25 Free Online Social Media Classes


I’m often asked about how or where to learn about social media. Many colleges and universities now have online marketing and social media agendas, however, many of today’s social media professionals are self taught after hanging around online for more than a decade. Still, that doesn’t mean everything comes to us by osmosis. We read and we take advantage of some terrific online learning tools.

I’ve been working on this list of places to find free social media courses online for a couple of weeks now, and I’m happy to tell you it’s finally complete. If you’re interested in learning how to grow your own or someone else’s online presence, you may find some of these useful. Put it together with the list from of a couple of weeks ago of social media tutorials and resources and you’re golden.

  1. A Geek’s Guide to Promoting Yourself and Your Online Business in 140 Characters or Less – A free ebook from Geekpreneur.
  2. Promote Your Business with Social Networking - A free course, available 24/7 from HP.
  3. Facebook 101 - A free course from GCF LearnFree.
  4. LinkedIn 101 – Free Course Offered Every Wednesday by LinkedIn
  5. Improve Your Personal Networking Skills – Another free course from HP.
  6. Develop Your Brand Strategy – A six week email course from About.com.
  7. Facebook Marketing An Hour a Day: A free course from the woman who knows Facebook inside and out, Mari Smith
  8. EMarketing and Social Networking – A free online course from the Maine Small Business Development Center.
  9. Managing the Digital Enterprise – This course comes courtesy of North Carolina State University.
  10. Teacher Guide to Creating Interactive Media - One of the many free online courses from the Apple Learning Exchange.
  11. Communication Technology & Policy – Open courseware from the University of Queensland.
  12. How to Use Facebook – A lesson from Facebook Tutorials.
  13. Free Technology for Teachers - Free resources and lesson plans from Free Tech for Teachers.
  14. Free Twitter Training Videos at Cash Thinker
  15. Free Marketing Class for Women at Marketing Made Easy.
  16. Free Twitter Course – From The Tweet Twins.
  17. Facebook & Twitter: Getting Started – A Quick Lesson from HP
  18. The Beginners Guide to Twitter - For technically challenged people like me! At Michael Hyatt: Leading with Purpose
  19. SEO Marketing - A free course from WEB CEO University.
  20. Develop Your Brand Strategy - An email course from About.com.
  21. Improve Your Personal Networking Skills – Another free course from HP.
  22. Free Twitter Course: From WeBuildYourBlog.
  23. Free Twitter Internet Marketing Crash Course - From TerryJett.com
  24. Free Business Blogging eCourse at Better Business Blogging
  25. Free Blogging Course from Simpleology

Also see: 25 Social Media Resources, How To’s and Lessons

Do you know of any free courses or resources to help learn about social media? Please share in the comments.

  • http://silentwhisperss.wordpress.com/ Mritunjay

    Deb, I cant thank you enough fir these resources. Made my day. Last time when you had shared your tutorials, I checked each and every link, downloaded most of the books and got onto them rightaway. It was almost a full night job but I am glad I did that.

    This is another gem from You. You are angel. :)
    Thanks a ton.

  • http://lightgreenstairs.com Peggy

    Great list! I’d probably not pay for most of this stuff, but FREE is always a magic word :)

  • http://www.mycollegesandcareers.com Fred

    This is awesome, social media is one of those things that everyone thinks they can do but few truly do well. I’m looking forward to learning from these classes.

  • http://www.macwrites.com Melissa

    I was considering a graduate level course offered by Drury University as an online course for $2000. I will check these out first! Thank you for doing all the research!

  • http://www.macwrites.com Melissa

    I was considering a graduate level course offered by Drury University as an online course for $2000. I will check these out first! Thank you for doing all the research!

  • http://koowie.com Koowie

    Very nice. Will research it further but this is a good start.

  • http://koowie.com Koowie

    Very nice. Will research it further but this is a good start.

  • http://www.AskJamesHolmes.com/ JamesHolmesOnline

    Hello Deb - 

    What a treasure trove you have assembled here for anyone interested in social media. There is a tremendous amount of quality information available free to anyone willing to take the time to discover it and you make that so easy buy doing the hard work… making it easy for your readers. Thank you for the blessing! James

  • Kathie

    This is wonderful!  Thank you for sharing all of your hard work.

  • Nightmary

    Hi there! Great list! Thanks a lot! I’m learning fast now :-)
    Just check link 5 from HP – they are redesiging and the course doesn’t seem to be available now!

  • Windwalkersdream

    Many of these courses are either not free or not available. Most of the links are for book sales, or they have expired, or been inactivated. It is high time to update the listing.

  • AbigailPDX

    A lot of these links are now broken, would you mind suggesting some new ones?

    • http://kommein.com Deb Ng

      Hi Abigal,

      I’ll be updating this list, I realize it’s a bit outdated.

  • http://twitter.com/CarolynMullin CarolynMullin

    Can you give me your honest, not paid for opinion of SIMPLEOLOGY? It costs so much, has so many bad reviews, and the book has worse reviews and you rate them #25 out of how many reviews? Did they pay you to write the review? Probably… :(

    • http://kommein.com Deb Ng

      Hi Carolyn,

      I don’t accept money to post anything or give my opinion.

  • http://languagewanderer.wordpress.com/ Mariola

    An interesting post :)

  • Des Mc Dermott

    Hi Deb here is a website that is helping small businesses introduce social media to their marketing effectively

  • Ellery

    Many of the links do not work any more. All of the HP links take you to the HP sales page (not to the information stated).

  • @marcio_delgado

    Hi There,
    Many of these courses are either not free or not available. Most of the links are for book sales, or they have expired, or been inactivated.

    • Janelle Werthmann

      Yes! Why are these listed as “free”? #Lame

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