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Turn a blog into real income! Here's how you build a blog-based business
If you want to blog like you mean business, this book is for you. Whether you own a small business or work solo from your kitchen table, this book helps you successfully use your blog as a business. How do you find a niche, plan a strategy, promote your blog, and monetize it? It's all here, and more, in this friendly guide.
It's all in the approach — tackle things the way professionals do, by setting realistic goals and building a business plan
Know who everybody is — understand your competition, define your audience, and find your own niche
Get some people — do you need a lawyer? An accountant? Protect your business blog with trademarks, copyrights, and other important practices and policies
Mind your money — learn how to monetize your blog, set up a budget, and get paid
Build a blog that brings 'em in — choose a name and a Web host, and then see how to design a killer blog
Get the word out — promote like crazy using search engines, social networking, traditional marketing, and PR
Crunch the numbers — explore ways to measure and analyze your results with Google Alerts, Google Analytics, and FeedBurner
Open the book and find:
What professional bloggers know
How to turn a hobby blog into a business
Different ways to monetize your blog
Why promotion is the key to blogging success
The pros and cons of selling in your online store or someone else's
Design tips to make your blog unique
Interviews with successful blog-preneurs
Ten common mistakes and how to avoid them
Find your niche to build a blog-basedbusiness
Earn income from your blog
Create content and a design thatattract readers
Monitor and measure your success
Take your hobby to the next level and turn your blog into real income
Anyone who blogs knows that it is a fun, creative way for sharing thoughts and opinions. Now imagine making money from that hobby! This practical, how-to guide shows you how you can get serious about using your blog and implement advertising, sponsorship, partnerships, and affiliate marketing options to turn your hobby into extra income, or even a full-time career.
Helpful examples and featured articles with topic experts and bloggers who have built successful business demonstrate how to promote your business or build a blog-based business.
- Discusses finding your niche, adhering to legal considerations, establishing your disclosure and privacy policies, and dealing responsibly with review requests
- Introduces ideas for advertising and other monetization options and recommends promotional avenues to explore
- Suggests creative ways to keep your blog fresh, unique, and interesting
- Provides tips for monitoring and measuring your success
Professional Blogging For Dummies opens the door to a world of money-making blogging possibilities!
About the Author
Susan J. Getgood is the Principal of GetGood Strategic Marketing (www.getgood.com). She advises organizations on social media and marketing strategies that build brands and drive revenue. Her blog, Marketing Roadmaps, can be read at http://getgood.com/roadmaps/. Follow her on Twitter as @sgetgood.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with the Business of Blogging.
Chapter 1: Examining Blogging at the Professional Level.
Chapter 2: Finding Your Niche in the Blogosphere.
Chapter 3: Protecting Your Blog with Appropriate Business Policies and Practices.
Part II: Making Money with Your Blog.
Chapter 4: Monetizing Your Blog Strategy.
Chapter 5: Selling Products or Services on Your Blog.
Chapter 6: Making Money from Advertising.
Chapter 7: Getting Paid for Your Words.
Part III: Building Your Blog, Step by Step.
Chapter 8: Choosing Your Blog Name, Platform, and Web Hosting.
Chapter 9: Designing Your Blog.
Chapter 10: Developing Your Blog Content.
Part IV: Maximizing Your Blog's Success.
Chapter 11: Getting the Word Out about Your Blog.
Chapter 12: Responding When Companies Come Calling.
Chapter 13: Monitoring and Measuring: Why They Matter.
Chapter 14: Keeping Your Blog Fresh.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.
Chapter 16: Ten (Or More) Blogs You Can Learn from Simply by Reading.
Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Jump-Starting Your Creativity.