10 Top Free eBook Resources for Blogging

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With the holiday season upon us and many travelling for holidays or to see family, (longer holidays in the Southern Hemisphere of course), internet access is not always available. I enjoy such a forced break from the net to catch up on some reading, including some of the downloaded ebooks I have not had chance to look at. Here are a few of the more worthwhile free ebooks and reports I have come across relating to blogging.

The Roadmap To Become A Blogger from the team at Become a Blogger – superstar blogger, Yaro Starak, and internationally reknowned author, Gideon Shalwick, was released for download on 1st December.

Yaro Starak’s Blog Profits Blueprint is a 50+ page report particularly useful for beginner to intermediate level bloggers wanting to monetize their blogs

Caroline Middlebrook is offering the 49 lessons of her “The Bloggers Bible” for free by email instalment – if you do not want to wait for the emails you can purchase the book for download. Her How to Develop Money-Making Niche Sites with WordPress ebook is available for free download as is her Traffic Rush Home Study Course, teaching how to start driving a rush of StumbleUpon traffic to your website.

From Alex Sysoef comes Profitable Blogging For Newbies.

Jake Humphrey’s Authority Black Book 2.0, 2009 version to teach you “Social Marketing Tactics That Generate Traffic Instantly”

Marketing guru Seth Godin has a treasure chest of ebooks on offer, available via his Squidoo ebook page. These include, until Dec 30th, The Bootstrappers Bible.

Mashable comes up trumps once again with the following resources (:including some that I have already mentioned)

The March 2008 edition of Bloghology provides some insights into how other bloggers have succeeded, although the site was temporarily down when I visited..

Rapidshare – downloads of all sorts of resources including blogging. Rapidshare itself is not searchable but you can use the RapidShare search engine to find what you want. I will not mention ebooks I found that were on torrent sites. Whatever your views are on downloading TV shows and movies, you will likely agree with me that if a blogger is trying to make a few bucks by writing and selling an ebook then we should buy it and not illegally download it. I am not certain if Rapidshare contains such ebooks but it might.

If you are interested in purchasing books:

  • ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett, which is always sold out in bookshops I have visited, but it is available on Amazon UK as a hardcopy (not in stock at Amazon US at present) and, for Aussies, Dymocks online in hardcopy and via download. Review by Freelance Switch. Darren says, in a comment to one of his posts, that the book is now available in some libraries too.
  • The newly released The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging Amazon
  • Do a search for blogging on Amazon and you will find many more including the Dummies range on Blogging and Wordress.

PS Have you noticed a recent increase of popup forms on blogs offering free resources – ebook downloads, newsletters or I have maybe been visiting sites that I would not normally go to? These are appearing as you first enter the site and require your email address and sometimes to sign up for newsletters or email feeds. I find the popups intrusive although I do not object to having to sign up for a newsletter to download something that is being given away free, this seems a fair deal. You will find a few of these popups on some of the sites referred to above!

Please let me know if you have read other good ebooks on blogging related matters.

If you need a break from blogging totally try the following sources for free fiction or hobby ebooks – Project Gutenberg and Scribd Literature for downloads, the getfreebooks blog for information on where to find books or do a search via the pdf geni search engine.

Happy reading!

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I am Sue Bride, a Professional Blogger, Web Developer and Internet Marketer from the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. Here I talk about tools and resources for Blogging, Social Media, Networking, Wordpress, SEO, Images and Marketing. I create Wordpress sites for charity and small business.
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49 Comments

  1. Posted December 29, 2008 at | Permalink

    Nice list of my favorite sploggers. :razz:

    I just dropped by to wish you a very Merry Christmas Sue. Much blessings and all the best to you and your family.

    …BB

  2. Posted December 29, 2008 at | Permalink

    It was the nicest list I could find and I looked extensively :-) Perhaps that is why I grew weary of popups!

    Thanks for coming by with your good wishes, which I would like to return to you and yours.

  3. Posted December 29, 2008 at | Permalink

    It is not my imagination and it was not just the sites I have recently been visiting – I have come across two more annoying popup subscription forms since writing this.

    The culprit is aweber – the crowd that also sends out the damn newsletters. The sites using the popup forms actually pay for using them!

  4. Posted December 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    This is a great list. I was reading last night about how online experts should give away valuable material as a way to establish the expert’s credibility. It’s interesting to see this in action with the various eBooks being given away here.

