If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog, or a business, or even a hobby, the best advice anyone can give, is to seek wisdom.
It sounds so simple, and it is, yet so easy to overlook.
We’ve written an article on “How to Start a Blog and Work from Home,” that’s filled with simple first steps.
But once you’ve begun this new blogging journey, you’ll need some additional resources. Expert advice from those who are earning full-time blogging incomes that in many cases exceed 7 figures.
We talk a lot about recipes at 31Daily. For this new venture, tried and true “recipes” help.
To navigate these waters, you’ll need practical advice from basic coding and scripting to email, social media, SEO, and more.
These are the books I’ve relied on and would recommend to any new, aspiring, or seasoned blogger.
Must Read Books Every Aspiring Blogger Should Read
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1. How to Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul
This was the first book I ever read on blogging. It’s was and is a valuable tool I find myself referring back to all the time. Practical and helpful advice for all area of blogging. A must for any blogging library.
How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
2. The Story Engine: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Content Strategy and Brand Storytelling without Spending All Day Writing
We all have a story to tell. How we tell that story and brand our business will determine its success. Author Kyle Gray believes “Your story is the most powerful asset you have at your disposal. It can cut through the noise and connect you with your customers. Content marketing is one of the most affordable and powerful digital marketing tools available to tell your story at scale.” Begin with your why. Then proceed to “how.” This book will help.
3. Email Lists Made Easy for Writers and Bloggers
This book was a game changer for me in regard to building and using email lists. To be honest, I didn’t see the value in email. Did anyone still open email? Her simple and practical approach to email and list building changed my mind. Get specific training on how to create and grow an effective list, from that very first signup form to more advanced tools like autoresponders series. With a free workbook you can download upon purchase, this book will be more than just ideas. It will be a practical guide that will help you learn to love (and get the most from) your email list.
Email Lists Made Easy for Writers and Bloggers by Kirsten Oliphant
4. WordPress to Go
If you’re new to blogging, you’re probably new to WordPress. Take it from me, you need a manual with practical how-to advice on installing themes, plugins, custom layouts… and so much more.
WordPress to Go by Sarah McHarry
5. Crushing It! How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence — and How You Can Too
An incredibly important component of online success is social media savvy. Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.
6. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do In 12 Months
Inspiring yet practical advice on organizing your time, and energizing your business.
7. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More
This is an inspirational handbook I find myself referring to all of the time. Award-winning Author Dianne Jacob has been a writing coach and food professional for more than 15 years. Her writing is inspirational, informative, and essential.