Testing Article Forge for Creating Content

First, I want to mention that I clicked on an ad while reading an article about content marketing to learn about this service. That’s something I usually don’t do, so props to the folks at Article Forge for good marketing efforts. I was actually expecting to find a writer for hire platform (like iWriter or HireWriters) when I clicked it, though, so maybe work on the messaging a little to clarify that it’s an automated service.

Here’s what it looked like when I got to the homepage:
screen capture of Article Forge homepage at time of review

Second, a quick overview of what Article Forge is. I’ll use their description; [Read more…]

The Truth About Making Money With 99 Cent Kindle Books

When it comes to self-publishing of all types, Kristen Eckstein is the resource I trust most. She has a ton of experience working in the publishing industry and she’s full of great tips and advice. Her latest series of Kindle releases are Author’s Quick Guides, packed with information on writing and marketing yourself as an author. Each quick guide focuses on a specific topic and Kristen goes over them in detail.

This one really caught my attention, because 99 cent Kindle books seem to be all the rage lately and there is some conflicting information in the marketplace about what you can and cannot do with them. I had been considering writing and publishing a series of 99 cent books myself, so I wanted to make absolutely sure I had accurate information. Kristen clears all that up and gives some really great advice on how to make your Kindle book a valuable resource that also brings you profits (spoiler alert: the profits don’t come from the 99 cents!)

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Hard Drive Full of PLR That You Need to Use? Curious About HOW to Use PLR?

PLR is everywhere these days and it’s a great tool for any website owner. It can give you a nice content boost, it can feed your email list great tips and ideas, it can be the base for an information product, it can help you bring together better blog posts. But sometimes we get a little carried away and we buy too much PLR and it sits on the hard drive waiting to be used, or we just aren’t sure where to start with the editing and finishing process to make it into a profitable product. Sounding familiar?

I don’t have to tell you that All Private Label Content is one of my favorite PLR providers, I’ve said that a million times already. Alice and Melody have taken the PLR game up a notch and created a full course to help you put any PLR content to the best use possible and to make it profitable.

PLR to Profits

PLR to Profits Course

PLR is a great tool for content creation and for marketing when it’s used properly, Alice and Melody show you how to do that and they make it easy with PLR to Profits.

There are six modules all designed to help you focus in and make the most of your PLR content by customizing, publishing, promoting, and monetizing. [Read more…]

Reviewing Niche Success Blueprint from Lynn Terry – and an extra bonus available

I’ve been part of Lynn’s Clicknewz paid private mastermind community for several years now, it was a truly great investment and it led me to meet some amazing people, and yes I learned a lot of helpful things along the way. I’ve also had the chance to meet Lynn at the NAMS events in Atlanta … if you ever get the chance to attend an event with Lynn, you should do that, she’s fun to hang out with. So there you go, full disclosure before I start talking about the Niche Success Blueprint product, I know Lynn, I’ve met Lynn in person, and I gladly pay money to learn things from her.

So when Lynn first released the Niche Success Blueprint I was pretty busy with my transcription work and my kids activities and I just didn’t have a chance to look at anything that wasn’t urgent. I filed it away in the back of my mind and made a mental note to come back and pick it up later and start going through it. I finally had some time to sit down and look things over and start going through the modules.

Module1imageThe modules – I love how this is broken down into little sections that you get each week so that you don’t get completely overwhelmed. And Lynn starts at the beginning – the VERY beginning, with brainstorming and buying the domain name for your niche website. So if you’re a newbie and you haven’t started yet, you can pick this up and work your way through it. If you already have a website, you can pick this up and work your way through it too – trust me, there’s plenty to learn each week for everyone no matter what level you’re at.

Even if you already have your website up and running and you’re tempted to skip the first few modules, I recommend starting with Module 1 anyway. Lynn’s brainstorming exercises are introduced in that module and they are very handy to go through and going through that step will help you lay the foundation pieces for the things you’ll do later on in the process. There’s also a nice little bonus at the end of Module 1 that you’ll want to look at too. Module 2 helps you take the ideas from your brainstorming from the first module and research the ideas to determine if they’re profitable or not.

