Isaac's book is great if you want to create a product review blog. He gives great advice in this book for that. However this book is not as useful as his other book for those who want to create a different type of blog, such as a teaching blog. To be fair Isaac admits this from the start. Still a good read if you are learning about creating a blog and an income from it.
This book is about how to create a product review blog and monetize it so that you can make some cash. If this is the sort of blog you want to create, this author probably has something to say to you. If it's not then a more general book on blogging would probably suit you better.
Things I didn't like:
- the author talks a lot about how amazing this book is. For instance he writes "This will be the best blogging book that you have ever read, with the one exception being my previous book." I haven't read his previous book but this one wasn't amazing and the comments on how good it was were just irritating.
- he writes that you don't need to actually try a product before you review it. This is unethical and provides nothing of value to your blog readers. He then throws in a bit later that you should mention that you haven't actually used the product and that will make your review ethical. It won't. Reviewing something you have no firsthand experience of is not ethical. Readers expect that information they get from a blogger is genuine and trustworthy and as soon as they work out that your reviews are second-hand rubbish they will move on.
- the book comes without a table of contents navigation pane in Kindle so that you can't move easily between sections without going back to the beginning of the book
Things I liked:
- some information on writing a particular sort of blog but there's a fair bit to wade through to get to any nuggets.
Isaac's book was a genuine surprise. Firstly, the book moves swiftly. Instead of including information (about things like how to set-up a YouTube channel) that could be found elsewhere, the author refers the reader to Google search where they can find the information they need. The book doesn't get bogged down, allowing the reader to move from one valuable tip to another. The final chapter reinforces the author's earlier comments regarding ensuring blogging is about an interest that one is passionate about. It can't be just about fast cash.
In the end, though, the reader is left with a system they can implement. Albeit, a system that will take some time and effort. That is where this book shines. It offers the novice comprehensive advice about starting one particular style of blog that will (if the system is rigorously adhered to) begin to make some money.
The book flowed really well. There were some grammatical errors (repeated words and typos mainly). In summary, though, this book is worth the time and effort.