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Make Money With eBook Affiliate Marketing – Use Ad Blends

 

Make Money With eBook Affiliate Marketing - Use Ad Blends

 

Continuing with the series on eBook Publishing, I wanted to share with you today, this interesting video on
using an Ad Blend technique, which includes  eBooks to make money online. Check it out:

 

Whether you end up using the CB Passive Income System to create your affiliate marketing income, or you make your own website and promote your eBooks on Amazon, and your own web page is absolutely up to you. Using Affiliate links within the text of the book, or as a part of the resource section of the book is absolutely a valuable way of increasing your affiliate marketing income. I have written about it more extensively in this blog post here.
Make Money With eBook Affiliate Marketing - Use Ad Blends
Also check out my article about” Acquiring Reviews, which will help your Amazon Kindle ranking!
Fiercely Independent Blessings
Claudia
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Growing Your Small Home Business: 7 Time Management Tips

Growing Your Small Business - 7 Time Management Tips

Working from home, especially when you have children in the house requires planning, discipline and a strong will. Organizing your day, to make the most out of your already limited time is essential. I have compiled a list of 7 Time Management Tips for you to be in control of your day, and not the day be in control of you:

1. Set an priority for every day – some planners (if you choose to use one)  even come with a space for your daily top three  now. if you do not have a planner or are using a different planning technique than write or print out a piece of paper and hang it somewhere where you can see your top three  often. Post-it notes work very well for that, also.

2. Set a time limit for each task – figure out how long a task should take, and set a timer. That way you can stay on task and focused, and do not begin daydreaming or become overly perfectionistic about a certain task. It is easy to get lost in the mountain of unanswered emails, or spent hours reading up on other blogs in your niche, but that is not necessarily the best use of your time.

3. Schedule an “Get Organized” Time, daily – every day, may it be mornings or evenings (I prefer evenings) go through your calendar (take 10 minutes, see point two), and organize your next day. Put it on paper, mark your priorities – see tip one, and you will begin your next  work day much more productive and organized. This is also a good time to check the weather forecast and lay out your clothing (and that of your children, if you have young kids).

get organized4. Set goals, write them down and be concrete. With that I mean, goals with deadlines, write all of them down, take once a year to set your goals (or once a quarter, if you are a planner like me, but your plans tend to change due to opportunities, and family members responsiblities).

5. Set up a routine, with a check list. In order to go over those moments you are dragging your feet, create check lists and routines for each and every section of your day as much as possible. It is easier to keep on moving through your required actions (especially if you are new to working from home), and still get everything done, that needs to be done. When working at home or from home it is easy to allow yourself to get sidetracked, and controlled by outside circumstances. Checklists and routines make it a lot easier to stay on task. A great idea is to create a bullet journal type tracker, or use an electronic app, that allows you to mark off each tasks.

6. Delegate – this is a step that is hard for many people, especially for some stay at home moms, but I highly recommend, that you learn to delegate. There is only so much you can do throughout your day, and it is not a shame to ask for help. May it be by inlisting spouse, kids, family members, or hire someone to do routine business tasks. Start with those actions that others can do easily for you, and then move onto those tasks you hate do to the most – the latter tasks are the first ones you should consider hiring someone to do for you.

7. Get up early – starting your day early, especially when the house is quiet, and there is no one else awake, can give you a heads up on your daily to do list. May it be to take the time to do your self-care routine, such as meditation and gratitude journaling, or may it be to do some tasks you would otherwise not be able to complete, getting up earlier can help you achieve more.

Growing Your Business - 7 Time Management Tips

Whether you are choosing to make money via blogging, are working on your creative business, or are on your way to becoming an affiliate marketer, the beginning of a business adventure can always seem overwhelming. Getting organized from the start, will make this process easier for you.

Tools I recommend:

Evernote: This platform allows you not only to create to-do lists, and notebooks to keep all of your information in one place, you can also use this platform to collect  webpages via its browser extension. It is a tool, I use daily, even though I do most of my planning on paper.

