Blogging in Action is the package that gets us the most excited. This is a great ebook, and ebook might just be the wrong word to describe it.’ The author, Shaun Taylor, has certainly outdone himself — but what you really care about is how the book and resource can help you, so let’s get to it!
The thing you notice first when you start reading the ebook is that is it tips the scale at 258 pages! That is an absolute accomplishment in the world of ebook publishing. The organization of the material will eliminate the concern some may have that there is too much information in such a small space.
Shaun staets out by outlining his expectations and goals for the ebook. He wants it to be current and up to date, covering different topics appealing to those of different levels of experience. He breaks down theory into action steps that create a roadmap for individuals who want to become a successful blogger. In two words, he succeeds.
We truly try to give impartial reviews and give you both the good and the bad, but it is really difficult in this case. Even with a critcal viewpoint, there isn’t anything that screams out to be changed here. Sometimes we thought, “wait a minute, he should have…oh, he did!”
For those who are concerned about having to dig through a pile of information they already know or aren’t interested in, Shaun takes a unique approach to solving that problem. He not only wrote a standard table of contents, he also included ‘tags’ that mark when you should read a topic. For example, if he includes information that isn’t essential he marks it with the tag! It’s cute, clever, and effective for those that don’t have a lot of time to read.
Everything that is covered in this ebook is explained so that anyone can grasp the concepts. The different sections in Blogging in Action generally start out with an overview of that particular section, but then they quickly move into action steps. This is fantastic, because you can’t become a successful blogger just by reading, you need to actually do something with the material. If this book doesn’t convince you to do that, nothing will!
The table of contents for things you’ll learn is too large to list, but here are some of our favorites:
- Choosing a platform
- What is a blog?
- Configuring your blog for readers and search engines
- Backing up your blog
- What is a niche?
- How to do keyword research (comes with a tool!)
- Building your brand
- Creating compelling content
- Mistakes to avoid (this goes against what is taught in our least favorite blogging book)
- Which directories to submit to
- Article marketing
- Finding .edu and .gov links!
- Using social networking sites and strategy
- Monetization strategies
- Quick start videos for every step of the way
Clearly, Blogging in Action is the definitive guide for anyone who wants to get started with blogging. The book is professionally designed and very well edited. You can tell it was created for readers of all levels. This is the ebook to get if you want to get an ebook on how to blog and make money doing it.