One of the best ways to learn is from the accomplishments, mistakes, and journeys of others; if you’re looking to create great content for your blog, consider picking up a book written by an experienced blogger. It’s one way to get benefits from the experience of some of the most popular, successful names in blogging for many different organisations and in may different niches. Check out these exceptional books to take your content and audience to the next level.
Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content
Ann Handley, the author of Everybody Writes, was named as one of the most influential women in social media by Forbes. In this book, she argues that even in a world of clickbait headlines and news snippets, the content you write matters because that’s how you show potential customers who you are. In her straightforward manner, Handley talks about the best ways to create content, publish it, and make a connection with your customers. She also goes beyond blogging to help you learn ways to handle your various social media profiles.
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
Darren Rouse started his own blog in 2002 and by 2004 was making a living from it. He runs ProBlogger.net and other sites, and uses ProBlogger to share the knowledge he’s learning in the process. If you haven’t setup your own blog yet, this book can walk you through choosing a topic, deciding how to set yourself up for success, creating content, and finding an audience. With specific tips about how to monetize your blog and improve your advertisements, Rouse has created a book that can help you go from novice to getting a paycheck from your blog views.
The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging
Some books bring together many professionals to offer snippets of advice from different topics and audiences. The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging does this by including articles from both the publication’s editors and from their highest-ranked bloggers. Each topic is filled with the author’s experiences in everything from creating a blog to connecting with the community to developing your own voice. For a newcomer, there’s a valuable resource list and glossary included after the articles. Since some of the most famous writers in the world have blogged on the Huffington Post, they offer a high-level perspective of how blogging can be used to reach readers.
No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog
One way to capture a reader’s interest and keep them coming back for more is publishing interesting, creative content that you can’t find on every other blog. Margaret Mason, who runs a site that was named as the number one shopping site by Business Week and Forbes, writes about different prompts for published content that are out of the ordinary. In No One Cares What You Had for Lunch, she provides inspiration for when you have an off day and just don’t know what to write. Even if you choose not to go with any of her prompts, just reading through them can help you come up with your own new idea. Sometimes the first step is the hardest, and Mason’s book is one of the blogging books that can help you take it and guide you while you get a running start.
WordPress To Go: How To Build A WordPress Website On Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even If You Are A Complete Beginner
Sarah McHarry is a freelance webmaster and author who put together this comprehensive guide on how to build a WordPress site with your own web address. It’s a great starter guide for anyone who wants to brand their blog and manage it using the built-in functions that make WordPress such a common blogging platform. Even if you’ve never registered your own domain or typed a sentence into a blog, WordPress To Go can get you started whether you’re blogging for yourself or a business you run. Don’t let the technical complexities of WordPress stop you from using one of the most popular and useful blogging platforms.
Blog, Inc: Blogging for Passion, Profit and to Create Community
Joy Cho, the coauthor of Creative, Inc writes a compelling handbook that can help you overcome some beginner’s hurdles and get your blog from concept to product. It helps you choose a platform, find fans, and protect everything you write to guard against plagiarism. To make your blog more professional, Cho includes tips on how to take photographs, find sponsors, and use affiliate programs to make money promoting products you love. She also has interviews with other successful bloggers in Blog, Inc. to help you get more perspective from professionals. The book offers a comprehensive roadmap to help get your blog off the ground.
Publish and Prosper: Blogging for Your Business
There are some major targeting, advertising and audience differences between personal blogging and business blogging. DL Byron focuses on business blogging as a tool to help you connect with potential customers and grow your brand. He explains that your blog can be a strong and meaningful conversation you have with potential customers. Publish and Prosper includes examples of how companies use blogs, instructions on how to create an attractive blog, and how to manage information technology. It also offers suggestions on mistakes to avoid as you start using a blog to represent your business.
Whether you’re just starting out or have an archive full of posts, books on blogging may offer you tips, examples, and technical know-how to help you be a more effective blogger. Rather than experiencing everything yourself, you can learn from the pros and give yourself a head start in both creating an attractive blog and finding people to read it. Don’t limit yourself to a single book, either. Different authors bring different strengths and weaknesses to the table to help you design a blog and content that’s your own—and will help lead you to your own best practices for blogging.
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