Some Interesting Reads About Blogging And Self-Publishing

by Mike Holman

One of the best articles for bloggers, that I’ve read in a long time.  Bloggers – Don’t give away your content!.  If you do – you’ve been Dangled.

Write to Publish did a good comparison between Lightning Source and Amazon CreateSpace.  She did make one crucial error (noted in the comments by Aaron Shepard himself), but the comparison is worth reading.  Check out my Lightning Source vs Amazon CreateSpace vs Lulu comparison.

Ever get the feeling that some websites just want your money and aren’t delivering a solid product?  Well, check out Buy my stupid e-book.

The New York Times uncovered a massive paid link scandal, originating from none other than JC Penny.  Read The dirty little secrets of search.

{ 4 comments }

1 Invest It Wisely

Thanks for sharing this, Mike. Do you think that this extends to guest posts as well? I personally have decided not to write for others as a routine or fixed schedule because blogging is a hobby to me, and I want it to remain fun.

2 Mike Holman

Hi Kevin.

I don’t think it extends to guest posts, which can be very beneficial – especially for smaller blogs.

However, if you are going to do a guest post for free – you want to maximize the benefit to you. Doing guest posts because someone asks for them or because you “should” is likely not a good deal for you.

As I wrote about here:

http://www.blogthority.com/559/guest-post-basics-stick-to-your-knitting/

ideally, you should be guest posting on the largest blogs possible with similar topics.

And of course, it has to fit with your energy/lifestyle. If you don’t want to do guest posts, then don’t do them.

3 Invest It Wisely

That makes sense. I think that guest posts can work out and I have seen success with them in the past, but you bring up good points and you really want to get the most out of them. I’ve done 3-4 guest posts overall but I wouldn’t be able to write one every week like some people are able to do.

4 Mike Holman

You have to do what works best for you. Some people can create content incredibly fast – most of us don’t. Like you say – you have to keep it fun or you will just burn out.

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