New Books Coming Soon

I am trying to shy away from the usual Marketing and Business books.  For one reason, they are damn boring.  I used to have a lot of fun learning new marketing strategies and such.  But, I am also reminded, every single time I go to write one, that I got out of the business for a reason.  It’s.. BORING!  Plus, I think it’s GOOD and HEALTHY to go outside of your comfort zone.  I have a lot of knowledge about marketing.  But, does that mean it should be something I spend my life writing?  I don’t think so!  I want to start writing stuff that I enjoy writing and you enjoy reading.  Hence the mystery series.

Right now I am on page 64 and 28,000 words.  Soon to be more.  I also want to start a zombie series and perhaps a few other options.  The non-business and marketing books are taking a tad longer for me to write.  I think any creative writer can agree that writing about something creatively is much harder and takes more time than to write something like Business or Marketing.  But, I am up for the challenge if you are up for the wait!  I just want to make these fun, interesting and I want my readers to really love the content!

Free, FREE, FREE! Ways to promote your website Via Social Marketing

While there are numerous ways to grow your audience on your website blog and gain leads and follows, nothing is more intense and works as well as Social Media. Sites like LinkedIn, YT, Twitter and Facebook give you the tools you need (for free) to get your site and your content in front of more people.  Here are a few ways to increase your blog and website traffic and to get more leads for your business or product.

1- Send your Blog content to social sites:  If you have a blog platform such as WordPress you have an array of plug-ins that allow you to actually publish a excerpt of your blog content with a link to your Social Profiles.  Its quick, easy and very simple for anyone to do.

2- Make sure you add plug ins that allow you to add Follow Me icons to your social profiles.  For WordPress, I absolutely love “Acurax Social Icons Options.”  This plug in allows you to add little icons to your homepage or any other page that people can click and then visit your social sites.  The icons are specific icons for that specific social site.  It’s very easy to set up and its free. 

3- Add your website to social profiles:  Make sure when you create a social profile for Twitter, Facebook or any other website that you include your description and your URL to your blog and or website.

4- Utilize Cross Profile Publishing:  I call this working smart, not hard.  Sites like Hoot Suite allow you to join for free and add up to five social media sites.  After doing this, you can go to Hoot Suites post place, make a post, add a link and shorten it, and publish it to ALL five social sites at once. 

5- Use Social Widgets:  A lot of the social sites like Facebook and Twitter offer social widgets to help promote your website/blog and give your content you add on your blog almost instant exposure. 

6- Add “sharing” plug ins to your blog:  This is different than option 2 above.  Adding a sharing plug in to your blog makes it so with every blog you publish it adds an icon to different social sites so your readers can share that specific blog url to their friends and other people.  Very important!  I have had good luck with WP Socializer.

All In One Guide To Blogging

Just finally finished my ebook.  Now I just have to wait for the editor to edit it and it should be published sometime next week.  When I sent it in it was approx 85 pages long, but that can always change of course once the editor is done with it.  I look forward to posting this on Amazon, as well as a few other sites like SmashWords and Kobo.

Kristi

Blogging For Beginners – Continued

I wrote about 30 pages for my eBook for Blogging and then my computer crashed.  Gotta love technology!  Can’t live without it, can’t seem to rely on it!  Anyway, I had to rewrite those pages and I have been writing all this week.  Hopefully the eBook will be available soon and then I just have to wait on my eCover :o)

In the meantime, please like my Facebook Fanpage and check me out on Twitter to stay up to date.

Thanks!

Blogging For Beginners

It seems through the numerous emails I have received and the comments, as well as looking on Q&A sites like Yahoo Answers, that a lot of people  are still confused about what a blog is, how to set one up, what you do with one after you set it up, etc.  Since this is such a familiar and easy topic for me – I have owned and set up around 100+ blogs for myself and others – I figured why not write a book about it.  In the next few weeks I am going to go ahead and put a little ebook guide together for everyone so that hopefully you can start to understand the basics about blogs and blogging as well as some more tech savvy procedures to set your blog up via WordPress.  I wanted to do WordPress because it’s what I am familiar with, but it’s also one of the most used platforms for websites and blogs.  Joomla is a close second, but again, I have more experience and knowledge with WordPress so I think this is a good option for a guide.

