Ok, so before we get started here’s a little helping hand for some of my readers who may be thinking about starting a blog. I’ve written a step by step blog creation guide (with screenshots) and recommendations from my tried and tested list of resources. In addition, the blogging success series features a total of 12 steps, we are currently on number 4, each of which provides a detailed breakdown of blogging and how to implement my favourite resources for success. All of this is Free and can be accessed HERE
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1. Top Ten Secrets of Successful Mommy Bloggers
Straight away you can tell why I would have read this. I'm a mum on a mission to be successful blogger and anything that wants to reveal blogging secrets that I may not have heard of, I'm in.
So is it worth the investment? Absolutely! It taught me how to be productive as a blogger, or at least it reminded of what I already knew from my old corporate life and how applying similar methods would keep me productive. Most importantly it teaches you what to avoid and how to monetize your blog. Its 98 pages long, and whilst it may be basic for some with more experience, this is a great starting point for a newbie.
2. Blogging Made Easy
Once again, who wouldn't want to read this. I came from a place of complete ignorance to blogging, didnt have a clue how people were making money from writing words on a screen. I used to think "wow, these people are so generous, giving away all of this info every week for free!" LOL, that was me only a few months ago, so of course once out of my limited view, I now need to know how I can do this in the easiest way possible.
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3. How To Get Your First 50,000 Blog Page Views
This book has single handily changed the way i approach blogging and marketing my blog to my targeted audience. For anyone new to blogging, you may be wondering why 50,000 or 100,000 blog page views is so important, *something i will explain further in my next post! However this book will get you there faster and you'll be so happy you did. It's the difference between blogging for fun and making serious money.
Ps. the author knows what shes talking about with over 1 million page views every month and growing.
4. How To Make A Living With Your Writing
If you want to hear from a creative writer, this book will give you the insight you could be looking for. It will show how to turn your passion for writing into a viable business with tried and tested strategies for your chosen path. A good read for creative storytellers.
5. Blogging For Dummies
It's no shame to admit, i felt like a dummy too when I just started. I would read up on blogging, then look for explanations on what i just read, until the penny would drop and I'd think jeeeez, "that's what it is!" Blogging feels like a mindfield and sometimes still can, but as time goes on it will start to fall into place....i promise! This book was my saviour, i couldn't read not one more article, or open another internet tab. Having this book as beginning source of info, everything to get you started in all in one place - priceless.
6. How My BLOG Got 1 Million Visits In 7 Months
oh how i wish this was the title of one of my blog posts. In fact, i'm setting forth a goal to do just that, it's still early days for me and this goal is doable but requires al ot more than just writing and uploading. This book will teach you the fundamentals of intentional & strategic blog marketing.....ps i'll let you know when i get there ( if you do it before me, please let me know with the #ididit i the comments below.)
7. Write Blog Posts Readers Love
Well I like to go one further by writing blog posts 'my' readers will love. The most important aspect of your blog is in establishing your target audience and then catering to their needs. Of course you have to write on a topic that interests you, but its the content, tone and character of your posts that will keep your audience coming back for more. This book will teach you just how to do that and more.
8. She Means Business
If you are struggling to grasp the concept of blogging, this book will help to open your mind. Content is always on a bloggers mind, without it its just empty space.....this book will teach how you to turn your interest into a business to be enjoyed by your like minded audience.
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10. Think & Grow Rich
Disclaimer: this book has nothing to do with blogging.
Ok so now that we have that out of the way, this book changed my life, my thinking and my willingness to keep going whenever the going gets tough. As a blogger the one thing you'll need in the first 6 months is this book. It will keep you grounded, yet focused, humble, yet hungry for more and willing to see the light at the end of the tunnel, even when everything says otherwise. This book is a must