Showing posts with label Make Money. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Make Money. Show all posts

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Penny Pinching Failures

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We all like to save money. I do too.

I’m always careful about what I buy and before I make a purchase I always think about what I’m going to use the item for (or how often will I wear it?), where I’m going to keep it, and how often it will come in handy.

Usually after much careful consideration I put things back on the shelf and leave the store.

And even if I’m grocery shopping I think of what I’m going to make with whatever ingredients I’m buying (I don’t buy much processed, ready-made-food) and how soon I’m going to do it.

And take away meals and eating out don’t happen too often for me. I much prefer my own food at home and even if I go for a day out, I’ll usually take my own drinks,  pack sandwiches and buy hot chips to go with them.

I’m pretty frugal in a lot of ways. I even have a notebook where I tally up everything I’ve bought in a month to see where I’m overspending (if at all) and where I can cut back.

Yep, I don’t like wasting money on things I don’t need or that I’m tricked into buying just because of clever marketing.

And I see others doing the same.

Except they’re doing it all wrong.

They’ll penny pinch at the supermarket yet buy takeaway food on the way home.

They’ll complain about the price of fuel and even drive around looking for the cheapest price, yet they’ll take short trips in their car every day instead of walking.

And how many people do you know who say that they have no money yet their kids have all the latest gadgets and toys?

I once saw a news item on TV on A Current Affair where they were talking to a couple who were being forced to move from their home because they said their mortgage was too high because of interest rate rises.

Yet I couldn’t get over the fact that they were packing up dozens of outdoor toys - swing sets, slippery dips, cubby house, sand pit, and multiple ride-on toys, and the mother of the two young children had a really fancy hair cut, manicured false finger nails and so much bling it much have weighed a ton.

And I see the same things happen when it comes to business.

People say they want to be successful, but when it comes to investing in themselves they don’t want to spend money on an ebook or an online course.
And I don’t know about you, but I much prefer to spend my money on things that are an investment in my writing.

Over the years I must have spent thousands of dollars on e-books, courses and other things that have helped me with my writing and marketing. I’ve even done a course in copywriting that cost several hundred dollars. I thought it was expensive but I knew that what I could learn would enable me to earn much more money than the cost of the course. And I was right.

I could have spent a few hundred dollars on a fancy computer or a bigger TV or ordered more takeaways so that I don’t have to cook.

But I’d rather spend my money on things that I need to help me write more, write better, market my work, make money blogging and writing, and sell more books.

How about you?

What are the important things you’re investing in?

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

How To Start a Money-Making Blog

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There are so many people who want to work from home as an online blogger, but they don’t know how to start blogging or how to keep it going.

Luckily, because you’re already a writer, you’re ahead of the crowd because you’d have no trouble filling a blog with useful content.

But the big question is what to blog about?

It’s one thing to know that you want to earn money blogging, but knowing what to write about can be tricky.

The answer though is really simple.

You can either write about something you already know about

Or

Write about a subject you’re interested in.

As an example, in my ebook and blogging course, Living the Laptop Lifestyle, I demonstrate how this can be done with the subject of knitting.

This is a topic that many people know about because it’s their hobby. But is it really possible to have a money-making blog about something so simple as knitting?

On my sales page I show you an excerpt from the chapter about finding a niche for your blog and all the possibilities for earning income from something as simple as blogging about knitting.

I also know of one blogger who started a really popular blog about World War II. He had no first-hand experience of it, but he was passionate about the subject and could spend hours researching and reading about it and so put his efforts into a popular blog, which, unfortunately, he no longer has due to health and personal complications.

There is also another really successful blogger who started a blog about parrots when he found that there wasn’t enough information for parrot owners online. Today that is a thriving online business.

And there is also Rhonda Hetzel who started a blog about how she lives simply in her Sunshine Coast Hinterland Home in Australia. Now she is a best selling author and a local celebrity. You can read her blog at http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com.au

So you see, you can start a successful, money-making blog about almost any subject.

If it’s something that you know a lot about there is probably an audience for it.

But the real secret of successful blogging is getting it going and keeping it going CONSISTENTLY. Note the emphasis on the word “consistently.” It’s no good starting if you don’t keep going.

