Have you met James Hussey yet? I can’t remember the first time I ran into him. It’s been several months now. But we got connected and I often read his blog. He has the style I really like, every-day-talk as I would call it, where he makes everything sound simple and easy.
He wrote his book in the same style. I got a free copy of his book to read with no obligation to write about it, but I think it is good enough to actually tell you about it. So this is it, the review :)
Duct Tape SEO
James wrote a book about SEO and optimizing your WordPress blogs on a shoestring budget. He started his online ventures and learned along the way which obviously worked for him, since he is doing it full time now.
The name of the book is Duct Tape SEO so it gives you an idea what will you learn from it straight away.
He covers WordPress and its functionality in depth with special focus on SEO, including keyword research. The main goal of the book though isn’t just to teach you SEO, it is to teach you how to do it if you can’t afford Market Samurai, for example.
One of the things I really liked about the book is that he goes into details on keyword research but then also tells you when to follow your guts.
Another thing I like is the money aspect of the book, or better said the money saving aspect of it.
When you are starting your online ventures, you will often start barely having the money for the domain and hosting (how many of you started with a free blog because they could not afford a paid one?).
So once you get into all this and then learn that you need hundreds and hundreds of extra dollars to buy this and that tool or you will fail, you get discouraged and some even give up.
James is showing you the ways to do it without investing hundreds and hundreds of dollars into your blog. Sure, some things take longer if they are free but it is good to have that option.
Who is the book for?
I always learn something new, from almost every book written by a blogger, because all of us have different experiences and focus on mastering different things.
So I can find some interesting points to take home from this one as well. But I believe the book is better for those who are starting out, than seasoned bloggers.
Not because it doesn’t have any advanced tips, it does, but because it is going into a lot of details that you may not want to go through.
Which brings me to the only thing I don’t like about this book. OMG, it is way too long. It has 292 pages!!!
I felt like such a bad person for postponing reading the book and it took pretty much months for me to finish it. It was a good read but with all the online and offline life going on, I just didn’t have time to sit down and go through 292 pages. At the same time I wanted to make sure I know what is in it before I recommend it to anyone.
So bottom line, I do recommend this book to all those who are starting out with their WordPress blogs and don’t want to pour too much money in them but at the same time want to get something out of it.
The real experience James has, that he gained while trying and testing different things is what makes this book valuable. He is making a living online from it and if it worked for him, it may work for you too.
Win a free copy
James was nice enough to let me give one copy away and I wanted to make it easy for you to enter.
So, if you want to win a free copy of this book, all you have to do is retweet this post OR share it on Facebook OR share it on Google+. Not all 3, just one. If you do all 3 that is 3 entries for you.
I will pick a random winner using Random.org, on Friday December 02nd.
Once you retweet or share the post, post the link to it in the comments. How to find a link? In all three networks, the post will have a time of the posting, when you click it, you will be taken to the post URL. Copy the URL and post it in the comments below. I will count up to three entries for each person (one RT or one FB share or one Google+ share).
Have you read this book yet? If you haven’t, don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!!