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

Thursday, 12 July 2018

How To Make Money From Blogging When You Have Nothing to Sell (and you just want to write blog posts and articles)

What if...you wanted to make money writing articles.

Just that.

You didn't want to sell anything.

You just wanted to sit, write articles, upload them to your blog/website without having anything to sell.

Can you make money that way?

Is it really possible?

As a matter of fact it is.

But it doesn't work by magic.

The way to do it is by using PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising so that people come to your blog, read your article and then, hopefully, click on one of the ads on that page so that you earn some money.

Naturally, there's a right and a wrong way to do it.

First of all, you need to get as many visitors as possible to your blog because the more visitors you get, the more clicks you'll get.

So you need to use the correct keywords in everything you write to make sure that plenty of people find your articles when they're searching on Google.

And those keywords need to be high-paying if you want to earn your living this way.

As you can imagine, this is quite a big topic if you want it explaining properly.

Two free resources that can help you are a 2008 audio of an interview with Tim Gorman who made his fortune working this way. http://www.thesystemseminar.com/teleseminars/gorman.html.

And there is also the free 2004 PDF, 33 Days to Online Profits, which walks you through setting up a blog. http://nicheology.com/training/ebooks/33_Days_2004_edition.pdf

Both of these, although somewhat out of date, can teach you how to make money blogging using PPC advertising.

And if you don't want to write all your blog content from scratch, you can use PLR ebooks and articles that you can rewrite as your own. Read more about how to do that at https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2018/PLR-ebook-club.html.

If you want to set a blog for free, you can use a free Google Blogger blog like this one. It's easy and you can start blogging straight away.

And then you can use the two previously mentioned resources to help you understand how bloggers make money from blogging.

And even if you don't know how to set up a blog, there's help for that too. https://bit.ly/2B2uMzl.

Earning money from blogging this way, can be done part-time so even if you already have a full-time job, or you're busy writing books, you can still earn extra money from your writing with a simple blog that you post to just once a day, or a couple of times a week.

That's what's so great about being a writer.

There are so many different ways you can earn money from your writing.

So what are you waiting for?


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A Simple Way to Create an Online Writing Business

You want to set up a simple blog or website, write content, sell products, and earn enough money so that you can turn it into a work from home, online writing business.

Sounds simple when you say it.

But how do you do it?

Where do you start?

I talk about this and a whole lot more in my ebook  Living The Laptop Lifestyle: How To Start & Grow A Profitable Online Business So You Can Quit Your Job. (http://cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/LLS.html)

And if you want to start working from home straight away, without having to write everything from scratch, a fast way is to use PRL products.

There is a website called the PLR Ebook Club that can help because it has over 21,000 ebooks that you can rewrite and rebrand, and other downloadable products (including videos and software)  PLUS over 100,000 articles for content or marketing.

And there's more being added all the time.

This means that if you join the PLR EBook Club, you'll have a never-ending stream of ideas, articles and products you can rewrite and sell.

So you can build a money-making blog or website in no time flat.

And if you sign up for free today, you'll also get a free ebook that tells you how to turn PLR products into an online business.

If you want you can skip on over to https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2018/PLR-ebook-club.html to read more about other ideas of how to use PLR products to earn money online.

Or you can go straight over to the PLR EBook Club (https://bit.ly/2u7pxfA) to find out more about what they offer and how it can help you.

This is a great opportunity if you've been wanting to set up your own money-making blog but don't know where to start.

Use it to jump-start your online writing business straight away.

P.S. And as another incentive, the PRL EBook Club membership is sold through ClickBank who offer a no-quibble 60-day money-back guarantee.

This means you can try it for 60 days and if you don't like it, you can get your money back and keep all the products you've downloaded.

Win-win.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Make Money Writing Online - An Easy Way to Start

Last week I came across an amazing resource for writers.

It’s a website that you can join and it has tens of thousands of digital products including ebooks, videos and software, that you can download and keep.

