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The WordPress books below all are books BloggingPro has reviewed and highly recommends, both for beginners and experts. Follow our WordPress Book Reviews.

WordPress In Depth

WordPress In DepthWordPress In Depth by Bud Smith and Michael McCallister covers WP 2.9 and might be the most low profile book about WordPress out there, but certainly is the surprise among the books covering WP. The book is well written and covers the popular blogging platform in an easy way, focused at mainly beginners. Read our review of ‘WordPress In Depth’ here.

WordPress In Depth

Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog

Former The Blog Herald editor and WordPress designer Thord D. Hedengren wrote the excellent Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog which is aimed mainly at WordPress users with Intermediate and Advanced knowledge. In the book TDH guides the reader through theming and building advanced platforms with the WordPress blog software. We interviewed interviewed Thord for the release of his book.

BloggingPro review upcoming.

Smashing WordPress: Beyond The Blog

Digging Into WordPress

Digging Into WordPress, written b Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr, is an excellent guide for advanced WordPress users. The book available both as PDF and print version shares many advanced tips for WordPress and uncovers the platform user many a special tip. Definitely a recommendation. Read our review of ‘Digging Into WordPress’ here.

Digging Into WordPress

Blogging Books

Blogging All-in-One for Dummies

Eight minibooks and over 700 pages deliver all the information you need to choose a blogging application, write content people want to read, build an audience, make money with a blog, and use Twitter to expand your reach.

Buy Blogging All-in-One for Dummies

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

If you think earning a six-figure income by just sitting in front of your computer, and writing about topics which interests you, then think again! Blogging has finally taken it to the next level and you might just even be one of those fortunate people to earn lots and lots of money through it.
Find out how you can be a problogger.

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Google Blogger For Dummies

Learn how easy it can be to join the world of online publishing using the most popular free blogging application, Google’s Blogger. This step by step guide to launching a blog goes beyond the basics by showing readers exactly how to promote their blogs and earn money from them, too.

Google Blogger For Dummies

Blogging For Dummies

Blogging can be complicated for newbies like you but it wouldn’t be that much hard when you read the simple instructions in this handbook.Write about the most interesting things and improve your style in blogging the things you like. Definitely, this book is your ultimate guide to knowing the do’s and dont’s in blogging.

Blogging For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging

The Huffington Post editors gives you an entertaining and informative A-Z guide about everything that you can blog bringing you concise and relevant information for newbies and even experienced ones who wants to extend the limits of blogging. It presents you what you should do when you start a blog, easy ways to help you build it, create communities and other strategies.

The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging

Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World’s Top Bloggers

Get it straight from the biggest names in the blogosphere. Learn from the most influential and successful bloggers from different fields who blog about parenting, business, entertainment and more. You will be surprised as it is the best way to know how a good blog is established through intimate interviews of Michael Banks to these blog heroes revealing their secrets and philosophies in blogging.

Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World's Top Bloggers

Blogging for Fame and Fortune

Blogging for Fame and Fortune will show you a lot of great ways for your blog to be popular and eventually make money from your traffic focusing in its premise to inform the readers how they can earn money while blogging while emphasizing that getting rich through blogging is not a quick scheme.

Blogging for Fame and Fortune

Clear Blogging: How People Blogging Are Changing the World and How You Can Join Them

Clear Blogging tackles the bright future of blogging and its effects on changing the world’s perspective and what you can do to magnify that change. Surely, you will can relate more as the book is very fun to read, comprehendible and conversational while emphasizing on getting started, success through blogging and taking blogging to the next level.

Clear Blogging: How People Blogging Are Changing the World and How You Can Join Them

Publish and Prosper: Blogging for Your Business

Publish and Proper tackles and motivates writers and those who need to express their thoughts to blog and eventually earn money through blogging. It gives a lot of necessary information from theory to practice and recommendations on setting up a working blog. Definitely, it preps up your blog in engaging into a business which can give you greater revenues.

