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Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,225 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
A complete how-to from two of the world's top bloggers Thousands of aspiring bloggers launch new blogs every day, hoping to boost their income. Without solid advice from experts, most will fail. This bestselling guide, now fully revised with new and updated tips and tricks from two of the world's most successful bloggers, provides the step-by-step information bloggers need ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published April 23rd 2010 by Wiley (first published 2008)
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Jacki
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett lay out all the steps that have made them such a success. With chapters like "Blogging for Money", "Blog Income and Earning Strategies", and "Secrets of Successful Blogs", the reader discovers how to choose what to write about and keep their blog successful.

The book was chock full of useful information for the beginning blogger. Topics like evaluating analytics and determinining your niche were e
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Sarah
May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech
I evaluated the updated version of this book for inclusion in a college course I am teaching next fall and while I think some people will find it useful (some of the info on monetization is good), it's not one I will include on my course reading list. It's slanted toward a very specific perspective, and not one that will work for the type of student (very creative folks) that take my courses. It's very heavily pushing self-hosting WP as the best way for bloggers to go, which isn't necessarily th ...more
Stefani
I just flipped through the second half. Some things are out of date, but overall a good book.
Angelique Jurd
This has become one of the many how to handbooks for bloggers and if you are new to the space - or even if you've been dabbling - it is full of good tips.

On the plus side - there are some great tips to get you going, especially if blogging is a new medium for you. Blogging is often seen as an easy money spinner but in fact is quite hard work(I've been blogging for over seven years) and that six figure income is not going to happen over night - even with the secrets Chris shares.

One of the thin
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Natasha B
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
So I just finished Problogger Secrets For Blogging Your Way To A Six Figure Income written by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett, both very successful professional bloggers in their own right. I really enjoyed the book in its entirety, there wasn’t a chapter I didn’t find useful. And I must admit that the book was very well written. It not only kept me engaged and wanting to learn more, but it also managed to build my enthusiasm and excitement to become a blogger.

What I really appreciated from the
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A. Lundberg
A lot of information that is very basic - good if you are really just starting out, but a bit too simple if you already have an established blog. The key insights are in the different ways to monetise them, directly or indirectly. I found the most valuable part to be a list of 20 types of blog posts (e.g. lists, reviews, interviews...) to help me to diversify the content that I'm producing. If nothing else, the book is inspiring (though also realistic) in terms of what can be achieved.

I listened
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Sarah Fowler
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically a beginner's guide to blogging. If you've been wanting to learn more about how to "really" get in to blogging or how to start totally from scratch, you can't do better than this book.
If you already have a successful blog this book may give you some ideas for how to further monetize it, but it's likely you already know most of what's here.
It suffers from being 2 years old (of course it does; it's a book about the Internet!); Technorati is mentioned a lot and it's become mainstream for
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Linus
Sep 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear and concise ideas on how to improve your chance to earn money off your blog.
Chad Warner
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bloggers, digital marketers
A solid guide to creating and promoting blog content. It's aimed at writers who want to make a living through blogging, but most of the advice applies to anyone blogging for business purposes, such as for online marketing. It was published in 2008, so some technical specifics are dated, but the principles remain relevant. The author runs ProBlogger, one of the most popular blogs on blogging and web copywriting.

I read this to improve my own blogging, and to improve how my website maintenance comp
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Carissa
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-books
This is a really comprehensive book, packed with great information for bloggers. I appreciate that the authors didn't take anything for granted and assumed that the reader knows nothing about setting up or running a blog. With that said, it's so well organized that a more experienced blogger can easily navigate to sections that they might find to be particularly interesting or applicable. I also really like the action items listed at the end of each chapter.
Kevin
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the past month or so I’ve been wanting to get back into blogging and trying to figure out what my personal blog should be focused on. What’s my niche? Why do people read my blog? What should I write about? It’s the type of questions that I believe every blogger asks at some point in the life of their blog.

Through the course of asking myself these questions, having a couple of conversations with a friend about a new joint-venture in blogging, and looking for some ideas to generate a little e
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Toni Gahn-Black
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super helpful information about starting my blog!
Suzie
This book is the beginner’s guide to blogging, when to do it, how to do it, how to make money but not what to write. It is great for the beginner or the almost beginner.

I found this book to be really useful and there’s one major problem…I didn’t read it in front of the computer and do all of the exercises and research while reading so I’ll have to read it again. I read this book with two things in mind. The first thing in my mind was this blog, I really want to make it look better and make it ea
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Sarah
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ProBlogger is written by two professionals and experts on the act of blogging to generate income; Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett. An updated second edition of this book was released in April 2010, although now a year later the industry has changed further, as it continuously does. Nevertheless, ProBlogger is a great how-to guide for those who aren't quite as business-savvy when it comes to blogging as a means for regular income.

From instructions on how to channel and find your blogging "niche",
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Farnoosh Brock
A great book and I was already a big fan of Darren Rowse and his blog but I don't believe that a lot of what isin this book is going to apply today as it did several years ago when Darren started his blogging career.

Darren is a very successful and professional blogger, a fine example to follow and learn from, and there is some inspiration as well. This may serve you well if you are new to the blogging scene and interested in pursuing it more as a side-hustle if not a full-time job down the road
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Loren
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amateur Bloggers, Writers
Shelves: writing
This book was very thorough and helpful in breaking down some of the more complicated strategies in blogging. It starts by giving a very basic overview of the different ways one can make an income through blogging, then explores these concepts more in-depth in the following chapters. It stressed the importance of niche markets and focusing on providing quality content for your audience.

