18 Best Free Blogging Resources (for All Bloggers to Grow Faster) in 2022

There are an overwhelming number of excellent free blogging resources out there on the Internet today, to help grow your blog. And because I’ve created dozens of them myself (including courses, books, templates, tools and more), here’s my collection of all the best blogging resources.

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You want to be a successful blogger, but right now, you don’t have much money to spare. Enter: today’s roundup of the best free blogging resources to grow your blog quicker.

Every time you look at your email, it seems like yet another well known blogger is promoting an expensive course.

And a lot of free resources just end up disappointing you. Perhaps you attended a “free” webinar only to find it’s a half-hour of very basic tips followed by a massive sales pitch.

Do you really need to spend a fortune to get the information you need? No. Absolutely not.

Yes, there are lots of great paid resources that can help you on your blogging journey—but when you’re just getting started, there are tons of excellent free resources you can utilize as well. If you want even more, check out my list of top blogging courses and blogger books—some of which are paid, though they’re all a great value for what they offer.

Just remember: your time is valuable, too. You want the best free blogging resources you can find. You don’t want to waste your time on a hastily thrown together PDF that’s several years old.

18 Best Free Blogging Resources (for All Bloggers) in 2022

  1. How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days
  2. WordPress Training Course: Learn How to Build a WordPress Website Using Elementor
  3. WPBeginner’s WordPress 101 Video Tutorial
  4. What is Social?
  5. The Beginner’s Guide to Branding
  6. Free 5-Day Traffic & Monetization Mini Challengee
  7. The Complete Collection of Content Creation Templates
  8. The SEO Bootcamp (Stupid Simple SEO)
  9. Free Graphic Design Training
  10. 10-Step Copywriting Framework
  11. Content Audit Template
  12. SEO Unlocked
  13. Free Weekly Newsletter Planner
  14. How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days
  15. Blog Business Plan Template
  16. Blog Planner Bundle
  17. 3 Free Blogging Books
  18. 10 Free Blog Post Templates

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and stand behind. When you use one of my affiliate links, the company compensates me, which helps me run this blog and keep my in-depth content free of charge for readers (like you).

Here are a collection of my favorite free blogging resources. If you want more, check out my list of top blogging courses and blogger books—many of which are paid, though they’re all a great value for what they offer.

Note: For all these resources, you’ll need to sign up using your email address to gain access.

Beginner Bloggers: Resources for Launching Your Blog

Beginner Free Blogging Resources (to Grow Your Blog Faster)

If you haven’t yet launched your blog, or if you’ve had a go at blogging in the past but didn’t get very far, these are the resources you need to get off to a fantastic start.

1. How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days

Format: Text (delivered via email)

Structure: 6 lessons

This course teaches you my step-by-step process for getting your blog set up in just minutes.

It also takes you through how to create high-quality content: the type that attracts thousands of readers. We cover effective ways to monetize your blog as well, so you can make real money blogging.

You can work through the course day by day — but if you want to go faster, there’s a link in each email to advance straight to the next lesson.

2. WordPress Training Course: Learn How to Build a WordPress Website Using Elementor (Simon Shocket)

Format: Video

Structure: 3 lessons, split into 17 videos (1 hr 11 mins total)

I love WordPress: it’s the blogging platform I always recommend using. But I know WordPress can feel like a steep learning curve when you’re just getting started.

This detailed, free training course from HubSpot takes you through everything you need to know, from setting up your website (including getting a domain name and web hosting), understanding how WordPress works, installing WordPress plugins and WordPress themes, and using the popular page builder Elementor.

3. WPBeginner’s WordPress 101 Video Tutorials (Syed Balkhi)

Format: Video

Structure: 34 separate videos, each around 2–7 minutes long

These videos, created by Syed Balkhi and his team at WPBeginner, are a fantastic introduction to everything you’ll want to know in your early days of blogging, including WordPress.com vs WordPress.org, using the block editor, creating and editing posts, adding images, installing and customizing themes, enabling and managing comments, and much more.

