Make Money Online Tips: Benefits Of E-books

The internet has brought us many great things including streaming music, online shopping, electronic bill pay and many more beneficial applications. One thing that I feel is often overlooked but very valuable is ebooks. Especially ebooks in the non fiction/self improvement subject areas.

Just as there are many great musicians that will never get signed – there are thousands of great authors who will never get the big book deal. Thanks to the internet and ebooks – we can tap into the minds of these great authors. One common misconception is that if the book was any good it would get signed by a major publisher. This is simply not true. The publisher may feel that the information is not marketable when indeed it really is. There can be numerous other reasons the e-book author does not get a big book deal but don’t let that stop you from missing out on some great information at a great price.

An e-book author is free to write what they truly want and will not be influenced by a publisher, publicist, or any one else. Ebooks usually contain much more than a printed book. They sometimes have printable worksheets, menus, lists, affirmations or any number of other beneficial items that relate to the particular topic of the ebook. Unlike mainstream authors, ebook authors are often times reachable and happy to answer questions you may have about their ebook.

Make Money Online Tips: Benefits Of E-books

An e-book is purchased directly from a website and then downloaded immediately to your computer. You can read it right there on your computer screen or print it out and take it with you. You can enlarge the font if you are having trouble seeing the print, you can transfer it to a memory stick or other media so that it is portable, or you can simply read it as you have time. Most ebooks come with a money back guarantee and special bonus items.

I urge you to give e-books a try. Find a subject you are interested in and then shop around. You will discover new authors, new skills, new behaviors and perhaps a whole new you.



Make Money Online Tips: Before You Turn Your Ebook Into Print

Are you considering turning your eBook into a printed book with one of today’s convenient and cost-effective print-on-demand solutions? Before you do, you should consider some important aspects of your new venture, to make your print book the best it can be.

Creating a printed book is somewhat different from cranking out information products, because there are certain time-honored conventions to laying out and structuring a book. First of all, you’ll need to be cognizant of your page numbering and what pages your chapters begin on, you’ll need to pay attention to things like “widows” and “orphans”, and you’ll have to pay attention to how your pages flow within the context of your book.

For example, it’s customary to have all first pages of new chapters begin on the right-hand (odd-numbered) side of the book.

You’ll also need to include things called “front matter” and “back matter”, which you may not have much of (or even need) in an eBook.

Front matter appears in the front of your book, prior to the content. It includes your title page, copyright notice, dedication, forward, preface, acknowledgments, illustrations list, abbreviations,introduction, table of contents. Blank pages are used as “filler” to take up space between front matter that needs to appear on the right-hand (odd-numbered) pages.

Back matter appears in the back of your book, after all the content. It includes endnotes, bibliography, glossary, index, information about the author, ordering info, forms and/or coupons.

The front matter and back matter are very important for a printed book. They also follow certain conventions for which page they appear on. Pick up your favorite book and take a closer look at the front and back matter. Chances are, you’ve never given it much thought, but you should start thinking about books a little more carefully, to fully appreciate how they’re put together.

Just keep in mind, not all eBooks or white papers or PDFs lend themselves well to book conversion. If your eBook PDF is only 20 pages in length with wide margins to begin with, you probably don’t want to go the printed book route. Shorter works won’t “translate” well, as their page length doesn’t provide enough width in the spine to hold the glue evenly. A book of about 30 pages which is perfect bound (the pages glued together with the cover at the spine), can end up with lumpy glue and an uneven finish. Even the best printers can have difficulty making a thin volume look good in perfect binding. And a lumpy, clumpy binding on a thin book makes a lousy impression on reviewers and interviewers, not to mention your reading public.

Make Money Online Tips: Before You Turn Your Ebook Into Print

Of course, you can always make your margins super-wide and your fonts super-large. I’ll discuss those options later on. Or, you can put in the extra work to expand on your content and fill it out for print readers. That may be a good exercise, in any case. But no matter what you decide to do, you definitely want to produce a book of a reasonable length — no less than 50 pages, with a minimum of 100 pages being ideal (in my opinion, that is). They don’t call it “book-length” for nothing!

Now, structuring and formatting your content for print publication can be a very different story from putting it into digital format. First of all, there are the popular conventions of book layout which have been standardized over centuries of book publishing. And then there’s the basic physical fact of accommodating a certain paper size and setting font sizes and margin widths so that the book is readable. Whereas you can type your content into a word processing document, add graphics, and export it to PDF — and voila! — you have an eBook, creating a printed book takes a different kind of focus.