Just start and see how far it can take you.

You are a writer.

So write yourself a money-making blog.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

3 Different Ways To Make Money Blogging


“Blog Media Showing Weblog Website” by Stuart Miles
I’ve been asked many times about making money online as a writer.

My advice depends on each individual writer’s situation and goals.

Usually I say that if you want to earn money from your writing quickly, then freelancing is the way to go.

But what if you don’t want to write for other people and instead you want to write for yourself and earn money from your blog or website?

Well, if that’s the case, then there are 3 simple, easy and free ways to earn money from blogging.

1. Advertising. This simply means writing lots of blog posts or articles and surrounding them with PPC ads or paid ads. To earn money writing this way it would mean doing adequate research to make sure you’re using the correct keywords (to get enough traffic to your site) and to make sure your posts and/or articles are useful and informative so that people will want to read them. (Listen to an old - 2008 - but fascinating interview of Captain Tim Gorman who began blogging using nothing but PPC advertising on his sites and built a hugely profitable online business from it. )

2. Affiliate Marketing. To make money selling affiliate products means finding quality products that you can sell for commission and writing blog post or articles that help sell them.

3. Books. Naturally the best way to earn money writing is by selling your own books and ebooks. And these days, Amazon’s Kindle Publishing Platform (kdp.amazon.com) makes it so quick and easy to publish your books as ebooks and physical books, with no upfront cost to you. Then you can write articles or blog posts to really help sell them.

So, in a nutshell, these are the 3 easiest and simplest ways to earn money writing for your own blog or website.

Of course, you need to market it well to make sure you get enough visitors to your site, but that’s a whole other topic for another day.

But you can start today by keeping it simple just so that you can get it going.

And eventually, you’ll be able to work online from anywhere and live your own Laptop Lifestyle.







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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Crucial Writing Advice

“Hands Tearing Apart A Banknote” by Sira Anamwong
Lately I’ve received a few emails from people giving me their opinion on my blog posts.

But let me get one thing straight first -

My advice about how to earn money from your writing (which is what ALL my posts are about) are only aimed at one group of people - those who are serious about wanting to earn money from their writing AND who aren’t afraid to do the necessary work.

Yet the emails I’ve been receiving are from people who don’t actually want to write.

Instead it seems they only want to read about making money from writing and that somehow money will magically appear in their bank accounts.

They say they don’t have time to write.

Don't have the skills.

Don’t know how to start.

Don’t know how to keep going.

Or they’re just too busy doing other more important things.

So let’s get a few things right about this subject.

Earning money from writing means:

  • Writing every day.

  • Publishing/submitting everything you write.

  • Actually wanting to write.

  • Buying any books/resources necessary to help you.


All the advice I give is crucial if you want to be a money-earning writer.

So don’t let this fall of deaf ears.

You must be reading this because you want to earn money from your writing.

So do yourself a favour and write and publish/submit something today.

Then think about what you’ll write, publish/submit tomorrow.

Once you make a determined start it’s easy to keep going.

Make today the day you stop wasting time and start writing more.



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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

New Year Writing Resolutions

“Two Thousand And Seventeen On Laptop Shows New Years Resolution” by Stuart Miles
Now that we’ve entered a New Year many people are working on their New Year writing resolutions.

I know they are because I’ve been selling more writing ebooks than usual recently.

And from all the talk online it seems that most writers are trying to earn more money from their writing this year, and some even have a set amount they’re working towards.

I have done the same thing many times.

But the problem is that you can’t actually be sure of how much money you’re going to earn.

So what I do is have an idea of how much I want to earn and then I look at how I’m going to do it.

- What books am I going to write?

- How will I market them?

- How many blog posts will I write?

- How will I increase my blog and website traffic?

- What am I going to do to get more subscribers?

These are the things I can control. It’s up to me how much I write and how I market things. But I have no real control over my exact income.

So I make a plan of what I’m going to do and I stick to it.

And then the following year I look back over what I did, what worked and what didn’t and then I make a new plan to do even better next year.

Making plans for things that I can control (like writing) works better than making plans for things I can’t control (like exact income amounts).

And as long as I’m working my plan, I’m moving forward towards my financial goal.

