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Announcement: Blogging Tips Book By Lorelle VanFossen

Blogging Tips Book by Lorelle VanFossenMy new book, “Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging”, is now available.

This book began as a series of articles from this blog to be put into a hand-out for participants of the Successful and Outstanding Blogger Conference (SOBCon07) held last week. As we discussed the book, it was clear that we wanted something more, something different, something that hadn’t been done before. Liz Strauss of Successful Blog, the producer of the conference, wanted to break ground with a new kind of blogging book, simple and to the point. Basic tips to help the blogger at any point in their blogging career.

“Blogging Tips” was born, a book focusing on what bloggers won’t tell you about blogging.

From conception to completed and printed product was 4 weeks. I worked on it as I traveled around the country, proofing the printer’s blue lines in a hotel in Everett, Washington, during a business conference and had it back in the mail to the printer within two hours of receipt. It was a whirlwind process that I do not recommend to anyone.

“Blogging Tips” returns to the basics of blogging and beyond with hundreds of the tips you need to know before you start blogging, and after.

  • Learn how to define your blog’s purpose: The book helps you to explore why you blog, the reason behind your blog, and who you are when you blog. Together, these tips help you define your blog’s purpose, and in turn, your blog’s identity and brand.
  • Learn how to build your blog’s plan: There are many reasons to blog, but many more reasons to blog with a plan. There are step-by-step tips to help you create a road map for your blog, charting a focused course for the development of your blog, blog content, and writing skills.
  • Explore the pros and cons of blog design: There are a lot of how-tos, what-to-do, and what-not-to-do tips that will help you determine and/or reevaluate your blog’s design and structure. Tips including helping you understand the modular aspect of modern blog designs and how to make each layout section of your blog offer the most valuable information to your readers, encouraging them to dig deeper into your blog and return for more.
  • Learn more about writing interesting and attention-getting content: Finding a constant stream of original content for your blog can be a challenge. The book offers a variety of tips for helping you to expand your content resources so you have a diverse range of inspiration and motivation for your blog posts.
  • Develop your blog writing voice and style: Blog writing is similar but different from other types of writing – and what and how you write depends upon the type and style of your blog. The book offers tips for helping you to decide who you are when you blog as well as how to make your intent clear with your best writing style.
  • Tips on writing with keywords and search terms: We continue to live in a text-oriented web world where the written word still matters. Writing with strong keywords and search terms not only helps your blog be found, it makes your blog writing clearer and easier to understand.
  • Learn how to encourage your readers to respond: A blog is about interactivity. “Blogging Tips” offers a wide range of tips to help you encourage readers to comment on your blog, as well as how to remove all the obstacles that get between a reader and their ability to comment.
  • Deal with comment spam and other nasty comments: Comment spam is here, but there are many tools now available to stop comment spam from appearing on your blog. Another growing phenomenon is the increase in nasty commenters and bloggers, those who thrive on saying evil things to other bloggers. The book includes tips on how to deal with nasty and unwanted commenters and bloggers, keeping your eye focused on your blog’s end goals and purpose and not the mean people.
  • Explore the new PageRank, TrustRank, and SEO techniques: There are a lot of changes in the new PageRank, including the new TrustRank, all coming together to test and evaluate how your blog scores with Google and other search engines. The book lists point-by-point things you need to consider as you write and develop your blog with search engine ranking in mind.
  • Learn how to improve SEO with podcasts, video, and other multimedia: As more and more blogs are adding audio/visual elements, the book covers some basic tips a new blogger needs to know about including multimedia.
  • Tips to prevent blog burnout: Burnout happens to everyone, and blogs tend to eat people’s spirit up if they live to feed the blogging monster. Tips are offered to help prevent and deal with blog burnout, and how to better manage your time, energy, and creativity with your blog’s content and management.
  • Tips on developing a blog plan of action in response to disasters, emergencies or accusations: Blogs serve as communication tools when disasters or emergencies strike. They are also often put on the spot with threats of lawsuits, copyright infringement, and defamation if they cross the line. Are you ready for your blog to be attacked or serve as a communications tool for when an emergency happens? During an emergency is not the time to be making a plan. Make your plan first.
  • Tips on administrating and maintaining your blog: So many blogging tips are directed towards blog content and design, but most of your blogging time maybe spent administering your blog, cleaning out comment spam, responding to comments, checking stats, and other maintenance tasks. The book offers tips on creating a maintenance schedule to help you keep on top of your blog’s administration.
  • Tips on online social networking and interaction: Today’s road to blog success is lined with social networking and bookmarking services. If you aren’t up on the latest in online interaction, you could be falling behind and stagnating. The book covers tips and suggestions on how to improve your online and in person marketing and networking skills to help your blog continue to stretch and grow with new readers.
  • Learn how to respond to copyright violations: As I say in my popular article on content theft, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” your blog’s content will be stolen. The book covers some basic tips on how to respond and fight copyright violations and blog scrapers.
  • Learn about your rights as a blogger: What are your rights as a blogger? Do you know? Bloggers are confronting freedom of speech, defamation, revealing sources, and other legal issues all the time. Are they protected within their country? The United States is currently working on protecting bloggers as journalists, though this might not last and it might not apply to your country. “Blogging Tips” helps you answer some of those questions with tips and resources to help you understand your blogging rights.
To Order Blogging Tips
Blogging Tips by Lorelle VanFossen is available through the Blog Herald’s new bookshop.

