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Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th April 2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,559
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: New Domain Extensions

Consider: The virtual keyboard on my Windows tablet has a '.com' button
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th April 2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,235
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: It's all about the money ain't it?

I mainly lurk these days cause I'm too busy playing in the ocean. Love threads like this though :)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th February 2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,535
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Should You Always Write About What You Love?

I think it can bet tricky at times. The 4 hour work week and the eMyth Revisited (I think) talk about the pitfalls of passion. Someone may adore making quilts by hand (or baking pies, as in one of...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th January 2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 438
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Blog Images Rant/Questions

Absolutely. I'm also the sole owner of the show and no way will I change that. I do use time and money in ways that bring the best ROI though, and that means I pay others for certain things....
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th January 2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Windows 8 for internet marketing tasks?

The main thing to know about Windows 8 is that there are two general versions: Regular and RT.

RT is scaled down and presumably works similar to Android/IPad. In other words, it doesn't run...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th January 2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,163
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Kindle Cookbooks?

I'm a food photographer so I take my own. Being able to sell "tried and true" recipes is an excellent selling point. It does take a lot of time and effort, but that's par for the course with any...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th January 2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,618
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Help! Paying Taxes for the first time on affiliate earnings

They will send you a 1099 if you earned over $600. You'll just take those with you when you go in to file and the accountant will know what to do with them. Most of my 1099s arrive in the mail by the...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th November 2013, 12:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 985
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Amazon Is Making Me think

Once you factor in refund rates, cb roi usually drops even further.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 23rd November 2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 962
Posted By GuruGazette
Model sues for illegal use of photos

Here's an example of how picking up photos from google or other unauthorized sources can cause a lot of trouble. With people pics particularly, lawsuits can come from the photo copyright owner and...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 23rd October 2013, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: What type of products/services are suitable for recurring payments

I recently came across a company that sells toothbrushes and oral care goods on subscription. There's also one that does the same with socks if I remember right.

Most stock photo sites sells...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 19th October 2013, 02:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 906
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: royalty free pictures

A note for newbies who happen across this thread: "Free of cost" and "Royalty free" are two different and separate things. When you get tired of trying to figure out licenses, check out Perception...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th September 2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Can we use Bibliography, Citations, and Footnotes in our articles?

I prefer using references, citations and quotes when creating high quality articles because it creates trust and authority. Five or six years ago, EZA did not allow this. I have no idea if it has...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th August 2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 937
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Kindle Pages Half the Size of Word Pages?

Oops. I'm sorry everyone, I may have veered off topic. I didnt realize the original question might be about the estimated page count that Amazon puts in the book sales page. That, in my experience,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 8th August 2013, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 937
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Kindle Pages Half the Size of Word Pages?

The thing is, Kindle pages vary too. When I read in my Android app it's different than when I read in my windows 8 app. Those differ from my Kindle 2 screen as well. There's a cloud app, ipad app,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 27th June 2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 888
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: So what is an article worth?

What if that article generated $1 every month for 10 years?
What if it created 10 new subscribers every month for 5 to 10 years?
What if it generated 50 quality links every month for years?
What...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th June 2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: PLR question for the PLR experts please!

It doesn't matter unless you're selling limited copies. And then you simply reserve a copy for yourself, and/or make it clear in your license that you'll be using them too. Anyone worrying about...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 18th June 2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 758
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Best to include list of resources at end of article (like eHow)?

I link to references whenever possible. It lends a huge amount of credibility, authority and perceived quality.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th May 2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: How are you using the Cloud?

I have a personal hatred of "the cloud" but technically my entire business runs on it. Digital books are hosted, sold and delivered via the so-called cloud. Stock photos too. Websites can't make...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th May 2013, 11:42 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,685
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: The most long term online money making method?

Some food for thought...

--> Memberships and email lists are only as lasting as your niche.
My very first for both was a paid palm pilot newsletter, circa 1999/2000. Where are palm pilots...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 22nd May 2013, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Getting sample products to promote on your review site?