How about you?

What are your writing and marketing plans for the next 12 months?

What will you be doing differently and doing more of?

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

How to Earn Money Online Before You Go To Bed Tonight

“Businesswoman Is Thinking About Bonus Money” by iosphere
If you want to earn money from everything you write, then there MUST be a way for you to be able to do that.

What I mean is that if you write a blog post, how will you earn money from it?

One of the easiest and quickest ways is through PPC advertising.

But for this to work well, your blog posts need to be as Search Engine Optimised as possible.

This means that what you write needs to be not only helpful to your readers, but it needs to contain the correct keywords so that the ads displayed on your blog page are appropriate for your readers too.

PPC ads work on algorithms so the software needs to know what your articles are about, so a quick bit of keyword research can make a huge difference.

And the right content with the best keywords can easily result in people clicking on your ads straight away.

And you may think that earning a dollar or two a day for clicks on your ads isn’t much, but once you have a hundred or more pages of content online, each containing several ads, the revenue can surprise you.

There are writers who do this for a living.

They never waste time writing something that doesn’t have an opportunity for them to earn money.

The first time I ever put PPC ads on my website, I earned money from them the same day.

And this is only one small way to earn money as an online writer.



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Thursday, 29 December 2016

3 Ways to Earn Money From 5 Minutes Writing

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Making money from writing doesn’t have to take a long time. You don’t have to sit and write a whole book.

When I first started out trying to earn money from my writing, I tried smaller projects, ones that only took 5 minutes to write.

Not only were they quick to do but they paid faster as well.

The 3 easiest five-minute projects (IMHO) are:

  1. Jokes. Some magazines, like Readers’ Digest, regularly publish jokes. And best of all they pay really well - up to $100 per joke.

  2. Movie Pitches. If you have a great idea for a movie but don’t know how to write a script, you can pitch your idea to movie producers. Most companies option ideas for up to $100K or more.

  3. Readers’ Letters. Magazines and other publications love to fill up space with readers’ letters, with some of these only being one for two sentences. Yet they pay up to $100 - or sometimes more. You can even receive prizes too if yours is the ‘Letter of the Week.’

So go to your local library and browse the magazines or do it at your local newsagent store.

You’ll be surprised just how many magazines there are and how many writing opportunities they contain.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

How Much Money Can You Earn From Your Writing in a Year?

How much money do writers earn?
How can I earn money as a writer?
How much money can I make as a writer?

These are questions that I get asked all the time.

And do you want to know the answer?

It all depends on one thing - YOU.

It depends on how well you write, what you write and how much you write.

So someone who writes useless blog posts once a month isn’t going to make as much  money as someone who writes in depth, weekly blog posts that get read by hundreds of thousands of followers.

But now is the best time to become the successful writer you’ve always wanted to be - as long as you’re prepared to work at it.

This is the time of year when everyone is thinking about plans for the New Year.

And you can do it too by making a 12 month writing plan and thinking about these 3 things:

How much can you realistically write in 12 months? You’ll be surprised just how much is possible. for instance, writing for just one or two hours a day is enough to write a 50,000 word book a month.

What will you write? do you want to write ebooks? Novels? Or do you want to be a blogger? A scriptwriter? A copywriter?

How much will you need to write to earn enough money? This is where it becomes a bit of a guessing game, but it is possible to come up with a winning strategy of how much money you need to earn plus how you’re going to do it (it’s math, people).

In the end we’re all different so you need to come up with your own writing plan.

But the advice I can give you is that you shouldn’t wait till next year.

Make your plan now and start writing.

Don’t wait till the New Year.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Writing Forums. Helpful or Not?

“Forums Sphere Definition Displays Online Discussion Or Global Co…” by Stuart Miles
Lately I’ve been taking somewhat of an interest in writing forums.

Why?

Because they’re regularly touted as one of the best places for writers to hang out and learn their craft.

Many years ago, while I was quite new to being a writer (but I was already earning a decent income from it), I joined a couple of writing forums.

What I found was that most of the people on these forums weren’t writers at all.

Most were wannabes who had never (and probably never would) write anything publishable at all.

Quite a few others were just trolls.

