The Blogger’s Survival Guide
Book Review By Growing Up Little
My Rating: 3.5
If you are serious about creating a blog to generate income… this book is a great place to start. It contains tons of information – in an easy to understand way, which is perfect for those that:
- are thinking about starting their own blog
- have recently dived into the blogging world and have lots of questions
- have been blogging for a while and wonder if perhaps they can turn their hobby into a job
If you are confused (or simply have no idea what these things even are and why they should even matter to you) this book will explain things like:
- increasing traffic and ways to measure it
- search engine optimization
- promotional strategies
- affiliate marketing
- product reviews
- hosting giveaways
- legal stuff like copyrights, privacy issues and disclaimers
Something else bloggers will appreciate about this book is all the great links included. It provides a ton of great resources about many different blogging issues.
The cover of the book, leaves something to be desired. I like the blue colour but find the actual image to be unappealing. Not only does the image have a ‘cluttered’ look to it but there is way too much information included. The title would have been better if they had kept it to The Blogger’s Survival Guide and included the names of the two authors. That’s it! I don’t want, nor need to know all the job titles and T.V. shows that the person who wrote the foreword has ever had!
I was also a little confused about the ‘subtitle’ – Tips and Tricks for Parent Bloggers, Wordsmiths and Enthusiasts. This book is certainly NOT limited to parents and I’m not sure why they would want to limit themselves in this way. The Blogger’s Survival Guide would be useful to any genre of blogger! The content is not specialized to parent bloggers – so why have they included that in their title? Doing so is misleading to the reader and limiting to them!
A large portion of this book, read like a help index on a website or a textbook – which is great, if that’s what you want. I can see it quickly becoming a problem though – large portions of this book, will become outdated pretty quickly.
Overall – this book made me realize just how much work blogging for money would be! It certainly isn’t a get-rich-quick-scheme and the authors inform their readers in a responsible way about the reality of turning a blog into a job.
I had considered trying to make money blogging and The Blogger’s Survival Guide explained what that would actually entail and what that would likely mean to the way I currently blog on Growing Up Little. This book made me realize that I did not want to interfere with the creative freedom I currently have. I don’t want to feel limited and I don’t want to negatively influence myself trying to ‘make a buck’. Slaughtering my blog in that way… just wasn’t worth it. However, if my blog was about something more general like vintage clothing, scrapbooking, shopping or makeup tips – it might be a lot easier – not to feel that ‘creative’ restraint.
If you are considering blogging for money – this book will help you. Not only will it help you determine if blogging for money is what you really want to do but if you decide that it IS – it will give you the information you’re going to need.
The Blogger’s Survival Guide will be a book that you will keep within arms reach of your computer and a book you will refer to time and time again.