Is it possible to create an e-book product in one month? Yep, I just did it.

I decided to create my own  e-book product from scratch in a one month period from January 4, 2016 to February 4, 2016. I wanted to see if I could achieve this without too much stress and figured if I worked on the project daily it was not an impossible task as long as I planned each step carefully and stuck to a well defined  schedule to spread the work out evenly from start to finish.

I am now going to reveal to you the 10 easy steps I used to achieve the creation of an e-book product on blogging.

Product Creation

Product Creation

10 Steps to E-Book Product Creation

  1. Choose a topic.
  2. Create a memorable title.
  3. Choose a medium: written, audio or video.
  4. Research the topic.
  5. Create a mind map or table of contents with chapter headings.
  6. Organize writing into a schedule
  7. Write, write, write, provide links to relevant information, insert captivating graphics.
  8. Write a conclusion.
  9. Get an e-cover done.
  10. Convert to PDF format.

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10 Golden Nuggets on List Building Strategies

Target, Segment, Go Viral!

Every new entrepreneur on the web or any new business starts out without a list of followers or customers and asks themselves the question: “How do I build a list of people who will be interested in what I have to offer?”

A targeted list of email subscribers doesn’t just happen overnight through luck; it has to be built one subscriber at a time and can be a long drawn out process if you don’t know how to go about it.

You are looking for a responsive list that wants to hear from you on a regular basis and values the information you provide.

How to Separate the Clooneys From the Carrot Tops in Your Email List

How to Separate the Clooneys From the Carrot Tops in Your Email List

“Summer in Hollywood is about blockbuster movies and celebrity sightings. In the world of red carpets and premiere parties, stars range from A-listers like George Clooney to, well, not so highly rated celebs, like Carrot Top. The same could be said for your email customer contact list.”

“Think of your most valuable, highly engaged email contacts as your own “A-list,” and your least valuable, maybe even inactive, contacts as your “D-list.”” Read more

Ultimate Guide: 11 Sign-Up Strategies for Building Your Email List

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Once you build an audience (of email subscribers), anything is possible.

“The truth is that building an engaged and sizable email list is hands-down the most long-term, profit-generating investment you can make.

In fact, a McKinsey study reveals that email is a whopping 40 times more powerful at acquiring new customers than Facebook and Twitter combined. On top of that, the average email-based order’s dollar value is 17% higher than social media channels.

That’s the good news.” Read more

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Life is What You Make It

Be what you want to beI don’t often talk about motivation or inspiration but with the death of Dr. Wayne Dyer yesterday I think it is appropriate to discuss some useful ways to make your life what you want it to be.

Dr. Wayne Dyer is well known as a motivational author and speaker with more than 30 books to his credit. His own life is an inspiration in itself: born in Michigan, he spent part of his childhood in foster homes and orphanages before obtaining a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University. He first came to prominence after the success of his first book “Your Erroneous Zone”  published when he was teaching at St. John’s University in New York. He has and will continue to inspire millions of people around the world.

His basic message was very simple: think good thoughts and good things will follow. In 2014 he told CBS Sunday Morning’s Tracy Smith “Take the last five minutes of each day, and put your attention on everything that you would like to attract into your life: ‘I am well. I am healed. I am in perfect health. I am abundant. I am happy.’ Say those things to yourself. Then you’ll marinate for eight hours, and you’ll awaken and you’ll begin to attract the things that are in your subconscious mind.”

Success

What is success? Success is variably defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”, “the attainment of popularity or profit” or “a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity”.

One thing I have observed is that every successful person has a fundamental belief that nothing will get in the way of their success. With this thought in mind, you cannot fail because no matter what unforeseen obstacles are thrown at you, you will simply find solutions to overcome each one and keep on moving forward until you reach your set goal.

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Magnify Profits With PLR

PLR Goldmine

ebook cover

ebook cover

Today, I’d like to talk about how you can take a Private Label Rights (PLR) product, sell it as is or in parts or modify it to make it your own and create two brand new products in the process.

