Wow. My first video is closing in on 1000 views. I just sent out this email.
You could do this yourself – maybe make a video about your book or website.
Then send an email like mine to friends or to a list.
Of course, I recommend using Twitter, too! And Pinterest. And Facebook.
I’m sure this will work for you!
I found a very useful tool yesterday. I’m using it for free and so can you if you choose.
I made this in about 20 minutes.
The URL that I posted in the video is not the important thing (Though you’re welcome to check it out if you wish).
The thing is this – if it’s your business or your CAUSE or whatever you want to get the word out about (someone’s birthday?) – this is powerful.
I am closing in on 1000 views of this video in under 21 hours.
It’s not earth-shattering, but it’s very, very useful.
And it’s free to try. That’s what I did last night!
(Dr. Network Is Back!)
P.S. Are You Growing Your Business Fast Enough? Here’s my new blog!
I know a lot of writers read about the craft of writing. This post is not about that. It’s about getting legitimate eyeballs to see your website or blog or video.
Read the previous three posts.
Here’s my current update…
Some of you know that I have an alien friend who speaks through me on Twitter. (Pause.)
You read that right.
Now I’m only going to say this once in print and here it is. I’m not crazy.
I understand that this character is a character. OK?
On with the show.
You can read his Twitter feed at http://Twitter.com/TweetGeistGuy
When people follow Tweet Geist Guy on Twitter he sends them a Thank You Tweet aimed at them as in: @hotrichgirlauthor
(An alien stuck out in space can dream, can’t he?)
Included in the thank you is a link to a video we made this morning for free. This video is titled Welcome & Thank You! Which Are You? 😉 and now I can actually track how fast it gets more visitors relative to the Thank Yous that are sent.
I will keep you updated, but it had 84 views and after 10 more Thank You Tweets it had 104 views. Will this remain constant? I don’t know, but by my count that’s 20 views for 10 Thank Yous. I may have to talk to a buddy about automating those Thank Yous.
This buddy is not an alien and lives in San Diego.
I’m just about to go to bed.
This is an update for the previous two posts.
Just over 5 1/2 hours and the first video has 617 views.
The second has 399 views.
Over 1000 total views and I think that’s very good.
You could do the same to promote your blog or website.
I’m amazed that this level is free.
…and here’s my other blog where I’ll explore this more in the future:
Please don’t miss the lessons I’m learning. If you read the previous post you’ll know that I created a video with Animoto. Then I created another video 20 minutes after the post. It took me about 40 minutes to create those videos and I didn’t upload anything. It was free.
What does this have to do with you?
Well, you can do it. Just. Like. Me.
I assume that you would like more visitors to a website. Oh…you don’t have a website?
OK. What about your blog?
Would you like more visitors?
I’m closing in on 600 total views of these videos and as I write this that means my videos received those visitors in less than 4 hours.
I’ve never personally experienced legitimate visitors like that.
If you have or you do, well, God bless you.
It’s new to me.
Here are the videos:
(Don’t worry about my URL – although you’re welcome to visit – because you can insert your own!)
I just tried Animoto and I’ll bet you will have as much fun as me. After I made the video in about 20 minutes or so I added it to my Pinterest page. You don’t have to approach it from a business perspective if you’d rather not. Just enjoy!
I just started another blog that is not related to writing, except insofar as a writer can convince or illuminate or educate.
My new blog is about online business that you can engage in at home.
I’ve mentioned earlier that I have two new mentors.
You’re welcome to visit anytime.
You might learn something that will lead you to have the freedom to do what you’re passionate about whether that’s writing or something else.
Who knows? You might learn a guerrilla method of selling books or something.
Here it is!
I know that some people reading my blog are writers. That’s what they do and that’s what they want to do. Period. Or they are people who want to derive more income from writing until they reach the point where they can give up their other job. Or they like their job and they like writing.
They blog so that people will see their writing and buy their books if they have them.
I would like to publish books this year.
However, that’s not the only way that I’m open to creating income.
