If you're serious about blogging, you'll take every opportunity available to learn as much as you can. Seriously, the way to succeed in blogging is by educating yourself and then applying what you've learned into your blogging strategy.
Blogging is for life! That's what I tell anyone that's interested in starting a blog.
Blogging is not something you can start doing now and then later decide to stop because you've had enough.
I mean, my all means you can do that, but my point is that you should get into blogging with the mindset that you're going to be in it for a very long time.
As well as being a 'lifetime commitment, blogging is also a constant process of learning and adapting.
Whether you blog for business or for pleasure, the learning never stops as a blogger.
So, once again, Without a doubt, the best way to become smarter at doing blogging is by educating yourself.
You can watch tutorial videos on YouTube. You can follow and read other blogs because there's nothing better than learning from successful bloggers, right?
But one of my favorite ways to educate myself in blogging is by reading books.
Books are priceless educational resources, in my opinion. And I've read countless books that have helped me tremendously with my blogging journey over the last 9 years.
I know what you're thinking -
What books should I be reading then, Fabrizio?
Well, I'm glad you asked because, amongst the many thousands of blogging books and guides available out there, there's a few that really stand out, at least for me.
So, if you scroll below, you'll see that I've listed some of the most valuable, inspiring, resourceful, practical, and most educational books for bloggers.
This is my personal recommended reading list for you!
I've read every single one of these titles. Some of them in the form of digital books, others in good old-fashioned paperbacks. Some of these books I've read more than once too. So, take a look and grab yourself a couple of them.
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OK, so let's assume you're totally new to blogging and using WordPress.
I know how daunting that first experience can be. I mean, where do you start even as someone totally new to all of this?
Well, thankfully there's a great little book for WordPress newbies. A complete manual to starting a WordPress blog. This book covers most of the essentials such as installing themes, installing plugins, creating a custom layout, to formatting your content. The book is called WordPress To Go.
I recommend this book to anyone that is new to WordPress and need to grasp the ropes quickly and effectively.
This is another one of my favorite little eBooks from a 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 waiting for you.
From a complete beginner's perspective, this guide covers everything from registering a domain name, purchasing web hosting, to installing WordPress, using themes and plugins, plus a lot more.
I highly recommended this one if you're a complete newbie to the world of blogging as a whole.
I know what you're thinking - Why do you need to learn HTML and CSS?
I truly believe that to get the most from your WordPress blog or website, even from the word go, you need to have some basic knowledge of how HTML and CSS work.
I'm not saying its mandatory, but it really does help.
For me, learning basic HTML and CSS many years back not only enabled me to do some cool modifications to my WordPress blog, saving time and money outsourcing those services, but it also enabled me to start a whole new career as a freelance web designer and developer.
I'm recommending this book because it's very simple to understand, it's comprehensive and makes learning HTML and CSS fun.
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
This book 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 cut instructions on how to engage with your audience on social network sites on a personal and professional level, this guide is a must for any blogger.
I'm recommending this book because it provides quick and simple actionable tips for using a variety of social channels.
This is another one of my favorite social media books which I highly recommend for all bloggers and marketers. I actually have this one installed on my Kindle App for the iPad.
I love this eBook because it's so quick and simple to use as a reference guide. And you'll see for yourself, if you need a few social media marketing tips for using a specific platform, that you can apply quickly, you can simply look it up.
I'm recommending this eBook because, as a reference guide, this can save you some time because remembering every single social media marketing tactic is simply not possible.
Facebook is STILL at the forefront of social media marketing, and probably will always be.
Almost every online business owner, solopreneur, and blogger that I know is leveraging Facebook's features to drive more readers, subscribers, and customers to their websites, whether it is done organically or by using paid advertisement.
If you're totally new to the world of using Facebook to market and promote your business or your blog, this book is for you.
The book is currently in its 4th Edition, so a lot of it has been updated. It covers everything from increasing engagement to using advertising tools, and more.
There are many books on the topic of leveraging Instagram to drive engagement, likes, and comments. This book is NOT one of them.
Instead, Instagram Secrets will teach you how to grow a large following quickly, as well as how to drive huge traffic and generate income from Instagram.
