The Blog Startup: Proven Strategies to Launch Smart and Exponentially Grow Your Audience, Brand, and Income without Losing Your Sanity or Crying Bucketloads of Tears Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B083ZP3PKF
- Publication date : January 17, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 6637 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 208 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,181 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book does not explain the tech side of setting up a blog. Rather it will help you with finding your blog's niche and core message, defining your blog and brand, creating content with purpose to move your brand forward (rather than just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks), and creating a business model to monetize your blog.
The most helpful thing for me personally was the chart with the blogging stages, what to focus on at each stage, and potential issues that crop up at each stage (and how to get past them). Eye opening! If you want to know what to focus on and what to leave for later, that section alone is pure gold.
If you just want to blog for fun, this isn't the book for you. But if you're ready to get serious about blogging, to treat your blog like a business, and set it up right from the get-go (or, like me, fix my existing blog) this book is the best for its simple, clear, concise information.
There are plenty of actionable tips with clear examples that I would imagine to be applicable to most niche. The tips are pretty general and cover everything up to monetisation strategies but just enough not to be overwhelming, particularly for beginner bloggers.
There's no new ground-breaking angle but it's structured in such a way that makes it easy for me to follow and take notes.
The content is, however––and important to note––, more geared towards guiding those with rather established expertise than those who are just starting out and in the process of figuring out what they want to be known for.
I wouldn't recommend this for those currently toying with the idea of starting a blog as the content discussed is meant to be implemented should they be of relevance to the reader's current stage of blogging growth. And thus, you will only get the full benefit from this book once you already have an idea of what to focus on.
About time someone writes it like it is and how to do it, step by step. No mystical mumbo-jumbo, just the hard facts.
It is really your Do-It-Yourself workbook with all you need to get your blog up and running.
What I like the most is that there are no false promises. Do the work and you’ll get the results.
If you don’t want your blog to fall by the wayside, get the book and follow the simple but important guidelines.
This is my honest take on the book and your mileage may vary.
It started with some shocking statistics that make you realize why most people fail in making money online.
The author, Meera Kothand, is an honest and wise entrepreneur who has the ability to take turn difficult, hard to digest subjects into small chunks that are easy to comprehend and implement.
Meera comes across as a very authentic author and experienced guide and she writes from experience.
Overall I found the book to be very helpful and I fully recommended it.
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I did mark some notes in my Kindle version but these were really just reminders to implement the stuff I already knew from watching YouTube videos and reading other books and blogs.
I was also disappointed to find some of the links within the book were pointing to paid content. Documents for planning your blog, for example. I guess that's fine as the author also has to make money and this is her job.
If you know absolutely nothing about blogging then you may find some value in this book. It really is an absolute beginners guide. So whilst it didn't help me, you may get something from it. I've given it 3 stars for that reason.
Quote from the book: “Focus only on activities that are crucial for the stage that your business is at. Aim for hitting only your stage appropriate milestones. Anything that doesn’t fit in with your stage of growth is not important—at least for now! That’s the best way to prevent overwhelm from sabotaging you and your blog.”
I’ve been a victim of the “shiny object syndrome” and Meera’s advice is great for helping you to focus on what is important right now so you can clear away some of the clutter and reduce overwhelm.
I like her advice to pick one traffic channel to begin with (instead of spreading yourself too thin over multiple social media sites) with the reminder that it takes time to gain any traffic – so you don’t have to have everything figured out perfectly. Just begin and modify as you get feedback on your efforts.
She provides a good explanation and tips about how to determine who your target customer is and how to prepare a value proposition to appeal to them. She also gives a great explanation about what is involved in creating your branding to appeal to them.
Meera provides questions for you to answer about your goals and business needs, so you can make more informed decisions about how to proceed. She has great tips about creating effective content as well as creating website home and about pages with more impact.
The Blog Startup is a book I will refer to again as I continue to make decisions about my business and prepare to launch my website.
I absolutely love her straight forward , honest approach and real intention to help without lofty promises to make six figures like other gurus do.
I appreciate your work a lot.
Currently reading this book and few pages into it, feel so sorted on "ideal customer" aspect. Loved it! Keep growing lady! You are some of the genuine marketers out there.
The book sorts out all intial challenges and hiccups about blogging. Practical, doable tips, a walkthrough designed for confused beginners.