I had been looking forward to reading The Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay-Smith for ages. I was so excited to finally delve into it.
Here are my thoughts:
The Million Dollar Blog: Back Cover Copy
In a world where everyone wants to blog, how do you stand out?
No matter who you are – a mum at home, a budding fashion blogger or a small business owner – The Million Dollar Blog will be your ultimate guide to starting a successful blog or taking your existing blog to the next level.
Through a combination of practical advice and interviews with some of the world’s leading bloggers, vloggers and content strategists including Seth Godin, Lily Pebbles, Grant Cardone and Madeleine Shaw, entrepreneur and didgital strategist Natasha Courtenay-Smith shows you how to build a blog that will increase your profile, create new opportunities, earn money and change your life.
The Million Dollar Blog: My Thoughts
The first thing the book makes clear is that it isn’t actually going to teach you how to construct a million dollar blog. What it actually sets out to do is to give you the basics to setting up a blog. There is no actual instructions on how to do any of it, it’s more areas you need to think about to build a successful platform.
It does touch briefly on how to monetise a blog, but it only gives you the standard options of sponsored posts, affiliate advertising etc. I wasn’t naïve enough to think the book was actually going to contain ten steps to being a millionaire, but I did expect a lot more focus on monetisation due to the title of the book.
I really enjoyed the interviews with the bloggers and vloggers. I liked that they were speaking from actual experience of what had worked for them and what didn’t, and I think these parts are a great way to show that it really is possible to build a successful blog with no experience as long as you’re willing to experiment and learn as you go.
I liked the conversational tone of the book.
The Million Dollar Blog: Conclusion and Rating
I really wanted to love this book and I was gutted when I didn’t. I think that was down to the fact that there was nothing new here. The book didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know, but I guess for a new blogger, that might be quite different.
Overall, the book was well written and as I said, I liked the tone of the book. I think it would have been better if it actually included practical steps on how to do things instead of just telling you you need to do them. 2/5
You can buy The Million Dollar Blog here.
Now it’s rather shameless plug time. If you’re thinking of starting a blog, my own book, Start Your Blog Like a Boss, is a fraction of the price and gives you step-by-step instructions on how to complete each stage of the process of starting a successful blog.
The Million Dollar Blog is a hugely popular book so anyone who has read it – what am I missing here? Let me know in the comments 🙂