It only took me a few weeks to realise what was going on and get the hell out of there.

But lately I wondered if anything had changed.

So I took a look around and scanned through a few forums looking at the threads and all the responses.

And you know what?

Nothing had changed.

No matter where I looked, each forum was dominated by people either responding to questions with useless advice because they weren’t professional writers and so had no clue what they were talking about, or they were nasty trolls just hanging around trying to upset people.

But do you know what amazed me the most?

It was how much time these people were spending on these forums.

It seemed that they spent hours every day posting new topics, answering questions, and getting into arguments.

There were even people who seemed to be on the forums 24/7 and had tens of thousands of posts and comments and thousands of followers.

One poster actually had well over 67,000 posts that he’d uploaded over his 10 year membership which averaged out at over 18 posts a day. Imagine that! Posting 18 times a day - or more -  to the same forum for 10 years.

And the funny thing about all this was that the threads that received the most responses were the ones where people were asking about how to earn money from writing.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

I found this hilarious because how can anyone who spends most of their time on free forums dishing out advice about how to make money from writing, actually have the time to make money from writing?

The irony just has me in stitches because let’s face it, anyone making money from writing is writing and getting their work published, not hanging around writing forums. Have you ever heard a successful writer saying how they spent hours and hours every day on writing forums and it helped get them to where they are today?

No doubt there will be some who think that writing forums are great and that’s why they’re always on them. But it’s also the reason why they’re not successful writers.

Successful writers are busy writing.

My advice to anyone who wants to earn money from their writing is to “Just Do It,” as the Nike slogan says.

Writing time is best spent writing and if you don’t know where to start or what to write next, try a writing course like Quick Cash Writing that gets you earning money from your writing  fast.

Or look at my Writing Markets page for new places for writing submissions.

Or how about downloading How to Write Any Book in 28 Days or Less so that you can get to work straight away writing your next best seller.

Writing is work, not a hobby.

No writing = no publishing = no money.

So don’t spend your time hanging out on forums all day.

Find a way to start work quickly and get down to some serious writing.

Just Do It.

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

3 Reasons I Sell More Books With Email

Selling books can sometimes be harder than writing them.

I love to sit and write books, to be 100% focused on my work and write thousands of words a day.

And as a novelist, Dean Wesley Smith so eloquenty put it, "Sitting alone in a room and making shit up isn't work. Sorry. It's play."

But after the writing comes the marketing.

And because I'm a writer, marketing my books by writing emails, isn't difficult.

All it takes is more writing.

But why email?

There are other ways like online marketing, social media and press releases (just to name a few), and these should all be done too.

But email marketing is more personal because you're writing to people who already know you.

And email heps me to do 3 other things.

1. I can announce that my books before I even finish writing them.

2. Announcing books early gathers interested readers long before publication.

3. Books sales are immediate because people are already waiting to buy them.

If you're serious about making money from writing books, using email can not only hlep increase sales, but help you to get more sales faster.

Readers want to know when your next book is going to be published, and email can help.

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Earning Money As A Writer

"How much money do writers earn?"

This is a question I get asked a lot.

And I always give the same answer. "I don't know. How much do you earn?"

It's funny how people don't care about asking me how much I earn but don't want to talk about their own income. Hmmm...

Anyway, I can't answer that question even if I wanted to because different writers earn different amounts of income.

When I first quit my job to write full time I was a bit worried about tax and other income related things and I had to get an accountant - and pay her!

This was scary at first because I didn't understand all the tax laws but it turned out that I didn't have to because that is what I pay my accountant for.

But when I first started writing I didn't worry about the money side of it because I was still working at my job.

It wasn't until I quit working that I went to see an accountant who explained everything to me.

All I had to do was keep an Excel spreadsheet of my income from all my different books and other sources, and of all my expenditures, and she did the rest.

At first, it's scary because writing income isn't regular.

But it does arrive in my bank account several times a month and I've learnt not think that I can spend a lot of money just because I earned it.

I have to make it last because the amounts can be so different.

And earning money as a writer means that I have to write every day, 5 days a week, and sometimes more.

But it's worth it.

And even though the money isn't as steady as having an income from a paid job, I do get regular payments every month from places like Amazon.

