Making Money From Amazon Affiliate Links

Make money with Amazon Affiliate Program

My most recent commission came from an LCD Writing Tablet Digital Ewriter, earning me $1.07.

It's really quite simple, a visitor clicked on one of the Amazon links from a blog post, which lead them straight to the Amazon sales page for a product I had linked to.  Amazon paid me the commission for anything that visitor purchased within 24 hours.

If you haven't already taken advantage of Amazon's Associate Program to earn commissions from your links you need to get started.

How Does Amazon Associates Work?

After you've signed up to Amazon Associates you're paid 4 to 10 per cent commission from any sales that are referred to by you using your own affiliate links.  Each URL includes a unique tracking code.  The percentage is worked out by the type of product that is purchased and the number of sales you make.

Any product you link to on Amazon you can earn a commission from, including your own book sales.

Sell more than six items through your referral links in one month and your commission increases to 6 percent.  If people buy your books within 24 hours of filling their trolley you get the commission.

There are set rates for certain items:
  • Instant video products: 6percent
  • Grocery products: 4 percent
  • Headphone products: 6 percent
  • Jewelery products 10 percent
  • Game downloads: 10 percent
How much money can I make on Amazon?

This answer varies from blogger to blogger.  Some people make thousands per month, others under a $100.  It all depends on how you use your links.  A lot of writer's use them alongside their book sales from Amazon, and make a nice monthly sum.

Keeping it legal

When you start your blog you become an advertiser so you need to take careful not of the Federal Trade Commission rules.  These include:
  • Place the disclosure as close as possible to the triggering claim.
  • Preferably, design advertisements so that “scrolling” is not necessary in order to find a disclosure.
  • Necessary disclosures should not be relegated to “terms of use” and similar contractual agreements.
A simple disclosure might look something like this:

Disclosure: This website may be compensated for linking to other sites or for sales of products we link to.

Many bloggers choose to disclose at the end of their blog posts, if affiliate links have been used.

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10 Valuable Things Every Writer Needs to Know

The following information is a list of beneficial and valuable advice for anyone wanting to start writing.

1. Take heed the sentimental haze

Don't get caught up in the fluffy words, vowels and sibilants.  But won't withstand the rigours of everyday.

2. Wipe out self-doubt

Nobody likes hearing about self-doubt, people want to feel, hear and taste your words.

3. Always give your readers the truth

Listen to your innter voice and what it tells you, let it flow naturally.

4.  Never take advice

Advice can be really hard to take sometimes.  You'll get all kinds of helpful criticism pointed out to you showing you all of your flaws.  By biting the bullet and accepting their advice you will grow stronger as a writer.

5. Don't be too concerned about your mistakes

You learn from your mistakes, and we all make them.

6.  Recognize your audience

This is often about knowing yourself and your audience.

7. Family and friends not your real audience

You're better off joining a local writer's club than listening to your own family.

8.  Read as much as you can

It doesn't matter what you get your hands on, read it!  By reading things no one else does, you'll discover things no one else has discovered.

9.  Communicate and observe as much as possible

The more you use words in your communication with others the greater your understanding will be.

10.  The big question, why do I want to write?

Yes, why am I writing?  People usually write because they're passionate about something.

Happy writing!

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The Four Best Self-Publishing Guides

As writer's we want to sharpen our craft.  Constantly searching for new knowledge that we can do better at publishing our books and getting them into the hands of our audience.  Discover below the best selling books to help every author to the next stratosphere.

Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish and market your book in ebook and print (Books for Writers) By JoannaPenn

Written by best selling author Joanna Penn, she gives you her best tips in this quick read.  Covering topics such as what you need to know before you self-publish; formatting an eBook; publishing in print, how to market your book and much much more.

The Author Startup: A Radical Approach to Rapidly Writing and Self-Publishing Your Book on Amzon By Ray Brehm

Ray Brehm guides you through the process of creating a viable product for your book and creating a momentum complete with an action plan to get you started.

Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success By Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

Not your usual dose of friendly advice from best selling authors Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt, unearth fascinating insights and strategies to self-publishing.

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It...Successfully By Arielle Eckstut

Featuring real-life self-publishing stories, as well as sample proposals and query letters find out how you can build your reader following, get your own agent, understand a book contract, cultivate marketing and publicity savvy.


Make Your Mark on Social Media Today

Everything You Need to Know About Social Media to Get Started

Social media isn't as complicated as you might think. It's an easy way to reach out to your followers, family and friends.  If you're a beginner it can seem like a really difficult thing to get used to, especially if you're not a regular internet user.

