Free eBooks

How to Get Your Blog Noticed in a Crowded Niche (Free eBook)

Tristan’s Note 5/2/11: More people need to read this post, so I’m not going to update the blog today. The next update will be Thursday, May 5.

Blogging in a crowded niche is tough, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea to start a blog in a crowded niche. What it does mean is that there are lots of people interested in the subject and that you can potentially make money from it. This is good. Sure it’s tough, but if you’re ever told that it’s impossible to have a successful blog in a crowded niche, just remember this: There’s room for something better in every niche. If your blog is better than others in your niche, your blog will get noticed, and you will reap the rewards.


April 28th, 2011|

31 Awesome eBook Ideas for Any Niche

Monday 2/21/11: I’m really proud of this post and I want to make sure all of my readers see it… and comment on it :) So I’m not posting today. My next post will be Wednesday, 2/23.

[This looooong post is also available as a PDF ebook that you can download here.]

I love ebooks. I love reading them. I love writing them. I love collecting them. Heck, I even love thinking about writing them.

But I think some bloggers are a little bit afraid of writing ebooks, and most bloggers don’t bother. For those bloggers I’ve compiled a list of 31 ebook ideas that can be applied to any niche.

I could see all of these ebooks being offered as free linkbait or listbait incentives, and you could probably even charge for some if they were good enough.


February 18th, 2011|

68 Blogging Tips from Confucius (FREE eBook Plus a Bonus!)

Do you want a free 20-page PDF ebook containing 68 great blogging tips from the true master himself, Confucius?

Would you like to know how to easily write an ebook in a day?

Then you’ve come to the right place!


December 3rd, 2010|

The Single Most Important Element of a Successful Blog

This is a long post; as such, I’ve also made it a PDF ebook that you can download. The download link is at the end of the post.

The idea for this blog post has been simmering in my mind for some time now, but it finally caramelized this morning. Someone emailed me a guest post that they’d like to see posted on Blogging Bookshelf. I’m currently not accepting guest posts, but I read it anyway and sent the following email back

Even if I were currently accepting guest posts, I don’t think I’d publish this one. There’s not really anything new or amazing there. All of it is pretty much common sense for most bloggers. I want my readers to say “Wow” or “Huh. I’ve never thought of that” after every post, and I didn’t get that after reading yours.

Harsh? Maybe a little bit, though I wasn’t trying to be a jerk and meant to say it in as nice a manner as possible. That got the wheels turning a little bit, and then I realized what the key ingredient to any successful blog was, and why I religiously read the blogs that I religiously read. What was that key ingredient?


November 29th, 2010|

How to Create Killer Analogies by Relating Anything to Anything Else (FREE ebook!)

[This is a loooong post. As a result, I’ve also made it available as a free downloadable PDF ebook. Right click here to download.]

Life is like a box of chocolate. Writing a book is like carving a jack-o-lantern. Blogging is like deep sea fishing ( <—More on that one later!).

Everyone loves analogies. They’re fun to read, and they make concepts both easier to understand and easier to relate to. You should include analogies in your blogging because they can be a big hit with your readers. See my Newton’s 3 Laws of Blogging post for evidence of that.

So let’s get started!


November 12th, 2010|

101 Ways to Battle Blogger’s Block FREE ebook! (No opt-in! Please RT)

This ebook used to be available only through my newsletter (I’ve got a new one for ya if you DO subscribe to my newsletter, which I HIGHLY recommend!). But now it’s available for anyone to download! Retweet it and tell your friends!

Blogger’s block is the blogging version of writer’s block. Some of those reading this might be considering starting up a blog, but are worried about whether or not they’ll be able to always come up with something to blog about.


November 2nd, 2010|

Plan and Launch Your Blog with The Blog Planning Kit (free PDF, no opt-in)

This is a free, downloadable, printable PDF ebook that I wrote because I like blog planning and I like lists. Whenever I start (or think of starting) a new blog, I make a bunch of lists. The lists are so that I can have a fully-developed idea of what I want my blog to be like in terms of content and design, plus what my roadmap is for things like promotion and monetization. When all of these lists come together, you get the Blog Planning Kit.

I got tired of just writing out all of the notes randomly on normal paper and never quite remembering all of the things that I should think out, so I digitized the whole thing. Out of the kindness of my heart, I’ve made it freely available to all :)


October 17th, 2010|