Whereas eBooks may be hastily constructed digital products which are put out for sale before they’re polished to a shiny gleam, a print book requires closer attention to certain details. A print version of a work may need to have a more “solid” tone, a more staid approach, than its electronic “sibling” eBook. White papers have certain conventions, such as using the passive voice to sound more professional, but that may make a book version sound stuffy, so that writing style may need to change, as well. Think about how other books similar to yours do it — and copy their approach. “Talent copies… genius steals,” says the adage. But in this day and age, when plagiarism is so strongly discouraged, you may be better off aiming for talent, than aspiring to genius. Bottom line is, other people have paved the way with book production — corporate people, rich people, highly literate and connected people. You can learn a lot from their examples, so study others who have written print books like your eBook or white paper, and make your edits accordingly.

In addition to stylistic changes, you’ll need to make physical changes to the layout of your work. You’ll need to put in blank pages to make your different book elements be properly ordered. It’s a good idea to add “fluff” like dedications and acknowledgments and references, for the sake of looking more formal in print. Studying the books on my bookshelf, I’m always amazed at how much “stuff” they include in the front and the back of them. Tables of contents, dedications, testimonials… glossaries and bibliographies and auxiliary information, oh my! You, too, can load up your book with lots of extras that make it look like a big press put it out. Especially if you’ve got testimonials… you can load them up at the beginning of the book (just make sure they’re really yours, not automatically generated “testimonials” that some software programs will crank out. Remember, when it comes to print, credibility is everything. A little extra work, filling out your book with “extras” like the big book boys do, can go a long way towards making you look good in print.

Now, making all sorts of amendments to your eBook for the sake of getting into print might seem a bit daunting. (Rewarding, but daunting.) But really, I think the hardest part of the process is figuring out what you need to do, and how you’ll need to do. Actually doing it is the easy part.

Yes, thanks to the internet and high technology in general, the tools you need to make your print publishing adventure not only exciting, but cost-effective, as well. I’ve been creating my own books since the late 1980′s, and I’ve done a lot of research and exploration over the years about what it takes to get a book into print. I’ve tried everything from cutting and pasting typewritten pages onto hard-copy galleys and standing over the photocopy machine with paper towel to wipe off the leftover spots left by my white-out… to typing up my work on oddly organized half-folded sheets of paper, and carefully collating the end result… to printing out pages on a dot-matrix printer (I know, I’m dating myself, but it was high-tech at the time!) and reducing them to fit on half-size pages down at the copy shop… to using Adobe PageMaker to layout and format and generate printer-ready proofs for commercial printers… to sneaking print jobs to the laser printer at the office where I worked, so I could get a decent print quality without needing to hire my own graphic designer or buy my own expensive equipment… to finally (at last!!!) finding Lulu and their totally self-sufficient print-on-demand solutions that really, truly are a dream come true for a fiercely independent culture creator like me.

In my own personal and professional experience, the process has come a long way, in the past 20 years, and print-on-demand technology now makes it easier and more affordable than ever, to get your words into a printed book. In fact, with some of the most recent online services today, there’s literally no reason why any writer who has the creativity and determination to write a book, can’t publish it, as well. I just find it so incredibly ironic that for all the work that goes into writing a book, publishing it (which is really the creatively simplest, albeit the most logistically complex, part of the book creation process) has been kept out of writers’ reach for so long.

I really think it’s a throwback to the days when the only people who could publish books, were folks who were wealthy enough to be literate and rich and connected enough to own a printing press and materially comfortable enough (or trades-educated) to fritter away their days setting type and pressing sheets of printed material, one at a time.

Now that’s all different. Computers have changed everything. That’s a fact.

Now, the game is completely different. Writers of any ilk, if they can work a word processing program and follow simple instructions on the internet, have the means well within their grasp to turn their publishing dreams into reality. What’s more, as more and more people turn to writing as a way to not only express themselves, but start to earn a living through the creation and sale of information products, there’s an abundance of digitally published works “floating around online” which could easily become printed products, as well. And for less money than you probably think. Even if you don’t write a book yourself, there’s nothing to keep you from snagging a public domain work that’s downloaded from your favorite website (or given away by an infopreneur as an added bonus for folks who order their products), and turning it into a printed book you can sell, give as a gift, or speak about publicly. Just make sure you publish something you’re allowed to publish! The last thing you need, is to have your reputation sullied as a “plagiarist”. The whole point of print publishing is to establish your reputation more firmly, not undermine it!

