I tried Kindle direct for free for a month and downloaded a crazy amount of books to read in a month. As you’ll see in the list below, I had decided to cover as much as I could in the “blogging for profit” sphere. While most of these books do deserve their own dedicated posts, I figured that it might be better to just list what I liked and how I rank them as compared to the other books I downloaded.
Blogging for Profit Book Reviews
The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers: A Proven Roadmap to Becoming A Full Time Blogger – Jonathan Milligan
Jonathan offered useful tips and actual tools for growing your platform, particularly if you’re interested in building an income through doing webinars, courses, and coaching. It was full of quotes from successful people, and was written in such a way that Jonathan seemed to be very relatable. I also really loved this quote, which gave me a “what-am-I-doing-with-my-life?” punch in the face:
I mean, COME ON. I work late at night, and often avoid waking up right when my alarm goes off, which is so silly. I’m going to try to be a more productive morning person now.
How to Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day Job With My Blog – Bob Lotich
This was probably the predecessor to the next book mentioned, as it was a quick read. The book covered a lot, A LOT, of great info and it got me really interested in what else Bob had to offer.
Pro-Blogging Secrets: Strategies, Tips, and Answers You Need to Grow Your Blog and Earn More Money – Bob Lotich
Okay, this book was amazing. I took a bunch of different excerpts and screenshots from this book because it was chocked full of really great info and resources I had never heard of. It was really thorough and I’d recommend it as one of the the first books you should get as a blogger.
How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul – Ruth Soukup
I think that this book is pretty famous as a go-to source for how to build a successful blogging business. Ruth also spearheads the Elite Blog Academy, which if you’ve ever googled, you’ll see it has more praisers than critics. However, the EBA can be spendy, so many advise to hit up this book first. I will say that it is an easy read and is full of good theory, but some of it seemed to be a little…how to put it…Okay. There was this one section that discussed how signing up for group pin boards on Pinterest can really boost your followers and your blog views. But as for how to find these group pin boards, it was a little vague. To me, just searching for group pinboards that you might be a fit on feels pretty overwhelming, so I would’ve liked some more information on where we should be looking. HOWEVER, I did find some pretty cool resources that do this for you I’ll share in another post.
Pinterest Savvy: Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest – Melissa Taylor
This was alright, it was a very “Pinterest 101” sort of book.
Make Money Online – John Chow
I will give him credit that English is not his first language, but the more articles where John discusses the need for proper grammar, the worse his became, to the point that I don’t really think he put any effort into creating this collection of old blog posts. This e-book is a collection of his posts on how he makes money online and how you can, too. I will save you the time of reading it and tell you his secret: Text Link Ads. More than half of the articles in the book include something about Text Link Ads or TLA. That’s where he makes his money, that’s where he thinks you can make money, as well. You’re welcome.
My Blog Traffic Sucks! 8 Simple Steps to Get 100,000 Blog Visitors without Working 8 Days a Week – Steve Scott
I don’t know, the book wasn’t awful per say, but it just felt like a quick way for Steve to get publicity for his own blog. I didn’t really find the information there useful or original.