It’s PLR which is Private Label Rights so that you can rewrite, reuse, rebrand or do anything else you want with what you download.

There are also over one hundred thousand PLR articles spanning over 400 niches that you can use too.

Can you imagine wanting to write and make money online but not knowing where to start. Or you used to be good at it but now you’re feeling stuck.

And then you find that you can download and rewrite and reuse thousands of products and articles or use them for inspiration and ideas for your own products.

All of a sudden you’ve got a whole library of products and content to use yourself, sell, giveaway, rewrite, rebrand, use for inspiration and ideas and research, or you could even create your own audio recordings from what you find.

Honestly, when you have this much content to choose from, the ways of how to use it can be endless.

You could end up with never having to worry about where to get ideas from or products to sell ever again.

I’ve written more fully about it over on my website.

You can check it out by clicking the link below.

https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2018/PLR-ebook-club.html





Wednesday, 27 June 2018

My Books (And Yours) in The New Online Store

Today I was having a look online at the new Amazon store in Australia.

The new Amazon rules now redirect all Australian customers to the new Australian Store, no matter where they previously shopped.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that you can buy just about anything in the new store from Kindle books, Paperbacks and Hardcover books to computers, electronics, toys, clothes and just about everything else you can think of.

You can even get an Amazon Australia Prime membership with free delivery just like all the other Amazon sites. This service was not available here in Australia until recently so it's quite a big change.

I also saw that my books are now available on this site too:

How To Write An Article In 15 Minutes or Less: Including Research, Proof Reading and Editing.
https://amzn.to/2KefX5J

10 Ways to Make Money Writing Articles
https://amzn.to/2KeUZU4

How to Write 1 Article in 7 Different Ways
https://amzn.to/2Keg0OX

FYI: 'How to Write 1 Article in 7 Different Ways' is a real time-saver because you just need one article outline, and from that you can create 7 different articles which drastically cuts down the time it takes because instead of doing your research 7 times, you only need to do it once.

And my novels are available to buy on Amazon Australia too.

And here's what's in it for you:

If you sell books on Amazon, check to see if they're listed on the new Australian store.

If you're an Amazon Affiliate, you can now get product links for your website/blog for your Australian visitors.

And if you want to write more in less time and make more money, you can now buy my books and ebooks in Australia directly from the new Amazon website.

To me that's win, win, win.

https://amzn.to/2KqWZYK





Friday, 11 May 2018

Get Paid To Write Short Articles

There is no doubt that the Internet is information driven.

People come online in their millions every day looking for information.

This has opened up a huge market for freelance writers because so many people (and companies) want to have a website or blog but don't have the time or the ability to write their own content.

And it's easy to just take a look around online to see that there are so many writers earning money writing regular, short, online articles, including my friend and colleague, Yuwanda Black, who has even written an ebook about it that not only shows you how she did it, but how you can do it too.
(http://ruthiswriting.com/links/seoarticles.html)

So where do you start?

There are thousands of freelance writing opportunities to be found on freelancing websites like Upwork.com. This is a website where I first made my way into freelance writing.

And some writers are earning over $3,000 a month just from writing short articles. And they're only working part-time. Often just a couple of days a week.

I recently wrote about one such writer who is regularly earning around $3,500 a month from writing short articles just a couple of days a week.

So shoot on over and read it and use her story to inspire you to start writing and earning money not just every month or every week, but every day.

http://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2018/write-short-articles.html





Monday, 7 May 2018

Simple Advice To Write More and Earn More

A few days ago I was listening to an audio recording of a conversation with top copywriter, Bob Bly. http://www.justaddhustle.com/session1/.

Bob has been a copywriter most of his working life.

He works from an office he rents instead of working from home because he finds he gets more done this way.

Many copywriters have 'copy cubs' working for them but Bob never has because he prefers to do all his writing himself so that if anyone hires him to do their copy for them, they can be sure that it is actually Bob that will work for them and not a hired cub.

