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My Snail Pace Journey To Making A Bit Of Money With E-Books

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by naughtynewell, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. naughtynewell

    naughtynewell Junior Member

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    I honestly can't believe I'm starting another one of these damn things. They're always good for motivation, but sheesh! So annoying that once again, I've managed to squander another journey, if you care to go through my history, you'll see I've done MANY different things over the year(?) I've been part of this site. I've tried SO many of the making-money threads, but have netted negative money after I deduct all of my expenses from it all.

    No more.

    I have to be brutally honest with the majority of the Black Hat community. If you're a person that reads the making money threads, and then think "Oh my god! I'm going to be rich!" No, even "Oh, I could make some money from that." STOP. Stop what you're doing and think about that for a second.

    1. Why would someone that is making money online suddenly decide to give away a share of their pie?
    2. O.K. there are some good samaritans amongst us, but really... They share the WHOLE method? There's a secret sauce, always.

    I didn't start this thread to have a rant, but I'm personally affronted at being sucked in so many times by methods that promise riches and monetary gain when the harsh reality of the matter is that almost NO truly "Black Hat" method is going to net you serious cash unless you make a 100% full time commitment to it, and that's just not a reality for a lot of people that use this site.

    With that out of the way, I wanted to talk a bit about why I've decided to start this thread up and why I think it's important that people stick with me throughout it. I'm going to be VERY open about everything I do, what I'm going to do and how I do it. I'm going to share 100% of the way in which I'm doing things. Why? Because I'm using a method that isn't "Black Hat." I'm going to be writing E-books on a topic that I have a lot of knowledge about, and then I'm going to sell them on Amazon & maybe some other platforms. I'm going to go into detail about how I write everything, I'm going to share income reports, changes that I make, what I spend money on (if any.) The lot.

    I'm doing this because I know that if I manage to create a catalogue of decent books that people will want to look into and purchase, read & everything then I'm going to bank on it. I don't plan to have any outgoing spend, simply because I'm going to be doing it all on my own, cover to cover.

    So.

    11/02/2015.

    What's happening today?
    • Made the decision to start writing e-books again.
    • Have decided on the topics of the first two books I'm going to write.

    Let's get down to the nitty gritty. I'm a developer in my full time job, something that I don't think a lot of people think about when they pour money into a method is just how much time you're about to invest if you want to see a return on your investment.

    Holding down a full time job is guaranteed income for me, that's something that a lot of people need to realise.

    Making the decision to write again for me is quite easy, to be honest, I've been wanting to come up with a "method" of making money online for a long time now, I've written short stories before (I'll talk about that in a minute, again full disclosure) and I know that I can write competently.

    As for the subjects of my first two books.

    Again, I'm a programmer by trade, I program all day, every day. The subject of my first few books is of course going to be centred around this.

    Book 1: Making a Twitter Streaming Bot with Python.
    Book 2: Developing a Tumblr client in Python.

    Both of these subjects are things that a lot of people (certainly here) are very interested in. I'm not writing particularly for this audience, however. And besides, I'm sure a book of this subject will get nabbed and put up somewhere for free relatively quickly.

    I chose these two subjects because I have built somewhere in the vicinity of 50 different Tumblr Bots over my time, each doing fairly similar things, as well as quite a few different Twitter bots all of different purposes.

    Now - for the full disclosure part.

    I already have two books on the Amazon store. See below:

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    I wrote both of these, I'm sure you can guess the content of both of these, the first is a guide which loosely follows the old Reinstecker method posted here on how to start an adult wordpress auto-blog (a somewhat outdated method by today's standards.) The second is a short erotica story that was written as a test more than anything to see if people would truly buy anything. Currently neither of these books have many sales a month, in fact - I'm lucky if I get a single sale. As you can see, I've priced up the Wordpress Guide book as it's an old method and I don't really want people buying it, but if they want to pay a premium for old information, that's fine by me.

    Over the course of the life of the erotica short story it's had maybe 30 (not sure) sales, which isn't all that much if you think about it. Considering it took quite a while to write (6-7 hours), and I've only been paid (30 * ($1.99 * 70%)) = $41.79 or $6.90 an hour. I don't really consider that to be a decent return on investment. On the other hand, since writing it, I've done no extra work on advertising, not spent any more money on it, so you can consider that to be money in the green (I guess).

    An important lesson that I learned while writing the Wordpress Guide book (it had quite a few pictures in) was that it's really important to not write any e-books using conventional word processors like Microsoft Word, or even Google Drive. You get left with a garbage of horribly formatted text that takes hours (literally) to go through and edit, change and format so that it actually looks somewhat decent. This is where my programming background can make it's entrance.

    E-books can be written with much more precision if you write them in HTML - you have more control of where things end up (like images) and you're able to have a lot more clarity on why things aren't working properly (kinda like debugging a website). With this in mind, I've written a few bits and bobs which let me "program" an e-book that will be formatted correctly and not give me any grief when it comes to converting to e-book format.

    I don't expect to be updating this thread EVERY DAY, or even every week. I'll update it when something interesting happens, or I have something to share with you all.

    What am I going to do next?

    Well - I'm going to write another post right after this one which details how I'm writing e-books - again, full disclosure. If you want to use any of the stuff that you see in this thread, feel free, if it doesn't work for you, ask me some questions.

    I've got a full week of work to contend with, however, so I don't imagine I'll start writing my first book (Twitter) for a while, but in the mean time follow along with how I write my e-books.

    Ta.
     
  2. DeniX3

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    Wish you all the best for your journey!

    I understand your frustration ,but it's not so easy to make money online like everyone is saying.

    Since your your talking about ROI of your time you need to realize something. When you do a method you go through many steps that will make you fail in some way. The most important thing is to keep testing until you get some results (money). After that it's a matter of scaling which is hard but easier than the first part.

    Also if you make money online it's like a skill. If the method dies out you will find another one way faster. It's like you build up your mindset and after you get it you keep it.
     
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    Good Luck with your Journey. Keep us updated :)