So I guess in a way it is a steady income.

But I still don't know how much money other writers make.

So don't ask me.


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

You Won't Make Money From Writing If You Don't Get On With It

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One of the questions I get asked the most is how do I earn money from writing?

And I keep giving the same answer.

I write.

You see that's the big secret about a writing income. You have to actually do the writing. Not just once or twice. But all the time. Every day.

But there are some people who don't have a clue where to start. And so they don't.

There are others who have a multitude of excuses as to why they can't earn money from writing - no time (always the favourite), have kids, have a job, far too busy already, don't have any spare time to write, and on and on it goes.

I say, go tell your excuses to Stephen Hawking style=and see how much sympathy HE has for you. He writes books all the time despite his inability to move. So what's your excuse for not writing?

How and Where to Start

Asking the right questions can help you get started because it helps to know what you want so that you can figure out how to get it.

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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Making Money From Writing Fast

“Speedy Typing With Keyboard” by adams - earn money from your writing fast
Lately I've been delving into a bit of freelance writing for magazines.

I went to the local library, looked through a few magazines and found places to submit short fiction and article ideas (magazines usually only want an article outline to begin with but they want the complete fiction story upfront).

And I'd forgotten how much fun this can be. Browsing magazine articles and stories, looking up their submission guidelines online (gotta get it right or they're not interested), looking at what they're currently looking for and then planning my submission attack.

It was entertaining to see the  letters to the editor, for which some of the magazines pay quite a high price and some even offer a prize for each letter published and the prizes are worth several hundred dollars each.

I love sending in small letters like that (some as small as just a few words) because they pay so much for so little. There was one magazine that paid $100 for an amusing short submission and $150 if you included a photo. Yay!

I also found magazines looking for short tips and small articles of less than 500 words.

These are the types of freelance writing gigs that can pay out fast, and for not much work.

Another thing that's handy to do is look at how often the magazines are published. The weekly ones need much more content than their quarterly cousins. And they usually want less substantial information in their articles too which makes writing them so much easier and quicker.

Unlike book writing, freelance writing doesn't bring in an ongoing, passive income. But it is nice to have a cash boost (or several cash boosts depending on how many items you submit your work).

What I usually recommend if you want to earn money this way is to try and make 30 submissions in 30 days. You can then wait 30 days to see if you get any "bites" because if you do, you'll need the time to write the articles that the editors are interested in. But during the 30 days, you can be looking for more markets for your next 30 submissions.

If you want to find freelance writing markets, I have a whole list you can browse for free at http://writeaholics.net/writingmarkets.html.

You can also use the Writers & Artists Year Book to find thousands of writing markets. You can buy the book or read it at your local library.  It's usually in the reference section so you can't borrow it, or at least that's how it is at my library. It's such a thick book and contains a huge amount of markets, and it's all categorised so you can quickly search for whatever area of expertise you're in.

It also contains articles and how-to guidance on writing for newspapers, magazines, scripts for film, radio and TV, plus advice on writing and submitting plays, poetry, non-fiction and fiction of all genres. It's a book I usually buy every year because it's really worth the investment.

I am also a member of American Consumer Opinion website where I get paid to take surveys (you don't have to live in the USA to join). Not all of these survey companies are legitimate but so far (and I've been associated with them for several years now) this one is. You can also get asked to "test-drive" products for them too.

So if you're feeling inspired to write and you want to earn a bit of "quick cash" from your writing, freelance writing for magazines (and filling out surveys) may be just what you need.

I find that once I start looking, it really motivates me to write and start submitting.

And I hope it works that way for you too.



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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

How to Control Your Writing Income

“Hand Pressing Enter Icon For Money” by samuiblue
One of the problems with being a writer is that you can never be sure of your income.

When you’re employed you receive a regular weekly or monthly income, but being a writer is so different to that.

Every year I start out with goals of how much money I want to earn from my writing and then I have to figure out how I’m going to do it.

Some things I do are successful and I can hit my income target, and other things turn out not so great or maybe even just mediocre.

Then I read a really fascinating article written by freelance writer, Mridu Khullar Relph at http://www.mridukhullar.com/setting-yearly-goals called “Setting Yearly Goals…In November.”

