Resources for learning how to blog

Resources for learning how to blog

Beth took a day off from her column (after writing solidly for a couple years now) so I thought I’d give it a try. No worries, she’ll be back next week with all her smarty pants blogging advice!

Over the past few years I’ve read quite a few e-books and even a few paperbacks on blogging, trying to separate the golden advice from the junk. I thought I would list just a few resources that I found to be very helpful in my quest to be a better blogger.  It seems as though e-books on blogging were all the rage in 2007 and 2008 – current ones are not as easy to find. Things change fast in the blogosphere so make sure you’re reading something that’s up to date.

Here are a few that have helped me a great deal:

31 Days to Build a Better Blog – This is Problogger’s main workbook and it’s an excellent resource. I did the tasks over the course of a little more than a month and saw a really strong increase in my traffic. I just noticed that he also has a new e-book, the Copywriting Scorecard. I haven’t read it but I would venture to guess it’s just as good.

This next one has a bit higher cheesy factor, but buried in all the hype in Six Figure Blogger is some really good advice for getting your blog off the ground. If you’re contemplating the basics (what to write about, platform, etc) this is a good one for you.

Keep an eye on for his next edition of How to Start A Business Blog. He’s updating it (I think it’s going to be a ‘real’ book) and it should be really good.

If you’re into Kindle books, a good one for you might be Blogging for Pleasure and Money – Discover Easy Ways to a Successful Blog and Attracting Traffic Again, it’s pretty basic but it provides a nice roadmap and doesn’t overwhelm.

I wasn’t a huge fan of The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging but I know a lot of people who loved it. For $6 or so, you might find a few things in there and the history of blogging is pretty interesting in the first chapter.

Once you’re past a lot of the beginning basics, it’s hard to find an advanced ‘how to blog’ book – maybe you’ve heard of one that you might recommend? In the meantime, let’s keep reading Beth’s posts and maybe one day we’ll turn THOSE into an e-book.