Knowing where to start and which social media platform to use, is the first hurdle.  A lot of this can be trial and error, because you won't feel comfortable with every platform you use.

LinkCollider - Website Ranking Tool Using Social Media
If you're using social media alongside your blog, you may discover some platforms are more suited to your genre.

I'm going to get back to basics and give you four handy pointers to help you start your journey on social media and show you how you can rapidly dominate your platforms:

Four Points to Consider When You Start in Social Media

What do you want from social media?

So what is it you really want to gain from social media?

I would dip my toe in a few different platforms to begin with and see what results you come back with.

Start your profile

After you've chosen your social media platform, you need to create your profiles.

If you have a blog, make sure your logos are carried through all of your platfroms.  This shows clear uniformity and shows that your serious about what you do.

How you present yourself is important, this will be how your followers will see you online.  It will also determine if people want to look into your work further.

What information do you want to give to your followers:


Choose a profile picture of yourself or your business.  Don't use a default avatar, these aren't taken very seriously.

Profile Name

The name that your community will know you by.  My Twitter profile is @1976write in relation to my blog.

Profile Details

I like to look at what other people in the same field as me have written.  There's no harm in getting ideas that way.

Website Links

Perfect place to include your website links.  If you use Google+ you can include your Amazon author page and any other useful links you may have.

Be active in your community

Start looking at other people's profiles and discover what they have to offer.

Remember social media is a powerful things these days.

Like most things in life, it takes time to build your community, but the time is outweighed by the benefits of what you gain from the journey.

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The Basics of Affiliate Marketing

An integral part of blogging and running a business online. With numerous networks offering affiliate programs, sometimes things can seem overwhelming if you don't know where to start.  Getting to grips with the basics of affiliate marketing will help you integrate it into your own blog or business.

Making Money From Your Blog Traffic

Your website is basically your own busy shopping street.  You need to make some billboards to make more money.  With most affiliate programs you create an action and receive your payment later.

Most Popular Affiliate Platforms

Amazon Associates - you can choose from a huge array of products from books to gourmet food, you can promote it and earn commission while you sell it.

CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction) - You can choose from travel, retails goods, automotive and marketing.

Click Bank - mostly digital products, which include eBook downloads and information products.

Google Adsense - no transaction required, click based income from text, image and video based advertising.

Many smaller businesses can set-up their own in-house affiliate program for the services and products they offer.

Important Questions You Need to Ask

Here are some of the important decisions you need to make when you start planning:

How many affiliate marketing companies should I use?

If you're just starting out, stick with one program and dip your feet slowly.  You can get a real feel for what is profitable within your niche.

Will I be working directly with a company or with a network?

Many larger affiliate networks have an affiliate page to help you choose which vendor you want to promote on your website.

It may take you a little longer to join more than one vendor through the same affiliate network.

Will the ads I choose fit in with my business brand or blog?

Always choose affiliate programs that promote affiliate products that relate to your website niche.

Important affiliate program details to think about

Payment - you may receive a finder's fee or a percentage of any sales generated.

Payment Arrangement - some smaller programs may never pay, so always stick to well-established programs.  Generally you're paid via PayPal, check, or directly into your bank account.

Refunds - any refund will be directly deducted from your account.

Acceptable marketing techniques - many programs forbid the use of trademarked content (logos, images and slogans)

Accepted Affiliate Program Requirements

Most programs have their own policies but many require you have:

  • A well-run website
  • A website that doesn't violate specific terms and conditions
  • A genuine terms of use, privacy policy and legal disclaimer
If you haven't considered affiliate marketing, you should as its one of the most profitable ways to make money online.

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Spelling: Common Words that Sound Identical

In the English language there are many words that mean different things but look the same, this can make writing in English very difficult.  The list below will help you distiguish between the more commonly used words that sound alike.

Except and Accept

Except = preposition meaning all but, other than:
Everyone went to the fame except Kirsty.

Accept = verb meaning to receive or to agree:
He accepted their praise graciously.

Effect and Affect

Effect = noun meaning result or consequence:
Will lack of sleep have an effect on your game?

Affect = verb meaning to influence:
Will lack of sleep affect your game?

Effect = verb meaning to bring about, to accomplish:
Our efforts have effected a major change in college policy.

How to remember difference:


Remember Affect is a Verb and Effect is a Noun.

Advice and Advise

Advice = a noun that means an opinion or recommendation about what could or should be done:
I'd like to ask your advice on this matter

Advise = verb that means recommend, suggest or counsel:
I advise you to be cautious.

Conscience and Conscious

Conscience = noun meaning the sense of obligation to be good:
Peter wouldn't cheat because his conscience wouldn't let him.

