I rarely ever review Books and or eBooks, in fact, this is probably 1st one I have ever taken the time to write about that I can remember. At my age I wouldn’t be surprised if I reviewed a book a week ago. <grin> Now, I’m not saying books or ebooks are good, bad or otherwise, but lets face it, books are not what they used to be due to the Internet and the digital movement. I do like to having something in my hands I can use a highlighter on, so many times I’ll print the ebook off just to put chicken scratches all over it, but not usually. Enough about my stuff, let’s talk about this new ebook by Nathan Hangen & Mike Cliffe Jones called, Beyond Blogging – The Secrets to Blogging Success! (Affiliate Link)
I have to admit I was hesitant to spend $47 bones on this digital effort, but sometimes your gut talks to you and you just have to invest in your future based on that alone. I bought the ebook, afterall I have some serious goals set for 2010 so invest I did. I started going through it and for some reason I felt kinda weird and deja vu-ish. Maybe it’s because I have been following those interviewed in this ebook and knew alot of their content based on videos, interviews and reading their Blogs. I’ll even admit I didn’t know some of these successful bloggers even existed.
You’ve probably heard already that this ebook is not a step-by-step how to ebook on Blogging. Its actually written more like Think and Grow Rich, you have to actually dig in and figure out what your passion is and what track you should be on. Oh, these guys even include a worksheet to help you work through the exercise. The layout & presentation of this ebook is actually pleasing and easy to read, color choices are pretty good too. After reading through the table of contents I felt like this ebook was more about name dropping and leveraging relationships. But I moved on and to my surprise I found myself enjoying the stories and struggles behind some of these successful bloggers.
There is actually some solid content and advice given throughout the ebook, some smart interesting ways to monetize a blog or website. You will read much of what you may have already learned in Social Media circles. One thing you will get from this ebook, blogging is hard work and requires patience. Blogging is not for everyone, much like driving a forklift, you have to have a passion for what you do.
I recommend you use the shopping cart method when it comes to reading this ebook, some things you buy into and some things you won’t. The things you don’t buy into, just leave them on the shelf and keep the things you do agree with in your cart.
Like Norman Vincent Peale’s Think & Grow Rich, you have to study the book and read between the lines alot to figure out why your stomach has a nervous feeling. That feeling is the not knowing whats coming, it’s ambiguity, it’s knowing there’s something there but you just can’t put your finger on it. You will feel something similar when you read Beyond Blogging, I think there is value in this ebook and what it’s trying to show, tell and lead you through. You will also see a common denominator throughout this ebook, there is a system, a plan needs to be developed, a road map if you will, you need to know what the end will look like to make the principles in this ebook work for you. Keep the end in mind.
You will invest in something, it should be you, it should be books or ebooks, systems,and strategies that provide knowledge you don’t have already. Don’t get stuck on price, approach your journey with a positive attitude and humility, you will go much further than a bad attitude will ever take you.
So, I recommend this ebook as I do Chris Brogan’s Trust Agents and Gary Vaynerchuk’s CRUSH IT! (both affiliate links) I even make them all available for you here on my Blog. Enjoy Beyond Blogging – The Secrets To Blogging Success, I’m certain you will earn, learn and make more than the amount you pay for this 202 paged ebook.
I hope you like the ebook, I would like to hear what you think of the ebook as well.
Happy Learning and Happy Blogging.
I can’t help myself, I have to promote this book! Gary’s new book hit the shelves today, if you don’t know him, you’re missing on something. This book screams of passion and the message is simple to understand,
Here is a video that sums up why Gary wrote the book, Live Long & Prosper are words that come to mind : )
The man who spurred me to write my eBook called ” The New Technology – The End of Mankind? – The Beginning”. It wasn’t his brilliance that got me, it was how convincing he was on where we are headed and how rapidly technology was advancing. This video clip will give you and snippet of how he sees things progressing.
Ray Kurzweil is an engineer who has radically advanced the fields of speech, text, and audio technology. He’s also one of our finest thinkers, revered for his dizzying — yet convincing — writing on the advance of technology, the limits of biology, and the future of the human species.
Ray Kurzweil’s latest graphs show that technology’s breakneck advances will only accelerate — recession or not. He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity.
I just finished reading a free eBook from Aaron Martirano called, “Twitter Simplified – The Complete Beginners Guide”. This eBook is written for the beginner but even a seasoned Twitter user will find it useful. There’s great links and tools to enhance your Twitter experience. Aaron keeps it simple and it’s easy to read, easy to follow and frankly a great resource for anyone using Twitter.
Aaron covers the basics with screen shots of step-by-step setup instructions, setting up your very first account to making your first post, how to find friends on Twitter, and he walks you through setting up your mobile devices along with the mobile commands you need to know.
This eBook has an extensive list of Twitter Apps, Tools, time saving tips and articles on how to develop your Social Network of Followers. Aaron shares a few tips as well for Twitter success:
1.) When you start to get lots of friends remember you don’t have to READ all posts, READ only what interests you, it’s your Twitter.
2.) To make Twitter fun and manageable get TWEETDECK!!! It will let you make groups of friends and follow their tweets more closely.
3.) You have thousands of followers but unless you’re social interacting with them you are just a number, start converstaions and build relationships.
4.) Be yourself and act naturally and have fun, it’s easier than trying be someone else.
Those are just the first 4 of Aaron’s Top Ten Twitter tips, no matter whether your a novice or seasoned vet of Twitter, get Aaron’s eBook, it’s free and will make your Twitter experience positive.
To get this eBook: Twitter-Trainer
To Follow Aaron on Twitter: @aaronmartirano
Good luck and I’ll see you on Twitter!