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Top 10 Affiliate Management TipsHere’s a little something that will come in handy if you’re interested in starting your own affiliate program or growing your existing one. EVEN if you sell on Amazon, you can take these tips and run your own program.

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How NOT to Make $500 / Hour

Wow…we’re beat. What an action-packed week at the Best Sellers Summit. It’s been such a whirlwind of amazing speakers and information, we’re probably going to have to hibernate for the weekend.
Now, before we go take a well-deserved break, we wanted to share something Jim Edwards say today. He said:
“You can’t make $500 per hour if you’re doing $5 per hour work.”
If you’ve been struggling to build your up your income, there is some real wisdom here. We often get bogged down in publishing and business tasks that we could easily get someone to do. Whether it’s creating graphics, formatting books, setting up products in your shopping cart or other simple tasks you can get others to do, you’re taking away from your income potential.
Just something to think about this weekend, so you can make the shift to focusing on higher level activities in your business. It’s a mindset that has certainly been key in helping us create success for ourselves.

How to Get Top Reviewers to Review Your Book on Amazon

Hey, here’s a cool tip from the Best Sellers Summit today.

By the way, we have one full day of the summit left and you can still join us. Plus, you’ll have access to all the recordings from previous days.

Do note, the price of the basic event ticket went up a little, but we kept the premium access price at the same great value (but only for another 24 hours or so).

Premium access also gives you access to:

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  • Complete enhanced transcripts (with screenshots and organized into sections for you)
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  • And we even make the easy-reference notes for you

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Now about that tip…
 
Did You Know You Can Get Top Reviewers to Review Your Amazon Book?

According to the Amazon Community Guidelines, “Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.”

You can use this to your advantage, as Ty Cohen pointed out to us today. You can actually find a list of top reviewers and even contact them here through Amazon’s Top Reviewers list. Many reviewers include a way to contact them because they are looking for products to review.

Ty also shared a typical email he sends to offer a review copy. We even stole a screenshot for ya. Shhhh. 😉

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If you notice, it’s a friendly message that shares the fact the book was already sent and acknowledges them for their expertise. Brilliant!

Now that’s just one tip from today, but we’d sure love it if you joined us for tomorrow.

Remember, the current ticket pricing is available for a short time longer. Why pay full price when you can get access to all this strategy and wisdom on the cheap? 🙂

Day 2 Best Sellers Summit – Key Takeaways

Another great day at Best Sellers Summit. We talked children’s books, books series, a #1 best selling book case study and creating book promos through Facebook. Our heads are filled with so many great ideas too!

We hope you’ll be able to join us for Day 3. You can still get a discounted ticket here, but only until tonight (Tuesday) at 11:59 PM Eastern.

But before that, we’ve got some great takeaways from today for you…

Simple, But Powerful Best-Selling Kid’s Book Ideas

Jay Boyer’s presentation was FULL of simple kid’s book ideas and he really showed us how easy it is to get into the niche. For example, there are plenty of joke books in the public domain. Pick a theme, add some illustrations (there are a lot of affordable artists on Fiverr) and you’re ready to launch.

It’s perfect for an adult to run with, but personally we think our kids could easily do this too.

The Secret Power of Short Books

Kristen Joy talked to us about profiting from a book series.  Now, creating a series of books can sound daunting, but the good news is you can keep things short and simple. People want quick solutions. Plus, when you keep your book short and to the point, there are many more opportunities to expand the topic and create a profitable series.

Think one problem…one solution. Then expand from there.

It’s Not Really a BOOK Launch

Matt Bacak shared a complete case study of how he got to be the #1 book on Amazon in 9 hours. There was lots of great and specific strategy in his presentation, but the key thing we’re taking away is to treat your book launch like a product launch.

YOU run the launch and you don’t just rely on your Amazon pages, but the end destination is Amazon, so you build up your best selling status there. By making a book promotion page on your website, you can direct your customers to buy the book on Amazon, but also opt-in to get valuable extras.

Make it Personal

Ben Adkins walked us through a complete system of creating a Facebook promotion for your books. He simplified it all and included concrete action steps, but one thing he focused on was making things personal. Instead of using a corporate or official looking page, make it look more like a personal profile with a person’s name.

Ads that appear from a more personal account are more likely to be read than something that simply looks like an ad from a company. Brilliant!

That’s obviously just scratching the surface because there was so much covered today, but we’ve got to get back to work, so we’re ready for tomorrow. Here’s a peek at tomorrow’s schedule:

12 PM Eastern – Ty Cohen: Amazon Empire
1 PM Eastern – Nicole Dean: Profits Beyond Your Book
2 PM Eastern – Temper Thompson: Increase Amazon Book Sales
3 PM Eastern – Brad Gosse: Top 40 on Amazon (Case Study)

Click here if you’d like to join us.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Top Tips from Smart Online Publishers

