Bonjour! Here’s my unofficial book review of the month. (unofficial mostly because I can’t stick to a series)
I recently bought two books about blogging. I bought How to Blog for Profit several months ago, and How to Make Money Blogging about, oh, maybe a month ago. I was very pleased with one and very disappointed with the other. And here’s why – but I’ll review them first.
Title: How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul)
Author: Ruth Soukup
Copyright Date: 2014
Number of Pages: 201
From back of book:
Do you want to earn a living doing what you love?
Whether you have been blogging for years or just a few weeks, How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) offers solid advice and practical action plans for creating an authentic, successful, and profitable blog. With wit, wisdom, and the insight of someone who’s been there, Ruth Soukup shares how she grew her own blog, Living Well Spending Less, to over one million monthly visitors, earns a full time income, and still is able to write about the things she truly cares about.
Included in the book:
Content, presentation, growing, social media, profit through various ways, seeing your blog as a business and more.
My thoughts: I have to say, this was a very well-thought-out book. It’s very thorough and basically covers every topic you have questions about. Ruth has a bit of everything in here and even though it’s only 201 pages, she covers them all completely. There’s a lot on Pinterest and how to use it for your blog, design, affiliates, AdSense, and it is seriously the best book you could ever buy for your blog. One thing I especially like about it is: It’s not a textbook. Being a blogger, Ruth knows how to write in an engaging way about even the most technical things. I absorbed a lot out of this book because of that. It’s a five star for me, and the bottom line is: buy it. You won’t regret it.
Title: How to Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day Job With My Blog
Author: Bob Lotich
Copyright Date: 2013-2016
Number of Pages: 54
From Back of Book:
Bob Lotich founded ChristianPF.com in 2007 and after getting laid off in 2008 he took the leap into full-time blogging. Less than a year later he was earning more from his blog than his previous day-job. While his results are not typidal, this book covers all the steps he took to make money from his blog over that two-year period.
Included in the book:
4 steps to start blogging in 10 minutes, blogging basics, primary ways to earn from your blog, how he increased AdSense earnings $1500/m in 3 months, SEO tips for bloggers, how to get traffic to your blog and more.
My thoughts: Well, I must congratulate the guy for selling me the book. I looked at it on Amazon, and seeing a vast majority of really great subjects that he covered, I bought it. When I received it I was disappointed, and I still am. First off, it’s a 54 page book. What he says in this book that I bought for $6, could have been said in a short series of blog posts. He is very brief, not very thorough, and it’s better as a “quick tips” book for beginning bloggers. It’s good if you don’t know anything about blogging, and have questions, but otherwise? Save your six dollars. It’s not worth it.
So there you have it – two blogging books I tried and which one was worth its salt. Or ink.
Have you ever bought a book you were sorely disappointed with? Have you found a really good blogging book you’d like to share? I’d love to hear!