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December 28, 2016

Despite What You May Have Heard, You Don't Really Get Paid To Blog... 
This will probably be one of the most controversial posts that I will write. But, there are many people who have come to believe that just because they put up a blog, that they will make money from it. The truth is, the money does not come from the blog alone. Simply putting words on a page will not magically create an income for you. But there are ways that money can be made as a result of blogging.  In this post, I am going to tell you some of the ways that blogging can add to your income. First off, in case you don't know me, I started blogging in 2008; grew my blog to a nice sized audience, and then quit because I, like many others, didn't really understand how to monetize my blog. I thought that just by blogging alone, I would earn money. I didn't understand the logistics of blog monetization. Before a dime can be made online, or even offline for that matter, traffic must be present. Traffic is the people who are going to come to your site. And, you don't just want a bunch of random people coming to your site; you want people who are actually looking for whatever it is that you happen to be selling. Your site must offer a solution to the reader if you want them to stick around long enough to even see what you have to offer in the form of a solution for them. Not having traffic and readers to your blog or to your website, it like having a beautiful storefront that nobody knows exists.  Before you even think about trying to get monetize your blog, you first have to be concerned with getting traffic, visitors, to your site. Visitors who are looking for what you have to offer. Next, you need to focus on getting a good amount of traffic to your site. I mean, let's face; one visitor to your blog is probably not going to be enough traffic to write home about. You want to get your posts in front of as many people as possible. Your focus should be on getting as many people into your virtual storefront as possible, every single day. Not only do you need to send good traffic to your blog, but you also want to build your mailing list up so that you can send special offers to those who come and visit your site and like what you have to offer on your site. Depending on what you blog about, you could offer a discount if they spend so much money with you on your site, a discounted course,  an ebook, whatever matches what your overall goal is with your site. Once you build up your traffic and your mailing list, then you can start to look at ways to make money with your blog. Many of the big players in the blogosphere, make their money from affiliate marketing, which is where you get paid to promote someone else's content. In fact, you can make a very good living being an affiliate marketer. You can also get paid to write a sponsored post for a company and selling advertising space on your blog. These are just some of the ways that people are really paid for blogging. Let me sum up the three that I know about personally:
Affiliate Marketing: Getting paid to promote other people's content via a website or blog, in exchange for a commission.Write a sponsored post: Sometimes a company may approach you to write one post promoting a particular product or service in exchange for a set fee.Sell advertising on your blog: You can rent out space by the month on your blog in exchange for a monthly fee.So of course, money can be made as a result of your blogging, but it takes strategy. 
Focus on getting targeted traffic to your blogFocus on building your mailing list so that you can do special things for your subscribersFocus on monetization techniques after you have built up the first two.If you want to get started blogging, get the blueprint that can help you launch your own profitable blog. Download it now.
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Published on December 28, 2016 12:30 • 4 views

June 4, 2016

Do you like to read urban short stories? Well, Sandra Peoples has penned one that is destined to keep you on your toes.

Jamaica McGee meets the man of her dreams during her freshman college orientation. 
That man is Derrick Lewis, a handsome man who seems to have it all together. Then things quickly spiral out of control when Jamaica decides that she wants Derrick to be 'her first'. 
No sooner than she gives Derrick her special gift, Jamaica finds out that she may not be the only girl in Derrick's life after all, when another girl calls his phone. 
Not only that, but Derrick may be hiding more than just another woman from her. 
As the lies and secrets start to unfold, Jamaica finds herself at a crossroads between the man she loves and saving her own life.
Download this short urban fiction story today from Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/25GRfzh
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Published on June 04, 2016 20:56 • 9 views

May 24, 2016





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Published on May 24, 2016 18:23 • 4 views

September 4, 2015

Here's How To Sell More Books Online
One of the best pieces of advice that I have heard in order to sell more books online is about to be revealed right here on this blog post.

But first, a little spiel....

A big hello to everyone who has been following this blog.
I had taken a hiatus for a while, built a new blog and some other things.
But I am back now and ready to get back to promoting authors and entrepreneurs.
That was my little spiel about where I've been.

I get a lot of questions from authors wanting to know how to sell more books online.

