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10 Keys to eBook Marketing Success

ebook-marketing-featuredIf you're over fifty, have some extra time on your hands, and thought about writing a book, you don't want to miss the article published here on January 2nd of this year, where Canadian author Cheryl Kaye Tardif shares her story of how she made over $42,000 in one month selling the Kindle books. The book was free at the time the article was published, and although not free now, it's only $1.99.

Karen Baney has just published a book that might be a real help to you as well. 10 Keys to Ebook Marketing Success. What makes her a creditable authority?  In addition to 20 years in business, she holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.  In her second year as a published author she achieved over 200,000 eBook downloads. So she has a lot of information to share with you. This book (Kindle version) is being offered for free today as an Amazon promotion.

This book is designed for the busy writer:  concise and information packed.  Well-organized, it is broken down into 10 key areas of eBook marketing.  Each key contains:

  • Success Tips – brief impactful statements that drive home important points
  • Do’s and don’ts for marketing and building your brand as an author
  • Concise lists summarizing each key
  • Marketing Minute—an opportunity to evaluate your own progress and apply what you just learned to your marketing plan.

She says in the book:

Success Tip:  As an author, you absolutely must have a website.  A website is critical to your eBook marketing success.

Some folks can get a little overwhelmed by creating a website and all of the marketing that goes along with it. I setup a forum on this site where you can ask for help if you need it. You can find the forum here. I don't think most of the people who visit this site are interested in building websites, as there hasn't been anyone asking questions yet. But please feel free, if you want to.

10keys-ebook So if you're going to write and want to make money doing it, get 10 Keys to Ebook Marketing Success today while it's free. Karen's  success didn’t come overnight, but instead it came through persistence and patience.  She applied the principles and tips of book marketing success that she now shares with you.

One of her reviewers, Jack Hardy, said, "I have read hundreds of marketing books over the years...quite a few on indie publishing. Karen has a unique ability to focus on and clearly define issues and steps for resolution in terms that are easy to understand and use. Maybe that's her IT formation. This book rates 5-stars..."

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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Want to work from home?

work-home-featuredA lot of people have asked me how they could go about making a living online. I've offered a few suggestions to some people. Had a nice email a few years ago from another web developer who used to ask me a lot of questions on my discussion forum. He said, with my help, he was able to realize his dream. Of course, since we are both website builders, we spoke the same language. It's pretty hard to tell someone who doesn't know anything about it, to go ahead and learn it on their own. It was a lot simpler when I started in 1994, and my skills and knowledge have just developed over time, as new things were introduced.

The picture to the left isn't me. Although, it looks like me back in 1999, after my web development business had taken off and HomeBusiness Websites was launched. Heck, it even looks like my home office at the time. But, yeah... there were a lot of times while working from home, that I would have my baby sitting on my knee while I worked. I would take breaks every so often, and load games on the computer suitable for teaching a three year old how to use a computer. Not much wonder she turned into such a computer whiz herself.

Then we didn't spend all of our time working, either. By the time she was four years old, we would goof off after lunch and ride our bikes. We usually ended up at a park close to home, and played on the slides and swings. She learned how to drive a bike that year.

Working from home certainly has its advantages. Besides earning more than what I could have made working for the man, I got to spend a lot more time with my daughter. It's something I will never regret.

If you're interested in working from home, there is a two-for-one deal on Amazon today. Both of the books I will mention below are free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion.

super-moms-ebookSuper Moms Inc.: Work From Home, Build A Profitable Home Business, And Find Time For Your Family When You Have Kids To Take Care Of is written by Carolyn Woods. It's split into two sections. 1) Developing your plan; 2) Designing   Your Business. In the latter section it will cover lots of ways to earn money while keeping your kids as your first priority.   All of them have been done either by her or by someone she knows, so they come with real world proof that they are viable.

You will read her story about how after her baby was born she had to quit her job because it involved to much traveling. She hat to learn how to make the same money at home, so she could raise her daughter. Of course that was just the start, Today she has four children her own home, and they make a good living with her working part-time from home.

Keep in mind, that today... it isn't necessarily the mother staying home; sometimes it's the father. So the advise in this book is applicable to anyone. Even if you're over fifty, you will find it filled with practical advice. Click here to download the Kindle version of the book.

killer-ebookThe second book is Killer Work from Home Jobs: 200 Fortune 500 & Legitimate Work at Home Jobs. Lee Evans embarked on a lifelong mission 30 years ago to help job seekers move forward in their lives. From her own personal experience and her experiences in educating the public about job placement, she understands the stress involved with being laid off or otherwise being out of work.

She says, "The 200 jobs listed are from companies that have withstood the test of time, and the newer companies are so exciting, you want to give them a try. You deserve to find opportunities that are actual jobs where you actually get paid.  People work from home all the time, you just need to know where those jobs are.  Knowledge is power, and I created this book to give you the power you deserve."

You can click here to download the Kindle version of this book. None of the links provided in the book are to scam websites that just want your money and don't offer anything in exchange. She has personally researched each one of these opportunities. It's no lie.... you could have a new work at home job within the next week.

