Category Archives: Online (Internet) Marketing

Why You Need to Become a T-Shaped Marketer

There is more to promoting a new book nowadays than setting up bookstore signings, going on media tours, and sharing positive book reviews with others via social media. There are millions of books being published worldwide every year. To make any real headway in this crowded space, you need to be Internet savvy to a degree. You need to become a T-shaped marketer.

What is a T-Shaped Marketer?

T-Shaped Marketer

T-Shaped Marketer

Rand Fishkin provided this clear description of T-shaped marketing on his blog along with a helpful graphic:

T-Shaped basically refers to having a light level of knowledge in a broad array of skills, and deep knowledge/ability in a single one (or a few).

In other words, your deep knowledge/ability—the stem of the T—is the content you’ve written about in your books. The flat, horizontal part at the top represents the various creative and analytical skills you can learn to best utilize the Internet in selling those books. A shortlist of the top T-shaped skills you can easily learn is below. Combined (and used consistently), these activities will help you sell more books over time.

T-Shaped Marketer: Guest Blogging and Content Syndication

T-Shaped Marketer GB AND CS

T-Shaped Marketer GB AND CS

Blogging, in general, is so important for authors. It can help you develop and maintain a healthy online presence which is crucial to your commercial success.

Blog entries improve your search engine ranking depending on one of the major criteria that search engines are looking for: quantity of posts. Guest blogging will improve your ranking through two other criteria the search engines are looking for: backlinks and traffic.

Content syndication is similar to guest blogging in how it improves your ranking. But it involves sharing already-posted content with other publications in an SEO-friendly way. You’ll learn more about that in this book.

T-Shaped Marketer: HTML Coding for Beginners

T-Shaped Marketer HTML

T-Shaped Marketer HTML

There are various reasons why it’s important to have a basic understanding of HTML coding. This knowledge can come in very handy with regard to protecting and improving your website’s SEO. In that case, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the purpose of these two HTML elements in particular: rel=canonical tags and meta noindex tags.

Another time when even a basic understanding of HTML comes in really handy is when converting a manuscript into an .EPUB ebook. There are times when you’re going to have to edit certain aspects of the file that didn’t transfer properly from one program to the next, and that will require you to manipulate the HTML coding within the file.

T-Shaped Marketer: Mobile Marketing

T-Shaped Marketer MOBILE

T-Shaped Marketer MOBILE

You want all your potential customers to have a positive experience when they visit your website. Some of them will be searching for you through a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection on handheld devices. Others will find you through a hardwired Internet connection on a desktop computer. A mobile-friendly website is one that automatically adapts to be easily viewed on all these devices.

In this book, you’ll learn how to test your own website to see if it’s mobile-friendly. If it’s not, Google will give you the reasons why so you can correct it with the help of your website service provider. Make sure you correct it. Because having a mobile-friendly website is another easy way to improve your SEO.

T-Shaped Marketer: Pay-per-click (PPC) Advertising

T-Shaped Marketer PPC

T-Shaped Marketer PPC

You can earn a larger readership organically by investing your time in activities such as effective social media marketing, blogging, content syndication, SEO-friendly HTML coding, mobile-friendly website improvements, and self-designed/self-published ebooks and promotional videos. Or, you can invest your money to buy that readership with email and/or text message marketing campaigns, paid book reviews, and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. When you spend your time, it will take longer to see results. When you spend your money, you can make things happen more quickly … that is, if you’re doing things right. Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising can be used to sell more books. It can also be used to earn incremental writing income on the side.

T-Shaped Marketer: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

T-Shaped Marketer SEO

T-Shaped Marketer SEO

Google wants to keep its user base happy through these three important search quality factors: expertise, authority, trust (EAT). You prove your expertise online by publishing helpful digital content regularly. Your authority is eventually proven by the number of book reviews, backlinks, and social media followers, likes, and shares that you accumulate over time due to these publishing activities.

