HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON EFFORTLESSLY

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HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON EFFORTLESSLY

HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON EFFORTLESSLY

The feeling of seeing your name in print and having your ideas read worldwide is one of the most rewarding feelings ever. These days one doesn’t need to be a Shakespeare or a Dickens to have a book out there; heck you do not even need to go through the editors and publishing houses as the process has been made remarkably easy. I know this from first-hand experience as I published four books this past week.

I keep getting emails asking how I manage to publish books so easily, and that is why I decided to write this post. The steps I have shared below can empower anyone to publish their books via Kindle, and these are the most straightforward steps you can find anywhere; following them could mean having your book published by the end of the day.

First and foremost, you must know that although there are other options out there; I found that the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is the easiest to use. It’s entirely free and gives you up to 70% royalty on every sale.  Find the steps below;

Step 1: Create your Account

Visit kdp.amazon.com and create an account by clicking on the: sign up” link. Keep in mind that you may need to provide some personal information including your bank details which will be used to send your royalties earned from your book sales.

Step 2: Proceed to your KDP dashboard

Once you have created your account, the next step will be to go to your dashboard; from here you can add any books you have written, gain access to relevant reports and figures, preview the Kindle publishing community, etc.

Step 3:  Add your book title and subtitle

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The title and subtitle should elaborate a little on what your book is about so your readers will know what they will be getting out of reading it.  For better result; it is advisable to use keywords that are often searched for in your niche to increase your book visibility.

Step 4: Add descriptions:

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Keep in mind that this is your readers’ first taste of your content. Hence you should ensure it is well written, engaging and explanatory enough to give your readers a good insight into what they are about to encounter. Also, remember to add all of the relevant facts about your book such as 

  • The title 
  • Is it a part of a series/sequences? 
  • Edition number
  • The publisher info
  • The description 
  • Contributors and publication date

Step 5:  Choose a book category

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With the Amazon KDP, you have an option to choose between two categories as well as add seven keywords. Keywords are crucial and must be picked carefully as the right keyword/category can push your book up the search pages. It is your keywords that determine how easy it is for someone to find your book via search; I recommend mixing in short and long words also. 

 

Step 6  Add Your Book Cover

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Remember the expression: never judge a book by its cover? It appears most people disregard that as your book cover determines whether a potential reader buys or even previews your book. You can create a book cover yourself, or you can hire a professional book cover designer, your choice.  Thanks to numerous freelance sites today, it is now easy to find someone to design a deluxe cover for you at a decent price.

STEP 7: Time to upload your book

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Here we have the easiest process. Just choose whether you want to enable digital rights management, and then select the book from your computer or a storage device; then click upload. Amazon accepts a wide variety of book formats including word, HTML, pdf, plain text, etc.

Step 8: Preview Your Book

Once uploaded, you should click on “preview” to see if your book displays well on the platform. Keep in mind that this online preview is precisely how the book would appear when someone clicks on it to preview or buy it. I would recommend you preview it page by page to make sure every page appears right.

 

Step 9:  Choose Your Royalty

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At last, we have gotten to the money part; you can select the price of your book and then choose either 35% or 70% of that price as a royalty. If your book sells between $0.99 and $200.00, you may select the 35% royalty, but if your book is priced between $2.99 and $9.99, then you can choose the 70% royalty. I often advise people to lower their book price to gain more sales at the beginning, and then raise their price over time. 

Congratulations!! you are on your way to becoming a published author whose book sells on the most prominent publishing platforms worldwide. Also, note that it takes anywhere between 12-48 hours for your book to become available to customers after uploading, although you will get an e-mail from Amazon once your book goes live.

There you go, you are now a published author; sit back, watch the dollars roll in and thank me later.

 

 

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Create a list. Build an audience. Expand your reach.

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Create a list. Build an audience. Expand your reach.

Your listing building genesis starts with YOU, not your profound customers. There are diverse ways to begin building your email list. You may need to create a attractive website, persuasive landing pages, valuable opt-in's, and other creative sources with concrete material that enables you to ask your visitors for their email address. When I started my journey in this business, I had no insight of this process or it’s major importance in the marketplace as a recipe to build my business. Later I found out that if you don't have a email list, all you have is an expensive hobby.