And one of the things he said in this audio really struck me as not only sage advice but also so simple that most people miss it.

He was asked about how much money he earns from his copywriting and how he manages to earn it consistently because Bob is one of the most highest-earning copywriters on the planet.

And his answer was simple. He said, (and I paraphrase because I can't remember his exact words) "I work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. And when you work that much you have to earn a lot of money."

It made me nod my head in agreement because so often I get asked about earning money from writing because so many people never seem to be able to do it.

And when I delve deeper into the problem, it almost always turns out that they're not really doing much writing.

Their ideal is to write for a few hours every day.

But in reality, they're not writing very much even in a week let alone writing every day. It's also surprising (or perhaps not) how many people sit down at their computer every day, but instead of writing, they goof off on Facebook or forums or just idly surf the net jumping from one website to the next.

So the real 'secret' to earning a lot of money from writing is to do what Bob Bly does and do a lot of writing.

How much money could you earn if you were working 12 hours a day? And I mean actually doing writing instead of being distracted by other things.

I know I could quite easily knock my earnings out of the park (so to speak) if I kept those kinds of writing hours.

But I do work several hours a day and that is how I keep my writing income as consistent as I possibly can.

How about you?


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Friday, 27 April 2018

Making Money Online From Blogging

Recently the subject of making money online came up, specifically making money from an already existing website or blog.

There are people who create and sell websites. It's known as flipping. They set up a website or blog, earn a substantial income from it in a short time and then sell it, usually for around 18 month's worth of income.

And although I've never flipped sites or bought any, I can see that it could be a really good way to start earning money quickly online.

But if you've ever looked into buying a website or blog from someone else, and the site is already earning good money, just remember that to keep the income going, you have to keep doing what the other person has been doing.

A website or blog isn't a way to earn money in and of itself. Instead, it's a method of distribution. It's where you sell whatever it is you're selling.

So if you write books, your website is where you sell them. Or if you want to work as an affiliate marketer, your website is where you promote the products you're selling.

What I'm saying is that it isn't the website or blog that's making money. It's the person running it.

So if you see a website promoting low-interest credit cards and it seems to be earning quite a bit of money, just remember that it's the person who owns the website (or the person doing all the writing for it) that is earning all the income and they are only using the website as a way to do it.

Which means that if you have no interest in the products being sold on the site (like credit cards) and don't know the first thing about the people who might be interested in them, then it won't be the site for you.

To earn money from a website, you have to be good at promoting whatever products or services are being sold there.

Plus you also need to know how to expand the business and sell more.

And if you know that already, then you could set up your own site, write all your own content,  and build an online business from there.


Living The Laptop Lifestyle: 

How To Start & Grow A Profitable Online Business So You Can Quit Your Job
Is It Possible to Run Your Own Online Business With No Experience And Nothing To Sell?

You Bet It Is!

You’re About To Learn How You Can Earn a Full-Time Income Working At Home From Your Own Laptop Computer.

This is the Laptop Lifestyle - Your Own Freedom Kit.
http://www.cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/LLS.html



Tuesday, 17 April 2018

4 Ways to Increase Your Online Income

If you’re working online selling books and information products, and you’re doing it right, then you should be making money.

But what if you’re not making as much money as you need to?

What can you do to increase your online income?

As far as I know, there are 4 ways you can increase the amount of money you make online.

I’ll tell you what they are and then we’ll look at each one separately.

- Sell more products.

- Sell at higher prices.

- Sell more of what you already have.

- Increase your website traffic.

Sell more products. 
The first thing you need to do is see if you can find more products to sell. If you’re only selling one or two products then you may not have enough products to sell.

If you create your own products, make more.

If you work as an affiliate, find more products to promote.

Sell at higher prices.
Sometimes, selling products too cheaply can put people off buying them, as weird as that sounds.

