Posted by: Donna Cunningham | November 5, 2010

FREE COURSE: How to Set Up Your First Blog the Right Way the First Time

 Donna says:  I call Darren Rowse of my blogging God, guide, and guru because the advice on his high-quality site, ProBlogger is invaluable, especially for a blogger who is just starting out.  I credit Darren with much of my growth and success as a blogger my first year with Skywriter.   I was excited to hear about his free course for new bloggers and wanted to share it with Skywriter Readers. 

Posted by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger on: 04 Nov 2010 06:01 AM PDT

Are you convinced you need to start a blog, but you’re overwhelmed by the setup process? If this describes you and you’d like a little hand-holding in setting up your own blog, I’ve been working with Chris Garrett on a free resource that’s designed just for you. It’s called: Getting Started Blogging. Sign Up Now FREE!

What’s Included?

It is a six-part course that will walk you through everything you need to know about setting up your blog the right way, the first time. Here’s what it contains:

Set up your blog with good foundations

In a recent survey of ProBlogger readers, I discovered two fairly large groups of visitors with similar needs:

Group 1. Readers who were yet to start their first blog.

Many people reading this blog are PreBloggers—they’re convinced that they need a blog, and they’re now researching how to do it. When I drilled down into the needs and challenges of these bloggers, I found that many felt real apprehension and fear about the setup process, and wanted some hand-holding in getting started.

Group 2. Readers who had started their first blog, but had regrets about the way they’d set things up.

Getting Started Blogging

Whether you’re just starting your first blog, or you’re setting up your second, third, or fourth, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the options and how to do it right. Chris and I would love to walk you through the process and help you set up a blog with good foundations.

This course will walk you through six lessons:

  1. Preparation. In this lesson, you’ll get tips on naming your blog, keyword research, and domain names.
  2. Platforms. Where will your blog live, and which platform is right for you?
  3. Types of Blogs.  This class is an introduction to some of the different blogging approaches you might consider.
  4. WordPress. Here, we cover how to install and customize WordPress.
  5. Adding Killer Content to Your Blog. This lesson is an introduction to the types of content you’ll want to add to your blog.
  6. Introduction to the Pillars of ProBlogging. Once you’ve got the foundations right, I’ll walk you through four areas you’ll need to work on moving forward to build a successful blog.

Lessons contain a mix of both video content and articles. This course is completely free and is being run over at SitePoint’s courses area. And you’ll get immediate access to it all six lessons when you sign up.   With all of SitePoint’s courses you can follow the lessons in your own time. Lessons and documents will remain live for up to 12 months after the course start date, so don’t worry – you haven’t missed out.

We’ll send you daily reminders over the week to help you keep on track, but you can take the course at your own pace—all in one go, or over a longer period if you choose.

Interested? Sign up for Getting Started Blogging now.  (Note: don’t be mislead–the registration blank is on SitePoints’s shopping cart, but it IS free. The charge on the cart is $0.00.)

If you have any questions about your enrollment or experience
logging into your account, you can contact the SitePoint
Courses team by sending an email to

Donna Says: For those who are further along with their blogs but still want better results, here’s another great series by Darren Rowse on ProBlogger: 31 Days to Building a Better Blog.

Here’s a before and after view of my first year statistics. The dramatic surge you see on the graph is what happened after I started working with Darren’s techniques and suggestions:


  1. Please send me any follow up’s to this web page.

    • Hi, Elena, Your best bet would be to go to, as Darren Rowse of Problogger is teaching the course. I subscribe, because he regularly publishes excellent articloes on blogging. Donna

  2. Hmm. Perhaps you must be a Problogger subscriber for this benefit–it’s worth subscribing to, anyway. Donna

  3. Thank you for sharing this tool Donna. I’ve wondered how people create blogs before:) And may do it myself one day!

  4. Thank you for posting this Donna! First time commenter, but have read your blog for a few weeks now. I’ve been wanting to start my own blog (i love writing) but didn’t know how to go about it. Just signed up for the free course & read some of his posts. Thank you.

  5. Donna, thanks but is not free and I don’t have the money to subscribe. I thought the course was FREE??

    • Elena, I just went to by following the link on the post. Subscriptions to are free, though Problogger.COM is not. I signed up for the course without a hitch on that link and it is free. What is confusing is that registration takes place on their shopping cart (apparently the only way they could do it) BUT if you look carefully, the charge is $0.00. Donna

  6. Thanks, Donna, yes, I’m already on Problogger.NET, which is free, but I still can’t sign up to the course.
    Yes, the course IS free but as I said, when I add my info to complete the enrollment, I get the email, I click on the link, I add the order number AND my email address and I get an error msg. I emailed their customer service but got no response.
    BTW, your chapter on COdependency is SO RIGHT ON it’s not even funny! I have a prominent Neptune and I’m an intuitive BUT within a highly dysfunctional family. I can attest to what you say about loss of boundaries. It’s very hard! Thanks for the GREAT job that you do and most of all for allowing us to read this extremely valuable chapter for FREE.

    much love and appreciation,

    • This was on the confirmation email, so it sounds like you’re not alone in needing some help getting enrolled:

      “Hit a hurdle in enrolling in your course? Forgotten your
      account username or password? Never fear — we’re here to

      If you have any questions about your enrollment or experience
      logging into your account, you can contact the SitePoint
      Courses team by sending an email to”

  7. Thanks so much for sharing Donna! This course looks really useful 🙂

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