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Making Money With Blogs: eBook Reviews

February 29th, 2008 · 20 Comments

Over the last few weeks I’ve been asked by a couple of folks to review their eBooks. I had a bit of downtime today so I thought I’d take a look.

Blog Monetization Strategies by Matt Jones

Blog Monetization Strategies - eBook

Matt runs which covers blogging tips and money making strategies for blogs so it should be no surprise that his first eBook covers how to make money with a blog. It is aimed very much at the beginner so I doubt anyone who has been running a monetized blog will learn a great deal from the book, to be honest. That having been said, there are some nice little tips and pointers that Matt covers including an interesting take on when to start monetizing your blog. He also covers strategies for monetizing different styles of blogs based on your core audience.

There’s some good stuff in the book but I wasn’t overly taken with it. For starters the layout and presentation of the book is a bit messy and uninspiring. Also I found the writing style a little bit clunky on occasions which is a surprise as I find Matts stuff on BloggingFingers pretty good.

The eBook is only 16 pages but covers quite a lot. My personal feeling is that it would be better to make the book a bit longer by changing the presentation, splitting pages up, using a larger and different type font and breaking things up with either screen shots or images.

You can download the eBook here but, and here’s my final gripe, you’ll need to provide your email address to do so. I’m not a big fan of having to submit my email address just to receive a free eBook.

How to Develop Money-Making Niche Sites with WordPress by Caroline Middlebrook

How to Develop Money-Making Niche Sites with WordPress

Caroline only appeared on the scene back in August of last year but if you follow any of the web marketing blogs you’ll already be aware of her. She covers making money online on her blog so it’s no surprise that her eBook looks at how to make money using WordPress.

Again it’s aimed at the beginner and covers things like the basics of installing WordPress and how to use it as a content management system rather than as a blog. In fact you have to get to page 27 out of 41 before you get to any of the meaty stuff on monetization and, even then, I felt a little let down.

Now I know that Caroline says in the eBook that monetizing websites or blogs probably warrant a book all of their own but I really didn’t feel that this book delivered on its promise to develop money making sites with WordPress. The actual process of finding a niche, doing keyword research, content creation, looking for suitable affiliate partners and all the other things associated with making money with a niche website were glossed over in favour of covering the technical aspects of setting up a WordPress site. In Carolines defence, her introductory paragraph does say “this Ebook is not about making money – it’s about WordPress” but, if that’s the case then perhaps the title of the book is a little on the sensationalist side.

Putting that to one side, the eBook itself is well presented and is an easy read. For anyone new to WordPress it will probably be a very useful guide on how to set up a well structured site. Whether it’ll help you make a bundle of cash is something else but I still suggest you download a copy of the eBook and make up your own mind.

Tags: Blogging

20 responses so far ↓

  • Matt Jones // Feb 29, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for the feedback and review. I’m going to be working on a new and improved version of the e-book and I will most certainly keep your advice in mind.

    I agree it isn’t aimed at the Pros, but its free! :)

  • Mike // Feb 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Definitely let me know when you release the next version of the book and I’ll have a look.

    How’s it been received so far?

  • Matt Jones // Mar 1, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Pretty good so far, feedback about the content has been positive, but I am working on getting the Index page hyper links working in all browsers and also more images/diagrams, as they have been the 2 main things that people say could use improvement.

  • Free PDF Ebooks Download // Mar 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks Dude Nice post

  • pinay scandal // Mar 4, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for the books man. I specially like the book by Caroline Middlebrook.

  • art // Mar 11, 2008 at 2:13 am

    Hey! Thanks for the Ebook! i will give a feedback here after finish with it.

  • Alan // Mar 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Very interesting free money making e-books you have recommended here. Both have a nice cover making me want to go there and get the e-books immediately.

  • Home Based Business Blog // May 21, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I’m now doing blog marketing for my home business. This e-book seems like a good help for my blogging business.

  • online bingo // May 21, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Nice book but then I am so sick of ebooks teaching us how to make money online or so..

  • acne // May 28, 2008 at 8:23 am

    If you are blogging to make money or even make a living from blogging then you have to decide on your blog monetization strategy right from the start. Out of thousands blogs that start everyday plan to make money, only few succeed..

  • Ramona // Jun 1, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Interesting reviews always like alittle of my research done for me.Thanks for sharing.

  • Make Money Online // Jun 1, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    well set of information, thats for the ebook.

  • Adam // Jun 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for the reviews. I have learned that most of the eBooks out there are for beginners. Very seldom do they actually give you information that you couldn’t find just by google around the internet. Best knowledge still comes from actually going through the process of building a website and trying out what works for you.

  • Mike // Jun 3, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I definitely agree with you Adam although every now and then one of these ebooks will deliver something that inspires you to take a different path or come up with an idea you’d not considered. Generally, though, making the discoveries yourself is part of the fun.

  • Andrew Gough // Jun 3, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    A nice site
    looks as if it could and should get on.

  • A dust collecting fool // Jun 29, 2008 at 3:30 am

    A nice site… Really. I hope you start bloggimg more often.

  • Mike // Jun 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Me too 😀

  • Project Payday // Jan 19, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I think that both of the authors probably have the best interest of their readers in mind and the beginning blogger niche might be who they’re targeting.. Caroline especially has a big name in the community so I’m sure the book is great regardless.. Thanks for the reviews!

  • Jerry Leung // Mar 30, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    It`s really very interesting post about free money making e-books. By reading the details itself will sure make beginners to get the e-books immediately. I am surprised to that publishing e-books for making money. I will appreciate for the job you have done.


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