If you are just starting I would highly recommend a few resources that will help you learn as much as possible about how to create a successful blog and monetize it. Here you will find a summary of what I found the most helpful on my journey!
There are as many courses as there are bloggers and most of them charge you anywhere from 30 to 1000$. While a lot of them will share helpful tips for blogging, there are plenty of free resources that have so much information for you to learn that you will be busy for quite some time before you will feel a need for a paid course (if you will at all!)
Top Hat Rank Webinars
Top Hat Rank webinars are created for both starting and advanced bloggers. These webinars are free to attend but if you weren’t able to join, you can always watch the recordings on YouTube and read Q&A in the blog post that is linked below the video. The hosts are experts in the field who walk the talk. You should check it out and you will know what I am talking about!
There are a few good blogging podcasts that will help you learn a lot about growing your blog. The number one I would recommend is the Blogging Millionaire Podcast. This podcast is great no matter what niche you are in.
If you are a food blogger then you can check out the Food Blogger Pro podcast and find a lot of encouragement and inspiration from other successful food bloggers.
As a blogger, you must do keyword research. To learn more about keyword research visit the webinars mentioned above and find the episode talking about keyword research. There are plenty of tools you can use but if you are just starting KeySearch is probably the best fit for you as it is very affordable (only 17$ a month compared to 100+$ a month for other tools) and you can use their free trial for one month to get familiar with the tool and see if it is something you would like to invest into. To learn more about this tool visit my KeySearch review.
There are free keyword research tools like Google itself, free trials of paid tools, or free Chrome extensions like Keywords Everywhere and if you are on a very tight budget you can go with the free stuff but know that investing in at least a one-month subscription for a good keyword research tool will already provide you with a lot of keywords you can work with. It is better to have a few confirmed keywords than post a hundred posts hoping to hit the right target blindfolded.
Finally, remember that you are not alone in your blogging aspirations. There are plenty of other bloggers who are ready to help answer your questions, encourage you when you feel like giving up (we all have been in that spot!), or share their experiences on their journey. One such community is the Becoming a Blogger Facebook group that I personally benefited from and recommend to you. If you are a food blogger then, definitely, Food Bloggers Central is a great group to participate in.
There is so much to be said about blogging that it would be impossible to fit it all into a post or two. This is why I recommend you check out the sources mentioned above to get you started. You will discover plenty of other tips as you progress on your journey! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.