Book Review: Wendy Piersall’s Mom Blogging for Dummies
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I’ve been following Wendy Piersall for quite some time now, as she is a pioneer in the blogging realm. Because I follow her on Twitter, I knew that she was writing this book, and in all honesty, I was a little worried to hear this news.
You see, for the past 8 months I have researched, written, created a book proposal and participated in a mastermind group for writers, so that I could write an informational blogging book for women. So when I heard Wendy was writing this book, I assumed that all of the time I had spent on my book had been wasted.
However, that is not the case at all – Wendy’s book is totally different from mine and is a wonderful resource!
First don’t let the title scare you off, this book is applicable to all bloggers, no need to be a mom to take advantage of its benefits and information. In fact, I’d say it is a must have tool for aspiring bloggers and seasoned bloggers alike.
Broken into 5 main parts, Mom Blogging for Dummies covers everything from the technical issues of setting your blog up, to choosing a business model and many blogging basics. Using her own real life experiences, and stories of other successful bloggers, Piersall shares tips, strategies and pitfalls to watch out for.
The one thing I really liked I about this book is all of the legal issues and tax implications that Wendy covers; from claiming free swag on your tax return, to FTC guidelines, Google link rules and giveaway laws. For these subjects alone the book is worth its weight in gold.
While the book touches on creating content and getting traffic, this is not its main focus. Wendy really focuses on making your blog into a business by choosing the right business blogging model, which she covers in depth. From working with PR companies to finding speaking engagements or launching your own consulting business.
Oh and have I mentioned, Heather Armstrong (She’s estimated to make high six figures to possibly over a million annually from her blog) has written the forward as well as contributed to last section of the book, which highlights stories from 10 super successful mom bloggers.
While some of this book didn’t apply to me, because I already had an established blog, it was a great refresher on some other blogging basics.
Overall, I highly recommend this book for all bloggers new and old; especially if you’re thinking about working with PR companies, running giveaways or monetizing your blog. The book is very affordable and can be purchased on Amazon for $16.49 hard copy or $9.99 for your Kindle.
And if you’re interested in learning more about my e-book (coming out in September 2011), Blogging Success: Tips for Creating Content, Getting Traffic and Monetizing Your Blog – feel free to grab a free subscription The Work at Home Woman’s newsletter for launch details.
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