Conscious = adjective meaning awake, perceiving:
Despite a blow to the head, the patient remained conscious.

Ideal and Idea

Ideal = noun meaning something or someone that embodies perfection, or an ultimate object or endeavour:
Carrie was the ideal for tutors everywhere.

Idea = noun meaning thought, belief or conception held in the mind or a general notion or conception formed by generalisation:
Harriet had a brilliant idea - She'd go to Writing Lab for help with her papers.

Ideal = adective meaning embodying an ultimate standard of excellence or perfection or the best:
Harry was an ideal student.

Its and It's

Its = possesive adjective (possesive form of the pronoun it):
The crab had an unusual growth on its shell.

It's = contraction for it has or it is (in a verb phrase).:
It's been raining.

When two words are shortened to one pronouns have apostrophes.

Led and Lead

Led = past-tense and past-participle form of the verb to lead meaning guide or direct:
The evidence led the jury to a unaminous decision.

Lead = noun referring to a dense metallic element:
The X-ray technician wore a vest lined with lead.

Their, They're and There

Their = possessive proo=noun:
They got their helmets.

They're = contraction for they are:
They're making lunch.

There = that place:
Over there.

Two, To and Too

Two = Number 2:
There are two of us.

To = preposition, or first part of the infinitive form of the verb.
They went to the lake to swim.

Too = very, also:
I was too tired to continue.  I was hungry too.

Were, Where and We're

Were = past tense form of the verb be:
They were running side by side.

Where = location:
Where are you going?

We're = contraction for we are:
We're glad to help.

You're and Your

You're = contraction for you are:
You're walking around with you're shoes untied.

Your = possessive pronoun:
Your shoe laces are loose.

The I Before E Rule

I before E except after C.
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LinkCollider: How It's Different From Other SEO Tools and Why You Should Use It

If you're new to blogging or may be just want to boost your website traffic.  You might have heard of LinkCollider, its a website ranking tool that will help intensify your website traffic.

Social media is an invaluable tool in the current digital space, because internet marketing has become the primary strategy for many companies and bloggers.  Any company or blog you find online has recognised the significance of having a powerful online presence and that media is everything.

The only website ranking tools to increase traffic to websites, LinkCollider will ensure you have a high ranking on Google.  This ensures your blog or company website will communicate with real people.

LinkCollider - Website Ranking Tool Using Social Media

What Are Website Ranking Tools and What Do They Do?
Thje purpose of website ranking tools such as Google Rank Checker and SEMrush is to rank keywords of websites and measure their position online.  Articles and blog posts should be equipped towards keyword density and increasing traffic to the blog or website.

Why LinkCollider is Different From Other Website Ranking Tools

As already noted above, LinkCollider is the only website ranking tool that uses social media stats in its ranking process.

These are some of the ways LinkCollider will help improve your SEO rankings:
  1. Getting more Facebook likes.
  2. Gaining more Twitter likes and followers.
  3. Getting more Pinterest Pins.
  4. Boosting SEO and website traffic.
  5. Gaining more WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr likes.

Social Media and Search Results

LinkCollider's strategy is both effective and attractive because search engines are now including statistiscs from social media making the process more productive and increasing SEO rankings.  You'll definitely have more leverage over your competitors if you use LinkCollider.

SEO Tools That LinkCollider Uses

  • Keyword Tools
  • Search Engine Submission
  • Article Rewriter and Spinner
  • Link Building and Shortener
  • Sitemap Generator
  • Directory and Bookmark Submission
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How to Make Money with Amazons OneLink on Blogger

If you're looking to maximize your earnings with Amazon I recommend you try Amazon's new onelink and link your Amazon account to links that are country specific.

There have been various shortening services provided by WordPress over the years, but nothing that would really suit a Blogger website owner.  Amazon finally provided its own FREE solution in July 2017 to solve the problem.  Amazon OneLink.

Amazon OneLink, What is it?

In your Amazon Associate dashboard you can link to your different Amazon Associate accounts all over the world, from the UK to Japan, this provides geo-localised redirection from your affiliate website to relevant Amazon product.  Helping all Amazon affiliates to earn more income by converting their website visitors from multiple countries at one time.

With OneLink you can configure all of your new as well as existing Amazon affiliate links.

Setting Up Your Amazon OneLink

Log into your US Amazon associates account


Link Your Accounts

This will link together all of your Amazon associates accounts, if you only have a US or UK account you can sign up for more.

Adding OneLink to Blogger 

Go to Layout.

Add widget

In HTML add your code from Amazon Associates in your widgets.


