- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (March 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118199553
- ISBN-13: 978-1118199558
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income 3rd Edition
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If you don't know ProBlogger, you should, at least if you're interested in blogging: it's the go-to blog about blogs. Yes, I love meta and the word "blog" will come frequently in this post.
In any case, as I left the academic world and decided to try something new, I thought about starting blogs for money. I love to write, I seem to be pretty good at managing and producing content, and I'm sure there are things I could share with the world... for a profit.
The book goes through the three steps of making money from blogs:
Setting up a blog
Making it popular
Earning money from it
The most important lesson I got from the book is the importance of choosing a niche; it helps build a loyal community, get expertise and great, contextualized advertising. However, except for the generic "start by identifying your own interests, passions, and energy levels for topics", there's not a lot of direction about how to choose a profitable niche. There also isn't much about search engine optimization (which I fortunately covered in another book) or about keyword research. However, a lot of the things that Rowse and Garrett hold important (niching, ads, etc) aren't necessarily the be-all and end-all of popular blogging.
The one section I found really useful was the monetizing section where the authors explain all about choosing the right ads, affiliate programs and other revenue streams. While I'm sure there's more complete info on this (it could be worth an entire book), it was a good introduction and gave me guidelines if I ever have to do something like this myself.
In general I found ProBlogger interesting and informative, even if it doesn't delve too deep into any of the topics the authors touch on. Even the case study in the last chapter lacked depth-I would have liked to know more about how he managed his content, built a community, etc. But as an introduction to professional blogging, it does the job.
When I learned about this book a few years back I purchased it because I heard so many good things about both authors, Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett. Darren is a full-time blogger that makes six-figure income himself through his famous Problogger blog and the highly successful digital photography school (DPS). I believe there isn't anybody who is somebody on the Internet that did not hear about Darren.
Chris is also a full-time blogger, an Internet marketing coach, and most of all the creator of a "five-star" course on authority blogging.
People purchase things from people they trust. What other method is the best to gain someone's trust then demonstrating your extensive knowledge and expertise in the topic through blogging or published books. It is not enough, however, that a person declares that he/she is an expert; people that read the person's book and/or blog, attend a course, Webinar or workshop that he/she leads are the ones that need to add the adjective next to the name of the "expert", or affirm the person's true expertise.
This is where Chris Garrett comes in. His "Authority Blogging" course is the best on the Internet, because he gives his own expertise without holding anything back. If you really want to succeed in earning a nice living from blogging, you must enroll into Chris's program. You will be 99% there.
I almost forgot that I am writing a book review so I need to go back to the book; but the thing is what makes a book a "Best Seller?" - experienced professionals that write well. This is the case with this book.
It is not everyday that you can find a book with that much value; therefore, the first thing I want to do is to thank the authors to create such a valuable reference book. The second thing one wants to do is, what I am doing right now (writing and publishing a review); otherwise the only way people will learn about this book by visiting my house and seeing one next to each of my computers and another one in a room where I can close myself for a quiet hour (get my meaning?).
The book is not only well written and easy to read, but one of the most comprehensive one about blogging and how you can create a nice living from it if you will follow the authors' advise. Did you ask yourself the following lately: "I'd like to know everything about blogging but I do not know whom to ask." Well, your source is here. Read this book.
The authors start immediately with the theme of the book: "How you can make money with blogging." You learn as soon as you open the first page about what it means to blog for money, what you need to do in order to start earning a living from the early stages of the blog and how you can measure the blog's success. So, if that is all what you are interested to know, you do not need to read further; but I would not suggest doing that, because you would lose lots of valuable information.
Once you know the basics (from Chapter 1) you start to learn about the details in the Chapters that follow. For instance I had no idea what CPC, CPM and CPS means. I read about them when I was seeking to find information about advertising on my blog, but for some reason people thought that I should know these acronyms.
There are other plenty of useful information that I learned about them by reading this book, such as what is affiliate marketing, guest posting, content marketing, relationship marketing, buying and selling blogs and other forms of income-producing methods. How about "sticky blogs?" Do you know what they mean? I did not know prior to reading the book.
Chapters 3 and 4 discuss the details for setting up your blog correctly and how to populate it with articles that people want to read.
Chapters 5 and 6 are the meat and potato about making money, but without promoting it through social media and other known promoting techniques mentioned above it will not happen; that is where Chapters 7 and 8 come in. (BTW I read these two chapters twice already).
By reading Chapter 9 you will learn about social media, an important part of your promotion efforts, and in Chapter 10 the authors giving you the secrets of successful blogs. If nothing else, just this chapter worth your time and expense - nowhere else you will learn these important materials. You know that the best way to assure your success is following what worked. Learning from successful people is an invaluable opportunity.
As you read each chapter, pay attention to the organization of each. You could basically learn the important things you need to know in order to build a successful blog just by reading the subheadings, the bulleted lists, the samples, the tips and exercises that scattered through each chapter.
You also have to understand that most of the things the authors are teaching you they have done it personally; it is all based on their experience. They are blatantly allowing you to copy them. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel when they are already invented it.
In summary, whether you're new to blogging, contemplating to start one, or just launched one that is not moving toward the right direction, you will definitely find plenty of useful information for all three instances. You do not need to be a technical wizard or a marketing guru to understand and learn the ropes. The book walks you through smoothly from the very basics of blogging to a more advanced business user. You need this resource for your success.