So, as you’re considering transitioning your digital assets to print, keep in mind the differences between the new medium and the old. With forethought and planning, your digital assets can become high-quality printed products that not only expand your product line, but help establish your thought leadership position with a great look.



Make Money Online Tips: An Introduction To The Ebook

The internet has revolutionized many areas of modern daily life, with information and communication being more accessible and reliable than ever. The world of academia has welcomed the internet, with information including online journals and ebooks being available in a flash. And now the ebook is turning towards the general public, offering a variety of texts in ebook format for the everyday reader.

An ebook is an electronic or digital book. The information is stored in a digital format which is designed to be read by as many different platforms and readers as possible. The electronic book is produced through document scanning using an OCR program which reproduces text electronically to a high quality. Some are only electronically published and so have the text entered into the correct format immediately. The format of the ebook can differ and each format offers its own special features. Electronic books can produce a wide range of effects such as grey scale or colour images, annotations, video and music clips, tables and searchable information. The ebook is an exciting and functional way to produce and read interactive information.

Make Money Online Tips: An Introduction To The Ebook

An ebook is made up of e-documents which each make up the pages. It is usually purchased for a low price and is then received immediately. And it is either received through an e-mail or downloaded from the web from a specified link. The electronic book is circulated by publishers, and can be sold in part, in sections or in full. Some publishers provide free samples of them so that readers can familiarize themselves with the format and usability as they are a relatively new concept for the general public.

As with any other product, ebooks are subject to electronic copyright and so can not be copied or passed on to other people. Although they are inexpensive to purchase, they offer many advantages to the publishers. Firstly, the production costs are low as there are no storage or printing costs, and immediate receipt through online delivery means lower prices can be maintained. Also, the sales are direct to the reader and so middle men can be skipped. These advantages make the ebook a cost effective purchase for the reader and so an attractive option.

Ebooks serve a variety of purposes and are produced in a variety of texts such as online magazines known as e-zines, academic journals, comic books, poetry anthologies and novellas. When the ebook first arrived it was initially for non fiction informative texts only, but the popularity and usability has encouraged the ebook to be used much more widely. It is predicted that they will eventually replace the printed book, with book shops only selling celebrity books and independent bookstores becoming obsolete. Amazon is currently leading the way as it holds the biggest ebook library.

The ebook industry is definitely a growing industry. Initially only independent publishers were using the electronic book to publish experimental and new voices in the literary world, taking advantage of the low production costs and simple distribution. This created a wave of expectation and interest and now major publishers are showing interest in the ebook phenomenon. Some electronic publishing is used in addition to printed paper copies for added sales and marketing whilst others are sold solely in electronic format.

The production of ebooks is now subject to the International Digital Publishing Forum which means that a standard is beginning to be set. There has even been an ebook nominated for a literary prize; in 1998 online originals published which was nominated for the Booker prize. ebooks now have their own best seller lists and awards such as the Dream Realm Award for fiction which was established in 2002.



Make Money Online Tips: All About E-books

Children of all ages enjoy reading books alone or with a parent. With the popularity of the internet though they can read them online as well. An electronic book, commonly referred to as an e-book, allows them to access them on the home computer, at the library, and even on a laptop. You can also invest in various software programs that feature books with them.

These types of e-books are offered for adults too about any subject you can think of. Many of them are fictional stories that you can read in this format instead of having to buy the actual book. There are also plenty of how to books you can find in the e-book format. You will find everything from planting a garden to online marketing topics covered. Since you can immediately access them you don’t have to wait for the books to be shipped to you. They are often low cost as well because there is really no investment in the making of them.

These days just about anyone can offer an e-book online in order to generate some profits. All you have to do is think of something you are good at or have specific knowledge about. All of us have special topics we can offer such as cooking, how to get organized, money management, and everything else you can think of. There is no need to pay for a publisher or graphics in order to offer your information in this format.

Make Money Online Tips: All About E-books

Most e-books require being in the PDF format and you will need Adobe Reader to access it. This can easily be downloaded from the computer for free if the buyer of the e-book doesn’t have it available. After the e-book has been accessed you can save it to your computer or you can print it out. This way you will always be able to access it for future reference.