The Printing Press, A Brief History

The power of print has been around for a long time and is easily found in many ancient cultures.  Items such as the Phaistos Disc from Crete which dates back to the 17th century BC, was devised by pressing symbols into clay, very much like we now use moveable type.

When paper was invented then printing really took off.  Conceived in China prior to 105 AD, the process of creating it was accurately documented by the court of the Han Emperor Wu Di, using a mixture of bark and rags.

Carved seal stones were originally used to make impression on the paper.  This would later lead to the development of wood-block printing, used during the Sui or Tang Dynasty.  Early Buddhist writings have been found and discovered to be made by monks.  An early surviving print is the Diamond Sutra of 868 AD, created in Dunhuang.

The ability to make paper eventually made its way into Europe by the 15th century, as more people were able to read.  The task of making copies of texts by hand was very slow and arduous.  A quicker more reliable method to replicate writing was required.  During the 15th and 16th centuries wood block printing was established.  By 1455 AD Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, using metal type.

After this printing was evolving quite rapidly with the development of standardised types and fonts.  There were many changes in language and writing styles when printers started printing for the general public.  The power of the printed word meant that many people could read the same piece of writing at the same time.

Printing Innovations

Aldus Manutius a leading printer of the Venetian High Renaissance introduced a number of innovations to the world of publishing.  He produced high quality volumes of Greek literature and philosophy, with new forms of Greek and Latin cursive type for printing.  He produced new printing techniques using italics as well as smaller octavo editions of texts.

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Publishing a Book: A Quick Examination of Self-Publishing and Publishing

Publishing a book is a must for any aspiring author, having an idea for a fiction or non-fiction book but aren't sure how to put that idea into print can be really difficult if you don't know where to start.

The possibilities and opportunities for writer's to share their thoughts in an Ebook or in paperback form are vast.  Whether you're looking for an agent or editor or just want to self-publish your book, it's all at your fingertips.  You need to decide what works best for you.

What is Traditional Publishing?

Authors are offered a contract by a traditional publishing house, they then take your book and sell it through various booksellers and retailers.  Essentially they buy the rights to publish your book and in turn pay you the royalties from the sales of your book.

Normally most writer's need to find an agent, to find an agent you must pinpoint the right category for your writing.  If you're a non-fiction writer you first need to submit a book proposal along with three sample chapters and a synopsis of each chapter.  A fiction writer must send in a completed manuscript.

After those things have been accomplished you're now required to write a query letter.  You send this letter to potential agents, you must mention in your letter the synopsis of your book, the chapter summary, the market your book is aimed at and a description about yourself.

What is Self-Publishing?

There are various ways to self-publish your book these include: print-on-demand, vanity, subsidy, and self-publishing.

(POD) Print-on-demand - Anyone willing to pay is published.  POD uses up-to-date printing technology to produce books at a cost effective price.  Books are published as individual orders come in.  This means the printer can adjust the book's supply to meet the reader's demand.  You make money from the royalties sold.

Extra costs such as editing, proofreading and marketing are payed for at an additional cost to the writer.  This way of publishing cuts back on space and any unsold copies.

Vanity publisher - Again this kind of publishing is available for anyone willing to pay for their book to be published.  Your books is bound and printed and you receive all the royalties from books sold.

Subsidy publisher - Not unlike the vanity the subsidy publisher contributes towards the editing, distribution, marketing and warehousing.  The publisher owns the book until they are sold and the author starts making royalties.

Self-publishing - The author must produce, market, store, and distribute.

So What's the Difference?

There is no expense to the author with traditional publishing that is all handed by the chosen company.

With self-publishing depending upon the publishing platform you choose you pay for all of the expenses.  The biggest advantage with self-publishing is that you're in the driving seat and you have full control over your book.

What to do next

If your dream is to have your book published, choose vanity publishing.

If you have a book of poetry, memoir or family history you want printing then POD is probably the best fit for your book.

If time isn't a problem then self-publishing is a good route to take, as this can often take up to 18 months to get your books into final production.

In the end its your decision!

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Writing Tools That Will Make You More Productive

Whether you're an author, writer, communicator or platform-builder you need great tools to build and maintain your blog.

There are thousands of tools out there on the internet that could make your writing life so much easier.  But who has the time to test everything?

Who has the time to write as well as follow and network with other writer's on a regular basis?

When you start your own blog you need to realise there are a ton of tools that can help you reach your writing goals and cultivate relationships with your readers, which in time will determine how fast your blog will grow.

Tools are a necessary part of writing and by using them to your best advantage you can build your audience and readership.