Additionally, this book touches upon another income method that isn't as well-known: buying and selling blogs.
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Aubrey
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because the title is rather interesting, not because I want to make six figures. I'm new to blogging so I'd like to read whatever is out there and learn more. It was a super easy read and very well laid out. However, I was a bit disappointed in the content. It reminded me of when I read a book about online book selling. The basics are everything they teach us in business school. So much of what I learned in college from how to choose a name to how to evaluate competition wa ...more
Ray
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginner blogger will most likely pick up some useful tips on how to establish a blog, start writing content, and promote themselves with the aim of building an audience. However, those who take interest in the author's claim to contain, "secrets for blogging your way to a six-figure income" should be aware that - by the author's own admittance - this is unlikely to happen, at least not from blogging itself. The actual money-making methods described from selling advertising space on your blo ...more
Amanda
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a good book for those starting out blogging and wanting to get an idea of how to approach it professionally. That said, the title suggests you could reasonably expect to make a bunch of money at it, and, as a blogger for the past 8 years who is nowhere near a 6-figure income, I respectfully disagree. This book didn't tell me anything I don't already know about blogging (and do), and yet here I am, not wealthy and famous. Huh. It's almost like there's some element of luck involved ...more
Stan Skrabut
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-media, writing
As someone who maintains a blog, I am looking for ways to improve my blog and I thought what better way to find improvement tips than from folks who make money at it. I was right. In ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income*, there are a wealth of tips for putting together a better blog. Read more
Jennifer
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ProBlogger Secrets was written by 2 very successful bloggers. The book offers lots of great tips and advice for anyone wanting to get into blogging and how to make some money while doing it. Their steps for setting up a blog are very helpful. I really appreciate the authors candor and reality about blogging. It is definitely a lot of work and the questions and exercises they pose within every chapter provides insight into how you can set up your blog, bring in more traffic, and potentially make ...more
Robert
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computer
I was wandering our library when I saw this book on the shelf. Thinking a second income would be nice, even if it was not six figures, I picked this up. This really is quite a good book filled with a lot of helpful ideas. And it also helps to check out some of the stuff the author points out is available online. This is where I ran into some problems. This book was published quite a few years ago, and computers and the websites mentioned have undergone a lot of changes in that time. Yet there is ...more
Shankar Ganesh
If you're new to blogging, it's a must that you read this book. Darren doesn't do self promotion at all. He's genuine and the book is very well structured. Darren covers everything from writing content, making money to tools for bloggers and that's why I think it's a wholesome resource for any new blogger out there who wants some guidance.

If you've been blogging for quite some time, like over a year or so, you might know most of the stuff mentioned here - RSS feeds, etc. so you might find that t
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Andy
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
This book was excellent! It's practical, scanable, and easily referenced. (Not unlike a good blog, eh?) I found chapter 4, "Blog Writing" to be worth the price of the book alone. My copy is filled with highlights, notes, and dog-eared pages. I honestely have referenced it multiple times since I've finished reading.

If you're serious about having a blog that reads well (and maybe even makes you some money), or if you blog as part of your job (like I do) then you cannot ignore this book. Highly rec
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Kelly  Schuknecht
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, blogging
Authors Rowse and Garrett are accomplished bloggers who have compiled their years of experience into this extremely helpful guide for bloggers. Whether you blog for fun and simply want to grow your readership or you want to learn how to earn real money from blogging, ProBlogger will walk you through everything you need to know. From the design of your blog to the content to social media marketing - Rowse and Garrett cover it all in great detail.

This book is an amazing resource that all bloggers
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Robbie Blair
Excellent resource for beginners but offers little of note for those with experience. As such, it works well as a book to skim / reference, but is hardly an elevating or mind-blowing read.

Part of the problem here is my expectation that there really would be "secrets"---or at least some substantial new information---for me in this book. Part of the problem is the book is long-winded and holds your hand far too much. In any case, the book wasn't terrible by any stretch. It was useful. Just not as
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Christina
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I'm not interested in quitting my day job to blog as a paid career, I recommend you buy this book if you're a blogger who wants to take your writing to the next level. Darren Rowse gives great format and content advice. I didn't read the section on monetizing a blog and buying and selling blogs because it held no use for me. Again, this book echoes other books in telling the reader to start and build up an original blog in a niche you're passionate about. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging ...more
Teena in Toronto
I've been blogging for years and I still find the blogging phenomenon fascinating.

So when I come across books about blogging, I read them.

I have no dreams or ambitions about making a six-figure income by blogging (wouldn't that be nice, though?).

But it's interesting to read about someone's theory on how to do it.

The first part of this book was more of a how-to-blog, a lot of which I know but was interesting nonetheless. The second half actually got into the details of the different ways of makin
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Derek
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk to anyone that has been involved with a blog and they will recognize the name Darren Rowse. When he released this book along with Authority Blogger extraordinaire, Chris Garrett, it was a no-brainer read for me--and should be for anyone interested in blogging.

Darren and Chris walk you through the key areas that you need to focus on as a blogger, and dive into the details appropriately enough that even seasoned bloggers can pick up helpful tips.
Mauricio Gatgens
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great for new bloggers

If you're new to the blogosphere then this book is brilliant, but if you're already somewhat experienced then you need to start looking elsewhere. It's really just all the blogging basics in one tome, but as far as building strategies it lacks a little bit. I do recommend it to anyone who wants to start they're own blog or has done it already and has yet to learn a little.
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