This is a review of an ebook by a good friend and colleague, Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, founder of Quips and Tips Blog Network, and someone who’s guest posted here before in the Focus Your Efforts post as part of the Ten Habits. She has authored a book titled 75 Ways to Make Money Blogging: Without Selling Stuff, Overdoing the Ads or Offending Readers.
Her introduction sums up one of my personal philosophies so nicely,
“It’s not just about making money; it’s about building a blog you’re proud of.”
And the book continues with it’s amazing goodness from there. The ebook is 63 pages and three main chapters or sections covering how to build your blog, advertising, and making money.
How is 75 Ways to Make Money Blogging Organized?
Each sub-section begins with a “snags untangled in this chapter” list of what is covered. For those who like to jump around in a book and pick out only the most relevant bits, this is the section to glance at to see if you need to read the whole thing. Easy to digest tips make up the meat of the chapter, which finishes with the inspirational “quips” or quotes finishing up each chapter.
What are the Benefits and Weaknesses of 75 Ways to Make Money Blogging Ebook?
Easy to read information that is truly helpful, for one thing. This ebook is written in the same style as the blogs that Laurie writes, and it’s a brilliant writing style that I have always enjoyed. I found the information a great starting place, especially for beginning bloggers.
The information starts right at the very beginning from choosing a topic to looking for ways to help build your traffic. Some of tips don’t delve as deep into the technical or second step of things, for example the SEO section was rather sparse. But that’s not the main focus of the book. Instead the sheer amount of tips and information given are more than enough to get you started on the right direction with your blog.
I learned quite a few things as well, even though I’ve been online for awhile. It always helps to be able to pick someone else’s brain every once in awhile, and that’s exactly what this book is like – sitting and chatting with Laurie about what’s worked for her.
I specifically came away with some specific ideas and takeaways like:
- Create a plan to generate traffic. (Something most bloggers do not do enough of in my opinion.)
- How to work with a bigger blog network. (Something that I have not done enough of lately.)
- Use those free Google Adwords vouchers to advertise your blog (Man why have I not done this yet!)
- Stay focused on your blog strateg…..hey! Look at that shiny over there!
- Ad placement matters – this was immensely interesting to me and something I highlighted for additional review later.
While her ebook may not go hugely in-depth on a lot of the technical details, or specifics on various ad networks, it represents a lot of overview information for bloggers to work through. In doing so, they are sure to come away with plenty of ideas and takeaways of their own. This is an ebook I would recommend in the future to consultation clients – especially those who felt overwhelmed by “where to start” or “what now” feelings. The concise, easy-to-read style cuts through the clutter with brilliance.
PS – Tomorrow I’ll be resuming the Beyond 31 Days Series.