Module5imageAs you move into Module 3 you’ll be getting a domain name for your niche project if you don’t have one already and you’re going to get the details of how to set things up for your website with WordPress and social media accounts. Simple things you can do, but they all lay the foundation for success as you move forward on your project. Module 4 and 5 are more foundation laying, but the walls are getting a little taller now and things are starting to take shape. These things may seem small now, but they become important later on. I can tell you from experience that going back and trying to add these pieces later is a giant pain in the butt, so just get them out of the way now and build them up properly from the beginning.

Working in little sections like this is so much less stressful than trying to do everything in one day – though if you had a weekend and a chunk of free time you could go through them a little more quickly if you wanted. And it’s fair to say that some of the first five modules can be outsourced if you don’t want to do the technical pieces yourself.

By the time you get to Module 6 and 7 your website is set up and you’re ready to start creating some amazing content to attract readers. This is where the creativity starts to blossom. In Module 8 and 9 you’re going to look at your content a little differently and dig deep into monetization, strategy, and how it all comes together. Blog monetization is not some mythical creature, it’s something you can do, and Lynn goes through everything in easy to understand simple steps throughout the entire course.

I could go on for ages here, but I’d much rather you go get started than sit here and read my chatter. I’m reading Module 17 this weekend and I have had some serious ah-ha moments with it.

Niche Success Blueprint

The bottom line is each week you’ll get a new module and each week for 52 weeks you’ll have a clearly outlined action step to take, that’s a full on plan for an entire year. Every time you do that weekly action step you’re a little bit closer to a successful niche website that’s going to put readers on your list and dollars in your bank account.

Special Bonus from Me…..

If you pick up Niche Success Blueprint through my affiliate link here, I have some special extras for you!

In the early modules of the program when you’re installing WordPress and customizing your settings Lynn recommends getting a header made and she includes some resources to outsource that, but you won’t pay a penny for your new niche site header because I will make one for you at no charge, zero dollars. You’ll get the information on how to request your header graphic after your purchase through JVzoo.

Digging Into the Forever Affiliate Course

I wanted to post some initial thoughts here and share my progress with you because the launch discount ends March 1st and the price goes up. If you want to try out the program out, this week is the time to get registered. You go at your own pace so even if you don’t start until next week it’s worth it to join this week for the discounted price.

My initial review is that the program is outlining things that are a bit different than what I’ve done in the past, and I think that’s a good thing. I needed a fresh outlook on things and the methods explained in Forever Affiliate have been tested and proven by others, both new marketers and experienced marketers.

So far in the videos I’ve watched there have been tips and resources for outsourcing certain tasks if you want to, but it also covers how to do things yourself if you’re starting on a tighter budget. I like that approach – test now, profit a bit, then outsource additional tasks for growth. The videos are nicely done with slide presentations and live examples of websites and searches, so you can see things happening on the screen and then just go do them yourself. The visual cues let you know that you’re on the right path.

The one thing that I haven’t been very fond of so far is [Read more…]

Signed Up for Andrew Hansen’s Forever Affiliate

So on Friday before I shut down my computer (and my brain) to head into the weekend, I decided to sign up for Andrew Hansen’s Forever Affiliate course after hearing about it on the Late Night IM Podcast. I wanted to do something new, fresh, different, and profitable in terms of niche affiliate marketing. Andrew seemed to be teaching something interesting with a fresh approach to things, and he was talking about affiliate marketing post-2012. That seemed very important, because it seemed like a lot of people have just given up in the last year.

I don’t like giving up, so there will be no quitting here. As I would tell my kids; you can change your strategy, you can change your goals, you can change your mind, you can even change your beliefs, but you never just give up on something you truly want to achieve or be.
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