In this article she talks about how it’s not possible to always hit yearly financial goals, because writers don't have complete control over that.

But we can hit yearly writing goals, or as Mridu calls it, production goals.

She then sets down what her writing goals are (books, blog posts, freelance writing work, etc), breaks it down into how much writing she needs to do to achieve it, and then divides it by how many writing days she has in a year (365 days minus 2 weeks holiday, minus 2 weeks sick days minus weekends, etc) and from there gets a really “do-able” daily word count.

It’s great to read how she breaks it all down and shows you that you don’t need to work full-time to earn a full-time income as a writer.








Wednesday, 10 February 2016

How to Start an Online Business Simply and Free


There are many people who now have blogs and earn income from them.

Many also earn all their income from their blogs or websites.

Earning money online is a dream come true for a lot of people yet few seem to actually do it.

So what holds people back?

It's usually fear. Either fear of failing or even, fear of succeeding.

So what's the simplest way to set up a blog?

And how can you do it for free?

And how can you make money from it?

Setting up a money-making blog or website

If you want to set up your own online business, don't try to get it right. Just get it going.

Trying to be perfect will prevent you from getting out of the proverbial starting gate.

My first ever website for writers was terrible. I don't know how I made money from it but I did.

On reflection, I think that the only reason I made money was because I got the website going. I didn't procrastinate, I just wanted to do it. So I found out how and just did it.

Writers need websites (or blogs) as a place to sell their books. Having a website and being able to use it to market your books really helps. It's also a place where you can earn a residual income while you write.

So if you want to get started, do it now. Don't wait for a better time (there's no such thing) or wait till you can get it perfect. Just get it going.

If you want to do it for free,  that's OK too. This blog that you're reading is a free blog from Google. It's called Blogger.

Many popular website are run on Blogger including Down to Earth and Zero Waste Home (ZWH has its own domain name but it is still run on Blogger which you can see at the bottom). The owner of the Down To Earth blog is now an author of several books and was offered several book deals after a publishing company saw her blog and liked her style of writing.

Just Google Blogger to get going now and you can have your blog up and running in minutes. It's the easiest free blogging software I've ever found.

And if you want to publish your books quickly then set up a publishing account with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing at http://kdp.amazon.com. It's free and you can sell your ebooks all over the world through every Amazon website.

You can also use Amazon's free print publishing service called Create Space. Your book files are uploaded to the Amazon website and printed and shipped when ordered.

Just keep everything simple when you get started online and you can grow your writing and publishing business from there.

Just remember that you don't have to get it right, you just have to get it going.

And after that, anything can (and will) happen.

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Are You Wasting Your Time Blogging When You Should Be Writing Books?

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When most writers start blogging their strategy is usually to 'throw content up on the blog and see what sticks'.

We all start out that way, even I used to do it.

I didn't really understand back then how my content could earn me my full-time income. I only saw what I was doing as a simple equation:

Blog Visitors = Income

And this is the same for many people who want to make money from blogging.

It's so easy to think that your main goal is to write huge amounts of content to drive more people (traffic) to your blog.

And this type of thinking used to be regularly encouraged online when all the so-called “blogging gurus" were bragging about how rich they were from their advertising income.

This created a blogging boom because everyone began to think that if they had a blog and wrote a huge amount of content, they'd get rich too.

Unfortunately the thing that wasn't talked about was how most people earned little or no income from their blog, and THAT’S still the same today.

The real truth is that if you want to make a lot money from blog advertising, then you need to get millions of visitors to your site.

And that's just not not going to happen for most people.

Advertising requires unrealistic amounts of blog traffic. Not only that but the very nature of online advertising is that the ads are there to take people away from your site, which is not a good business strategy at all.

So if you really want to earn all your income from your writing, don’t just use a blog as a way to earn money from advertising. Use a blog to sell your books.

You can still use your blog as a place to post great content AND you can have a few ads on there for extra income if you want to (it's more profitable to have visitors leave by clicking an ad than clicking their back button), but instead of leading people to the ads that will take them away from your site, use your content to lead people to your books.

