When I posted Two Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills, I mentioned online writing classes. But did you know that there are online problogging classes, too?
Most of the pro blogging classes out there have a definite “make money blogging” slant. However, if all you’re interested in is honing your blogging skills to grow readership, then check out Darren Rowse of Problogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a downloadable e-book. It’s designed to help you revitalize your blog by giving you 31 tasks that will help you turn it into the page view powerhouse.
I participated in Darren’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge the last time it ran. (Well, I read the daily emails, but didn’t actually do any of the exercises since I was too busy.) Darren is The Man when it comes to blogging, so $19.95 is a small price to pay for some great advice.
You may also want to get Darren’s book, ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, that he wrote with Chris Garrett.
I took Yaro’s Blog Mastermind blogging class when it was first launched back in 2007, mostly because Darren Rowse recommended it. Also, it was one of the only online problogging classes that allowed you to pay monthly instead of paying the entire fee upfront.
Since I was one of the first members, I paid $47 per month for the six months the program lasted. Currently, the Blog Mastermind mentorship program goes for $97 per month. The membership gives you access to the lessons, videos, a members only forum, access to Yaro’s Social Traffic Club, and audio and video interviews with top bloggers like Brian Clark of Copyblogger.
If you don’t like the program for any reason, just let Yaro or his team know in the first 60 days and they’ll send you a full refund. You can also cancel at any time for any reason. (I had a small billing problem, and Yaro personally emailed me and fixed it right away. The man stands by his word.)
I enjoyed taking Yaro’s course and I learned a great deal, especially about social bookmarking on sites like Digg and writing quality content. However, there were some drawbacks to it:
However, if you are wanting to step out of your mom blogging box to write about a different subject and make money doing so, then BlogMastermind is a great way to do just that.
For more information, check out Paul Piotrowski of InspiredMoneyMaker.com’s review: Yaro Starak’s Blog Mastermind – A Complete Review
Nothing like getting some great advice for free. Just be warned that these come from expert Internet marketers who may start sending you lots of emails to get you to buy this or that program or service. You can opt out of the emails, of course, but you could get some great opportunities to learn more about internet marketing and making money blogging by sticking around, too.