I have never written a negative review on Audible before. If I don't like a book, I just chalk it up to my failings as a listener or a matter of personal taste. But this book has motivated me to get off my proverbial derriere and warn you: Do NOT buy the audio version of this book!
I stress the "audio" bit because the book itself is excellent. One of the best and most comprehensive I've read on the subject, actually, and one well worth owning. On paper. Not only is there lots to absorb and think about, but it's content you'll likely want to return to time and again as you tweak your approach and strategy.
But the reader, oh boy. Maybe it's a mismatch of personality? The reader sounds lovely-- his diction is clear and he has a nice voice. But he also has this ridiculous fake upbeatness that makes me want to rip off his arm and reattach it to...an orifice. It's a little like spending 5 hours and 6 mins with a used car salesman. I mean, you can practically SEE his smarmy smile and polyester tie. It brings to mind a sort of brightly painted, plastic happy. Okay for 30 seconds. Period.
I think this reader can do so much better. He needs to put some poison ivy in the underwear drawer of the person who advised him to always smile as he reads. He needs to slow down and think about what he's reading and emote accordingly. He's got the voice and the clean diction. He just needs to throw out some of those cookie cutter assumptions. Or something.
In conclusion, do yourself a favour: invest in the paper copy of this book. Better still, get it from the library and see if it's something that works for you. But don't buy this audiobook.
Computer programmer in the Bay Area of California.
The ideas in this book hits all the buzzwords today- social networking, google, blogs, etc and explains how to use these things to enhance your business. These ideas aren't new, but I guess it's somewhat useful to have summarized. The book also directs you to some online tools which are run by the author's companies, making me think this book was in part just a big commercial for their services.
I just want to start by saying, I'm a guy who's pretty good at finding the good in anything. In fact, I'm very rarely compelled to say anything at all If I've got nothing nice to say. With that, the good thing is that the information in this audio book is solid and truly useful. Here's the bad thing: It's practically unlistenable (yes, I made up a word for this) because of the narration. What is that pompous, condescending inflection in your voice sir? Stop that, or learn a new vocation, ok? I'm very interested in this information, and have tried 5 times to finish this audio book. I cannot.
Buy the book people, and have someone else read it to you.
If you are looking for the essentials on blogs, SEO, social networks, content generation and everything else about marketing on the internet this book has it all and more. It is not an academic treatment of the topics, but is more of a hands-on A to Z guide on all aspects. It is clear these guys have been doing this in the trenches for sometime. It is rare I finish a book feeling like I have tools right now I can put into action, this book did that for me. As for the reader, the voice did not bother me at all. I almost did not buy the book because of those reviews. I am very happy I did.
Reading this book is a good place to start for anyone just starting out in internet marketing. It covers the basics of internet marketing. I listened to it after taking an internet marketing class at my local university. I got basically all the same information from the book as I did from the course.
The book is full of "ideas" how to spend your life doing on the net things that don't work.
After 6 months of writing my blog I realized how theoretical and superficial the tips from this book are.
Learn SEO, don't waist your time here! Invest money in your web site, free doens't work.
It was an interesting book. Good for the beginner to inbound marketing. I did get some good nuggets of information. And it was a good reminder of things I should be doing and reinforced many of the strategies I am already doing.
This book is a great tool for anyone with a web site. Must read. He gives great "To-Do" lists at the end of each chapter. He really lays out a blueprint for you to easy follow, no matter what your level of skill is. Worth every minute and penny.