The Writer's Tool List

We're listing all of the tools that most writer's are familiar with and use.  Expect this list to expand and change as time goes as better tools are found.  Also sections such as useful courses and books will also be added to help you in your writing business.

Starting a Blog

How to Buy Your Domain Name

My favourite domain name registrar is Hostgator.  I've used Hostgator for a number of years now and recommend it to anyone just starting out.

Choosing a Webhost

For really good long-term stability it's recommended to go with a large hosting company.  Smaller web hosting companies can go out of business leaving you in a scary position.

For serious writer's a good webhosting companies such as Bluehost and Hostgator offer a stable place as well as many offers throughout the year for low-priced plans for new small blogs.  Shared hosting can be bought for as little as $3.95 per month.

Website Tracking

Make sure you connect your blog with Google Analytics it's free and easy to install on any blog.

Tools For SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)

The most basic way to maintain really good SEO is to right really well thought out blog posts and do this regularly.  Many bloggers and writers alike also like to try tools such as SEMrush to track their keywords and keep track of their competitors.

LinkCollider is a free SEO tool that will help you gain new followers through social media.

Creating Eye Catching Images for Your Blog

By creating images on your blog you can use them illustrate important points for your readers and make your social shares stand out to your readers.

There are a number of programs you can use but the most popular are PicMonkey and Fotor.

Writing Tools

On Writing Well - If you're an aspiring author wanting to write non-ficiton its a firm favourite of many writer's and relevant after being published for so many decades.

On Writing - Want to write like Stephen King? This is the no-fluff writing method that gets to the heart of the story your telling.

The Essential Guide to Getting your Book Published - Vital for anyone who wants to mine that great idea and turn it into a successfully published book.

How to Write a Book from Outline to Finish Line - Strategies on how to write a book are shared from outline to finish line.

How to Write a Novel - Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares his secrets for creating killer plot lines, fleshing out your ideas, crafting compelling characters and staying sane in the process.

Writing Courses and Communities


Writing With Flair - How to Become an Exceptional Writer - Dramatically improve your writing quality within days, along with your blog posts and articles make your writing more professional and stand out from those of your peers, colleagues and competitors.

Writing With Impact - Writing That Persuades - Gain more confidence as a blogger and writer and learn how to target words at your audience.

Ninja Writing - The Four Levels of Writing Mastery - Learn how to create spellbinding text and tap into the power of narrative, paragraphs, sentences and words.  Transform yourself into a masterful writer in days.

The Complete Freelancing Writing Course - Write for podcasts and identify opportunities for paid writing work.

Writing So Hot It Burns - Master the skills of descriptiveness, accuracy and passion.  Learn how to create writing that jumps out of the page and develop the habit of reading as a writer.


Yeah Write - Weekly writing challenges for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and micro stories each week. The community gets to vote on the most impressive stories and discover new favourite writers.

Write On - A community for writers at any stage of the creative process. On this website you can shop and talk about everything to with publishing and writing, as well as submitting your writing ideas for feedback and reviews.

Wattpad - The world's largest community of writers and readers, all members are free to post and read original stories as well as engage in conversation with other members.

Two Drops of Ink - A literary blog that accepts submissions from writers of just about any genre of writing out there.

Write to Done - Mary Jaksch its founder brings the age old-advice to keep writing to a different level, pointing out that its not practise that makes you a better writer - its practise directed in a positive way.

Write or Die - Mandy Wallace offers blog documents, writing, lessons as well as practical guides for upgrading your writing.

ProWritingAid - Transform good writing into great writing. Including tips on grammar, writing techniques, software recommendations, a great resource to polish your prose.

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Hieroglyphs, A Brief History

Definition of Hieroglyph
Hieroglyph comes from two Greek words: hieros (sacred) and glyphos (writing).  

Introduced in 3100 BC, after cuneiform, hieroglyphs were used during the Dynastic period, with about 700 signs in use.  Peaking at around 5000 characters in the Greek and Roman periods.

History of Hieroglyphs

Usually written in columns or horizontal lines running left-to-right or right-to-left.  Hieroglyphs found in tombs or temples were normally oriented towards a central point, or an important figure such as the pharoah.  There are two types of hieroglyphic characters: symbols that stand for words or ideas, which are called logograms or ideograms; and phonetic signs, which are called phonograms or pictograms, each representing a particular consonant sound.

Numerous hieroglyphs are objects such as a crocodile or a dog, these represent a sound rather than the object itself.

