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Launched in 2012, and with over 300k subscribers and 4 million readers, Smart Blogger is one of the world's largest sites dedicated to writing and blogging.

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What We Do

We help people grow their skills so they can escape the rat race, build an online career, and earn as much money as they want.

How We Do It

With one of the most well-known and respected blogs on the web, plus best-in-class courses and training materials taught by a talented team of experienced instructors, Smart Blogger is a go-to resource for writers, bloggers, marketers, and entrepreneurs looking to up their game.

And our founder, Jon Morrow, has an incredible personal story.

Jon has a type of muscular dystrophy called Spinal Muscular Atrophy that has, over the years, slowly stolen his ability to move anything but his face.

And yet, using a microphone and speech recognition software, he became one of the top writers online, started multiple successful companies, and impressed some of the world’s biggest influencers.

You can learn more about Jon’s story here, here, here, and here.

But here’s the thing:

This site isn’t about Jon.

It’s about you, where you’re heading, and how we can help you get there faster.

Case in point…

Our Students Have Gone On To Do Some Great Things

Smart Blogger students have gone on to join companies like Ahrefs, Sumo, QuickBooks, Intuit, Oberlo, Mirasee, and ConversionXL. They’ve launched their own businesses. They’ve published Amazon bestsellers and written for Copyblogger, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Live Your Message, and dozens of other well-known sites.

And many of them happily credit Smart Blogger for helping them on their journey.

Free Training That'll Help You Achieve Success Too

Though we’re known for our premium courses, we have a sizable collection of free training materials too. Here’s a sampling.

And Our Blog is Packed With Articles to Boost Your Skills

Whether you’re new and unsure of where to begin or a seasoned veteran needing to freshen up your skills, the treasure trove of links provided below will point you to some of our most valuable pieces of content.

Meet the Team

Smart Blogger is much more than just this website. It’s a thriving business run by one of the best virtual teams on the planet — brilliant talent from literally all over the globe.

Jon Morrow

Jon Morrow

CEO, Writer Extraordinaire, and Badass Visionary

Jon’s viral posts have been read and shared by millions, but it took three failed blogs before he found the keys to blogging success and created a multi-million dollar company.

After traveling around the world, he settled down in Austin Texas with his golden retriever, Winston.

Fun Fact: Jon developed an addiction to guacamole when he lived in Mexico, and won’t go a day without an avocado gracing his plate.

Marsha Stopa
Marsha Stopa

Marsha Stopa

Queen of “Onward!”

One of the early Guest Blogging students, Marsha became Jon’s first employee after moderating the forum free for six months. Now she’s senior instructor and coach for all Smart Blogger programs, using skills she honed during nearly 20 years as a journalist, newspaper editor and frequent mentor to newbie reporters.

A Detroit native, Marsha fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina in 2005, finally moving there in 2011.

Fun Fact: She loves to paint mountain landscapes outdoors and just bought a fixer-upper on six acres in the mountains with a gorgeous view that’s “way out there” even for locals.

Tim Gary

Tim Gary

Tech Wizard

Smart Blogger’s WordPress and integration guru, Tim’s been programming computers since the late ‘70s — think hunky boxes with switches and blinking lights a la “War Games” — and the dark, pre-Internet ages.

He was involved with several medical-lab testing startups and developed a program to correlate medical research data to lab results. He joined up with Jon and Marsha as the company’s tech needs grew.

Fun Fact: Tim loves working from home with his two Persian kitties, Koa and Kai, when he isn’t working from exotic locales like Panama and Hawaii because of his favorite hobby — playing the award/points/miles “game” with credit cards, airlines, and hotels.

Tim Gary
Jenn Arman
Jenn Arman

Jenn Arman

Business Operations Manager

One of the two helpful, friendly voices behind Smart Blogger’s help desk and chat, Jenn easily relates to blogging woes after struggling with several failed blogs. Behind the scenes, Jenn handles all the complex business details to make sure we don’t pilot the company into a mountain because we’re so focused on #AllTheStudents.

She credits 20 years of retail work with honing her customer skills.

Fun Fact: A secret animal whisperer, Jenn says she’s yet to meet an animal she couldn’t make friends with. Her resident kitties agree.

Robert van Tongeren

Robert van Tongeren

Instructor Extraordinaire

After an internship convinced him an office life was not for him, Robert dropped out of college to be free to move when and where he wanted. He read about people who traveled the world with money they made from their blogs; inspired, he started his style-advice blog, RestartYourStyle.com.