As Syed puts it, “I am tired of self-proclaimed ‘blogging experts’ charging hundreds of dollars to teach how to use WordPress. I believe basic education like this should be FREE.”

4. What is Social? (Randy Hlavac)

Format: Video and text

Structure: Four weeks, including videos, readings, and peer-graded assignments

This course from Northwestern University is designed, in instructor Randy Hlavac’s words, to “give you an overview of social and the important ways you need to view social to build successful marketing strategies.”

The videos include full transcripts, not just in English but also in a range of other languages. It’s designed to take four weeks, though you can go faster or slower if you want to.

The course is designed to give you a big picture overview of the social media landscape, along with specific tips for creating your own content strategy, designing social communities, and positioning yourself as a brand authority.

There are quizzes and assignments along the way to help you consolidate what you’ve learned.

Tip: Don’t click the “free trial” button when you sign up. You want the “audit the course” link to get the course for free, for as long as you want it.

5. The Beginner’s Guide to Branding (Laura Busche)

Format: PDF ebook

Structure: 6 short chapters

This 35 page ebook covers all the basics of branding, explaining what branding means, and going through all the basics like what name to choose, how to craft your brand identity, and how to create style guidelines.

You’ll get tips on choosing colors that work well together and on picking the right typeface for your blog.

The ebook also runs through some key pitfalls that people run into with branding, explaining how to avoid them.

As the author, Laura Busche, explains, “Branding is not just about fancy graphics on your landing page. A strong brand, or lack thereof, could make or break you.”

More Experienced Bloggers: Resources for Your First Year of Blogging

Once you’ve got your blog up and running, you’ll still want to keep learning. During your first year, your focus is likely to be on creating regular content, growing your traffic, and getting ready to make money from your blog.

6. Free 5-Day Traffic & Monetization Mini Challenge (Lena Gott)

Format: Text-based online course

Structure: 5 separate days of lessons plus homework

This free challenge takes you through some key ways to get more traffic and make money from your blog.

It covers simplifying your strategy, implementing income pathways on your blog, crafting strong calls to action, finding hidden niches other bloggers aren’t targeting, the importance of your conversion rate, and more.

The course is text-based, with less than 15 minutes of reading each day — though you’ll need to allow time to put what you’re learning into practice, too, with the homework tasks.

You get access to the whole course as soon as you sign up, so you can tackle multiple days at once, or you can go through it more slowly.

7. The Complete Collection: Content Creation Templates (Hubspot)

Format: Google documents, spreadsheets, and slides

Structure: Multiple separate sets of templates

This mammoth collection of templates includes every type of template you’re likely to need for your blog: blog post templates, buyer persona templates, ebook templates, infographic templates, powerpoint templates, and much more.

There’s also an editorial calendar and social media calendar to help you plan out your content. You can save all the files to your computer or you can access them in Google Drive.

8. The SEO Bootcamp (Stupid Simple SEO) (Mike Pearson)

Format: Video

Structure: 5 separate videos,

This series of five videos explains how to scale your traffic and income, covering topics like domain authority, keyword research, relevancy, and creating content that ranks.

It’s a beginner-friendly SEO course, taking you through everything you need to know and understand about search engine optimization. Each video is around 7–12 minutes long.

9. Free Graphic Design Training (Kristin Rappaport)

Format: Video (via Teachable)

Structure: Several course sections, each split into short (1–2 minute) videos

This detailed course from Kristin Rappaport runs through basic design principles, including proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast, and hierarchy, before tackling some common graphic design mistakes to avoid — like bad color choices, hard-to-read text, and adding unnecessary elements.

You’ll get 30 different graphic design tips in under 30 minutes, all delivered in a simple, beginner-friendly way.

Even if you’re using pre-made templates for your graphics and content, it’s still really helpful to learn graphic design basics.

Advanced Bloggers: Resources to Take Your Established Blog Further

Ready to take your blog to the next level?

