February 15

Hey, Mom, Look What I Made (Minibook Empire)

Well, it’s freezing cold here in South Carolina, and they’re calling for three inches of snow, followed by a half-inch of ice. Nice. So, it looks like I’ll get plenty of time to snuggle with the kiddos, and try to find some time to get some work done!

I’ve been pretty busy this past two weeks…I meant to post sooner, but didn’t have a chance to sit down and finish a post (I actually started twice, but got distracted and gave up), but I’m here now! (As I write this, my youngest daughter is pulling on my chair, asking me to put her sister’s belt on her tiny little waist…can you see how easy it is for me to get distracted?)

I’ve been working on stuff for clients mostly, but I also achieved something pretty big, for me, anyways. I completed a challenge, which was to create a short infoproduct and put it on sale at JVZoo. I wrote a report of just over 5000 words, and put it on sale for $5. I haven’t sold any copies as of yet, but I’m not worried. If it doesn’t do well, I’ll just find another use for it, but the main thing that has me so excited is the fact that I set a challenge, and completed it successfully, in the timeframe recommended!!! 

Power of Words

You may be thinking, “wow, big deal,” but I am super pleased with myself for deciding to do something, and just actually doing it. I get distracted too easily, and focus is crucial to online success. Ergo, I’m taking steps to increase my business’ success!

My product is called Minibook Empire: Building a Kindle Empire One Minibook at a Time. It basically walks you through creating short ebooks in order to make money on Amazon’s Kindle platform. It’s short, easy to follow, and hopefully it will inspire some great successes for people who want to make money writing for a living.

I’m also in the process of changing the name of this blog to one that is just my name. I realize that most marketers do this in order to establish themselves as a brand, and it just makes good sense. Additionally, I’m beginning to feel that my calling as a content creator is leading me to write more about writing for a living, including things like ebooks, Kindle, and PLR. It’s taken a little time, but I’m starting to feel myself really settling into a niche that suits me. I love it!

Before I end this post, I want to give  a plug to the product that inspired my product creation. It’s called 10 Challenges by Dennis Becker, and it is AWESOME. Dennis is a guy who has been there, done that, and has the T-shirt when it comes to struggling to make a living online. He’s a genuine, honest guy who always gives you way more than you expect in his products, and he’s just super-motivational. I really recommend that you check his stuff out if you want real advice on making money online.

Okay, I’m off to shower and run to the store to fill up the propane tank before the snow arrives. If we lose power, I’ll be standing in the snow, firing up the grill to cook for the family! Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that…I’m a terrible griller!

Have you done anything that you’re particularly proud of in order to boost your business? Let me know in the comments section below!

January 20

Product Review: 273 Golden Infoproduct Ideas

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy of Matt Rhodes’ product, 273 Golden Infoproduct Ideas, while it was on sale for only $7. Here’s the scoop on what it is, why you need it, and how you can use it to earn money online.

 

black question markWhat is this product?

 

273 Golden Infoproduct Ideas is a 30 page report that features a whopping 50 types of small or short reports that you can use to make money with. Within these 50 types, Matt also give 273 specific examples of the reports and explanations of how you can use each type of report to make money. He gets into the details of why each different type of report encourages people to buy it, and he does so in a way that is fun and easy to understand.

 

The details

Matt covers the basics, such as “how to’s” and “list style” reports, which could arguably be figured out by anyone who has written their fair share of content. BUT…he also has some really unique gems that make you think, and will make people say, “Ah-ha…I NEED that information!”

I personally love the examples, some of which may seem totally random, but they get your brain thinking in the right direction, making your own creative process flow much smoother. Just reading the report, I had a dozen *really* good ideas, and I had to stop and jot a few down to use for myself later on.

Why do you need this ?  circle black question mark

 

You don’t, if you like spending hours brainstorming ideas for reports. However, if you like a gentle nudge, or a GREAT reminder that you can print out and refer back to for instant inspiration, then this is a no-brainer. But, you need to hurry, because at the moment, this is on sale, and the price will go up. It will still be worth spending money on, but it’s too good of a bargain to pass up at the earlybird special!

 

purple circle question mark How can you use this to make money?

 

Short reports are great moneymaking tools because they don’t take a long time to write. They can be really short, like 3-4 pages, or long, like this one. They can be written about any subject under the sun and used for a lot of different purposes.

  • Sell the reports online to people who are interested in the list’s subject matter.
  • Give the report away to people in order to get them to sign up for your email list.
  • Create a detailed information product, and use the reports you write as a bonus offer to sweeten the deal when people buy your product.

Can you see how the possibilities are endless? 🙂

Go ahead and check this out. New marketers will benefit from the gentle guidance Matt’s report provides, and seasoned marketers will appreciate the easy inspiration this handy tool offers. I’m certainly pleased with the product, and want to let you know to “watch this space” for my own short reports in the future!

Jess