Filofax Planners:* Filofax planners are the planners of my choice. They are sturdy, compact, and flexible, while allowing me to plan my day the way I see fit. And they look good.

Planner Inserts:* While you can create your own inserts for your planners, I prefer those made for me. KaelisAccessories makes beautiful and functional planner inserts for various planners, including Filofax. Her Etsy Shop is located here

Planning and Organizing Tools - Stabilo Pens

 

 

 

 Stabilo Pens:* While I am not one of those planners who love to use stickers and pretty pictures everywhere,
I do love color-coordinating my notes, in order for them to grab my attention. The best pens for that are in my opinion Stabilo Fine Tip pens. I love to write with these smooth pens, because they do not bleed, unlike some other ones out there, while offering more color choices then traditional ball point pens do.

 

 

 

 

*Contains Affiliate Link. See Disclosure page for details.

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Is Zazzle Legit? An Insider Review

Is Zazzle Legit-

Over the last few months, talking and writing about my experiences on and with Zazzle, people often asked me “Is Zazzle truly a legit company?” The short answer is yes, but there are so many aspects to this site, that I have decided to answer this question in a bit more detail.

Zazzle is a legitimate, trustworthy site in three ways:

1. Zazzle is a legitimate company to purchase high-quality products designed by individual artists and designers.
2. Zazzle is a legitimate place to make a  passive income as a designer, artist, and photographer.
3. Zazzle is a legitimate source of affiliate income for creative marketers, who like to think outside the box

Allow me to dive deeper into each point:

Zazzle is a legitimate company to get high-quality products designed by individual artists and designers.

 Zazzle offers a wide variety of high-quality products, such as T-Shirts, mugs, birthday cards, wedding invitations, cell phone cases and many more. These items are designed by individual artists who upload their creative projects to fit specifically the items you purchase. Zazzle – in return – sends these designs to manufacturers who then produce these items to order for you.

Here is a video from Zazzle showcasing how one of their products is created for you after you place an order.

I personally purchase my journals, binders, and some unique gifts there, and have never been disappointed with the
quality or customer service the Zazzle team provides.

Zazzle Wedding Invitations

                     Zazzle Wedding Invitations and more!

Zazzle is a legitimate place to make a passive income as a designer, artist, and photographer.

If you are a designer, artist or photographer, Zazzle gives you the opportunity to upload your creative projects onto their site, and fitting it onto the individual items they have for sale or for your personal purchase. The process is completely free for the creator. Zazzle makes their money by collecting a base price, and you are allowed to choose
how much (in percentige), you want to have as a commission.

A example would be the following: A mug might be 9.99 US Dollars – you choose to have a commission of 15 % per sale – which is 1.49 US Dollars – and the consumer would have to pay 11.48 US Dollars per mug. Zazzle will then send hold your 1.49 US Dollars for you, until the purchase cleared, and until you reached the commission payment threshold of 50 Dollars. Commission Payments are received via Paypal.

You can set this procentige as high as you please, of course the quality of your creation and the prices of your competitors will determine if and how much you will sell (among factors such as marketing, of course).

Zazzle Custom Design Travel Cups

                      Zazzle Custom Design Travel Cups

I have been selling my digital designs, and creative pieces with Zazzle for over three years now. It is an easy to use
and profitable interface, allowing you to set up your own niche stores, categories, and descriptions. I will be writing
more on how to maximise your profit as designers, and how to choose the best categories in subsequental articles. Over the last 7 months, I have been helping multiple designers in setting up their own profitable stores.
Is it an easy way to make money? No. Like every income stream on the internet, it takes work and dedication, but if you are willing to put in the time, and are willing to learn, you can make decent and regular money.

Zazzle is a legitimate source of affiliate income for creative marketers, who like to think outside the box. 

Another way to profit from Zazzle is via affiliate marketing. With the same sign up process as if you would become a designer for the platform, this marketing possibility is completely free. Once you signed up, you will receive a unique affiliate link, which in return can then be used to promote each individual item located on the store, including your own designs!

