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When I first started blogging, I never imagined that I would actually pay for “blogging education.” But, there’s a LOT to learn to about blogging. Especially if you are blogging as a business. I’m pretty sure that most people who decide they want to start a blog don’t think to themselves… “Gee, I’m pretty good at writing, technology, marketing and sales. I know a lot about WordPress, plugins, social media, copywriting, editing and sales funnels. Blogging would be the perfect job for me!” So, if you want to learn how to blog like a professional, some level of continuous education is pretty much mandatory.
If you’ve made it past the early stages of starting a blog and especially if you’ve joined a few Facebook groups for bloggers, you’ve also probably realized that blogging is a complicated business. There are so many things you need to learn and the cost of that “blogging education” isn’t cheap. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you realize how much you need to learn, how quickly you want to learn it and the investment that is required, both in terms of time and money.
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Learn How to Blog
Feeling overwhelmed? The good news is that all the information that you need is out there. Everything you need to know can be found online. But unless you know where to look, you could spend days, weeks, or even months trying to find the right information. Which is why some people take out a second mortgage to purchase expensive blogging courses, join membership sites or pay for professional coaching services.
Sure, you could scour the Internet and read a million different blog posts. Or forgo your summer vacation to sign up for that signature blogging course. But, here’s the exciting part! I recently discovered a great, affordable option that will save you both time and money.
A Light Bulb Moment
A few weeks ago my son asked if we could sign up for Kindle Unlimited. He had noticed that the series of books that he was reading was available on Kindle Unlimited and we were paying about $7 per book to purchase them. Not a hardcover or paperback book – we were paying about $7 per book to purchase the Kindle version. To be read once and then never read again.
I gladly signed up. And then I thought… I wonder if you could learn how to blog by reading e-books available on Kindle.
Kindle is Amazon’s e-reader, but it is also Amazon’s brand name for everything to do with e-books. You don’t need a Kindle device to read these e-books. You can read them on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. The great thing about Kindle Unlimited is that you pay only $9.99 per month, and get unlimited access to many, many e-books available on Amazon! For bloggers, this is extremely useful as it includes thousands of titles that are useful for everything to do with starting and running a successful blog or online business.
A Master’s Degree in Blogging
There are a lot things that go into running a successful blog or online business. Saying I want to learn how to blog is like opening a can of worms.
First of all, there are all the challenges of simply starting a blog. Technical issues like choosing a blogging platform, web hosts, themes and so forth. And once you’ve made all those decisions, figuring out how to set it up and maintain it.
I searched for “WordPress.”
WordPress: Fundamental Basics for Absolute Beginners (Step-By-Step WordPress) (Volume 1)
WordPress Websites Step-by-Step: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Website or Blog With WordPress
Not to mention the simple fact that you need to get into the habit of writing, which in itself can be challenging. How do you write in a way that engages people, and how do you get your posts liked and shared?
I searched for “Copywriting.”
How to Write Seductive Web Copy: An Easy Guide to Picking Up More Customers
Blog Ideas: 100+ ideas to kill writer’s block, supercharge your blog and stand out
And then you start writing and you think to yourself that it sure would be great to make some money blogging, but you don’t know how bloggers make money when they don’t have a product to sell. How do you monetize your blog?
I searched for “How to Make Money Blogging” and found these titles.
How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul
And then I searched for “Affiliate Marketing.”
Affiliate Marketing The Online Marketing Blueprint for Internet Marketing
Blog to Win Business: How to Enchant Readers and Woo Customers
And then there’s the matter of getting traffic to your blog and search engine optimization.
I searched for “SEO.”
SEO Fitness Workbook: 2017 Edition: The Seven Steps to Search Engine Optimization Success on Google
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How in the world do you promote your blog on social media or market your business on Pinterest.
I searched for “Social Media” and “Pinterest.”
Social Media: Strategies To Mastering Your Brand- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat
Pinterest Marketing Made (Stupidly) Easy
Notice a trend here? Every blogging and online business related topic I searched for, I found relevant results on Kindle Unlimited. Pretty cool, huh?
I’ve personally paid for similar e-books and it’s not uncommon for them to be priced in the $10 to $20 range and sometimes even more.
Can you believe that all of the titles shown above are free to read on Kindle Unlimited?
Some of the key features of Kindle Unlimited include:
- Unlimited reading
- Read on any device with the Kindle app installed
- A free 30 day trial
- Cancel anytime
A Few More Titles
As I was searching Kindle Unlimited looking for blogging and online business related topics, I kept adding to my reading list. Here are a few more titles that I personally bookmarked.
Pinterest Marketing: Drive Customers to Your Site With Promoted Pins, Buyable Pins, and More
Social Media Marketing Workbook: 2017 Edition – How to Use Social Media for Business
Make Money Blogging: Proven Strategies to Make Money Online while You Work from Home
Affiliate Marketing: Develop An Online Business Empire From Selling Other Peoples Products
SEO 2017 & Beyond: A Complete SEO Strategy – Dominate the Search Engines!
The titles listed above are just a few examples, but with Kindle Unlimited you can get your hands on these and many, many more. Just in terms of blogging and business education related topics, there are hundreds of titles, many of which are which have average ratings of 4 to 5 stars.
For me, Kindle Unlimited is a no-brainer for any serious blogger. And the bonus is that you get e-books in all other categories as well. Why pay for individual books when you can get as many as you can read for just a small monthly fee?
I never even thought of looking for business/blogging stuff on Kindle, much less using Kindle Unlimited – brilliant idea!
Thanks, Cynthia! I couldn’t believe it myself – loads of blogging and business related content and lots of it highly rated too. 🙂
Great Tips I’m on the start of my blogging journey.
That’s great, Ewa! Have you launched your blog yet? 🙂
This is definitely a great tip for bloggers + your list of recommended books is awesome! I have always read a lot of books on entrepreneurship, business and anything within my niche – in fact, I love great e-books on blogging, and I eat them up en mass. I can definitely see how this can be a great saving!
Thanks for sharing!