I'm taking a new class that I love. It's a live 'online' class called 'Profitable Blogging for Beginners,' targeted at blogging moms. The class is at a site called Blogelina and is run by a very nice and knowledgeable woman named Tanya Peterson, who says that while she's targeting moms, she wouldn't turn anyone away. ; )
I told some pet blogging friends about it and I think there were five or six of them there last night. We actually first heard about the class in a Two Little Cavaliers newsletter. (Thanks, girls!)
The price can't be beat. It's$5forfour2 hour live online chat-room-style classes, with a 60 page class manual that you print out. You can have no blog at all, (really, really a beginner) or already have a full blown blog or website, and still find this useful.
AND you get a year's FREE GoDaddy web hosting, which I've never bought before because it's normally $84/year. This has given me the push I need to move to self-hosted blogs and websites. You'll notice I haven't made the switch yet, but it's next on my list, and I've already received my web hosting account information from GoDaddy. Tanya's gotten me all signed up for their Deluxe Linux web hosting plan. : )
The class meets from 9-11pm EST on Tuesdays, and just keeps repeating starting over with Class #1 every four weeks, with some folks coming back every week to learn and share more. Tanya emails participants the class notes with all the tips and links that were discussed during the class, so they don't have to take notes during the class. Everyone can focus on the chat and slides.
Everyone follows one another's blogs and giveaways, and helps each other figure things out. It's really nice - and fun spending an evening with all these great and enterprising women.
Blogelina also has a free email list and a lot of free tips and stuff. You don't have to buy anything. For that matter, if you really can't afford the $5, Tanya says to email her and she'll work something out! And there's a 30 Day Guarantee. If you're not satisfied after 30 days, you get you $5 back. Srsly.
I paid my $5 by Paypal and enrolled in the class, downloaded class manual, and looked around the Blogelina site. Tanya has another offer for her 'Blogging Bundle - 8 Resources for Your Blog' for $10, a package of other downloads. (This bundle and the class are the only things she's selling). I bought those, too, then found out that if you buy the Bundle, you get the class enrollment free -includingthe GoDaddy web hosting.
So I emailed Blogelina and said I'd already paid the $5 for the class, but also bought the other $10 package - and Tanya immediately refunded $5 to my Paypal account. I'm very impressed. You could skip the extra package and just take the class and get the free web hosting for $5.
I assume Blogelina's trying to get tons of people taking the class so she can eventually charge more money, but first she has to have lots of people raving about it, like me, which we obviously are, so her strategy is working.
Blogelina also has an affiliates program. If you, or anyone, signs up from my referral link,I get a 75% commission - which is, are you sitting down? $3.75. Whether you use my referral link or not (which doesn't change your price), I do think a lot of my friends would like this class, and I would love to have you in the class with me next week, when Class #1 and the whole program starts from the beginning.
If you get your friends to sign up, and you're in the affiliates program, you'll get a commission, too, but that's not the real deal here. The class and the free web hosting are what this is about!