Publish and Prosper: Blogging for Your Business

The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie

If you do not know where to start but you are so indulged in making a blog, the Moxie Girls will make you feel that blogging is a lot easier and fun to start with. And that you just need to polish your writing styles and get involved in communities online - all these, told in a spontaneous, fun and humorous way!

The IT Girl's Guide to Blogging with Moxie

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Youll probably be surprised with a book that will tell you how to get rich slowly, and this probably is it. The book is very promising as it holds lots of strategies to work out on making sure that you get what you need as well as what you desire to do with it. If you are a smart reader, you can extract a lot of good ideas from the book.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog

If you are tired of posting boring entries in your blog, then you have to take the next step into achieving a more informational and useful blog! Get inspired and create unique things in your blog as Margaret Mason presents you the methods you can do to spice up your blog.

No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog

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Blogging All-in-One for Dummies Now Available

Many people like to have a book by their side as they learn something.  If you’re one of those people, then you might be interested to hear that my new book, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies, is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all other online and offline book sellers.

Blogging All-in-One for Dummies offers over 700 pages explaining anything and everything about blogging for a beginner audience, so you can start your own blog right away!  It’s a perfect supplement to the content you read here on BloggingPro.  The book includes 8 minibooks about starting a blog, choosing a blogging application, publishing blog content, growing your blog’s audience, making money from your blog, and more.  There is even a minibook about Twitter.

While Blogging All-in-One for Dummies is certainly the most comprehensive book about blogging available, following are a few other books that I recommend: Read More

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WordPress and 10 Years of Relevancy

WordPress LogoWith the 10-year anniversary of the first release of WordPress coming up on May 25 of this year, a lot of attention is already being paid to the reigning champion of the blogging platforms and both how it changed the Internet and how the Internet changed around it.

On one hand, it’s amazing to look at how an upstart fork of b2/cafelog, one that was created simply because Textpattern wasn’t being updated, came to be such a dominant force on the Web and launch a company, Automattic, that now employs some 150 people worldwide.

On the other hand, it’s easy to look at WordPress as a besieged king. An application and a service created in a world of desktops and blogs now living in a world of mobile devices and social media.

It’s obvious that WordPress has helped to shape the Web we’re in today. It’s used by millions of blogs large and small, including many of the most popular sites on the Web. However, the question remains, will WordPress and the WordPress platform be as important in the next ten years as it has been the previous?

It’s tough to say, but I agree with Matt Mullenweg that there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic.

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Blogging Pitfalls: How Blogging Can Ruin Friendships

Lonely DogFor most bloggers, blogging and friendship go hand in hand very well. I know many of the people I consider friends, including both online and off, I would not have met without my blog and some of them have become involved in my sites in various ways, either as business partners, guest authors or just general supporters.

That being said, making friends through blogging is great and having the support of existing ones is just as good, there is a big difference between being friends with someone and working with them, especially over a long period of time.

The problem is that blogging, as fun and as exciting as it can be, is also a lot of work. Work, unfortunately, can divide friends all too easily. Failing that, the business side of blogging can also easily come between two people who, otherwise, would have been great friends.

This is why it’s important to think twice before starting any collaborative blogging effort with your friends. Simply put, you could sink a lot more than your site into the endeavor, you could also lose your friendship.

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Blogging is Like a Box of Chocolates! (Forest Gump’s Guide to Blogging)

In a popular movie of former years, Forest Gump compared life to a box of chocolates. “You just never know what you’re gonna’ get,” he tells us.

That is, according to “mama”.

Well, perhaps there was a grain of truth to that statement.
And, much the same, blogging has the same potential.
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Blogging Pitfalls: How to Avoid Blogging Overload

Stressful DeskNearly every blogger has had this experience. You fall ill, go on vacation or otherwise miss a day or two of posting and then come back to a serious mess. With so much to catch up on, only 24 hours in the day and a workload that could crush any mortal, many either just give up or cut corners.

The problem is that, as bloggers, we tend to expect too much of ourselves, we anticipate being able to run at 100% all of the time and, when we can’t for whatever reason, we put ourselves in a position where we have to do more than is physically possible to get caught back up.