They also say it takes just as much effort to sell a $100 product as it does to sell a $20 product. So maybe you could think about raising your prices, bundling products to make more money with each sale, or creating higher priced products.

If you’re working as an affiliate you can search for higher ticketed items.

Sell more of what you already have.
There are several ways to sell more of the products that you already have:

- Find a broader market to sell to.

- Reduce Your Prices.

- Have a sale or sell several products together in a bundle.

If you’re working as an affiliate, you can try targeting a different niche with your marketing.

For example, if you’re promoting exercise equipment on a fitness website, you might also start a weight-loss website and promote your products there as well.

Increase your website traffic.
Getting more traffic to your website could actually be a catch-all for the other 3 ways.

But the biggest impact would be if you tried one or more of the other 3 ideas and then used more of these ways to increase your website traffic at the same time.

More traffic comes from more marketing, or from marketing to more diverse niches. But all your marketing should be done consistently because that’s what helps to keep your income high.

People come to the internet looking for information. Make sure your website, and the products you’re promoting, provide what they’re looking for.

Repeat customers are your best customers, so give them a reason to keep coming back.

To make even more money from your website you need to make sure you’re selling to the right audience at the right time, selling more of what you've already got for a higher price, selling to as many different niches as you can, having plenty of products and books to sell,  and doing your marketing right.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

10 Ways To Make Money Writing Articles

Being able to write articles quickly isn’t enough. You also need to make money from your articles. Or at least you do if you want to quit your job and become a professional writer.

Most writers won’t even write an article unless they know how they’re going to make money from it.

And you shouldn’t either.

Good articles can go viral online.  It’s as though they take on a life of their own.

To achieve this there are two things you need.

Firstly your article needs to be good. By this I don’t mean well punctuated or have correct grammar. What it needs is great information that everyone is looking for.

Secondly it needs to contain the correct keyword or key phrases, so that everyone searching for an article on your topic will find it.

Articles can increase in ranking on Google over time too. So once you write an article, it can go on earning you money for years.

I have articles that I wrote over 10 years ago still showing up in Google search results even today.

That’s why green content is better for articles because the content stays relevant for a long time.

This means that articles can go on earning you money for years.

And there are many different ways that you can make money with articles and I’m going to show you what I consider to be the top 10 of these.

You can use this list anytime you want to earn more money.

Just choose what you want to use the articles for and then start writing.

Having this list means you don’t need to sit and think of ways to make money. You only have to choose one. ---------

What you're reading is an excerpt from my ebook "10 Ways to Make Money Writing Articles."

It's a free bonus ebook along with "How to Write 1 Article in 7 Different Ways" which you also receive when you purchase "How to Write an Article in 15 Minutes or Less."

If you haven't done so already, you can download your own copy from http://www.cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/15.html.

And if you've already downloaded it, are you using it to write articles quickly and earn more money?

With this complete set of 3 PDF ebooks, you can write an article in 15 minutes or less, turn it into 7 articles and then make money from them in 10 different ways, which significantly reduces writing and thinking time while helping to increase income.

http://www.cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/15.html


Friday, 2 March 2018

The 'Secret Weapon' to More Affiliate Sales

I told you yesterday about how to earn more money from your writing as an affiliate marketer.

Well today I'm going to tell you the 'secret weapon' to getting more sales than you ever have before.

And that is, knowing what your market wants.

Before you even write one word to try and sell something, find out what it is that your readers want.

Using Google, or any search engine, makes it easy to find what you need to know.

You can search forums, book reviews, social media, blog comments, in fact a quick online search usually yeilds a lot of useful information from anywhere that people are giving their opinions.

Once you find out what they want, then you use this information to tell them how the product you're selling (and it can even be your own book) will provide what it is that they want.

Just get to know their pain and then offer what you're selling as the solution.

I enjoy doing affiliate marketing. Sometimes I even write my own sales page rather than sending customers to the vendors own sales page, if theirs doesn't offer what my readers are looking for. I tailor it to my own market.

