Book Review: ProBlogger – Secrets to Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income
Back at the end of 2012 I wanted to start a blog. So as I always do when I get into something new, I do a little research online on the topic, but then I head over to Amazon looking for a book that can give me a comprehensive overview of the subject. When it came to blogging, ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income seemed to keep coming up in searches, had great reviews and seemed to be what I was looking for.
Now before I get into the review, I have to answer a question that a few people have asked me when I have mentioned the book in the past. That question is “Tom, with so many great blogs out there for free, why would you buy a book to learn how to blog?” It is a valid question that I would like to address. Blogs are absolutely great resources for people, which is part of the reason that I wanted to start one. The problem with most blogs is that information is all over the place in short blog posts. Most often, they are not structured together to tell a complete story or provide a comprehensive overview of a topic. Therefore when I get into a new topic, I will typically buy a book to provide the context and complete picture of the topic. Once I have the context, then I use blogs to fill in the gaps, stay updated and provide actionable steps.
So back to the review, I am so glad that I chose this book. With a topic like blogging, there are a ton of books written by people who are just looking to make a quick buck by telling other people how to blog. These books are often not very organized and generic. It is so important to look at the source of any information that you get. With blogging, you are getting information from people who do blog full-time and have truly generated six-figure incomes from blogging.
At first, the book can seem introductory, but I believe that is just to cover the full gamut of content. Later chapters get into topics such as “Blog Income and Earning Strategies”, “Niche Blogging”, “Blog Promotion and Marketing” and “Secrets of Successful Blogs” to name a few. These topics contain a ton of information that could each fill their own books, but the authors do a great job of providing the context and some great key aspects without dragging it out too much. Since I was looking for this books to provide me the full context of blogging, this was perfect.
If you are looking to start a blog, or have a small blog that is not achieving the results that you would like, I would highly recommend this book. If you have been blogging for a while and have achieved some basic success, then you may not benefit as much from this book. I find that after you get past the aspects of setting up a blog, finding your niche and build up a small fan base, you have the foundation. At that point, you would most likely benefit more from reading blogs on target strategies, rather than this book.
What are your favorite blogging related books?