In a search engine’s eyes, if your books have more legitimate reviews than other authors’ books within the same genre, your social media sites have more followers, and each of your webpages (e.g., each individual post on your blog, each individual book on Amazon or Kobo, et cetera) have more click-throughs, then you must have more authority than the other authors have. As a result, you’ll rank higher than they do. It’s as simple as that, and it’s all based on algorithms. But expertise and authority are not enough. In fact, trust is an increasingly strong ranking factor for search engines. How to earn trust is discussed in this book.

T-Shaped Marketer: Video Marketing

T-Shaped Marketer VIDEO

T-Shaped Marketer VIDEO

Did you know that Google owns YouTube? That’s the primary reason why you will want to use video marketing to sell your books; statistics show video content can improve your website’s SEO tremendously, and a strong SEO will help you sell more books over time. In this T-Shaped ebook, we’ll review the different types of videos you can produce—everything from professional book trailers to your very own homemade creations—and the valuable lessons I’ve learned about each type through trial and error over the past nine years.

In the end, you’ll come to see that this type of T-shaped marketing is not only effective; it’s actually a lot easier and more affordable for indie authors to get started (and continue with) than you may think. This book closes with three easy video marketing ideas for indie authors—even those of you who are naturally camera-shy.

T-Shaped Marketer: Social Marketing

T-Shaped Marketer SOCIAL

T-Shaped Marketer SOCIAL

Last but not least, I’ll be publishing the final T-shaped installment of this series in November of 2018. Watch for it in a couple of weeks from now. In this book, we’ll be taking a look at the various social media platforms that can help you sell books in much more detail.

I’ll discuss the usual sites I have in the past: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. I’ll also be adding some new ones to the mix. Watch for it!

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Guest Bloggers Wanted

Guest bloggers wanted for the PPG Publisher’s Blog! If you have truly helpful advice to share with aspiring and established authors, we’ll consider it. Here are our guidelines.

Guest Bloggers Wanted

Guest Bloggers Wanted

Guest Bloggers Wanted to Inspire Budding Authors

There is already plenty of guidance out there (and on this blog) that warns authors about the possible difficulties they may experience during their book publishing journeys. This type of advice has value, for sure. But your guest post should be inspirational rather than cautionary.

Do you have a success story of your own to share? If you landed on a bestseller list, which one was it? Did you sell more copies of your book than expected? Did you receive some great book reviews from your fans? How did you do it? Share your inspirational advice with others so they can learn how to achieve the same. Show them the wonderful possibilities that will help them keep themselves inspired.

Guest Bloggers Wanted to Educate Indie Authors

Some authors prefer to start with self-publishing and build a solid fan base before approaching trade publishers to take on their books. This way, they’re more likely to sign a traditional publishing deal.

Others prefer to remain independent. Once they see how much success they can have on their own, why share their profits by handing over the reins to someone else?

What tips do you have for these indie authors? Where can they find the best book cover design templates for free? How can they convert their manuscripts into .EPUB and .MOBI ebook files for publishing on Kobo and Amazon? Do you have any helpful book printing tips for paperbacks or hardcovers?

What advice do you have that will make life easier for indie authors everywhere? Share it here so you can help them to self-publish more easily.

Guest Bloggers Wanted to Share Writing Tips

The purpose of this blog is to provide free tips that help aspiring and established authors with every aspect of the book publishing process from conception to publication. Writing. Graphic design. Editing. Proofreading. Indexing. Publishing. Printing. Sales. Marketing.

Since I’m a TESOL-certified sales coach for authors, my blog already contains lots of post-publication content regarding book sales and marketing. More pre-publication advice, specifically tailored toward helping writers complete their manuscripts, is also very welcome here. (Click here to view examples of past writing-related posts.)

How Do You Submit Your Original Content for Consideration?

If you have a guest post that meets all our criteria, please contact us here to tell us more about it. If we like the idea, we’ll ask you to email it to us in Microsoft Word format.

To keep the flow of information open and easy for everyone involved, there aren’t any hard and fast deadlines to meet nor specific word counts that must be met. We ask only that your guest post contains more than 300 words. And it must be original content that has never been posted online anywhere else.