Most hieroglyphs are found on the walls of temples and tombs, as well as various mummy wrappings and many other objects placed in tombs.  Used mainly to record magical spells, lists of provisions and the tomb owners name.  Many hieroglyphs were used to keep records, especially when the Nile River flooded, to keep track of the quantity of materials used to build the pyramid and to keep lists of stored surplus food.

Even though Egypt was conquered by King Cambyses of Persia, Alexander the Great and later the Roman Emperor Augustus, hieroglyphs remained in use in Egypt until the late 4th century AD.

Facts About Hieroglyphics

  1. Scribes started training in hieroglyphs as young as 12.
  2. Only 3% of the Egyptian population knew how to read hieroglyphics.
  3. Hieroglyphics were usually divided into four different categories: alphabetic, syllabic, word-signs, and determinatives.
  4. Alphabetic signs in hieroglyphics were created to represent one sound each.
  5. Syllabic signs in hieroglyphics were created to represent two or three consonants.
  6. A triple sign in hieroglyphics meant it was plural.
  7. The commoners wrote in a simpler form of hieroglyphics called demotic.
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Read more about writing: The Printing Press, A Brief HistoryHieroglyphs, A Brief HistoryWhat is Cuneiform Script?A Short History of Writing.


Writing Courses to Help You Become a Better Writer

If you're looking for a change in career and want to make an income online, the following training courses are a great way to develop your writing skills before you take the plunge and start devoting your time and money.

If you want to start making real money you must do something with the knowlege you gain.  Most people become hooked on the inviting "how to" videos that are out there, but rarely take real action from the skills they've learned.  Avoid that mistake and you'll start going places.

Start looking for seminar, online courses, articles and blogs to improve your skills.  If you're feeling a bit unsure, make a plan and take it one step at a time.  If you feel like its working for you, start scaling it up and add additional techniques.

Take Action on What You've Learned!

Let's get started, here are some places to help you.

Best 10 Writing Courses For Writers

1. Creative Writing Course - Master Tips for Writing

Co-written by Amazon best selling author, get easy and clear tips to write the book you've always dreamed of.

2. Write a Book: Basic Creative Writing Skills for Beginners

Creative writing skills for beginners looking to self-publish on Amazon and Createspace.

3. Writing With Impact: Writing That Persuades

Receive effective writing skills from a University of Cambridge writing tutor.

4. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery

Change your blogs, books and essays into masterpieces.

5. Productivity Hacks for Writers (Writing Mastery)

Be more productive and get the most out writing everyday with these simple strategies and proven techniques.

6. Writing That Moves: Write Novels That Keep Pages Turning

Learn how to write a plot that hooks readers from the get go.

7. The Complete Freelance Writing Course

Discover how to create your own multimedia writing portfolio for freelance profit and profile.

8. Creative Writing For Beginners

Get the tools to improve the prose to tell your story, creative writing for beginners.

9. Writing Tools & Hacks: Copywriting/Blogging/Content Writing

Discover the best FREE writing tools and apps to take your blogging and content writing to the next level.

10. Creative Writing - Get Writing, Keep Writing

Turn your writing hobby into a full-time business.

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Some Grammar Rules Are Made to Be Broken

Grammar rules don't seem to exist in the age of technology especially when it comes to tweets and conversational writing styles.  Most blogger's focus their writing on grabbing their reader's attention, using more relaxed voice.

Check out these 6 grammar rules when you're writing for the internet.

1. Ending a sentence with a preposition no longer required

This rule dates back to the 18th century when grammarians believed English should bend to the rules of Latin grammar.

2. Starting a sentence with a conjunction is unacceptable

Ignoring this rule can lead to a much better sounding sentence.  And your writing sounding much more down to earth and relateable.

3. Don't use verbing (turning nouns into verbs)

This is an easy rule to break especially if you want to get a message across quickly via email or text.  People love to use it when they're going for a coffee with a friend, phrases such as "when do you want to coffee?".

4. Don't split your infinitives

There are people that think split infinitives such as "you have to really watch him" are incorrect.  But they do come in really handy if you're trying to get a message across.

5. Do I need to use "whom"?

"Whom" does sound pretty stuck-up and pretentious these days.  You don't hear anybody say "whom ya gonna call?" when they talk about the Ghostbusters.  I've only ever heard it used in conjunction with Ernest Hemingway's book "For whom the bell tolls".

These days we like to write in way our readers understand, for others it their own particular writing style and voice.

Read more about grammar and punctuation in my ebook "Grammar and Punctuation: An Indispensable Guide for Writer's".

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What is Cuneiform Script?

A Brief History of Wedge Shaped Writing

During the 4th millinmium BC a writing form we call cuneiform arose.  Cuneiform simply means wedge-shaped, this particular form of writing could be found in Mesopotamia with the Sumerians.  Three basic wedges would form a cuneiform sign.

