Friday, December 29, 2017

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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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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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Monday, December 25, 2017

The Ten Best Self-Publishing Guides

Discover the four best self-publishing guides to take your writing 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 Amazon 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.

Let's Get Digital: How to Self-Publish and Why You Should By David Gaughran

One of the most comprehensive and up-to-date self-publishing guides on the market today.  Bestselling author David Gaughran's book is jam packed with practical, actionable advice.  Let's Get Digital conveys the very latest and best practises on publishing your work and finding readers.

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

Written for both experienced and published writers alike Write. Publish. Repeat. Covers the myths and truths about what is means to be an indie author now and in the foreseeable future.  Explaining how to write books your readers will love and will want to return again and again.

14 Steps to Self-Publishing a Book By Mike Kowis, Esq.

Award winning author Mike Kowis took careful notes on each step of writing his first book and turned his book into an edgy guide for all writers alike.

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book By Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier

Publishing expert and bestselling authors Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier show you how to make your own success.  From newcomer to published author this expanded and completely revised 5th edition of the "bible" of self-publishing will empower you to publish your own work with minimal work and maximum profits.

Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook: Updated Guide to Protecting Your Rights and Wallet By Helen Sedgwick

Written for authors to stay out of court and at their desks.  The Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook helps writers navigate the legal aspects of writing and independent publishing.

How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors By Alinka Rutkowska

Alinka Rutkowska shows you how to sell a truckload of books and more in this comprehensive guide.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

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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Monday, December 18, 2017

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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Friday, December 15, 2017

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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Monday, December 11, 2017

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.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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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