He joined the Guest Blogging program, and to his surprise, fell in love with editing, becoming the Guest Blogging instructor, moving on to work as Smart Blogger’s associate editor, and is currently helping students as an instructor in several of our courses.

Fun Fact: Robert’s birthday falls on the Dutch holiday, Kingsday, and he likes to pretend the countrywide celebrations are in his honor. He’s also BFF with his 7-year-old niece and has the certificate to prove it.

Robert van Tongeren
Curt Levey
Curt Levey

Curt Levey

Marketing Assistant

Curt managed bakeries and led sales teams in his previous lives, but today he works hand-in-hand with Jon on the team’s various marketing efforts.

A self-aware introvert, Curt trained himself to become an expert people profiler and body language reader.

Fun Fact: Curt likes to say he is a cybernetic organism in human form with Jedi-like mind-reading abilities.

Felicity Fields

Felicity Fields

Operations Manager

Managing projects, keeping Smart Blogger’s internal “to do” lists up to date, running meetings, and responding to affiliate inquiries take up most of Felicity’s time. Never afraid of new experiences, she credits 10 years of online experience in customer support, billing, blog editing, web design, tech support, and admin support with her success.

Fun Fact: A digital nomad since 2014, she’s house sat in England, France, Ireland, Canada, and Switzerland. She sings bass in a women’s barbershop chorus and looks for choruses to sing with while jet-setting.

Felicity Fields
Karen Kanakanui
Karen Kanakanui

Karen Kanakanui

Instructor

Karen joined the Smart Blogger team two years ago. She’s no stranger to freelance writing, having served a diverse group of clients over the last 15 years.

Before starting her writing business, Karen worked at Universal Pictures. And yes, she walked on a few red carpets and did see a lot of TV and movie stars around the Universal lot!

Fun Fact: Karen began her career as a classical music announcer/producer at a public radio network. In addition to hosting daily classical music shows, Karen had the opportunity to be a legislative reporter and interview a wide range of celebrities, including James Taylor, Earl Scruggs, and Ken Kesey.

Jai Levey

Jai Levey

Customer Support Specialist

Jai is a long-time moderator turned Smart Blogger customer support specialist. He’s also a gaming enthusiast.

When asked to describe what he does, Jai responded: “He who does (support) tickets.”

Fun Fact: Jai’s dog, Luka, considers himself the guard of the house. His cat, Aussie, disagrees.

Jai Levey
Sarah C
Sarah C

Sarah C.

Course Wrangler

Sarah is the product team helper with many hats. She loves working behind the scenes with the Smart Blogger product team to make everything run smoothly for students.

Sarah often calls on skills learned from her previous lives as a musician, writing coach, blogger, and English tutor in her current role as Smart Blogger stagehand.

Fun Fact: Sarah’s most interesting pets included a couple of walking sticks (the insect kind, not the inanimate kind), a canary named Houdini (who earned his name), and a crayfish named Killer (who also earned his name).

James Everett Youngblood

James Everett Youngblood

Assistant Editor

An early fan of DIY education, James was buying home study courses out of the back of books (long before the online course craze).

With the encouragement of his wife, James eventually subjected himself to the rigors of formal education, studying Geography at UC Berkeley.

After other post-graduate learning adventures, he became an avid (addicted?) buyer of online courses and programs. Drifting from one internet guru’s email list to another, James eventually stumbled into the oasis of Smart Blogger.

Shocked and delighted by their honest, customer-centric ways, he made a blood oath to follow Jon Morrow to the ends of the Earth. Now he lives the dream, loving every minute of his “work” creating world-class content for his favorite purveyor of online education while guiding writers to publish their best material.

Fun Fact: James built an entire skatepark for his hometown and then disappeared to live on an island in the Caribbean.

James Everett Youngblood
Kevin J. Duncan

Kevin J. Duncan

Chief Content Officer (aka Head of Content or Editor-in-Chief)

A project manager by day and blogger by night, Kevin’s dream was to quit the rat race and blog full-time. In 2019, that dream became a reality when Jon invited him to join Smart Blogger as our Editor-in-Chief.

Blessed with a loving wife and two beautiful daughters, Kevin gets to hear their squeals and giggles as he works from his home office doing what he loves: connecting with readers, changing lives, and running the biggest, baddest blog on the planet.

Fun Fact: While going to school to earn his graduate degree, Kevin worked as a teacher. As he likes to say, “Nothing will cure your fear of public speaking quite like standing in front of a room full of teenagers who wish you would shut up.”

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