Blogging is for life, that’s what I tell almost everyone interested in starting a blog. 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 bloggingThe 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 great blogs, learning from others, and of course reading books.
Books are priceless educational resources in my opinion, I’ve read countless books that have helped me greatly with my blogging efforts over the years.
OK that’s great, so what books should I read then Fabrizio?
Glad you asked, because amongst the many thousands of great blogging books that there are out there, below I’ve compiled a list of what I believe to be, 15 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 mentioned below waiting to be discovered, but start with these and you’ll soon discover more for yourself.
Oh and before you ask me the question, yes I’ve read every single one of these titles below…
15 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 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, 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, do check it out.
#2. How To Start A Successful Blog In One Hour by Steve Scott
This is another great little eBook from blogger, ebook writing expert and author Steve Scott. If you’re looking for a 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 cover’s everything from registering a domain name, purchasing web hosting to installing WordPress, themes and plugins, plus lots more, highly recommended for all you newbies.
#3. HTML and CSS by Jon Duckett
I truly believe that to get the most from your WordPress blog, even from the very beginning, you simply need to have some basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, it’s not mandatory of course, but it really does help. For me, learning basic HTML has enabled me to do some cool customisation for personalising my blog, saving me time and money outsourcing services. I’m recommending this book because it’s simple to understand, and makes it very easy to learn HTML and CSS. It’s been helpful to me and I’m positive it will be for you too.
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 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 for bloggers. I love this guide because it’s so simple to look up as a reference guide, and it has a ton, over 500 actionable tips to help you get the most out of your social media marketing.
#6. Facebook Marketing by Brian Carter
Facebook is at the forefront of social media marketing, almost every business, entrepreneur, blogger is leveraging Facebook’s features to drive more readers, subscribers and customers to their online properties. If you’re totally new to the world of Facebook (I’d be surprised), you don’t have to live in fear no more. This book ‘Facebook Marketing’, will introduce you to marketing with Facebook, and help you understand the better ways to utilise this incredibly powerful online social platform for your your business or blog. The book is in it’s 3rd edition, however a 4th revision is much needed, and I’m guessing it will be coming soon.
#7. Google+ For Business by Chris Brogan
Chris Brogan is 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’ve always been fascinated at how I could effectively leverage Google+ features to promote my blog and my online businesses. If you’re looking to do the same, 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, and are looking for effective ways to write great content that will get readers commenting, sharing and subscribing. You’ll learn a lot in this little guide, from the various types of posts you can create (lists, how to’s, Q&A’s, reviews etc), generating content ideas, to writing filler posts and MVP’s (Massive Value Posts, one of my favorites). The Author also provides useful tips and suggestions for blog post promotion, plus a lot more.
#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 a genuine kick in the backside., and author Bryan Allain does a fine job 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 much success blogging can bring to an individual. 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.
Online Business Books
#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 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 has encouraged me to outsource some quality bloggers for building content for some of my blogs.
#12. Online Business Productivity by Timo Kiander
When it comes to being more productive online we could all do with a little extra help, and 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.
Make Money Online Books For Bloggers
#13. How To Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich
If you’re 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.
#14. 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.
#15. 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. Who is John Chow and what doe he know about making money from blogging? Well 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 blog Magnet4Marketing, (now Magnet4Blogging).
As I mentioned at the beginning, 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’.
I will say that most of the titles on this reading list I’ve purchased and downloaded on my Amazon Kindle App for iPad. Of course with most of these there will be a paperback version available no doubt.
I’ll be adding to this list in the future as I discover 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, the definitive guide to Smarter Blogging, 81-pages of awesome content to help you blog smarter, grab it here.
Enjoy and have an awesome week 🙂