I've read a lot of how-to books over the past few years that I’ve been blogging, and this is perhaps the first book I’ve come across that analysed what successful bloggers actually do (at a high level at least). Even if you’ve been blogging for years, there are some useful nuggets of wisdom. Indeed, I’m considering whether to start a secondary blog as a result, putting all the advice I’ve learned into practice!
A few things to keep in mind: this is not a book to sit down and read in one sitting. Take your time to actually think about and answer the questions it poses. This will help make sure you’re building from a strong foundation from the very start. Likewise, do not expect a get-rich-quick scheme: it’s very clear that it takes time to build up to the level these bloggers are working at.
There are a few things that I would have liked to have seen in more detail. Specifically 1) how these bloggers are actually making their money; is it through affiliate links, courses, ads, etc.? It didn’t seem that many were actually making money through writing.
And 2) how were they able to grow their business if they were not doing it full-time? While some specifically mentioned dealing with small children while blogging, it’s not clear to me how there are enough hours in a week/mental energy to go around to juggle a full-time day job, blogging, and any other business activities with actually living life. Getting to the point where you can afford to hire someone to help, which is discussed in the book, is glossed over. Is it a matter of relying on savings or a partner’s income, or moving back in with parents and living on ramen noodles? I would find an honest discussion of this part of the journey to be useful.
Despite these quibbles, I also want to add that this is a good book even if you have no desire to monetise your blog or make it your primary income stream. After all, having the opportunity to hear from 17 people who have made a success of an activity is not to be turned down! It will help you to clarify your vision, avoid making some of the same mistakes, and inspire you to take action.
As a new blogger, I found this book very motivational. Reading success stories and having tips from bloggers who make a full time income from their sites has been an amazing resource. The information is broken down well and it was easy to read the book over the course of a weekend.
This book helped me define my blog with easy to read, logical steps. I will definitely follow the advice in here now that I am ready to launch my own first blog. Great advice, written in a friendly, approachable style.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. This is a good book for jogging your mindset, it has chapters where you can concentrate on being pro-active and has things to put in place. Other chapters are interviews with different bloggers, always asking the same questions and you get to build up a picture of what successful bloggers can do and how they do it, and they all do it differently. This is not a how-to book but is more of a hand up than a hand out, it shows you how to do the work needed.
Even though I've been blogging for a few years now I'm still learning - and this was one of those 'can't put down' books that I got totally engrossed in.
Professional bloggers from all walks of life share their success strategies - there's never a 'one size fits all', so it was really interesting to see how each of them had made a success from blogging.
Who knows - maybe, just maybe, I'll be featured in the second or third edition ;-) Here's hoping!