Kindle eBook Publishing Guide!

reading a kindlePublishing a kindle ebook is quite easy once you do it a few times. Making money with a kindle ebook is fairly easy as well – but you have to follow a certain process.

I have been successfully selling kindle ebooks for almost three years now…

Success for me is making several hundred dollars per month. Making thousands per month is possible but challenging.

As you can see by this screen shot below, I have sold well over 50 kindle ebooks in an 11 day period. If you take into account the KDP select promotions, then I have sold over three hundred (click the image below and look all the way to the right). Continue reading

Make Money From Thrift Stores!

Here’s how I make money from thrift stores and you can too! What I do is not rocket science, but I think it might inspire you. You may want to read my first article called Operation Thrifting For Gold because it was my first ‘case study’ and my readers really enjoyed it.

There is quite literally treasure in most thrift stores waiting to be found…

Today, I went to two thrift stores and spent a total of 2 hours, including getting in my car and driving there and back, and I picked up at least three hundred dollars worth of goods. At least!

Let me show you about 60% of my booty:

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As you can see in this picture of my thrift store finds (from one small store), I got some interesting things. Most of them are worth good money, and my return on investment will be significant. This is not everything! I got 7 more books in addition to all this… Continue reading

Need UPC Codes For Amazon?

Here’s how to get UPC codes for your products so you can list them on Amazon, or other websites that require a UPC code…

Legal Stuff: This article if for informational purposes only. Do your own research before taking my recommendations or advice.

Here’s what a UPC code broker has to say and he is also the person I trust on this:

“You have two choices when purchasing UPC Codes. You can buy directly from GS1 or you can buy from a reseller such as us. The benefits of buying from a reseller is obviously the price. When you purchase UPC codes from a reseller you are buying a “lot” of codes within a shared prefix, when you purchase from GS1 you are buying an entire prefix.”

I have million dollar bills! Yes, I do. They are fake, so don’t get all jealous of me. Anyway, for the longest time I couldn’t figure out how to get them listed for sale on Amazon and some other sites that require UPC codes.

But finally I was able to get a UPC barcode and then list them on Amazon! Here’s my UPC code in barcode format (which I’ll never use):

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Here’s my Amazon Barcode Label:

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So How Did I Accomplish This?

I did a little research a year ago and I discovered that, it’s freak’n confusing! So I stopped looking, and a year later I started in again because my million dollar bills are awesome and I want to list them for sale. I mean, they are better than all the other ones so why should they get all the sales?

Click here to get UPC codes for as little as $1.29 each! It’s where I bought mine, and they work just fine on Amazon

So here’s what I discovered in regards to getting UPC codes for your hard good products for sale… Continue reading

How To Get User Generated Content!

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Get other people to create unique content and images for you so you can sit back and watch the traffic come steadily in…

I am getting user generated content to build my web businesses. Except for some copying and pasting and moving some images around for my own uses, it’s all on autopilot.

What Is User Generated Content?

User generated content is when a visitor to your website, or a person on your list, writes content, provides images, or a video for you to use on your website (or even for other purposes). Continue reading

Pen Name Legalities For Authors and Marketers!

pen nameMy pen name guide (pseudonym): I was concerned about the legalities of using a pen name for ebooks, websites (blogs), and even webinars or teleseminars. So I hired a lawyer to do a write up about the legal in and outs of using a pen name for writing or online marketing.

What he wrote is in ‘legaleze’ so hopefully you can wrap your head around it. Continue reading

How To Embed A Youtube Video In A Craigslist Ad!

video playerIf you want to embed a video in a craigslist ad you can’t do it anymore but there are new workarounds that will help you.

ATTENTION: Read Craigslist’s Terms Of Use before linking from your ad in any way.

I just uploaded a new ad to craigslist with video embedded in it (sort of).

But when I was placing my ad there was a note from craigslist stating that they will not allow self hosted images in the ads ‘very soon’. Continue reading

My Goal – To Build A Money Making App!

brian maroevichThere are many software programs and websites that will show you how to build an app without coding. Some of these sites are really amazing. Some are junk.

In this article I am going to show you two resources that you can play around with which will help you build an app quickly even if you can’t code, learn how to build an app with very little coding.

But that’s not all! Wow I really sound like a salesman there. Sorry. Anyway, I am going to show you how I am getting a real money making app built by a developer (at least I hope so. No promises).

I chart my progress so you can learn from it. Does that sound good? Give me a ‘Yeah!’ and click the like button above or below if that sounds good ok?

