Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Write an E-Book

Write an E-Book to help you get noticed

Are you well versed in a particular topic? If so, have you ever thought about writing an e-book? Most are written on simple PDF files that can be sent via email or downloaded for easy distribution.

The thought of writing something that others will read can be scary, but in reality, most e-books are 20 pages or less. I'm working on an my own e-book that I plan to have ready by the first of December and is entitled "How to Social Right".  I write on several blogs, so I'm pretty comfortable putting my words on virtual paper. If you're not, then try this, on a piece of paper, write down topics that you are comfortable talking to others about, such as your friends and family. Now scratch out those that you'll have to do a little research on to fully help others understand what you're talking about, then pick the one topic that has the most promise and in which you have the most interest. Start with a few sentences, writing down or typing everything that comes to mind about your chosen topic. Now look at what you've written and if you think you can write more, keep going. This was the exercise that pushed me to keep typing my thoughts and should help you as well.

If you write a good e-book, it can benefit you for many years to come. You can give away your new e-book as a gift to those who join your blog or whom enter their email in a contact form (this works well to help build a quality lead list). Or you can sell your book on a number of websites or through your own site or blog. (Helpful website links are listed at the end of this post) If you decide to sell your e-book online through one of the many services, you can expect to earn between 60% and 100% of the profits from each e-book sold. Some charge to help you format and distribute your e-book and others just take a percentage of the profit. And of course you can publish your e-book, sending out finished PDF copies via email and direct download links on your website.

I'm not going into the nitty-gritty about writing your e-book other than the start off writing exercise I mentioned above, but do have a few sources below and a suggested reading list that will help you make sense of each step from start to completion of your e-book. I will say that whatever you decide to write about, make sure to include website links, blog posts, references, and stories that lead the reader back to your website, blog or mailing list signup page. By doing this you can almost guarantee a dramatic boost in your overall business marketing efforts and reach.

Suggested Book Reading List:

How To Publish An Ebook On A Budget - An Author's Guide

How To Create, Format, Publish, Promote & Profit From The eBook Opportunity

Publishing E-Books For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks - All for FREE: Ebooksuccess4free

Make A Killing On Kindle Without Blogging, Facebook Or Twitter: The Guerilla Marketer's Guide To Selling Ebooks On Amazon

How Writers Work: Finding a Process That Works for You


Here's a few website links that you should find very helpful:

PayLoadz -  We provide a service to sell downloadable items such as: Software, eBooks, music, movies, digital art, selling online, file selling, download software, affiliate website, sell file online, affiliate downloads, selling downloads, download, sell files.

Publish Green - They offer real, human formatters, author revisions, there are no style guides, help when you need it and a 100% royalty profit structure.

LuluAt Lulu, it’s free to publish, and authors can create everything from hardcover books to eBooks, photo books to calendars. Authors keep all the rights to their works and retain 80 percent of the profit they set when their books sell. 

Kindle Direct PublishingWith Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) you can self-publish your books on the Amazon Kindle Store. It's free, fast, and easy. Books self-published through KDP can participate in the 70% royalty program and are available for purchase on Kindle devices and Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices.

To read more of my post check out my free blog: "Cheap Business Marketing for Allhttp://cheapbusinessmarketing.blogspot.com/

And to reserve a free copy of my e-book "How to Social Right", head over to my website:
http://www.howtosocialright.com

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Power of Colors

The Power of Colors

Color Theory invented by Sir Charles Lemieux, is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual impacts of specific color combination. By using color theory, you can send a positive or negative message and even encourage sales. It's a powerful marketing tactic that is used globally by both large and small businesses. You should include the power of color theory in all aspects of your marketing including your logo, product package, brochures, and website. 

Taking into account your geographic area also factors into what colors mean to your consumers, so to keep it simple, I'll focus on United States based consumers.

The colors are listed below along with their reaction:
  • Blue- Makes you feel safe and secure. It's great for businesses that want to convey a message that their customers can trust them. 
  • Green- Makes you feel calm and confident. Green is a great suggestive to help people want to spend money.
  • Black- One of my favorite colors, makes you feel wealthy and powerful. It's also great to encourage people to spend their money. Just think what black and green can do...evil laugh.
  • Yellow- Brings out the optimist in you and cheerful personality. It helps create a party like atmosphere to make everyone feel happy!
  • Red- Is for those moments when you need to project confidence through calm actions. It has the power to make people take risks.
  • Orange- Gives us the need to take action, need I say more...?
  • Pink- Brings those dreamy and romantic feelings to the surface which is great for attracting young female customers.
There's a chart at the link below that will help you with each color's meaning:
(Found on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_psychology)
Recommended reading on color theory:
Read my blog "Cheap Business Marketing for All": http://cheapbusinessmarketing.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Want an online store of your own? How about Zazzle


Have you ever wanted your own online store, but don’t have the money to set one up? Well, then you’re in luck... With Zazzle.com you can make money online by selling your designs on hundreds of retail-quality products. It's free and easy to create an online store on Zazzle to sell t-shirts or posters online featuring your own art, images, or designs. “Best of all, you can sell your art online for free and make even more money when you join Zazzle's Associate program and refer buyers to Zazzle. Use Zazzle's powerful tools that make it possible to sell your art on t-shirts, stamps, posters, mugs, business cards, skateboards, calendars, tote bags, hats, posters, and more. There's absolutely no cost...it's all profit for you!”

