Do you want to add more books to your summer reading list? As bloggers we need to be aware of what books are out there to help us grow. Since writing is a big part of blogging, it is important to read everything that you can! Reading helps your writing improve, it can provide inspiration, and it can help educate you on the ever-changing social media industry. I have created a list of 20 books that are MUST READS. I recommend checking them out from your library or purchase them on Amazon. Keep reading for the full list:
There’s tons of books about blogging out there on the internet, so today, we’re going to tackle 20 must reads for bloggers.
1. Blog Inc by Joy Deangdeelert Cho. If there is one book that seems to be the ultimate must read of blogging, it’s this one. Blog Inc. breaks blogging down into seven chapters, and it covers everything from getting started to monetizing your blog.
2. How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup. This is a book that takes a look at how you can take your blog to the next level. Without GREAT pinnable content, your blog won’t make it. There’s also tips for a social media strategy with a heavy focus on Pinterest.
3. Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. This book is a bit different from the first two. While the first two look more at the mechanics and the “how-to” part of blogging, this one focuses more on the creative aspect of blogging and being online.
4. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. If the idea of succeeding scares you (and let’s be honest, the thought has probably scared all of us at least once), this book helps you break down that fear and reach that next level. With several changes coming in my life in the next few months, I know I’ll be pouring over this book again and again.
5. How to Double Your Blog Traffic in 90 Days. Or Less by Sarah Morgan. I’m not actually finished with this one, but that’s a good thing! This book has some amazing information. It starts out with finding your focus and finding your voice. Consistency is something that helps with traffic, and the beginning of this book really focuses on making sure you can find your voice.
6. Create, Profit, Party! The Ulitmate Guide to Passive Income by Sarah Morgan. I just finished this quick read last night. The key in this ebook is to focus on creating products that make money while you sleep. Whether it’s an ebook, a course, or something else, there are SO many ways to generate income from your online space.
7. Grow Your Blog with Social Media by Regina Anaejionu. Regina is full of great advice! While I haven’t dug into her e-book yet, I know I will soon. She has managed to make her blog a six figure entity in a little more than a year, and her blog is on top of industry trends. This e-book also comes with a workbook, so you’ll have plenty of space to take notes too!
8. Get Your Email List Together by Lisa M. Butler. This book is a great resource on where to start when setting up a newsletter. If you have a list and have no idea what to do with it, this can help too!
9. Make WP Work by Lisa M. Butler. I haven’t yet read this one, but I know I want to. While it covers some of the basics of WordPress (setting up and moving from blogger), it also helps with common issues when it comes to WordPress that may seem overwhelming.
10. Craft Your Brand by Kory Woodard. Okay, disclaimer, this book isn’t actually out yet. However, Kory Woodard has phenomenal branding since she is a web desisginer. If she’s putting out a book on branding, it will be amazing. If you feel like you’re stuck doing not so great DIY branding, this book is going to be for you.
11. Blog Design for Dummies by Melissa Culbertson. What I love about this book is the CSS coding. CSS is the best way to customize your website, but it can be overwhelming if you don’t understand it. This was great at breaking it down.
12. Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly. Evernote isn’t directly related to blogging, but there are many bloggers who use it. Evernote is full of potential that most of us don’t realize. If you need to organize your life on your computer (I have all my blogging notes in Evernote), Evernote is the ultimate place to do it.
13. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. This book isn’t necessarily blogging related, but it is about a female entrepreneur and how she built her business. If you look at your blog as your business, you’ll find lots of great advice in here.
14. 365 Blog Topic Ideas by Dana Fox. Dana is the blogger behind Wonder Forest and the creative mind behind many awesome apps. Create an editorial calendar full of shareable content with these ideas.
15. Tasty Food Photography by Lindsay at Pinch of Yum. Yes, this book is about food photography, but it can help you take better pictures in other situations too. High quality images are SO important to gain traction online, so it is worth the investment.
16. Radical Self Love by Gala Darling. It’s hard to blog and not play the comparison game. We’re all guilty of it at one point or another. If we play that game for too long, it can really leave us empty. This book is a boost for our confidence level, which in turn can help us with blogging.
17. Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley. At some point, you’re going to think to yourself, what do I blog about now? This book is a great guide to creating an editorial calendar, owning it at social media, and staying consistent with all your online platforms.
18. The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick. This book was co-written by one of the top guys at Apple, so he knows about branding. Social Media can be a tough game to play, but these two break it down. From starters to those of us who have been in social media for a while now, this is a great book to reference.
19. 101 Powerful Online Tools: Life Organizers to Help You Organize Your Thoughts, Organize Your Ideas, and Organize Your Life in Fast and Easy Steps by Christ Lewis and Kristin Jefferson. Because of the nature of blogging, I’m sure we all have hundreds of photos on our computer just for blogging. Maybe we have e-books we’ve downloaded or printables too. Keeping it all organized can be hard, but you’ll find out how to organize your blog life and your personal life with this book. Who doesn’t want to be organized?
20. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a method for getting things done. If you want to boost your productivity and blog more. This book isn’t just for blogging, but it’s for life overall.
What are some of your must read books for bloggers?
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