For those of you who can’t possibly think of making money by selling your books, I apologize.
I’m ok with making money from books that I create.
I’m even ok if some books are designed with making money in mind.
But in the long run I would like the freedom to write whatever I please with enough income coming in from previous sources.
Because I’m open to creating more income as well as writing and publishing books I decided to check out an online mentor who looks really honest to me.
I’ve seen a lot of them over the years.
This one impressed me (and I’m not going to tell you who he is today – so there!) with his sincerity AND with his track record.
So I am using two strategies starting today and tomorrow.
One strategy involves creating another blog. I’m in the process of doing that.
From what I can see this blog will be a potential income generator. (Theoretically this one could, but I don’t mean $100 every decade. I already have one of those. LOL)
The other idea is using a domain name to generate income through affiliate marketing.
Hence the title of this post.
It’s an interesting concept. KidsAndMath.net is something I would not have thought of anytime soon if not for this mentor. I’ll write more about it on my new blog.
KidsAndMath.com is already taken, but the owner isn’t doing anything with it right now.
There’s a tool called keyword tool (appropriately enough) that you can search on Google. It lets you know how often a phrase is searched in a month. I thought that kids and math was searched enough that it made sense to risk a little less than $11.00 on it for the year. If someone purchases the product just once in the next year I will have made a small profit. You can check kids and math using the keyword tool and see if you think that number is big enough. I was pretty impressed.
I find this a little interesting and it didn’t take me more than a few minutes to do.
These are the kinds of ideas I will share on my new blog.
By the way, the product that you will find at KidsAndMath.net looks very helpful for people who want to learn math or teach math to kids.
Now back to our regularly scheduled writing exercise already in progress.
I’m tired of being sick right now. I don’t know if I had some bad salsa last night or if I have a bug.
Is it possible that I’m sick because one of our cats died and I buried it?
I’ll have to do a search on that.
Where was I?
There’s the dog doing his thing outside in the dark. Chasing something.
This morning my wife decided to let the cat outside and then couldn’t find it. That was fun at an hour earlier than I had hoped to get up.
After I drove the cat, who appeared as if from another dimension (we could hear him and not see him for a couple minutes), toward her and he was within a few feet of her, she asked me to get him.
“Really? You couldn’t have asked me that when he was nearly as close to me as he is to you now?”
I think she saw the truth right there and decided to get the cat herself. She did in about a minute as she called him repeatedly while he wound his way back to the place where he had started his journey into wonderland.
Now I was welcome to go back to bed as she left for school.
I had no luck getting back to sleep.
I’m not having any luck getting to sleep right now.
I’m glad to spend a few minutes with you.
And I am very sincere in saying that the online mentor I have discovered over the past 24 hours or so seems very impressive.
I’m ok with taking a little detour into something with less literary aspirations.
Monetary aspirations are just fine.
My apologies to the socialists and those who insist on being starving artists.
Come to think of it, this guy mentioned that some people might think he’s a socialist because he’s so reasonable.
Several weeks ago Reid Hoffman donated enough money for 38,000 people to make loans of HIS money at Kiva. I’ve been loaning money to entrepreneurs all over the world through that site for nearly 2 1/2 years. That’s using my own money. It’s sort of like charity except you get paid back at zero percent interest. You could theoretically lose money that you lend, but in this case you would be losing Reid Hoffman’s money. Who is Reid Hoffman? He’s the founder of LinkedIn. He’s a multi-millionaire or perhaps billionaire, so $950,000 isn’t as much to him as it is to you and me. That’s right. He is letting us loan $25 of his money. That is, 38,000 of us who aren’t already registered at the site are free to register (for free) and loan his money.
So YOU can’t lose money. Just Reid. I’ve been grateful that some people have taken me up on this offer, but I still believe more people would like to participate if they truly understand that this non-profit is doing some real good and they can be a part of it. No risk to you except for your time. Please don’t be cynical. Don’t miss your chance to see the impact of this website around the world. Out of 38,000 spots, there are now around 2400 left as I write this. I am amazed that it has taken this long to exhaust the money. Don’t miss your chance.
