ProBlogging by Darren Rowse of Problogger and Chris Garret of B5Media join forces to give us newbies and hopefuls a guide to making money by blogging.
There are so many of these at the moment both in blogs and books, it’s really hard who to believe.
However I tend to believe these guys for two reasons.
Firstly, take a look at their sites and rankings – the proof is all there.
Secondly, they are brutally honest about how they did NOT succeed for ages online and then how they began to succeed. It’s a long process. Something that is not often cited in blogging and blogging literature elsewhere.
Half way through there is not much actually new that they have added here. They talk about niche blogging or demographic blogging as if that hasn’t already been done to death – except there is a catch in this book. Exercises. They give a summary of what you should have ‘got’ so far and then finish with some exercises to prove their point about what they’re saying about niche blogging.
There is a whole chapter on blog platforms which I’ll be honest I skimmed through but it had the obligatory wordpress versus blogger scenario.
At chapter four where I’ll leave this review we are back at writing and content which is the universal theme so far about actually making money out of blogging. Reminds me of another webmaster I’ll talk about later, who has been saying the same thing for nearly 10 years now. Content is king. And even though the new bloggers on the block may be using different interfaces and platforms to deliver it, content is still the winner. If you build it they might come. If you write well enough about it, they’ll definitely be there – those who are interested anyway.
I’ll finish the rest of the book by tomorrow and give the rest of the review.