Zazzle Custom Outdoor Pillows

                                                                                                               Zazzle Custom Outdoor Pillows

This is the coolest part about Zazzle affiliate program – you can earn affiliate commission and your own design commission for a sale! practically that would mean, instead of making 1.49 off your mug, if it has been purchased through your affiliate or referral link you would be getting an additional 15 %, so 2.98 in total per sale!. That might not sound like much, but if you are a great marketer, you can take advantage of consumable paper products, or seasonal sales, and increase your income quite drastically with some smart strategies.
I have referred both my own designs, as well as other peoples designs, and made money, simply by promoting these products on various social media platforms, and my own websites.

Related Articles: 

Why Designing Zazzle Paper Products Is A Good Idea

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Zazzle’s Affiliate Program

As you can see, Zazzle is completely legit, both as a platform of purchasing items for yourself and loved ones, as well
as using it as a money making opportunity. If you like creative expression, unique designs and are looking for something a little different, Zazzle should not be overlooked.

Fiercely Independent Blessings!

Claudia

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Make Money Online: Up Your Blogging Productivity With These 5 Tips

Up Your Blogging Productivity

Need to get more done then you have time? While this seems to be a constant state for anyone who wants to make money online, there are ways to make our lives a little easier. Streamlining some of your daily activities can make a marvellous difference in your productivity, and help you maybe even have a little bit a life left? Wouldn’t that be nice?

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Here are 5 Blogging Productivity Tips That Will Assist You In Getting More Things Done

  1. Use automation tools. Whether you use Hootsuite, Tailwind or Buffer (my personal favorite), all three of these will allow you to maximise your ability to have a consistent social media presence without being a slave to the computer. I chose the professional version of Buffer because it allows me to also schedule pins for Pinterest, the free version only allows you to use Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Goggle +, and you are limited to 10 scheduled posts, while the professional version gives you the freedom to choose 100 posts ahead of time.
  2. Find out about promo days in Facebook groups. There are tons of facebook groups that allow you to post your blog posts, twitter posts, and pins – on specific days. Blogging support groups and marketing groups are easy to find on facebook, just make sure that you are clear about their rules when it comes to posting. Some have daily threads, others weekly. Note these days in your editorial calendar
  3. Create an editorial calendar. Seriously, that is one of the most important strategies that will keep you producing content at a higher rate, and with a much more coherent theme, then if you just post randomly throughout the week. You can create different themes for a specific day – for example, I have a weekly series on my wellness blog Avalon-Media.org, where I post a gratitude list and weekly recap every Friday. Knowing what to post saves you time, and you can research in bulk, considering that some of your content will relate to each other – at least I hope it does.
  4. Be open to guest posting. Having someone else write relevant content on your blog is a great way to connect with other bloggers and grow your audience, but it is also a great way to fill blank space in your editorial calendar. Just make sure that the guest blogger knows exactly what you are expecting, so it is a good idea to have a pre-set guidelines for guest posting. I write more extensively about that subject here.
  5. Get a Virtual Assistant. While that might seem like a million miles away from being affordable for some new bloggers, it is actually cheaper than you might think. You can outsource specific tasks on Fiverr, or hire a part time Virtual Assistant from a reputable company, who lives in a country outside of the US. I use Virtual Staff Finder, which hires exclusively from the Philippines, and I have always been very happy about their service.

Up Your Blogging Productivity (1)

 

Question: What are your favorite ways to be a more prolific blogger and content creator?

As always,

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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7 Creative Ways To Make Money From Home

7 Creative Ways To Make Money From Home

Creating an independent income while working at home as a stay at home parent, requires some out of the box thinking, but I have compiled a list of 7 creative ways to make money from home, to give you some ideas on how to get started right now.
1. Translate websites via Fiverr. If you are bilingual like I am, you can work on Fiverr as a translator for companies who often need their websites translated from your native language to English. You can charge by page or word count, and the great thing is, that you will not need a website, or have any upfront cost in getting started! This can get pretty interesting, as I have translated anything from a book about yoga, to online gambling websites!