You also need to create a relationship with your readers by setting up an email list so that you can keep in touch with them and let them know about every book you write, or tell them about it while you’re still writing to create ongoing interest.

So the flow of what happens on your blog isn’t that your content attracts attention which leads people to click an ad and buy a product from someone else. The flow is to use your content to attract attention which leads people to read your content and then sign up to you email list, buy books from you and become a regular reader.

This creates a whole community of loyal readers who love your work and want to buy more books from you.

This will lead to you earning more money selling books than earning advertising fees and not only that, the greatest thing is that you don’t need to constantly try and get millions of visitors to your site in order to earn a decent income.

You can relax into your book writing without the worry of how many people are or aren’t visiting  your blog.

And once you realise what a far better business model this is, it becomes a whole lot easier (and more fun) to make money writing and selling your own books, because you don’t have to attract a huge amount of people to your books, only the right people, those who want your books and are eager to read what you write.

This leaves you free to get back to the writing you should be doing instead of spending all your time writing free online content.

And if you want to learn more about blogging and making money on line from your writing, you can always download Living The Laptop Lifestyle.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

How to Generate More Income From Fiction Writing

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Self publishing has been especially great for fiction writers because it used to be difficult to get fiction books published.

Non-fiction writers used to fair better because plenty of people were willing to buy PDF ebooks that could be downloaded from the internet. But fiction readers always wanted physical books. Sadly for most authors, THAT option was too expensive.

But now publishing fiction is easy because not only can you published all your own novels for free (and do it quickly), but also fiction readers are now happy to download and read novels on their smart phones and other reading devices.

This has freed up fiction authors to earn a living writing their books.

But how can you earn even more money from fiction writing?

One of the first millionaire self published fiction authors was John Locke. He wrote a series of novels but struggled to publish them.

Then he discovered Kindle publishing and not only did he publish all his novels as digital books, but he made so much money that he also wrote and published his best selling non-fiction ebook, How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!  And he sold over 1 million of that ebook even faster.

So what was his secret?

His novels weren’t better than anyone else's, in fact they are just OK to read IMHO.

But what he did differently than most fiction writers is that he published a whole series of novels.

So when one of his readers finished the first book they were eager to read the next, and so on, and so on.

And that’s the real secret to success through fiction publishing. You need to write and publish a whole series of novels instead of just publishing one and sitting back and expecting to make a fortune.

But having said that, the first caveat here is to make sure that each of your novels, not only leads the readers through an on-going story, but each novel must also stand alone. There can be no open endings.

It’s just like the Harry Potter novels. Each book is a complete story so even if you only read one of them, you can follow what’s happening and understand who all the characters are. But every subsequent book builds on what happened in the previous books.

Another caveat, is to make sure that the readers, when buying one of your books, knows that it is part of a series.

I know of one author who published a series of novels but didn’t make it clear on the cover. So when readers found out that there were more books to read they felt cheated because they thought  each book was a separate story.

The author changed her book covers to make it clear that it was a series, but the damage was already done because of the unfavourable reviews being posted online.

And if you want to write non-fiction you can also write and publish a series of ebooks by expanding your subject and breaking it down into separate ebooks instead of separate chapters.

So if you want to sell more novels, think about writing a series to keep your readers hooked and wanting more.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Finding Writing Markets and Finding Ideas

“Idea On Monitors Showing Variety Of Thoughts” by Stuart Miles FreeDigitalPhotos.netFreelance writing for magazines can be a great way to earn money if you do it consistently.
$200 for an article plus $100 for a tip and $50 for a joke can soon all add up to a decent income.
But first of all you have to find enough markets.
This is all part of the process and can be even more helpful than you realise because looking for freelance markets can also trigger great ideas for other writing projects whether it’s an idea for an article for a magazine or an online article for your own website or for your next ebook.
Once you start looking you'll start having idea overload, or at least that’s how it always works for me.
Whenever I start looking, the ideas never stop coming.
So if you’re stuck for a few new writing ideas, try searching through some magazines for writing opportunities and see what great ideas they can spark.
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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

My Recent Income From Book Sales

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I get asked a lot about how much money I earn from my writing, but it's not something I like to talk about.

I always think that if I had a regular 9 to 5 job no one would ask me how much I earn but writers get asked about this often.

