ID 10086796 225x300 Why Amazon Will Rule the Publishing Industry For a Long Time I am not a visionary or anything similar, so what I’m going to say about the publishing industry may be wrong in the long run, but it’s totally based on my current experience.

As you may know I’ve started publishing books recently. I’ve talked about Kindle Publishing here, but it’s not the only experiment I’m doing. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. The publishing industry is much more than that, especially thanks to the Internet.

Big Numbers

Yesterday one of my books had a big peak in downloads. Every time I refreshed the screen I had 10 more downloads. In general, I love it when I have big numbers because I can start seeing patterns and extracting conclusions. Until then you are operating in the dark.

However, this time I got very frustrated.

Despite having more than 11,000 downloads in one day I don’t know anything about my customers.
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Why? Warning sign 57 by hjkiddk As of Today, Comments On this Blog Are Closed.

Because if you really want to get in touch with me and chat about the blog post or any other thing, you will find a way.

I don’t work for the CIA. I’m easy to find. And I’m always open to chat with interesting people. Just try.

If you only wanted to leave a comment  for the “do-follow” link that Comment-Luv provides… I’m sorry. I’d rather engage in meaningful conversation.

What About Social Proof? Don’t You Care?

No, I don’t care.

Social proof is very important. I’m not denying that.

So far my blog posts were getting a fair amount of comments. Enough to show new visitors that this is not an isolated spot on the Internet. There’s intelligent life here.

However, this blog is here to help entrepreneurs and small business owners. I don’t make money off it. I don’t monetize it (true, occasionally I drop an affiliate link, but come on, I don’t live off it. In fact, maybe I should ditch them all together).

What I mean to say is,

  • Do you want useful information? Stay and read
  • Do you want to leave because there are no comments? Bye, bye. Have a nice day.

Will You Ever Get the Comments Back?

I have no idea. Maybe if I get bored I’ll open the blog for comments again. But i don’t think it will happen.

It really doesn’t matter. Let’s be honest. If this was Joseph Archibald’s blog, ditching the comments would be a terrible idea. That blog provides more value in the comment section that most of the more popular articles written in the big blogs. However, this is not the case.

I appreciate all the people who stopped by. Thanks.

One Last thing…

Just so you know,

I’m Planning on Removing All Opt-ins

How dare you? The money is on the list!

Yeah, that’s what they say. But… I don’t monetize this blog. I don’t even have a newsletter. All I have is a bunch of autoresponders where I recommend amazing FREE tools that you can use for your business.

Anyway, I haven’t decided yet. It’s only something I’m considering. But don’t be surprise if it happens. Chances are I will do it sooner than later.

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7Ways cover 225x300 How To Make Money With Kindle Publishing Probably one of the easiest ways to make money from home is with Kindle Publishing. All you have to do, once you have a book, is upload it to Amazon KDP. That’s it. Ready to be sold in the most efficient online store in the world.

In fact it’s not that simple but it’s not so difficult as many people believe either. Today I’m going to tell you how to make money with Kindle Publishing. Read to the end because I’m going to share with you how I make money selling books on Kindle by reaching the Top 100 in just a couple of days.

There’s also a book giveaway in this post.

Kindle Publishing

For most authors Amazon has made possible the impossible. It has never been so easy to publish a book and put it in front of thousands of readers without an editor and a publishing company behind.

Amazon open you their store, however, the big problem is still to market the book. To make it enticing enough and attractive for buyers. The fact that it’s so easy to publish also means that thousands of new authors are doing the same as you: publishing their books.

Therefore, competition is high and fierce. Publishing is not enough -actually, it never was. There’s a high chance that your book won’t make a dime. You also need to market your product.

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Today I’m going to share some details about how I make my living online. It’s something that I don’t usually do but I think it’s time to recap all the projects that I’ve started, finished, succeeded on and failed too.