In order sell more books online it is a good thing to diversify the sites where your books can be found.

What do I mean by that?

Make your books available for sale on more than one site.
While there are some authors who have experiences massive sales by offering their books exclusively on Amazon through their Kindle Unlimited Program, I am not one to put all of my eggs in one basket.

For instance, Authors who sold their books exclusively on Amazon through the KDP Unlimited Program were probably hurt by the recent changes made to the way they pay their authors who use the program.

Your book should be available on more than one platform because even though it may seem as though the whole world using Amazon to shop, there is still a number of people who do not.

People who have Apple products will more than likely shop in the Apple store first.

Then there are those who have Nooks who shop on Barnes and Noble's site.

Why wouldn't you want to expose your books to those readers?

You don't have to manually submit your book to each site individually,

You can use a site called Smashwords to make the process of making your ebooks available for sale on other sites much easier.

Publishing with them allows for your book to be sold on many other platforms, such as the Apple Store and Scribd.

They don't require you to sell your books through them exclusively.

Authors should also have digital versions of their own books for sale on their own sites.

I believe that every author should have their own website or blog, and that you should have your books available for purchase there as well.

It is never a good idea to rely on someone else to exclusively handle your product because things can change in an instant.

One minute a business can be booming.

But blink, and it could very well be out of business.

On my business blog, I sell books there as a PDF.

Most smartphones can open a PDF, so, all you need is a PDF and a PayPal account to get the ball rolling with your own book sales from your website.

I have a Wordpress.org blog, and use plugins to make the delivery of the PDF much easier for me.

But, if you don't have Wordpress.org, there are still ways that this can be done.

In order to sell your books from your own website, your focus has to be on getting traffic, readers and building a list.

This way has more work involved, but, it allows you to be in control of your sales and promotion.

Look at it this way.

You are a business owner.

Your books are your product.

So, why wouldn't you want to get people to come to your business (your website or blog) to purchase their product?

Authors have to get proactive with their books and stop just putting their books up on a website and riding off the traffic.

Be sure to check back here for more information on building your author website, your following and your income.

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Published on September 04, 2015 06:52 • 13 views

October 22, 2014


Author Shay Collins releases a teen romance/suspense novel, 'Crushed'. Shay Collins fans rejoice!She's back with a new ebook.And later this year, her publisher has plans to release a boxed set and paperback edition of the three stories she has written so far.
Crushed is the story of Mandy Partridge, a sixteen year old who has a crazy crush on her neighbor.Sharome Davidson is the college hunk who lives across the street from Mandy, and is the center of her world/There are only two things that Mandy feels stands between herself and Sharome; her age, and his girlfriend Jessica.Jessica and Sharome are about to celebrate their anniversary, and Mandy has plans to send their perfect little world crumbling.Mandy has a boyfriend named Keith, but he just doesn't understand to treat a woman. Sharome, she feels, should be her boyfriend instead.Adding to the drama in the story is the fact that Mandy's mom has a new fling in her life: Mandy's dad, who had disappeared from their lives when Mandy was still a toddler and now decides to make a return.When her mom and dad decide to rekindle their love, Mandy decides that she is going to fulfill her mission of making Sharome her man, at any cost! Including murder.
You can download 'Crushed' on Amazon.com. Click the link to purchase your own copy of Crushed: A Young Adult Suspense Thrillerby Shay Collins.

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Published on October 22, 2014 17:06 • 34 views

October 18, 2014


Do you have a Success Library? If You Do, Then Steve Harvey's book, "Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success" Should Be On The Shelf.I am always on the look out for books that can help me to play a bigger game in both business and life.

I think that every entrepreneur should have a success library full of books that they can use to help keep them motivated and inspired in this walk of being our own bosses.

I understand that there are many people who want success, but don't want to do those things that will cause success to come to them.

In reading Steve Harvey's book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches I was blown away by his wisdom and the story of how he arrived at where he is today. He lets you know that he was not always the success we see on television and read about in his books.

He had to start somewhere.

Many people never, ever start.

They will talk about starting, but they will never put one foot in front of the other and start.

One of the biggest things I got from this book is to not be afraid to ask.

It is so important that you understand this.

You know, we are often taught that we should not ask so many questions, or that there are certain things that we should not ask for.

