How to Make Money with Your Blog by Duane Forrester & Gavin Powell

How to Make Money with Your Blog: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Building, Optimizing, and Monetizing Your BlogHow to Make Money with Your Blog: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Building, Optimizing, and Monetizing Your Blog by Duane Forrester

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have read blogging books before, but this was the first one I read in paperback, and so it was a little different, a little more in-depth, a little more like a reference guide as in the title. It’s written by a blogger and a computer programmer, which I think made a good combination for making this kind of book. You have Duane who knows the front end (blogging) and Gavin who knows the back end (programming) so you get a lot of information.

They cover a lot of the similar elements as the other blog books I’ve read: affiliate marketing, Google Adsense, ad networks, and general getting started information. However, thanks to Gavin you get a lot of SEO coding, RSS coding, and some other things I’ll have to reread to understand better.

They must have their blogging experience with Blogger as they use that as the basis for most of the book (with mentions to WordPress and others). They also use their own blogs as points of reference, but it would have helped to see other blogs and how they worked. Also, as Gavin is a musician, there are many references to MySpace, which dates this book quite a bit. My MySpace knowledge is limited, but it’s not a big social networking site anymore unless you are a musician(?).

This book also predates Facebook, so again a bit of common sense is needed but the general information presented is useful.

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YouTube Marketing Power by Jason Miles

YouTube Marketing Power: How to Use Video to Find More Prospects, Launch Your Products, and Reach a Massive AudienceYouTube Marketing Power: How to Use Video to Find More Prospects, Launch Your Products, and Reach a Massive Audience by Jason Miles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As the first YouTube marketing book I’ve ever read, I do not have anything to compare it to. I have read marketing books, but nothing specifically on online marketing. So with that out of the way, I did like this book even though it is a bit dated, YouTube has changed quite a bit since this book was published just to give some context.

This book comes at YouTube from a business stand point. The author refers to using it from a corporation view point, or to promote your business. It is not how to do YouTube for a living, or how to make any specific channel. It is more as how to use YouTube as part of your business.

Having said all that, there is some good information here: what types of videos to use, what style of videos to use, upload schedules, how to run a giveaway, and how to build your subscriber base. Take some things with a grain of salt, as parts of the book refer to YouTube features that are unavailable or have changed and don’t work the same.

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Meet Me at the Library – May 2019

Youtube Money

I’ve been browsing the non-fiction section of my local library lately, as the subsections aren’t clearly marked I’ve been doing a LOT of browsing. I finally came across this little shelf with these online marketing books and I thought to myself, why not?

YouTube Marketing Power by Jason Miles

Grab YOUR share of YouTube’s BILLIONS of daily viewers YouTube is one of the world’s most popular websites–which makes it one of the best marketing tools on the planet.

Jason G. Miles, the author of Pinterest Power and Instagram Power, shows you how to get up and running on YouTube and offers best practices for using it to drive traffic to websites to increase sales. YouTube Marketing Power provides expert tips on how to design a powerful YouTube strategy.

LEARN HOW TO: 

Make great videos–quickly and easily
Build brand loyalty with powerful videos
Drive traffic and revenue to your existing business
Advertise on YouTube
Monetize your YouTube work
This fast-paced but highly detailed guide reveals why companies frequently fail at YouTube marketing and how you can succeed by avoiding the same mistakes.

YouTube Marketing Power is the only guide you need to take full advantage of today’s most powerful and inexpensive marketing tools.

 

How to Make Money with Your Blog by Duane Forrester & Gavin Powell

Blogging for Dollars!

Whether you’re an experienced blogger or an absolute beginner, you can make money with your blog. Simply follow the step-by-step advice of two expert bloggers and industry insiders who have launched many successful sites of their own. They’ll walk you through every step of the blogging process, and they’ll even share their most profitable tricks of the trade.