2. Write an eBook and publish it on Amazon. Writing an eBook is a lot less complicated than you might think. Amazon allows you to upload your creation for free, all you have to do is put in the work. I have recently written a post about how you can write an eBook in a very short period of time. Check it out here.

3. Sell products online using drop shipping. No worry, you will not have to hold inventory at home, or use your kitchen counter to create items in bulk with this option. Drop shipping allows you to sell products via wholesalers without holding any inventory in your hands. Essentially you just collect the customers information and forward it to your wholesaler, who then distributes the product for you. You can check out more information about this type of business model in the following articles I have written.

Make Money Online: Drop Shipping – Does it Work? 

Drop Shipping Wholesale Suppliers: How To Find Them

4. Become a dog walker. Not only is it great for your pocket book, but you also get some exercise out of the deal. If you love dogs, this is a great option for you!.

Paradise Floral Print

 

5. Design and sell business cards on Zazzle. Business cards are a hot item to sell on Zazzle, as are other consumable paper products like Wedding invitations. With no upfront cost and some marketing skills, you can make a nice addition to your families income. You can read more about how to get started on Zazzle here.

6. Sell your art and photography on RedBubble. If you are a talented photographer or a visual artist, you can upload your images onto RedBubble, which in return will place your design on posters, postcards, cell phone cases, home decor and more. There are no upfront costs. For more info, read this.

7. Become a freelance writer. Freelancer.com is always looking for talented writers, who they would love to connect with their clients! Again, it costs nothing to start, and you can work as much or as little as you want. Check out this article for more information on getting started today!

7 Creative Ways

Stay tuned for more online business opportunity ideas, and articles on how to make money online!

Blessings!

Claudia

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Drop Shipping Wholesale Suppliers – How To Find Them

Drop Shipping Wholesale Suppliers

 

You read about drop shipping, you have done your homework on eBay and Amazon, and you are ready to get started. But one large question remains – Where are the drop shipping wholesale suppliers? How do you find the right ones?

Screenshot_18As I wrote about in my article “How To Make Money With Drop Shipping – Avoiding Scams”, there are plenty of non-reputable companies out there, which misrepresent themselves – may it be, by charging you extra fees, or not even carrying products, and just simply run away with your money, it is a wise decision to be careful when selecting wholesale suppliers.

There are two viable options for you to consider:

You can conduct a search on your own. Trade Magazine, conversations with other drop shippers, and google (which leads often to some trial and error), as well as reading reviews, is a good way to get started.

or

You can use a service, like SaleHoo to find wholesale suppliers for you. The reason I use SaleHoo, is because they offer a little extra bonus other companies in that category do not offer – a Market Research tool, which allows me to see what niche is the most profitable at the moment. It makes it much easier for me to recommend a certain niche to my clients when using the SaleHoo market research tool, which is free with the membership.

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Also, SaleHoo works with a series of name brand suppliers, which my clients and I would usually not have access to – such as Disney, and over 8000 more drop shipping wholesale suppliers on their list, it is easy to save time, risk and money with this company.  At 67 US Dollars per year, the constantly up-to-date program is a bargain.

 

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 It is the company I wish I would have had access to, when I first started my online business journey. That is why I am pointing it out to you now. You can avoid the costly mistakes I have made.

Still interested? You have nothing to loose. Click this link to sign up right now!

Stay tuned, as I continue my series on drop shipping and write about other profitable ways of creating a passive income for yourself and those you love.

 

Fiercely Independent

Blessings

Claudia

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Make Money Online: Freelance – Work From Home

Make Money Online- Writing For Money

If you love to write, are a web designer, or a great at marketing and have an eye for detail, there are plenty of opportunities to do some freelance work from home. But just as there are many legit opportunities, there are also plenty of scams. Today, I want to focus on one freelance work from home platform I have had the most positive experiences with – Freelancer.com

Freelancer is an Australian based company, that has been in business since 2004, and serves as a marketplace both for entrepreneurs looking for content writers, as well as for freelancers looking for work. It is a highly regarded large
outsourcing marketplace that serves nearly 8 million registered and verified users. Work offered range from data entry, marketing, writing, as well as web and software development.

