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ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income [Paperback]

by Darren Rowse, Chris Garrett
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May 5, 2008 0470246677 978-0470246672 1 is where bloggers worldwide go for advice and information on enhancing their blog's presence. Whether you're just starting out or have been blogging for years, these two professional bloggers show you how to turn your passion for blogging into extra revenue. This practical guide to creating and marketing a blog with the potential for generating a six-figure income shows you how to choose subject matter that works for you, handle technical issues, and evaluate your blog's success so that you can use your blog to generate income indirectly.

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"Both authors are successful and profitable probloggers and here they reveal at last some of their secrets." (The Bookseller, Friday 14th March 2008)

From the Back Cover

Blogging for dollars — Do you have what it takes?

Here's the place to find out. is where bloggers worldwide go for advice and information on enhancing their blog's presence. Whether you're just starting out or have been blogging for years, learn from two professional bloggers how to turn your passion for blogging into extra revenue or possibly a rewarding career. This is not a get-rich-quick book, but rather a practical guide to creating and marketing a blog with the potential for generating a six-figure income.

Learn to:

  • Choose subject matter that works for you

  • Handle technical issues

  • Examine different ways your blog can earn income

  • Evaluate your blog's success

  • Keep content fresh and interesting

  • Use your blog to generate income indirectly

Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470246677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470246672
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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225 of 231 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book. It is the first one I have read that actually explains how blogging can be used to make money directly. Most books I have read, and what I have experienced, indicate that blogging is not something to be done to make money directly.

In this book the author explains that there are direct ways to make money from one's blog, and there are indirect ways.

Direct Monetization:
>>Affiliate commissions
>>Paid reviews

Indirect Monetization:
>>Freelance writing contracts
>>Book deals
>>Speaking engagements
>>Consulting opportunities
>>Service contracts
>>Sell your own products

After reading this book I am still a believer that blogs are not something to consider if you want to make money from them directly. However, it can be done! But probably not the way you would think. It's not done by creating a blog, i.e., one blog and making it popular online. It's done by creating many blogs. Creating an empire of blogs and getting well connected in the blogoshere does it. Writing on any topic that can generate advertisers, sponsorships, affiliate commissions, and paid reviews does it. One blog won't do it. Two blogs won't do it. But a lot of blogs creating little streams of income will do it.

The authors provide us with some lessons they have learned about blogging:

1. Blogging for income takes time
2. Take it one step at a time
3. It takes hard work and discipline
4. Follow your dreams

Does this sound familiar? It should if you regularly read books for entrepreneurs. Blogging for bucks is just another small business. Instead of writing content for an arsenal of magazines, you are writing an arsenal of content for various blogs.
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216 of 222 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely in the top one or two May 1, 2008
This is the 12th book I've read on blogging. The books I've read have run the gamut from marketing brochures clothed in the covers of a book to real sources of valued information. This book is clearly in the latter category and I would place it in the top one or two positions as my favorite so far.

I appreciated the author's very quick overvew of "what is a blog". Blogs are very easy to understand and the authors who have gone on for 20+ pages just describing a blog have obviously just been shooting for page count. This author gets into the real meat of the topic very quickly. The brief overvier of professional blogging as opposed to just blogging in chapter 1 was also helpful.

From the first chapter on, it's all about getting your game on. You have to realize that blogging your way to a six-figure income does not happen overnight just like building an email list (in a valid way) that has hundreds of thousands of opt-in emails doesn't happen overnight. This book holds your hand along this prolonged journey.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written but mostly covers the basics June 24, 2008
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A great book and I was already a big fan of Darren Rowse and his blog. He is a very successful pro blogger, a fine example to follow and learn from and having the 2 perspectives - different backgrounds, both end up at pro blogging and both very successful - is very effective. The book is easy to follow, written for anyone who even hasn't the basics of technology down, and has a reasonably good flow. I just wish it covered the tricks of the trade in much more depth, with examples, case studies, personal experience, and tips that you do not find anywhere else. It was a bit general for me. I am still glad I read it.
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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for Bloggers April 30, 2008
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I have been looking forward to reading this book, and I couldn't wait to tear into the package as soon as UPS brought it to my door.

