Hello, Kind Friends! I have a late-night post today on a blogging book that I think my fellow bloggers will all find very interesting.
I’m excited to have been given this sponsored opportunity to review How to Monetize a Small Blog by Luke Weil because I do think it is a great resource for newer and small bloggers that are looking into making money from their blog for the first time.
Luke Weil’s book is aimed to give the basics of different monetization methods so that prospective bloggers can have an idea of what they are getting into and what type of method will suit their content the best. What I enjoyed the most about this book is the matter of fact tone, where Luke describes the topics concisely as well as some practices that he doesn’t recommend. There is also several handy tips included, like a simple guide on how you should decide what to charge for banner ads based on your blog’s monthly traffic.
Specific topics covered in this book:
- Direct Advertising
- Sponsored Content
- Display Advertising
- Advertising Networks
- Affiliate Marketing
- Branded Sponsored Campaigns
- Building a Mailing List
I was the most excited to read the chapter on mailing list subscriptions, which is something I’ve been wanting to build for awhile, but I felt like the information provided wasn’t enough for me. For example, what kinds of content does better over email? What software is the best to use? So while this book does give a good amount of general info, it isn’t a book that will answer all of your questions once you’ve already started blogging. More research is needed to really start the monetization process.
While How to Monetize a Small Blog is budget priced at only $0.99 on Kindle and $4.99 for paperback, the content it covers isn’t too hard to find on the internet with some targeted Google searching, so I would have hoped for more personal anecdotes or information on the history of Luke’s blog and how these tips would have helped him from the beginning. Basically, something more exclusive to entice me to buy the book.
My recommendations for bloggers interested in this book is to buy the Kindle version, because while $4.99 is inexpensive, the book is only a little over 30 pages – so I don’t think it’s worth getting a physical copy. The Kindle version, however, would be a nice convenient place to start for those new to the blogging scene.
Have you read any blogging books recently? Did you find them helpful?
Tell me in the comments: What is the best bit of blogging advice you’ve received?