What a fantastic first day at the Best Sellers Summit. We hope you’ll be able to join us for Day 2. You can still get a discounted ticket here, if you hurry.
But the reason we’re writing is to share some of the key takeaways from today. We had four amazing experts, each who shared incredible wisdom.
Here are a few things we took away from the day…
Marketing goes on “forever or until you die” – EEK!
Now that’s not to scare you, especially if you loathe marketing. What it means is that you should always be maximizing the books, the courses and the content you put out there. Just because you have a book or product launch, doesn’t mean you can’t keep that income rolling in the months and years to come.
It also means that even if you don’t hit it out of the park right off the bat, you have plenty of opportunities to turn it into something bigger over time. So never think that once it’s out there, that’s all there is. When you create books and products, you have valuable assets that can be a long term income for you.
Be enthusiastic about your work, if you want others to be. 
Not every publisher is going to be interested and not every potential customer is going to buy, but if you aren’t enthusiastic about you work…no one else will be.
That’s sometimes easier said than done, but work at that confidence and realize that there is someone out there who needs your message. And keep sharing that message because you never know who you’ll reach and what an impact you can make.
Sell what people are already selling because if people aren’t searching for it, you can’t sell it.
This is a tough one for people to grasp sometimes. We all want to do something unique, something that hasn’t been seen before. But there are so many information sellers online already…if they aren’t selling something related to what you want to offer, it’s probably because people aren’t looking for it.
Instead, find what people are looking for and find a unique way to fulfill that need.
The selling begins as you create. 
If you’re writing a book outline or planning a product, start working on the sales page at the same time. If you put yourself into the mindset of selling your content, you’ll come up just the right features and benefits to what you’re offering that will make the best product possible.
Don’t worry about headlines or anything like that to start with. Just start fleshing out what you know people will want to buy and proceed to create it.
That’s obviously just scratching the surface because there was so much covered today, but we’ve got to get back to work, so we’re ready for tomorrow. Here’s a peek at tomorrow’s schedule:
12 PM Eastern – Jay Boyer: Best-Selling Children’s Book
1 PM Eastern – Kristen Joy: Book Series Profits
2 PM Eastern – Matt Bacak: 6-Step Best-Selling Formula (Case Study)
3 PM Eastern – Ben Adkins: Better Facebook Ads
Hope to see you tomorrow!

Why Every Writer Needs an Online Presence

Do you have a website? As a writer your website may be your most important business tools. If you don’t have a website, consider a getting one here’s why:

Your Customers Search Online

The internet has grown to become a huge reference tools. You use it to find information on products. You also use it to find information about services. Your customers will likely use the Internet to find you.

Additionally, many of your customers are going to be online service business owners. This means they’re also looking for writers who are familiar with writing for the internet.

Your website demonstrates your ability to write for the Internet. It establishes your credibility as an online writer.

Your Website Serves As Your Portfolio

As a paid writer many of your potential clients want to see your work before they hire you. Your website can display your samples. It can also be a testament to your writing style. Each page of content on your blog or website is a writing sample.

Credibility and Authority

In addition to being able to display writing samples, you can establish credibility and authority. Both are buying triggers. They motivate a purchase. Credibility can be established through your content. You can also publish organizations you belong to.

Publish awards and recognitions you’re received. Perhaps most importantly you can publish your client testimonials. Some writers dedicate an entire page on their website to listing testimonials. You might also consider listing the companies you’ve worked with and linking to them.

Your Website Establishes Your Brand

As a small business owner your personality is your brand. It’s important. People connect with a brand. When they do, they remember you. They also want to buy from you. One of the primary buying triggers is likeability. If your website visitors like you, they’re more likely to buy from you.

Your personality is communicated through your writing each page on your website can further enhance your brand and your connection to your prospect. Whether you’re sarcastic, Zen, enthusiastic or serious, your brand helps sell your writing services.

More Effective & Efficient

Finally, your website can help you make your business more efficient.

On your website you can include an order form. Prospects can fill out the form. It’ll be instantly emailed to you and you can create a response based on their needs. You can also collect payment on your website with a pay PayPal link or other shopping cart software.

You can also include your policies, procedures, and FAQs on your website. This makes it easier for prospects to learn everything they need to know before they hire you.

If you’re a writer consider creating a website. It’ll help you build and grow your business. It’ll help you streamline your business. And it can help you find more ideal clients. You simply can’t lose when you have your own website.

Don’t Just Blog…Monetize!

Blogging is a part of most online business strategies, but sometimes we get into the routine of blogging and we forget that this content is the perfect opportunity to earn more income for our businesses.

So here’s your reminder to monetize your blog posts. And yes, you can even go back and monetize posts you’ve already published.

Here are a few monetization ideas for you…

Boost Traffic, Sell Advertisements:

How’s your blog traffic? The more traffic you have, the more you can charge for advertising. Choose from the vast assortment of WordPress widgets that make it easy to sell, manage, and position ads. Place them in the middle of your blog content, at the end of the post, or even in the header. You can charge different rates depending on the positioning of the advertisement.

Join a Program and Profit from Contextual Ads:

Contextual ads are links that are integrated into the text of your blog; think AdSense. Generally, you sign up for a program and agree to allow it to place relevant ads within the body of your blog posts. AdSense isn’t the only option. There are dozens of programs to consider.