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    • Posted January 1, 2009 at | Permalink

      I think it may increase credibility, if done correctly, rather than establish it. You have to develop some trust first. There were many other free downloads available but most came across as spammy.

      I normally run a mile when I see those distinctive ad like sites – the one long page “have I got a deal for you” type. There are so many of them that I guess they must work – work in relation to bringing in money for the owner of the get rich quick scheme that is, not the scheme itself.

      I was quite surprised to see Yaro Sarak using such a page at blogmastermind.com. If I did not know that he had a good reputation then I would have clicked straight away from his page too.

  5. Posted December 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    You have a good point about the popups. I find it interesting that web design best practices sought to eliminate pop-ups a few years back, and yet for some reason, some online marketers are starting to use them again. It seems spammy, but I suppose they help increase conversions.

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    • Posted January 1, 2009 at | Permalink

      Even the browsers have pop up blockers but there are obviously ways around this. It annoys me when I have popups blocked that these manage to get through. I must look for another means to stop them – maybe there is a Firefox extension.

  6. Posted December 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    i cant believe how fast christmas has come and gone… at least there is still new years to look forward to :/

  7. Posted December 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    In Yaro Starak’s report -The Roadmap to Become a Blogger- you will find a nice video which they call an elaboration of one of the X-Factor strategies downloaded so often in December.

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    • Posted January 1, 2009 at | Permalink

      Thanks for letting us know about this. I tend not to have the patience to watch tutorial videos as they are slow to get through compared to quickly reading text. Maybe that is my age showing :???:

  8. Posted December 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    Thanks for a very useful list.
    It is interesting that Bloggers today should know a lot about SEO and Google ranking, and not only about how to write a good content (which of course also important).

    • Posted January 1, 2009 at | Permalink

      Knowing SEO has always been important if you want your site to reach the widest possible audience. What has changed is that it is more complex now, mainly because of those abusing the system – having to be careful of duplicate content, the number of outbound links, nofollow etc.

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    Posted December 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    Excellentay, thanks, Sue! You’re a woman after me own heart…

    *Hugs!*

  10. Posted December 30, 2008 at | Permalink

    I have read both Yaro’s reports and found them very good. Thanks for guiding me onto the others.

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  11. Posted December 31, 2008 at | Permalink

    Nice list, I know I’ve read a few of these :)

    michellemacphearson.com has a good one on social marketing/link building – depending on your goals as a blogger is not a bad read.

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  12. Posted December 31, 2008 at | Permalink

    This is an excellent list you’ve put together!!

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  13. Posted December 31, 2008 at | Permalink

    Great list of resources shared here. i couldn’t say more. Thank u so much for the free books. I like to collect ebooks and read it during weekends. This will be adding more books in my collection.

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  14. Posted December 31, 2008 at | Permalink

    Just wanna pop in here and wish Sue a Very Happy New Year! May all the goodness are coming your way (& family), have a fruitful year ahead! :wink:

    Great stuffs. I read Problogger’s book right before my 1 week trip. Yaro’s, still awaiting my browsing on my desk. I just need to get that holiday-mode off first to dig myself right into blogging all over again. :cool:

    Enjoy!

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  15. Posted January 1, 2009 at | Permalink

    It isn’t in ebook form, but I feel that one of the most valuable sources of information online for making money blogging is Grizzly’s blog. And all the information there’s available for free.

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  16. Posted January 1, 2009 at | Permalink

    This is an excellent list, thanks.

    Happy 2009.

  17. Posted January 1, 2009 at | Permalink

    Yaro and Gideon have just created a special X-factor Strategy video that shows how to use Facebook to find profitable topics.I read about it in johnchow.com and in Yaro’s own blog. No objections at all the stuff is helpful.

  18. Posted January 2, 2009 at | Permalink

    Hey Sue

    Great article and thanks for the mention of Become A Blogger.

    Looks like you have a nice popular blog here :)

    All the best!

    Gideon Shalwick

  19. Posted January 3, 2009 at | Permalink

    I’ve downloaded some ebooks above :mrgreen:

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  20. Posted January 5, 2009 at | Permalink

    Thanks for mentioning Bloghology. I have recently launched “Become A Problogger” ebook series. You may download the first part from here:http://www.searchforblogging.com/problogger/become-a-problogger.html

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  21. Posted January 8, 2009 at | Permalink

    Another great list of ebooks I get for free. Thanks to you.

