Turn a Blog into a Book

June 27, 2018

Are you a writer?  With a blog?  Interested in creating a book or eBook with content?  I did some research and testing, and found a site that converts blogs into Word or PDF format.  PDF and Word files are easily converted into ePub or MOBI format for SmashWords, Amazon or Google.  The formatting isn’t perfect and images are low resolution in free mode, but from the pages of this WordPress blog, I created a full PDF document with a few clicks.  Below is a screen shot with part of the table of contents:

Blog to Book

My PDF document is 74 pages long after conversion.  PDFs are easily converted to ePub or MOBI format for eBook or eReader use.  Kindle eReaders prefer MOBI, something to consider when preparing an eBook for sale at Amazon.  SmashWords prefers ePub but accepts versions of Word, RTF, PDF and more.  PDF is generally safe for all self-publishing efforts.

This post doesn’t cover details for eBook formatting, but less complex text documents are better for publishing.  Word has many hidden formatting features that may cause issues when publishing eBooks.

Blog to Book with BlogBooker

Some plugins for WordPress claim to convert blogs to eBook formats, but don’t always work as advertised.  I found and tested BlogBooker and the ToC results are above.  The website has a very simple and free process.  The home page is below.  Clicking on the blue “Make your BlogBook” starts the program.

book to blog

Bloggers can choose content from WordPress, Blogger, Medium, Twitter, Tumblr, TypePad and LiveJournal.  Simply select the desired platform, register with an email address, and follow the simple instructions.  Choose from Microsoft Word or PDF for the final format, choose convert, and in minutes, receive a full PDF or Word document that may be converted into an eBook.

BlogBooker Limits

BlogBooker isn’t perfect, but it is a good tool.  Below is a clip from one of the pages I converted.  Note that each of the bullet points converted into numbers.  Each was a hyperlink in the blog post, but not in the PDF.  Be sure to carefully proofread the converted product.  BlogBooker can also be used to see what a completed conversion looks like and writers can adjust accordingly.

book to blogBlogBooker only allows a few conversions for free.   BlogBooker has paid plans that allow higher resolution pictures and unlimited conversions. Prices range from $19.00 (basic) to $79.00 for premier.  Payment in U.S. dollars, British Pounds or € Euros.

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Homepreneurs has instructions for step-by-step publishing on Smashwords and on Kindle/Amazon.  Google instructions will be a future post.

Creating an eBook-ready document is simple with BookBlogger.  Self-publishing is easy on the major publishing websites.  All instructions are written on Homepreneurs.  Everything is free.

And the best part?  When the eBook sells, you get paid.  Month after month after month.  Do very little work and earn passive income via royalties for years.

Please leave any questions or feedback in the comments.  I’m happy to answer questions.

Dion

 

Dion Shaw is founder and owner of Homepreneurs.  All articles written are copyright to Dion Shaw and Homepreneurs.  No reproduction is permitted without express written consent and violators will be prosecuted.  Neither Dion Shaw nor Homepreneurs is paid or otherwise compensated for suggestions in these posts.  No responsibility is assumed by either Homepreneurs or Dion Shaw.

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Show me the Way to Make and Save Money

September 10, 2013

Everyone wants to make extra money – saving money is good too.

April Carvelli has a blogs on Blogspot about different ways to make and save money.  A freelance writer, she was previously featured in a Homepreneurs Success Story.

From freelance writing to cutting cable and cell phone costs, April has a number of great ideas.

A great blog to make and save money!

Show me the Way to Make and Save Money.

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How to Start Blogging

April 6, 2013

This comment came through as SPAM this afternoon from visitor Bernice:  Wonderful blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?  There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused .. Any tips? Thanks!

Bernice, thanks for reading, commenting,and the positive words!  I’ll try to answer some of your questions – they are commonly asked by many other readers.

WordPress.com is a free blogging platform and one of the most popular with 60 million bloggers.  Other popular and free blogging platforms include: Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Weebly, and Blog.com .(1)   WordPress.com has built-in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and is very user friendly.  The support staff is great and the user community is helpful and friendly.  Just post a question to the group and someone will respond to your inquiry.  We all had to start somewhere as you want to do.

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Website or Blog: Which is Better?

February 1, 2012

You’ve made the decision to start a blog or website to increase your home business exposure or sell products online.  Both represent a presence on the World Wide Web, both have considerable value, yet differences exist.

A blog is more dynamic and easily changed with a few lines of text, pictures or video.  Websites can be added to, of course, but the structure is more static and often more difficult to modify.  A blog can – and often is – used in tandem with a website.  Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as personal online diaries; yet still others function more as online brand advertising for a product or company.

Blogs are often the work of a single person, not a team of designers, programmers, and writers, as some websites need.

Cost is a factor too – blog hosts are often free.  WordPress.com is an example.  Websites usually have charges associated with development, hosting, content, and updates.

