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Instant Product: Going, Going…

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A heads up if you’ve missed it.

The Monday Madness offering for Make Money TODAY: Create “Instant” Products for Fast Cash is ending within hours.

If you’ve always wanted to sell info products, or if you can’t complete an ebook, this will help, Instant Product:

“I’ve been writing and selling ebooks and other info products online for more than a decade. If you know me at all, you know that I help others to do this successfully.

Here’s the thing: I’ve found that too many writers procrastinate. They start with all good intentions. They’re excited and enthused. They know that they CAN DO THIS!

Then something happens. They start to obsess, and second-guess. Before you know it, real life has taken over, and they decide they’ll complete and sell their ebook ‘later’. Next week, next month, or even ‘when I have more time’.

I’ve watched this happen with some of my students, and it’s depressing.

So, I came up with a cure: ‘instant’ product creation.”

Get moving; end your procrastination for good.

“Free” Can Hurt You: Always Have a Reason to Give Stuff Away

Create Instant Products

Many businesses use “free stuff” as a marketing strategy.

Content marketing is based on free stuff. There’s nothing wrong with it. It works, as long as you’re making money.

Ten times as many online publications are charging for their content this year, as were charging last year. They know that you can’t keep giving stuff away if you want to stay in business.

However, as Chris Garrett points out, too many bloggers get stuck in the free model and never make money. In How to Get Paid for Free he says:

“A lot of bloggers don’t even get that far – we get into the free rut. You do have to break out of it eventually. It’s a comfort zone. Blogging is hard work, and only ever giving stuff away can lead your audience to assume you are not in business at all. When you finally do start to suggest they pay money you can get a lot of push back. “

Know your business strategy BEFORE you use the “free” model

As I said on my Just Write a Book Blog:

Loss-leading products are a favorite way for supermarkets to make sales. Loss leaders work for book sales too.

Chances are you won’t have Amazon helping you out, but you can certainly use this strategy. The key is to have sufficient books in the marketplace. You offer one or two books at a lower price, hoping that readers will give you a try. Not every reader will love your style. However, you will develop a loyal readership — a platform. Those loyal readers are the key to your success.

I’ve seen many authors on Amazon giving their one and only ebook away for free, using KDP Select. I always wonder WHY they would do that. What’s the point? Wait until you’re selling several ebooks before you start giving them away.

Know how you’ll make money before you use the “free” strategy

If you want to start an online business and use the content marketing strategy, know how you’ll make money, and when you’ll start charging. Once it’s time to charge money, start charging.

Websites in Minutes: Get Your Business Online NOW

Weebly web sites

These days, creating a website is simple. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, you can create a site.

Too many businesses put off creating their site. They may even hire a graphic designer and look at some concepts. Then they get stuck. Months pass. The content is never delivered. The website isn’t developed.

You’d never do that, would you? :-)

Here are couple of super-easy ways to create a basic website. If you don’t have a site, anything is better than nothing at all. You can tinker with the website later, and make your competitors dark moss green with envy.

First up, there’s Weebly. 4 Easy-to-Use Tools for Building Websites | Inc.com:

“Weebly ****
Our top pick, Weebly was easier to use than Joomla, but the result was just as impressive. We picked a template from about 150 choices and added photos and text using drag-and-drop tools. You can also add a full e-commerce portal, photo galleries, and slide shows, and register your domain right on Weebly.com. Our seven-page site, which looked sleek and professional, was up and running in 30 minutes. Our only complaint? Creating a custom URL on Weebly was a bit confusing.”

Anyone can create a site on Weebly. I’ve created a few, and have recommended the site to my writing students.

Here’s one I created several years ago.

Angela Booth on Weebly

From memory, that site took me less than an hour to create, and that includes writing the content.

Next, there’s Google Sites. This site-creation tool is a little more basic than Weebly, but it gets the job done.

I’ve created a few sites there, too. (What can I say, I love creating websites. :-))

Here’s one.

Googles Sites

Another “site” which took next to no time to create.