Lets begin…

The first resource that will get your feet wet in free app building and getting a feel for app building is called Appgeyser. It’s fairly user friendly, and it’s mostly free. I think it’s a really good first step for beginner app builders (and I am a beginner. I actually not interested in learning how to code either. But if that is your thing, you go Girl! More on this later).

The second free resource for building apps is called Buzztouch. This is a more advanced app building software program and training area. It’s excellent because they teach you how to build apps using code and they have a great forum. The cool thing about it is that you can’t get to the next ‘lesson’ until you pass a test on the previous less. So by the time you are done, you are a real app builder. This is highly recommended.

After you get your feet wet in one or both of those free resources you may want to hire a developer to build a money making app for you.

The reason I am getting a money making app build is because:

  • I am an internet marketer and if I don’t get an app built (and I mean a real app that gets listed on the Android and/or Apple platform, not a free app made from your website), then I am not staying on top of my game.
  • Apps are cool.
  • I can say I have my very own app.
  • We need an app for our brick and mortar business (so I might have this one built at the same time as my ‘money making app’).

Full disclosure: I purchased 3 books on app building and app marketing, and have not read one of them (they are loaded on my kindle and I starting reading one of them about 6 months ago and never got past page 3). I recently saw a video by some guy named Chad Murreta who is some app business building guru. It was a free video which was his ‘lead generator’ that is selling his ridiculously expensive course on building and marketing an app. Maybe it’s good but I am not spending $700 on it. I can pay someone to build one with that money. And that’s exactly what I am going to do.build an app

Step 1 To Building An App Without Coding: Find an app.

Ha! You’re probably thinking, ‘Why would I find an app? I want to build one!’ And that’s exactly the mistake I almost made a year ago (yes, I dabbled with hiring an app developer and, well, we have three children under 6 years old so this went nowhere).

Well, I figured that I might as well find an app that seems to be doing OK, but could possibly use some work, model (not copy it), and try to make it better.

My first choice was to build a metric calculator. It seems simple, and it could be done quickly. The problem is that there are many of them, and they are all really good.

So last night, May 16th 2013, I found an app. I am not going to tell you what it is because unfortunately I don’t know you and frankly, my ideas have been ripped off before (here’s what I mean – this guy took my guide I created and tried to sell it on Fiver.com…he even copied my actual post from the Warrior forum to use as his description).

OK, so Step 1 is complete. I am going to go with this app, and show it to some potential developers to get their opinions on it.

Step 2 To Building An App Without Coding: Android, iPhone, or both?

Coding for the Android and iPhone platforms is different. So you have to hire a developer who specialized in one or both. Originally I wanted to start with the iPhone because it was the most popular smart phone a year or two ago. Now, the Android is the most popular and steadily growing. I have an iPhone so this might be weird.

Anyway, I am going to hire an Android developer…

Step 3 To Building An App Without Coding: Hire an App Developer.

If you can’t code like me, then you can’t build an app. So what do you do? You find someone who can. But you don’t just go out and hire your brother friend who lives in his moms basement. You have to outsource carefully. I am very experienced in outsourcing. I outsource almost daily for content; a little SEO here and there, image editing and creating, and a little video stuff here and there as well.

But I am not experienced in getting an app created and I am not 100% certain of what I am doing since all I know about apps is that they are on my iPhone and they are really cool.

But, I feel if I provide a model for them to go by I have a better chance of success. As of right now I am interviewing app developers. I’ll post updates shortly.

Update: May 17th 2013.

I placed an ad on Odesk that said this:

I have an idea of an app I need created for the Android. I am open to doing it on iphone as well. It will be in the area of sounds and creating sounds.

I want to model an app that is already on the market but make it better.

Isn’t that a terrible job posting? I can’t believe I actually only wrote that much. And the only reason I can think of is because I am so used to writing short postings on freelancer sites for content, which usually doesn’t require very much detail.

The result of that ad was 21 applicants for the job. I messaged 6 of them based upon their overall feedback and hours worked on Odesk, app portfolio, and also taking into consideration their rate.

I decided upon a coder who works with an agency because I also liked the fact that he was getting back to me in the morning (Pacific time) and was very responsive.

His rate to complete the app was just $200. But I am sure it will be more because changes will need to be made, and I have to pay to have this app loaded onto Google Play.

How To Build A Money Making App Part II

So it’s been 6 days since I started this project and I ran into some roadblocks. I did anticipate some roadblocks, but the one roadblock I am having trouble managing is ‘doubt’. I am pretty sure this first idea is not going to make any money so I am going to get it done just for the experience and move on to another app idea that may make some money. But for now I want to complete this current project.