For a limited time, in honor of the 2007 Successful and Outstanding Blogger Conference, the book will be available for USD $12.95
(plus $3.00 US & $12.00 International Orders Shipping and Handling)

Get your copy now

And that’s just scratching the surface of all that is jammed packed into over 100 pages.

The book’s format is totally about the tips, with check boxes along the headings so you can “check off” each tip as you apply it to your blog.

Whether you have one blog and are just getting started, or many different blogs with distinctive subjects and voices, there are tips for you in this book.

There are two ways to order the book. You can order it directly from the publisher, SplashPress or through the new Blog Herald Bookstore.

Special Offer

If you order within the next week, I will personally autograph your book.

Along with that offer comes a lower price for the book while supplies last for USD $12.95 plus shipping. We’ve only a few books left from the conference, so if you want the lower price along with an autograph, you better hurry.

Who is Lorelle?

For those who have been reading , you are familiar with my work with WordPress and this blog, offering daily tips on how to blog in general, as well as with WordPress.

I’m also a professional writer and the author of , one of the first personal websites on the Internet, featuring over a thousand articles on travel, nature photography, and life on the road, and , a genealogy blog. I’ve a few other blogs lying around here somewhere.

I’ve also self-published several books on photography and travel, and one cookbook with my husband, Brent VanFossen, who used to handle all our cooking while I handled all the computer gear. Then I had to learn to cook. SIGH. Together, we each haul our own camera gear.

I am a daily columnist for the and guest blog and write for many blogs, ezines, websites, and print publications. Recent guest blog posts included Blogging Is About Writing and Blog Translations: The Next Web Frontier on Darren Rowse’s Problogger, and Your Writing Persona: Who Are You? on Writing Great Ezines & Blogs from Patsi Krakoff.

Along with driving Matt Mullenweg, Donncha O’Caoimh, Ryan Boren, Mark Jaquith, Andy Skelton, and the rest of the fabulous WordPress and Automattic crew nuts with my bitches and whines about WordPress, I travel extensively as a web consultant and public speaker, and can often be found in airports, truck stops, outside shops, and prowling your neighborhood looking for an open WIFI connection to send off my next blog post.

Yes, if you see a strange motor home or rented car outside of your home and you have an open WIFI connection, don’t call the police. Come out and say hi and get a hug for helping me connect to the world and my blogs.

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22 Comments

  1. Posted May 19, 2007 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I noticed your book is being sold through the Blog Herald’s new bookshop. Therefore, I assume it’s OK to offer something for sale at WordPress.com, provided the actual transaction takes place on another site. If so, this is great news. I want to stay on WordPress.com for blog writing, but also want to sell a few items from time to time. I don’t mind setting up a store somewhere else.

  2. Posted May 19, 2007 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    There is a fine line here. First, I got permission. Second, the links to the store are buried in tons of content, not ads everywhere. According to the rules, the sale and ads must be used sparingly compared to the original content. WordPress.com is about blogging, not making money for bloggers.

    So you can link to places which offer your products for sale, but be careful and ready to remove the links if they exceed their boundaries.