Please provide an author photo along with your post. To ensure all guest bloggers receive as much value from this experience as our subscribers do, you are free to promote your own books/websites/projects here. Place links and information of this variety within an author bio at the bottom of your post.

Can You Re-post This Content Elsewhere Online?

You will remain the copyright owner of your guest post on the PPG Publisher’s Blog. However, to protect the SEO of both this blog and your content, please refrain from reposting it anywhere else within 60 days of it being posted here. If/when you do share it elsewhere, you must attribute the original source by including the following message at the top or bottom of your re-post:

This post first appeared on the PPG Publisher’s Blog:
insert direct link to the original post here. It has been republished here with permission.

Why do you want to refrain from re-posting it anywhere else within 60 days of it being posted here? And why do you want to include that notice on your re-post? There is a very good reason that will protect your own blog’s ranking on search engines such as Google. The below article provides important details. Make sure you read it before guest-posting or sharing anyone else’s content on your own blog.

Related reading: How Content Syndication Can Help Authors Sell More Books (An Excerpt)

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How to Publish a Book in Canada for Free

How to Publish a Book in Canada for Free 01

How to Publish a Book in Canada for Free 01

If you’re reading this page, it’s because you’re wondering how to publish a book in Canada for free. There are two valid options for you to choose from. One of them is completely free while the other is almost completely free—your only necessary cost being copy editing.

In 2013, I released How to Publish a Book in Canada … and Sell Enough Copies to Make a Profit!. It compared the pros and cons of traditional (trade) publishing, self-publishing, and supported self-publishing. If you click on the title link above, you can “sneak a peek” inside the book to read those comparisons for free.

The information is still valid when it comes to paperbacks and hardcovers. To properly produce these types of books, you’ll require an experienced team of professionals: editor, graphic designer, proofreader, and indexer. A reputable book distributor, such as Ingram Content Group, will also be necessary to get your book into the “brick and mortar” bookstores. Alas, all these professional services cost money. So, the only way to publish “traditional bookstore books” in a way that will be free to you is through traditional (trade) publishing methods.

How to Publish a Book in Canada for Free … Almost

How to Publish a Book in Canada for Free 02

How to Publish a Book in Canada for Free 02

There is another way to publish a book in Canada almost completely free of charge. If you’re fine with self-publishing ebooks and selling them online exclusively, then you’re in luck. In fact, many of today’s independent (“indie”) authors are enjoying massive success with ebooks. Some of them are being signed by trade publishers due to their self-publishing success, while others are choosing to remain indie.

So long as you have your ebook copy edited by an experienced editor, you can produce a decent result on your own. For starters, ebook covers are less involved than physical book covers. You don’t have to worry about the back cover or spine—only the front cover. There are many free templates available online to help you create an attractive front cover. There are also free tools out there to help you convert your Microsoft Word manuscript into ebook format for publishing on Amazon and/or Kobo. The capabilities of both these ecommerce sites have come a long way since I wrote my other book in 2013. I publish ebooks to both of them regularly now.

How Are Today’s Indie Authors Succeeding Online?

If you’re like most writers, you don’t want to have to sell your books after you write them. You just want to move onto writing the next book. Am I right? Well, here’s some great news for you: writing is selling in the online world. The best way to sell books today is to utilize the power of search engines. Feed them new content on a consistent basis, and they’ll feed you more traffic.

This is what today’s indie authors are doing to succeed online: How to Build a Loyal Readership So Your Self-Published Books Get Picked Up by Literary Agents and Trade Publishers. The step-by-step instructions are all here including hyperlinks to all the free tools you’ll need for each step. There is also helpful advice contained within on how and where to find an affordable copy editor.

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What Does it Mean to Monetize Your Blog?

When authors think about ways they can earn money from their writing, most think in terms of royalties from book sales. But you can also monetize your blog. The larger your blog’s subscriber list grows, the more this will work to your advantage,

What Does it Mean to Monetize Your Blog?

Monetize Your Blog

Monetize Your Blog

When you “monetize your blog,” you are converting it into a source of income. Passive income. It works much the same way as book royalties do. You only have to write a book once. If people are still buying that book years after you first published it, those royalties are money earned without any additional effort on your part. Your blog posts can generate cash flow for years to come, too. It all depends on how you set up your blog.

