8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It Online

8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It Online: Zig Ziglar Quote

Whenever I’ve been stuck or hit a roadblock with my dream, I turn to books to help me dissect what is happening and what I could be doing wrong.

Books help me dissect what isn’t working and get my creative juices flowing.

These are some of the best books that can help you crush it online and create Internet fame and fortune if that’s what you are looking for. Just remember that it isn’t easy and it does take real work.

8 Best Books for Internet Fame and Fortune:

8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It: Buzzing Communities book1. Buzzing Communities by Richard Millington

Buzzing Communities cuts through the fluff to offer a clear process for creating thriving online communities. This book combines a century of proven science, dozens of real-life examples, practical tips, and trusted community-building methods. This step-by-step guide includes a life-cycle for tracking your progress and a framework for managing your organization’s community efforts. This book will help you to: understand what the members of your community really want; dramatically increase the number of newcomers that become regulars; develop a fantastic, user-friendly website for your members; grow your online community to critical mass and beyond. (Source: Amazon)


8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It: The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses2. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing. (Source: Amazon)


8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It: Bloggers Boot Camp: Learning How to Build, Write, and Run a Successful Blog3. Bloggers Boot Camp: Learning How to Build, Write, and Run a Successful Blog by John Biggs and Charlie White

Bloggers Boot Camp shows you how to build a great blog from the ground up. This isn’t a book about technology — it’s a book about engaging millions of readers. Starting your blog is easy, but building and maintaining a popular one is hard. Blogging experts John Biggs and Charlie White (Gizmodo, Mashable and TechCrunch) share their secrets from the frontline showing you how to blog with quality and flair, find the best stories, and attract millions of readers to your blog. Blogging goes way beyond writing. It’s a conversation between you and your audience. (Source: Back Cover)


8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It: Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator4. Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday

You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like Ryan Holiday.  He’s a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, his job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can. In this book, Ryan explains exactly how the media really works. What you choose to do with this information is up to you, but it helps you understand how media works. (Source: Amazon)


8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It: Contagious: Why Things Catch On5. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

Contagious combines groundbreaking research with powerful stories. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheese-steak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the seemingly most boring products there is: a blender. If you’ve wondered why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded, or videos go viral, Contagious explains why, and shows how to leverage these concepts to craft contagious content. This book provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—for designing messages, advertisements, and information that people will share.  (Source: Amazon)


8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It: The 4 Steps To The Epiphany6. The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank

This book offers the practical and proven four-step Customer Development process for search and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Rapid iteration, customer feedback, testing your assumptions are all explained in this book. Packed with concrete examples of what to do, how to do it and when to do it, the book will leave you with new skills to organize sales, marketing and your venture for success. If you’re thinking how to successfully organize sales, marketing and business development you need this book.  It’s essential reading for anyone starting something new. (Source: Amazon)


8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It - The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit by Seth Godin7. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit by Seth Godin

Every new project (or job, or hobby) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point—really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you’re in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. But maybe it’s really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try. What really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly, while staying focused and motivated when it really counts. Winners realize that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it.  (Source: Amazon)


8 Best Books on Internet Fame and Fortune if Your Dream is to Crush It - Crush It Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion8. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

In Crush It, Gary Vaynerchuk shows how anyone can build a career around what they’re passionate about. He also delivers both high-level and platform specific strategy and analysis, allowing you to take advantage of the current business environment while preparing you to succeed as it changes and evolves. This book isn’t interested in making unrealistic promises while glossing over the work involved. Making a living by building content around your passion isn’t simple and it doesn’t happen overnight. What it is, however, is fulfilling and in most cases just as profitable, if not more so, than your previous job. (Source: crushitbook.com)


4 Honorable Mentions —

1. The Zigzag Principle by Rich Christiansen

2. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

3. Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright

4. The War of Art by by Steven Pressfield

What book has made the most difference for you?  Share one if you have it!

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Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed.
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  • I reluctantly let someone borrow my copy of “Crush It!” by Gary Vaynerchuk recently and had to carefully remove all my page markers and even make a copy of one page I was referencing for a project. Books like these either hit you when you are ready to make a change, or sit on your shelf waiting hoping to be opened. Either way, great advice needs action :)