If you’ve been blogging for months or years, you may have all the best blogging tools out there already. Perhaps you feel there’s not too much left to learn. But all these blog resources can help you hone your skills — and make more money.

10. 10-Step Copywriting Framework (Arman Assadi)

Format: Webinar (on-demand)

Structure: Video webinar

This free masterclass takes you through writing persuasive copy (without sounding salesy or full of hype) and making your copy more engaging, personal, and entertaining. You’ll learn how to quickly write copy — even if you’re a beginner.

Note that you need to wait about 9 minutes to view the webinar, after signing up, during which time you can watch an introduction video from Arman Assadi.

One drawback to this resource is, there aren’t any controls to pause, speed up, or slow down the webinar recording, so you’ll want to set aside about an hour and a half to watch it.

11. BabelQuest: Content Audit Template

Format: Excel spreadsheet

Structure: Spreadsheet plus link to instructions

Although this is a small free resource, it’s a really useful one if you’re revamping a blog that already has a lot of content — or even if you’ve purchased or taken over someone else’s blog.

It’s designed to help you conduct an audit of the content you already have, figure out where you may have content gaps, and list the changes and updates you want to make.

12. SEO Unlocked (Neil Patel)

Format: Video

Structure: Seven weeks, split into short 10 – 20 minute videos

This detailed SEO course from online marketing guru Neil Patel takes you through all the basics of SEO, then digs deep into keyword research, on-page and technical SEO, content marketing, link building, and more.

Toward the end of the course, you’ll also get tips on user engagement and conversion optimization.

SEO Unlocked also gives detailed instructions on setting up Google Analytics and Google Search Console.

There’s a lot of content here — but you can work through it all at your own pace. Although the course is designed to take 7 weeks, there’s nothing stopping you from taking longer (or getting through it faster).

13. Free Weekly Newsletter Planner (Kate Doster)

Format: Planner with prompts (PDF)

Structure: 24 months with four prompts for each, plus a few bonus prompts.

Struggling to come up with ideas for your newsletter list? This free weekly newsletter planner has four prompts each month (plus four bonus prompts each year, for months where you need to send five newsletters).

It’s designed so you can print it out and fill in the monthly calendar, though if you just want the prompts, this does take up quite a bit of space.

There’s at least one “MM” (money maker) prompt each month that’s designed for you to promote one of your own products/services, or something from an affiliate. Most of the ideas will work for any blogging niche.

Bonus: 5 Can’t-Miss Blogging Resources Here on ryrob.com

The 12 resources above are my favorites picks from other top-notch bloggers around the world. But I’d be remiss not to also share my own resources.

I’ve made a whole bunch of freebies, based on what RyRob readers want most. You don’t have to pay a cent for these — they’re all completely free to download.

14. How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days

Format: Text (delivered via email)

Structure: 6 lessons

This course teaches you my step-by-step process for getting your blog set up in just minutes.

It also takes you through how to create high-quality content: the type that attracts thousands of readers. We cover effective ways to monetize your blog as well, so you can make real money blogging.

You can work through the course day by day — but if you want to go faster, there’s a link in each email to advance straight to the next lesson.

15. Blog Business Plan Template

Format: Google Doc (you can also download it as a Word document or PDF)

Structure: 6 sections, each with multiple questions and space to type your answers

My blog has been earning well over six figures for years. During the years I built my blog, my business plan kept me on track. My free business plan template guides you through everything you need to figure out to build a successful blog.

That includes uncovering your reasons for blogging, setting goals, positioning and branding your blog, understanding your audience, doing a competitive analysis of other blogs, and much more.

16. Blog Planner Bundle

Format: PDFs and Google Docs

Structure: Multiple separate resources

This isn’t just one resource — it’s a whole bundle of resources to help you grow your blog. These include:

  • 200+ blog post ideas to help inspire you
  • A one-page keyword research checklist to keep you on track when you’re coming up with keywords
  • A template for outlining and writing blog posts
  • A one-page SEO checklist to make sure your posts match up to best practices
  • A printable that you can use to create your weekly blogging to-do list
  • A one-page content promotion checklist for helping your posts get more traffic
  • An editorial calendar template to organize what you’re publishing on different dates

If you’re fitting your blogging around a day job, kids, or other big responsibilities, you need these resources. They’ll help you stay on track regardless how busy things get.