The second roadblock I had was a ‘duh’ mistake.  I have an iPhone and can’t view the mock ups on my iPhone. I thought I could use an emulator for the Android but that isn’t possible, from what I understand, so I bought a Galaxy S3.

Now I can download the work they have done so far…wait not so fast! I had trouble downloading the work they have done so we are at a stand still today.

May 24th. I finally figured out how to view and test an app that my developers are working on my Android phone. I shot this video because I figured the problem I was having may be the same problem someone else is having:

A this point I am happy to show you my first app because it’s not in a money making market in my opinion. There are many other similar apps that are probably better. It’s not bad, but it’s not good. It will be a free app and I’ll put ads on it for a revenue source.

I need a good app if I want to make money, and a good app in a niche market. And that’s what I have another developer working on. I feel it will make a little bit of money, and then I will work from there.

My first app is called Annoying Sounds. I was modeling another app called Annoying Noises. My app is a silly, maybe even ‘stupid’ app. Here is what the mock up version looks like:

annoying sounds app

The sounds are mostly pretty annoying. You can set your ringtone to the annoying sound of your choice by touching the sound you want, and then selecting the red gear button, and then choosing ringtone.

annoying sounds app settings

This would make a good prank by getting your friend to download it and then setting his or her ringtone to the scream or maybe even the fart. Imagine your friend talking with a girl he likes and then calling him!

So that’s my first app. I am not expecting any revenue to write home about from it. But the experience of building it, testing it was the reward…

Money Making App Problem #1:

I had trouble getting the app on my phone to test it. I’ll explain how I solved this problem shortly.

Why MLM Is For Suckers!

mlm sucksMLM and Network marketing sucks. Why does it suck so much? Because the entire business model is built around a big giant greedy bubble I call the MLM Bubble…

What Is The MLM Bubble Brian?

I am so glad you asked. First, I want to state that this article is totally based upon my opinion and experience dealing with MLM companies and quite a few ‘distributors’ over the years.

Let me start with explaining why MLM or Network marketing companies become MLM or Network marketing companies in the first place.

HUGE Competition!

If you notice, many of the big MLM companies are in the health and beauty products business. You know, vitamins, drinks, lotions, potions and make up? Continue reading

Barcode Scanning Guide

I have an iPhone and have used three different barcode scanning apps for finding profitable items to sell on Amazon and Ebay.

I currently only use the FREE Amazon app which you can get easily on the Android or iPhone (read this article to understand why I do not use FBA Scan anymore). The two I will discus are FBA Scan and the Amazon scanner.

I am going to show you how to use and understand them both.

Here Is How To Use FBA Scan:

If you want to use your iPhone like I do and use the free trial of FBA Scan here is what you do. First, download the FBA Scan app. Just search for FBA Scan…

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  • Next: Scan the barcode on any item. Here is a DVD I found:

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  • After you scan it in, this is what you see on your FBA Scan App:

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As you can see in the image above there are four columns. Let me break them down for you:

  • The column on the far right labeled ‘New’ is what the current prices are for this DVD new but through sellers who are not listing it in the FBA program.
  • The next column is labeled ‘Used’. This column shows the prices of the DVD through sellers who are selling it and fulfilling the order themselves as a used DVD. So it will be the used price plus whatever they charge for shipping/handling. The letters V,A, and G next to the price stand for Very Good, Acceptable, and Good. The numbers next to the letters are the number of DVD available in that condition. For example, (A,3) means there are 3 DVD’s in Acceptable condition at that price.
  • The column labeled ‘FBA’ shows what other sellers are selling this DVD through the FBA program. The letters next the price show that these sellers are selling this DVD New. For example 44.95 (N,3) means that there are three sellers selling the DVD at $44.95, in New condition.
  • The ‘Net’ column shows what the net profit is for selling a DVD at the FBA prices as shown in the FBA column. For example, the seller who is selling the DVD for $40.80 is going to net $32.50 (This screen shot was taken before a fee increase so his or her net will be about two dollars lower now).

Like I said I just stopped using that app but you may want to use it yourself because it does have advantages (re-read above). I use the Amazon app right now because I am not doing a whole of Library books sales anymore (at least not at the moment), and I have a good idea as to what the profit loss will be for most products.

Here’s how the Amazon Bardcode Scanning App. First download the app. You know how to do that, right? Good!