The current financial climate is in turmoil! Online product sales have steadily decreased in price over the last few years, so creating your own products now has become a challenge to create a return on time invested.

Here is the solution…

Create more products in record time and market twice as many products! Simple right? Not really, when you are still pushed for time.

Here is the real solution…

Buy ready made, done for you products which you have unlimited rights to use as you want. Now it get’s simple! Why create your own stuff when you can have it all done for you?

You can be making money the very next day.

PLR Sources

You can find products at Master Resell Rights, Resell Rights Weekly, JVZoo or many other sites. Just do a Google search on “PLR products” or “Resell Rights” and you’ll find a ton of other options. Once on the site you can search for products in your niche and choose something that appeals to you.

However, be warned, not all products are equivalent. Some sites only provide ebooks, others only videos or only audios and no graphics. Sometimes you’ll find that some products include a combination of these.

You want to look for a PLR product with ebook, videos, audios, graphics, sales page, squeeze page and mini site graphics all included. This will give you the flexibility to  sell the various formats as separate products while the graphics will let you set up your minisite  quickly and efficiently.

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Tweet, Tweet, Twitter, Twittering Everyday

Once again I find myself on the last day of the month writing my blog post. Oh well, no one can ever say that I am not consistent!

When I began this blog over a year ago, I was aware that I needed to be visible to more than just the few people who might come across my blog accidentally as they were searching for a particular topic or subject. The most efficient way to do this is of course to make use of Social Media particularly Twitter and Facebook so I set up a new account for each that was independent from my personal accounts, @NadineHowardIM and nadinehowardmarketing.

I planned to post regularly to both these accounts but I have found that I have posted multiple Tweets almost everyday but I have posted very little to Facebook.

Twitter

I first had to establish a regular tweeting schedule to ensure I would get into the habit of signing in to Twitter daily, found material I thought interesting or thought provoking for my followers and posted at least 3 or 4 tweets each time.

At the time I began this process, I was taking a dietary supplement first thing in the morning and had to wait 30 minutes before I could begin to eat my breakfast. I thought this was an ideal opportunity to sign in and research various blogs, newsletters, articles, magazines and news outlet on Social Media, Blogging, WordPress, Video integration, Motivation and so on to find material I could tweet about and post to my followers.

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PlanningThe month of April is over already and it seems like it was only yesterday that I was celebrating April Fools Day!

I had intended to blog more often this month and start a new habit but procrastination reared its ugly head and here I am writing my first and only post on the very last day of the month. :-(

I have been planning this post for some days already and to be fair I am one week into a very bad cold, my cat Cannelle, who is 7 years old had to be left overnight at the vet’s after vomiting bloody stomach contents which necessitated many trips to and from home but if I am completely honest I must admit that I am very creative when it comes to doing everything but what I have set out to do.

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I’m Seeing Stars!

Stars, stars, nothing but stars.

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Last month I discussed 4 of the best WordPress Feedback forms and would like to show you additional survey and rating type plugins to help you communicate with your readership. Readers comments and ratings will guide you to write blogs on subjects that are of interest to them and this in turn will make you more popular.

Rating Widget: Star Rating System

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The most popular Five Star Rating System on the web. User-friendly ratings for: posts, pages, comments, WooCommerce, BuddyPress and bbPress forums.

The Star Ratings WordPress plugin allows you to create and manage ratings from within your WordPress dashboard. You can embed thumb & star ratings into your posts, pages or comments.

All Rating-Widget star ratings are fully customizable, cross-browser, support multi-language, CSS3 compliant and hosted by Rating-Widget.com. You can create unlimited thumb & star ratings and collect unlimited votes.

The star ratings editor allows you to fully customize your ratings and its placement on your blog’s layout. You can also avail of the ‘Top Rated’ widget that will allow you to place the widget in your sidebar. This widget will show you the top rated posts, pages and comments.