Just by reading the keyword “List Building”, it may give you a thought that building a list is just an extra job you have to add to your current everyday routine, however, a magnificent list could raise your company's brand-new heights. You could create a much higher useful lists compared to when you began the business and continue to grow your visitors as prospective customers with the right sales funnel in place. When you generate your very own list rapidly, you can identify the importance you bring to your customers and your marketplace, but most importantly you will see a ROI.

It was while my business was in the growing stage that it occurred to me that using my skills taught to me by the best mentors, helped me put things in place. In learning this act of list building I have been able to turn my hurdles into simplicity which now gives my work the smartness it needs and also continue to develop my digital businesses and remove years of the learning curve that was posing as a potential threat to my business. You don't need to struggle when everything you need to learn is right at your fingertips.

This is feasible for you as well if you are dedicated to growing your company brand and expanding your reach to the online business world. I learned a lot from my mentors to stay true to what the business needs truly are and that simplicity does take it on a long journey.

Discovering more ways to list build and making good use of my knowledge is a super feeling I wish to share with other business owners. List building could skyrocket the way you interact with your customers, blow up your sales, help you have a profitable sales funnelconversion of sales, client satisfaction, and the total brand. Take the recipe out of the skill you have acquired today and start developing your brand today. I hope this helps

So, what comes after when you build your list?

Now that you are aware of the importance of building an email list, how do you plan to get started?

Here’s what you must learn to do:

1. Get the best email service provider (like Active Campaign, Mailchimp etc). If you are on a low budget, Mailchimp can still do the magic but it has limited advantages. (Note: Mailchimp can allow you get up to 2000 subscribers-free, and Active Campaign $9 light plan is awesome.)

2. Create a stylish signup form or landing page from Leadpages. It needs to be colorful (actions colors, trigger to buy colors) and not professionally ugly. If your website doesn’t have a definite opt-in form, then you’re missing a lot  of possibilities there.

3. Lastly, offer an irresistible incentive. This can be a free eBook or a free workshop download — whatever your customers would find lots of value in. It’s a professional“ bribe” that paves way for you to reward prospective subscribers with something better other than just your normal content.

With these, you will discover the rare gift your business has received in a little period of time and you can be on a long way to cashing out your gain and keeping your business alive with regular signups. 

 


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Expert Tips for Creating Call-to-Actions That Convert!

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Expert Tips for Creating Call-to-Actions That Convert!

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EXPERT TIPS FOR CREATING CALL-TO-ACTIONS THAT CONVERT!

Of all the factors that could impact your online presence; Call to Actions are the most crucial, especially when it comes to generating and converting leads. They are the prime toolkit for driving growth and increasing revenue in your business, and hence should be given utmost attention.

 

So many businesses spend a lot of money building sophisticated websites with world-class designs; but without a well-crafted call to action, they attract many site visitors but without any paying customers. Thankfully we're here to help; in this post, we will teach you the significance of call to actions in guaranteeing optimal performance for your website. We will also explore critical steps to creating Powerful CTA's (Call to Actions) that are guaranteed to improve your site’s conversion rate and boost your business beyond what you thought was possible.

 

What exactly are CTAs?

Call to Actions are phrases usually added to the ending part of a blog post, landing page or sales letter prompting the reader to take specific actions ranging from file downloads or purchases to signing up for some subscription services. The primary role of CTAs is to cajole your site visitors to take that final action and ‘seal the deal.’

 

Crafting the perfect call to action

There are numerous stages involved in crafting the ideal CTA; below we have outlined the steps that have been tested by industry leaders and found to be necessary ingredients for the perfect call to action you need to grow your business.

 

1. Defining your goals

First and foremost you need to have a clear grasp of your goals. In other words, what you are hoping to achieve by setting up the website. It is imperative that the action you are calling for correspond to your goals. For example, if you are looking to grow your consultation business; an effective CTA may be something like “Book a Free Consultation Now.”

 

 

2. Being aware of the needs of your audience.

It is vital to put the needs of your clients above every other thing. Carry out in-depth research and find out their aspirations; why they are on your site, and what tone of voice or vocabulary that appeals to them. Having this information at the back of your mind will enable you to craft a CTA that your target audience can easily relate to.

 

3. Visibility

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It defeats the purpose for your site visitors to miss your call to action. Do not let your efforts go to waste by placing your CTA in a spot where your site visitors cannot easily spot it. Ensure your CTA is situated in a conspicuous part and also use a color combination that highlights the CTA and calls for action.