I work online in different niches so I'm always trying to keep up with what people are looking for so that I can use my cunning writing skills to sell it to them.

This is why I love being a writer.

There is so many different ways I can earn money from it which helps to keep me on my toes and helps keep me financially bouyant.

And it all started with this ebook:

The Super Affiliate Handbook
By Rosalind Gardner.

How one woman earns over $500,000+ per year selling other people’s stuff online.

http://ruthiswriting.com/links/superaffiliate.html



Thursday, 1 March 2018

Straight Forward Way To More Affiliate Income

It's not always easy to earn money from writing.

In fact, most people don't know how to do it.

But like most businesses, you need more than one income stream.

That's why I use different ways to earn money from my writing and one of those is affiliate marketing.

Some people think that it's not possible to earn much money this way, but that's because they're not doing it right.

For a start, putting up banners and links on your website won't work. You may get a few sales that way but not many.

Other things you can do (and I do these too) is:

Write your own sales page for the product you want to sell
Set up a series of emails to promote a product
Use different ways to market like social media and press releases
Try the products yourself and write a review

Of course, there are other things you can do but this is a good start.

And then, there's the math of the whole thing.

For instance, if you're selling a high ticket item like a treadmill, then you could earn $600 or more for each sale. So you only need to sell one a week to make some decent extra money.

Likewise, if you're getting $60 commission, then if you can make one sale a day, it still adds up to $420 a week.

And if you're selling something else for $20 commission, then you'd need to make 3 sales a day to earn $420 a week.

Of course, you need to be selling more than one item so that you can make multiple sales a day.

And you need to be selling quality products, that is, things that your customers want to buy and that will be useful to them.

That's where your marketing skills come in. You write articles, blog posts and emails about what the product is and the benefits of using it.

When I tell people that I'm a writer, they naturally assume that the only thing I write is books.

But my writing business is much more than that because I have several streams of income from my writing.

And so should you if you want to earn as much money as you can from your writing.

Not only is affiliate marketing good for my finances but it allows me to have different things to write about. So if I get bored with one project, I just move onto another.

And the ebook below is how I got started with affiliate marketing.



The Super Affiliate Handbook
By Rosalind Gardner.

How one woman earns over $500,000+ per year selling other people’s stuff online.

http://ruthiswriting.com/links/superaffiliate.html



Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Always Have Plenty To Sell

If you want to make money from your blog or website, then you need to make sales.

This means having multiple products to sell.

You won't get rich if you're only selling one thing.

So if you've written a book, write more.

And if you make money through affiliate marketing, find more products to sell.

I don't think there are many people in the world who got rich selling just one thing.

(OK so maybe a few lucky so-and-sos made a million or two or three by selling just one thing, but they are the exception, not the norm. http://www.cracked.com/article_19640_the-6-least-impressive-ways-anyone-ever-got-rich.html)

Even bands who have a one-hit-wonder, still make money by touring and appearing on TV shows and on the radio.

And I don't know about you, but as a writer, I want to write more anyway which in turn helps me make more sales.

So if you want to have more things to sell, spend time writing more books.

And in the meantime, if you want to earn more money now, start selling more affiliate products.

You can find a list of affiliate networks (and my own affiliate program) at http://www.cheritonhousepublishing.com/affiliates.html.

One of the affiliate networks listed there is VigLInk and they are by far the easiest to use. You only need to copy and paste a small piece of code onto your website or blog, and they will monetise your content with affiliate links automatically.

You can also use VigLink to find your own affiliate links to use as well, but the best thing I find about them is how they automatically place affiliate links in my online articles (some of which I wrote years ago) and I earn commission without even knowing it.

So now I always have plenty to sell whether I know it or not.




Thursday, 15 February 2018

Why You Shouldn't Buy Writing Products

Have you ever bought a writing product but found it made no difference at all to how much you write and how much money you earn?

Many of us (myself included) buy lots of writing products.