On another note, I am still working on my Crime Series and it’s coming along nicely.  I think some people just whiz by and write a book in a week, but this book is a little more intricate in the details so its taking me a little longer than usual.  Alas, it will be available eventually and hopefully all my hard work will pay off!

If you have any ideas or questions you think I should place in the WordPress Blogging ebook, let me know with a comment and I’ll be sure to include it in the ebook.

Hope everyone is well.  See you soon!

Kristi

7 Easy Ways To Promote Your Website!

Before I started writing books, I ran an Internet Marketing & Content Creation business.  I did so for over 8 years and I had a lot of fun with it.  Being in that business, I learned about a lot of ways to promote a website.  Some tactics are “no-brainers” whereas others are something you might not have thought about before.  Instead of turning this into an eBook for you to purchase, I thought I would just go ahead and place it on my blog for you to read.  Enjoy!

 

1- One of the easiest ways to promote ANY website is to simply place a little signature in your emails at the bottom.  Most all platforms allow this including MSN, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo and CPANEL.  I have one for my Gmail:

 

Kristi Ambrose

Check out my eBooks for sale on Amazon:
http://amzn.com/e/B00926S9JM

My Author Website:
http://www.kristiambrose.com

Positive thinking is expecting, talking and visualizing with certainty what you want to achieve, as an accomplished fact.

 

The positive thinking quote is more for me than for whom I am writing to haha.  If you do not know how to find the signature option in your email – leave a comment and I can walk you through it!

 

2- Forum signatures and profiles: Anytime I join a new forum, I always make sure I fill out my profile entirely and I also make sure that I fill out the signature.  Some forums make you post a minimum amount of posts before you can do the signature option.  But, in the case of a new forum, I find that it’s actually a good thing to introduce yourself and talk amongst your peers anyway, so this is not a big deal!

 

3- Business Cards: This has been and always will be a great way to get people to your website.  Make sure you have your name, business name (if there is one different than your name), your website url, your website where you can purchase your products, etc.  You can find a variety of websites online that offer really nice business cards for pretty cheap, but I really enjoy VistaPrint.com.  I think they have some of the best designs and offer some really nice customizations.

 

4- Start an email list or a newsletter:  Not only is this a good way to GET people to your website and get people talking about your website, but it’s also a superb (and legit) way to keep people at arm’s length for upcoming published books, giveaways and much more.  I prefer placing one right on my website and then when I need to send out a newsletter I simply go to the platform, create a newsletter and send it out.  Again, there are a variety of newsletter and email list platforms.  Some people really like Aweber.  I do/did not.  Instead, I use MailChimp!  But, use whatever you like and whatever fits your specific budget!

 

5- Use Articles:  Articles are still a good way to promote your website and get backlinks to your website.  I suggest using both a high and a low page rank for sites to submit to.  Too many HIGH page rank sites and Google will become suspicious.  Makes sense.

 

6- Link Exchanges:  It used to be that back in the day this was a super popular way to promote your website, and it still is, depending on how you use it.  One of the nice things about link exchanges is that money is usually not a problem because it’s a link exchange, all you are doing is putting your link on someone else’s website and they put your link on their website.  Plain and simple.  Pick websites that are relevant to whatever your website is about.  Relevancy is always a plus.

 

7- Blog Comments (legit!): If you can find a handful of blogs that you really like or are relevant to your website and you like what they have to say or want to share your opinion – post a comment!  Usually a blog will include an option for name, email address and website URL so be sure to include this in your comment as well.  Please do not spam!  This is one of the most annoying things.  Not only can it get you in a lot of trouble, but people tend to get annoyed with crappy content that makes no sense and instead of reading your comment, liking it, and visiting your page, they will instead skip right over it.

