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How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Soukup
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Do you want to earn a living doing what you love?

Whether you have been blogging for years or just a few weeks, How to Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) offers solid advice and practical action plans for creating an authentic, successful, and profitable blog.

With wit, wisdom, and the insight of someone who’s been there, Ruth Soukup shares how she grew her own blog, Living Well Spending Less, to over one million monthly visitors, earns a full time income, and still is able to write about the things she truly cares about.

In this expanded 2nd Edition of How to Blog for Profit you will:

• Stop comparing your blog to those around you and instead learn to leverage your own unique assets.

• Discover the secrets to creating amazing, compelling blog content that brings readers back again and again.

• Learn how to increase your blog traffic and build solid platform through field-tested strategies.
• Develop a solid social media strategy for capturing viral growth through Pinterest and Facebook.

• Dramatically boost your revenue through diversified income streams.

• Improve your productivity, learning to work smarter not harder, and take concrete steps to transform your blog into a business.

Praise for How to Blog for Profit:

“How to Blog for Profit is hands down the best blogging book I’ve ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough and will be telling every new and seasoned blogger I know to get a copy! This book is comprehensive, but not overwhelming, and packed with amazing information. And I don’t say that lightly. You see, by implementing the Pinterest strategies that Ruth suggests in her book, I have increased my site traffic by over 500,000 unique visitors per month. For real. Ruth is brilliant! What more can I say?!”
-Crystal Paine @ Money Saving Mom

“After a year and a half of blogging as a hobby, I decided to launch a second blog with the goal of making a profit. Ruth did an excellent job addressing all of the questions I had, including the ones that came up as I navigated through my new blogging journey. By implementing the strategies and action plans in Ruth's eBook, I was able to surpass my one-year blog traffic goal within 3 months from launching my blog. Not only that, I was also able to earn an income within 2 months! Today, my blog traffic and income continue to steadily grow. If you are serious about monetizing your blog, Ruth provides you with the necessary tools to yield tangible results.”
Jesenia Montanez @ The Latina Homemaker

“No blogging for profit book has made the difference to me and my blog like this one. If you only read ONE of these subject books – LET IT BE THIS BOOK!!! After finishing the book, my blog is totally getting revamped, I have the excitement for it again, and now my whole direction has changed to not only help me become more profitable, but also for me to get back to ENJOYING what I do, which is really the best part!”
-Danielle @ Busy Moms Helper

“As a new blogger, I have been wanting a conversation–-a seasoned blogger to talk to me about the most popular ways to monetize my blog, the pros and cons of each of them, and give me realistic tips and goals to reach my future goal. Ruth did all of this. She has such a fantastic writing style that you feel like you are sitting down with her over a cup of coffee. The material is easy to navigate, covering the importance of good content before anything else, Pinterest, media kits, reviews, ads, and a whole lot more. Ruth is incredibly level-headed in her approach to monetizing her blog and truly believes and promotes that a blog full of good ideas, content and writing must come first. My favorite part is that every chapter ends with a “plan of action” which is great if you are truly looking to improve your blog. I can’t wait to put her tips an

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ruth Soukup is a writer, blogger, mom of two, and the successful founder of the blog LivingWellSpendingLess.com. Since launching in 2010, Living Well Spending Less has become one of the most popular personal finance blogs on the net, receiving more than one million visitors per month. She is also the founder of the Elite Blog Academy, as well as the author of the bestselling blogging guide How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul), and her next book, Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life (Zondervan) will be released December 30th, 2014. For more information about Ruth, please visit LivingWellSpendingLess.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 16080 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692236511
  • Publisher: Life Well Lived Publications (September 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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139 of 153 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New...Just Okay November 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first time I've ever felt compelled to write a review on Amazon for anything. Not because the book was super awesome or super terrible, but mostly because I'm pretty sure many of the previous reviews were written by friends of the author or test readers. It's definitely not a 5-star book (in my opinion).


If you're a new blogger or a blogger with less than a year or two's worth of experience, this is probably a great book. The author does a great job of organizing the information into sections and she actually provides actionable steps that will improve your blog. Many are common sense - such as "write awesome content" and "determine your main theme..."

The chapter on social media was extremely helpful. I've struggled with figuring out how to utilize Pinterest for my own blogs as my focus is not DIY or anything home related. In fact, this chapter alone made it worth the $4.99 price tag for me.

The blogger's planner is pretty cool. You can, however, get the planner free from the website without buying the book.


There is nothing new in the monetization chapters of the book. Meaning, no awesome techniques or ideas that haven't already been talked about by 100 other authors in 100 other blogging ebooks.

A large portion of the book is dedicated to things that a blogger with any experience at all already knows. Most bloggers don't need to read a book to realize that content is king or that we should rename images with a descriptive name before publishing them on our sites.

This obviously isn't a book on SEO techniques, but I totally disagree with the author that SEO is an "old school" way of generating traffic.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for New Bloggers & Experienced Bloggers! September 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been blogging since the early 2000s when a blog wasn't even called a blog! In that time since, I have managed dozens of blogs, sold several and earned a living by blogging...this book was a breath of fresh air and still very informative.

