Amazon Kills Free Kindle eBook Marketing For Affiliates

April 1, 2013 in Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing

In this industry, the only constant is change! Last year, my business was hit hard with 2 major Google algorithm changes and now Amazon is getting on the bandwagon with changes of their own! As an independent publisher, I gave away books for free in planned promotions. I used this strategy to help increase the visibility of my books in the Amazon marketplace (although it was becoming less effective). To help me achieve large numbers of downloads for my free promotions, I used various sites that specifically promote or advertise free Kindle books. Well, that is now changing!

On February 21st, Amazon made an update to their Amazon Associates structure that directly affects owners of websites that promote free Kindle book giveaways. These website owners were using free books to drive traffic to Amazon in hopes of generating affiliate commissions for other products. Amazon’s new policy now penalizes their affiliates that promote too many free books. Affiliates will actually have their commissions taken away if they promote too many free Kindle books! Here’s an excerpt about the new policy: Read the rest of this entry →

How To Disable Featured Images On Custom Community WordPress Theme

March 22, 2013 in Tutorials

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I just launched this blog using the free Custom Community WordPress theme from the WordPress.org library. This is a fantastic looking theme with loads of customizations. A lot of the settings are pretty easy to figure out. Most I figured out through trial and error. However, when it came to getting rid of the Featured Images thumbnails, I had a little trouble getting them off the homepage. Read the rest of this entry →

How To Add Page Numbers To A PDF Book For Createspace

March 22, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing, Tutorials

Adding Page Numbers to PDF FileBack in January, I spent about 3 weeks painstakingly reformatting 3 of my Kindle books for the Createspace platform. For those of you who don’t know what Createspace is, it’s Amazon’s print-on-demand book service which allows anyone to publish printed books that can be sold on Amazon’s website. The best part is that publishing on Createspace is free so why not take advantage of this extra sales channel? It took a bit longer to finish reformatting my books than I thought. I also had to recreate my covers in 300dpi for print. When I was finished, I had one high-resolution JPEG image for my front and back cover and a PDF file for the content of the book.

As part of the review process before I actually publish my books and let people buy them, I ordered physical proofs. I won’t get into the editing of those proofs in this article but I do want to point out something I noticed when I had the actual printed book in my hands. There were no page numbers on the bottom of the pages. My content was created in Microsoft Word and getting page numbers to show up was not a problem, except they appeared on every page of the book. Something I didn’t want. I only wanted my page numbers to start where Chapter 1 starts. Not on copyright pages or the Table of Contents. After many Google searches and failed attempts, I decided to leave the page numbers off the book when Read the rest of this entry →

How To Link Kindle eBook to Print Version On Amazon

March 19, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing, Tutorials

Linking Amazon to CreatespaceLast month, I was looking for something productive to do in my business. There were many things I could’ve done like write a new blog post, create a new video tutorial, review a product, fine tune my WordPress websites, etc. However, I did none of those. I wanted to do something that would have a direct impact on monthly earnings. So after quite a bit of thought, I decided to turn my Kindle ebooks into print books. I was happy I decided to do this because it did not take much energy and zero dollars to convert my books to print. Amazon made it easy to do with their Createspace service.

Createspace allowed me create print-on-demand books that have a very professional look to them! The process was fairly simple but for this article, I want to focus on how to get your Kindle ebooks linked to your physical books no matter if you use Createspace or another print publisher. The best way to do that is to tell you through my experience with this process. I released 3 of my print books on Amazon in the same week. I knew that the title and author had to match exactly for Amazon to automatically link the books. That wasn’t a problem for my last 2 books. Those last 2 titles were automatically linked almost immediately.

But for the very first book, I had entered slightly different title names and that was enough to disable automatic linking for this title. Here’s what happened. On my Kindle book, I included my subtitle in the Main Title of the book. This is because when posting a book on Amazon KDP, there is no field to enter a separate subtitle. On Createspace however, there are separate fields for Main Title and Subtitle.

Because the main title of my Kindle book included the subtitle, it didn’t match my Createspace version which only had the main title as the main title. The subtitle was on another line or section. I believe this was the main reason why this one book wasn’t automatically linked.