In my experience it makes a huge difference if you're established. Examples:

I had a palm pilot site many years ago, and I regularly received cases, stylus and other accessories to review. Plus...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th May 2013, 04:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 697
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: What do I do with my PLR articles?

I strongly suggest consulting with the licenses to find out what you can do with them. Lots of plr cannot be repackaged, redistributed or resold as is.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th May 2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,376
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Paid software you can't live without?

Microsoft One Note and pen flicks are two of my biggest.
Forum: Mind Warriors 19th April 2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,667
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Why is it so hard to focus?

Different techniques work for different people and it may take time to learn what works best for you.

Personally I've found that treating my computer as the office/business helps tremendously. I...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 17th April 2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 563
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Genius Wordpress Coders? Where are you?

$5 for fixing the problem
$1000 for knowing where to tap...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,092
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Autoblogging & Adsense

I don't know what article builder is but if you can edit your wp templates then just put the AS code in the single.php file.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 16th April 2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 555
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Best theme/solution for displaying huge images in wordpress

In your css add "max-width:100%;" to the img tag. Then it will simply adjust to whatever div you have it in.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th April 2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,001
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: BE Warned - Forget About Trying PLR on Kindle (KDP)

One of the downsides to Amazon's response to the PLR fiasco was the wording of the TOS. Specifically "exclusive publishing rights"

Legitimate, productive writers license their material widely to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th March 2013, 03:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 547
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: What is Proof Really?

In my opinion there's to such thing as real proof. Even if you provide an honest undoctored video or screenshot, the mere fact that they can be doctored will make it questionable for someone.
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 7th March 2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 368
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: How I can know any image is copy righted?

ALL images are copyrighted unless and until the copyright holder or time releases them. A good rule of thumb is to assume copyright until you have clear, definitive proof otherwise. Word of mouth,...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 26th February 2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,447
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: It's not easy to outsource content writing...

That previous project probably taught her a very hard lesson: Well written reviews require a lot of hard work. Short and well done is even more difficult.

Skilled writing is not a commodity that...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 14th February 2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,752
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: How much are you making monthly from your eBooks on Amazon?

I average about $1000 a month in US Kindle earnings. Spits and spurts from other countries and steady small amounts from Barnes & Noble. It took awhile to get momentum but I've only worked on it here...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 21st January 2013, 05:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 413
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Kindle Books Don't Link Together

If you log in to author central, you can add all of your books to your profile. They will not show at the bottom of each book detail page, but each one will have a link to your author profile. When...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th January 2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,871
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: effective kindle promotion techniques?

I don't write fiction and I suspect it's much harder to gain traction with until you have a fan base. For non-fiction, my most successful tool is the free promotions through KDP select. I rarely...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th January 2013, 03:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 794
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Quick Kindle Question: How many are they selling?

Lots of things appear to factor into the rankings. One that I discovered recently but haven't seen mentioned is the lending library.

Based on my observations, a "lend" acts like a sale in...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 19th December 2012, 03:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 739
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Kindle and Public Domain

I weave public domain content into my work instead of having to worry about new changes that may come about on Amazon. That gives me exclusive and unique publications that I can earn the full 70%...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 7th December 2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,100
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Ghostwriters Who Charge According to Topic

I personally think the topic and type of writing is more important than many beginners realize. There is a world of difference between legal articles and gardening articles for example, and product...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th October 2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 563
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Question About Kindle Payment Schedule

If you get paid by check, I believe you have to reach $100 minimum first. Once you do, the check is issued 60 days after the end of that month. So if you just passed the threshold in September, your...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th September 2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,939
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Do You Outsource Reviews And Downloads To Rank Your Kindle Books?

Oh, forgot to mention: according to the kdp boards, paid reviews are being cleared out/removed.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th September 2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,939
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Do You Outsource Reviews And Downloads To Rank Your Kindle Books?

Thanks. I'm thrilled :)

Promotions are part experience and part luck. I only write non fiction so my tips might not apply as well to fiction work.

I have maybe 75% of my titles in the select...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th September 2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,939
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Do You Outsource Reviews And Downloads To Rank Your Kindle Books?

