I have reviewed Darren Rowse’s 31Days to Build a Better Blog (31DBBB) ebook before, but it is such a great resource, I am doing it again. If you are looking for ways to better your blog, to increase your readership, this is a resource you need to have. This is a dense resource full of material that remains relevant to today’s blogging.
Bloggers with an existing blog and perhaps an existing audience will be the ones to most benefit from this resource; improving your existing blog. But that doesn’t mean you must fit that mold. If you are just starting up, this will help get you started on the right track. And for beginners and experienced bloggers alike, Darren also has Problogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging – which I also own a copy of, and may review in the future. But getting back to the point…
A Well Defined Plan
This resource is full of good ideas to improve your writing, your traffic, and your readership. It is so dense, you might be tempted to skip around and try different things right away. I would encourage you to follow the outline of the book, which is outlined with material and exercises for each day – Day 1, Day 2, etc. for 31 days.
You will experience the best results if you follow the days as outlined with consistency. Don’t jump around, and don’t skip days. Commit to following the structure day by day. That will return the best results.
An Ongoing Resource
You will find yourself returning to it later as a resource. I personally have found that every once in awhile it makes sense to go through it again and it always gives me some new ideas.
Here is another usage suggestion: instead of just reading the PDF, print it out. I keep a printout with a binder clip that I have written copious notes in. I come back to this in time and will add new notes, update old ones, maybe make new highlights. It is an ongoing resource.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I receive a referral fee when you purchase this book via my affiliate link. I am not writing this post simply to generate affiliate income. I truly believe this is a fantastic resource and that you will benefit from it (if indeed you are looking for success as a blogger).
There have been products that have been listed on this site before that I have removed because after testing and receiving feedback from readers, they did not turn out to do what was advertised (or didn’t do it well). That is not the case with this book. In fact, I purchased the original 31DBBB book even after seeing Darren’s posts from which it was developed. Then, when he released a new updated edition, I upgraded (albeit at a discounted price offered presale for previous edition owners).
So, I have no problem saying that I personally recommend this book. Whenever someone tells me they want to improve their blog or they are thinking of blogging, I recommend this resource.