Generate income using various types of ads
Tap into the power of other blogs
Maximize searches for more hits–and more money
“Every blogger and website owner needs to read this book.” –Bill Hartzer, billhartzer.com

What have you been reading? What did you get from your library?

 

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The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness (Classic Edition)The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve not read many personal finance books in my lifetime, so this is one of, if not the, first book I’ve read on the subject. It was recommended to me by a coworker, and so I found it at the library one day and took it home.

Having no reference point, I found this book to be straight forward, informative, and very much life changing. Holy crap do I have a new outlook on money.

Dave Ramsey starts out by dispelling myths, and letting you know that his book is nothing more than common sense, and maybe there isn’t even anything in the book you don’t already know. The secret is the HOW. He tells you how to get started, how to pay off debt, how to get financially fit. Step by step through his proven seven baby steps.

I’ve been discussing the book with said coworker throughout the entire process and that has helped to flesh out some of the ideas even more. All I can say if you’ve never read a book on personal finance this is the book to start with.

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The Makeup of a Confident Woman by Trish McEvoy

The Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face ForwardThe Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face Forward by Trish McEvoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don’t apologize for the way you look.

This is not just a “how to put on makeup book” (she does do that, but it’s not the entirety of the book), this is a self-care handbook based on makeup. Yep. The first chapter or two is basically “making time for yourself” and “if you look good, you feel good”, which works well with makeup.

After that, Trish gets into her 8 Step System, with 3 Levels of intensity. She explains it all in her book so I won’t get into it too deeply, but Level 1 people are those who wear makeup sometimes, but mostly are indifferent. Level 2 people take some time to put makeup on most days, and Level 3 people should have been makeup artists in another life.

Then she gets into the tutorials, following the steps and going through the levels. There are 5 tutorials, and then a series of how to correct your flaws, plus a section on tools. This book will not turn you into a makeup artist, but it can give you some tips on how to do your own makeup a little better, or give you a new technique to try.

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Gitchie Girl by Phil Hamman

Gitchie Girl: The Survivor's Inside Story of the Mass Murders That Shocked the HeartlandGitchie Girl: The Survivor’s Inside Story of the Mass Murders That Shocked the Heartland by Phil Hamman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This real crime non-fiction came to me through a co-worker, who occasionally suggests and loans me books to read. It’s about the murders in my state, bascially it’s a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live, so entirely relevant.

Anyway, it follows the lone survivor of a horrible murder scene throughout the event, the aftermath, and how she was eventually able to move on and create a fulfilling life for herself.

As a fan of crime novels myself (having read a few), this one does read a little different, but still enjoyable, and like I said, it had relevance to myself and anyone from South Dakota or Iowa.

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners by Jason Ferrison

Acrylic Painting for Beginners: The Ultimate Crash Course Guide to Mastering Acrylic Painting in 24 hours or Less! (Acrylic Painting - Acrylic Painting ... Oil Painting for Beginners - How to Paint)Acrylic Painting for Beginners: The Ultimate Crash Course Guide to Mastering Acrylic Painting in 24 hours or Less! by Jason Ferrison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So to be clear with this ebook, it was somewhat obvious that the author of this ebook does know about acrylic painting, however they don’t really know how to write about. Some of the grammar, spelling, and general writing pattern was just a bit off and in some cases made the writer seem less knowledgeable about their subject. (There were several uses of “apparently” that made the author appear less confident.)

Apart from the writing, this is a basic “how-to” for acrylic painting. For reference, I did have a painting class in college, and since then have been to several painting classes since then. From this perspective I did appreciate the information in this ebook.

There’s a chapter on the history of acrylic paints, one on practical supplies, one on techniques, another on tips, and so on. I found it to be a good starting point, though I doubt the validity of “mastering acrylic painting in 24 hours” in the title as this ebook would be enough to get you experimenting, but I doubt you would completely master anything in 24 hours.

Anyway, I did like it, it does have some good points, just remember this person knows more about acrylic painting than writing.

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