Start Your Own Blogging Business: a How-to-Build-a-Blog Guide
How Your Blog Can Generate Income From Advertisers, Subscribers and Merchandising
Start Your Own Blogging Business, from Entrepreneur Magazine's Startup Series, is a comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to make money on the Internet through a blog. Author Jason R. Rich touches many bases in describing what it takes to build a money-generating blog, and the book is now in its second edition (ISBN: 978-1599183763).
A Complete Guide for Newcomers to Blogging
I searched for a simple step-by-step guide that would give me the basics on how to set up a blog and possibly make money off it. Start Your Own Blogging Business accomplishes that, but there's actually more to the book than just advice for beginners.
A full half of the book is dedicated to what you need to do once your blog is up and running -- how to build business and make money!
So if you are just looking into beginning your blog, or you already are blogging and want to generate some cash, this book has some advice for you!
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Choosing Your Topic, Domain Name and Web Host!
How To Get Started
Start Your Own Blogging Business devotes the first quarter of the book to a detailed guide on how to set up your blog. It defines the questions you need to ask, including the primary one: What's the point of your blog?
You will have to approach your blog differently if you see it as a business rather than for personal expression, and author Jason R. Rich raises several ideas for you to ponder as you choose the topic of your blog. I realized when I read that chapter that I would have to devote more time to develop my ideas before I would have a chance to launch a money-generating blog.
He has good tips on how to choose a URL for your blog that will be easy to remember and help attract readers, and does a really strong job explaining what you need to examine with hosting services before you choose one. As he points out, it would be a disaster to find out too late that the service you chose can't handle your blog if your efforts to gain traffic pay off!
From First Post to Blogroll
Promoting Your Blog, Building Your Audience
Start Your Own Blogging Business makes things clear right up front: It is very unlikely you will get rich right away no matter what kind of blog you publish. In fact, author John R. Rich presents a good argument that you will want to start slowly so you can get into your rhythm and test your blog on various web browsers while you are still new and unknown.
His advice is to build enough of an archive to show your consistency and generate feedback from your first few readers before you really branch out to full-bore promotion. That's a great idea. Just looking back at my first lenses I can see how much I've improved on Squidoo (though of course with lenses I can update them). I imagine that a blog will be the same -- you will look back at your first entries and think of all the things you could have done better.
Best to get the kinks out before shouting to the world that your blog exists!
Once you are at a spot where you feel good about your blog, you can follow the steps in Start Your Own Blogging Business to promote your blog and build an audience. Please note that the author gives a light explanation of search-engine optimization and keyword techniques, with the advice that there are more detailed books on those topics. Even so, I think he did a decent job explaining the topics.
Business Types and Perez Hilton
Start Your Own Blogging Business also contains pages that describe the various types of companies that exist in the U.S. and things to consider such as registering your business name and hiring help. These topics are just mentioned in passing really, and I wouldn't make any decisions on the information here. There are more complete examinations of those issues in books that specifically address those topics.
The book also contains a Question-and-Answer interview with Perez Hilton, one of the biggest bloggers out there. It seems strange to spend the whole book explaining how much hard work it is to build a successful blog and make money off it, then end with a profile of a blogger who claims he barely had to do anything to attract traffic and become a success. The book says his blog gets 9 million hits a day, so it is definitely something very special and unique -- hardly an example for most of us.
Even so, I would recommend Starting Your Own Blogging Business as a valuable step-by-step guide that can help you establish a blog that, given your choice of topics and hard work, has a chance at being a money-generator.
Are You a Blogger Yet?
After reading Start Your Own Blogging Business I am reconsidering whether the blog I was wanted to start is worth my time and effort. My friends and I play an old-fashioned strategy game called The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (similar to Risk but way more complicated), and I thought about starting a blog just to keep track of our games, but with the hope that I might be able to attract some cash. I now realize that the audience for such a blog would be so limited that it's unlikely to be a money-generator. That's not to say I won't do it, as I think it would be fun for the guys and me. I just have to decide whether it's worth the time knowing it probably won't make any money.
How about you? Are you considering a blog, or have you started one? At what stage are you?
Where Are You On The Path To a Successful Blog?
Start Your Own Internet Business
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If you aren't interested in blogging but do want to make money on the Internet then Start Your Own e-Business will be helpful. Like Start Your Own Blogging Business, Start Your Own e-Business is from Entrepreneur Press and does a good job in guiding you step by step through setting up an online presence.
I did a review of Start Your Own e-Business, so please check it out here!
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More Resources For Would-Be Entrepreneurs!
Entrepreneur Press has published more than 150 books aimed at helping people become successful with their own businesses, whether online or not. In addition to the Startup series, the company published the No B.S. books as well as a series of 50 guides on how to start your own business in each of the U.S. states.
In other words, no matter what kind of business you are interested in Entrepreneur Press probably has published a book that can help you. Check them out below!
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Using WordPress for Your Blog - WordPress for Dummies is a Good How-To Guide to Get You Started!
The WordPress software is one of the most popular tools for setting up and writing a blog, and WordPress for Dummies, 4th Edition, is a very clear guide on how to use it. Author Lisa Sabin-Wilson explains how to choose which version of WordPress to use and how to set up and run your blog in very simple straightforward language. She also provides details of a number of add-ons and plugins that can be used with your WordPress blog, as well as points out some of the more popular and best themes.
The one thing this book is not, however, is a guide on how to use your blog to make money. It simply tells you how to set up the blog. As such, it is the perfect companion to ''Start Your Own Blogging Business.''
Writing Web Copy That Attracts Customers! - To Help Bring In the Business!
Web Copy That Sells is a great how-to guide to energize your Internet writing to attract customers and sell items. Maria Veloso gives detailed instructions on introduce prices, run an e-mail marketing campaign and put together a strong order form, among other useful topics.
The book is also a writing guide, focusing on how to inject emotion into your copy, build credibility, and use psychology to persuade people to buy.
Strictly speaking, this book is not aimed at bloggers. But anybody who hopes to make money blogging would do well to read this for her insight on grabbing readers and keeping them.
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I've already explained that I think this book will help you if you want to begin a blog. I'd love to hear what other people are doing to become successful bloggers. Please share your thoughts. Thanks!