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WordPress for Business Bloggers: Promote and grow your WordPress blog with advanced plug-ins, analytics, advertising, and SEO Paul Thewlis(Author) Edition
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Search engine optimization is a hot topic in the blogosphere these days and Mr Thewlis devotes an entire chapter to this topic, discussing keywords, permalinks, tags and site maps. He also touches upon other ways of promoting your blog, how to analyze your blog stats, and more importantly ways of making money from your blog. There are also lots of good screen shots throughout that help explain different procedures.
I found this to be a highly enjoyable book. It's clear Mr Thewlis put a lot of effort into showing the reader how to create a stand-out business blog.
Based upon my experiences, I can confidently assert that no experience with WordPress is necessary to benefit from this book. The book states the assumption of such knowledge up front and, after that, never returns to WordPress basics. Ample materials on WordPress installation, operations and configuration can be found online and I appreciate that the book didn't spend any time rehashing these items.
Instead of focusing on simpler procedural activities, the book weaves together the challenges of solving business issues for Chiliguru, a fictitious business blog, with advanced WordPress operations, guidance, and plugins. The book manages to bridge the challenges of running a day-to-day blog with WordPress-specific knowledge in a unique style. One would be hard pressed to cobble together the information and knowledge this book imparts from the web-based tutorials currently available on the Internet.Read more ›
Not limited to just WordPress, Paul additionally delves into related topics such as search engine optimization, social media marketing, and monetizing your blog. I'm usually very skeptical of books that choose to go down rabbit trails that are best left to separate titles, but Paul covers these topics well. Paul uses a fictional blog, [..], to illustrate the concepts throughout the book. Curiously, his own personal blog isn't updated very frequently. Paul must be a busy man.
The biggest benefit I personally obtained from the book was the author's usage and endorsement of various WordPress plugins. There are frequently many plugins for the same task, such as blog rolls, Twitter feeds, etc. The book helped me narrow down some options and also helped me see the value in adding plugins that I had not considered, such as a Google sitemap plugin.
The book uses WordPress 2.6 and I'm currently using WordPress 2.9, but the minor differences do not take away from the usefulness of this guide. WordPress for Business Bloggers is still the only WordPress book on my shelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would have like to have had a how to manual, that was what I was searching for.
this was a guide I might have needed if I had come from Mars and didn't know what WordPress... Read more
Seller sent me the wrong book. In fairness, the cover of the book was correct, but somehow the contents of the book was a different title. Publisher goof I guess. Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by mauserwerke
I was very excited to get this book. I started to read it and noticed that 'business' was spelled 'bussiness' twice within the first few pages. Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by Rae
It is an outdated book in my opinion. A lot of the function are automated now and the book shows manual work-arounds. Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Amazon Customer
This is a book about WordPress development and how to market yourself through WordPress. It's a fine book, you should buy it. Just plop down your dough and enjoy the book.Published on October 15, 2009 by Skeptical Tex
I was working on a church website, not a commercial one, but this book still provided several good tips to help us with optimization and plug-in information.Published on August 4, 2009 by RR in KC