And the reason for buying them is so that we can write more and earn more.

But they don't always work.

And the reason that they don't work, is because we don't learn anything from them.

You see, it's easy to have an ideal of being a busy, productive writer churning out loads of great writing every day and earning lots of money from it.

But the reality is different.

Not much writing gets done and no, or very little, money is earned.

So you buy a writing product that promises to show you how to write more and earn more and...

Nothing.

Nothing changes.

At school, we learn most things by rote. The teacher goes over and over the same things until what they wanted us to learn was what they used to lovingly be called, "drilled into our heads."

And this is the same with anything we want to learn.

It won't happen by reading a book once. Or doing a course once, but never doing it again.

Instead you have to go over and over it and do things again and again until they are "drilled into your head."

So drag out those old writing courses and books and keep going over and over them until they are throughly drilled in.

If you don't have any old ones, get some new ones. But don't waste them. Go over and over them.

And don't stop until you've earned back at least 30-times what you paid for them.

Writing products should be an investment.

So make sure you get a good return on your investment.

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7 Day Ebook Writing And Publishing System
http://cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/7day.html

Online Writing Courses to Help You Write More and Earn More (many are free)
http://bit.ly/2nV03A2




Tuesday, 13 February 2018

How I'm Earning Extra Income From My Blog

A few weeks ago I talked about a new affiliate program I'd started using called Viglink.

It's an affiliate network and is affiliated with thousands of different companies all over the world, so from just one account, I can have access to these companies, some of which I cannot affiliate to myself because they are only interested in working with big online sites that can earn thousands of dollars in affiliate commissions every month. But now I have access to them through Viglink.

And it's turning out to be quite a profitable way to make more money.

It's really easy to use and works in several different ways.

For instance, all I had to do was place a small snippet of code on my sites and if on any page, I have a URL to a website that uses affiliates but it isn't linked, Viglink will replace it with an affiliate link automatically.

And it doesn't just do this on new web pages, but on all pages on all my sites. Some of these pages have been online for years without any affiliate links on them, but now I'm getting clicks and commissions from URLs that I had no idea used affiliates.

Also there is an option called Viglink Shopping, and what this does is, if I've mentioned a product, Vignlink will not only turn it into an affiliate link if there's one available, but if the merchant runs out of stock of the item, or stops selling it, Viglink will automatically link it to a different merchant. And all without me doing a thing.

There is also a handy app called Viglink Anywhere that I've installed on my browser's toolbar. And anytime I visit a site that is selling a product, I can click on "Anywhere" and it will not only tell me if there is an affiliate link for the product but will also provide a link as well as a shortened version so that I can use it anywhere (as the name suggests), even on social media.

It's so handy to be able to see in an instant whether or not a product has an affiliate program and get a link immediately.

It really doesn't get much easier than that.

If you're interested in using Viglink on your own website or blog, you can click on the link on the affiliate page of my Cheriton House Publishing website where you'll also a list of nine other affiliate programs you can join for free.

http://cheritonhousepublishing.com/affiliates.html

Earning extra money without doing any extra work is always a good thing 😀



Friday, 9 February 2018

What Many Are Doing to Earn More Money From Their Writing - And It's Easy

Recently I've been using social media, blog posts and articles to help people earn more money from their writing.

But, it only works for those who are serious about wanting to write more and earn more and not for those who like to read about increasing their writing income but never do anything about it.

And it's so simple that even I didn't realise it would work to the extent that it has or the number of people would help.

You see, when I first started writing, I studied lots of different courses about creating websites and freelance writing, book writing, copywriting and much more.

In fact, I still haven't finished learning because it's an ongoing process because the writing and publishing industry changes all the time.

But I've always considered it really, extremely important to know as much as I can about writing and earning money so that I can work and earn to my full potential.

So I've been promoting video courses on Udemy (which weren't around when I was learning the basics) because so many people, like me, prefer to learn in a structured way instead of reading a lot of stuff and then trying to make it work.

