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Online Courses That I Have Taken and Recommend

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December 11, 2017

Online Courses that I have taken and recommend.

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but these are for products that I highly recommend. I only share things that I love and use regularly. Thank you so much for your support!

The important thing to remember when taking online courses is that they won’t work unless you do. Of course, you’ll have some that you just don’t feel work out best for you and your business. Before you buy a course, be sure to do your research, make sure that it’s something that you have time/money for and is something that you really want to work on.

I have taken a few courses that really weren’t as great as the teacher perceived, or on par with where I was at that time and that was disappointing. So again, do your research. 

You can research courses before you take them by:

  • Googling the course name and reading reviews

  • Reaching out to someone that you know has previously taken a course and asking them any questions that you may have

  • Finding a FAQ for the course and reach out to the teacher or team

  • Search in Facebook groups that you are active in

I love taking courses that help me in areas that I’m not proficient in, want to expand on, or were recommended to me.

Here’s my list of courses that I have taken and recommend:

1. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing  from Michelle of Makingsenseofcents.com

I recently bought this course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle of MakingSenseOfCents.com and whoa the framework inside this course is AMAZING!

Michelle earns over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing, and she shares all of her best tips in this course. Yes, you read that correctly! 🤑

In this course, there are 6 modules, over 30 lessons, over 20 worksheets, bonuses, an extremely helpful exclusive Facebook group, and more, and she goes through everything when it comes to affiliate marketing, such as:

  • What affiliate marketing is and how it works

  • Why affiliate marketing is great

  • The exact steps she’s taken to earn over $300,000 from a single blog post

  • How to pick the right affiliate products to promote

  • How to increase conversions

  • How to build trust and not lose followers

  • Required disclosures that you need to know about

  • The one major tool you need for affiliate marketing

  • Different strategies to use to promote your affiliate products

  • How to use Pinterest to succeed at affiliate marketing (yes, this includes the newest Pinterest affiliate rules!)

Click here to check out Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing TODAY!

I bought this course not even two weeks ago and I’m already making more affiliate income WHILE I AM SLEEPING by following her methods!

I became an affiliate for her course and if you sign up with my link, you’ll receive my bonus training “Affiliate Promo Planning” training, which includes everything that I’ve done to earn over $3K with ONE affiliate partner and under 1,000 email subscribers!

Click here to sign up for the course

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

You might also be interested in: How To Benefit From Affiliate Marketing (Without Having A Huge Audience)

2. Gram Slam From Alex Beadon of AlexBeadon.com

Before I took Gram Slam, I did not have a plan, would randomly post stories, and no one engaged with them. After taking Gram Slam, I am no longer overwhelmed with how to post to Instagram Stories and love engaging with my audience through the app. Plus my audience grows daily!

I highly suggest joining Alex’s Double Down on your DM’s 5-day challenge to see how helpful Alex is. I grew my engagement by 300% in the first 3 days! Definitely love how she breaks down Instagram Stories!

I am an affiliate for Gram Slam and I’d love for you to support me by using my link- if not no worries!

3. The Instagram Lab from Jenna Kutcher

I have followed Jenna on Instagram for a couple of years and just love her “I just want to hang out with her in person” vibe. This course is on Instagram, but it taught me A LOT about my business as a whole.

Follow Jenna on Instagram

Link to The Instagram Lab course

I am not an affiliate for The Instagram Lab.

4. Ready Set Blog for Traffic from Elna of TwinsMommy.com

Within 3 months I have doubled my traffic thanks to the things that Elna laid out in her course!

Here’s my video testimonial for Elna’s course:

I am not an affiliate for Ready Set Blog for Traffic.

Link to the Ready Set Blog for Traffic course

5. Stupid Simple SEO by Mike Pearson

OH MY GOODNESS. This is hands down the best course I have taken in the past 3 years, no joke.

I never really believed in niching down with my business before because I loved so many things… but the thing is… is that no one knew what I did because it was confusing. I bought this course in 2018 and in January, 2019 I declared that I was going to focus on video marketing and video confidence ONLY. And get this… my business has grown faster in the past three months than it did in the past three years!
🙈


Here’s EXACTLY what I did to niche down:
+ I looked at my google analytics and saw which posts performed the best.
+ I looked at the questions that people on social media and inside my membership community were asking me.
and I thought about what I REALLY want to teach people.

