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Freebie Friday #4

Freebie Friday #4

Friday Freebies

Hello and Happy Friday! This week I have included a number of free fonts and images along with the usual ebooks, ecourses, website apps, etc. And don’t miss out on the Just for Fun freebies from Smashwords which are available for the whole month of July.

Courses and Classes

Writing for the WebOpen2Study

Understanding the difference between writing for print versus writing for the web starts with learning about how readers behave differently online. This course brings to light how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, and structure and search engine optimization.

What you will learn:

  • how to structure a web page
  • considerations for search engines and accessibility requirements
  • making your content scannable
  • using keywords, headings, lists and links
  • matching your company’s tone of voice
  • creating a content strategy and style guide
  • and many other things!

How to Get More Twitter Followers – Kelsye Nelson

In this three day course, Kelsye will show you:

  • how to gain an average of 500 quality followers
  • how to get the right people to follow you
  • her favorite tool for managing following and saving time
  • her hack for fast growth without buying ads or followers
  • how to avoid mistakes that get your account flagged and locked

Fonts and Images

Bloggers that are horrible at taking pictures (like myself) are constantly looking for free images to use on their blogs. I am regularly on the lookout for images that match my blog topic and fonts that I can use with my Pinterest and Twitter images.  This week, Creative Markets (a new favorite place of mine) is sharing a number of both fonts and images for free.

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Graphic Design Services

Pixlr

Make every moment beautiful with Pixlr’s family of photo editing apps.

BeFunky

Free yourself from complicated software and design the way you want.

YouiDraw

No signup, no download! You can draw, create logos, and design.

FatPaint

Make pages, vector illustrations, logos, edit photos and design products online.

Fotor

Free online graphic design tool. Design your photo, banner, poster, or card online!

Just for Fun

I absolutely love reading and find it a great form of relaxation. Some people like to take vacations, I like to find a comfy spot to sit, unwind, and escape in a good book. For the entire month July over at Smashwords they are offering a huge selection of free ebooks in all genres. Just click on this link, add any of the books to your shopping cart, and enter SFREE at checkout.

Here are a few that I found (just click on the individual book covers and it will take you right to their Smashwords page):

the journey journal

Fox Island

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Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Freebie Fridays were you will find a lot me free ideas for your business, blog, and you. Please feel free to comment and leave any freebies that either you are offering on your sites or feel the Pursuing My Dream readers might be interested in.


Friday Freebies #3 – Fabulous Finds for You

Friday Freebies #3 – Fabulous Finds for You

Freebie Friday #3
Freebie Friday #3 – Fabulous Finds

Hello and Happy Friday! In this third edition of the Friday Freebies, I am posting all of the great finds I found pertaining to blogging, social media, webinars, classes, ebooks, and more. And since we can’t be all work and no play, you might actually find a few fun freebies like recipes, printable materials, events, and craft projects.

Classes and E-Courses

How to Sell on PinterestBrilliant Business Moms

  • Learn how to attract people who will buy what you are selling
  • The secret tool that will spread your pins all over Pinterest
  • Lean how to create a gorgeous Pinterest account that gets you followers fast
  • Learn how to get you pins in front of thousands more people – even if you are just starting out

The Ultimate Blog Challenge

Sign up to join the July 2016 Ultimate Blog Challenge where you will receive updates, tips, and daily blogging ideas to help you build lists, get you more traffic, increase your exposure, and make building relationships easier.

Webinars

Self-Publishing for BloggersAuthority Pub

Are you a blogger or online entrepreneur hustling to find reliable income streams? Have you considered writing books, but you aren’t sure how to do it the right way or if it will really be profitable? Bloggers are uniquely positioned to be successful with self-publishing, and Authority Pub can show you the exact steps to leverage your platform, content, and expertise to build recurring income. The free webinar is July 6th starting at 1 pm EST.

E-books

At the time of this writing, these eBooks were listed as free on Amazon. Please double check the link before hitting purchase to make sure the items are still available at no cost.

Supercharge Your Life: 7 Habits to Increase Your Success and Happiness – Sandra Leon

Description:  Supercharge Your Life will transform you into the person you know you can be. You will learn the 7 habits that will transform you with easy step by step ways to practice them (even on a busy schedule). Rated 5 stars out of 5 on Amazon

Applications/Design

Adobe Spark

I have to thank reader Keely for recommending Adobe Spark. With Adobe Spark you can:

  • Create social graphics – pick a photo, add text, and apply design filters to instantly start a viral phenomenon
  • Create web stories – turn words and images into beautiful, magazine-style web stories that will impress readers on any device
  • Create animated video – record your voice, add photos, select from professional-quality soundtracks and cinematic motion, and voila spectacular video!

picjumbo

picjumbo is a free stock photo site created by photographer and designer Viktor Hanacek. Viktor says “you can use picjumbo images in a lot of way: app designs, app UI kits, web UI kits, web designs, web templates, web themes, and you can include used images in your web theme package”.  He also permits you to use his photos for book covers, print it as pictures for your living room or office walls, or use it to design postcards and greeting cards.