"ProBlogger" does not disappoint. Each page includes useful tips and techniques for building a successful blog. The chapters include:

Blogging for Money
Niche Blogging
Setting Up Your Blog
Blog Writing
Blog Income and Earning Strategies
Buying and Selling Blogs
Blog Networks
Blog Promotion and Marketing
Secrets of Successful Blogs
Creating Something Worthwhile

Reading this book from cover to cover will give you a solid education in blogging. It is the most comprehensive and realistic book I have seen on blogging, but it is not overwhelming. It covers everything from choosing a blogging platform and a topic, through design, what (and how often) to post, monetization strategies, interacting with your readers, using social media and getting links, and much, much more.

I found several tips that will help me focus my efforts and produce a better blog.

Once you finish reading the book, keep it near your computer so you can reference it frequently. This is not just a book for beginners. Even experienced bloggers will learn things they can use to gain readership and increase profits.

If you are going to buy a book about blogging, make it this one.

Cathy Stucker, [...]
Author of Mystery Shopper's Manual, 6th Edition
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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I've been blogging for a few years now casually and didn't find this book useful almost at all. The authors don't give away any of their "secrets" or point you at what they have had successes with personally, it's one giant introductory piece of writing that just tips you towards different things to try.

For someone that has a brand new blog and has never done it before, this is a good intro.

For someone looking to take their blogging to the next level, this book is a boring read and won't say anything you can't get online by Googling.

I'd also point out that this book is written exactly like the ProBlogger articles are written -- it gives you just enough to peak your interest in a subject, then never *actually* addresses the question conclusively. Their articles online are very much the same way except every one of those articles point you at buying their book.

Also don't expect to see any monetary numbers in this book either, they far away from giving indications of how much they make, made, could make or should make... you're on your own there if you are trying to get a feel for your site's value as well (trying to price CPM and such).

I'd suggest renaming the book to "ProBlogger: Getting Started with Blogging", this book is not full of secrets or any specifics that would indicate how you get a six-figure income.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for newbies/ not good for anyone else
Great for newbies, but if you already a bunch of things about blogging and making money online then save your money. Not worth it.
Published 2 months ago by edav6618
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Techy and Involvoed for me
After reading this I really had to assess...did I want, or was I willing to tailor my blog to please people enough to make money, or did I want to do it for fun? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Willow
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book
This book was hard to read and did not hold my interest at all.
I tried but I am not much of a reader so if it doess't hold my interest, I am gone
I gave it away... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patti Koosed
3.0 out of 5 stars Lot to read
I can't remember when I purchased this book. It was over two years ago. I have not finished the book yet. Too much to read, and I really can't comprehend what I'm reading.
Published 2 months ago by LAF
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource from two Pro Bloggers
The authors of this book don't tell you have to get rich quick blogging. Instead they tell (with complete honesty) exactly how long and how much effort's required to build a blog... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Scott Luper
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Blog To Make Money, You'll Love This Book!
If you are blogging to make money and haven't read this book, you are in for a treat! Co-authors Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett lay out all of the details that the aspiring blogger... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Harmon
4.0 out of 5 stars A harbinger for the future of business
The book is well written and encompassing. But it does not do this in a way that is overly engrossing or that goes on without explanations. Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by Matthew Dovell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Guide For Beginners Who Want to Blog
Problogger gives clear, simple instructions on how to set up a blog for someone like me, who is considering whether to go ahead and join the blog revolution. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by goldenrulecomics
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Beginners
I use this book to train my team. It's practical and very helpful and covers most of the important stuff.
Published on April 14, 2011 by Nicholas Mathew McGill
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and helpful book.
Lots of people have blogs, but many people don't know how to monetize them. This is a great resource for getting to know the ins and outs of blogging to make actual money.
Published on December 16, 2010 by D. Wells
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