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This post is not going to be chronological because most of the time I’ve run several projects at the same time. I am some kind of multipotentialite -I still don’t know how to pronounce that word. That means that I can’t focus on only one thing for the rest of my life. Instead I spread my attention in two or three things at the same time. This has some disadvantages:

1. I have to be very careful and disciplined to avoid Shiny Object Syndrome. If I spread myself too much I won’t accomplish anything at all

2. All my projects grow slowly because I don’t spend 100% of my time focused on any of them

During the first few months I struggled to focus on 1 single thing. I gave up when I understood that it was impossible. Then I found this blog, Puttylike, and I felt like I had arrived home. I’m not the only person in the world who can’t focus on one thing. So I gave up battling and learned how to handle several projects at a time without spreading myself too much.

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One day of mental clarity and adrenaline rush you decide you would stop reading blogs and finally take action. You’re starting your blog. 7214456962 5835297985 n Why You Wont Get Rich Blogging and How to Solve it

The idea had been on your mind for a while. You already know what topics you will talk about. You even have a great name, creative but simple. Maybe a word game. The techie part is not difficult. You install WordPress, you buy a cool theme that takes care of the basic SEO very well and a friend of yours designed a cool logo in return for a cool beer.

Voilá! Your brand new blog is born. The first step to your business.

Now you have to write content. That’s tough because you will need to be consistent and write very often. But what the heck! Nobody said this would be easy.

If you want to make good money off your blog some day, you will have to work hard. You need traffic and visitors and then you will be able to sell ads space… –> Ouch! Mistake #1

First month blogging flies. So far you’ve accomplished your goal. You’ve written and posted 2-3 times a week every single week. Long enough, now let’s check the stats.

What does Google Analytics say?

Hmmm, not only my mom and dad are reading me. 10 visitors a day. That’s cool. It’s only my first month.

Then the second month ends and the stats are not much better. Sure, you doubled your visitors, but 20 a day is not big deal.

The third month you work your ass of to increase your traffic. You actually check your stats more and more often, analyze traffic sources and buy the coolest plugin to increase your Social Media activity. $47, ouch! It’s okay, you’re investing in your blog…

Google is already sending you some organic traffic. Those cool articles you posted are starting to pay off. Still poor traffic though.

If I don’t get visitors I can’t make money from ads. Oh, but maybe I can make money from affiliate offers. I only need people to see me as the authority guy, the go-to person. Then they’ll trust me and they’ll follow my recommendations. –> Hint: Mistake #2

So, you go back to reading blogs and learning new skills. Current goal: to become the expert in your niche.

Time keeps running fast and you are still far from being the authority. Self-doubt is present almost every day and quitting seems the wisest alternative now. Maybe not totally, but at least taking a break from your blog.

Inspiration is gone and motivation too. What’s the point in writing when nobody reads you?

You’ve done your best, for sure. You knew it was going to be hard but you never thought it would be so unrewarding. After months working and learning from successful bloggers you feel you’ve lost your time and the motivation to start a new business online –> Ouch! Mistake #3

Why aren’t you making any money from your blog?

Have you thought that maybe the problem is not the blog itself but the reasons why you are blogging?

Go back and check the 3 mistakes I’ve marked.

You started a blog to make money off it. When your plan didn’t work you tried to make money off it again, just in a different way. And when you failed completely you lost your motivation for business.

That’s the problem. Blogging for money is terribly hard. Only a few get to do it successfully. 

And I’ll go beyond. Like my friend Ameena Falchetto says, your blog is not a business.

Then, Why do people blog?

Because blogging is an powerful tool.

The benefits of blogging are endless. It helps you to:

  • Build a brand
  • Launch a business (a real one, not another blog)
  • Promote yourself
  • Create opportunities
  • Create a community or a network

A blog is a business card, not an ATM.

Stop blogging for the wrong reasons.

Now think about the goals you really want to achieve in your life or your career and see how a blog can help you reach them.

 

 

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