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Best WordPress Reader Feedback Plugins

All right, you’ve started to write a blog on your favorite niche topic, spending hours researching, writing, editing and fine tuning each blog post and you are feeling really good about the quality of information you are providing your readers but you really don’t have a clue how your readers feel about any of it.

What to do? You need to know what exact information your readers want from you, what is of utmost importance to them right now, how you can improve or modify your content to satisfy their needs and provide value. After all, you are not writing these posts for yourself but for the people out there who are wanting to learn from you.

What you need are some type of feedback forms or survey tools you can use to canvas your readership and find out where you need to focus your attention in future posts to provide them with what they need.

WordPress has specific plugins to obtain feedback in the quickest and easiest way possible with either no or minimal interruption in the reader experience. Once yo start using these plugins you will have a more focused understanding of what your readers think. It may not always be positive, but hey we all learn by listening to what others have to say.

Feedweb

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The Feedweb Plugin is a simple and easy way to promote and improve your blog. By activating the plugin you can freely insert customized rating widgets into your selected posts.

Choose questions you want to ask your readers and get comprehensive and precise feedback about your blog. The Blog Rating Widget is an attractive animated visual element that will improve your ratings! it is available in Free, Plus and Pro versions.

You can see more of the plugin by watching this video.

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5 Quick and Easy “Goal to Reality” Tips

Goal Setting

Goal Setting

We all have goals we want to achieve. Some are short term, some are long term and others really don’t have a clear deadline that we can see. All of them are important to us. They give us a way to look forward and provide us with feelings of accomplishments once we achieve them. Just the lift we need from time to time :-)

Each of us has a different set of goals based on our past experience, our age, our hopes and aspirations and what we want out of life. Some dream of getting a college education, some want to get married and have children, others want to save for a home or retirement or want to travel the world.

No matter what our goals may be we need to focus on our own needs ignoring what others around us as doing. It is our life we are planning, our future, our happiness. We are the one responsible and in charge. What anyone else does is irrelevant and only acts as a distraction on our path to achievement.

Each one of us decides on what makes us “whole”. We not only  have goals that relate to our careers.  We  also have goals for our physical and mental health, personal relationships, educational achievements, recreational activities, our social network and many others. Some goals may be family oriented while others are very personal.

No matter what kind of goal we are talking about the definition of reaching the end can be different for various people. I may want to learn Spanish to get by when I travel to Mexico and South America while my neighbor wants to be able to read ‘Don Quixote’ by Cervantes in the original text.

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Why Planning Works!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

This is the last post of the  year. I have been thinking about what to write to finish the year  and decided that the best thing to do was to share with you the insights I have gained thought the most ordinary activities of my life these last two weeks.

Christmas Eve Dinner

My family has always celebrated Christmas Eve rather than Christmas day just like they did in Belgium.

Each year since I have had children, I have therefore prepared a traditional turkey dinner. Each year, some new addition to the menu has been made or an old favorite replaced by an updated version or by something new entirely just to make things more interesting for me, the cook.

As they grew up, the children’s taste became more sophisticated and they began to make requests such as roast potatoes instead of mashed, mousse cake instead of the traditional Bûche de Nöel I prefer and finally this year my son presented me with a real challenge when he transitioned to  a vegan a few months ago.

My first course is a French Canadian meat pie known as a tourtière which I prepare a couple of weeks in advance and freeze until the day of the meal when I pop it in the oven until it’s bubbling hot.

Then comes the stuffed turkey, spicy maple glazed sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts tossed in butter and nutmeg, leeks and carrots in white sauce, cranberry sauce and salad. The whole followed by a blackcurrant mousse cake.

Now, I was going to have to provide a second meal without any animal product at all, not even butter or eggs.

How was I going  to pull this off without going mad and ending up tired and stressed out at the Christmas Eve dinner which I really wanted to enjoy like everyone else?

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