  • Tap either the search box or the little bar code thingy to the right of the search box…

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  • If you tap the search box you will see the image below. Tap Scan it…

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  • If you tap the barcode thingy you will instantly go the the scanning feature. Scan the barcode of a book or dvd or any product with a barcode…

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  • The orange lines will turn green and your phone may vibrate and then redirect you to what it finds on Amazon:

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After you use the barcode scanning app you can see what it finds so that you can research the pricing of the product and it’s worth your time and money to buy and list it on Amazon.

What you want to do is look at how many new and used versions of your product are for sale and at what price. Remember that Amazon takes a percentage and fees from each of your products. Read this article on how to understand Amazon’s two selling platforms which you can participate in.

Congratulations!

You are now ready to start finding items to sell on the FBA platform. If you start today you will start making money is just 1 – 2 weeks because it takes a few days for your package of goodies to arrive at Amazon. And shortly after they receive your package of goodies (they’ll send you an email like this…)

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Sell On Amazon and Ebay In 7 Steps!

goodwill storeHere’s how to find stuff to sell on Amazon and Ebay Step by Step. It’s so easy you can do this on a lunch break or when you are getting a cup of coffee.

Follow these 7 steps to making extra money working a few hours a week (at most). It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s profitable:

Step 1: Find Goodwill, Salvation Army, good thrift stores, even a TJMax, CVS, Wallgreens, Rite Aid, or Toys R Us (for starters) surrounding your home.
Step 2: Get the FBA Scan app for your iphone or Android. Also, I suggest you get the Amazon and eBay apps as well.

Step 3: Set aside at least $20 – $100 to spend (don’t worry about this yet. But the more money you can spend, the better).

Step 4: Get lunch. Eat fast, and then head over to one, several, or all of the stores listed above.

thrift store booksStep 5: If you go to Goodwill or Salvation Army, go to the book section, dvd section, toys, and household items, and look for items that look new or are in good condition. Scan the barcode on these items through FBA Scan or with the Amazon scanning app (FREE!), and see what you come up with (see the article on how to scan items if this is confusing to you).

If you go to the retail stores, look for clearance items, and items that are discounted deeply or are on special. You’ll see signs and stickers. Sometimes you have to walk to the back or ask an employee.

There is always going to be specials and clearance items at the retails stores. That’s the good news. The better news is that the most clearance items will be available shortly after Christmas, and after other Holiday promotions because they have to get rid of inventory. I have found great items that are below wholesale this way.

Step 6: No Barcode? No problem. Look this item up manually on Amazon using the Amazon.com app (you could actually just use this app on its own for looking up pricing, but it has its limitations).

You can manually type in the name of the item, or use the ‘Snap It’ feature, which works well for books and dvd’s. Or, search for the item on Google or Bing and see what comes up.

Search on Ebay as well and see if it sold and for how much (there are website apps that can tell you what to expect from different items. I don’t discuss this here, and I do not use them very much at this time, but I will in the future.

Do not discount Ebay. For example, I found an old booklet that I thought was worthless. At the last second I did a search on Bing and the first search result was for a closed Ebay listing where the same item in worse condition than mine sold for $122. This booklet only cost .50. I listed in two months later and got $117! Here’s proof:

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Like I said, don’t dismiss items you think won’t sell or are worthless because there are many at every thrift store in America. I’ve found small items that sell well, and I thought for sure it was a waste of time. For example, I found some Dream Water that was only .99 cents. I listed them on Amazon and received $15 each. My net profit was $9.

SIDE BAR: Don’t worry about selling on Amazon yet, I am going to show you how to do it in a moment. There are two ways to do it (more on this in a moment).
You’ll find items like this as well.

Once you find an item with a good profit margin set the item into your basket and move on to the next item.

Some items are better sold on Ebay: Rare items, vintage items, and hard to find items.

items read to ship to amazonStep 7: Bring your items home and get ready to ship them to Amazon. Or, if they are not an FBA candidate, list them on eBay.

Listing things on eBay is easy, but you should do a very good job of taking pictures (and I mean an excellent job), because a bad picture or two can dramatically reduce you sales.

Conversely, a good picture and boost bidding significantly. It really matters. There are some great tools that help you take professional quality pictures of small and large items from your digital camera or smart phone. For example: get a lighting tent and lights, and a smartphone or digital camera stand. These two things alone with improve your sales.

How important are pictures? Some sellers buy on eBay and relist the same product after taking good pictures and writing excellent descriptions. I’ve done it myself.