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Do you ever feel like you’re talking to an empty room?

Go beyond engagement and unlock the power of Community

ProBlogger's Build Community Course

Are you increasing your audience or are you building a community?

Do you have a casual group of readers or a mob of raving fans?

Imagine the difference an engaged community would bring to every aspect of your blog: creating content, finding readers, making money...

Darren Rowse


There is no single way to build a successful blog, but in my experience a blog really comes alive when there is at least some level of community on and around your blog.

When I launched Digital Photography School (my main blog) in 2006 I launched it without comments being activated on the blog. This was an experiment to see what impact not having comments would have on a new blog.

I quickly discovered that starting a blog this way had quite a few negative impacts upon the site – the main one being that not having reader feedback just felt plain weird and left ME as the blogger thirsting for interaction with readers. I guess I’d become used to getting readers engagement on my other blogs and without it just felt ‘wrong’ for my style of blogging.

Within a few weeks I’d not only turned comments back on at dPS but was already working towards starting a photography forum on the site too!

The impact of adding more and more opportunity for community engagement on the site was immediate and big. Page views went up, repeat/loyal readership increased, the quality of the site improved and monetization opportunities opened up.

15 years on, Digital Photography School is still going strong because we have a thriving community of readers.

One of the most common questions that I hear from bloggers is:

“How do I get my readers to interact with me?”

But WHY would you want readers to interact with you?

Well, interaction and engagement with your readers increases your blog’s relevance and usefulness. There’s also social proof - people attract people in all kinds of places, a blog is no exception. 

If you have reader engagement and a community on your blog you will get more page views and attract more advertisers. Having a community will make it easier for you to create and sell products and makes your blog more attractive to sell, if you ever wanted to.

Your blog community will also form an army of advocates and evangelists to attract even more readers to your blog. And the culture of community can help with user generated content.

You’ll also find that community brings more personal satisfaction to your blog with readers that support, encourage and sustain your blogging.

All successful blogs are communities and if you want to turn your blog into something special, something that will grant you financial freedom, and something that will help countless people then you must create a community out of your blog.

My Build Community Course is designed to help as many bloggers as possible achieve their potential. The course distils my years of blogging experience and expertise into clear action points for you to follow with easy-to-understand tasks that will increase engagement and build relationships with your readers and grow a community around your blog. 

Build Community Course includes:

  • Video training from me (ProBlogger, Darren Rowse) on “How to Build COmmunity”, including downloadable slides to refer to and follow along
  • Additional training from Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income) on How to Convert Your Casual Readers Into a Thriving Community of Fans
  • Additional training from Emilie Wapnick (Puttylike) on How to Build an Engaged Community Around Your Blog
  • Additional training from Heather Armstrong (Dooce) on Transforming Your Experience with Criticism: the Courage of Compassion 
  • Masterclass with Jadah Sellner (co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies) on her playbook for How to Create a Challenge For Your Community
  • 19 lessons which include:
  • Tutorials
  • A task for you
  • Further reading
  • Tools and resources

In the course YOU will:

  • Learn the difference between engagement and community
  • Model your ideal community
  • Gain interaction and increase comments on your blog
  • Learn about and create (if it’s right for you) a community area or forum
  • Leverage social media to build community
  • Use conversational and inclusive language to personalise your writing and be  approachable
  • Set your readers homework and seek reader-generated content
  • Run your own community-building challenge
  • Put your readers in the spotlight
  • Make yourself accessible
  • Go one-on-one with your readers
  • Learn other ways to build engagement with polling, surveys, autoresponders and events/meetups
  • Set boundaries, learn how to deal with negative feedback and how to handle trolls

I would absolutely recommend ProBlogger training to anybody who is serious about blogging. Problogger site and events provide so much value and support. If you are serious about blogging you need to be part of Problogger community.

Neera Mahajan -

I loved the Problogger training - a wealth of information but very easy to understand... I felt much more confident that I can achieve my goals, with a clearly laid out path provided by Darren. The training was very generous for the price paid. Bonus was meeting Jeff Goins.

Phoenix Moonstar - moonstarblog.com

ProBlogger has been with me every step of the way of my blogger journey... an inspiring part of my learning and development as a blogger. I enjoyed the Training Day workshop for the connections made, giving me a plan for success and motivating me towards continual improvements - thanks Guys.

