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Build a great personal or business blog… absolutely no experience needed!
Want a personal or business blog of your own? It’s easy! In this simple guide, one of the world’s most experienced bloggers walks you through every step of building your own WordPress blog, from getting started to building a worldwide
audience. Tris Hussey covers it all, from low-cost blogging tools to high-powered writing tips! Get this book, and get started fast—with a professional-quality blog that meets your goals, whatever they are!
- For someone who is just playing with the idea of a blog this a great book.I had no knowledge how to start but this book took me from platforms where to house your blog to what type of blog you want to write. Reading the book is like sitting down and having a conversation with a friend. Easy to follow, great pointers and funny! Totally recommend this book.
- This is among the few manuals I have read through nearly page to page. And, I don’t even plan to write a blog. That’s even though people have asked me through the years to write a blog for various reasons. After studying this issue in much detail, I decided that starting my own blog was not a productive use of my time or that helpful for my readers. Yet, writing a blog can be an incredibly fun, productive, and lucrative endeavors for many people. I know off people who have succeeded doing exactly that (the author is certainly one of them). And, I know many who have tremendously strengthen their business marketing and professional credibility by maintaining a blog or a website.
I found Hussey’s book hooky because I wanted to better understand the world of blogging. The first chapter on the history of blogging gives you a great chronological overview of this rapidly changing field. Previously, I was not perfectly clear on the difference between a blog and a website. Now I know a blog’s main purpose is for one to make daily posts; a website is a store of information about a specific subject or company etc… By the way, Hussey teaches you both how to develop a blog and a website using WordPress. And, it appears for the most part between extremely simple to readily doable. I also thought Google Blogger was the best blogging engine (it is not. WordPress is). I also had no idea about web hosting, domain, and other technical aspects. I also was unclear on the economics of blogging including its costs, and its potential income. I was unaware of all the related information gathering tools that bloggers use that seems very useful whether you are a blogger or not (Evernote, Instapaper, Delicious, etc…). Hussey’s book educated me a whole lot on all the above.
I strongly recommend this book whether you are considering starting a blog, you are already blogging, or like me if you just want to better understand what the world of blogging is about.
Hussey is eminently qualified to write this book. He is a true techie with much expertise in science, technology, and computers. He learned HTML and developed websites going back to 1995. He started blogging in 2004, and quickly became a very successful professional blogger. Hussey writes in clear plain English that all of us can understand without a degree in computer programming.
The book is very well organized with a coherent table of content, detailed index, and many text boxes highlighting key concepts and tricks to facilitate your blogging experience. Hussey offers an abundance of technical tricks to get you started blogging. He also shares plenty of qualitative advice regarding writing effectively within the blogging world. This is a different style of writing for most of us.
- I started my blog (Wendi’s Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads (And More) in Seattle) prior to reading this book. While I love the book niche, I wish I had read this book FIRST! After three+ years of blogging, I wish I had thought about the name a bit more, which the author talks about, and created a name that would have allowed me to be a little more diverse. Point one for the book!
Names aside, there are some really great tips in this book. While a more novice blogger will get more from the book, even an experienced blogger will be able to take a few things away from reading it. *Note – the author admits early in the book to being a little biased towards WordPress, which is perfectly ok. As a Blogger user, I took that into consideration. Having used Blogger as long as I have, I do wish the author had explored and shared the same information for Blogger as was done for WordPress (I think this is just to be fair and give OPTIONS to readers).
The book covers: It’s all about storytelling, Welcome to the blogosphere: Planning your first blog, Installing and setting up your first blog, Writing and creating a conversation, Building community, Creating a personal blog, Creating a business blog, Creating a podcast blog, Video blogging, Creating a portfolio blog, Creating your own online lifestream, Making money through your blog.
Again – probably very helpful to individuals looking to start their first blog, and helpful to established bloggers, but keep in mind that the writer is bias toward WordPress, practically ignoring Blogger and LiveJournal altogether.
When I decided to create a blog in April 2005 after losing 180 pounds on the Atkins diet the year prior, I had no idea it would eventually turn into my career allowing me to earn more money than I ever did working in what I now refer to as “the real world.” It’s not that being a professional blogger (which I started doing full-time in October 2006) isn’t hard work because it is. I work more hours now babying my online presence on a variety of platforms, including podcasting, YouTube videos, forum, social networking and several blogs. The key to being a success is presence and Tris Hussey shows you how to get your message out there to the world. One bit of advice I’d recommend to anyone wishing to become a professional blogger is make sure you are uber-passionate about the subject matter you write about and don’t expect to start raking in money within months of starting your blog. As Tris shares in this book, you have to build an audience, cultivate your message and keep it compelling enough for people to keep coming back. Following the practical advice in this book will help you get there.