Top Resource: ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog
Could your blog use a bit of a refresh?
One of the best resources I know for established bloggers – those who’ve been blogging for anything upwards of a couple of months — is 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.
This was the first ebook published by ProBlogger (they’ve updated it quite substantially since).
It’s one of the few blogging-related ebooks I find myself dipping back into on a regular basis, and one that’s remained highly useful and relevant since it was first published.
What’s so good about it? I particularly like:
- The clear structure: each “day” (short chapter) follows the same pattern, with a clear explanation of the task, practical tips, a summary of the task itself, plus examples and further reading.
- The focus on taking action. It’s all too easy (for me, at least!) to get inspired and enthused by blogging advice, only to end up doing precisely nothing about it. This is very much a workbook, with a practical action for each day.
- Clear examples from a wide range of bloggers. Sometimes it really helps to see something in action, rather than to simply read about what to do.
- Honest and practical advice – while there are lots of great tips that should help you make fast progress, there’s nothing shady or “get rich quick” about this ebook.
- An extra week’s worth of tasks in the downloadable bonus pack. The ebook itself is 139 pages long, so there’s a lot of great information here.
Although the 31 days started out as a series of free blog posts, Darren’s added a lot of extra content into the ebook, and I feel that $29.99 is a very fair price. This is also a really nicely formatted, easy to read ebook.
The one very minor quibble I have is that it would be great to see a time estimate for each task (some of them are more involved than others). In general, if you’re going to read each chapter thoroughly and carry out the task in full, I’d allow about 60 minutes per day.
Of course, you don’t have to necessarily work through the book in a single month – you might instead choose to do two days from the book each weekend.
Note: If you’ve not yet started your blog, or if you have yet to write your first post, this ebook will probably be a little advanced for you. Stay tuned for news on our Get Blogging course, which is aimed at new and would-be bloggers.
If you’ve got 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.
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6 Responses to “Top Resource: ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog”
I appreciate all the daily blog tips and whatnot, but $30? I can’t imagine spending that on an e-book, I rarely spend that on my physical-copy ART books and those are dang expensive. e-Books should be more reasonably priced, you don’t have to cover printing and publishing costs. Heck, you guys give one away for free at the bottom of the articles here.
I’ll keep my eyes peeled if they ever do a sale or something, but I can’t justify that. There’s plenty of good free information online, and plenty of really great non-e-books out there for less cash. At the end of the day it’s all about the “doing” anyway. (Also that landing page feels kinda scam-y to me. I know that’s what they tell you to make, but it turned me off personally.)
Keep up the good work on the site!
This is a classic and so valuable even today. I’ve gone through it twice now, but it’s been a while so I guess Its time to hit it one more time.
Gonna buy it and checkout the book. Usually I”m a fan of video tuts not the ebooks. But let’s see..!
I’ve bought the ebook and I’m loving it. Thanks for the great recommendation
Thanks for the comments, all!
@J.K. — ProBlogger do run sales from time to time, so definitely keep an eye out for those. I agree that it’s obviously more expensive than a lot of other ebooks — but it’s also pretty specialised compared to many. Obviously it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the asking price. For me, it is (the way I see it is that I’d pay an awful lot more if I wanted to get the knowledge direct from Darren … no idea if he even offers consulting!)
I agree with you, 31DBBB is a great resource and I’ve used it with an FB group having the same name, started by Michelle Shaeffer! She’d e-mail about the chapter and what to do next, in her daily e-mail. And, we’d read the chapter and do what it told us to.
This e-book works nicely this way but is a great resource even now. I read it some times. Open any page out of it and read it and I’m sure you’d get a lot of new ideas and remember something you have forgotten to do with your blog.
I’d highly recommend it, even though $30 to me is a big amount too. But as you said, there are times when it’s on sale at a lower price.
I’d advise every serious blogger have a copy of this e-book.
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