My best tactics are to write well, cross promote multiple books, and utilize the free promotion days. My strongest seller for the past 3 years is on promo this weekend and had reached #3 in the top...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 15th July 2012, 12:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 681
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: How to market on Kindle

Exactly. Clickbank can't touch Amazon for mainstream name recognition and trust.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 23rd June 2012, 09:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Posted By GuruGazette
Aiming for the top 100 on Amazon Kindle

Hi Everyone,
I don't post here a whole lot lately because I've been busy living life, but I wanted to share a few insights about kindle publishing with you.

I've been publishing small reports...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 23rd May 2012, 03:33 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,908
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Why aren't more people using Shutterstock?

Shutterstock and istock are actually big competitors. Istock is owned by Getty if I remember right, and SS bought BigStock a year or so ago. Photographers own the copyrights on their images so they...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 12th February 2012, 11:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,536
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Amazon KINDLE - Not getting my royalties paid

There was a delay in the reporting near the beginning of the month. It seemed to have corrected several days ago according to a lot of authors on the kdp support forums. I had several books show...
Forum: Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You 11th February 2012, 03:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,115
Posted By GuruGazette
Arrow Re: Do You Take Good Notes? Make an Easy $79!

Added attachment. :)

I can do this for blog posts too, see example here:
How To Blog with One Note | Off Ink (http://www.offink.com/2011/how-to-blog-with-one-note/)
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th January 2012, 05:21 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,256
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Who Makes $100,000 in 3 Weeks With Kindle?

The free downloads earn for the author based on their percentage of the overall total for the month. In Dec 2011, the pot was $500,000 and 295,000 books were downloaded. So authors earned $1.70 per...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th December 2011, 09:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,737
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: How do you market your Kindle ebooks?

Dean, you can make it free as soon as its enrolled. The earliest it can start is a day later.

My best seller had averaged about 200 US sales a month for about a year now. It's mediocre by my...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 9th December 2011, 12:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,737
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: How do you market your Kindle ebooks?

Ed, the free feature was launched at the same time as select. It could be mistaken as part of select but it's actually not. It's a way for indie publishers to offer all Amazon customers free...
Forum: Internet Marketing Product Reviews & Ratings 29th July 2011, 06:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,803
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Stock Images? Where to find them for free?

For all of you using advanced image search at Google:

from: Usage rights : Features - Web Search Help (http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?&&answer=29508)
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th July 2011, 11:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,488
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Public Domain $ Made And Lessons Learned

I have several Kindle books that are derivatives of Public Domain materials and a few that aren't changed at all other than formatting. Amazon still allows you to publish PD content but you have to...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th June 2011, 02:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 919
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Question for Kindle publishers

Easy is relative ;)

My first sales report from Amazon Kindle is dated December 2008. I made 4 sales that month. I don't remember the exact details but I'm pretty sure it took 3-4 months for a...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 5th March 2011, 04:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 981
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Suggestions for balancing a J-O-B and PLR business

This answer may be unpopular but it worked for me years ago: sleep less.

When I started in 96 I had 4 children under the age of 12, was single and worked 4 pm to 1 am. With commute time and all...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th March 2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,760
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Publisher-rejected author makes millions in ebook sales

Guys and Gals: One huge piece of the story here is the Kindle. Amazon has set up a brilliant system that generates impulse buys like there's no tomorrow.

I am both a Kindle author and...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th March 2011, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,917
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: How to promote Kindle e books and increase sales?

A few things to get you started...

- Make sure you have a good cover image, book description and keywords on your book listing
- Add tags to your book
- Setup an author central page
- Add your...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 4th February 2011, 12:48 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,325
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Best methods to get on Kindle Bestseller list?

Couple of quick notes:
- 35% royalty on books priced 0.99 to 2.98 and any books regardless of price that contain primarily public domain material.
- 70% on books 2.99 and up. Have to double check...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 2nd February 2011, 06:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,785
Posted By GuruGazette
Re: Someone is selling my Ebook on Amazon's Kindle store, is this legal?

Once upon a time resell rights meant no changes could be made, and in my world changing the format is making changes.
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