and tricks
- How to build an affiliate site from scratch
- The 3-step process to attract authority links
Conversion Sciences are offering their conversion optimization training for free to people working from home.
Their training will help you become a data-driven marketer digital marketer and learn how to use behavioral science in your marketing.
You can apply for a free CXL minidegree if you are out of work or if your livelihood was affected by COVID-19.
This free email course will teach you how to start a programming blog and use it to find consulting clients, find a job or get invited to speak at conferences. It focuses specificially on the skills developers need to grow a successful blog and walks you through all the steps.
Tools that are free for a limited time
SEMrush is giving out free access to their lead-generation and prospecting tool to business owners who need help acquiring more leads.
GroovePages (landing page builder) and GrooveSell (shopping cart) normally cost $99/month but are temporarily free.
Thanks to Martin Boeddeker from Find Focus for letting me know about this deal.
Free online communities for bloggers
Being surrounded by like-minded people is essential in time of crisis. These groups are the perfect place to meet other bloggers and small business owners and tackle problems together.
Make Your Own Damn job with Noah Kagan
Did you get laid off or closed your business? Respond to this tweet and I will personally help you to get back on your feet and Make your Own Damn Job!— noah kagan (@noahkagan) March 25, 2020
(P.S – I’m going to personally call you, there’s no BS course to sell or any tool. Just hard work and optimism!) #winners
This very active Facebook group is the ideal place to meet other food bloggers and talk about the issues food bloggers face during the coronavirus pandemic.
In this free Facebook group, Pamela Rae-Welsh shares daily advice, tutorials and activities that small business owners can use to help with their SEO and social media.
This free Facebook group is for you if you would like to discuss all things content and learn how to create high-converting blog posts, newsletters or social media content.
A free Facebook group for small business owners, entrepreneurs and self-employed to come together as a community to share their knowledge, expertise, support and resources during this hard time.
This a free Facebook group created to support female travel bloggers and help them make meaningful connections.
This free Facebook group is here to help small business owners, freelancers and managers work from home more easily.
Thanks to Martin Boeddeker for letting me know about many of these awesome resources and courses.
Do you know any other blogging course or tool that’s temporarily free due to COVID-19? Post a comment below to let me know!