  3. Posted May 19, 2007 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I’ve been obsessively hording blogging tips for over a year and a half now, Lorelle, so it surprised me to crack open your new book and find that *so much* of what’s in there I either hadn’t thought of in that way or simply hadn’t considered at all. EXCELLENT resource, well worth the money, and highly recommended for anyone who wants to succeed at blogging.

  4. Posted May 19, 2007 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Easton,

    Wow, I am so honored. Thank you for the kind words. As you know, I’ve been hoarding blogging tips for a little longer. ;-)

    Thanks again and it was so great to meet you at the conference. I wish there had been more time!

  5. Posted May 19, 2007 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I would love to buy your book, but if I order it I will have to pay $12,00 shipping it seems. Is there any plans about making it available as download?

    I don’t mind paying for book since you certainly deserve something back for all that you have contributed to the blogging community, but I do mind paying $12,00 for simply having it shipped to me.

    I guess there could be problems with people simply copying the eBook, but are there ways to prevent that. I know how you feel about people stealing you content so that is the last thing I would want to happen :-)

    Perhaps could each downloaded pdf copy be tagged in a way that would enable eventual copies to be tracked back to the original buyer. Anyone knowing that would surely think twice before distributing it.

    I will still consider paying almost $25 for it (which would be my total price), but I must say it put a damper on my joy of seeing you publishing some of your great work that you would only get part of about half of what I paid.

    Another possible option was to sell it through a real online bookstore as well. That way those of us depending on international shipping would at least be able to order more books to distribute the shipping costs.

    Sorry for the rant and congratulations on what I am certain is a great read!

  6. Posted May 20, 2007 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Yes, soon my book will be available as an ebook and we’re also working on making it an audio book.

    The cost of shipping for international orders is current set on the high side as we are getting orders from Iraq, Israel, Morocco, Spain, Japan, and all over the world. Currently, the books are being shipped via the US post office to get them into the hands of buyers faster. This is more expensive than the cheaper methods which take two to four weeks or more to get a book to move through other channels.

    When current supplies of the book run out, the price will rise up to $19.95 plus shipping. This price is still from the SOBCon conference, so it’s deal right now, no matter how much you want to rant. :D

  7. Posted May 22, 2007 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    No e-version avalable?

  8. Posted May 22, 2007 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    As noted in the comment above, an e-book version will be available soon. The bookstore is new and things are still being set up.

  9. Posted May 22, 2007 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I have added your book to my blog books page at http://blog-books-tutorials-software-scripts.com/blog-rss-books/blog-marketing-books.html

    Cheers, Chris :-)

  10. Posted May 23, 2007 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Just ordered – that was frighteningly easy with PayPal… I’m a danger to myself with this e-commerce stuff :-)

    The subtitle is a little close to Ted’s book though… :-)

    Looking forward to it, I’ve been a reader for a while now, and your content is always excellent.

  11. Posted May 25, 2007 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Am I still in time to get an autographed copy? Otherwise I shall wait for the download version.

    Cheers

  12. Posted May 25, 2007 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    You are in time, but you better hurry. ;-)

  13. Posted May 26, 2007 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    Thanks for the response.
    I just made a purchase. The book is shipping out to the UK, so look out for it :)

  14. Posted May 26, 2007 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m definitely ordering it.. since I love to read your blog Lorelle, however is this too late for an autographed copy?

  15. Posted May 26, 2007 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I ordered it since I prefer a printed version.. ;-b

  16. Posted May 26, 2007 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Right now, the deadline for an autographed copy is June 2, 2007. And as soon as supplies run out, the next edition will be at the full price. So hurry.

  17. Posted May 30, 2007 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Im interested

  18. Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    So the only way to read this book about online Web Logs (no paper used), is to print a book? you created a book about Virtual communities, I think you should promote GREEN.

    E-Book or nothing for me!

  19. Donny
    Posted September 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Oh definitely getting this! I have been falling in love with WordPress this past year and this is exactly what I need to get the best out of my blogs. Can’t wait Lorelle!

  20. zoe emerick
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I am confused. Is your book on blogging tips available today, or not? It looks interesting.

    Thanks,
    Zoe

    • Posted March 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      The publisher has changed and we’ll be announcing it for sale again very soon. During the change, we had to stop sales on the book. Thanks.

    • Posted March 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      It is not available yet. Thanks.


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