The Best Blogging Books to Read This Year

Let’s talk blogging books! 

If you’re a blogger or content marketer of any kind, you probably have a stack of books in your office, on your kindle, or sitting in your Amazon cart. 

Folks like us tend to have a passion for reading and expanding our knowledge. And if you’re someone who dreams of breaking free from the 9-to-5 grind, you probably want to read some educational books if you haven’t started already.

Let’s take Sarah, for example.

She was working at a local store full time and was officially ‘over it’. She really wanted to be her own boss, work from home, and make a living doing something she was passionate about. And so, after reading a couple of books and listening to some podcasts, she decided to jump into digital marketing with both feet. With the goal of earning as an affiliate, she decided to start a blog.

Like Sarah, many of us have dreamt of creating a successful blog that generates passive income while allowing us to pursue our passions. But where to start? 

The answer often lies within the pages of educational, life-changing books that were written by successful people that have already accomplished what YOU are trying to accomplish. 


Here are some blogging books and general entrepreneurship books that are worth the read!

1. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss.

If you’re tired of the daily grind, this book is for you. It’s one of those game-changer books that every blogger and entrepreneur needs to read.

In this one, Timothy shares his personal journey from being a burnt-out entrepreneur to finding freedom and success by redesigning his life. This book teaches you how to escape the 9-to-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich. It’s the perfect resource for any aspiring blogger seeking to gain control of their time and income.

2. “ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income” by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett.

ProBlogger is an all-around incredible resource for bloggers. And this book is the ultimate guide for anyone serious about turning their blog into a full-time income. Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett share their years of experience and success in the blogging world. 

They provide actionable tips, proven strategies, and inspiring stories that will guide you on your journey to blogging success. We love Darren because he doesn’t cut corners. He’s looking out for bloggers, sharing the whole truth always, and offering incredible resources to help you grow your blog.

3. “Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content” by Ann Handley.

A successful blog starts with great content. And this Wall Street Journal best seller is the resource you need to learn how to do this content marketing thing the right way! 

Ann Handley’s “Everybody Writes” is an essential guide for crafting engaging and persuasive content that attracts readers and keeps them coming back for more. This book provides practical tips and examples to help you find your unique voice and create content that resonates with your audience.

4. “SEO 2023” by Adam Clarke.

You can have the best content in the world, but it won’t matter if no one can find it. “SEO 2023” (by Certified Google Professional Adam Clarke) is a comprehensive guide to mastering search engine optimization, helping you rank higher in search results and drive more traffic to your blog. 

With easy-to-understand strategies and actionable advice, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to increase their blog’s visibility and success.

5. “Traffic Secrets” by Russell Brunson.

This book isn’t just for bloggers, but it shows you all the ins and outs of driving traffic to your site, your offer, your email list… or anywhere else you want to send them! 

Russell Brunson, the co-founder of the software company Clickfunnels, teaches you to master evergreen traffic strategies to fill your website and funnels with your dream customers. Every blogger should grab this book and binge-read asap. 

6. “How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul” by Ruth Soukup.

We love Ruth Soukup’s teaching style: always easy to understand! In her blogging book, Ruth Soukup shares her expertise on building a successful and profitable blog without compromising your values. 

With practical advice, real-life examples, and actionable steps, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to monetize their blog while staying true to their passions.

7. “Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community” by Joy Deangdeelert Cho

Joy Deangdeelert Cho, founder of the blog “Oh Joy!,” shares her experiences and provides valuable advice on building a thriving blog and online community. From finding your niche to growing your audience and monetizing your blog, this book is an excellent resource and refreshing read for both new and experienced bloggers. 

8. “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear

Another MUST-READ-ASAP book. 

While not specifically about blogging, “Atomic Habits” offers valuable insights into building and maintaining the habits that lead to success. By applying James Clear’s principles, you’ll develop the discipline, consistency, and productivity required to grow your blog and achieve your goals.

9. Content Rules 

“Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business” by Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman.

Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman provide a comprehensive guide to creating a wide range of content types that will captivate your audience and boost your online presence. This book is packed with practical advice that will help you create compelling content for your blog and beyond.

10. “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert B. Cialdini.

Understanding the principles of persuasion is crucial for any blogger looking to engage, inspire, and influence their readers. 

In this PERSUASIVE book, with over 5 million copies cold, Robert Cialdini presents universal principles of persuasion that will help you create content that resonates with your audience and motivates them to take action. Get your audience to say YES with the tips and strategies you learn in this book.

With these additional books, you’ll be well-equipped with the knowledge and inspiration to build a successful, profitable blog. 


As I’m sure you already know, the journey to building a successful, profitable blog starts with acquiring the right knowledge and inspiration from people who ‘get it’.

These are just 10 of soooo many life-changing blogging books that are worth the read! 

With insightful stories, actionable tips, and proven strategies, these writers and their knowledge will be a great helper on the path to success. And in case you’re interested, our friend Sarah not only read and implemented all oshe learned from these books, but she eventually DID build up her own successful business and quit that 9-5.

From escaping the 9-to-5 grind to creating engaging content and mastering SEO, these books cover the major aspects of blogging that you’ll need to master.

So, whether you’re an aspiring blogger or an experienced one looking to level up your skills, these books are essential additions to your reading list. 

Happy blogging!

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