Establish Clear Cut Goals for Your Affiliate Links:

You may already be using this monetization tactic. The key to success with affiliate marketing is to strategically plan and craft your content. The goal is to promote an affiliate product, not sell it. And the goal for your content needs to be focused on motivating a click. If you have too many goals for your content or the goal is unclear, you may not achieve the desired results.

Answer Common Questions with a “How I Do It” Page:

Do you occasionally get asked what blog template you’re running, who your website host is, or what plug-ins you’re using? Create a page that specifically answers those questions. Join the affiliate programs for those services and products and include links to their website sales page.

Promoting Your Own Products or Services:

If you’re an online retailer then it makes good sense to use your blog to help generate sales. This is most often achieved by establishing yourself as an expert in your niche. Show people why you’re the person to solve their problems. Provide them with evidence that you’re a credible and trustworthy authority in your niche. Then include a link to a sales page in the call to action.

Get Them on Your List:

Never assume that the subscription box in your side bar will do the trick in growing your list. If you have a newsletter or opt-in offer that will benefit your reader, include the information right inside the blog post. Most people are too busy to be looking around to see what else is on your site. You have to tell them.

So if you’ve been publishing for publishing’s sake and hoping that your readers will find your products or sign up for your mailing list, cut that out! You’ve got to tell what your visitors what to do, why to do it and how to do it.

What You Need to Get Started As a Paid Writer

Are you interested in becoming a paid writer? There are a number of opportunities for writers. It’s a lifestyle that offers many freedoms and joys. The good news is that it’s also pretty easy to get started as a paid writer.

Here’s what you need:

#1 You need a computer.

Even if you’re not writing for online clients, your clients will be using computers. Typewriters just aren’t used anymore. However, the type of computer you use is up to you. You might choose to work from a laptop or a desktop. You might choose to work from an Apple computer or a PC. The type of computer doesn’t matter. It just needs to support common word processing software.

#2 You need good word processing software.

The majority of your writing clients will want either documents or text files. That means you’ll want word processing software that fits those demands. Microsoft Word comes standard on many computers. If you don’t have Microsoft Word and it’s not in the budget to purchase it you can use open source word processing products like Open Office. Text files are easy to create with an application like Notepad.

Additionally, you can create documents with a Google account and share them with your clients if they have Google accounts too.

#3 You need to have knowledge about your chosen writing specialty

You want to have a solid understanding of two things. The first is the basics about your chosen writing formats. For example, if you specialize in writing blog posts then you need to know how blog writing differs from other types of writing. If you specialize in sales copy then you need to know how to write a good sales page.

You also want to be informed about your chosen niche. For example, if you write for the health industry then you need to have a basic knowledge about health related topics. You want to be comfortable writing about them.

#4 You need marketing and a website.

Instead of always knocking on doors, you want clients to come to you. This means you’re going to want to market your services. There are many marketing tactics to choose from. Publishing content is a good way to gain credibility and authority. It’s also a good way to demonstrate your writing ability.

Consider also using social networking, blogging, partnerships, and advertising to market your business. In this day and age a writer must have a website. Your website is the place where potential customers can learn more about you. It’s where they can have their questions answered. And it’s where they can review your samples and your writing style.

#5 You need to have a positive mindset.

Writing for pay is a great lifestyle. However, like any business it has its ups and downs. In order to persevere, a positive mindset is a must. Your enthusiasm and positive attitude will help you connect with clients. It’ll help you stay positive and focused. It’ll help you succeed.

Getting started as a paid writer doesn’t require much. In addition to these five starters, take the time to create a business plan. Write down your goals and how you’re going to achieve them. Your business plan will help you stay on track to achieve your writing business goals and dreams.

5 Lessons Learned After Selling 1.4 Million Books and Ebooks

It’s Alice here. Ron is off vacationing in Grenada with his lovely wife…but me, I’m still here toiling away. Sadly, my suntan is slowly fading, but after spending a lot of summer on the road and now that the kids are back at school, it’s great to just dig in and immerse myself in some work.

It’s hard to believe we’re nearly into the last quarter of 2016 and before you know it, 2017 will be here. But the best part of that is that means our 2nd annual online Best Sellers Summit will soon be here! I’m super excited and we’ll share more details as they develop.

As we’re getting ready for all that, I wanted to take a moment to share our presentation, if you haven’t seen it before:

5 Lessons Learned After Selling Over 1.4 Million Books and Ebooks (Click here to access it for free)

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In this presentation, Ron talked about his experience in becoming a New York Times Best Selling author and selling over 1.4 million books and ebooks.

By the way, this was recorded in January of this year and soon after, his publisher informed him he has actually sold over 1.5 million books…and that total only includes traditionally published books/ebooks now. His self-published ebooks are on top of that total. WHOA!

Here’s an email he got from his publisher in February and he shared it with our Elite Writer’s Lab members at the time…

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That’s certainly nothing to sneeze at, right?

If you want to learn 5 of the secrets he used to achieve that, go here to watch the presentation.

Bring a pen and paper…be ready to take some notes on what you need to do to finish 2017 the way you planned.