If you are new to blogging and have only written a few posts up to now, there is one thing you can do immediately to monetize your blog. If you’ve been blogging for quite a while now, and you already have a pretty solid subscriber base, there are additional things you can do.

Set up an Affiliate Account Through Amazon Associates

In my opinion, the best affiliate marketing program for blogs is Amazon Associates. Why? In a word: choices. Through this program, you can sell everything and anything Amazon has to offer through your blog—not only books. You do this by creating personalized HTML links to the Amazon products of your choice through your Amazon Associates account. Then you post those links into the background coding of your website.

Look at this blog for examples; all the book covers you see here are affiliate links. Amazon pays me an affiliate commission for each sale it makes through these links.

Set Up a Google AdSense Account

Once you’ve been blogging for a while and have daily traffic visiting your blog, you can apply for a Google AdSense account. What is that? Well, you have probably heard of pay-per-click (PPC) advertising before. PPC is a “pay as you go” Internet advertising model people use to direct traffic to their websites. Advertisers pay only when their ads are clicked. For the campaigns that are run through Google Ads, PPC ads can show up in a number of places online—not only on the search engine itself. In fact, those ads can even show up on your blog through the Google AdSense program.

It takes a couple weeks from the time you submit your website to Google AdSense for consideration to the time they approve it. Once approved, Google will send you a unique HTML code. You can add it to any one or more pages of your website. PPC ads will then appear in those places that match best with the keywords and topic matter of your page. Any time someone visits your page and clicks on any of those PPC ads, you will earn a portion of Google’s PPC profits from it. This is an easy way for you to earn some extra passive income from your blog.

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Sell Non-Fiction Books Using AI

Sell Non-Fiction Books Using AI

Sell Non-Fiction Books Using AI

Most business professionals will publish just one non-fiction book as a form of “advanced business card” to promote their products and services. Very few of these people view books as the assets they truly are. Why? Because they don’t understand how to utilize algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) to full advantage. They don’t realize there are effective ways to sell non-fiction books using AI.

When it comes to books, effective selling begins with effective digital publishing. And, by “effective digital publishing,” I’m not only referring to professional editing and graphic design. I’m talking about understanding how search engine optimization (SEO) really works—how search engines such as Google, and ecommerce sites such as Amazon, reward points to the content that is published online.

What is Effective Digital Publishing?

If you want to succeed at publishing and selling books nowadays, you can no longer “waste precious time” by publishing only one book per year or one blog entry per month. The Internet rewards speedproductivity, and momentum through these specific activities. And the Internet is your greatest ally.

Many of today’s most successful independent authors are selling thousands of books every year by publishing a new book online every four to six weeks. Both fiction and non-fiction book series are generating six- and seven-figure incomes by feeding the Internet’s voracious appetite for MORE in this way. It works so well that even mainstream authors like James Patterson are jumping on this bandwagon. He, too, publishes multiple books on a regular basis through his BookShots line.

Sell Non-Fiction Books Using AI

One of the greatest benefits of digital publishing/selling is that the Internet does much of the thinking for you. Just tell it what keyword(s) you wish to focus on in each blog entry and book description you post online. It will keep directing traffic to your webpages based on those instructions. But only if you keep your side of the bargain by continually feeding it MORE.

For Google AdWords and AdSense users, you were likely pleased when Google introduced its AdSense Auto ads program in early 2018. This is an advanced type of pay-per-click (PPC) advertisement that uses a form of AI called “machine learning” to determine the best placements for ads on webpages on your behalf. That means you just have to focus on posting regular keyword-rich content; Google will bring you constant, relevant traffic that matches it. Gone are the days when you had to go searching for those customers yourself.

Feed the Internet’s Voracious Appetite for Content … and It Will Feed You More Customers

Many people balk at the idea of publishing several books per year when they first learn about this form of digital publishing. Based on the traditional viewpoint of how books should be produced, it may seem like an impossible task. Well, it’s time to change your thinking on what constitutes a useful non-fiction book.

