Blogging is for life!
That’s what I tell almost everyone interested in starting a blog today. And in all honesty, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to start a blog with the notion that they’re only going to be doing it for a few years, it’s for life!
As well as blogging being a lifetime venture, it’s also a lifetime education. Whether you blog for business or for pleasure, the learning never stops in blogging.The Learning Never Stops In Blogging, So Educate Yourself, Hone In On Your SkillsClick To Tweet
Without a doubt, the best way to become smarter at blogging is to learn and educate yourself.
One of the best ways to educate yourself in blogging is by reading! By this I mean following and reading other informative blogs, connecting and learning from others, and of course reading a lot of books.
Books are priceless educational resources in my opinion, I’ve read countless books that have helped me immensely with my blogging career over the years.
I know what you’re thinking. What book should I be reading Fabrizio?
Glad you asked me that question, because amongst the many thousands of great blogging books there are out there, there’s a few that really stand out for me.
Below I’ve a listed 16 of the most valuable, most inspiring and educational books for bloggers. This is my personal recommended reading list for you if you like!
Of course there are many more great books other than what I’ve linked to below, but they’re just waiting for you to discover them.
For now, let’s start with these and you’ll soon discover more for yourself.
Oh and before you ask me the obvious question, yes I’ve read every single one of these titles below. Some of them in the form of digital books, others in paper and hardbacks.
16 Amazing Books for Bloggers
Blog Creation / WordPress Books
#1. WordPress To Go by Sarah McHarry
OK so let’s assume you’re totally new to blogging and new to using WordPress. I know how daunting that experience can be. I mean where do you start?
Well thankfully there’s a great little book for newbies like you, a complete manual if you like to starting a WordPress site or blog, installing themes, plugins, creating a custom layout, to formatting your content. It’s called WordPress To Go.
I really recommend you check that one out.
#2. How To Start A Successful Blog In One Hour by Steve Scott
This is another one of my favourite little eBook’s from professional blogger, ebook writing expert and author Steve Scott.
If you’re looking for a simple step-by-step no nonsense guide to starting a blog in no time at all, this eBook is for you.
From a complete beginner’s stand point, this guide covers everything from registering a domain name, purchasing web hosting to installing WordPress, themes and plugins, plus lots more.
I highly recommended this one if you’re a complete newbie.
#3. HTML and CSS by Jon Duckett
I truly believe that to get the most from your WordPress blog or website, even from the very beginning, you simply need to have some basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. I’m not saying its mandatory, but it really does help.
For me learning basic HTML has enabled me to do some cool modifications my WordPress blog, saving me time and money outsourcing services.
Of course now I offer services is website customization and modification, so I’d like to think I’ve come a long way since I first picked up this book.
I’m recommending this book because it’s very simple to understand, it’s comprehensive and makes learning HTML and CSS fun.
Social Media Books for Bloggers
#4. Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen
There are tons of books on social media out there, but only a few stand out from the crowd. One of which is this one by Dave Kerpen: Likeable Social Media
It teaches you how to delight your customers (blog readers, subscribers), create an irresistible brand (your blog) and be amazing on Facebook plus all the other social networking sites. If you’re looking for clear instructions on how to engage with your audience on social network sites on an absolute personal level, this guide is a must for any blogger in my opinion.
#5. 500 Social Media Marketing Tips by Andrew Macarthy
This is another one of my favourite social media books I recommend for bloggers. I have this one installed on my Kindle App for iPad.
I love this eBook because it’s so simple to look up as a reference guide, and it has a ton of stuff, like over 500 actionable tips to help you get the most out of your social media marketing.
Facebook is STILL at the forefront of social media marketing. Almost every business, solopreneur, blogger is leveraging Facebook’s features to drive more readers, subscribers and customers to their websites.
If you’re totally new to the world of Facebook (I’d be surprised if you are since we’re now in 2017… Come on!), you don’t have to live in fear no more.
This book will help you understand the better ways to utilise this incredibly powerful online social platform for advertising and promoting your your business or blog.
#7. Google+ For Business by Chris Brogan
Chris Brogan is certainly well known the blogging world. Chris is a professional blogger, speaker and New York Times best selling author.
Google+ for business is just one of Chris’s many insightful and educational books. I found this one particularly useful, because since the launch of Google+ (I know it’s been a while) I’ve always felt that I didn’t really pay a great deal of attention to the platform.
These days Google+ plays an incredibly important roll in helping me connect with my audience, and helping me to share the content that really matters to them.
If you’re looking to learn how to build a thriving community on Google+ the right way, amongst many other things, I’d recommend this book to any blogger.
Content Writing / Strategy Books for Bloggers
#8. How To Write Great Blog Posts That Engage Readers by Steve Scott
This is more of a booklet, it won’t take you long to read at all. However the tips and suggestions contained are priceless. Especially for those getting into blogging for the first time.
If you’re looking for effective tips on how to write great content that will get readers commenting, sharing and subscribing to your blog, this book is for you.
