How to Start a Book Blog, Review Books, and Make Money

Do book bloggers make money?

How do I start my own book blog and make money?

1. Choose a platform to build your website

  • WordPress — this popular platform has been the go-to choice for blogs and has a wide range of extensions for growing your website’s functionality.
  • Zyro — this website builder is affordable and easy to use. All you need to do is pick a plan, choose a template, edit it, and start blogging right away.
  • Squarespace — similar to Zyro, Squarespace has a vast selection of themes and you need to become a premium user to use them. But it lets you try the service at no cost for 14 days.

2. Come up with a blog name

  • What kind of books will I be writing about?
  • What sort of tone will my content have?
  • Who am I writing for?

3. Customize your website

  • Appearance — think of how the blog should feel. For instance, if you want to establish a playful tone, you can go with a more colorful design.
  • Customizability — you should be able to modify the theme easily so you can tailor it to your needs and preferences.
  • User-friendliness — it should be easy for readers to read and navigate your blog.
  • Loading speed — nobody likes to wait for a website to appear on their screen. Plus, fast loading time can improve your blog’s search ranking.
  • Mobile-friendliness — this is important considering most people access the internet with their mobile devices nowadays.

4. Create a content plan

  • Listicles of top books in a certain category
  • Roundups of the bestselling or latest publications
  • Interviews with authors
  • Short essays
  • Book reading challenges

5. Create a review policy

  • The type of books and genres you accept.
  • What rating system you use to evaluate the books, such as a five-star rating system.
  • What formats you accept, such as physical copies, PDFs, ePubs, Audiobooks, and so on.
  • A disclaimer that explains your content is honest and specifies whether you will post negative reviews.
  • Where you post the reviews other than your book blog, such as Amazon, Goodreads, or social media networks.
  • The types of posts they can request other than a book review, such as author interviews, or listicles.
  • When they can expect the post to be published.

6. Make yourself known

Social media

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

7. Monetize your book blog

Affiliate marketing

  • Amazon — this ecommerce giant has tons of books and other related products to sell. The signup is straightforward, but you need to make three sales within 180 days to become an official affiliate.
  • Book Depository — it’s free to get started, and you’ll get a 5% commission of every purchase made from your links.
  • eBooks.com — this long-time ebook seller has various link types you can use and generous commission deals.

Place ads

  • PropellerAds — this option is a good choice for newcomer bloggers. You don’t need large traffic volumes to get started, and it has a low minimum withdrawal of $5.
  • Google AdSense — a well-known ad network. It’s a great choice if your monthly visitor count has grown significantly. It has various ad types to choose from and a feature to monitor your ads’ performance.
  • AdThrive — if your blog has over 100,000 monthly visitors, this platform can bring you substantial earnings. It’s certified by Google and provides many resources to optimize your ads.

Sell your own products on your blog

Create a membership platform

How do I write a book review for my blog?

  • Borrow from a local library.
  • Search for free digital books on platforms like Feedbooks.
  • Request advanced reader copies from publishers or sites like NetGalley.

1. Read a book

2. Write the review

Information about the Book

  • Book title
  • Author name
  • Genre
  • Publisher
  • Release date
  • Number of pages

Short summary

Review

  • Be original. Look for reviews of the same book. What has been mentioned beforehand? What unique points can you bring to the table?
  • Divide your review into sections. You can use headings for this. Not only will it make your article more organized, but it can also improve its readability.
  • Include quotes. It can help with proving why you like or dislike an element in the book. Plus,it can add more credibility to your review.

Conclusion

3. Proofread and edit the content

Is it better to start a blog or write a book?

Wrapping up

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