Forming Cuneiform Writing

The end of reed stylus was pressed into moist clay enabling the Sumerians to draw.  At first they would just draw pictures that would stand for an object.  An example would be a picture of a mouth which could be taken to mean the noun 'mouth' or verb 'to speak'.

Over the course of time the picture would go on to represent syllable(s) in the word which the picture would be shown.  A sign such as 'mouth' which was ka could also be used for writing a syllable in another word.  This led to a complicated system of writing, that contained pictures, were so stylized that would become virtually unrecognizeable - representing ideograms (whole words) or syllabograms (individual syllables).

In its advanced form cuneiform script had upwards of 500 signs, with most signs having several syllabic and ideographic values.

Things to Know About the World's Oldest Writing System:

1. Cuneiform isn't a language or an alphabet.  Main languages written in Cuneiform were Sumerian and Akkadian.

2. First Used Around 3,400 BC, preceeding Egyptian hieroglyphic writing.  Used until the first century AD.

3. A Reed and Clay Were All That Was Needed.  Cuneiform comes from the Latin cuneus which means 'wedge'.  This shape was made everytime a reed was pressed into the clay.

4. Cuneiform is Looked On As the World's Most Difficult Writing.

5. Children Are Natural Experts at Cuneiform Writing.

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Take Your Writing to the Next Level: Become an Effective Proofreader With These Three Courses

First impressions really count, especially if you're writing after a job or just writing an email.  The way you write is a lot like handing out a business card.  A bit like introducing yourself to someone you've never met before.

You need to ask yourself what your writing may say about you as a person? Does your writing show that you care about your work? What would a few unchecked errors say to a stranger?

Creating a good impression of yourself and showing that you're more than capable of handling certain things, proofreading can really help you to do this.

Proofreading Power: Become an Effective Proofreader

This unique online class will help address the basics of proofreading but also provide a practical application of the skills with hands-on exercises and quizzes

What You'll Learn & Practice:
  • Grammar Assessment
  • Proofreading  Pre-test
  • Proofreading Basics
  • Proofreading Tips
  • Proofreading Strategies
  • Proofreading Laws
  • Proofreading vs. Editing
  • Proofreading Marks
  • Recognizing Error Hot-spots
  • Proofing for Spelling
  • Proofing for Punctuation
  • Proofing for Capitalization
  • Proofing for Numbers
  • Proofing Challenge
  • Bonus eBook: "Practical Grammar Essentials"
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For writers and editors of any genre looking to develop their proofreading skills and prevent embarassing errors in written documents.  Find out how to develop the mindset to catch errors from a professional proofreader.

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Easy Comma Rules

Learn the importance of using the comma correctly and how it will benefit your proofreading skills.

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A Writer's Guide to the Perfect Work Space

Have you given much thought to the space you write in?

My writing space is pretty simple:
  1. One desk
  2. One Chair
  3. One Computer
I don't have much room to move around in because my writing space is in my bedroom.  But I do have a relatively quiet space in which I work in.  Here is a quick guide to the ultimate home office for writer's:

Be More Ergonomic

This is a great place to start, how you display your computer:
  1. Top of your computer screen should be at eye level, this reduces fatigue.
  2. Your keyboard should be positioned so that your forearms are parallel to the floor.
  3. Your seat should be adjusted so that they're firmly resting on something.
Learn to Love Natural Light

If you're room has a window in it, use it.  The whole idea of working from home is to be free from the cubicle style work space that many people work in.  Make sure your desk is facing a window so you can look at the scenery and take-in the natural light.

Use Additional Lighting

In the dark winter months you'll need a lamp for the darker part of the day.  Try a table lamp with soft lighting and an interesting design, to give your space a personality.

Be Inventive with Storage

If you like to write on notepads then stacking boxes are a great way to store away all those notes you've been making.  Shelves for book storage or book cases.  If you need space for paper why not try a filing cabinet, it doesn't need to be huge just enough for your business needs.

Form a Creative Space

If you have the room why not create a space to let your creative juices really flow.  A simple coffee table, bean bag or chair and a lamp to help your thinking when you have a break.

Go Green

Add plants, because they make people happier, and some plants don't need to be watered that regularly.

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A Short History of Writing

Writing, a Brief History

Many people have speculated about when and people started writing.  The most popular thought is that of permanently recording grain and animals, recipes for beer etc, many of these things were an important part of ancient societies and used around temples and palaces.

