Our Online Business Sponsors – Products We Use and Trust
Very occasionally, we include affilate links to products and services we ourselves use in our online business. We’ve tested these and found them to be above average, if not stellar. In short, they simply work. And work well.
I don’t really get into affiliate marketing. Because I get paid from the many books and courses I offer.
There is also the factor, however, of “why reinvent the wheel?” Lots of people who are fascinated by specialty areas have built and expanded businesses based on creating the best possible user experience. I test and tray out many areas before I recommend anything. And if they provide an affiliate link, I’ll use them. Why not?
That said, I’ll also include non-paid alternatives you can use to get started. The reason to support a paid service is dual: Keep skin in the game so you can keep motivated to increase your own income. Earning income is simply a game, based on providing greater value. Keep improving the value you offer and your income follows. Simple.
But I always recommend that you start out from scratch, and make your business pay for itself as you go. When your income increases, you can find services that will take your money and save you time. So you can then concentrate on increasing value to that your income follows. See the positive feedback loop there?
I’ve categorized the areas below and will add to these as I recover the various affiliate links I’ve signed up for over the years.
Again – test everything for yourself. If I offer more than one alternative, I’ll star (*) the one I use most. When the whole link is in parentheses, then it means that’s for comparison sake – although you might like them more than I did.
Note: This is not a “rolodex” of sites to use in any online content business you could start. The main reason this page exists is because of meddlesome FTC requirements. See my books and many articles for the ways to get started and what to use. As I can, I’ll include the best articles and book links below.
The general idea is to have someone take care of your hosting for you. Unless you are an uber-geek, having to maintain a website security and patches is a complete pain.
Book Publishing Services
Lulu.com (which I only now recommend for print versions) This is included here as I mostly give 50% off on all books I publish through them.
Draft2Digital the best aggregator for original fiction and non-fiction I know of. Constantly improving.
PublishDrive – the next aggregator on my list – where I publish after Draft2Digital or first when it’s a public domain book. (Third next is StreetLib.com)
Just one, actually: Geoff Shaw’s Kindling. (non affiliate link)
There are others I have tried, but they are way above the price range I’d recommend to anyone. Get Shaw’s Kindling course, and his Udemy courses (when they are on sale.) That’s a simple and inexpensive way to get started.
If someone is trying to get you to buy a $2000 course to hold your hand for 90 days for your first book, that’s an expensive baby sitter.
OK, you can also go to my free (for now) courses at http://becomingawriter.thinkific.com
Those will get you started properly. No cost other than your own time and Internet connection (that you are already paying for.)
That’s about it. For now. If I get any other way you can help me to give you more service or greater value, I’ll let you know. Put more links here. But I’ve gone through all the old links I can find and posted any that could help you.
Like I said, I don’t put a lot of stock in affiliate marketing in general. Just hasn’t panned out. Doesn’t mean it couldn’t work for you. Above is just a way I can test this out again. FTC and all that baggage…
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