I’ve been meaning to get around to writing up a review of the recently published second edition of Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett’s book ProBlogger- Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income – so if you didn’t buy a copy of the first edition, read on to see if this book might be just the thing to spring-board your blogging career to the next level.
About the Authors
Darren Rowse probably needs no introduction to the majority of bloggers. Considered by most to be one of blogging’s A-listers, Darren’s ProBlogger.net blog will be familiar to most, but Darren also has a long history of other successful blogs to his name, including a highly successful photography blog. Chris Garrett might not be quite as big a household name in the blogosphere as Darren, but his ChrisG.com blog is also hugely successful, and his more technical background complements Darren’s style to give a broader depth of information in the book than pure blogging tips and technique.
ProBlogger Second Edition Content
ProBlogger Second Edition starts with an introduction to both author’s blogging careers and then moves on through everything from basic blog set-up, writing, monetization, secondary earning strategies (such as blog flipping etc), promotion, social media and case studies.
Unlike many instructional books, ProBlogger 2nd edition reads very well and has an easy going conversational style. At no stage should you find it heavy going. I found most subjects to be covered to an adequate depth and were well explained. Where greater depth is required, Darren and Chris provide the URL to additional on-line content that is made available at no extra charge to the reader which is quite a nice bonus.
Some may find the early blog set-up chapter a little on the basic side, but this does not extend too far into the book, and since it sets out to cater for beginners right up to more established bloggers needing additional guidance, I think the balance of beginner/advanced content is about right.
What I Found Useful About This Book
For me some of the most useful insights in this book were to do with the elements that most highly successful blogs have in common. However, most chapters have golden nuggets of information which either confirm something that you are already doing right, or uncover things that you aren’t doing or could be doing better.
I also found the sections on promotion, networking, and use of social media to be highly useful, as for me personally these are areas I’ve barely dipped my toe into as yet.
I would say this isn’t a book that you will just read once and set aside, there are many sections I will refer back to for inspiration and guidance in future.
What I Disliked About This Book
Although right from the outset Darren and Chris clearly state that this is not a get rich quick scheme and success in blogging takes years of hard work, I still find the book’s sub-title “Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income” a bit on the tacky and misleading side. Using the techniques in this book will no doubt help, but I’m sure both authors would agree it is only what lies between your ears that will earn you a six-figure income from blogging!
Should I Buy ProBlogger Second Edition?
Well if you already own the first edition I doubt if there is enough additional material to make it worth your while purchasing the revised version. I would say that anyone else from beginner to more experienced blogger will definitely find plenty of interest and value for the modest cover price of this book.
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