I purchased the ProBlogger book by Darren Rowse 1 a few years back when I was visiting his site more often. He’s got some good stuff, but I like his story even better. A guy reads an article about blogging, starts his own, and the rest his history. Those are the kinds of stories that make us all believe we can succeed. At the same time, a story like that also makes you wonder how two people (one being Darren, one being me/you) starting at the same ground zero point in blogging can end up in such polar opposite places.
Ok, enough encouragement for one post. Back to the book. It’s a pretty good read. Most of it was helpful, but there were a couple of chapters that didn’t do much for me. Having already set up countless blogs at this point in my life, the chapter on setting up a blog was thirty pages I didn’t need. I was also hoping for him to delve a bit more into the promotion and marketing which was comparably light for how expansive this topic can be.
Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy the read. I just felt like a portion of the book was filled with the same things that can be found by doing a simple Google search for each topic, though I guess that’s any self help type book these days, right? I don’t know Darren personally, but for some reason critiquing his book feels a bit treasonous. The guy has made his blogs an incredible success, and here I am, some Joe Blow making twelve cents a month from my blog portfolio, taking a shot at him.
I hope it doesn’t come off that way. Just being honest, that’s all. I still find it easy to link jump from post to post on his site for hours at a time. He’s got a ton of great content over at his ProBlogger website, and I would urge any blogger, new or experienced, wanting to pick up a few nuggets to spend some time there. I guarantee you will leave with something incredibly useful to add to your blogging repertoire or your money back.
The book has run its course in my hands, so if anyone wants a copy of a 1st Edition ProBlogger – Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income for free, let me know in the comments section. All you need to do is pay shipping. I’ll wave my expensive handling fee. 😉 First comment, first offered. Make sure you leave a correct email address so I can follow up with you for your mailing address.
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