- File Size: 3881 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118199553
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (February 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0077FDAC6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income 3rd Edition, Kindle Edition
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Through the course of asking myself these questions, having a couple of conversations with a friend about a new joint-venture in blogging, and looking for some ideas to generate a little extra money on the side I decided to buy a copy of the book ProBlogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett. I'm glad I did.
The sub-title of the book is "Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income," so I was expecting the it to be mostly a "I got rich blogging and here are the ways that you can get rich quickly, too" type of book, but getting rich quick was not really the main focus of the book. There are a few chapters on money-making blogging strategies, but the majority of the book is devoted to helping you figure out how to run an effective blog. In fact, throughout the book the authors stress that most successful/profitable blogs are the result of years of work.
The main takeaway that I got from the book was that the best blogs are ones that focus on a niche market. The more specific the niche the better. Beyond that, the book was filled with practical ideas on how to write content that people want to read and gave numerous specific examples on how to generate ideas for new blog posts.
Overall, I'm really glad I spent the time to read the book. I don't know whether or not I'll make even a dime from blogging, but it has given me some motivation to get back in the game.
If you're new to blogging, a veteran blogger looking for ideas to get unstuck, or trying to figure out how you might make a little money writing in your spare time I highly recommend getting a copy of the book for yourself.
What I found to be really useful is that the authors introduce a lot of sites that are beneficial for bloggers. You'll learn where bloggers gather to share ideas about how to run their sites and also sites with useful tools for bloggers are also introduced.
The authors have a lot of experience with blogging and it shows in this book. I learned a great deal and I'm really glad that I read it. I recommend this to anyone who is thinking of starting up a blog. Also people who have a blog, but haven't been making any money with it, might find this to be a really interesting book as well.
While the book is mostly focused on making money from blogs, it starts from the beginning: by explaining what is a blog and how to set one up. This takes about three chapters (if you have already started a blog, you can just skim through those sections).
Intermediate bloggers will enjoy the book more from chapter 4 on, when Darren and Chris talk about how and what to write (helpful to overcome the all-too-common "writer's block") and how to make money from your blog (both directly, like with advertising, and indirectly, as with partnerships, speaking engagements, etc).
The last few chapters deal with a topic that was completely new to me: buying and selling blogs. Darren and Chris do a very good job at spelling out the caveats you must take into account when buying and selling blogs, to avoid scams and costly mistakes.
The comprehensive nature of this book makes it difficult for the authors to go into much detail about any particular topic. The good news is that Darren's blog [...] is chock full of how-to articles that may give you the specific information that you won't find in the book.
Overall, I found this book to be a very good blogging primer, one that I will keep in my bookshelf for future and constant reference.
The authors are very knowledgable on the topic and do provide some references to their own sites and products as examples, but it's done in a very appropriate manner. It's a very educational and realistic portrayal of the blogging world.
In the very beginning, they are very up front about the fact that this is not some kind of get rich scheme.
I recommend the second edition since it probably has more up-to-date references, hence the loss of one star to my dated first edition.
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