Of course I wanted my versions linked so I found out that you have to contact Amazon and let them know you want your titles linked. I think I waited 5 days before I contacted them because I just wanted to be sure it wasn’t going to link on it’s own. When I was convinced that automatic linking wasn’t going to happen, I sent a request to Amazon. Here’s the link to use: Read the rest of this entry →

My February 2013 Income Report

March 18, 2013 in Income Reports

Welcome to my 2nd ever Freelance Doodle income report! This is the place where I report how much I make each month through my various online projects. I post my income reports here so that I can keep track of my progress and so that I can look back and see how I’m doing over time. One of the purposes of this series of posts is to show the income possibilities without doing freelance gigs!

I have been generating small amounts of income online for about 2 years now but I really wanted to be able to have a record of how I’ve been doing. In the future, I think it will be really interesting to see where I started and where I will be years from now.

This month, there’s really not much new going on except that I added a new source of income from re-purposing existing content. I’m a big fan of re-using my content in creative ways because it cuts down on production time and costs. This new income stream is showing some promise and I think it’s going to become a long-term goal in my business. Keep reading to learn more! Read the rest of this entry →

I Just Became A Premium Instructor At Udemy.com

March 15, 2013 in Udemy

A couple of days ago, I was approved to become a Premium Instructor at Udemy.com. That means I can start charging for my courses and get paid! For those who don’t know what Udemy is, let me explain. Udemy is a free platform where anyone can create a video course and market it to the public. Courses can also contain non-video based training such as text files, presentations, PDF, audio and more.

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These courses are beautifully organized into sections with lectures in each section. The minimum requirements for creating a Udemy course are as follows: Read the rest of this entry →

My January 2013 Income Report

March 14, 2013 in Income Reports

Welcome to my first official income report! This is the place where I report how much I make each month through my various projects. I post these reports here so that I can keep track of my progress and so that I can look back and see how I’m doing over time. One of the purposes of this series is to show that you can make money with your freelance skills without doing freelance gigs!

I have been generating small amounts of income online for about 2 years now but I really wanted to be able to have a record of how I’ve been doing. In the future, I think it will be really interesting to see where I started and where I will be years from now. Let’s get started!

Kindle Publishing

Back in June or July of 2012, I published my first Kindle ebook. Before the end of 2012, I had a total of 3 Kindle books published. They were all in the same niche. This is an exciting new source of income where I do nothing else but watch the sales come in once the book goes on sale on Amazon.

The number of books I sell isn’t super high but it is currently one of my best passive income generating projects. I’ve realized that to increase my monthly income, I just have to publish more books! One thing of note is that while I enjoy seeing the sales trickle in, I do see people returning books too. I’m not worried about the returns. They usually range from zero to maybe 3 returns total in a month. That can be attributed to customers clicking Read the rest of this entry →

My Business Goals for 2013

March 10, 2013 in Goals

I’ve been meaning to launch Freelance Doodle since January but never got around to it until now. But since it’s still early in the year, I thought I’d start out with my goals for 2013 in my first post. After all, this site is meant to be a journal of my online business activities so I can go back over my notes and learn from what was successful and what was not.

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The reason why I didn’t get to building this site out was because I was preparing the launch of my 2nd virtual product. I had been working on and off of it for the past year and slowly it reached completion with a big effort to finish it at the end of 2012. I finally completed this project and launched it in mid-January. I’ve found that creating my own products is much more enjoyable than creating multiple niche websites. And this leads me to my goals for 2013.

Virtual Products

This year, I hope to create more virtual products to add to my portfolio. My previous products were built upon the Profits Theme platform which facilitates the creation of paid membership sites. Even though I’m an experienced WordPress user, I still have some trouble setting up this theme properly. I eventually figure it out but not without a lot of trial and error. And occasionally I’ll have a customer email me about a problem they’re having after payment. Even so, Profits Theme helps me link to Clickbank as my payment gateway and I really like that integration.

With that said, I have decided to move to a new hosted platform for my products. That platform is Udemy.com.

Make money with Udemy

Udemy is a place where instructors can create free and paid online video courses. As a matter of fact, I just published my first Read the rest of this entry →