Throw away any pre-conceived notions you may have—particularly when it comes to word count. It’s more important to focus on the quality of your content than the quantity of words you’ve written. There is absolutely no need to add a bunch of unnecessary fluff into a non-fiction book just to get it to a certain word count. With non-fiction books of any kind, your number one priority is to understand your readers’ question/problem. Above all, answer/resolve that question/problem for them as clearly and easily as possible.

Here’s another helpful tip: instead of publishing one 120,000-word book, why not break it down into an eight-book mini series instead? Release each mini book six weeks apart to generate excitement and anticipation about the next. The Internet will reward this type of consistent publishing activity more than it will reward a large book published once a year. Click here to view an example digital publishing program designed to get results.

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SEO-Friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES)

SEO-Friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES)

SEO-Friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES)

Yesterday’s advice regarding writing the most SEO-friendly blog posts was pretty simple. Make sure your post is genuinely helpful and contains at least 500 words. Within those 500 words, your main keyword should be repeated at least 10 times. By doing that, search engines like Google should be able to easily find and index the blog entry.

SEO-Friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES)

Today’s advice is a little bit different. According to SEO 2018 author Adam Clarke and Yoast: SEO for Everyone, an SEO-friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES) is crucial to your SEO success.

Google’s former head of web spam, Matt Cutts, publicly stated that poorly researched and misspelled content will rank poorly, and clarity should be your focus. And by readability, this means not just avoiding spelling mistakes, but making your content readable for the widest possible audience, with simple language and sentence structures.

…The Searchmetrics rankings report discovered sites appearing in the top 10 showed … content that is fairly easy to read for 13-15 year old students and up.

…By encouraging search results to have content readable to a wide audience, Google maximise their advertising revenues. If Google were to encourage complicated results that mostly appeal to a smaller demographic, such as post-graduates, it would lower Google’s general appeal and their market share. (Clarke, 2018)

Why I Now Use the Yoast SEO WordPress Plug-In

In a nutshell, the Yoast SEO WordPress plug-in helps me to write blog posts that Google will approve and index. That’s why I use it. Because Google is the greatest link between me and my desired reader base.

As I begin writing each and every blog post, the Yoast plug-in continually gives me little notices. It lets me know whether my content is SEO-friendly in various ways. It tells me if my FRES is within the acceptable 60.0 to 70.0 readability range. If not, it will show me which sentences need to be adjusted to improve that score.

Your Blog Post Can Be Less Than 500 Words

So long as your writing style matches Google’s desired FRES score, your post can be 300+ words long. Yoast also has a different way of viewing keywords. Rather than repeating your top keyword at least twice within every 100 words, Yoast wants to see it right upfront. If you include that keyword in your slug (the URL for the blog entry), at least one or more of your headings, and within your first paragraph, Yoast will usually give you a good SEO score. It’s also great to attach the keyword to an image on your blog post, too. That way, Google will certainly understand what keyword you want the post indexed under.

There are additional things you can do to improve your blog post’s SEO. Including internal links to past blog posts and external links to other relevant information will also help. The more posts you write that Yoast awards a good readability and SEO score to, the higher up your blog will land in Google’s search engine ranking.

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Thailand Government Book Policy: More ASEAN Books by ASEAN Authors

Thailand Government Book Policy

Thailand Government Book Policy

Why would an author and book publisher from Canada have a strong interest in the Thailand government book policy? Well, you see, I visited (and fell in love with) Thailand back in 2016. I lived in Hua Hin for one month where I studied Thai culture and obtained a TESOL certification. I then lived in Bangkok for the next five months and taught at a wonderful private school for one term before returning home to Canada. Ever since then, I’ve known that some day I’ll visit Thailand again. But next time, I would like to visit as the author and book publisher that I am. I would love to help aspiring Thai authors produce professional books that meet your government’s standards and promote your beautiful culture at home and abroad.

