Monday, October 2, 2017
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Being paddled around by 2 kind Vietnamese women a while back. Ninh Binh, Vietnam.
How to Turn Your Life into an Endless Vacation
I have circled the globe with my wife Kelli for the past 6 years, living in places like Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica for months at a time.
Life is pretty much an endless vacation for us.
Sure there is trouble in paradise at times; I nearly bit the big one a few times and found myself fighting a deadly 8 inch long centipede in Thailand last month, among other wild animal encounters. Anyway, the journey has largely been enjoyable, fun and incredibly freeing.
If this life sounds intriguing or if you want to just take a vacay from your 9-5 job forever follow these tips.
1: Follow Your Passion
I love blogging. I love traveling.
Blogging From Paradise was born.
If you want to build a sustainable, thriving online business that allows you to circle the globe you need to be pulled through ups and downs, ins and outs, peaks and valleys, frustrations, desperation, elation and the jambalaya of emotions we all face by following your passion.
If you follow your passion and build your business around a topic you can talk about all day long, the work is the reward. Profits and traffic and social shares and features on top blogs are icing on the cake.
This is the perfect space to be in energetically so you can develop a 6 month to 1 year game plan for getting your business established. This also helps you avoid the pitfalls that level most aspiring online entrepreneurs.
Buy your domain and hosting. Pick a niche you feel passionate about. Study blogging from establish, professional bloggers like Darren Rowse, Zac Johnson or…..me.
When you follow your passion you lay the foundation for building a rocking online business.
2: Monetize Your Passion
Monetize your passion.
If you want to go on vacay you gotta pay the bills.
Paying the bills requires you to establish multiple streams of income.
Consider: writing and self-publishing eBooks, creating courses, offering freelance or consulting services and affiliate marketing.
What do you LOVE doing? Turn that passion into profits by honing your skills in that area and by earning profits through channels which complement your passions.
I love writing; I wrote and self-published 126 eBooks. I love blogging; I offer blog consulting services.
I earn and globe trot on my permanent vacay.
3: But First, Solve a Specific Problem for Free
Monetize to your heart’s content, 1 income stream at a time.
But offer free, valuable content to build your cyber business on a solid foundation.
Drip out free and premium content to grow your reader and customer base.
Solve 1 specific problem suffered by your readers and ideal customers.
My blog posts help you to become a better blogger. Ditto for many of my 126 eBooks, courses, audio books and services.
Offering free content helps me to establish my online reputation.
Offering premium products and services helps me build a profitable business so I can change time zones like most folks change their minds.
4: Build Your Friend Network
As Robert Kiyosaki said, the wealthiest people on earth look for and build friend networks; everyone else looks for work.
I became an island hopping pro blogger through the help of my friends. I made friends by commenting on blogs, guest posting on blogs, promoting top bloggers and persistently networking for months and years, every day.
Friends expand your reach far and wide. Friends hire you. Friends buy your courses and eBooks. Make friends with people to build a thriving online business that affords you the ability to go on an endless vacation.
5: Travel Logistics
I am a full time digital nomad. I sold many of my possessions because I’ve no need for a house, car or other stuff I used to need when I worked the 9-5 job bit.
If you want to be on vacation, like, forever, and only plan on returning home for 2-4 weeks a year, consider selling most of your stuff. Only because in many cases, these things are energetic anchors, expenses you are not enjoying or even using.
If you plan to vacation around the globe for half the year and spending half the year in your crib, have someone check your mail or buy a PO Box. Ask - or pay - a friend to start your car once a month for like 20 to 30 minutes. You can even consider asking professionals to house sit for you if you feel uncomfortable with leaving your home for a long stretch.
What tips can you add to this list?
Are you ready to make your life an endless vacation?
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Authors! F.Y.I. Introducing Kindle Scout June 25, 2015 2:00 PM Introducing Kindle Scout, a new reader-powered publishing program where readers help discover the next great books. Submit your never-before published book to Kindle Scout and be considered for a publishing contract with Kindle Press in 45 days or less. We welcome submissions for English-language books in the following genres: romance, mystery & thriller, science fiction & fantasy, and literature & fiction. If chosen for publication, you receive: · Guaranteed advance & competitive royalties: A $1,500 advance and 50% eBook royalty rate. · Focused formats: We acquire worldwide publication rights for eBook and audio formats in all languages. You retain all other rights, including print. · 5-year renewable terms: If your book doesn't earn $25,000 in royalties during the initial 5-year contract term, and any 5-year renewal term after that, you can choose to stop publishing with us. · Easy reversions: After two years, rights in any format or language that remains unpublished, or all rights for any book that earns less than $500 in total royalties in the preceding 12-month period, can be reverted upon request--no questions asked. · Early downloads & reviews: One week prior to release date, everyone who nominated your book will receive a free, early copy to help build momentum and customer reviews. · Featured Amazon marketing: Your book will be enrolled into the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, Kindle Unlimited as well as be eligible for targeted email campaigns and promotions. We believe authors thrive with options. If you value an advance, creative control, competitive royalties and marketing opportunities--this new program might be perfect for you.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Instagram, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Amazon, Google+, and Periscope (the newest one out now) are a few other social networking sites. Instagram - https://instagram.com/jeaneebennett/ Tumblr - http://jeanesashi.tumblr.com/ StumbleUpon - http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/JeaneEBennett LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeaneebennet Periscope - @JeaneEBennett Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Jean%C3%A9ElliottBennett/posts/p/pub Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/114365708479875343438/114365708479875343438/posts/p/pub Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/author/Jeane-Sashi These are just a few more.
