Matt Forney was kind enough to send me a copy of his book, Confessions of an Online Hustler: How to Make Money & Become an Internet Superstar, for review. His book, if followed, WILL enable you to make money online. However, Mr. Forney doesn't blow sunshine up your ass and say it'll be easy, either; if anything, he lays out just how much effort it'll take to become an Internet superstar. Hint: it'll be a lot, and it'll probably take a few attempts before you become successful.
He then recounts Roosh V's history. Did you know that he's had at least two or three previous blogs? I didn't! I just thought he'd always had his present site, RooshV. He largely uses RooshV as an example of how to make money online, and why not? He was one of the first and still is one of the best at doing so, so it only makes sense to study Roosh's example.
One thing I really liked about his book is that I found myself laughing constantly; this is one entertaining read. For example, in the intro section, he says on page 5: "In my years of blogging and lurking, I've watched sites come and go like herpes sores." I laughed my ass off when I read that!
That said, the book isn't all fun & games; it's very much a how-to manual about making money online. Unlike many self help books though, Mr. Forney isn't overly condescending or upbeat. He just lays out what to do, how to do it, when, with whom, etc. For example, he has an entire section juxtaposting Blogger vs. Wordpress. He has another section on which hosting service is best, which one permits the most freedom, etc. He tells you all about this, so you won't have to find out on your own, wasting precious time and effort; that alone makes the book worth the price.
However (and Matt makes no bones about this), the book won't teach you about HTML or CSS. He does though point you to excellent resources that will teach you the aforementioned languages, but he doesn't cover them himself. Mr. Forney says (and I agree) that you don't have to know HTML to do a blog; all you need is a few basics, which is all I've ever needed over the years doing this site. Knowing some basics can help you troubleshoot a formatting problem, say when a line of text won't print where you want it to.
What I liked best about the book is this: it'll answer the question for you about whether or not you want to make money online; are you really willing to do what it takes? For me, the answer is no. I started this blog with the intent of saying things about men's issues that others weren't saying. Back then, the major Manosphere heavyweight was Eternal Bachelor; if he and his contemporaries didn't comment on something, then I'd have a go at it. My desire is still the same; I wish to comment on things others aren't saying, or to say them in a way no one else is saying them. I was never about making money; all I wanted to do was vent my thoughts online, share them with other people, and influence a few of them in the process. I have, so that's enough for me.
In closing, if you want to be an Internet superstar, Matt Forney's book, Confessions of an Online Hustler, will show you how to do it; he provides an excellent road map to do this, so you don't have to waste time stumbling about trying to find your way. He doesn't say it'll be easy to make money online; if anything, Mr. Forney does an excellent job of highlighting how much WORK you'll have to put in to make it happen. This is a great self-help book, one that is both serious and entertaining; you'll learn and laugh at the same time! Even if you never start a blog but want to learn more about it, the book is an excellent read. Most importantly, it'll help you figure out: 1) if you really want to make money online; 2) if you're willing to do what it takes (and it'll take plenty); 3) how to do it. I would urge everyone here to read Matt Forney's excellent book; it'll be time well spent. Thanks, and have a nice day!