The Million Dollar Blog provides an amazing insight and overview of the blogosphere!
In a world where everyone wants to blog and blog posts are ubiquitous, how do you stand out? How do you blog your way from nobody to somebody?
How do you make money blogging, how do you start your own blogging business, and how do you, as a business owner, use content to build your brand and drive your success?
Given that one of my first actions to become a ‘Rich Dad’ (after reading Rich Dad Poor Dad) was to start this blog, I thought it made sense to read a book about blogging. This book did exactly what I needed it to do!
The Million Dollar Blog gives a great overall picture of all the stages required to start a blog. There are some great real life stories from a wide range of different people.
I felt the final chapter was very insightful as it talks about ‘hitting the wall’ and how blogging isn’t easy and how to overcome those feelings of wanting to quit. Whilst I’m only starting out, it is good to keep my expectations in check.
The area which I felt could do with more expansion or examples was using social media. There is a good discussion on ‘joining the conversation’ but the reader could do with some help with where to find those conversations.
Is there anything I can take from this book?
One area that really made me go “that’s a great idea” was about guest blogging. This is something I’m currently looking into and will look to write blogs for other sites to hopefully get interest in this site.
I’ve also highlighted the ‘personal brand’ section to read again (chapter 4). This is the most daunting for me. This talks about having photos and showing you are a real person. I really don’t like photos of myself so this is a barrier for me to overcome. The topic of confidence is something the book also discusses, as more bloggers fear they are a fraud and shouldn’t be discussing the topics they do. This is comforting to know I’m not the only one. As I said, I’ve highlighted this chapter and no doubt will reveal more about me in due course.
Hopefully if I take all the good advice, one day I’ll have a million dollar blog!
Thought provoking = 7 (out of 10)
Enjoyment of reading = 7 (out of 10)
Money making = 7 (out of 10)
Overall score = 7
Read again = Probably
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