Thailand Government Book Policy

I have 25 years’ experience in the North American English book publishing industry (in both the traditional and contemporary markets). I’m also the author of over 25 books that teach aspiring authors how to be successful within this industry. That said, each world region has its own unique publishing methods and characteristics. One day, I decided to research the Thailand government book policy to see if it’s similar to Canada’s. As it turns out, we have some things in common. Both our governments want to support local authors who write books that promote and educate others about the countries we live in.

I came across a presentation by Kim Chongsatitwatana titled “Thailand Publishing Industry” that was posted to the Asian Publishers Fellowship Program in Seoul (APS) website. In this presentation, Kim discusses the Thai government’s policies on promoting a “decade of reading as a national agenda” from 2009 to 2018. The goal is to educate people about ASEAN culture and society with a focus on the English language. The government also wants more ASEAN books published by ASEAN authors in general.

English Language Book Publishing for ASEAN Authors

More ASEAN Books by ASEAN Authors

More ASEAN Books by ASEAN Authors

Did you know there are self-publishing options available to you in Thailand that will allow you to publish books your government can be proud of? I will be releasing a new title in paperback format, to bookstores around the world, this coming October 15, 2018. The book is titled How to Publish a Book in the East That You Can Sell in the West. It contains some compelling research about how today’s independent authors are self-publishing and selling thousands of ebooks every year. It also provides step-by-step instructions showing aspiring authors like you how to do the same—right from the comfort of your home or office.

One chapter of this book focuses on English language editing and how to find proper English editors at a reasonable price. No matter where you live, you can easily follow (and afford!) this program. All you need is an Internet connection and a laptop with Microsoft Office on it. Here’s what some Eastern reviewers who received early review copies have to say about this book:

“The author has used the simplest words which can be read and understood by everyone. The stepwise information makes this book seamless and interesting.” ~Sheetal Maurya, Halo of Books

“What an excellent book this is.” ~Sarath Babu

And don’t let the book title fool you. You can certainly reach the western market if you choose to; but you can also focus on your own eastern market if you choose. It’s all up to you.

A Decade of Reading in Thailand

“Reading remains a fundamental activity and a first step for anyone wishing to acquire knowledge and innovate,” the Bangkok Post quoted the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (Pubat) president, Suchada Sahasakul, as saying earlier this year. “Everything starts with the act of reading. Once one has read, one can experiment and act to shape the world.”

I hope you’ll read this book so you can see your own ability to shape the world by writing and publishing your own books. Gone are the days when the world’s large corporate book publishers set the pace and direction of the entire publishing market. Today’s western indie authors are now in the driver’s seat, and it can be the same for authors in Thailand.

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Make Money Online with Ebooks

Make Money Online (Book One)

Make Money Online (Book One)

Ebooks can be highly profitable digital assets for authors, online marketers, and business professionals in general. Think about it from a strictly business perspective for a moment; it’s clear an ebook is a portable business card that can be delivered instantaneously, anywhere in the world, for free or for sale, via email, blog, website, or ecommerce site.

Ebooks can be read in the comfort of one’s home or office, during a commute by train or airplane, or even when standing and waiting in line. They are easily searchable documents that can be hyperlinked to other relevant information sources (e.g., company webpages, blogs), providing even more value to readers.

Ebooks are updateable which is especially helpful to those who wish to keep their information relevant and stay on top of the dynamic Internet. With a digital asset like an ebook, you don’t have to pay storage or maintenance fees of any kind. Best of all, there are hundreds of thousands of affiliate marketers out there; they’re more than happy to help others promote and sell their digital assets all over the world. Pretty much every major ecommerce site has its own affiliate program now, and this is like having a massive sales team at your disposal without having to pay anyone an upfront salary.

Make Money Online by Providing Valuable Information

You could be in any room chatting with your family members, friends, or business colleagues. It doesn’t matter where it is or who you’re with. At some point during the conversation, a question of some sort almost always arises; what is the first thing everyone does? You each pull out your smartphone, iPad, or tablet and open the web browser to search for an answer. We all have instant access to timely information at our fingertips now, and we’re all constantly accessing it.