If you would like to have a place to discuss working from home strategies, let me know, and I can setup a forum for discussion.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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Photographers over Fifty

photo-featuredMost people who are fifty and over, and like to take nice pictures, usually invest the money in a half-decent camera. Then they discover they can't take any pictures better than they did with their cellphone. This is nothing a few tips can't fix.

Even if you're divorced at 50, and it's  just a hobby to drive around to take photographs, if you want to... there is a way to make some extra cash with them. There are websites that will BUY your photographs. Of course, depending on the website, some of them have different terms. For example, The payouts at Shutterstock work on a sliding scale, so the more images you have downloaded, the more you’ll earn per image.

Here is a list of 15 Stock Photography Sites to Sell Your Photos – For Beginners and Pros.

There is the Kindle version of a book being offered for free today, 50 Keys To Better Photography! (On Target Photo Training) that might help you take better photographs too. Most of the sites list at the link above are going to give your submissions a quality check before you can sell your photos through their websites. The books is only free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. If you want it, click here to download it.

photo-cover-ebookIt isn't hard to understand either. There are numerous review you can read, and many of them echo, what one person said: "This book is easy to read (for the everyday person) and to understand (lay terms). It covers the basics, and ten gives insight into a great deal of photo opportunities that we all have missed (or at least me), because we didn't have the correct settings. A must have!"

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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Community for over fifty on Facebook

steve-facebook-likeThere is more news, articles, stories, forums and more on our Facebook page, besides the tons of articles on this site.  If you haven't checked it out, you're missing a lot. When you get to the page, be sure to "like" it.  That way you'll be seeing the content appearing in your newsfeed. Plus you're welcome to share any stories you find that would be of interest to anyone fifty and over.

The discussion forum has just been added to the page. Hope you will find it of value.

If you're interested in guest blogging on this site, you can register for an account here, and submit your articles. Articles should be 600-1000 words long, on topic, of interest, and you are welcome to include two lines for an author bio, which contains a link to your site, to help increase your page rank. Articles need to be original, and not published anywhere else.

Join in! The more you do; the more fun you'll have. The 50alone.com community on facebook awaits you!


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Over Fifty and Not dead Yet?

jim-featuredIf you're over fifty it doesn't mean the end is near. Jim Donovan, author of Don't Let an Old Person Move Into Your Body, says he has heard people say, "Once you turn 50, it's all downhill from there...Better slow down because your best days are over...Retirement means boredom, poor health and pinching your pennies."

He claims getting old is a myth and asks, "If you didn't know when you were born, how old would you be?"

In his book you will learn:

• Why aging is a state of mind.
• How to avoid the trap of “being old.”
• How to identify and attract the dream life you've always wanted.
• How to prevent other people's negativity from destroying your dreams.
• How to eliminate “energy zappers” in your life.
• Why most of what we are told about illness and aging is wrong.
• How to avoid becoming a victim of age related illnesses.
• Practical steps you can take to achieve optimal health, at any age.
• How to create financial abundance and lasting security.
• Simple things you can do each day to help yourself feel better spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Here he is, in this short video clip, with a couple of ideas to get you started:

I worked alongside of an older gentleman when I was twenty years old. Ed was 76 and still going strong. Management at the company were urging him to retire. They claimed at his age, should he get hurt, the insurance policies we had wouldn't cover him. I asked him one day why he didn't retire. He could go home and put his feet, more or less. But he said his brother retired when he was 65, and sat in his rocking chair. A year later he was dead. Ed didn't want that to happen to him. He refused to get old. Quite frankly, even though I was over fifty years younger than him, I had a hard time keeping up to him.

Ed had motivation. What about you? Where is yours?

In the book, Don't Let an Old Person Move Into Your Body Mr. Donovan relates several examples of how you can be motivated. Forget about age for a moment. Other than age, is there something else holding you back from doing what you always wanted to do?

Mr. Donovan says:

A friend and client of mine had a dream to build a healing and counseling center. Looking at her business plan, I noticed a huge wall standing in her way. The plan called for almost a million dollars in start-up capital. When I asked her why she needed so much money she replied, “To buy the building.” I could easily see this was not essential. I asked her if and how she could begin right now with what she had, without the building. I saw a sparkle in her eyes as she realized that it was possible to begin her business right then and there, with the resources she had. Her original business plan is still intact, however, she is now moving in the direction of her dream.

jim-ebookHis book delivers a message of hope and possibility to everyone he comes in contact with. Facing his own "demons" and overcoming impossible odds, he is able to see the potential in others even when they themselves cannot and his absolute refusal to accept limits, either in himself or others enables him to bring out the best in those who he encounters.

This book is free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. Click here to get your copy.

Beyond simple inspiration and motivation, Mr Donovan provides people with workable strategies that enable them to take charge of their own destiny and reach their full potential. So if you feel like you need a hand finding your motivation, get a copy of this book.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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