What I like about the program:
1. It is an established platform with a large amount of investors, and has a legitimate management and leadership team I can trust.
2. It has a wide variety of freelance opportunities, not being limited to article writing, I can utilize all of my skills on one platform
3. It is an easy to use platform that is user-friendly, both for the freelancer and for hiring freelancers (I have used both sides now, and have never had any problems with either getting work or hiring someone to work for me – unlike Fiverr)
4. There are multiple payment options available (paying and receiving), so you are not stuck using paypal.

 

What I do not like about the program
1. In order to get more offers, Freelancer does require you to upgrade. While you can make money with the free account, it is easier with a premium account. Still, the prices of each account level are not substantial, considering the potential of money you can make, so upgrading was worth it for me.

My conclusion:

Freelancer is a user-friendly place that gives new freelancers the opportunity to build their platform and opportunity until they established enough customers to no longer be relying on marketing platforms like this one. That to me is the ultimate goal here – to make enough money and to create enough of a customer base to become a self-sufficient freelancer. Use Freelancer to build your brand, reputation and experience, while earning money, and you are on your way to independent success.

Blessings

Claudia aka Miss Fiercely Independent


 

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What Is Domestic Financial Abuse? 5 Signs

What Is Domestic Financial Abuse-

 

Financial abuse is a form of emotional spousal abuse that feeds it power from dependency. Sadly, it is a form of abuse rarely mentioned, which is one of the reasons I created Miss Fiercely Independent. I have witness financial abuse, as well as experienced it myself, and it usually manifests itself in together with emotional abuse. If you are a spouse who is dependent on your spouse’s income, you open the door for a potential financial abuse, if you have not had an open conversation about the subject with him or her. While this does not happen only to women, it happens primarily to women.

Here are some signs of financial abuse:

1. He controls every penny of your spending. Even if only one spouse works outside of the home, it is important to note that it is not the working spouse’s right to control every penny of the household income. This is a controlling behavior, that ranges from making one feel like a child to having to justify everyday needs.

2. He controls what job you are allowed to have and how much you are allowed to work. If your spouse decides which career you should take, even if it is not one you would choose for yourself, it is a form of financial abuse.

3. He sabotages your higher education. This can manifest itself by not providing needed transportation to courses,
to not respecting study time. Making sure that you can not better yourself is a form of control.

4. He threatens to quit working or threatens to take on a lesser paying job, that will not cover your families basic
needs.

5. All bank accounts are in his name only. Not only does that leave you without an access to income without his consent, it also leaves you without the possibility to save for your own retirement.

 

Love is about giving freedom..
While I am not saying that every relationship of co-dependency will end up in a financial abusive situation, I believe that the lack of financial co-dependency will prevent any possibility of financial abuse.

If you do find yourself in a financially abusive relationship, it is time to find a way out. One way to find a way out
is by creating an income source for yourself. Passive income sources can create a financial stream for you, which you
can create from your home while taking care of the other responsibilities placed upon you (I raised and homeschooled two children during this time, while growing my own online income streams).

Be on the look out for threats that are directed toward you, toward your children, or toward any future potential
spouses. These can be indications, that the relationship can turn into a more physically violent one, and you should start to be prepared to leave.

A word of caution: I always want to advise you, if you feel like you are under any physical threat, that you always clear your computer’s browser history and cookies, after searching for any kind of information related to making money online,  or how to get away. Do not put yourself in unnecessary danger!

Fiercely Independent Blessings!

Claudia

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Best Affiliate Programs For LifeStyle Bloggers

Best Affiliate Programs For LifeStyle Bloggers

 

Many companies seek lifestyle bloggers to promote their products and services. It is a mutually beneficial relationship for which some of these businesses are willing to pay up to 20 % commission! I love working together with companies that provide high-quality products, that I share on my lifestyle blog. I have compiled a list of the best affiliate programs for lifestyle bloggers for you.