Just for Fun

At the time of this writing, these eBooks were listed as free on Amazon. Please double check the link before hitting purchase to make sure the items are still available at no cost.

Yoga: The Begginer’s Bible – Tai Morello

Description: With The Yoga Beginner’s Bible, you will embark on an inner journey that will take you back to the state of peace, joy and happiness you were born to inhabit. Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

The Yoga Beginner’s Bible will teach you:

      • The top 30 poses you must know as a beginner
      • What Yoga really is
      • How to turn Yoga into a habit
      • How to meditate
      • The benefits of Yoga
      • And much more!

The Gray-Haired Knitting Detective Series (Book 1-3) – D.E. Haggerty

Description: Get all three books of the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series in one bundle! The bundle includes Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem, Jack Gets His Man, and Love in the Time of Murder. Join the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives as they solve the murder of Izzy’s grandma, figure out who is stealing money from Jack’s store, and clear Dee of murder charges. But don’t worry. Solving crimes won’t prevent the knitters from matchmaking Izzy, Jack, and Dee. Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

How to Knit for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials – Prime Publishing

Description: With this free eBook, How to Knit for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials, you’ll find tons of great patterns, tips, and step-by-step instructions that will make picking up knitting a breeze. Knitting for beginners doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you have the right tutorials at your disposal! Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

Bruschetta! The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Delicious & Best Selling Recipes – Jonathan Doue
Description: A compilation of the most delicious and best-selling bruschetta recipes from all over the world. From the classic favorite to Shrimp Mango Bruschetta and even Bacon Chocolate Bruschetta; over 30 unique bruschetta recipes for every event. Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Freebie Fridays were you will find a lot me free ideas for your business, blog, and you. Please feel free to comment and leave any freebies that either you are offering on your sites or feel the Pursuing My Dream readers might be interested in.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend (and Canada Day for my Canadian friends!


How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Membership Websites

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Membership Websites

How to Succeed in Making Money Online: Membership Sites

Welcome to the Making Money Online series. In part one, I introduced you to the concept of affiliates and discussed how to make money online with affiliate marketing programs. That was followed up with part two and the discussion about incorporating and developing information product creation to your website.

In the third part of the series, our main focus will be on membership marketing sites. There is a good reason that membership sites are popular business avenues with Internet Marketers. Its popularity stems from the fact that they provide a consistent monthly income and in a lot of cases, this can be a great deal of money.

What is a Membership Site

A membership site is a private website with exclusive content that allows members the ability to interact with one another. As the membership site owner, these members pay you a monthly fee to have access to the site and all of its contents. An example of a membership site is Authority, which is a highly popular content marketing training and networking community. It is so popular that they have a membership waiting list.

Researching Membership Sites

If you plan out and implement a membership site, it won’t take you months or years to generate enough income online to be able to support yourself. If you design it properly, you can grow your site as well as your income very quickly.

What you have to do first when thinking about creating a membership site is to figure out if you have an audience that’s willing to pay well for access to your site.

If you are thinking about starting a membership site in a particular niche but can’t find other sites in the same niche that can be a warning sign. Though it’s not always the case, not having competition in a niche could potentially mean that the audience is not interested enough in your idea.

But don’t let that stop you from doing a bit of research on the topic as it can also be a sign that your niche is too narrow. If you broaden your niche and find membership sites, then you have found your market.

When you have a niche in mind, you will want to look at other successful membership sites. A good suggestion is to join some of these other sites if possible. Think about it this way – if you were going to open a car dealership in a city, then the first thing you would do is scope out other car dealerships in the area.

You don’t do this so you can steal their cars or so you can duplicate their marketing. You do this so you can study the other dealerships’ successes and failures. Review these sites for:

  • What is working well
  • What does the site lack (add these to your own site)
  • Is the site worth the fee you are paying
  • How can you replicate the good things on your own site
  • Do they offer resources and are they easy to find

Knowing what works well in your niche can position your membership site for success.

Building Your Membership Site

The next thing you need to do is decide how you are going to build your membership site. You can build a membership site by using software like WordPress and a plugin like S2 Membership. This will help keep your costs down – especially in the beginning.

But if you do go this route, it also means that you are virtually on your own for technical support. Since the backend management is the toughest part of having your own membership site, you need to compile a list of trusted service providers.

You want several providers that are capable of dealing with technical problems and can troubleshoot if something breaks down and you need help. If you would rather not deal with this hassle, then you could consider paying for membership software like aMember Professional. This means that if something does break, you’ll have a dedicated team that you can reach out to for help.

When you start building your site, you’ll want to assemble a team of moderators. Unless you plan on being chained to your computer for days on end in the beginning, you’ll need moderators. These should be people that support your vision and can help enforce member rules.

You probably already have some followers who would make great moderators. Look for the people who always comment on your blog posts, that promote your newest products, and that may already be involved in other communities. To make it worth their while, you can give moderators free membership and even throw in some perks from time to time.

