When I started Pretty Opinionated, I had no clue what I was doing. I figured “I’ll just start a blog, write about the stuff I like, and people will come!” It doesn’t really work that way, and it wasn’t until about 3 months after starting it that I realized I would have to work my butt off if I wanted anyone to even find me, let alone decide they like me enough to stick around. Over the last year and a half, I’ve learned a lot about the personal side of running a blog. I learned to loosen up and be myself, rather than the stiff writer that I started out as (in my defense, I had spent the better part of the last two years prior writing for a site that required stiff writing). I learned to get out there and network with other bloggers, and in the process found some amazing blogging friends that turned into real friends. I learned about widgets, plug-ins, site design, ad networks, and so on.
One area that I was, and still am, lacking in though, is how to turn my blog into a successful business. In the 3rd edition of the book, ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, authors Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett walk you through all the steps you’ll need to take to become a successful blogger. They don’t promise instant results, and actually are pretty up-front about the fact that you’ll need to work hard, diversify, and spend a lot of time building before you can even start to see major results.
Anyone who has spent any time researching blogging tips or trying to find decent freelance writing gigs has most likely come across the authors’ site, ProBlogger. It’s a virtual fountain of information on everything from making money blogging to strategies for building your email list. The book is also a fantastic resource for both new bloggers and those who have been at it for a few years. I particularly love the chapter with the 20 key ingredients for a successful blog post.
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income breaks everything down from choosing your niche and getting started to maintaining your status quo once your site “makes it.” The new edition features updated info on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, as well as new tips and tricks to build a better blog. If you’re looking for a starting point or are already pretty successful and just need a few new ideas, this is definitely the book to use.
Head over to Wiley’s page for ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income to read more about the book and check out a few excerpts.
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