Many sites where you can buy e-books provide you with a code that you can only use once to access it. This prevents people from giving the code to others and allowing them to access the materials free of charge. With an e-book you can expect to get quality information instantly for a very low price. People love the convenience as well as the wide variety of topics to choose from.

For those who enjoy writing, marketing your own e-books can be a fabulous way to generate some extra income. Many people have dedicated their time to it professionally and they no longer work outside of the home. These types of books can vary from a couple of chapters to large pieces of work. It all depends on the subject material and how in depth you want to be with the information you provide.

You can also make money offering your services to help construct e-books for other people. This includes proofreading and structuring the material into the correct formatting. You can also make money by promoting and marketing these e-books for other people.



Make Money Online Tips: Affiliate Marketing Tip – Write A Free Ebook

Writing a free ebook is a great way to sell more affiliate products. The ebook can work for you in two different ways and I encourage you to use both methods in each free ebook you write.

The first way is to promote affiliate links directly in your ebook where appropriate. You can casually mention a product in the body of a particular chapter, review a product as part of your ebook, or add an “Additional Resources” section to the end of the book.

The second way is to link to your content site from your ebook. You can offer additional information on the site or link to a review page. By sending your readers to your website you get the chance to expose them to additional affiliate products and have the opportunity to get them on your newsletter list.

Let’s take a look at how you can get started on your first ebook. Find a topic that you are fairly knowledgeable about and come up with an overall theme for the book. What are people looking for on the particular topic? For example, parents of infants will be interested in tips and strategies to get their baby to sleep through the night. A mom looking for a work at home job may be interested in how to spot a work at home scam and where to look for legitimate jobs.

Come up with an outline, or group some related articles you have written on a particular topic. Now all you have to do is flesh it out a little bit and of course incorporate your affiliate links. An ebook typically consists of at least 25 pages. That may sound like a lot, but you should keep your font size fairly large to make it easier to read on a computer screen.

Make Money Online Tips: Affiliate Marketing Tip – Write A Free Ebook

Let’s talk about format for a moment. You can purchase software to create an ebook, or you can make it a PDF document. PDF documents will work on just about any computer and people are comfortable downloading them. I usually write my ebooks in Microsoft Word, format it in there, add any pictures or graphics and then turn it into a PFD. You can either do this with Microsoft Acrobat, or use one of the free PDF creation services on the web.

Your next step will be to get the ebook circulating. After all you are not going to make any affiliate sales if no one reads your book. You can offer it as a free download on your site or give it away as a bonus for subscribing to your newsletter. I also like to add a note in the footer of each page that the reader is welcome to pass the book along to others who might be interested in the topic.

Offer the ebook as a free giveaway to other website owners and post it on the free ebook directories. Then sit back and watch the book do the work for you. After a few weeks you should see the affiliate sales come in. Time to move on to another book.



Work From Home Tips: Why You Should Be Syndicating Your Articles

Most webmasters know that providing entertaining and informative content on their website is a good way to generate traffic and keep that traffic coming back for more. One of the easiest ways to do this is by including articles that educate people about the topic or topics that your site covers.

For example: If you have a site that deals with pet products, your customers would likely benefit from and enjoy reading articles about pet training, pet nutrition and pet behavior. And not only will your articles be beneficial to your current customers, they may also attract more and more visitors to your website.

You see, everyday millions upon millions of people are surfing the web looking for answers. They find the answers to their questions by typing in certain keywords on search engines. The engines then point them to sites and articles that provide the information that they are looking for. If you have the information they need and if your site ranks high enough on the search engines, they could be directed to your site. But if you don’t rank high enough, they may never even make it to your site even if you have the best information on the topic.

Why? Search engines like Google rank websites according to numerous factors. Some of those factors include content and how often it is updated and how often new content is added to it, but the main thing that search engines look for are links. Simply said, the more links that you have pointing to your website, the more popular it is in Google’s eyes and the better ranking it gets on search results.

You can add links in a variety of ways. You can manually go and add your URL to other site’s link pages or you can pay a fee and have an automated system link you to thousands of websites in the blink of an eye. One problem with these types of links, though, is that your link is listed on a page with hundreds of other links. Nobody is going to find your site this way. I mean, how many people actually look at those link pages anyway? And these types of links don’t account for much in the eyes of search engines either.