The size of the CTA text is also crucial, the call to action shouldn’t take up so much space as to frustrate your site visitors but they also shouldn’t be so small that visitors  may overlook it

 

4. Keep it brief

Brevity is the soul of call to actions. Make sure that every letter in your call to action is necessary and the description of the required action must be straight to the point. For example; “Download File Now” “Sign Up for our NewsLetter” "Buy Now!

 

5. Utilize Action oriented language and include a note of urgency.

CTAs do one thing; getting your visitors to take action. Utilizing powerful imperative verbs in your calls to action increases the urge to follow your CTA and complete the required action. Also, an ideal CTA must push the reader to take immediate action. Adding words like “Now,” “Here,” and “Today” can serve as primers for quick reactions.

 

6. Lead with incentives

There is a fundamental rule of persuasion that says “Before you ask, give” It also goes that offering something of value free of charge to your target audience, significantly increases the chances of getting them to do what you want. CTAs like “Take my Free Course” "Secure a Free Spot In My Free Webinar” all offer some degree of enticement and allows visitors to visualize what is in it for them.

 

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If you strictly follow the tips listed above, a necessary last step to improving your growth strategy is to evaluate your site’s overall performance by tracking and analyzing the efficacy of your Call to Action. A good measure of the success rate of your call to action is to gauge the conversion rate. With this knowledge, you can experiment and compare different call to action schemes to see what works best for your site.

 

Lastly, although we specifically focused on creating a perfect call to action; care must be taken to ensure that other aspects of your site such as page layouts, site content and overall tone augments the call to action. The call to action is the zenith of your pitch to your site visitors, and hence should be in a perfect sync with the rest of the site.

 

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CREATING THE PERFECT SALES & CONVERSION FUNNEL FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

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CREATING THE PERFECT SALES & CONVERSION FUNNEL FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

CREATING THE PERFECT SALES & CONVERSION FUNNEL FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

No phenomenon has transformed the world as much as the internet. Its effects and applications touch nearly every sphere of our livelihood; most especially in the buying and selling of goods and services. Today there are more businesses online than there are offline leading to fierce competition for customers and market shares alike. For any company offering products or service online; there has never been a better time to develop a high-converting digital sales funnel. 

 

Perfect digital sales funnels can mean the difference between businesses who can convert their site visitors into buyers immediately and those earning zero revenue.  However, just like every good thing, the perfect sales funnel is not so easy to develop. All the stages need to be adequately tested, constantly modified and carefully monitored to ensure consistent client conversions; but trust me; the effort is always worth it. Developing the perfect sales funnel has afforded me the opportunity to take many businesses from 0$ to 6 figures in a matter of months. They also played a massive role in bringing my virtual assistant consultant agency to where it is now.

There is no overestimating the importance of sales funnels, especially when it comes to accelerating business growth, and as a business owner, it is essential that you invest the time to build, perfect, test and fully enhance your sales funnel. Below is everything you need to learn about the various stages involved in setting up an ideal sales funnel, and how to utilize it to grow your business.

 

Creating Awareness

The first step is to create awareness by increasing your brand’s visibility. Regardless of the stage your business in, when using a new advertising platform, your focus should be on letting your potential clients know that you exist.  Do not focus entirely on outright sales; the goal is to introduce your business and excite your audience with a captivating video or image. Make it as personal as possible, and let them remember your brand; state your brand name as well as your mission, and then tell them what they can benefit from you. 

Thanks to Facebook, it is now easy to reach up to 10,000 people with just 5 dollars in advertising  fees. 

 

EDUCATE YOUR AUDIENCE

The next step in setting up the perfect sales funnel is to educate your potential clients properly. Tell them what makes you different from others and why they should patronize you and not your competitors. Any competitive advantage you have must be exposed here. Perhaps your business has won awards, maybe you have some big shot clients, or your products are stocked in some of the big-name retailers in the market.  The key is to point out distinguishing factors why they should deal with your business preferably via video, then direct them to your blog or any educating article. Grab their attention, over deliver,  and leave them wanting more; this will spark their interest and make it super easy for them to remember you; which is vital for the third stage.

 

They say the third time is the charm.