Amoils Affiliate Program
Amoils, also known as Healing Natural Oils, sells essential oils and oil blends of the highest quality. I personally love
using their products, which is how I found out about their affiliate program in the first place.

Click here to join the Amoils Affiliate Program

 

Stella & Dot
If you like jewelry and accessories, Stella & Dot is for you. Not only do they offer a great affiliate program, but there
is also an opportunity to become a representative, where you can sell their items via “trunk shows”. If you are not
interesting in selling them yourself, you can recruit others to do so, and receive a commission in return.

Join the Stella & Dot Affiliate Program Today

 

Madison Reed
For those of us with allergies, Madison Reed offers hair care products without any harmful and harsh chemicals, making it easy for you to color treat your hair at home. My mother in law is allergic to the dyes found in over the counter hair coloring options, and that is how I connected with Madison Reed. Join their affiliate program to take advantage of the great service they are providing to people.

Join the Madison Reed Affiliate Program

1stInCoffee
As a certified coffee addict, this was a no-brainer for me. Working with this company who has a wide variety of coffee
machines, is also great because of their high-quality refurbished machines. It is easy to market, and easy to sign up
to become a part of their affiliate marketing program.
Join the 1stinCoffee Affiliate Program

Aloha
For those of you with a vegan audience, Aloha offers subscription boxes that are awesome and versatile. From chocolates to tea, and protein powders, if you are into healthy living, you should sign up for their affiliate program. They do offer trial boxes for free, which is a perfect way for you to test the product and write about it!
Join the ALOHA Affiliate Program

Creative Live
Want to learn more about anything creative? Love to share what you learned? Well, then Creative Live is made for you. Not only can you easily market this website, due to their ton of free live online classes, you can get repeat revenue once your readers are hooked on the ever expanding courses offered on this site. They have a great affiliate program you should check out today.
Join the CreativeLive affiliate program today!

Question:
What is your favorite affiliate program that you love to work with? Share them with us in the comment section below!

Be Fiercely Independent!

Claudia

P.S. My favorite affiliate program, that is not just for LifeStyle bloggers is still Wealthy Affiliate – check out my Insider Review here!

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Why Designing Zazzle Paper-products Is A Good Idea

Why Designing Zazzle Paperproducts Is A Good Idea

Are you looking for a creative outlet, yet want to make money online, and have only limited time doing so?
Why not begin by designing consumable paper products for Zazzle.

What do I mean by consumable paper products?
By that, I mean designs that fall into the following categories
1. Business cards
2. Wedding Invitations
3. Birthday Invitations
4. Custom Party Decor
5. Labels
6. Stamps
7. Postcards
8. Custom Birthday cards.

These product categories are the bestsellers on Zazzle, and for good reasons. For a great price, customers can
purchase individually designed custom paper products, which they can personalize for the occasion or their
profession. They do not have to order a massive quantity, often are able to purchase the exact amount needed – such
as with the Wedding Invitations, and Birthday Invitations, and there is a design for just about anyone.

 

Zazzle allows you to open multiple “stores” where you can specialize in a specific design type or a specific product
type, it is absolutely left up to you.

Also, Zazzle has a very profitable feature, which allows designers and creators to receive double commission – once as
a creator, and an additional commission as a Zazzle Affiliate, which you are automatically as a designer – no need for any extra sign ups or special applications to go through.

How Do I Get Started?

I recommend the following steps if you are considering designing paper products for Zazzle.
1. Familiarize yourself with the category you are interested in creating
2. Create a store within Zazzle – begin with one!
3. Create a corresponding Website or blog – see my post on how to set up a website or blog, for more information.
4. Fill up your store with designs
5. Promote them on social media, and your blog.
6. Join Zazzle support groups on Facebook.

If you have any additional questions, leave them in the comments below! I am happy to answer them for you!

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