A road diverged in the woods…
Follow the link in the first paragraph. Now I’m done with my urging you on.
This writing is getting better and better. Do you find that? I guess I should say easier and easier. I’m not sure how you view the quality.
Whether tired or sleepy or wide awake or relaxed or keyed up, just keep on track. That’s what we all have to do. Keep on track. Again and again. If you fall off the horse, get back on and ignore the cliche. Just do it!
Shopping at Sprouts today I realized that they’re not as good a deal as Henry’s used to be. I think I’ll go to the other store whose name escapes me right now. Some of there stuff is just more expensive than other stores. Is it better? I can’t say that that is the case. Trader Joe’s beats them on a lot of products.
Maybe I just look for stuff that not everbody buys. We get goat’s milk and have for nearly 20 years since we figured out that our son can digest it more easily than cow’s milk. Trader Joe’s quart is $2.99 I think. They only have the Meyenberg(?) half gallon for $7.98. That’s a big jump. That’s not the only example.
More and more these types of price comparisons are available through applications. Soon you’ll be able to check nearly every store in your area to compare prices over your phone. I’m just not sure that a lot of these stores understand that. Maybe they are depending on a customer base that is old enough to largely be ignorant of these new possibilities. I don’t know.
I’ve also noticed that Trader Joe’s really, really tries to keep their checkout lines moving. They seem to be opening new lines all the time when they aren’t operating at full capacity and they actively come by and say, “I’m open over here, sir.” I don’t see Sprouts or Vons or Stater Bros. or Albertson’s or any other “old-fashioned” stores doing that. Between Costco and Trader Joe’s we can get most of what we need.
It’s like the old stores don’t pay attention or don’t care. But they aren’t really doing much to compete. They do have their “clubs”, but they take extra time in the line and they seem to operate like a factory in a way. There’s no real time for conversation and they expect you to answer their perfunctory questions and do what you have to do with your club member number as well as debit card or whatever and move right through. On top of that they are often verbally or electronically soliciting donations. I don’t recall that happening at Trader Joe’s or Costco.
They just seem not to get it.
Several years ago Vons employees went on strike and I supported them in their efforts to retain their pay and benefits, but they essentially lost. Things really haven’t been the same since. I realize that I’m getting older, but so many of these employees seem so young. Many of the employees I used to know and would have short conversations with are long gone. They simply got fewer and fewer hours on the schedule versus the younger employees who are paid less and many left on their own.
A friend of my son’s commented a few years ago that I seemed to know the names of many of the cashiers I encountered on a daily basis. I still strive to learn their names but we are moved through the lines so quickly now that I don’t know as many of them by name.
I wonder if it’s just a matter of time until Albertson’s combines with Ralph’s or Stater Bros. or Vons. How can they survive the way they do things? They can’t cut their employees pay much more, can they?
When I was around 20, Vons and Safeway combined and all the stores in our area are called Vons. I think only a few Safeways survive anywhere.
But, back then I don’t know if Trader Joe’s existed. I do know that there were none around here.
You also have the march of technology. At Albertson’s you have some checkout lines that are automated and usually I use those if I don’t have very many items. They also have those at Home Depot. It’s an interesting twist.
While that seems like it might be the inevitable march of progress, there’s something else that makes it slightly better than simply eliminating jobs. In my opinion, it’s a step up that the stores can trust customers to scan their own purchases. That seems like a good thing. They do that with headphones at Virgin Airlines in the pre-boarding area. You pay something like $2.00 for the headphones and they simply trust you to put the money in the slot. Part of that is Virgin simply being practical. It does take more time to have someone to police that and you would have to pay them to do that. Instead, they enhance the relationship with customers by trusting them and making it convenient for them.
Maybe grocery stores could look to Virgin’s example. Of course, I guess there will always be some neighborhoods where the stores wouldn’t trust the customers as much. Maybe not, though. Maybe the customers would respond to the trust.