The best way that you can link to other sites is by giving them something beneficial to their customers, something that will attract customers and something that will contain a link back to your site like an article. Look at it this way, your pet product website might not rank that high on search engines, but what if you could find a site that ranks in the top 10 that deals with dog breeds. You could provide this website with articles on pet products that contain a link back to your site. Not only are you gaining customers one at a time, but you are also improving your ranking with Google with each link that you add.

Letting other people use your articles on their website is called article syndication. Article syndication has many benefits including product awareness, attracting visitors to your site and increasing your page rank on search engines such as Google.

  • Product Awareness – Say there is someone out there who is really interested in home security and home security products. You just happen to have a site that sells home security systems. Now, each time that this person goes online to learn more about what’s new in home security, he is directed to articles distributed by your company. While he may have never clicked onto your site, he will still remember your name and the more that he sees your name connected with home security products, the more likely he will be to view you as a home security authority. Not only will this person likely purchase home security products from your site, he will probably tell his friends about you also.
  • Attracting Visitors – When you catch someone’s eye with an informative article, they may want to see what else you know on the subject. By providing a link to your site in your articles, you can give people a way to search your site for other answers and articles.
  • Increasing Rank – As mentioned earlier, the amount of links that you have pointing to your site increases your rank on search engines. The more articles that you syndicate equal more links pointing to your site.

As you can see, there are many benefits to syndicating your articles. So, instead of asking yourself why you should syndicate, you should ask yourself why you’re not syndicated yet.

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Work From Home Tips: Why You Should Get Your Articles Syndicated

While there are numerous benefits to syndicating your articles, it is a time-consuming process. That is why many people only syndicate a few articles and do not fully realize the potential associated with syndicated articles. While not doubting the benefits of syndication, these people are just too busy to spend a great deal of time getting their articles syndicated.

Simply put, article syndication is the process of allowing other websites to publish your articles. For example: Say you have a content site that provides tips on gardening and landscaping. You may want to post some “how to” articles on a site that sells seeds or gardening tools. If you provide content that is helpful enough, it may direct customers to your site in the search of more information and increase revenue for your site.

Syndication also helps make your name synonymous with a certain products or services much in the same way that advertising does on the radio and TV. You know how it is. Those car insurance commercials leave catchy jingles and cute images in your head until the only thing that comes to your mind when you think about car insurance is that cute little lizard.

Well article syndication helps your website in much the same way. You see, most people who search on the web for advice on certain topics do so more than once. So, the more that they see articles on topics that interest them coming from your company, the more likely they are to think about you as an authority in the field and someone with whom they would like to do business.

Article syndication also helps increase your search engine ranking by linking more websites to yours. And it is well-known that many top search engines like Google rank sites according to how many links they have pointing at them.

But as mentioned earlier, syndication is a lengthy process if done manually. In order to syndicate your articles, you have to first find websites that would benefit from your content and are likely to draw the types of customers that you are looking for. Once you find these sites, you have to market your articles to the site’s webmaster. Meaning, that you have to sell your site’s importance and prove to the webmaster why your articles would be beneficial for his or her site. Only after you have successfully negotiated syndication can you exchange information that would link your sites together. As you can see, this could take a great deal of your time and syndication is not guaranteed.

Another way that you can syndicate your articles is a little less hands on for you. What you do is create a linkable code on your website that allows other webmasters to receive your articles through a feed. All you have to do is update your information and all of the sites on which you are syndicated will be automatically updated. The only drawback to this is that you first have to get webmasters on your site and then, you have to get them to accept your feed. The most popular way of doing this is by indicating that your articles are available for syndication in a resource box below your article.

Perhaps the easiest way to attract webmasters to your articles is to enter them into an article syndication directory. These directories are regularly searched by webmasters looking to update their content.

When you submit your article into a directory, it is put into a browsing category that it pertains to. For example: If your articles involve tips for bidding on online auctions, they will be placed under a category called “online auctions” or something similar to it. This way it is easy for a webmaster searching for these types of articles to find exactly what he or she needs at the click of a button.

Once a webmaster chooses your article, you are syndicated and have earned another link and a higher ranking among search engines. Syndicating articles in this way also allows you to reach more webmasters than you ever would have been able to by going it alone.

Any one of these ways to get syndicated could work for you, but most people find that a combination of tactics achieve the best results. So, get busy and start syndicating. Oh, and don’t worry if you can’t write articles or don’t have the time to write them, there are also sites that will connect you with professional writers who will do all of the writing work for you.

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