You’ll discover the various types of posts you can create (lists, how to’s, Q&A’s, reviews etc), how to generate content ideas, to writing filler posts and MVP’s (Massive Value Posts), one of my favorite types of posts to write.
The Author also provides useful tips and suggestions for blog post promotion, plus a lot more. Grab it and read it.
#9. 31 Days To Finding Your Blogging Mojo by Bryan Allain
Every once in a while we become disconnected with our blogs.
We sometimes get frustrated and lose direction and therefore find it hard to find any real motivation to blog.
This book is genuinely the kick you’re looking for to get off your lazy horse, and author Bryan Allain does a fine job of doing it.
Bryan shares his insights, tips and strategies that will help you find your blogging voice, and help you build the kind of community for your blog that you’ve always been dreaming of.
This book provides you with a Mojo action for each day, for 31 days, or until you get your juices flowing and find your blogging Mojo.
The combination of great practical tips and advice, humour and a task for each day makes this one of my all-time favourite blogging books, and a must if you’re feeling as if your blogging is in need of some new direction, highly recommended.
Small Business Blogging Books
#10. ProBlogger’s Guide To Blogging For Your Business by Mark Hayward
Darren Rowse is one of the biggest names in the blogging world.
ProBlogger has become the mecca of blogging and a fine example of just how successful you can become at blogging.
Darren has authored many great books on blogging. This one however is authored by online business strategies Mark Hayward. Blogging for your Business is a step-by-step guide to building an online presence and achieving your online business goals through the power of blogging.
One that’s been sitting on my computer for a while, but still a good educational read from time to time.
Productivity Books for Bloggers
#11. Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker
Chris Ducker is a serial entrepreneur, blogger and author of Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business.
This is a must-read book for all small business owners, bloggers and entrepreneurs who are finding it increasingly difficult to manage and carry out all of the tasks involved in building a business or a blog by themselves.
The book talks about outsourcing and building a team of virtual staff affordably. Chris’s book has certainly opened up my eyes to the possibilities of virtual staffing and outsourcing, and has encouraged me to do more of it to help me free up my time.
#12. Online Business Productivity by Timo Kiander
When it comes to being more productive online we could all do with a little extra help.
This book will certainly inspire and teach you how to become more productive with your online business, even if you have other time consuming commitments, such as 9 to 5 job or family.
Online Business Productivity is co-authored by 18 leading entrepreneurs and experts, including Pat Flynn, Chris Ducker, Chris Guthrie, Corbett Barr and many more. Each of them share their advice and strategies with you, great read.
#13. Online Marketing Course: 36 Hours by Lorrie Thomas
How much success you find with your blog depends on how well of a marketer you are. It’s not just about being able to write great content.
If you’re just starting out and need to master the essentials of online marketing, you need to pick up this book. Although I’ve had it a few years now, a lot of what’s in it is still very much relevant, now more than ever.
Make Money Online Books for Bloggers
#14. How To Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich
Once again if you’re totally new to blogging or have been blogging for a little bit but aren’t making much money or aren’t too sure HOW to make money from your blog, this is the book to start with.
In this book author Bob Lotich explains how he was laid off from his day job in 2007, and in 2008 took the plunge to start his own blog.
Today Bob earns more money from his blog than he did with his day job, and with this guide he shares the steps he took, including tips and strategies. Great little read for anyone NOT making money from blogging.
#15. Secrets To Blogging Your Way To A Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse / Chris Garett
This is another one of Darren’s many books on the subject of blogging, and this one is perhaps one of his most popular.
Secrets to Blogging Your Way To A Six-Figure Income is one of the most complete books there is out there on the subject of making money from blogging, now in it’s third edition.
The book is authored by Darren and another iconic name in the blogging world, Chris Garett.
#16. Make Money Online: Roadmap Of A Dot Com Mogul by John Chow
I end this list with the book that started it all off for me way back in 2010.
Who is John Chow and what does he know about making money from blogging?
John is an A-list blogger, one of the most highest earning bloggers in the world, making well over $100,000 a month from his blogs.
Make Money Online was one of the very first books I read on the subject of blogging for money, and needless to say I was totally inspired. Shortly after reading John’s book, I started my first blogging venture, Magnet4Marketing, which became Magnet4Blogging in 2013.
As I mentioned at the very beginning of this post, there are many more great books for bloggers that I’ve not mentioned here, but if you’d like to add one to the list, please feel free to email me the title and author name, and maybe share with me; ‘In what way the book has helped you with your blog’.
Just to remind you that I have read all of the titles above. Some of them have been on my Amazon Kindle App for iPad, many of them in paperback.
I’ll be adding to this list in the future as I discover and read many more great titles that think is worth sharing with you amazing peeps.
P.s. one additional book I must NOT forget to recommend that you get your hands on of course is my very own 2017 Ultimate Blog Planner Workbook! Grab it here.
Enjoy and happy blogging!