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How to Start a Blog and Make Money by Kim Komando



There are now around 30 million blogs online, which means that starting a blog has become more popular than it has ever been. It's a great time to start a blog, but the task can be pretty daunting.

This is where How to Start a Blog and Make Money could help you. Penned by the best-selling author and USA Today columnist Kim Komando (that's a great name, don't you think?), the ebook certainly has an appealing and straightforward title. But will it live up to expectations?

I find Kim Kommando's writing style to be perfect for this publication, in that it isn't flowery or rambling, and is mostly to the point without feeling too cold. The ebook has been thoughtfully and clearly laid out with a good use of headings and sub-headings. It's also grammatically excellent.

The book is ideal for the blogging novice who needs advice on every aspect of starting a blog. However, I would like to have seen more information in the Blogging for money chapter, with more advice on using ad networks and affiliate marketing, and also some more info on using social networks would have been useful.

Nonetheless, there is much to like about this book, and it will certainly provide you with a lot of essential advice and inspiration for creating and running a successful and profitable blog.

Mark's Rating:

Pros
  • Thoughtfully written
  • Clear layout
  • Easy to understand
  • Lots of useful advice for beginners
Cons
  • Lack of info about social networks
  • Affiliate marketing advice is sparse

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Also recommended: How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul

Chapters


In the opening passage, Why should you start a blog? you will discover what a blog can do for you, although it doesn't answer the question directly - only you can truly answer that one!

The first chapter Start with a strategy for your blog is a good starting point. Who exactly is your blog aimed at and do you have a clear direction? Indeed, it's pretty vital to know exactly what your blog's subject matter will be. Kim discusses choosing your niche, naming your blog, developing a blogging and content strategy, who is your competition? when will you post content and how much content should you post? There is some pretty solid advice here.

Set up your blog discusses some of the most popular platforms you can use with a list of pros and cons. These include Wordpress, Squarespace, Wix, Blogger and Medium.

The third chapter Start creating content includes advice on finding potential topics, choosing and researching keywords, setting out your content, your introductory paragraph (very important for SEO and gaining attention from your reader), and your blog post body.

Blogging for money is the fourth chapter. The ultimate goal for many blogs is, of course, to make money, and Kim discusses your options such as an ad network and affiliate marketing.

How to distribute your content discusses social networks, building influences and staying searchable, although only the basics are covered and it would have been nice to have seen more depth about this.

You'll discover many useful tips to help you fine-tune your blog posts and increase their readability in the sixth chapter How to be an effective blogger, as well as a list of useful tools to help you.

The final chapter reveals Common mistakes bloggers make. Although some of these may seem like common sense, it's surprising how many blogs make these crucial errors. This is a useful checklist to help you avoid them.

The author ends with One last thing, which features wise words and inspiration to help set you off on the right path.

Book Details


Title: How To Start A Blog & Make Money
Author: Kim Komando
Publication Date: April 2019
Formats: Kindle edition only (56 pages)

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