How to make money blogging.

Plenty of people want to make money with blogs. Crystal Stemberger is someone who actually has. In the past year she has earned $6,000 to $23,000 per month with a handful of blogs plus work as a consultant, mentor and ad-sales manager.

Yep, she’s busy – but somehow she found time to write an e-book. Crystal recently released “How I Make Money Blogging: The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Money-Making Blog.”

If you’re at all interested in electronic earnings, this is a work you should read – and here’s your chance to win a copy or, failing that, to get $10 off the purchase price.

The author has donated a copy of “HIMMB” as this week’s prize. The drawing will take place earlier than usual, on Sunday evening (more on that in a minute).

Crystal covers the nuts-and-bolts info (domains, how to choose a format) as well as the more esoteric stuff like page rankings and search engine optimization plug-ins. I’m not particularly tech-savvy so this book was a great help to me. It showed me a bunch of things I should have been doing and explained them in language I could understand.

I’m doing the drawing a day early, at 6 p.m. Sunday. If I don’t hear back from the winner by 10 a.m. Monday, I’ll draw another name.

The reason for the early pull: If you’re intrigued by the book and aren’t lucky enough to win it, you’ll still have a day and a half to take advantage of the current price break.  Normally the book costs $27 but is on sale for $17 through next Tuesday, July 31.

If you do decide to buy I hope it will be from the “HIMMB” widget here on my site, which is over on the right along with a bunch of other small ads — Ally Bank, Mr. Rebates et al. I will receive a commission on sales made from that widget.

And if you decide later on you want to buy it? Don’t curse the cost of indecision — e-mail me for a $10-off coupon. The discount is good at least through the month of August, possibly longer.

Incidentally, Crystal offers a 100% money-back guarantee if the book doesn’t do it for you. I have a feeling that nobody will take her up on that.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

Remember, this week’s deadline is 6 p.m. PDT Sunday, July 29. The winner must respond by 10 a.m. Monday, July 30. In other words: If you enter this giveaway, check your e-mail!

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  1. I am opting out of the giveaway, lol. Just wanted to say thank you so much for the very kind review!

    • Donna Freedman

      @Crystal: You’re welcome! Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway.

  2. Valerie

    I’d like to read this!

  3. Valerie

    I subscribe via RSS;

  4. Valerie

    I follow Surviving and Thriving on Facebook.

  5. Kathy King

    Sounds like a good read!!
    I follow you on Facebook, and get e-mails, but what is RSS?
    By the way,you entertain almost as much as you educate and enlighten!!!!

    • Donna Freedman

      @Kathy King: Thanks for your kind words! And RSS is “really simple syndication,” and it refers to the web feed that lets you know a site to which you subscribe has just published something new. (At least I think that’s what it means. Like I said: not particularly tech-savvy.)

  6. Ann Wood

    I follow you on Facebook and receive your e-mails. (And I definitely find your columns very informative and enjoyable!) I would like to win this book.

  7. Yes, I would love to read this book. It looks very interesting!

  8. Want to get my hands on this book! Crystal is definitely a role model to us n00bs 🙂

  9. teinegurl

    Enter me im subscribed via email

  10. Elizabeth Waniewski

    I get you by get by email. Well, I really get you you by reading and understanding, but you know what I mean.

  11. Stacey Covell

    Looks like an awesome book! Hope I’ll get that copy!

  12. Stacey Covell

    I’m subscribed to your blog. =)

  13. Stacey Covell

    I liked Surviving and Thriving on Facebook. =)

  14. Ro in San Diego

    I would like to win. I subscribe by email

  15. The book sounds great! Would love a free copy!

  16. And I subscribe via email.

  17. And I follow you on fb.

  18. Maureen G.

    I really want to get started doing this! Have been wanting to for a while now, this would be a huge help! Oh and I follow u on Facebook too!

