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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for bloggers wanting to grow a business out of their blog. It only took me a couple of hours to read, and it was well worth the time1Published 1 month ago by Sandra Jarvis
Easy to read and lots of good solid information. Thanks for sharing Ruth.Published 2 months ago by Carolyn H.
This book is really helpful for bloggers like me who struggle to be proficient in blogging.
Although many of its content are not new to me, reading a comprehensive book... Read more
This was the best book I've read in a long while. I feel more confident in myself.Published 2 months ago by minishe
I thought it would be a step-by-step directive to follow, but it was more of a guide to creating a blog that can be monetize in different waysPublished 2 months ago by NjFranks
Ruth has written an amazing book in "How to Blog fog Profit: Without Selling Your Soul". The material is presented in a clear and concise manner and takes the reader step by step... Read morePublished 2 months ago by PATTI PIERCE
This book was very much for beginners. I have been blogging for 18 months and there wasn't anything I didn't already know from just reading other blogs on blogging for free. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer