FIND OUT WHAT COURSES ARE ACTUALLY WORTH YOUR TIME.
Feel like there is so much information out there and you are so inspired but also so overwhelmed? Well, this past year I've been taking all the free e-mail and online courses for you so that you don't have to waste your time on the ... well, not as helpful ones. There are many out there that just stick to the very basic bullet points without even touching on anything worthy or actionable unless you buy into the course. However, I have found a few gems for you that I can't wait to share.
What free #business courses are worth your time?
Here are 12 options for you!
Continue reading to find out what FREE courses you should sign up for TODAY.
Beginner business + blogging courses
Starting from the very beginning? You maybe even have a good bit under your belt, but here are the awesome courses that will really help you move to the next level:
Researching for this article, inspired me to make my own e-course that was thorough, helpful, and actionable. I go a little bit further including information like whether you should register as an LLC, how to make your website reader-friendly, marketing basics, etc. All the things you really do need to know both when getting started AND moving to the next level.
intermediate business + marketing courses
These are for those who really need knowledge to enhance skills you already have or to further DIY your own business to increase it's success.
- Kory Woodard: Create Irresistible Incentives
- The SITS Girls: Skyrocket Your Blog's Pageviews
- Noni May: A Media Kit That Sells
- Socially Aligned: Facebook Ad Training
What do you think?
Have you taken any of the above courses? What were your thoughts? Honestly, my favorite two were Business Basecamp by Adventure of Existence and Create Irresistible Incentives by Kory Woodard as both of them were very informative, beautifully laid out, thought-provoking, and super actionable.
Feel like I'm missing any courses from this list? Tell me below in the comments! I'd love to take the course and consider adding it to this list!
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Google pretty much dominates when it comes to how a website ranks on the web, so it's not surprising that Google Analytics would have an elaborate system of tracking your website's performance. The Google Analytics system has many great metrics to measure so that you can stay on top of how your website is doing, engagement, who and where your audience is coming from geographically, amongst other data.
A really important metric is learning how your audience is getting to your website (eg, where your traffic is coming from). This is called "Acquisition." The four main categories include the following:
- Direct acquisition is someone who types your website address into the search bar and clicks "enter" or "submit."
- Referral acquisition is someone who clicks on a hyperlink from another website that connects (or points them) to your website.
- Organic acquisition is when visitors search an inquiry into their favorite search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc) and it yields a result with your website and then they click to visit your website. The importance of understanding how this work is detailed in our SEO Like a Pro blog series.
- Social acquisition is visitors coming to your website from a social media network like Facebook, Twitter, or even Reddit.
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Turning Your Boring Headline Into One that Converts
By default, LinkedIn makes a user's headline the following: Current Position at Current Employer. Some might not even know they can change that. But you can and you should! This will dramatically change your view and conversion rates.
If you read our SEO series on Google search algorithms, then learning LinkedIn has their own search algorithm shouldn't be a hard task to master. This means, know your keywords. We've included a downloadable social media keyword planner to help you with this.
LinkedIn is the largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members. For that reason, it has a lot of clout and Google SEO juice.
Let's look at 3 reasons why having a LinkedIn profile matters:
- You'll have an "all about me, what I do, my websites, and how you can contact me" spot on a highly reputed website.
Think of it as a one-stop-shop about you. This is a very advantageous marketing strategy when done right. For instance, did you know you can share your blog posts and content to LinkedIn? Most social media managers sync with your LinkedIn profile to help you do just that.
- You get endorsements that add value to your profile, your brand, and what you're doing.
Having people endorse you on your "marketing" skills, "copywriting" ability, or being an "Adobe Illustrator" wizard can go a long way. Remember that clout I was mentioning earlier? Think of clout as the more you have, the more you are an influencer or expert in your field.
- You network for free with fellow professionals in your industry.
That's a pretty big deal. You can't always make time to have quality conversations on any social media network, but having the ability to network with peers is valuable. Discover and connect with professionals you don't already know as well as influencers and other like-minded people that could develop into either a business or personal relationship.
How about those tips, now?
It’s my joy in to introduce you all to Brittney Rossie. She started out as a digital nomad while working and traveling internationally and she actually launched her business while abroad in Central America!
She’s a self-taught designer and began teaching herself online marketing for her and her husbands international work when she realized she could help others with these topics.
A little fun fact about her: She’s obsessed with personality assessments.
So, it only makes sense to share that, in addition to being a business strategist and digital designer, she’s an INTJ (Myers-Briggs).
Basically, finding simpler solutions and creating beautiful and intuitive systems is her jam.
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