Jenny -

Attendees to the ProBlogger Training Day (where I recorded my teaching session) paid $199 each for the ticket, before any travel, food and accommodation costs. Here you’ve got sessions from two other ProBlogger Events including a Masterclass ($999/person).

I’ve also seen other online courses on blog engagement sell for this much and more $$$. 

Or, you have to sign up to an even more expensive monthly subscription to access the kind of information I’m giving you in this course. 

Even the cheap courses on increasing engagement often charge double what I do, but provide you with far less useful information.

Because I am dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium, my view on pricing has always been to make things as affordable and accessible as possible in order to benefit the greatest number of people I can.

This is why
ProBlogger’s Build Community Course is only $49 USD.

And this is why at checkout, you’ll be given the opportunity to upgrade your purchase (+$50 USD) and get ALL Four Pillars of Blogging Courses which covers everything you need to build a profitable blog:

  1. Create Content
  2. Find Readers
  3. Build Community
  4. Make Money

Unlock the Power of Community

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Don’t you cover Building Community on the blog?
Yes. I’ve got 8,000+ articles on ProBlogger and hundreds of posts talking about building community as well as many podcasts on this topic. You’re very welcome to go and read and listen to all of my tips free of charge and I’d be very happy if you did.
But the course brings all of this information together and packages it into an easy-to-follow pointers with clear teaching from me and action for you to take to build community around your own blog.

Do you offer a discount?
Yes. When you purchase Build Community, you'll be given the option to upgrade to ALL Four Pillars of Blogging Courses for only $50 USD extra. 

This equates to a 50% discount, saving you $100 USD on the total purchase of:

  • Create Content
  • Find Readers
  • Build Community
  • Make Money

Right now is also the cheapest time to buy these courses, because once we launch the final course in the series we will be putting the price of all courses up. So get in now!

Do I get any bonuses?
Yes. I'm not sure if you noticed in the outline of course structure above, but there's actually 4 bonus sessions included in the course that weren't included in the original training.

Guest instructors Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income), Emilie Wapnick (Puttylike), Heather Amrstrong (Dooce) and Jadah Sellner (Simple Green Smoothies) contribute additional teaching to this course.

And by signing up as a ProBlogger student, you’ll also get access to two more bonus ProBlogger courses “The Ultimate Guide to Start a Blog” and “7-Day Content Sprint”. 

Additionally, you’ll also get access to our library of downloadable blogging resources such as the “6 Months of Blog Post Ideas” guide, “Evaluating Your Blog’s First Year” workbook, and my “Evolve Don’t Revolve” Keynote presentation, to name just a few.

How is the course delivered?
Upon purchasing the course you’ll receive immediate access via the ProBlogger Course Portal. 

If you're already a ProBlogger student, your usual Course credentials will now unlock the Build Community Course.

If you’re new, your own password secured access to the ProBlogger Course Portal will be automatically created.

Does my Access to the Course expire? 

Or do I have to complete it within a certain time?
No. Once you purchase the course it is yours to do at your own pace and refer to whenever you want. You can login whenever you want and keep using the course as long as you want.

You haven't answered my question - who can help me?

Please email [email protected] with any other questions you may have.

Don’t wait any longer to unleash the power building a community has on your blog.  

ProBlogger’s Build Community Course has all the practical pointers to not only give you direction and clarity of purpose, but also the exact action steps for you to grow your community. Your blog will blossom and the business opportunities unlocked by having a community of readers will take you to the next level.

Join the Build Community Course now.

  • Clicking the button above will take you to the checkout to purchase Build Community Course for $49 USD.
  • At checkout, you’ll also be given the opportunity to upgrade to ALL Four Pillars of Blogging Courses for only $50 USD extra.
  • Your order confirmation screen will include a link to immediately access the ProBlogger Courses Portal.
  • If you’re an existing student who has enrolled in one of our other courses you can use your regular login to access Build Community Course now.
  • If you’re a new student, within seconds you’ll receive a separate email to set up your student login by entering a password which you can then use to access the ProBlogger Course Portal and Build Community Course straight away.

My Build Community Course is ready and waiting for you.

I’ve helped thousands and thousands of bloggers grow their community and build profitable blogs.

What are you waiting for?

Darren Rowse



Enrol in my Build Community Course today and, if for any reason you decide within 30 days that the course isn’t for you, I’ll happily refund your registration.