  19. vickie

    This sounds like a great book

  20. Would love to create another source of income and am interested in blogging.I subscribe via e-mail.

  21. I would love to win this book. I subscribe by email

  22. Hi, Ms. Freedman! I would love to win this book. I want to add an additional stream of income to my household.

  23. I don’t know if this counts as RSS but I have your blog set up in my Google Reader.

  24. Monique Jalbert

    Would love to read this book. I’ve been wanting to start and this looks like it could give a little insight to ways to do that with a benefit of making some money too!

  25. I would love to win this e-book.

  26. I subscribe via RSS.

  27. Shannon Bennett

    Oooh, I hope I win! I just started blogging about a month ago. Haven’t made a dime but LOVE writing again (it’s been years) Anyway, making $$ would be a total bonus to the joy of writing! Thanks!

  28. Shannon Bennett

    I also follow you on FB

  29. Shannon Bennett

    I get your emails too 🙂 RSS is something I’m not even familiar with, lol

  30. Lori Griggs

    I swear you have the best giveaways! LOL

  31. Elizabeth

    Have been discussing starting a blog with a friend for the last year. Would love to win. Thanks!

  32. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  33. machele

    I would love to learn to make extra money

  34. machele

    I subscribe via email

  35. machele

    I also subscribe to the rss feed

  36. machele

    I also follow you on facebook.

  37. Julie R

    I get your emails and would really love to win this book!

  38. Sonja J

    This sounds like a great book!

  39. Sonja J

    I am also a Facebook fan.

  40. Joanna

    I could really use this.

  41. Mary H

    I’m in! And thanks for the giveaway.

  42. Mary H

    I subscribe by email.

  43. Mary H

    And I also follow on twitter.

  44. ImJuniperNow

    You said my favorite words: Make Money. Hope I win!

  45. Would love to have the book, as I have several blogs and would love to go full time with them.

  46. Tracy Stone

    I need to do something to make some money. Maybe this could be the kick-in-the-pants I need.

  47. Tracy Stone

    I subscribe by e-mail.

  48. carnette

    Been out of work for over a month now. Harder than I thought to find a new job. Maybe this book will help.

  49. carnette

    I, also, follow on facebook.

  50. Sounds like a fantastic and one I could really use for my art blog.

  51. would love to see this book. Thanks for offering.

  52. SherryH

    Donna, you have the best giveaways!

    I’ve heard about Crystal’s book because her blog is one of the ones I follow, but I had figured I’d have to pass for now. A chance to win one? Oh, please sign me up!

    Thanks for the giveaway, Donna, and thanks for sponsoring, Crystal!

  53. Sabrina

    I see your stuff through my RSS feed and quite enjoy your work. Would love to read the book, too.

  54. Lenstoute

    I would to win. This is a really great prize.

  55. Lenenstoute

    I follow on fb as Sel Stoute

  56. Sounds like a fascinating read. I subscribe via RSS and Twitter.

  57. Definitely something I would read!!

  58. Would love to have this! Been reading for a while now.

  59. I read your website everyday; I have it bookmarked. I also like to read your other postings on Get Rich Slowly, etc. Thanks for what you do!

  60. Total newbie at replying to your blog Donna. I have been following your site via email subscription and have added the RSS today. I am trying to get more tech savvy and hope to win the book! Thanks for all the inspiration and laugh out loud moments I have had reading your blog!

  61. I found Crystal’s website through your site, Donna. You both go beyond entertainment.

  62. Gotta shoutout to yours and your daughter’s “I Pick Up Pennies,” which I get through email.

  63. I’d love to read this!

  64. Andy McClung

    I would definitely like to add this to my library. Crossing fingers here.

  65. Sounds like a great book. Include me in!

  66. thanks for the chance.

  67. email subscriber

  68. Christine

    A book I could use!

  69. Christine

    Also a facebook fan!

  70. sign me up I would love to read this

  71. Marcia Carli

    I need this book! Sounds wonderful!

  72. Angela

    What a great giveaway!I have always wondered how bloggers get started. Sounds like the answers are in the book!

