Non Fiction

Blogging for Gold by Anuj Tikku|Book Review

Title: Blogging for Gold

Author: Arun Tikku

Pages: pages (E-book)

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: September 28, 2019

Publisher: Self Published

Blogging for gold is a A to Z guide for amateur , professional bloggers and hobbyists , who want to learn how to start and blog . How to build content and then how to make money from your b logging niche .

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Blogging for Gold‘ is a beginners guide on how to blog. It’s divided into 60 chapters. Each being short and crisp.

The book talks about the apps you’ll need to complement your blog, the mistakes of beginners and the importance of social media. How it now has in certain aspects become even more important than traditional media. Anuj Tikku talks about advertising, affiliate programs and how to monetize your blog. This book also has a portion on ‘bloggers block‘ and how to deal with it. I appreciated this portion quite a lot as not many acknowledge this problem.

What went wrong for me was that while guiding us how to blog it strayed away talking about ‘how to write pulp fiction‘ or ‘how to self publish‘ etc. Also, portions like ‘if Arjuna was a blogger’, ‘women rule the social media world’ and a few more chapters had absolutely no content to offer on the topic.

Also, it went back and forth on topics. Like ‘Affiliate marketing bloggers holy grail‘ was on chapter 49 while ‘The key to winning affiliate marketing game’ was on chapter 56. The chapters in between were ‘how to write a self published book’, ‘who’s a social influencer’, ‘women rule the social media world’ etc. which caused reading difficulty. It could have been avoided and was definitely a sign on lousy editing.

All over Blogging for Gold is a good book to help you understand the dynamics of blogging and give you a upperhand as a beginner. But it could have been better. It gets a 3.5 stars from me.

My Rating: 3.5/5

“Blogging for Gold” is available in E-book.

Buy Links : Amazon(IN)

Non Fiction

THE FREELANCE MUM: A flexible career guide for better work-life balance by ANNIE RIDOUT | Book Review

Title: The Freelance Mum

Author: Annie Ridout

Pages: 288 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Non-fiction

Publication Date: January 10, 2019

Publisher: Fourth Estate

More time with your kids, making the money you know you’re worth and a better work/life balance. No wonder more women than ever are choosing to be become freelance mums.
In the last decade, 70% more mums have chosen to go freelance. Annie Ridout was one of them. And in her enlightening new book, she shares the tips and tricks that helped her build a better working life around her family.
From choosing a career and launching a website, to getting your name out there and perfecting your brand, to the nitty gritty of childcare options and daily routines, The Freelance Mum is a comprehensive guide to setting out on your own path.
Using her own experience, alongside advice from other mums that make it work, including Arianna Huffington, Scummy Mummies, Carrie-Anne Roberts, Robyn Wilder, Zoe de Pass, Cherry Healey, Sali Hughes and Anna Jones, Annie will show that with hard work and determination, any mother can thrive as a freelancer.

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Quite comprehensive and an useful guide for all freelance Mums to help you manage work and personal life better.

The book starts with a short introduction and a section explaining why to go freelance. Though it stresses on Mums struggling with time management, it can be an useful a guide for anyone who’s struggling with work/life balance and is not happy or satisfied with their current job.(But then you’ll have to skim some parts)

From here Annie Ridout very slowly and extensively goes through the sections on how to set your daily routine around your baby’s nap time to how to brand yourself and spread the word out.

She guides you on how to efficiently switch your mum mode to work mode back and forth and really has a substantial portion on how to divide your day.

She talks about the very touchy and tricky topic of money. Of how to decide a rate and on how to negotiate it.

She even thoroughly guides you on how to set up your social media profile and blog. When I say thoroughly I do mean it. She talks about Instagram, Twitter, Facebook separately and exhaustively. On how to stand out, to how to get followers to the apps that she uses to schedule posts and edit photos. She also has some great SEO tips and tricks.😉

I’m really impressed on how rigorous this study is and the real life experiences from so many freelance mums adds the cherry on the top!

My Rating: 5/5

‘The Freelance Mum is available in Paperback and E-book.

Buy Links : Amazon(IN), Amazon(UK)