Different Types of Blogs

– Art or art blog

– Photographs or Photoblog

– Videos or video blogging

– Music – MP3 or iTunes blog

– Audio or podcasting

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Blogging Tips: Top 7 Blogging Tips

October 10, 2011

Blogs are used for business, pleasure, opinions or stream of thought.  Homepreneurs is a blog hosted by WordPress.com with close to 400 articles or blog postings available to help you plan and run a home or small business.  Homepreneurs believes that an Internet presence – blog or website – is key to marketing, branding, and sales efforts.  Eventually, a true website is planned to make navigation easier and logical for our readers.

A blog is easier to start and keep running of the options mentioned.  In many cases – WordPress and Blogger are two – blog hosts are free and simple to set up.  More is involved however, if one wishes to either make money or create an information source with a blog.

As a professional blogger, Garish Wasil shares some of his favorite tips to help novice or inexperienced bloggers get started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging Tips: Top 7 Blogging Tips

By Garish Wasil

Starting a blog can be a fun experience, but you want more than that. You want to make money with your blog too. There are many things you can do with your blog to help you get more traffic and make more sales, and I’ve listed 7 blogging tips here just to get you started.

1. Post lots of content, and do it often. For one thing, readers like to read blogs that have fresh content published regularly. It’s hard for a reader to get into following you if you only post once in a great while. They don’t have to be monster posts, they just need to be timely and relevant. Also keep in mind that search engines also like to see you publish fresh content often.


2. Put your longtail keywords in your post titles so that people searching those words on a search engine will find your post. It’s nice to have as many people as possible read your posts since you’ve gone to all the work to write and post them – so think of your current readers as well as what you need to do to bring in some organic traffic.


3. Before you even put together a blog post, decide what you want the outcome of that post to be. Is it to promote an affiliate product or your own product? Is it meant to stir up a little controversy so that you get lots of comments and it goes viral? Is it to establish yourself as THE expert? Is it to leak some information and prime the pump before your product launch? You can give solid, valuable information in your post as well as have it point in the direction you want your readers to go next.

4. Keep your blog design pleasing to the eye and structure it so the person coming to your blog isn’t confused as to what he or she should do. What do you want them to do? Read your post then subscribe or buy something? Read your post, laugh at your wit, then go away? Don’t read your post, just click on the AdSense? Whatever you want them to do, don’t have your blog layout so confusing they don’t know where to turn next.

5. Use PLR to help you post more often. A PLR article might give you a spark of an idea for a blog post or you might take some PLR and lightly rewrite it to add your own personality. Either way, it can help you take action and get you publishing your blog on a regular basis.

6. Learn from other great bloggers how to blog. There is always something to learn, whether you’ve been blogging a short while or a long time. Subscribe to the best blogs, listen to what they have to say, and analyze everything about those blogs so you can make yours better.

7. Find out which WP plugins will make your blog friendlier to the search engines as well as to people. Readers like plugins like Comment Luv because it means if they leave a comment on your blog, their last blog post link will show under their comment. This encourages more comments, which is a good thing.

These are some of my favorite blogging tips. There is always more you can do with your blog to make it better, even if you’ve been blogging for years. So keep on learning, testing, tweaking, and posting.

Garish Wasil is a professional blogger and internet marketer. He blogs at his blogging tips blog vast9 and prefers Blog Mastermind to all to become a successful blogger and internet marketer. Every passionate blogger should checkout this.

Article Source:

http://howtouseblogger.com/blogging-tips-top-7-blogging-tips/


6 Steps to Get a Professional Blogging Job

July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011 –

Homepreneurs has posted in the past about blogging as a job option.  Blogging or expert writing is inexpensive to start, requiring only a computer  and an Internet connection (both available at the local library), good grammar and some level of expertise.

The article below provides a handy start up guide to becoming a professional (or semi-professional) blogger; Susan Gunelius provides six suggestions for beginners.  Note these important points: First impressions count and spell checker is your friend.  Nothing rules one out faster than bad grammar or irrelevant content.

This is a great opportunity to start a small business or make extra money on the side.  Please remember to verify these sites and potential employers before jumping into a career.  Best wishes and much success!

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How to Get the Experience You Need to Become a Professional Blogger