Some of my favorite take aways from the book, had nothing to do with the 'profit' aspect of blogging. Ruth's perspective on finding the right content and voice for your audience was right on. Her chapter "Work Smarter & Not Harder" gave me several tips on how to streamline my blogging (something I needed dearly).

As far as the monetization tips in this book, they are very detailed which is great for a newbie blogger who is looking to make money for his/her blog.

Overall, I recommend this book regardless if you are a new blogger or have been blogging for years!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars needs to include IMPORTANT info about Wordpress! March 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would have given this book 4 stars. It contains some good and useful information.
The author recommend using Wordpress to build your blog. It's a popular platform, so that's probably sound advice. However, the author fails to notify readers about the crucial difference between Wordpress.COM and Wordpress.ORG !!!
If you start constructing your blog through wordpress.COM, you will likely spend a lot of time picking a theme and starting to write and organize your posts, only to discover that wordpress.COM does NOT support any ways to monetize your site. You can NOT place any adds on a wordpress.COM hosted site. Of course, that defeats the whole purpose of having a "blog for profit".
You will also waste a lot of time trying to move your site off of wordpress.com afterwards.

If you want to use Wordpress, it's crucial that you go to wordpress.ORG and pay to set up with one of the hosting services that they recommend, to be able to monetize your site.

Though the author is a "DIY" and "spending less" blogger, she admits that she does not do her own website design. Maybe she was simply unaware of the two Wordpress options. If she had prior knowledge of that, then I feel it is negligent of her to not stress that difference to her readers.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is very well laid out and clearly gives ideas on not only how to make money blogging but also how to grow traffic to your blog. I would have made quite a few less mistakes these last few years of blogging if a book like this would have been available to me. In fact, there are numerous items that I now have on my to do list after reading this book.

I love that she gives concrete example and pictures throughout the book. It really helps with the learning. She even gives real examples of income from ad networks and placement. Overall, I was very impressed with this book and reccomend it to new bloggers and seasoned bloggers alike.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved reading this book! September 7, 2013
By Candace
Format:Kindle Edition
I truly loved reading this book!! I will admit, when I first heard the title, there was part of me that was tempted to think that there wasn't "anything new under the sun." But, I was wrong. Ruth's fantastic writing grabbed me from the start with the encouragement that each of us has AWESOME in us somewhere...and growing a great blog means finding YOUR awesome. I just can't tell you how much I love that. :) The rest of the book goes on to give motivation, inspiration, practical ideas and action points at the end of each chapter. She includes her thoughts and ideas on writing good content, SEO, Pinterest, ads, reviews, and so much more. I also love that we get a "behind the scenes" look at a big blogger's blog & how-she-does-it type material. And, don't worry, at the end of the book she assures you that no one can do it all. :) She shares ideas for goal-setting and time management. As one who has been blogging for 6-7 years, but only recently started trying to grow my blog and make a small, part-time income from it, I found this book very helpful!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great resource for anyone starting tot or wanting to up level too!!
I've been blogging professionally for nearly 7 years now and making a full time income as well but even so I walked away with a couple of key strategies that I will be using in the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Prerna Malik
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book with great tips!
Published 5 days ago by Tonja L
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! GAME CHANGER for my business!
I have already had a spike in my traffic and is book has just helped me to be ready when everything comes together even more. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mark and Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very informative for a new blogger and a very easy read at that. I would definitely recommend
Published 12 days ago by sylvia Vaquera
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the art of blogging and making $$
Over the past year I feel like I have seen Ruth's book pop up on Amazon and other bloggers sites as a must read. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful!
This book is full of simple steps that you can take to include your blog traffic. I enjoyed it so much that I just signed up for her online course!
Published 27 days ago by Kaila Yu
4.0 out of 5 stars This book give a lot of practical and useful tips. I would recommend...
I found this to be very helpful as a beginner. Even though I've had a site for awhile I haven't done much with it. This book give a lot of practical and useful tips. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Burden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent information to get anyone who is starting a blog on the right foot!
Published 1 month ago by Melissa Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great How-To-Not Book
Just starting the process, but I greatly appreciated all the advice offered here, so that I don't make the same mistakes.
Published 1 month ago by M. Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information! Read it slowly and apply ...
A wealth of information! Read it slowly and apply it even more slowly. So helpful! I
Published 1 month ago by S Ramsey
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More About the Author

Ruth Soukup is a writer, speaker, wife, and mom, and founder of LivingWellSpendingLess.com. Begun simply as a way to hold herself accountable as she attempted to replace her overspending with a sustainable budget, LivingWellSpendingLess.com has since grown to be one of the top personal finance blogs on the web, averaging over 1.5 million visitors per month. She is also the founder of EliteBlogAcademy.com, an online course for professional bloggers and communicators.

She has contributed to articles in Woman's Day magazine, Redbook Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and ALL YOU Magazine, has appeared on The Daily Buzz, and has been a regular contributor to TheBetterMom.com, Proctor & Gamble's HomeMadeSimple.com, and P&GEveryday.com. She also writes a feature column for Harbor Style Magazine and appears regularly on WINK News in SW Florida as a Money Saving Expert.

Ruth lives in Florida with her husband and two daughters. Her mission is to create a home filled with joy and purpose, and she firmly believes that a life well lived is not so much about what we have, but who we are.


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