ENGAGE: 

 At this stage, your clients are familiar with you and have a sense of what makes you unique. Chances are they still have one or two concerns they wish you could address; this is the time to impress them a third time and address their fears via display ads on facebook, youtube, email or Google. Let them know you care about their questions and ask for constructive feedback on improvements they would love to see in your business. Actively interact with your potential customers on social media platforms, answer and let them know you are there to alleviate their concerns.

Recognize questions that come up time after time and strategically deal with them. I remember when my company was just starting out, I noticed potential clients were repeating a particular question: 

“How long will it take to get my funnels in play so that I see the results in my business?”

It was easy to see that this was a critical concern for potential clients; so I created a Sales Funnel Planner ebook that sufficiently addressed that issue and at the end opened the door for feedback. It worked like magic; the next week, we got so many calls and emails that we had to hire an additional customer care rep. With just that one move I gained more trust from clients and showed them I cared, and this made it easy to move to the last stage. 

 

 

CONVERSION

Finally the ultimate stage! 

After successfully following the steps above, your audience should be aware of your business, adequately informed on what makes you different, and have interacted with you to some extent. Now is the time to ask something from them since you delivered value and have earned their trust. At this stage, you should use strong calls to action in ads and emails;  include incentives in your offer, such as a discount code if they ‘”buy within 24 hours” or a free webinar if they “Book a Call Now.” Sample different incentives and see what works best with your audience.

Remember that the sales conversion funnel is a continuously changing cycle, and you must keep working on your methods. The methods you use today may not work so well tomorrow. Never stop learning and never stop seeking to improve your customer experience.

 

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PASSIVE INCOME: WHY RECURRING INCOME IS CRUCIAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BUSINESS.

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PASSIVE INCOME: WHY RECURRING INCOME IS CRUCIAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BUSINESS.

 
Need help planning your passive income sales funnel? Contact us today! 

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PASSIVE INCOME: WHY RECURRING INCOME IS CRUCIAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BUSINESS.

 

If there were a top 10 list of factors guaranteed to boost efficiency and sustainability in the 21st-century business ecosphere, recurring income would rank at the very top.  Companies looking to thrive in today’s world can no longer afford to depend on transactional (one time) revenues. Unlike one time transactions, recurring revenues bring in much-needed stability to your business and streamlines your cash flow, making it easy to project growth.

Recurring income is the process of collecting a specific amount of money for a  product or service delivered to a particular number of clients for a defined period. This approach is based primarily on the subscription model where we see services such as software services, content streaming services and gym memberships. Recurring incomes also frequently occurs from membership sites or affiliate commissions.

Why recurring income is so important

In one time transactions, there could be lots of loose ends; monthly sales might be low, or clients may not pay up on time, and this ultimately leads to uncertainty, as well as difficulty in balancing your books. One good reason to Introduce the recurrent income model to your business is the increased level of financial security guaranteed to your business; since the catastrophic effects of situations such as losing a client or late payments will be less. 

Can any company adopt a recurring income model?

Yes! Any business with viable products, services, or programs can adopt the recurring income model whether they have a physical location or is based online. Let's take a virtual assistant for instance; while handling the affairs of her clients; she could set up a training site to help those seeking to learn the virtual assistance business and have them subscribe for membership. Although she has to take on the task of creating all the training in advance,  the process becomes semi-automated after that, and all she need do is focus on pleasing her trainees as well as playing the role of a mentor.

An excellent example of recurring income model is group business coaching program. This is where you pay for the coaching on a monthly basis. A Netflix subscription or an anti-virus subscription are also good examples of the model.

It is important not to think as recurring income as a ‘hit it and quit’ scheme. To make the model work for you; you have to be proactive in keeping your customers satisfied with products or services. Keep figuring out what they want, keep modifying your products and keep making them happy. Slacking off for even a month may mean losing clients to competitors, and losing recurring income.

Don’t wait, create your recurring income model right away!

At Dream Team Virtual Assistant LLC, we have a tailor-made 'Passive Income Planner’ just for your business. Our Passive Income Planner is the perfect toolkit you need to create an efficient recurring passive income stream. 

In this planner it will map out everything you need to know about how to setup, maintain and execute recurring income for your business. 

Not only will the Passive Income Planner educate you, but you can use it to teach in your coaching program. Trust me; with our Passive Income Planner you have nothing to lose!

 

 
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