Not asking for help when you need it could be the difference between your success or failure.

Think about it: how many times have you needed help with something but were afraid to ask for help because you did not want people to think that you were dumb, or surprised that you didn't know the answer already?

(Am I the only person raising my hand???)

Or, how many times were you in need of finances for one reason or another, but did not ask because you did not want people to know that you needed money?

Closed mouths don't get fed.

Never be afraid to ask for what you need.

The bible even tells us that we 'have not because we ask not.'

Another thing I learned is that you have to prioritize and plan for success.

What are you doing to show the universe that you are ready for success to come your way?

One thing I have learned from studying the habits of successful people is that they are not lovers of sleep. They take power naps, but they don't sleep.

The rapper T.I. said in one of his songs that he will sleep when he is buried.

When being a success becomes a priority in your life, you will not love sleep anymore either.

Successful people start their days earlier than most others--some as early as 3:15 am!

I have kids, so I have to work in a few hours of rest where I can.

But I don't love sleep.

In fact, right now as I type this, it is 1:29 am , eastern standard time.

I have to get up at 7 am for church.

And I will.

I can't imagine sleeping an entire day when there is so much work to be done in my business!

You need to set goals, and plan for your success.

If you don't plan, you will fail.

So, I encourage you today to purchase your copy of Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches. It will change your life.

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Published on October 18, 2014 22:42 • 2 views

Do you have a Success Library? If You Do, Then Steve Harvey's book, "Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success" Should Be On The Shelf.I am always on the look out for books that can help me to play a bigger game in both business and life.

I think that every entrepreneur should have a success library full of books that they can use to help keep them motivated and inspired in this walk of being our own bosses.

I understand that there are many people who want success, but don't want to do those things that will cause success to come to them.

In reading Steve Harvey's book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches I was blown away by his wisdom and the story of how he arrived at where he is today. He lets you know that he was not always the success we see on television and read about in his books.

He had to start somewhere.

Many people never, ever start.

They will talk about starting, but they will never put one foot in front of the other and start.

One of the biggest things I got from this book is to not be afraid to ask.

It is so important that you understand this.

You know, we are often taught that we should not ask so many questions, or that there are certain things that we should not ask for.

Not asking for help when you need it could be the difference between your success or failure.

Think about it: how many times have you needed help with something but were afraid to ask for help because you did not want people to think that you were dumb, or surprised that you didn't know the answer already?

(Am I the only person raising my hand???)

Or, how many times were you in need of finances for one reason or another, but did not ask because you did not want people to know that you needed money?

Closed mouths don't get fed.

Never be afraid to ask for what you need.

The bible even tells us that we 'have not because we ask not.'

Another thing I learned is that you have to prioritize and plan for success.

What are you doing to show the universe that you are ready for success to come your way?

One thing I have learned from studying the habits of successful people is that they are not lovers of sleep. They take power naps, but they don't sleep.

The rapper T.I. said in one of his songs that he will sleep when he is buried.

When being a success becomes a priority in your life, you will not love sleep anymore either.

Successful people start their days earlier than most others--some as early as 3:15 am!

I have kids, so I have to work in a few hours of rest where I can.

But I don't love sleep.

In fact, right now as I type this, it is 1:29 am , eastern standard time.

I have to get up at 7 am for church.

And I will.

I can't imagine sleeping an entire day when there is so much work to be done in my business!

You need to set goals, and plan for your success.

If you don't plan, you will fail.

So, I encourage you today to purchase your copy of Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches. It will change your life.

Until next time,


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Published on October 18, 2014 22:42 • 16 views

