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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440320136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440320132
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin Houghton is a professional online marketer. She has taught her clients how to strategically use blogs and social media to be the cornerstone of their business for nearly a decade. Houghton completed an MA in digital media with Distinction from the University of Sussex.

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I read the entire book in one 3-hour sitting...
A. Mann
This book is helpful, easy to understand and shares lots of information.
Kristi Jurgensen
I would highly recommend it for anyone starting out a new blog...
Stig Bratvold

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A. Mann on July 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Although experienced in running multiple blogs on many different platforms, I still picked up this book because it looked so dang good. This book is simply beautiful!

So, what about the content?

It's refreshingly broad enough for pros to learn new things, yet simple enough for a newbie to jump right in (and leads your hand through setting up a Tumblr blog, for example). It's current as of summer 2012, because many new tools and sites are mentioned that lots of bloggers don't know about. This book offers a ton of great blogging examples on the web. It talks about everything from Google Analytics to using Aweber for sign-ups for your email newsletter. It has a "Top 10 blog widgets" section, which was very useful and spot-on.

It covers all the major blog platforms, with an emphasis on Tumblr, Wordpress, Typepad, and Google's Blogger.

A few web sites offered up that I was clueless about:

chartbeat.com
tastespotting.com
design-milk.com
soundcloud.com
feedly.com

Just too much to list, but here's another site I found helpful in getting inspiration for calls-to-action: marismith.com.

Perhaps the most useful part of the book for me was the two-page list called, "12 blog posts that work." One listing was, "create a top ten list or 'seven things you never know about...".

Overall the best book on getting started on your own blog, and an excellent resource for those of us who already have one. I read the entire book in one 3-hour sitting...
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 13, 2012
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Blogging for Creatives is a helpful starting guide to blogging for those into art, crafting and design. Actually, the book is written in a manner that's applicable to general bloggers as well, just that most examples featured are of art and design, and sometimes cooking.

This book has many helpful tips on blogging and getting up to speed. It assumes no prior knowledge and the instructions are always clear and concise. So the book is great for beginners.

Here's the list of chapters:

+ Get Started
+ Blogging Tools and Technology
+ Step-by-Step Setup
+ Creating an Eye-catching Blog
+ Creating Great Content
+ Blogging on the Move
+ Promoting Your Blog
+ Being Social
+ How to turn Blog Visitors into Cash
+ PR and Your Blog
+ Monitoring Your Blog's Performance
+ Troubleshooting
+ Let's Blog

The book covers the basic setting up of the three main blogging platforms, namely Google's Blogger, Wordpress and Tumblr. There's a good comparison between the Wordpress blogging software and the Wordpress blog hosting platform that explains the difference well. It's quite important to know the differences because there are certain peculiar limitations to the Wordpress blog hosting.

After setting up, it talks about ideas generating content, marketing and measuring your blog's performance. Those are all essential skills. I've been blogging for several years and have learned from experience much of what's taught in the book. The book does a good job of covering the basics.

I like the many examples of blogs showcased. They are beautiful, inspiring and really shows the potential of blogging.

Highly recommended to beginner bloggers.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jacob on May 19, 2014
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I've given this book a four-star rating because it has great information about ideas on how to consistently maintain a blog. However, as with many books including information about technology, parts of the book are no longer relevant due to the ever-changing landscape of online blogging platforms. I would wait to purchase an updated version of this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Happy Artist on February 8, 2013
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I don't think this book delivered on it's title. I found it more of an overview with lots of screen shots (very very small screenshots by the way,) of creatives who were blogging, and very little information on how to actually make contacts, win business and build success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca A Emrich on May 14, 2014
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I bought this blogging book on the basis that I am in no way a web "master" or an Internet savvy person. I bought this because my focus is having a blog, and being able to build my audience from there. This book has a lot of tips that I wouldn't have thought to use.

One such tip was telling people about your recommendations. Although I knew, and did, tell people if someone had asked me to review a book, I learned that it's also a good idea to say something to this effect when I am personally reviewing something I bought and liked. It is tips like this which helped me a lot.

This book made it easy to look at other websites, and observe what they do well or don't do well. It is full of pictures, which is something I personally need. I found the format simple, and with a bit of work, most of their advice, and explanations have helped my blog become better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stig Bratvold on September 4, 2012
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I recently started a blog for my creative business and this book was of great help for ideas and inspiration about what kind of posts works. I would highly recommend it for anyone starting out a new blog...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Belle on September 17, 2013
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I read a bunch of books about blogging and this one is the best and most thorough. I learned so much from this book. It does have a lot of pictures but has the content to back it up. Both experienced and new bloggers would find this book helpful
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