  73. I need this one!

  74. I subscribe via e-mail and feel free to send a naughty joke too!

  75. I watch ya on facebook too!

  76. Looks like a good read!

  77. Karen Wheeler

    You alway find really good information. This book sounds like it would be very useful.

  78. Jen Westbrook

    I really need to read this! I never thought at midlife I would have to worry about how to pay the bills!

  79. dee coye

    Would luv to win this.

  80. I am always interested in learning new things especially earning additional money. I am in the process of college savings for 4 childern. Thanks so much!

  81. I subscribe by email, always look forward to your posts!

  82. I follow on Facebook!

  83. I read your daughter’s blog, subscribe to it. I would love to win a copy of this for my daughter as she has a great blog with excellent potentia. Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. Judi Thelander

    Don’t have a website…I’m new to this…but interested!

  85. Reketti Webb

    I would love to own this book! My 17 yr old daughter has a blog on “natural hair.” She’s on her way to college, and desperately needs a way to pay bills as she goes rather than taking out loans. Can you please send me the $10 coupon to my email address? Either way, I’m getting the book!

  86. I just found your site after reading one of your articles on Forbes. Very informative. Thank You!

  87. CeridianMN

    I am subscribed via RSS.

  88. I already make money blogging but there’s always the potential to make more. Any tips on monetization are welcome!

  89. christy

    I would love to win this book. I am interested in starting a blog of my own!

  90. I would love to win this. I subscribe via email and Facebook, look on the web for articles on other sites that I may have missed.

  91. Sonya Dollins

    This would be a great book to read.

  92. mrs short

    this is intriguing! thanks for the chance to win. i follow on facebook.

  93. mrs short

    i also subscribe via email.

  94. Suzanne

    love the article and can’t wait to read the book.

    Proud to be frugal!

  95. Alissa A

    I’m an email subscriber. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

  96. CeridianMN

    This is my regular entry comment in hopes of winning.

  97. mrs short

    and twitter!

  98. YES PLEASE !!!

  99. Danielle

    Me please!

  100. Norlina Simmons

    I follow Surviving and Thriving on Facebook. Thank you for all the info you provide.

  101. Danielle

    Subscribe via RSS

  102. Sounds awesome! I’d love to win it

  103. Melinda

    Ooh, that’d be awesome to read.

  104. Melinda

    I’m a subscriber!

  105. MaryBeth

    I’m planning to start a new blog. Would love to have this book.

  106. MaryBeth

    I subscribe via RSS.

  107. I purchased a domain name last fall- I am part of a group blog, but have not jumped in with my own personal blog due to my irrational technology fears. I could really use this book!

  108. I subscribe via RSS feed.

  109. I follow Surviving and Thriving on Twitter.

  110. Interested to read this one.

  111. RSS subscriber

  112. I’ve been interested in Crystal’s book ever since she announced it, but I’ve already spent my book budget for the year. Oops.

  113. I appreciate all your articles and your viewpoints on life.

  114. Janet Francillon

    Im a late entry.

  115. I want to win!

  116. I subscribed by Google reader.

  117. I followed you on fb!

  118. This sounds like a book that I need!

  119. Thanx so much for giveaway! I’m looking for a real good book on blogging for money

  120. I subscribed

  121. I followed on twitter from rfin

  122. I’ve been thinking about a blog for a little while, and if I’m going to spend the time, I might as well make some money! Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  123. Very nice… Crystal does a good job.

  124. I would love to win a copy of the book. I follow via Google Reader.

  125. Always looking for new ideas on frugality, this looks great. Also “liked” you on Facebook. k

  126. Karin Waterbury

    I’d like to win this book!

  127. J. Schrader

    Donna I enjoy your column very much and would love to win this book.

  128. I’m getting more and more curious about this book…

  129. …and I’m subscribed via e-mail.

  130. I’ve been looking for info about starting a blog. This ebook fits the bill. Thanx!


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