Where to Go From Here

In this article, I was only able to touch upon a fraction of the things you will need to consider when developing and implementing a membership site. If you are seriously considering setting up a membership site, I highly recommend doing further research and signing up for an ecourse which will take you through the steps from start to finish.

If you have a membership site, I would love for you to share your experiences with my readers by commenting to this post. If you are member of a membership site, what are some of your favorites and what things do you like about them?

Please come back again to read part 4 of the series where I discuss making money online as a freelancer.

Friday Freebies #2 – More Fabulous Finds for You & Your Blog

Friday Freebies #2 – More Fabulous Finds for You & Your Blog

More Fabulous Friday Freebies
More Fabulous Friday Freebies

Hello and welcome to edition number 2 of the Friday Freebies. Today, I am posting all of the great finds I found pertaining to blogging, social media, webinars, classes, ebooks, and more. And since we can’t be all work and no play, you might actually find a few fun freebies like recipes, printable materials, events, and craft projects.

Classes and E-Courses

Every freelance writer, blogger, and website creator knows that freebie online courses are the best thing to adding skills to your repertoire. No matter where you are in your career, learning something new can only help you.

  1. Jumpstart Your Blog Blueprint– Kirsta Rae

Do you lack a clear understanding of what exactly you blog is doing? Do you struggle to reach your goals directly through your blog by creating clear and focused paths for you readers?

In this free 8-day email course, you will learn to gain clarity for your blog, set high-value goals, make meaningful changes, focus your posts, optimize your sidebar and footer, lead your readers, make your standard pages meaningful, and so much more!

  1.   Improve Your Instagram Photos – Living Abstracts

Learn to take more beautiful photos in this free five-day email course. In this e-course you will learn about composition, light, hashtags, and the best applications to use.

  1. 7-Day Write Every Day Course– Kevan Lee

Kevan is a content crafter at Buffer who loves to share about online writing. In this free 7-day email course, you will learn easy tips to help you find time to write every single day.

eBooks

At the time of this writing, these ebooks were listed as free on Amazon. Please double check the link before hitting purchase to make sure the items are still available at no cost.

  1.  Goal Setting (Workbook): Goals and Motivation – MK Coaching

Do you want to learn how to achieve your goals, but fee tired of the entire over-hyped, positive think, self-help stuff out there? In Martin Kaye’s (4.5 stars out of 5) ebook you will learn:

  • The THREE problems with self-help advice and life coaches
  • The importance of using your strengths
  • How to avoid the Rat Race
  • How Motivation really works
  • Why Positive Thinking leads to Negative Results
  • How to use two simple daily routines
  1.   15 Handpicked Unique Supplies for Handmade Businesses (Etsy Book) – Renae Christine

In this 5 star rated ebook, you will learn:

  • Why every Etsy seller and handmade business owner needs a supplier.
  • Why you should avoid your local craft store’s clearance section like the plague.
  • Common mistakes that you could be making.
  • How much money you need to place an initial order, which might surprise you.
  • Where to find tens of thousands of proper material suppliers.
  • The questions to ask before taking on a supplier and placing an order so you don’t waste your money.
  • 15 of Renae Christine’s favorite suppliers from a convention she scoured just for handmade businesses.
  • Additional bonus suppliers listed from different handmade industries.
  1.   Blogging: The Ultimate Guide On How to Replace Your Job With A Blog – Alan Hirsch

In this 4.5 out of 5 star rated e-book, you will learn:

  • How to Build a Blog
  • How to Choose a Niche
  • How to Design Your Blog
  • How to Start Creating Posts
  • How to Create Valuable Blog Content
  • How to Generate Traffic
  • How to Monetize Your Blog

Social Media

  1.   Pinterest Power– Summer Tannhauser from Lady Boss League

This is the ultimate 5 DAY PINTEREST COURSE that teaches you the exact strategies to make Pinterest WORK for your business. The strategies Summer teaches in this course focus on the things that matter – driving traffic, generating clients, and making money from Pinterest leads.  Each day you’ll receive a mini-lesson in your inbox that can be implemented right away.

Writing

  1.   Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. They have Camps session in both April and July, and welcome word-count goals between 30 and 1,000,000. Writers can tackle any project they would like including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, short stories, ebooks, and promotional materials.

Perks:

  • Complete a writing project in a month
  • Track your progress
  • Get on line support
  • Free to participate
  • 100% fun

Just for Fun

  1.   Circle of Friends Cookbook: Barbeque Recipes – Gooseberry Patch

Plan ahead for the summer barbeque season with this free cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. From Marinated Flank Steak and Grilled Herb Potatoes to Caramelized Fruit and Grilled Vegetable Kabobs, there is something for everyone!

  1. Canva

Canva is a free easy to use design program that allows you to create presentations, social media graphics, cards, photo collages, and so much more.

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Freebie Fridays were you will find a lot me free ideas for your business, blog, and you. Please feel free to comment and leave any freebies that either you are offering on your sites or feel the Pursuing My Dream readers might be interested in.

 

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