- Paperback: 140 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482783142
- ISBN-13: 978-1482783148
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,471,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confessions of an Online Hustler: How to Make Money and Become an Internet Superstar Paperback – March 16, 2013
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About the Author
Matt Forney was born in 1988 in Rome, New York and grew up in nearby Syracuse. A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, he later attended SUNY Plattsburgh and the University at Albany, majoring in English and journalism. A former retail wage slave, bureaucrat and ditch-digger, Matt began writing under his real name in 2012 to chronicle a hitchhiking trip he took from Syracuse to Portland, Oregon.
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I hesitated to buy the book at first because it contained advice on setting up and installing WordPress, so I didn’t know if I would get enough out of the book as someone who has been blogging for over a year now; I bought it anyway and was not disappointed.
One of the main reasons I ended up buying this book is that Matt is transparent with his work. There are thousands upon thousands of people shoving their “Make Money Online” products in your face, but they’ve never written anything besides articles about blogging and making money online.
Because I have little interest in those topics, I wanted to take my advice from someone who writes about subjects that are of interest to me and similar to topics I write about.
“This is my ironclad rule for writing: Write what you know and make sure what you know is interesting.”
The book gave me exactly what I was promised such as ways to grow blog traffic, selling and marketing products, improving your writing kills and much more. The book contains a lot of other additional information, but those topics were of the most interest to me.
There were a few places where I thought the book fell short, however.
“Like in real life, success online is determined by who you know just as much what you know.”
He emphasizes the importance of networking, but I was hoping there would be specific examples of doing that.
The book is quite short and can be knocked out easily in several hours. Yet, within that timeframe Matt condenses everything that someone looking to make money online needs to know.
Matt is a fantastic writer, and I found myself laughing out loud several times. You will definitely enjoy this book, and I think anyone looking to expand their horizons on this topic certainly will.
If making money online via a blog sounds like something that you’ve been dreaming about, then I highly recommend this book as a way to make your dreams a reality.
Blogging is mostly what this eBook is about. All the basics are covered.
Forney should expand and update this eBook.
- The author is telling the truth when it comes to how hard it is to make money online. He really is right that most online "lifestyle design" writers are snake oil salesmen.
- He is not shy about his past failures, and the struggles other bloggers have had (the idea that he is just self-promoting is redundant, everyone self-promotes on the net and no one actually cares unless you are incredibly annoying), and I can appreciate that he even ponied up to how little money he made from past ventures.
- I agree with his long-term strategy, hustling takes time and I can appreciate all the effort the author has gone through. As a recent entrepreneur, I was hoping for more advice for a newbie at online hustling, something worth paying for, but alas, the truth appears to be that there is no easy solution, you just have to keep working hard over the long haul.
What I wish there was more of:
- I understand that networking with blogs/sites is an off-site SEO tactic to build traffic; what I was hoping for would have been some scripts or examples of reaching out to people who don't care about your site, or offer some examples of business sites, but I can appreciate that the author sticks with what he knows, blogging.
- Just telling me to come up with something original for high quality posts is unhelpful. I would recommend the author to take a look at some of Ramit Sethi's material on guest posting and apply his own clear advice.
- For the author to have provided a lot more tips on hustling, I was really hoping for some original knowledge on online marketing, but nothing gave me an aha moment.
What I didn't care for:
- I've never read a classic I didn't care for, spare me the message that Jane Austen is garbage; heck, I'd be happy if people just cracked open a classic now and then instead of reading nothing but news and business blogs.
- The price should be 3-5 dollars cheaper. There simply isn't a return on investment from this book, which is why I haven't given it more stars.
There is no filler and no BS. While it doesn't go into excruciating detail or cover every possible option, it tells you exactly what you need to know to decide to start a blog and get it off the ground.
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