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. The site allows you to connect with other readers and see what they're reading. If you haven't already created an author page, you should do so soon. You can upload your book(s) to the system, add trailers and links, and even make use of the new Q&A feature that allows readers to interact with authors. You can also join one of the groups -- a quick search can turn up the group you're interested in...preferably, your books genre. You can also add your fiction to the appropriate Listopia lists, or one of the many other lists dealing with genre and all it's sub-genres. Here is my page on Goodreads... http://www.goodreads.com/JeaneSashi
Stick A Pin In It One of the newer players in the social media space, Pinterest has fast become a powerhouse. Drive by visual content - including images and video - Pinterest is a great place for authors to post favorite book covers (including your own), posters or screen captures from favorite movies, photos related to your research, or even share quotes. (Well, quotes that have been typed onto an image.) You can create boards - these are defined by the categories for the images you upload. For example, you might start a board for "Research" and one for "Actors Who Should Play My Characters" and one for "Beautiful Locations Where My Books Are Set." This is a chance to build a relationship with your audience through visual content. What kind of images best represent your brand? What kind of images will engage your target reader? What images will build a bridge between you and that reader? Here is my Pinterest Board... http://www.pinterest.com/jeaneebennett
While Twitter is, by and large, a terrible way to make direct sales, it is a wonderful way to make new friends and build relationships with your books. Start by following people who are interested int he kinds of books you write: other writers, book bloggers, book reviewers, librarians, editors,journalists, etc. What's the deal with these pound symbols? On Twitter (and some other social media), the hashtag (#) is used to denote a particular topic or thread. If you click on a hashtag, then Twitter will call up a whole stream of Tweets that include that same hashtag. As such, when you include a particular hashtag, then your Tweet will be entered into that same stream - and you could potentially pop up on the radar of a lot of strangers who may be hearing of you for the first time. As an author, your target Twitter users might be using one of these: #Historical #HistFic #Paranormal #RomanceWriter #Romance #Romantic #Suspense #Autobiography #Western #WomensFiction You get the picture. A way to build your circle on Twitter is to be part of #Follow#Friday of #FF - where you share the Twitter handles of other writers, readers, and fans of your genre. If you're running a book promotion, it might be handy to include a couple of these in your Tweet: #99c #99cents #BookGiveaway #Free #Freebie #FreeBook #FreeDownload #FreebieFriday #KindleBargan Again, you get the picture. Here is my Twitter Page... http://www.twitter.com/JeaneEBennett
Now comes the tough question: Will all this work on social media put you on the NYT best sellers list or the USA Today best sellers list? Probably not, but then it really depends on what your goal is. How do you define success in social media marketing? The answer depends largely on how many people you're able to reach. Decide what your goal is as an author, and make it realistic. Much of your goal will depend on how well know you are. Maybe the NYT best sellers list is out of reach for you, but perhaps getting your book to sell better than a 20,000 Amazon ranking consistently is doable. The problem is that there usually isn't a one-to-one correlation when it comes to social media and book sales. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule. Even ifyou do all the thins mentioned in my post, you can't guarantee a certain number of sales from your hard work. But you can set goals for numbers of books sold, number of people reached, number of fans on your page, and numbers of times a particular post was shared. In this way,you can build your small successes into bigger successes. I hope the material I shared with you will be of some help to you in the marketing of your book. :) http://www.facebook.com/JeaneSashi
Blogs are a great way for you to chat with your readership and give them plenty of great content that will get them to keep coming back for more. You can link your blogs to many different social media outlets, including Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. When you link Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ to your blog and you post something on your blog, a message with the link to your blog post appears in your social media feed. Blog sites include Blogger, Goodreads, and Livejournal. What you post in your blog is really up to you. If your book is a time period story, you can write about the tine period when your book takes place. If your book is a paranormal, talking about the supernatural creatures and the history behind them is great fodder. You can post excerpts from your novel, serialize your novel and post it one chunk at a time (assuming you have the rights to do so), post brand-new material, talk about the creative process and how you wrote the book, and write about other things your readers might find interesting. Can't think up something to say? Ask your writer friends on the social media outlets if they would be "guest authors." Chances are they would be delighted to do so and may ask you for a guest post in return. You can also team up with other authors for one blog. This way, you can share the workload, and share the marketing value. You can take turns blogging about their fiction, their research, and anything else of interest to their target readers. Here is my blog... http://toyourfuturesuccess.blogspot.com