Create your website in less than an hour

Let’s say you’ve decided to bite the bullet, and get something, anything, online.

Here’s a fast process:

* Decide what you want the site to do (launch a product, tell your audience about something or other);

* Decide how your site visitors will respond (call you, send you an email, contact you on Twitter);

* Write a brief description of what you want the site to do, and how visitors will contact you (don’t omit this step, or you’ll sit starting at your computer, rather than writing);

* Write your content.

Please don’t get hung up on this final step.

Your content consists of:

1. Your headline;

2. The body of the content;

3. The call to action.

That’s all. Write those three things, and call it done.

Contact me of course, if you need help, but get your business online NOW.

Niche Blogging: Turn Your Passions To Profit

I’ve been blogging since 2000, long before anyone considered blogging a viable business activity. I always knew that the instant publication possibilities of blogging were endless, and assumed that blogging would go mainstream sooner or later.

Some four years later, blogging did. These days everyone has a blog.

Of course, from chatter about “Blogs are amazing! Everyone and his business needs a blog!” every six months or so you hear the call: “Blogging is dead!”

Yes, whatever… :-)

Of course blogging isn’t dead. Of course you can make money blogging. I can’t see that changing, as long as trade continues.

I’ve been thinking about the longevity of blogging because last week a writer called me about setting up a niche blog. He wanted to know if niche blogs “still made money”.

Of course they do, as long as you’re in it for the long haul, and as long as you’re careful about choosing a niche.

A couple of years ago, I wrote this blog post, Angela Booth’s Writing Blog: Writing for Money: Generate Cash With Niche Blogs, about niche blogs, and how to choose a niche:

1. Is the Niche Popular — Are People Spending Money in It?

Firstly let’s look at what a niche is.

‘Niches’ are topics. Almost anything can be a niche, but in the way we’re using the term a ‘niche’ is a topic for which there are online advertisers.

There are niches and sub-niches. For example, dog training is a niche. A sub-niche of dog training would be dog training classes. Other sub-niches include: dog training equipment, dog training collars, and dog training online.

Although niche research can tell you a great deal, your own experience,  intuition and knowledge of a particular topic will tell you a great deal more. Therefore, when researching niches, try not to become too dependent on online search tools, remember that they’re all historical, and can only tell you what people searched for in the past, not what they will search for in the future.”

Nothing has changed since I wrote those words. For several years, I created new blogs regularly. Over the past couple of years, I haven’t done that, because my creative energies have flowed into my fiction.

That doesn’t mean I don’t get ideas for WONDERFUL niches. I think about how easy it would be to buy a domain name, and set up a new blog… my fingers twitch. Then I slap my hand very smartly and tell myself that I can do that AFTER I have my series of novels published and selling. :-)

If you’re passionate about something or other, and want to set up a blog, don’t let anyone tell you you shouldn’t do it. Go ahead. You’ll be thrilled you did… Excuse me, I’ve got another great idea for a niche blog… ;-)

A Blog is Not a Business (You Can’t Make Money Blogging)

Trade

I love blogging. I’ve been blogging since around 2000. That’s a long time — and even longer in Internet time. In all that time however, I hope I’ve never, even inadvertently, given anyone the impression that you make money from a blog by blogging, alone.

Here’s how it works.

[Your monetization strategy and/ or business] + [blog to promote that] = money.

A blog, on its own, is nothing. It’s totally useless. It always has been. Your blog and your blogging efforts, exist solely in support of something else. That “something else” comes first.

I write for business people and writers, so this article, Why The “Make Money Blogging” Niche Is Broken | Blog Marketing Academy, was a surprise, although perhaps it shouldn’t have been:

“SOMEWHERE along the line – and I have no idea where or who – this notion came about that one could make money by blogging alone.

The path is seemingly simple: (1) Start blog, (2) Build traffic by writing alot, doing awesome shit, yada yada, (3) ‘Monetize’.”

(Read the article, it’s a good one, and read the comments, too.)

Why, why, oh why???