17. 3 Free Blogging Books

Format: PDFs

Structure: 3 separate books, totaling 311 pages

Want to dig deep into the world of blogging? I’ve got 3 completely free books for you. They’re a great read for new bloggers, but you’ll also learn a lot even if you’ve been blogging for a while. They are:

  • How to Start a Successful Blog This Yearthis eBook covers choosing your blog’s name, getting it online, designing it, writing your first post, making money, and much more. I also run through some frequently asked questions about blogging, covering things like how to stand out in a crowded niche, how much it costs to start a blog, and more.
  • How to Promote Your Blog This Yearthis eBook teaches you the basics of SEO (search engine optimization), how to research your competition, how to promote your blog to your target audience, how to grow your social media presence, how to connect with influencers in your niche, and more.
  • How to Make Money Blogging This Yearthis eBook covers proven ways to make money blogging, including sponsored content, affiliate marketing, running ads, selling online courses, selling physical products, selling your services, and more. If you’re wondering how much bloggers do make—and want your blog to bring in a consistent income for you too, then these methods are all ones that are hugely effective.

18. 10 Free Blog Post Templates

Format: Google Doc

Structure: Filled-out examples, then blank templates you can complete

This free blog post template has an SEO brief to fill out, plus an outline for your blog post itself.

It includes lots of tips to help you craft a great blog post, from having an introduction that hooks the reader to splitting your blog post into key sections that deliver real value for your reader.

Ready to Dig Into Some Amazing Free Blogging Resources?

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Whew! There are a lot of amazing blogging resources on this list … all completely free of charge. If you work through all of these, you’ll know more than a lot of people who’ve been blogging for months or years.

If you’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed, though, here’s what to do.

First, sign up for my free course How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days. You’ll get each lesson straight to your inbox, so it’s super-easy to follow the course.

I’d recommend tagging the emails or saving them in a special folder so you can easily refer back to them if you want to.

Once you’ve worked through that course, you should have your blog up and running — though if you get stuck at any point, do check out the “Beginners” resources above for detailed help with WordPress.

Next, download my Blog Business Plan Template. You don’t need to have the perfect business plan from day one … but even a little bit of planning can save you a lot of time. Have a go at coming up with a business plan for your blog.

After that, pick any resource from the list above that you think will help you. Try to set aside 15 minutes every day to work through it … and make sure you put what you’re learning into practice, too.

Ready to get started? Head here to sign up for How to Build a (Profitable) Blog in 7 Days.

Hi I'm Ryan Robinson

Blogger, podcaster and recovering side project addict. Head of Content at Close. Join me here, on ryrob.com to learn how to start a blog, make money blogging and grow a profitable side business. I also write for publications like Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc, Business Insider and more. Let’s chat on Twitter about our feelings (and blogging, I guess).

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6 replies to “18 Best Free Blogging Resources (for All Bloggers to Grow) in 2022”

  1. Hi Ryan
    Great resources
    As a novice to blogging and approaching my 70th birthday can I become a great blogger within 6 months?

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  2. Thank you Ryan for this edition of “18 Best Free Blogging Resources in 2022. I have always kept you subscribed in my list of email contacts, however, financially I end up finding myself disappointed that even though as little as it sometimes costs, I still can’t afford to spend what little money I have. This time I think I can go through with committing some time and effort to get something going. Thank you this message of what I believe will help me to fulfill a desire and dream to become a successful blogger. God Bless! Sincerely, Raymond Duran, 72 years and still kicking!

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    • You’re welcome, Raymond! Thanks for tuning in and glad to hear you got some useful tidbits here—sorry to hear your blogging journey has had some fits & starts, but I’m wishing you luck 🙏

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