This course by Geoff Shaw is another winner. I reviewed “How To Succeed With Kindle Short Reads” not long ago, and recently I’ve been working my way through “Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books”, and just as with my first review, I’m completely hooked.
Geoff Shaw is the founder of the much acclaimed “Kindling” training, so it was an easy decision to enroll for this course, and I’m so glad I did. If you check the bottom of this review, you will find a link which will allow you to purchase this course at a savings of $72 or 74%. I contacted Geoff and asked his permission to allow me to do this for my readers.
As my regular readers know, I only ever endorse items, books, courses, etc. I’ve purchased myself, worked with and believe to be of the highest quality. I value my reputation!
Recently, I’ve received a lot of emails asking me how to get fast, genuine reviews for a new release on Amazon Kindle. Consequently, I thought it was about time I put together a detailed post I could point people to. It will save time and will contain an all-inclusive assembly of every method I’ve discovered and used myself.
In the long term, the very best method involves building a mailing list of fans to whom you can offer Advance Readers Copies (ARCs), but that’s a completely different, long-term project and I’ll cover it in a future post.
Until I recently discovered this course on Udemy, I hadn’t given Kindle Short Reads any consideration. Of course I’d heard about Short Reads, but at no time had I looked beyond writing and publishing 40+ word novellas on Amazon. I’d never considered how they could benefit me as an author.
Then, browsing through Udemy, ‘How to Succeed with Kindle Short Reads’ popped up. Actually, I was on the point of passing over it until I noticed the instructor’s name: Geoff Shaw! Yes, Geoff Shaw, the author of Kindling, the widely acclaimed A to Z Kindle training course. That fact alone made this course worth more detailed examination.
This is a course by Jason Matthews that I discovered recently on Udemy and straight off the bat, I’m happy to say I am impressed. Jason is a bestselling author and self-publishing instructor to thousands of writers. His books have been translated into 8 languages and his self-publishing lessons have been viewed by students in 123 countries. His videos are well presented audio-visually, and he explains each topic concisely, yet in a manner that is easy to understand.
The course comprises of 28 items, broken down into 7 sections. After many critical points in the course Jason includes a quiz that provides the student with the opportunity to make certain they remember and understand those points.
Tom Corson-Knowles is the #1 best selling author of the Kindle Publishing Bible Series. He has published more than twenty books on Kindle and regularly sells over five thousand books a month at an average price of more than $3.00.
So, I think you will agree that he knows what he’s talking about regarding writing, editing, formatting, publishing and especially Marketing and Selling Kindle Books. But, he’s the first to admit it wasn’t always that way. When he wrote his first book, it took him six years to figure out how to get it published.
Yes, he struggled for six long years figuring out how to publish his books and sell thousands of copies a month, giving him the freedom and lifestyle he had always dreamed of.
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If you consider yourself to be a “content marketer”, are you often, quite literally, falling at the first fence? You’ve created brilliant, riveting content, published it on your own website or blog, then added it to Ezine Articles. All the right stuff — but then what? Does it just sit there gathering cyberdust?
This is inert passive syndication. Your technique is correct, you’re not churning out illegible, keyword laden garbage and blasting it all over the internet, but you can and should be doing so much more, and this is where Paul Myers’ course will put you on the right track.
Over and over, on all the popular Internet Marketing forums, especially the Warrior Forum, new article marketers pose the question: “if I post the same article in multiple article directories, will Google penalize me for duplicate content?” Or: “after posting an article to my blog or website, do I need to re-write or spin it before posting it to article directories?”
It’s really amazing how these two words duplicate content have become such a completely misunderstood concept. I think the entire confusion was perpetuated by opportunity seekers who sell services or software to spin articles After all, it’s hardly in their best interests to be seen to accept the real truth.
Just stop for a moment, forget all the myth and hype and think rationally. All the news services, for example Bloomberg, the Associated Press, Reuters, Scripps Howard, CNS etc., are in business for one reason: to distribute news in a pre-written format. These news feeds are picked up and published all over the internet by thousands of diverse subscribing web sites. They don’t employ people to re-write the content; it’s published exactly as they receive it, with a byline to the source.
Article syndication, when approached correctly, could easily become the pot of gold in your business promotion endeavors. Why? Because, it can provide you with masses of highly targeted traffic. Over the years, longstanding syndicators have developed lists of thousands of publishers who have signed up to receive new content for their authority websites and in their newsletters and offline publications. This provides the author with significant numbers of fresh readers who will hopefully click the links to their websites in the resource boxes. This is targeted traffic.
To be a really successful syndicator, you must be proactive. The opportunities for syndication (depending, of course, upon your niche,) can be endless. You just need to exercise a little initiative and creativity to track them down.
Everyone begins with basic “keyword + blog” searches, but that’s just the miniscule tip of a huge iceberg. Other very effective search stings are:
Every time Google unveils a new algorithm update for their search engine, it creates a frenzy of activity across the internet. It’s unfortunate that the ‘Penguin’ update in particular, caused a great many ‘good’ websites to lose rank overnight, but I believe that anyone who has built their websites ethically, without ever implementing methods to ‘game’ the system, should resist panicking.
Through the succession of Panda, and now Penguin updates, Google’s motivation has been nothing more sinister than eliminating web spam from their search engine results. But—they seem to have written something monumentally wrong into their Penguin programming. Good, longstanding websites are now languishing in the doldrums, but I refuse to believe that Google deliberately set out to create this mess. Future updates will surely correct their monumental mistake.
In the meanwhile, maybe marketers should see this as a long overdue (in my opinion,) wake-up call. Isn’t it time to diversify and consider other traffic sources? Believe it or not, Big G isn’t the one source of visitors to your website.