Make Money Online (Book Two)

Make Money Online (Book Two)

Consider this: Twenty years ago if you wanted to learn something, you’d go to the library or bookstore and pick up a book. If there was new information on a topic, it had to go through a long publication process – an average of 18 months! By the time that new information came out, it was often already outdated.

Today is very different.

We live in the Information Age. Basically, the greatest industry in the world today is the information industry. Those with access to information and the ability to distribute it the fastest are the ones who are poised to be our next millionaires and billionaires. (Singal, 2016)

Make Money Online by Connecting People in Meaningful Ways

Now let’s take that a step further. It’s not only about your ability to quickly distribute information to the masses that could potentially earn you a profit; it’s more about your ability to use that information to connect people together in meaningful ways. Intellectual property can be a priceless asset to the owners who know how to do this well.

Make Money Online (Book Three)

Make Money Online (Book Three)

In discussions with industry leaders like Seth Godin and Clay Hebert (among many others), it has become clear that we are in a Connection Economy. The connection economy rewards value created by building relationships and creating connections, rather than building assets by industrialism. This means the most valuable companies will connect buyer to seller, or consumer to content. If you don’t buy that argument, consider these facts:

1. Uber is the largest “taxi” company – yet they own no vehicles and excel at connecting riders with drivers.
2. AirBnB is the largest provider of accommodations – yet they own no real estate.
3. Facebook is the largest media company – yet they create no content.
4. Crowdfunding businesses like Kickstarter and IndiGoGo [sic] are expected to surpass venture capital for funding in 2016 – yet they have no funds to invest. (Altman, 2015)

You can create these kinds of meaningful connections through ebooks. There are umpteen unique ways for you to bond with your readers, uniting them with additional people and resources. You can write fiction or poetry to entertain them and then connect them with like-minded book club members. You can use non-fiction to educate them and recommend additional related services.

Make Money Online With Ebooks

Make Money Online (Book Four)

Make Money Online (Book Four)

There is an ebook publishing technique that many of today’s most successful independent authors (a.k.a. indie authors) are using to sell thousands of books every year. Some of these authors are earning six-figure incomes from their ever-growing online platforms. What is a “platform” you’re asking? It is a loyal readership. And that’s what the “Big Five” trade publishers—Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster—are looking for when scouting new book projects. They’ll sign the unknown indie authors with built-in audiences that can guarantee them sales before they’ll re-sign a known trade-published author with limited traction. That’s the reality of this business.

Selling physical books in an offline marketplace is different from selling digital books in an online marketplace. In the traditional offline world, authors must appeal to people such as booksellers, reviewers, and publicists to help you sell more books; but, in the online world, you’re working with mechanical algorithms and search engine optimization (SEO) to increase your exposure. This is a blessing. This is a new and highly effective way to reach the masses and earn a profit in the process. Ebooks are possibly the best way to make money online nowadays.

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Six-figure Income as an Author: Truth Versus Myth

six-figure income

six-figure income … as an author

Six-figure income … as an author? Is it possible for indie authors to enjoy that level of success? The truth may surprise you as much as the myths do.

I’ve shared several case studies of successful authors both on this blog and in a recent 2018 release. Amanda Hocking, Mark Dawson, Liz Schulte, and Timothy Ellis are four impressive examples of authors who sell thousands of books. They are all using similar online tactics, and productive writing is number one in that list of activities. I’ve recently found more writers to add to this distinguished group of indie authors. Their stories are worth sharing here because they speak about the realities of building a full-time career as an author. They also bust the first two myths wide open.

Six-figure Income Myth #1: It’s Unrealistic to Expect a Six-figure Income as an Author (Especially With Non-Fiction Books)

When I first started researching author success stories like these, each one seemed to be a fiction writer. When I shared my findings with others, I was met with comments such as this one: “An important difference in Fiction Writing as opposed to non-fiction — Readers buy for entertainment, not to solve a problem, so you can successfully sell multiple products to the same reader pool.” Such a comment suggests it’s somehow easier to sell multiple fictional products to a single readership than it is to sell multiple non-fiction books—that it’s easier to build one’s readership based on entertainment genres rather than self-help/problem-solving genres.