My Web content clients tend to wince when I ask WHY? about a piece of content they want me to create. But think about it: if you don’t know what a Web page (or a blog post) is supposed to be doing, how can it do what you want?

Without a medium of exchange (goods or services for cash), your blog will achieve… nothing. The WHY has to come first, before you create a blog. I’ve got hundreds of blogs (literally), but each and every one of them has a reason for its existence. I had a goal, and created the blog to support that goal.

Look at the little image on the top right of this post. See the products (fruit and vegetables) and the hand with coins in it? That’s TRADE. It’s making money. The shopkeeper trades fruit and veggies for cash.

What are you trading on your blog — where’s the exchange for cash?

Occasionally, bloggers approach me and ask how they can monetize a blog. Often, the reply is: “You can’t.” The blogger has created a blog for a particular interest, and although the blog may be wonderful, there just aren’t any monetization options. I’d give you some examples of blogs which are impossible to monetize, but I won’t embarrass anyone.

You CANNOT make money, just by blogging. The monetization strategy must come first.

Info Products Publisher: Make Money From Your Kitchen Table

If you want to make money online, info product creation offers huge opportunities. You can start your new business at your kitchen table. Create, promote, and sell — there’s little more to it.

I’ve been creating and selling info products for a decade, and for most of that decade ebooks have been predicted as the next big thing more often than I can count.

Initially, the buzz over the Kindle just made me sigh. The early Kindle model was woeful. I hated it. Give me print any day, I thought.

Then, with the release of the iPad last year, I started to get excited.

Fast forward to this year, and I was spending four to five hours a day reading on my iPad.

And people started to make money via Kindle publishing…

For a while, I wondered whether it was a fad. Seeing major publishers focusing on Kindle/ ereader publication alongside print publication — and the experiments these huge publishing houses are running in pricing and publication times — convinced me it’s the future… NOT A FAD.

Since Kindle publication will be such a major endeavor for me, you can join me in the adventure if you wish. Subscribe to Info Products Publisher (free); it will help you to build your info products business.

I’m thrilled with the new possibilities for us all going forward.

I intend to make the most of these possibilities, and I hope you will too.

For Writers: Make Money From Kindle Authors

Ebooks are the hot new market for writers, specifically, ebooks for the Kindle and other ereaders.

As you can see from this image, almost 38,000 new ebooks have been uploaded to the Amazon Kindle ebook store in the past month.

Kindlestore

That’s a lot of ebooks, and ebook creators.

You may not want to write your own ebook and publish it on the Kindle, although you should. Even if you don’t however, there’s money to be made from Kindle authors.

Why not set yourself to earn some of the cash that’s floating around?

Let’s look at two ways you could do that.

1. Offer proofreading and editing services

I buy lots of Kindle ebooks, and I see errors — formatting and other errors. You could offer a variety of services to Kindle authors: proofreading, basic line editing, right up to comprehensive editing.

Set your fees to start at $200 per ebook. For comprehensive editing, depending on the length of the ebook, you would charge much more.

Join Kindle Boards to become familiar with this market, and get clients.

2. Offer ebook writing services

Why not offer to create Kindle ebooks for others?

For this service, I suggest you charge upwards of $1,000…

Here’s a way to write an ebook in under 8 hours

Turn Your Words Into Gold: Write and Sell An Ebook In Just Eight Hours

8hours

Here’s what I love about writing ebooks: you write them once, and they keep on selling forever.

I know several writers who’ve taken to the Kindle platform like the proverbial ducks to water. One writer friend turns out a new Kindle ebook every month, like clockwork. The last time we spoke, she had 11 ebooks selling — and her income is rising month by month.

Another writer friend mixes writing her own ebooks, with writing ebooks for others. Currently she’s been commissioned to write a biography, and a family history, for the same client. She’s finding it huge fun, and she’s making more money than she’s ever made.

The benefit of writing and selling ebooks is that once written, they can keep on selling forever. Would you trade eight hours for an income stream?

Writing Articles – Three Tips for Success

Writing articles is an easy way to make money online if you’re just starting out on the Web. It can also boost any marketing strategy, bringing you more customers and sales. You can even base an entire business on articles.