Instagram Secrets was authored by entrepreneur and award-winning digital marketing consultant Jeremy McGilvrey.
I recommend this book for any blogger who is interested in building a large audience on Instagram that will help to generate leads, create sales, and grow a profitable blogging business.
One Million Followers is the perfect Instagram followers growth strategy guide for any blogger that is starting from scratch with Instagram.
In this book, Author Brendan Kane teaches you how to grow a genuine and distinct online following starting from the ground up. So, if you have an Instagram account and have no idea what to do with it, start with this book.
The book also features in-depth interviews with Instagram superstars and influencers.
Here's another one by Steve Scott and this is more of a booklet, it shouldn't take you long to read at all.
That said, the tips and suggestions contained are priceless. Especially for those getting into blogging for the first time.
If you're looking for simple-to-understand, actionable 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 -
The author also provides useful tips and suggestions for blog post promotion, plus a lot more to mention. This is a booklet that is crammed with value, so grab it and read it.
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 up the arse you've been looking for to help you 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, humor, and a task for each day make this one of my all-time favorite blogging books. And, a must if you're feeling as if your blogging is in need of some new direction.
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 with a blog.
Darren has authored many great books on blogging in his time. This particular one, however, is authored by online business strategist, 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 refreshing to read from time to time.
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. Because if you're finding it increasingly difficult to manage and carry out all of the tasks involved in building a successful blogging based business by yourself, you need to discover how working with a virtual team can help you, so get this book.
The book talks about outsourcing and building a team of virtual staff affordably.
When it comes to being more productive online we could all do with a little extra help, right.
This book will definitely inspire and teach you how to become more productive with your online business. Even if you have other important commitments in your life, such as 9 to 5 job or a family, you can take something valuable from this book.
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 shares their advice and strategies with you, great read.
Oh, wait! That's my book. Well, actually this is a PDF template workbook that I think no organized blogger should be without.
The Ultimate Pro Blog Planner contains 30+ professionally designed, full-sized, printable templates to help you plan, manage, and grow your blogging business.
If you want to stay organized, and reach your blogging goals in 2020, and, of course, get more done then grab a copy of my Blog Planner.
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, it's also about being able to promote that content in the right context to the right audience.
If you're just starting out and need to master the essentials of online and digital marketing, you need to pick up this handbook.
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.
Once again, if you're totally new to blogging, or, have been blogging for a little while but you're not making much money. Or, perhaps you're not 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 ever did with his day job, and with this guide, he shares the steps he took, mistakes he made, including tips and strategies.
Great little read for anyone NOT making money, or enough money, from blogging.
This is another one of Darren's many successful books on the subject of blogging and making money, and this one is maybe one of his most popular book ever published.
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 its third edition.
The book is authored by Darren and another iconic name in the blogging world, Chris Garett.
OK, so I got a little confession to make, I didn't actually buy this book, but it was given to me as a Christmas present by my sister.
How To Blog For Profit is one of the most complete books I've ever read on the topic of building a profitable blog!
It shares some intelligent strategies for creating great content, as well as tips for building traffic, developing a social media strategy for capturing viral growth on sites like Pinterest and Facebook, and more.
It is said that the affiliate marketing industry is worth a monstrous 6 billion dollars. Staggering stuff, right?
Now, if you want to learn how to earn passive income from your blog through smart affiliate marketing in 2020 and beyond, this guide could be for you.
Affiliate Marketing 2019 contains a lot of useful information for bloggers new to the world of affiliate marketing and passive income.
The book will teach you -
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 successful and 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 hooked from that day forward.
Shortly after reading John's book, I started my first blogging venture, Magnet4Marketing which I spent 3 years, building, and before Google Penguin came along.
So there you have it, some great books for bloggers and marketers, which I'm sure you'll enjoy reading now and again in the future.
As I mentioned at the very beginning of this post, there are many more titles that I've not mentioned here, but if you know of a great book that you think should be added to this list, get in touch with me to let me know.
I'll be adding more books to this list in the future, so keep a close eye on any updates I make here. You can also subscribe for updates using the button below.
Enjoy and happy blogging!