There are billions of blogs, forums, ebooks and webinars that offer advice on how to start a blog.
Most of these formats give you solid advice and strategies for building a successful blog – they teach you how to write a post, how to get traffic and subscribers, stuff like that, but how many of them actually show you the technical side blogging?
Very few, that’s why you have to search out step by step tutorials that show you how to install a blog and its theme on your server. If you want to figure out how to customize the code, you’re off doing another search for a CSS tutorial.
If you need to figure out how to optimize your blog for search engines, that’s a-whole-nother ball game!
I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, but even I found all of the intricate details and skills required to start and maintain a blog baffled me.
It seemed like I was forever searching for new information to teach myself how to do all of these different things.
When I needed to gain a better understanding of CSS, it would’ve been nice if there were online classes that showed me how to do exactly what I needed instead of bits and pieces that I had to dig up all over the web.
Lucky for new bloggers, there’s a wonderful resource that offers online training on demand on a variety of useful topics. It’s a great new site called the LearningGate.
These are not just your bare minimum tutorials, these are actual instructor led courses that can be viewed on demand or live.
The on demand courses can be conveniently viewed any time. So if you’re a night owl like me, you can actually take a course at two in the morning – no problem!
Or you can check out the schedule and attend live web classes – which are awesome because you actually get an opportunity to ask questions and have them answered by a real person – right then and there!
There are tons of courses that both bloggers and business owners will find useful.
Here is a quick list of some courses that you might want to consider:
- Search Engine Optimization and Marketing Essentials
- Social Media Marketing Essentials
- Introduction to HTML
- Advanced HTML
- Cascading Style Sheets
- Introduction to Photoshop CS4
These classes are currently in development, but will be ready soon:
- CSS3 Introduction
- CSS3 Advanced
- HTML5 Introduction
- HTML5 Advanced
- eBay Online Auction for Buyers and Sellers
Most courses have demos that you can view prior to enrolling. This is helpful because it let’s you see if the course will provide the information that you need. How frustrating is it to sign up for an ecourse or webinar only to discover it’s not going to address your specific needs?
As a blogger, there’s always something new to learn. This is a valuable resource for busy bloggers who value having information located conveniently in one place.
LearningGate is an affordable membership site that is well-worth the investment, but if you aren’t sure, take advantage of the 3-day free trial. You’ll get unlimited access to all of the courses that are currently offered.