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Blogging For Dummies Paperback – January 24, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118151945 ISBN-10: 1118151941 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118151941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118151945
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

From choosing software to managing comments, here's what every blogger needs to know

Whether you're blogging for fun, for money, or as part of your job, this book will help you do it better. If it's your first venture into the blogosphere, get the lowdown on software, safety, and style. If you have some experience, jump right into ways to improve your content, boost readership, add Twitter to the mix, generate income, and more!

  • How to get started — decide what to blog about, choose the right software, and register your domain

  • Find the right fit — discover your niche and learn all you can about your audience

  • Content is king — learn how to make your writing, photos, videos, and audio compelling enough to keep visitors coming back

  • You've started something — see how to encourage comments and how to deal with comments you don't want

  • It's more than words — add photos to your blog or learn to start and maintain a podcast

  • Promote your blog — expand your audience with Twitter and use social networks to drive traffic to your blog

  • Penny for your thoughts — explore ways to make money from your blog

  • Give it the business — find out the important things you should keep in mind when writing a corporate blog

Open the book and find:

  • Steps for setting up a blog with Blogger, WordPress, or Tumblr

  • Ways to use your blog

  • Design and content tips

  • When anonymity is appropriate

  • Tricks for sidestepping spam

  • How RSS can help market your blog

  • Tools for tracking blog traffic

  • Ten tools for mobile blogging

Learn to:

  • Compare and use the newest blogging software tools

  • Find your niche and gain an audience

  • Integrate your blog with social media and explore microblogging

  • Make money with advertising and search engine optimization

About the Author

Susannah Gardner was among the editors at the Los Angeles Times who launched the newspaper's first website. She is cofounder and creative director of Hop Studios Internet Consultants.

Shane Birley is cofounder of Left Right Minds web consulting firm. You can find his blog at ShanesWorld.ca.

Customer Reviews

I'd recommend this book for the newbie through advanced blogging beginner.
Jill Florio
When I was setting up my blog and had questions about using Google"s blogging site, I could not find my answer there.
Kindle Lover
It is easy to read, as are all Dummies books, and has some excellent information.
Scott G. Perry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Jill Florio TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like many Dummies books, this book is comprehensive! It's a thorough introduction to blogging from rank Internet newbie, to the typical active
blogger seeking to learn more about the medium.

As a 2008 book, it's reasonably current. This is one of those Dummies books the publishers will need to update annually. I recommend readers always seek the latest possible edition of any blogging book, as popular technologies change so rapidly in the field. RSS, comment spam, social networks and podcasting are all given their due space. An entire chapter is devoted to adding and managing photos for your blog.

Two large chapters offer the fundamentals of blogging for business and adding advertising. This won't be specific enough to get any would-be pro blogger rich, but *does* provide enough basics to get started with affiliates, AdSense, TextLink Ads, AdBright and the like.

Lots of screen captures and sidebars explain complex concepts quite clearly. I enjoyed one sidebar in particular about why comment spam exists (and hint; it's more about page rank juice than possible click-throughs).

I'd recommend this book for the newbie through advanced blogging beginner. Intermediate level bloggers looking to to brush up on the basics would likely enjoy adding this as a reference to the bookshelf, and might find a few gems they originally missed.

Advanced bloggers won't find much useful here...but as it's a Dummies book, that's to be expected!

From all the blogging books targeting the beginner, this one offers the most bang for your buck, and really does a nice job of holding your hand along the way.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By PARCS on August 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Don't let the "dummy" title fool you. With so many blog "how-to" papers written, I wanted a good "how-to" book that would walk me through and hold my hand as I venture into the blogosphere. Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley provide just that ... a perfect reference book that takes you one step at a time until you are ready to publish. Thanks Susannah and Shane.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Sabin-Wilson on April 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Blogging For Dummies is a fabulous resource for bloggers, new and old. This book is full of great information, tips, ideas, suggestions and resources that any blogger can benefit from reading. Written by two Pros in the field of blogging, you can't go wrong if you're looking for a one-stop, desktop reference on the world of blogging. Highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hard To Find Music and Movies on May 28, 2012
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All the reviews miss the big point that if you are going to learn by seeing examples you will be very disappointed. The examples in just about every single case are reduced in size to the point of not being able to read them and to make matters worse they are taken from black to grey which just makes everything impossible to read and the samples are a very big part of the book. Dummies publishers have acted like Dummies in this case.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karen Zemek on January 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a very helpful book for anyone who is beginning to blog and even for a person like me who has started to blog for about eight months but is still learning along the way. The authors give many websites where the reader can go to see exactly what the text is referring to. I finally learned the HTML code for doing lists in posts from this book. It also covers suggestions for getting traffic to your blog and how to get and handle comments. I highly recommend it for any blogger, especially beginners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Reads on April 9, 2012
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When I decided to start a blog, 'Blogging for Dummies' was the first place I turned to. This book was full of lots of useful information for a complete novice like me. I think even if you know what you're doing you will find lots of great tips in this book.

I set my blog up a week ago. 'Blogging for Dummies' helped me choose between a blogger and wordpress blog. It then showed me the basics of how to write my first post, add a photo, create tags (all on my very first post). And I'm happy to say I got a few comments and followers after my first post. The information on how to create a following was also invaluable. Just another reason why I love the Dummies books so much!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott G. Perry on January 4, 2009
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This is the book you want to read if you are new to blogging. It has everything you need to get you started quickly. I really appreciated the pointers on advertising and the blogs listed for blog help. It is easy to read, as are all Dummies books, and has some excellent information. The book is lacking on RSS feed info, so this is not a good source. If you haven't blogged yet, get this book and proceed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Henry on September 18, 2009
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This is a great book for people who want to learn wordpress. The only reason I do not give it a 5 is because it is dated. That is not the fault of the author, but simply how fast Wordpress has evolved. It would be very difficult for any book to keep up with fluid changes of an online medium. The best reccomendation for learning wordpress is the same advice for learning a language. Jump in! Textbooks cannot replace the learning that comes from experience.
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