Here’s two great examples of the type of store and products you can have with Zazzle:




As you can see above, you can customize your store with a design that best represents your products. Zazzle offers many templates that can be easily configured to your specs.

If you become an Associate you’ll get:
  • 15% referral rate on every sale (+ up to 17% volume bonus)
  • Refer to any page on Zazzle
  • Free and effective promotional tools 

And if you sell your designs:
  •  Put your designs on hundreds of retail quality products
  • Name your own royalty rate
  • Reach more than 25 million monthly customers

Monday, October 22, 2012

My journey to making money online

My journey to making money online:

I wanted to talk about something new today. Sitting at home working online only, do you think it's possible to make $12,000 a month or even up to $40,000 per month running your own business? I'm going to answer this question for you, yes you can as have thousands of others. I'm just starting out and in my first week of the business, but my mentor is already making $5,000 a month and he's only been doing it two months. He's on track to double that next month and by December he believes he'll be at over $12,000.

I've been working from home since January 30th of 2009, that's the day I was laid off from my job at Trim Tech of Austin as a Dispatcher. From that day forward I went full-time with my photography business and added web design and social media management to my list of offerings. I do make money, but I don't make a lot and have thus far been blessed that my wife makes the income that she does. She's my biggest cheerleader and helps me with everyday business stuff like returning phone calls to interested customers. But with the little I make plus the amount she brings in just covers the bills and leaves us with very little money to save, travel with or be able to buy things we want.

So do the numbers above seem too crazy to be real? Well how about this, back before we knew the world was round, pretty much everyone believed it was flat and anyone stating otherwise was crazy, but they were proved wrong. Now anyone that thinks the world is flat is crazy. Then you might ask, "what kind of Internet scheme is this?" and I'd answer, "it's not a scheme, but a viable business." In fact it's a business that will cost you less than $50 to run. That amount covers an optimized blog and a credit card processing account. Then you might ask "ok, what do I have to do to make that kind of money?", and I'd say "the biggest part of this business is to just blog daily about anything you want, really anything at all. Then while you continue your blogging, you market and advertise your new business to increase the easy sell of your products." What products? Well, there are four total, but I strictly focus on the first one which happens to be the cheapest at only $25 per month. It's an optimized blog from Word Press that includes hosting and is already filled with the right keywords to make your blogging successful.

This program pays you 100% commissions!

With just the $25 per month product and the $19.99 per month credit card processing account through e-wallet and required to take in payments for you, you're only out $45.99 per month. So far I've made  $75 which doesn't sound like a bunch, but hey, it is my first week, actually only 4 days thus far and I've already paid for the $45.99 per month fee I had to pay, so from here on out everything will go in my pocket.

I have zero experience doing this sort of thing, yes I've written blogs before, but I've never monetized anything that made more than the $12.53 I received from a whole year's worth of posting Google AdWords to my website. Learning that without guidance, it's almost impossible to make any real money on the web, I turned to this and believe I'll be pulling in several thousand a month in a matter of weeks.

Have I peaked your interests at all? If so and you'd like to learn more, please follow the link below and fill in your email address in the provided area then click "Get Instant Access". Next you'll go to my page to watch a 30 minute movie that covers information about this program that will literally change your life forever.

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You can also check out my other blog: Austin Media Slingers Blog
Or check out my website: www.AustinMediaSlingers.com



Friday, October 12, 2012

Life in a Tight Space


Life in a Tight Space
by Brad Leese

It happens so much in life these days that we hardly ever notice it unless we’re confined to a crowded airline seat. But think about it, it really happens more often than you think. It happens in elevators, on buses, subway cars, in planes, in lines, in construction, at work, in school, and now in most vehicles. We grow taller, bigger around, but everything gets smaller and we get squeezed.

I started thinking about this while sitting in a seat on an American Airlines flight from Washington DC to Dallas. I paid for ‘extra’ legroom, but think my $47 bought be all of one extra inch which was taken away when the guy in front of me decided to recline his seat. I’m not a tiny guy, standing over six feet tall with a football player’s build, so the scenario I found myself in, left me compacted in a very uncomfortable position for the next two plus hours. Needless to say, it wasn’t my first experience with this and it won’t be my last.

So there I was, sitting, in discomfort, wishing that I could just click my heels together and magically transport myself home, thoughts running freely and all of the time in the world to type them.

It’s life in tight space that brings us to our most pure state. Are we at this point any different than a caged animal? We are literally tied to our seat, following instructions from others whom we paid to place us in these situations. Are we stupid? Have we forgotten how to stand up, how to crawl out of immoral capture? I don’t think we’ve forgotten per say, but we have been silenced.  No one seems to care that they’ve been inconvenienced until they’re in a hurry to get somewhere.

The next time you find yourself in a situation such as mine, think for a second if your customers feel like I did. Are you unfairly taking their money then putting them in an uncomfortable  tight space? Do you really care about them or more about your bottom line? Have you been so successful that you haven’t thought outside your personal space for awhile? Well it’s time to get out, step away from the norm, spread your wings so to speak and fly forward. And if you need help coming back to reality, ask your customers how they feel, because I promise you, they will happily tell you what’s on their mind, just like I’m doing now.