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  22. Posted January 10, 2009 at | Permalink

    wow~~
    nice list…
    wanna try some ebook above!!
    anyway,thank for sharing… :lol:

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  23. Posted January 29, 2009 at | Permalink

    Adding one to your paid list… Lorelle from Lorelle on WordPress has a great little book on blogging simply called “Blogging Tips”. I highly recommend it.

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  24. Posted February 11, 2009 at | Permalink

    I know the theory behind SEO and increasing visitors but tend to lack in the implementation of it.Being a bit of a net junkie the time and effort requirements do get fulfilled but matters such as keyword analysis take a back seat I find this tedious, although I do tend to use openings that are hopefully Google Getters.This has become more automatic rather than thought our,although on writing the first sentence here I did have this in mind and reworked it.

  25. Posted March 3, 2009 at | Permalink

    I have not so far bought any ebook. But frequently read from Problogger.net, which I really enjoy. Thank you for the list. I will check it out.

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  26. Posted March 8, 2009 at | Permalink

    Can you provide more information on this?

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  27. Posted April 2, 2009 at | Permalink

    Thanks for the list of book.

    I will check it out and certainly recommend to my reader.

  28. Posted April 19, 2009 at | Permalink

    Does Amazon have these available?

  29. Posted April 20, 2009 at | Permalink

    A great resource for free ebooks is Squidoo. Visit Squidoo and do a search for ‘ebook’ and you’ll see what I mean. ~ Colleen (Squidoo SemperFidelis)

  30. Posted April 20, 2009 at | Permalink

    A great resource for free ebooks is Squidoo. Visit Squidoo and do a search for ‘ebook’ and you’ll see what I mean. ~ Colleen (Squidoo SemperFidelis)

  31. Posted April 20, 2009 at | Permalink

    Sorry for the duplicate post, but my blog feed does not seem to want to propagate my posts here. :(

  32. Posted May 30, 2009 at | Permalink

    i am new to blogging and this might help me improving my skills. thank you very much for the list. :)

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  33. Posted June 25, 2009 at | Permalink

    Wow! Those ebooks are really good for bloggers. I have already download two of them from other blogs but other are new for me. Thanks for sharing this ebooks. It am sure it will add my progress in blogging.

  34. Posted July 10, 2009 at | Permalink

    I love the word free! Don’t you? Can’t wait to read some of these e-books =D

    Till then,

    Jean

  35. Posted July 22, 2009 at | Permalink

    Before you even think of hurdling from one business to another business opportunity, think again and ask yourself if you have diluted all the marketing budget free and on-budget resources to expand your current or beginning wholesale business.

  36. Posted September 4, 2009 at | Permalink

    Great post, thanks for sharing. I always like free, but who doesn’t. Thanks for the list.

  37. Posted September 8, 2009 at | Permalink

    Thanks for source of free ebook for blogging. I’ll check out these books.

  38. Posted October 14, 2009 at | Permalink

    Great source of blogging and web design e books. Thanks for share informative source of free ebooks.

  39. Posted October 19, 2009 at | Permalink

    I would prefer to read some other books unrelated with Internet, if we’re seeking a break from it then why not completely disconnect yourself from it. I would read some developmental books which could be beneficial for our journey in the life again after taking a good break :).

  40. Posted December 15, 2009 at | Permalink

    Another great list of ebooks I get for free. Thanks to you.

  41. Posted December 17, 2009 at | Permalink

    I recommend setting up google alerts for up to the minute hot topics for your city.

  42. Posted January 19, 2010 at | Permalink

    hanks for a very useful list.
    It is interesting that Bloggers today should know a lot about SEO and Google ranking, and not only about how to write a good content (which of course also important).

  43. Posted February 11, 2010 at | Permalink

    I prefer to use Amazon in my practice and I’m quite satisfied with the way it works as well as with the results of my job:)

  44. Posted July 9, 2010 at | Permalink

    I had the chance to read some of the the March 2008 edition of Bloghology. For me, it is helpful to read about how other bloggers have succeeded. It gives some new ideas about Blogging.

    By the way, I had a vacation in Nepal, where I had less internet access. It was a great time for reading some books.