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It was an interesting, well written book that would be very useful for those, like the authors, who tend to blog about products, especially IT products, but less so for someone like myself who intends to blog about ideas and doesn't have to be so time sensitive. I still had unanswered questions that I hope 'Wordpress' will answer since I'm a new account holder. It was an interesting read but I would rather have spent the money on a book that was more relevant to me. It's just hard to know until you've tried it - or read a review that gives you a better idea of the contents of a book!
4.0 out of 5 starsYou too can be the next blogging superstar........well almost.
Reviewed in the United States on 10 December 2011
Blog away with Bloggers boot camp.
What Bloggers boot camp excels at is walking the users though initiating a blog setting the parameters like character limits and then maintaining/moderating your blog. The Authors give the reader a good idea set up RSS feeds, advertising your blog, getting search engines to recognize it. The Authors also talk about blog content and reaching your target audience and the keys to doing that depending on your parameters preference being photo blogging, political blogging, local events blogging, book/movie review blogging etc. stream of consciousness blogging etc.
One of the more helpful aspects of the book is that the authors spend a lot of space talking about blogging etiquette, punctuation, writing styles, formatting, common spelling errors, how to write to capture the readers attention The authors approach this with a kind of journalistic prose The authors also talk about weeding out rumors and facts before blogging about them which brings us to our next section in this review:
Slander and the liabilities of running a blog: This section deals with slander and how to protect your self against those charges. When is free speech not so free.
The authors also cover the for profit aspect of running a blog, deciding who you want to appeal too to advertise on your blog, and seeking advertisers that make sense for your blog. Building traffic to you blog to attract advertisers. There is a little bit about clicks for cash setup where you have affiliate links on your site and every time a visitor clicks on that link you are rewarded in either goods or cash.
The book assumes that you will be using something like blogspot or tumblr to build your blog. There a are lot of sites that offer blogging templates that you can configure to a certain extent. If your looking at this book to learn more about building a blog from the ground up you will be disappointed because there isn't much here with regard building templates. Not much in the way of html coding or css help here. Bloggers boot camp does offer some basic information about building rss feeds but not a lot of help
Bloggers boot camp will be helpful to the reader/blogger that wants to get a blog up and running and they are ok with using templates and building off of a foundation that someone else created. From that point on the authors cover almost everything well everything well.
I've been blogging for almost 8 years. In that amount of time, I`ve put them up, taken them down, restarted, deleted renamed and rewrote. Once I had a blog that I faithfully posted on three times a week, and on a dare, took the challenge to post once a day for a year. BLOGGERS BOOT CAMP, written by Charlie White of Mashable.com and John Biggs of Crunchgear.com. takes blogging to the next level by showing you how to set up your blog, post several times a day every day, how to find your sources and a plethora of helpful hints. This was well beyond what I was interested in, but I decided to see what they had to say, figuring the very least that could happen is that I'd become a slightly more focused blogger. The book is laid out like a workbook, with wide margins for writing notes and ideas. I generally hold books in sacred regard, choosing not to highlight or write in them. This one practically screams write in me. So I did and dog eared a dozen and a half pages of information that I want to reread and absorb every drop of information; from Chapter 3 Target Practice "Writing begets more writing", Chapter 5 What to Write About and making the most of previous posts to Chapter 8 Building Traffic, Making Money and Measuring Success. White and Biggs take their years of impressive experience from several fields and combine it to give you a current, thought provoking look into the professional realm of blogging. BLOGGERS BOOT CAMP is filled with timely and useful information but it is at times overwhelming. I am not someone who blogs full time, nor am I a journalist. But if you're putting together a website for news, marketing or public relations this book is definitely worth a look.
This is sort of like a "Blogging for Dummies" book by two guys who really know what they're talking about. They've been there, done that, got the cred. So "Boot Camp" is a proper title. These are the basics. It will take you from zero to blogger in short time. What it WON'T do -- and maybe no book can -- is teach you how to be a great blogger or a millionaire blogger. The subtitle promises "how to build, write and run a successful blog," but success is subjective. Follow these guidelines, and you will probably produce a good blog. But the bloggers who rank in the top ten in hits or income are those who caught lightning in a bottle. Right place, right time, right approach. I'm not sure you can't teach that. But if you have that special something and the world is hungry for it, this book can help you make it happen. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the inherent nature of internet technology and culture -- it morphs at the speed of light, and this book will be obsolete in five years or less, maybe much less. If you want a good laugh, read a book about the internet that was written in 2007. So I wonder how long the screenshot images in "Bloggers Boot Camp" will look fresh. But if you want to start a blog right now, get this book right now.
As part of my participation in the Amazon Vines program, I received a copy for review.
This is a good place to start for any blogger. There are plenty of tutorials available on the web as well for further guidance.
Is it a turn key solution and upon completion you will have a money making blogsite? Of course not. However, you'll find a book that is filled with solid advice on how to get started.
Like anything other book on the internet, you'll find that the advice will become dated as new trends appear and the concept of blogging evolves. Two years ago, this would be a "must have." One year ago it would have been "exceptional." Now, I find it "good and useful."
Chapter 9 was the only chapter that bothered me. It focused on Ethics and other unintended minefields you may have to navigate as a blogger. As always, be careful when accepting advice from a single source as the environment is always changing.
Overall, I found the book to be enjoyable and something that a person would get either for themselves or as a gift for someone they know who has either started or about to start blogging.
4.0 out of 5 starsUseful guide to the basics of blogging - a great place to start for someone who's starting out or aiming to step up their game
Reviewed in the United States on 18 April 2012
"Bloggers Boot Camp" is a readable and thorough guide to the ins and outs of the relatively new art of blogging for fun and profit. It covers all the major bases - why to do it, how to get started, what to write about, how to handle the day-to-day details, how to build traffic and start earning revenues, and how to deal with the sticky ethical and legal issues that may arise. The authors are successful bloggers, and manage to balance an engaging style with a straightforward informative approach that's obviously informed by hands-on experience. I've managed a couple of very low profile blogs, and found this useful for thinking about what it would take and whether it's worth it to me to scale things up next time I try. Highly recommended for beginners; this book would also be a useful supplementary text book for a class on online writing.
4.0 out of 5 starshelpful info, even for an experienced blogger
Reviewed in the United States on 1 February 2012
I've been blogging for years, so I wasn't sure what I'd gain from this book. I have no intention of making my blog into a career, so what did I need to learn?
It turns out that there was a lot of useful information waiting for me in this book. Mr. White not only explains the basics of how to blog, but why. He shows you how to grow your readership, find a niche for yourself, and yes, even explore some avenues of making money with your blog.
This is not the kind of book you can sit down and read in an evening- it's more along the lines of a textbook. However, the information inside is well worth the reading time.
Clearly chapter-ed for easy reference. A good but not great introduction to blogging. I found the type/font size used a bit small. I'd been advised to start a blog , however, after perusing this book I find it would take a bigger commitment than I'm prepared to make at present. Nevertheless it was an interesting read on a subject I was interested in. I had the impression it was geared more toward the technological blogger but as the authors point out ,one should write what one knows. All in all a good place to start.
As a writer, I appreciate good writing, and this book was written well. I love the personal style that is honest, humorous, and informative with all of the basics on starting and writing a blog. Even though I have had a blog for years, White and Biggs confirmed some questions I had and provided new insights.
I learned valuable information on posting introductory information, along with good tips about the frequency of writing a blog, the tone for a blog and the emphasis on being creative. The section on "Building Traffic, Making Money and Measuring Success" was particularly helpful.