Book Review: Bloggers Unplugged by Ruchi Verma
Bloggers Unplugged is one of the first books I put in my cart from the Blogchatter Ebook Carnival 2021. And that’s a natural choice for all bloggers I believe. Blogging is a continuous process of learning and adapting to the dynamic world of content creation on web. I am always on the lookout for new resources to improve my blogging skills and take my blog to the next level. With that expectation I downloaded this book.
About the author
Ruchi Verma is an award-winning Blogger listed among the 50 top most influential content marketing professionals and Certified Teen parenting practitioner. Having blogged for 7 years now , she decided to share the knowledge she gained so far and help other bloggers as well as aspiring bloggers.
About the book
Here’s what the author has to say about her book.
“Blogging is one of the known professions, but the hard work, dedication, and planning go behind a successful blog that is always underestimated. There are myths about bloggers that they work only for free, to get free stuff, or just to kill the time. But, there are many challenges every blogger face in their day-to-day life and excel in that to stay in this blogging world. This e-book is a sneak peek into bloggers’ life called Bloggers Unplugged to know more about their life. It will be helpful for new bloggers who are starting their blog with different blogging terminology but in a little fun way.”
What I liked about the book
Well, this is the section where I can go on and on. If you are new to blogging or contemplating being a blogger, then this book is perfect for you. Each chapter introduces you to the basic concepts which you have to know about if you want to get readers for your blog. Must-have blog pages, choosing a domain, SEO, growth, important plugins, role of social media, and important of community.
I really liked that there’s a chapter dedicated to Instagram vs Blog. It’s a must-read.
Whatever I say about the presentation of the book would be less. The book is a work of a professional and serious blogger. No, it’s not a serious textbook that will stress you out or put you to sleep. In fact it’s the opposite. The book is educational , yet so much fun to read. The illustrations play a major role in making this happen. As a reviewer and a blogger myself I appreciate the effort that has gone behind to make the reading effortless.
Blogging is not just about having fun, sharing pictures and stories like everyone else does. I love how extremely technical topics like keyword-research, backlinks and analytic tools have been discussed here.
The author also focusses on the quality over quantity when it comes to frequency of posts published. I totally resonate with it.
The part that I had my selfish interest on was how to turn blogging into a successful business. That is making money out of your blog. PR, media-kit and marketing is discussed in reasonable detail here.
What could be better
Being a blogger for almost three years now, I didn’t find any topic that was absolutely new to me. But for aspiring bloggers or newbies the sequence of chapters can be confusing. The chapters are organized in alphabetical order but it does not make a lot of sense in terms of learning curve. For example, the book starts with “About me” section of the blog which is a beginner topic, then jumps to “backlinks” which is a SEO topic. We then go back to basics like choosing domain name, joining communities etc. and read about “Keyword Research”, another SEO topic in chapter 11.
For bloggers in intermediate or advanced stage, diving deeper into the business aspects of blogging will be useful. Yes, we all like to add our voice to the global chatter through blogging, but after a certain point of time we should think about the financial viability of the blog. So topics like how to reach out to businesses for sponsorship, successful affiliate marketing and other avenues of financial growth through blogging will be great. I hope this is taken into account for the next edition of the book.
Just go get the gem while it is free. You don’t always get such amazing free learning resources on internet. I will rate the book 4/5.
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