We live in a wondrous age my friends. Knowledge and learning can be obtained with a few clicks of the mouse, opening education and intellectual stimulation to anyone with a scholarly spirit.
Whether you want to start with the marketing basics or you’re more advanced, there’s something for everyone here. Below is a list of our favorite online marketing courses, most of which are free or very nearly free. Let the learning begin!
PPC University is a collection of our best articles, tips, tutorials, and guides on online advertising. It’s a one-stop shop for learning all the ins and outs of PPC, with easy-to-browse lessons for beginners to advanced. You’ll find five different segments:
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Looking to learn all things local marketing? Put your white coat and goggles on and step into LocaliQ’s Marketing Lab—a series of easy-to-follow courses on digital marketing geared for local business owners and beginners. Courses include:
Is there a better source to learn about online marketing than the big G itself? Google Digital Garage offers a number of digital marketing courses on PPC, SEO, coding, careers, and more. If you’re not sure which course to pick, we recommend starting with the Fundamentals course.
Constant Contact’s Social Media Quickstarter is a collection of online marketing guides that will help you master social media marketing in no time. Featuring quick, easy-to-read guides, social media novices can browse this extensive knowledge base at their leisure.
CopyBlogger’s Internet Marketing for Smart People Course is a 20-installment course that will give you the low down on content marketing, copywriting, SEO, keyword research, and more! Best of all, it’s dished out to you via email so you won’t get bogged down with too much educational info sent all at once.
As one of the most popular sites for online education, Coursera has many offerings, including free online marketing courses. Check ‘em out. Even if you don’t see anything you like, check back every now and then – new classes are always being added. Examples of courses include:
HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Training Program and Certification is one of many free marketing classes and reading materials from HubSpot to help you master inbound marketing. Learn about blogging, SEO, keyword strategy, social media, email marketing, calls to action, and more! Finish up with an exam to prove your worth.
Want to rank higher on Google? Get more traffic to your site? Get the feeling of supreme authority when you see your blog post as the featured snippet on the SERP? Then head on over to our On-Page SEO Course. It’s complete with everything you need to know to optimize your content for Google, including:
Alison offers a large number of free online business courses and free virtual diplomas for learning junkies. Browse and filter by course subjects, duration, learning level, and more.
A few notables:
edX is another popular website for attending free online classes. Your online classroom, without the mysterious school lunches.
Some recent archived classes that might interest marketers include:
Simplilearn’s Google Ads course is a five-hour YouTube video course where you’ll learn what Google Ads is, how Display vs Search works, and how to use Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager.
You can find more courses like this one in our roundup of the best free Google Ads training courses.
Well, now called Meta Blueprint, this series of free online courses will help you get familiar with marketing strategies across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. You can learn about both organic and paid methods of social media marketing, and lessons are mixed and matched into tracks depending on what you’re trying to achieve. For example:
For more courses like this, head to our round-up of the best free social media marketing courses.
How to Advertise on Facebook in 10 Steps: The Visual Guide is our complete course on creating your first Facebook advertising campaign using the conversions objective. It’s a written guide with screenshots, side notes, and pro tips to help you succeed.
You’ll also find in the guide a 25-minute video tutorial where we create a Facebook ad campaign from start to finish. In the process, you’ll gain an understanding of how to structure your Facebook ad account, what each of the campaign objectives are, and how to navigate all the settings, bells, and whistles.
Udemy offers a huge selection (10,000+) of online courses on everything from parenting and cooking to app building and, of course, marketing!
The internet marketing courses we’ve listed below are 100% free, but Udemy has other paid offerings as well if you feel like dishing out dough for more advanced, extensive courses.
How to Run Google Ads is our complete, step-by-step guide to creating a search campaign in Google Ads—recipe-style. You’ll get a complete list of all the ingredients you need (including an appetite for success), detailed instructions, and plenty of food puns. And we have a super fun video to accompany it.
You can also check out these Google Ads crash courses:
Maybe the free online marketing courses we’ve mentioned above aren’t for you. Too dry and dull? Too long? Well there’s plenty of other ways to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest marketing practices. Try…
Podcasts are fantastic because they are so mobile and multi-tasking friendly. You can listen to podcasts while riding your bike to work, eating your lunch, or, if you’re discreet enough, during your staff meeting (although we don’t advocate trying it).
These marketing podcasts are a few fan favorites. Give them a listen!
Another podcast, but Freakonomics deals specifically with – you guessed it – economics. No, no, I promise it’s not boring. It deals with the hidden economic situations you’ll encounter in everyday scenarios.
OK, that doesn’t sound thrilling either, but I swear you’ll love it. While the episodes won’t always relate to marketing, there’s often a larger lesson that businesses can take away from this popular podcast.
There is a great collection of fascinating Ted Talks specifically about marketing. Give them a whirl.
Do you have any favorite free online marketing courses, classes, or resources you want to share? Let us know in the comments!
Megan Marrs is a veteran content marketer who harbors a love for writing, watercolors, oxford commas, and dogs of all shapes and sizes. When she’s not typing out blog posts or crafting killer social media campaigns, you can find her lounging in a hammock with an epic fantasy novel.
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