I received a similar comment from a local “author marketing consultant” soon after: “Our particular audience is business (in many ways a tougher market than fiction) and business types rarely write more than one book. … Writing a book and getting it published are the easier parts. Making enough money to live on or even to cover the time invested in the writing of the book, let alone make a significant profit on book sales is extremely difficult.“ Extremely difficult? That didn’t sit well with me at all, so I went in search of a non-fiction success story. And guess what? I’ve since found many. Steve Scott, Joanna Penn, and Jeff Haden are just three examples.

Six-figure Income Myth #2: Success Will Strike Suddenly, Like a Lightning Bolt

I highly recommend you read a transcribed podcast from The Creative Penn blog titled The Motivation Myth. How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up To Win with Jeff Haden. During this interview, authors Joanna Penn and Jeff Haden discuss what it really takes to make a living from writing. They provide truly helpful and honest advice about how one can transition into a full-time author. Here’s a brief excerpt from that webpage:

Here’s the thing. When people ask me about side hustles and keeping full-time jobs, if you’re going to do that, the first thing you have to do is say, “I will be the best at my full-time job of anyone there.”

Because typically what happens is your attention starts to drift and you slide in a few things during your regular work time and you’re focused on other stuff. And you owe better to your employer, you owe better to yourself and I just think it’s a poor way to start.

So I worked really, really hard at my job which was good but then I worked every night. I worked most weekends. And I just I tried to shorten that cycle because there’s a certain amount of time it’s going to take on your side hustle for you to build it up to where you can make that your real hustle.

…I’m lucky enough now that I get to meet some really, really successful people and talk to them about how they got there. None of them ever describe this little lightning bolt moment or “I hacked my way to success” or I found this shortcut that got me there. Every one of them worked harder than everyone else around them and they had a goal, they figured out how they were going to get there.

Jeff Haden did the work: the “side hustle,” as he calls it. He worked harder than anyone else and was able to make writing his full-time job within one year. For Joanna Penn, it took five years to transition to a full-time writer. It took another four to earn six figures. Joanna graciously shares her exact timeline in this blog post.

Six-figure Income Truth #1: It Takes Time and Commitment

That’s the reality of this successful book publishing formula. It takes time and commitment. There are zero shortcuts to a six-figure income for authors. But if you’re willing to do the necessary work until, then you’ll see the success you desire. It’s possible for both fiction and non-fiction writers. In fact, I’m willing to bet it’s even possible for poetry writers.

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Poetry Books Can Sell Like Fiction and Non-Fiction

poetry books

poetry books

Poetry books can be sold online using the same methods authors use to sell fiction and non-fiction books. The best way to sell books nowadays is to utilize the power of search engine optimization (SEO). What is SEO? SEO refers to the process of increasing your website’s ranking on search engines such as Google. You can increase your ranking by improving the quantity and quality of traffic to your website—that is, the number of relevant visitors who click on your website.

Poetry Books Can Be Sold Online Using Keywords

poetry books

poetry books

You can reach your target market of poetry readers using the power of keywords. It’s the same process for poetry books as it is for fiction and non-fiction. If you want to successfully sell any books online using SEO, you need think things through. Sit down and create a list of all the possible keywords related to the type of poetry you’re promoting. Once you come up with a large enough list, test all those keywords using actual search traffic data to determine which ones will be most useful for you.

Poetry Books About Anything

There is a market for poetry books about everything and anything. You can find some great ideas in a post titled 4 Unique Ways to Make Money Online Writing Poetry on the ThinkWritten.com website. Some great example markets you can target with your poetry books are:

  • people who need poems for special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, or holidays
  • people looking for poetry to use for unique displays, gifts, or artwork

When you think of it in those terms, you may quickly come to see that your poetry audience is much larger than simply people who read poetry for the sake of poetry. Does that make sense? There is as much of a market and need for poetry as there is for fiction and non-fiction. It’s simply a matter of learning how to effectively reach your target market: How to Publish and Sell Poetry [An Excerpt].

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