I much prefer to be actually taught step-by-step how to do something.

And I think this is why Udemy courses are so popular.

Not only do they teach in a structured, easy way, but there are so many to choose from that whatever you need to learn, there's a course just for you.

And many of them are free.

Just a quick search of the site turned up:


  • Make Money from Home: How to Build an Online Business
  • How To Make a Beautiful WordPress Website Without Coding!
  • Copywriting that sells for ambitious people
  • Write, Publish, Market, and Make Money with Your Own Book
  • My Favorite Things- Fun and Easy Writing Course for kids


And one of their most popular courses:

The Complete Freelance Writing Online Course: Beginner to Pro
Learn How to Get Paid to Write Online, Make Good Money, and Work From Anywhere.
http://bit.ly/2ELPE0x

So if you want to know more about writing, book writing, copywriting, blogging, freelance writing, affiliate marketing, creating websites/blogs, or anything else, I can almost guarantee that there is a course to cover it.

Take a look at some of their free courses and see what you think.

http://bit.ly/2EKvhRB



Thursday, 11 January 2018

Choosing Quality Over Quantity

A few weeks ago I bought a pack of 20 pencils for only $2. And because I do most of my writing by hand, and often with pencils, I thought I'd bagged myself a real bargain. Not only did I have so many pencils for not much money, but they even had erasers on the end. Woot! Woot!

But guess what?

They all broke. As soon as I tried to sharpen them, the lead broke. AND the erasers all fell off as soon as I tried to use them.

Humph!

So I went to a stationery shop and bought individual pencils that cost over a dollar each. Yeouch!

But guess what?

I'm still using them, and they don't break, and the lead lasts a long time in between sharpenings. They don't have erasers though, but it doesn't matter because the last lot were useless.

And that got me thinking about everything that I buy and that I produce.

You've probably heard it before that quality is better than quantity, meaning that it's better to have a few quality products than a lot of cheap products.

And this applies to everything - houses, clothes, jobs (better to have a high-paying career that you love rather than work for low pay), and tools of the trade (including pencils).

It all comes down to cost per use, as in it's better to have a $20 t-shirt that you can wear 50 times than a $5 t-shirt that you can only wear a few times before it goes baggy and wears out. Not only does it equate to a smaller cost-per-use, but it looks better because it doesn't deteriorate as quickly.

This is why I usually (except for the odd pencil slip up) choose quality products, and this includes ebooks and courses that I buy to help me earn more money from my writing. I always make sure that they're made by someone who knows what they're talking about (as opposed to unknown 'authors' who write about how to earn a million writing books when I can't find even one that they've written), even if it costs me more money.

I also use everything I buy over and over again because if I buy something to help me write more and earn more but I don't use it, then that is a complete waste of money. But if I use it over and over until I can easily follow what it says, and make more money as well, then it was more than worth the purchase. If I buy an ebook or a writing course, I expect it to more than pay for itself because it's an investment, not a purchase.

It's the same with books. If I buy a great book full of really good information, I'll re-read it over and over again, and even make lots of notes and try out the advice it's giving. On the other hand, I get rid of books that aren't really useful, because I'd rather own a few great books than a lot of useless books.

When it comes to making purchases, it's no good penny-pinching to buy a lot of poor quality or useless products.

It's far better IMHO to always choose to have fewer but higher quality products.

And more importantly, use them.

Don't buy what you don't need and get the most out of everything you own.


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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Write It And Ship It

I was talking to someone a few weeks ago and she was showing me some of her work.

She's really good at writing and drawing and I told her that she should publish graphic novels because her drawings were really good and her stories were incredibly creative and intriguing.

I loved her work.

But she told me that she's too much of a perfectionist to publish any of her work yet, but once she gets it perfect, she'll publish it.

I suggested that she start a free blog and upload some of her artwork to it so that people can see her stuff and she can start a following so that by the time she publishes her first novel, she'll have readers waiting to buy it.