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Once you’ve decided to pursue a paying position as a professional blogger, you’ll need to get the experience that hiring managers are looking for. Follow these steps to boost your chances of landing a professional blogging job.
1. Define Your Area of Expertise
People who hire professional bloggers have high expectations from those bloggers. Professional bloggers need to create fresh, timely and meaningful content for their readers, and they need to be able to participate in the blog’s community providing information that readers want to see. You’ll need to be able to establish yourself as extremely knowledgeable in any subject matter for which you apply to be a professional blogger. Just like any job, the most qualified person will get the position.
2. Learn to Blog
Before a hiring manager can be interested in your skills, you need to polish them. Create a personal blog on a topic of interest to you that you are passionate about and begin to blog about it. Take the time needed to fully understand all of the blogging toolsavailable to you.Learning to blog also requires learning how to promote your blog through social bookmarking, social networking, participating in forums and more. Invest quality time in learning how to market your blog as hiring managers will expect this from the professional bloggers they hire.
3. Build Your Online Presence
Once you establish your own blog and your area of expertise, invest quality time in growing your online presence. To be considered an expert and knowledgeable in your topic, you need to develop your credibility by networking online. You can do this through social networking and forum participation as mentioned in step 2 above. You can also accomplish this by writing great content on websites such as Associated Content, HubPagesor another site that allows anyone to join and post content.As you build your online presence, remember that you’re also building your online brand. Everything you say online can be found and seen by a hiring manager. Keep your online content appropriate to the type of brand image you’re trying to create.
4. Search Blogging Job Boards
Take the time to view the websites where blogging jobs are posted and apply to the ones in your area of expertise. You need to commit to your blogger job search, because many qualified bloggers apply to every blogging job. You need to apply quickly to be considered.You can find professional blogging jobs using this list of blogging job sources.
5. Show You Can Add Value
When you apply for a professional blogging job, remember the competition is tough. Show the hiring manager how you can bring value to that blog through great content and promotion which will lead to increased page views and subscribers, which will then lead to ad revenue for the blog owner. Include your blogging experience in your application along with links to your blog posts or other online writing clips that demonstrate you understand the blog’s topic and what the hiring company wants.Read more about what hiring managers look for in terms of professional blogger skills, then brush up on those skills and reference your abilities related to those skills in your application.
6. Make Your Writing Sample Shine
Many hiring managers will request that professional blogging applicants provide a sample blog post related to the blog’s topic to get a better understanding of the type of content the applicant would write if they got the job. This is your opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Write a sample post that is relevant and timely and shows you know the topic better than anyone else. Include useful links to show you understand the topic’s place in the blogosphere. Finally, make sure your sample post does not contain spelling or grammatical errors. In other words, make it impossible for the hiring manager to refuse your application.


Source:http://weblogs.about.com/od/professionalblogging/tp/GetJobBlogging.htm?p=1

Website or Blog: Which is Better?

October 1, 2010

You’ve made the decision to start a blog or website to increase your business exposure or sell products online.  Both represent a presence on the Internet or World Wide Web, both have considerable value, yet significant differences can exist.

Many blog hosting options – Blogger, WordPress, and Blogspot, et al. – are available to you; further, many are free or inexpensive.  As a blogging novice, one should consider several issues: Cost, exposure, features, support, ease-of-use, and flexibility are a few.  Also of concern is whether to initiate a website immediately or ‘test the waters’ and by blogging, gauge interest in your product or service.  The three blog hosts mentioned above are excellent choices: free, easy to use, and offer support services.

To clarify, a blog is similar to online diary that is updated every time a post or entry is submitted. Depending on business or personal needs and goals, a blog may not be appropriate; consider a traditional website instead.  A website generally consists of a ‘home’ page, an ‘about us’ page, a ‘contact us’ page and other content pages. This kind of Internet presence is more complex but more versatile as well. For instance, more payment options can be incorporated in a website as opposed to most blogs.  So-called ‘Shopping Cart’ features provided by third party providers can accept payment options from PayPal to Visa and gift certificates.  Since a contract is involved, certain legal rights are both inherent and implied; free hosts generally give no promises or guarantees.

Also to consider are the terms of service (TOS) used by some blogs.  Wordpess, for example, states the following in their TOS: “Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category.”

(see: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/affiliate-link?replies=73 for details)

WordPress therefore, is not suitable for the business that wishes to make money from certain affiliate marketing or MLM links.  If that is your business plan, a hosted website (paid) is a better option.

Further, if a decision is made to use a free blog exclusively, one should be aware of the limitations of free hosted services, in particular if the blog is an income generator.  Be warned that regardless of how wonderful and popular your blog is, it exists on the Internet at the host’s discretion.  If the host opts to shut down its services or your blog, it may do so without warning and recompense.  Simply, any income generated from your blog (and any content included) is potentially at risk of non-existence at any time.

Other issues to consider with free blog hosting are bandwidth (pages slow to load), content size limitations, and support concens. Consider the free blog host with millions of visitors slowing your page load; people will become impatient and navigate to other sites.  This scenario is not atypical; countless numbers of websites and blogs exist on the Internet in addition to yours and may bog down even the best maintained sites.

A common solution may involve starting with a free blog host and once solid visitor numbers are acheived, migrating to a web host. Of course, there may be disadvantages to this strategy as well: Site ranking may be negatively impacted and will take time to recover.  There is also a risk of losing some ‘regular visitors’ and in turn, a drop in earnings from the site.

Finally, consider instead investing in a paid host immediately and avoid the potential future headaches of losing visitors or an entire blog presence.  Many reputable and solid website hosting companies have very inexpensive initial hosting plans that can be upgraded in the future.  For example, GoDaddy.com offers an economy hosting plan for around $5.00 per month, depending on the terms.

by Dion D. Shaw

Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs.


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