Everything was pointing to video and I really like teaching video because I’m self-taught so it’s a win win.
😎


So here’s what I did after I made the decision:
+ I deleted all of my blog posts that were unrelated to video or underperforming on my website, yes deleted them. It was over 50 posts but it pretty much felt like cleaning out my closet!
+ I only kept posts that were still providing value or income (affiliate posts).
+ reformatted my website and marketing materials
+ separated my lip biz from my hazel haven business
and emailed my list and let them know from now on I’ll be talking about creating videos and if they’re not interested then they can unsubscribe.
⭐️
I have so much more clarity for who I’m talking to, what I’m talking about and where my business is going. By FOCUSING I am able to help YOU better. So hey, if you want to learn how to create video content for your business, stick around if not, feel free to unfollow me. No hard feelings!



Have you niched down with your business yet? Let me know below!

I am an affiliate for Stupid Simple SEO and I’d love for you to support me by using my link- if not no worries!


Are you thinking about creating your OWN online course?

I recently made the switch from Teachable to Thinkific and I am so happy that I did. Three things that I love Thinkific over Teachable include:

  • a video library to upload course videos to

Previously I had to host my videos somewhere else (vimeo) with teachable which added another expense.

  • Hidden courses

I am able to create hidden courses for clients so they can have one place for all of our documents/files instead of emailing back and forth or searching for emails. (Hidden courses can technically take place on teachable but it’s more of a hack, not a feature.)

and

  • Amazing customer service

The customer service at Thinkific is one of the main reasons that I made the switch, being able to speak to a real person is so important to me.

I had Teachable for a little over a year and not once was I able to speak to someone for support. I was always referred to a web page and felt like I was pulling teeth to get an answer. I also have a friend who was told that since she wasn’t on a higher plan they were unable to help her. How rude, right?

When you sign up with my Thinkific link you will also receive:

  • How To Price Your Online Course (worth $297)

  • The 30-In-30 Program (worth $497)

  • My bonus training, ‘How to set up a FREE course that will help you generate more income!’

Click here or click the banner below to grab this sweet deal from Thinkific!

Update 2021: I tried out Thinkific and then podia and now I’m using shopify for my online course programs because that is what has worked best for me! Read Why I switched to podia from thinkific.

Have you taken any of these courses? Have any to add? Let me know in the comments below!

Hey there, I’m Lindsey the online educator behind lindseyhazel.com. I help online business owners create video content and be confident while growing online. I’m an introverted extrovert who loves tech systems, dark chocolate and a strong cup of coffee. Be sure to click here to learn about my favorite tools and resources that I use to run my business everyday!

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  1. I love the manner you conferred this. You actually have an honest grasp on what’s required to reach digitally selling alittle business. the matter is that almost all individuals recently became familiar with instant gratification, thus expect instant results from their selling efforts. the fact is, that to succeed with any style of selling, you’ve got to be consistent, deliberate and most of all, terribly patient.

  2. Sara Miller says:

    Thanks for the recommendations! I have heard good things about some of these, and others were new to me. Definitely bookmarking for future reference!

  3. Erin Alexander says:

    I really liked Trello for Business. I’m intrigued by Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing now!

  4. April says:

    Wow, there is so much good information here!! January-March I will be diving into marketing and redoing a few things (behind the scenes) for my business so this couldn’t have come at a better time. Some of these I have heard of but others are completely new to me. I’m so excited to dive in! Thanks for all the great info!

  5. Aislinn says:

    Oh my gosh this is an awesome post! I love that you explain why each course was valuable. I also am now super intrigued by the affiliate course. So happy to have you here in Huntsville! Let’s meet up for coffee and dark chocolate! <3

  6. Ascencia says:

    Hi Lindsey! Thanks for compiling these valuable resources!!

    Ascencia | https://ascenciafike.com

  7. Jule says:

    It’s been a while, so I was wondering if you’ve taken any other courses since then. Have you tried out Follower to Fan Society?

  8. Lea says:

    Are these reviews your honest testimonial or are you also getting paid to promote these specific courses?

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