I love writing articles and what it does for my business. If you’re not getting the success you want with your articles, these three tips will help.

1. Set goals for your articles – what do you want your articles to do?

Writing articles needs to be part of your strategy, so that you have a definite measurable goal for each article you write.

Let’s see how setting goals works in practice. Bill has a “cooking for kids” Web site. He set it up as a hobby, but it’s getting good traffic, and he’s making a small income. He wants to increase his income, and is writing articles as part of a marketing strategy.

He wants his articles to bring traffic to a new section of his site, focused on food allergies. He’s written the content, and a small report, which he offers site visitors as a free download.

He’s writing some 30 articles, over the course of several weeks, aimed at getting traffic to this new section of his site. This is his goal for the articles. It’s a measurable goal – he’ll review the traffic he gets in his Web statistics, as he writes and posts his articles to article directories.

2. Remember keywords, so your readers will find your article

Bill knows that the people who are interested in food allergies will find his articles via the search engines. Therefore, before he starts writing, he does some keyword research, to discover exactly which terms people use.

He then includes those keywords in his articles, with the primary keyword as part of an article’s title.

3. Create an overall strategy for your article writing

If you’ve tried writing articles before and are convinced that it doesn’t work, the reason it didn’t work for you is because you didn’t have an overall strategy for your article writing.

Staying with Bill’s situation, article writing is part of his overall marketing strategy. He sets goals for all articles he writes, and follows up on all his articles.

He checks his Web statistics once a week, and he knows exactly where his traffic is coming from, and how much traffic a particular article sends him. If an article sends lots of traffic because people are searching using a keyword, he adds more content to his site supporting that traffic. And he writes additional articles on that term too.

Writing articles is a wonderful way to make money online. Follow the above tips, and you’ll be thrilled with the results you get.

Discover how to make money online in your spare time with Angela Booth’s Sell Your Writing Online NOW training Not only will you discover how to write and sell articles, you’ll get complete training in how the Web works, so you can take advantage of the unlimited opportunities.

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Become a copywriter and get paid to write

Did you know that most business people struggle with their writing? It’s true. If you enjoy writing and find it easy, you can write for money, for business. In short, you can become a copywriter.

Copywriting is writing for business: promotional writing. Copywriters write material like advertisements and compared to most writers, they’re VERY highly paid.

The explosion of the influence of the Web means that copywriters are flooded with offers of work. Even new copywriters find it easy to get copywriting gigs and to build their copywriting services business.

If copywriting intrigues you, join me in my Copywriting Master Class. I’ll take you from copywriting novice to pro.

“Copywriting Master Class – Ten Weeks to Copywriting Genius” gives you a comprehensive copywriting course, as it helps you to set up your copywriting services business.

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Get blog jobs – great money for writers

This week’s feature article in Fab Freelance Writing Ezine was Get Blog Jobs – Fun and Profitable if You Love Blogging | Writing Hacker by Angela Booth.

Here’s a snippet from the article:

“With your own small blog created, it’s time to find blog jobs. Yes, that’s plural. Most professional bloggers blog for a stable of blogs. Several colleagues blog for ten to 20 blogs. One friend blogs for many businesses. At last count, he was blogging for 30 blogs, and making an extraordinary income.

There are many ways you can find blogs jobs. The most common way is to approach a business which has a Web site, but which doesn’t have a blog, and to propose a blog to them. If you’re new to blogging, you may find this approach a little intimidating, so let’s look at other ways suitable for new bloggers.”

The article offers three ways to get blog jobs; and two of those ways are so easy you’d think that everyone would do it, but they don’t. The challenge is over-thinking.

Here’s a big tip: JUST DO IT!

That tip applies to everything, but especially to writing jobs. Many writers are basically timid and shy folk, and this is fine. However, hiding your abilities gets you nowhere. There are thousands of writing jobs going begging, because writers over-think, instead of just getting on with it, and asking for the job.

Just ask. You’ll be amazed and thrilled at what happens when you do. :-)

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