I know, I know, isn’t it ironic to think about reading an actual book about something that is done completely online? Well, it is, but there are still some of us who like to read actual paper books (and even if you don’t there are some electronic blogging books listed as well).
I will start with the books I have read and give my thoughts on them and then I will share some other books about blogging that may be good ones to consider.
This was the first book about blogging that I read. I read it after I had been blogging about 2-3 years and was already doing it full-time. So it wasn’t of much help to me. But, I think the book does a great job of covering the basics of what new bloggers need to know in a very simple and easy to understand format. It is lacking a lot of concrete specifics, but as a general informational book it is great. I often recommend this book to new bloggers who I can tell are serious about it.
I got this book around the same time, and I personally thought it wasn’t very relevant at all. If you are familiar with the Huffington Post, you know that that have a pretty big business that is really a news site and has few similarities to what most pro-bloggers are doing with their blogs. For that reason, the book offered little helpful information. I would pass on this one.
I don’t think I own this book (can’t find it if I do), but I have read through it a bit and know someone who has it. Like most Dummies books it does a pretty good job of simplifying things to their simplest forms. It covers a lot of the basics, but I would make sure you are getting one of the newest editions as all this information changes so quickly. It also has great ratings on Amazon.com.
This one is actually a Kindle version which you can download to your Kindle or read it on your computer and it is only $3.97. It has pretty good reviews and seems to cover a lot of the WordPress basics. These are some of the topics included:
- How to Attract Readers with Your Writing
- Find The Right Topics that Work for You
- SEO Made Easy
- Power Plugins that Work for You
- How to Make Your Readers Want to Comment
- Get Traffic to Your Blog for Free
- Glue Your Readers to Your Blog Posts
- How to Earn Cash with Your Blog
- Where to Get Cheap Help
This book has a 4.5 star rating over 53 reviews on Amazon – which is good enough to make me want to purchase it. The cover, on the other hand, makes me not want to purchase it. 😉
These are a few of the topics covered:
- Setting up your blog the right way–in just minutes!
- Writing blog entries people want to read
- Handling comments–even nasty ones!
- Creating a conversation and building a community
- Publicizing your blog
- Choosing the right free or low-cost blogging tools
- Avoiding beginner mistakes
- Earning cash from your blog!
This one isn’t specifically about blogging, but rather content creation in general. I personally think it is important to think about these alternative methods of creating content, because blogging is just a current method of creating content – but who knows what the world will look like in 10 years. So thinking beyond blogging is always a good idea.
The book is also a very well reviewed book on Amazon and these are couple things it helps readers with:
- Understand why you are generating content—getting to the meat of your message in practical, commonsense language, and defining the goals of your content strategy
- Explore ways to integrate searchable words into your content without sounding forced (or sounding like “Frankenspeak”)
- Write in a way that powerfully communicates your service, product, or message across various Web mediums
- Create a publishing schedule that allows you to create different kinds and types of content at once
What books have you read about blogging that have helped you? Share them in the comments below…