As a quick little disclaimer, yes, this post has affiliate links. But it’s not a post from a swipe file or just another summary of a product’s sales page. I have bought everything in this post and reviewed it myself. There is no shame in making money off of something you like and believe is good for people!
This week, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger released his third eBook, ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging. I admit, I almost didn’t buy it because my initial thought was “Wow, I’m well beyond my first week of blogging.”
But then I realized I really wasn’t. I’m actually gearing up to start a new blog in the next coming weeks with my hubby about our collective photography adventures. We both have photography blogs that just showcase our pictures (his and mine), but we want to do something different – more informational. Just a week ago when we were discussing it, then we got “stuck” at the part about what kind of content to create.
Here’s where ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging comes into the picture.
As I mentioned in the opening disclaimer, this isn’t one of those reviews that is just a summary of the sales page where I’m trying to convert everyone like a super affiliate. Believe it or not, I didn’t read the sales page. Or the emails (sorry Darren). I just know that I’ve bought the other two ProBlogger guides (31 Days to Build a Better Blog and Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers) and I learned a lot of great things from both. So I figured, why wouldn’t this be any different.
What You’ll Get in ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging
This eBook is a little different than what I expected, but in a good way. I should say this is more of a workbook than an eBook. It gives you three to five tasks to complete each day with one main end goal – to create a solid content base for your new blog.
During each day of your first week, you will learn to do (and actually do) the following for your new blog.
Day 1 – setup an ideas folder, brainstorm several specific post ideas that your target audience, decide on a posting schedule, plan your first week of content, and create your launch post.
Day 2 – publish your launch post, create a “my story” post, develop a publishing process, generate ideas for pillar content, and build a social media presence for your blog.
Day 3 – publish your “my story” post, create pillar content, generate ideas for a pillar content series, plan your next post, and engage with your audience.
Day 4 – publish your first pillar content post, create your next post, play with formats & headlines, create a content plan, and promote valuable resources for your niche.
Day 5 – publish your latest post created on Day 4, start your pillar content series, take advantage of blog comments, and research your audience.
Day 6 – publish your first series post, share a good link with your audience, create the second post in your series, create a style guide, and work on your about page.
Day 7 – review your blog’s direction, identify what content is missing from your ideas, and refresh your publishing plans.
Each day’s tasks and guided exercises are estimated to take about 90 minutes each day, but realistically you should probably set aside some additional time as writing posts or getting caught up in social media can go from a planned 10 minutes to an hour or more.
What You Won’t Find in This Guide
Everyone has their own idea of “the first week” of blogging. This starts at the point you are ready to start adding content to your site and getting engaged with social media. It doesn’t cover choosing your blogging platform, figuring out the technical ins and outs of WordPress, or other similar topics. This is primarily about content – getting ideas, creating it, planning it, scheduling it, etc.
Also, if you’re like me and the first thing you like to do is scroll quickly through the pages of your eBook to get a feel for how long each section is, you will see that while it is very step-by-step oriented, there isn’t a high level of detail.
What’s great about that is if you have a basic idea on how to do the task, you don’t have to cut through a lot of bulk to get down to business. But if you’re not sure exactly how to proceed with a particular step, there are hyperlinks in the descriptions of most tasks that will get you to posts with much more detail.
How Much Is It?
This week, until May 17th, this 52 page eBook / workbook is only $9.99 – 50% off the regular price. If you buy it now during the introductory offer, you are also entered in a drawing to win one of two Pro Plus Themes Packages from Studiopress. Also, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a special bonus offer from me!
What If I’m Past This?
Ok, let’s say that you feel you have top notch content and don’t need any help with determining publishing schedules, how to generate new content ideas, and how to build a foundation of solid content in general. What should you get then? Here are a few more recommendations.
Want help with making your blog better?
31 Days to Build a Better Blog will take you through 31 days of dedicated tasks to improve your existing blog. Think of it as a more extensive course going beyond just the first week and made for more than just beginners. I wrote how it helped my blog in just the first three days here.
Want help with your writing and SEO?
The Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers is a comprehensive checklist that you can go through for each of your blog posts to ensure that the writing, scannability, search optimization and grammar are as perfect as possible so that your post will be successful. I wrote a more thorough review of it here.
Want help promoting your blog posts?
If you’re looking to learn how to promote a single post, whether on your own blog, a guest post, or a freelance article for increased traffic, then my Blog Post Promotion guide is what you’re looking for.
The best part? If you buy any of the ProBlogger books through my affiliate links – Guide to Your First Week, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, or Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers – shoot me an email with your receipt and I’ll send you a 40% off discount code for my blog post promotion eBook!
With the right information and strategies, your blog can be unstoppable!