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How to Start a Book Blog for Fun and Profit

Posted on December 18, 2020

Start a Book Blog for Fun and Profit

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Turn your love of reading into a fun way to meet authors, connect with other readers, and make money through a book blog. The show talks about how to set up a blog, what to blog about, and ways to make money by blogging about books.

Check out additional resources below, plus download a free checklist to help you start your book blog!

Download the free Book Blog Checklist to walk you through setting up your blog. 


Blog Platforms


WordPress Self-Hosted: I use Godaddy for my domains and MomWebs to host my WordPress sites, including SwoonworthyHEA

Blogger: Free

SwoonworthyHEA: Free – If you plan to build a romance book blog, consider SwoonworthyHEA, as it not only offers some of the bells and whistles you’d get with a self-hosted paid blog, but also, it’s part of the SwoonworthyHEA network, so you have a ready-made audience.

Help for Privacy/Disclosure Pages offers a list of free resources to help you create your privacy policy and other disclosures.

Finding Books to Review


Check out our list of free book resources on our post of 8 Places to Get Free Books

Free ARCs from Publishers


Book Sirens



Amazon Free Lists

Bestsellers in Romance Free Books– Use the menu to the left to narrow your search for top free romances, such as paranormal or fantasy.

Book Tour Companies

Where possible, I’ve linked to the blog tour host page.

Bewitching Book Tours

Enchanted Book Promotions

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Adazing has a list of book tour companies that cover all genres. Note the pricing is for authors/publishers who want to set up a tour, not for bloggers who agree to be part of a tour.Do you have other Nora Roberts’ old school romances you love? Let us know down below.

Monetize Your Blog


Ad Networks

Google’s Adsense

Affiliate Marketing’s Associates

Share-A-Sale: Find several book-related merchants such as AudioBooks Now, Cratejoy (box book club), and more.

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