This leads to a case of blogging overload, trying to do too much with too little time and too little resources. It’s one of the most avoidable crises in a blogger’s experience but one of the more deadly. After all, when one finds themselves in a situation where they have to do more than is physically possible, they have to make sacrifices that will negatively impact their writing in one way or another.

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Is it Time to Make Blogging Your Career?

Many do not realize that there are two types of blogging: Blogging as a hobby, and blogging as a career. Aside from sharing the same name, these two types of blogging are quite different. They each require different skillsets and different mindsets. Unfortunately, many bloggers have the mentality that if they blog for fun then they can make blogging their career. While this is very true in many cases, this decision could go very wrong, very quickly.

Being a great writer and having experience writing for a blog is absolutely the foundation when hoping to start a career as a blogger. This, however, is not always enough. Maintaining a profitable blog is difficult work and requires constant upkeep. Below are some of the things that will change when you go from blogging for fun to blogging for a profit:

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The Dying Art of Live Blogging

No one is questioning the speed of technology today– what may be innovative today may be junk tomorrow (or worse,  junk by lunch time. ) Blogging is no exception.

One of the impending casualties of the blogging space obsolescence is live blogging. Yeah, there was a time when people blogged real-time in their respective blogs and kept updating one single post in rapid succession to cover an event. A couple of years ago, as blogs were slowly gaining prominence, live blogging was the apex of covering an event live via blogging.

But due to the emergence of microblogging and platforms such as Twitter and Plurk, live blogging is on its way to extinction. Microblogging is fast and automatic, making the process of constantly updating a blog post cumbersome and clunky. Add to that the proliferation of third-party sites and apps that support micro-blogging, live blogging can be officially be considered a dying art.

But before we say “good riddance” to live blogging,  I believe it can still have a place in the blogging ecosystem. Remember that one key limitation of microblogging is the number of characters (e.g. Twitter’s 140 character limit). Live blogging is essentially free from this constraint. Another is the multimedia aspect of live blogging, such as the ability to post audio and video streams into a blog post.

Live blogging may not be hottest thing right now, but I believe it still has a use in specific situations to keep it from becoming completely obsolete.

UPDATE: Nah, I change my mind. Live blogging is dead.

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Blogging Pitfalls: Why You Can’t Hop From Platform to Platform

Image of Train PlatformBloggers love to argue about what is the best blogging platform. Whether they’re backers of WordPress, BlogSpot, Tumblr, Posterous, MovableType or a custom solution, there are very good bloggers who are strong believers in all of the major tools.

The simple truth is that every blogging platform is a perfectly fine way to run your blog. They all succeed in doing the major task of putting your words, images, etc. online. While they have different features, strengths and weaknesses, you can easily run a good blog with just about any platform you choose.

Unfortunately though, blogging platforms tend to become flavors of the week. As one company or platform draws a lot of attention, many bloggers are tempted to try and ride the wave and move their site to new platforms in a bid to stay on the bleeding edge.

However, this can be catastrophic for a site. Because, while your blogging platform doesn’t determine how good your site is, it does impact your site in other ways. As such, changing platforms, especially doing so routinely, can create serious problems that even a good blog will struggle to overcome.

So, before you chase the latest blogging platform fad, you may want to understand the implications of moving your site and why you might want to think twice before jumping ship. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: 5 Steps to Recapture Your Love for Blogging

Running a blog is a lot like a relationship. It requires a high level of commitment, honesty and and work to keep it going strong.

However, one of the most important elements of both our human and our blog relationships is keeping the spark alive and keeping ourselves “in love” with our partners.

This isn’t an easy task. As the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt and though one might not actually hate their site, they may not have quite the same passion for it that they once did. However, a lack of passion can easily kill a good site, not only is it one the “Three Ps” of a successful blog, but it is something that makes your blog and its writing much better when you have it.

So, in order to keep moving forward with your site, you need to find a way to make sure you are just as passionate about what you’re doing today as you were yesterday and the day before. But as the newness and excitement wears off, that can be more and more difficult, resulting in Read More

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