But she told me again that her work isn't yet perfect enough so not ready for the public to see it.

It made me almost sad to see her throwing away such a great opportunity while she waits for something that doesn't exist (perfection) to arrive.

There is a saying in the writing world that, I think, was started by Steve Jobs who said "Real Artists Ship." In this case, shipping means publishing. Putting it out in public where people can see it and criticise it (and they usually do).

It seems that many a creative type of person has a fear of shipping. A fear of someone looking at their work and saying they don't like it.

Well, our work isn't for everyone. Only for those who do like it or who find it useful.

So ignore the rest and when you're writing is good enough, ship it.



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Friday, 29 December 2017

You Can't Polish a Turd

That's a quote from the Stephen Kind novel and movie, "Christine."

In the movie, a garage owner watches a young guy trying to fix up an old car (called Christine) that looks too beat-up and rusty for anyone to fix.

He watches the kid fitting new wiper blades over a broken windscreen, shakes his head, and says to his friend, "You can't polish a turd."

I love that line.

And in another way, it applies to selling.

If no one wants what you're selling then you may as well be trying to sell them a turd, because they won't want it no matter how much you polish it with your intriguing content and clever marketing.

Instead, you need to find a market, find out what they want, and provide it for them.

You could write an ebook or a course that can help them, or find a suitable affiliate product.

Then let them know how much the product will benefit them and everything they have to gain by owning it.

In other words, give them what they want.

Don't try and sell them what they don't want.

It will be like trying to sell them a polished turd.

They just won't be interested. No matter how presentable you make it look.



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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

My New Year Writing Goals

It's nearly 2018 and I've been busying making lots of goals for next year because I want my writing success in 2018 to be far greater than 2017 (not that it was bad this year, but I always want more).

Part of my plan is to write and publish more books in the writing niche.

I'm also going to have monthly topics for my books, emails and websites.

This month's has mostly been about affiliate marketing (I started my goals early). January will be all about self publishing and February is about finding motivation and inspiration to write more.

All my chosen topics for 2018 are all designed to help you write more and earn more from your writing.

It's important to not only be able to write and earn more, but to absolutely love what you do.

To wake up every morning, excited to start writing and go to bed at night feeling great about all you've achieved.

And this is how being an affiliate marketer can help.

You only need to spend 10 or 15 minutes a day writing a blog post that contains an affiliate link and then get back to book writing.

Or you can set up affiliate websites.

Choose a niche, find products (or just one product) to promote, and write blog posts, emails, sales copy, marketing articles, and you can even do video and podcasts if you want to.

And if you're looking for products and ideas, VigLink has thousands of products and can automatically change links already on your site to affiliate links.

This makes it easy because it does the heavy work for you so that you can just keep on writing.

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

$700/Month Writing Blog Posts

I was reading an article recently about a freelance writer who earns over $700/month writing blog posts for a client.

She writes 5 blog posts a week and charges $35 for each one.

You can read the article at https://inkwelleditorial.com/become-a-six-figure-freelance-writer

Anyway, the point of this is why would her client pay so much for short blog posts?

And the answer is because they know that they can earn much more than this from them.

All blog posts, emails and online articles have 2 "jobs."

They provide a tip or another piece of useful information, and they make a sale or get the reader to perform another kind of CTA, Call To Action.

There are many smart writers who know how to earn money from everything they write and publish online. While many others earn nothing.

So if you're not earning an average of $35 from each piece of your online content, then ask why not?

Then look into how to do it.

There's no point writing lots of online articles and blog posts if you're not earning from them.

Unless of course, you enjoying writing just for the sake of it. In which case, ignore what I'm telling you.

But if you want to earn more money from your online content, this is something I talk about in-depth in my best selling ebook, Living The Laptop Lifestyle: How To Start & Grow A Profitable Online Business So You Can Quit Your Job.

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