Archaeologists have discovered many clay tokens of different shapes and sizes in and around Middle-Eastern sites from as early as 8000 BC.  Many historians suppose that these tokens were used for counting items for trade.  It has also been discovered that the Inca Empire used quipu, a group of strings of various colours that were knotted at intervals to record their taxes and census statistics.

From these tokens came a system of symbols to symbolise words and ideas.  These earlier writings would have been pictographic and can be found in many cave paintings all around the earth.  Pictogram's are still used today to convey simple message - such road signs or even public toilet signs.

Cuneiform script was to assign a phonetic (sound) to a symbol and radically transformed how people communicated.  Many think the Sumerians used this around about 3300 BC and can be found in southern Iraq.  Scripts were found in Egypt (3100 BC), Indus Valley (2500 BC), Crete (1900 BC), China (1200 BC) and Central America (600 BC).

No one culture has been found to wholly influence the advancement of writing, many systems have been found around the world and all sound unique, but all play a key part in enabling us to communicate through writing.

Figuring Out Ancient Texts

Sadly the ability to read ancient manuscripts has been lost.  In some cases the ability has been regained through the process of studying archaeological treasures.

The Rosetta Stone, discovered by French soldiers in 1799 during Napoleon's invasion, has helped decipher many Egyptian hieroglyphs.  Discovered in the small village of Rashid Egypt this relatively small stone slab as carved an inscription in three different languages and scripts - demoic script, hieroglyphs and ancient Greek.  Inscribed is a decree given in three different languages passed by the general council of priests throughout Egypt on the first anniversary of the accession of Ptolemy V Epiphanes King of Egypt 27 March 196 BC.

With comparisons to other monuments, scholars such as Thomas Young and French Physicist Jean-Francois Champollion could easily identify the names found in the hieroglyphs.

Alphabets and Syllabaries Revealed

Many early scripts were found to be syllabaries (such as cuneiform or Linear B).  Simply put these manuscripts were written in syllables.  This kind of writing required lots of signs and very few consonants.

The Egyptians used a lot of pictogram's showing a lot of complicated consonants, but weren't able to cope with writing any vowels.

A script was developed in Phoenicia using a handful of signs and was used from 1400-1200 BC.  In the first millennium the Israelites, Phoenicians and Canaanites used 22 signs.  All of these were consonant scripts with very little vowels being used.

The Greek alphabet was invented as early as 10th or 11th century BC, having signs for each consonant and each vowel, with about 25 signs in all.  This enabled them to write a lot more clearly and very much like we write today.

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Why You Should Use a Dictionary and Thesaurus More Often

If you're looking for simple tools to help with your writing, look no further than a dictionary and thesaurus.  The most basic and cheapest of tools each of these books will help improve your grammar and punctuation in no time!

What is a Dictionary

An assembly of words in one or more particular languages.  Listed alphabetically, providing the meanings, definitions etymologies, pronunciations of words.

History of the Dictionary

Much deliberation over the world's first dictionary, some say 2300 BCE in modern Syria, others say 3rd century BCE China.  Best known and used dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary published in full 1884 and then in full after 50 years in 1928.

Word Order and Numbers

Words are listed alphabetically.

With about 500,000 words and more than a half a million technical and scientific terms.

You can also find specialised dictionaries in fields such as business or science.

What is a Thesaurus

Words are grouped together depending upon their similarity or meaning, sometimes synonyms and antonyms.

History of the Thesaurus

The modern thesaurus was developed by Peter Mark Roget first published in 1852.

Word Order and Numbers

Words can be listed alphabetically or conceptually.

The biggest thesaurus holds more than 920,000 words.

Exclusive thesauri have been created for retrieval of information in science systems, for indexing or tagging purposes.

When You Should Use a Dictionary or Thesaurus

You can use a dictionary to look up words you don't understand, or the context to use a word in.  You'll discover details of the meaning, definition, usage and etymology of the word.

A thesaurus will supply you with similar or alternative words (synonyms), along with contrasting words (antonyms).

Prominent Publishers

The most used dictionaries are Oxford English Dictionary, Chambers, Merriam Webster and Collins.

The most well-known thesaurus is Roget, and sometimes Webster.

A Brief History

There is much deliberation as to what form's the basis of the first dictionary.  Archaeologists have found bilingual words lists from the Akkadian Empire located in Modern Syria of 2300 BCE.  Arabic and Chinese dictionaries have also been found.  Robert Cawdrey, a school teacher called a table alphabetical in 1604 but that was thought to not be very accurate.  The most trusted modern English language dictionary was Samuel Johnson's and was around for 150 years up to 1755.  Then came the Oxford English Dictionary.

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