October 15, 2014

I am on a mission to help people lead better lives.I have been doing a lot of soul searching, praying, journaling, and just thinking, about how I can be of greater service to the people I come into contact with.I know from personal experience that people need someone sometimes to just listen to them.Other times, people need to hear a kind word to help them make it through the day.I encounter people almost everyday who share their stories with me. Sometimes we shed a tear or two before we leave one another's company. People often ask me for advice, and for direction.I try my best to guide them in a way that will help them to make better choices.With all that being said, I am changing the focus on this blog.I will be moving all of the author interviews and information regarding book promotion and publicity, to my other blog at bookpromo.net. The site is expected to be live on November 15, 2014.This blog here will focus more on personal development and self help, since I am now a certified life coach. I want to brand myself as such, and by this blog being my biggest platform, I need it to change along with me.So, all references to book promotion, publishing and publicity, will be directed to bookpromo.net over the coming weeks.My blog will focus on offering advice and tools on how to rid your life of the things that are holding you back, literally.I feel like if you can get rid of the junk that is holding you back, you can finally move forward in life.I look forward to serving you in an even greater capacity.
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Published on October 15, 2014 10:11 • 17 views

October 3, 2014

This month's featured author is T.C Southwell, author of "The Queen's Blade: Book 1".

BioT. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.

T. C. Southwell has written over thirty fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time writer.


Excerpt:In the time of Shamsara, Idol of the Beasts, on the world of Chasym, favoured of the great god Tinsharon, Queen Minna-Satu, beloved of the Jashimari, took power upon her mother’s deathbed. Tashi-Mansa, Elder Queen of the Jashimari, died two days later from the poison she had taken, and was duly interred within the royal tomb. On the day of her coronation, Minna-Satu stood upon the Plinth of Power and declared herself sworn to her people and the Endless War. Her declaration, however, proved different from those who had gone before her, for she vowed to bring an end to the eternal conflict.Of the vast crowd that cheered and celebrated her ascension, many went away muttering darkly of her vow, unable to envision a world without war, an economy unspurred by the dark trades of death and weaponry. The Jashimari and the desert people of the Cotti had been at war for eight generations at least, some said longer, and none could remember its beginning or the reason for it. All that was known was that each successive queen was sworn to continue it, and every boy who reached manhood must fight in it, save those of high rank. Now their young Queen, daughter of the long line of queens who had upheld the honour of their people, had vowed to end it.The seasoned warriors gathered before the golden palace to witness the new Queen’s pledge raised their white-plumed spears in salute, and the populace beyond their ranks roared in adulation, as if her words had not reached them. In truth, the day’s celebrations, the music, marching, chanting and priestly exhortations to the faithful, brushed this oddity from most people’s minds much as a spider web is swept from its dusty corner by a housewife’s broom. Some, with more ordered minds, noted it, wondered at it, and filed it away, while others wrote it down in texts and records. A few penned it on notes that swift, feathered messengers flew across the land, into the hands of the enemy king.Upon receiving the first of these messages, King Shandor of the Cotti laughed uproariously and handed it to his eldest son. Prince Kerrion read it and tossed it aside, his countenance unlightened by levity. Shandor shook his head, still chuckling, and gazed at the sea of armoured warriors that surrounded his desert camp, an unstoppable tide of brawn marching inexorably towards the mountains that guarded Jashimari lands. There they would hurl themselves against the defenders’ ramparts in waves of bloody combat in the time-honoured way. Thus, with Queen Minna-Satu’s declaration, began a time that would be remembered always. A time of sorrow and pain, of struggle and sacrifice; a time that would be named after the man who brought it about: the time of the Queen’s Blade.
Free download link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/33966
Contact T.C. SouthwellEmail: fantasyauthor21@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.tcsouthwellbooks.com/  Blog: http://tcsouthwell.blogspot.com/  
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Published on October 03, 2014 10:24 • 17 views

September 18, 2014

Shay Collins has released a new teen novella, 'Her Twisted Obsession' Have you ever had a crush on an older man? Well, Mandy Partridge does, and it's not the type of older man you would think. Mandy is in love with her neighbor who lives across the street, who also happens to be a college hunk.Shay Collins keeps the suspense going with this teen thriller/suspense.The book is available for download as an ebook at Amazon.com
Collins also has two other stories out, Twisted Rage and Brad's Girl.
Anna 'Shay' Collins considers herself to be a Young Adult Suspense Author who loves the works of R.L. Stine.
"As a kid, I read everything he wrote, especially his 'Fear Street' series. I would read a whole book in a day, and then I would read it again because it was so engrossing.
Shay Collins is a mom of four and resides in Michigan.
You can read more about Shay Collins on her blog.
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Published on September 18, 2014 12:18 • 21 views