In a way I can understand why people want to know.

There's much talk about how it's possible to earn a really good income as a writer and apart from asking successful writers, there's no way to find out.

For regular careers there's a minimum wage and average income that anyone can look up. But writers are different because we're not paid by the hour. It's the same for musicians and artists. None of them earn a 'standard' income because there is no standard income for creative careers.

But having said all that, just to show that it is possible to earn a good income as a writer, I'll tell you about part of a conversation I had with my bookkeeper just a few days ago.

He rang to ask me a few questions about my most recent income. I'd sent him all the paperwork but he still had a couple of questions.

Then he asked me another question.

He said, "Do you know who much money you've earned from your book sales in the last 2 weeks?"

I admitted that I had no idea. Math has never interested me much so although I know I'm making sales, I don't really track them all the time (that's what bookkeepers are for aren't they?).

So he told me.

"$5,000."

I was pleased. That's pretty good earnings from my books. I don't even have as many published as some authors.

I also make money online from affiliate sales and from advertising on my websites, so earning 5K from just my books was great.

And I'm telling your this not to brag (although some will think 5k is nothing compared to what they earn) but to show you that there is money to be made from self publishing.

And that's another thing...he was only talking about the books I self published and so that figure doesn't include my two books that I didn't publish myself, one of which is The Wealthy Writer.

So if you've ever wanted to start taking your writing seriously and earn enough money so that you can work as a writer like I do, I hope this blog post helps to inspire you to start writing, publishing and marketing more.

And I include publishing and marketing, because without these two things, you won't make any money from your writing at all.

The really good news for me though, is that I'm about to start writing many more books (they're on my schedule of work for the next few months).

So my income can only increase.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

No I Won't Personally Tutor You And Here Are The Reasons Why

Okay...As you must already know by now I've been doing a run of local talks about setting up websites/blogs and making money online.

I called these talks The Laptop Lifestyle, after my best selling ebook of the same name.

Since then (as well as during my run of talks) I've had quite a few emails from people asking if I do private group lessons on how to do it all.

Now, while I can understand everyone wanting to know more about this, I'll give my reasons for not doing private group lessons:

  1. It takes up too much of my time.
  2. I'd rather be doing the work myself than teaching others how to do it. 
  3. Most people don't want to know how to do it, they want me to do it for them.

All three of these reasons are valid on their own.

I'm far too busy doing my own work to take time out to teach others.

And the reason I work online is because I enjoy working alone. As nice as it was to get out and meet lots of new people, at heart I'm a working alone kind of person.

I love to sit here every day, learn more about working online, write ebooks and courses and earn money from what I do.

And there are many people who also want to do the same. I know this because many of them were at my talks.

But the difference, is that I found that many of them don't really want to work like I do. They want someone else to do the work while they reap the benefit.

I kept pointing everyone to my Laptop Lifestyle ebook that provides everything they need to get started. I told them that working online involves getting going and learning as you go along.

Yet still I keep hearing from people saying they couldn't set up a free blog because they'd learned all about how to do it but were confused (without even starting), weren't sure how blogging software works, weren't sure how many blog posts to write to get started, wanted to know what to do if they didn't make money...and on and on the list went.

I've been repeating myself over and over about this to so many different people lately, and I'll say it again.

You don' have to get it right. You just have to get it going.

It's impossible to know everything there is to know about something before you start.

Look at learning to drive. Did you know how to do it before you started or did you get in the car and learn as you went along?

At school, did you learn your math lessons by the teacher explaining everything about math without you having to lift a finger, or did you learn by actually doing the math yourself?

And as for knowing how something works to be able to use it (like blogging software), I use electricity every day but I have no clue how it works or how to fix it when it breaks. I also don't know how computers work either, but that doesn't stop me from earning all my income from one.

So if you want to make money online from writing, blogging, affiliate marketing, advertising or any other of the hundreds of ways to do it, stop making excuses and just get it going. (This advice also applies to everything you want to do that you've never done before).

And if you don't know where to start, you can start by clicking the image below for more information.

But please don't ask me to tutor you personally.

I'm far too busy writing and living my own Laptop Lifestyle.


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