Darn Ribbon!

Finally!  About a week ago I found someone that had the exact typewriter I wanted and from the pictures it looked like it was in pretty good shape!  Upon sending payment and receiving it in the mail – I realized it is in AWESOME shape!  It’s the exact one I wanted, except mine has a black shift key and a black “ruler” on it.  But, it still is pretty sweet and makes me want to grin from ear to ear.  I honestly cannot wait to start typing on my new typewriter!

But, before all that, I really need to get the ribbon I purchased online to get to my house and then I need to actually install the ribbon.  I have never touched a manual typewriter let alone one this old.  Not really sure where to start but according to most people I talk to this is something you just have to monkey around with and see what all the buttons and mechanisms do!

To be honest, I don’t think I have been so excited in awhile.  It’s just a really fun (and very beautiful) piece of equipment and I can’t wait to actually hear the clickity clackity on the typewriter and have it be producing words.  I think this is really going to help inspire me to write my crime series and it’s going to really make it much more fun for me to get into character with my main character – Jake.  Yes, I am a female.  Jake is a male.  Male’s were predominantly in the working force back then in the 1950s so I only found it fitting to have a male rather than a female lead character.  That might seem a tad sexist, but I assure you I did it for good reasons!

Anyway, I can already see Jake typing away on this typewriter.  It’s a tad older than the year my story is in, but I think that should still be okay.

Crime Series #1: For book #1 of many (hopefully), I am at approx. 65 pages and  about 25,000 words.  Obviously this book is going to be about 70,000 words and 150+ pages long so I have quite a ways to go but I am working diligently to get it finished as well as a few other general marketing eBooks (as always).

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Tweet Teams

I have been trying to find new ways to promote my ebooks every single day.  For those of you that are already publishers, you know that http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/ actually offers to do a Tweet Team for you.  Supposedly this is a free service, but I would love to get my OWN Tweet Team together for publishers and authors (both print and digital).  Obviously getting your ebook out there is of the utmost importance!

You can write the greatest book in the entire universe but if people don’t know about it, well, nothing will come of it!  TBH http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/ tweet teams confuse me a little bit and the people that I have talked to that are or were involved in it say that it’s very time consuming.  I think we should be focusing on our books and equally focusing on marketing those books!  This is why I would love to start up a Tweet Team of my own where I can make up the guidelines and rules.

FYI: This would be completely free to join!

If you are a publisher or an author and you would like to join my Tweet Team, please PM me or contact me on my Facebook Fan Page!  Ultimately, I would love to get a team of 10-20 people together, but if I find that more people want to do it, I would gladly do it!

Thanks!

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Happy 2013! (Better Late Than Never!)

Sorry I have been out of the loop as of late!  I was a tad sick a few days before Christmas and it then carried over into the New Year!  But, I am feeling much better than I originally was, thank god!  Even though it was a rocky start, I hope that this year is a superb year and that I get to write and publish as many books as possible!

I am writing six books at the moment all of which involve my usual Internet Marketing, Content Creation and Money Making techniques and tactics.  Of course I am also still writing my Crime Mystery as well and I am spending most of my time on this book!  This book has become my “baby” and I truly enjoy every word, every sentence and every thought I put into the book.

I always loved to write, but I think when YOU write what YOU want to write and the ideas and creativity comes directly from your heart and your mind, that is when you really start to enjoy the words you put down on paper.  Hence why I really love this book and I hope that everyone else does as well!  Looking forward to getting it published!

 

Life…

I have been trying to write under my two aliases for quite awhile now and it seems like life always gets in the way of my writing!  Somehow, someway, someone always keeps me away from doing what I need to do!  So I decided recently that I would do a small goal everyday of a minimum of 1000 words with no maximum.  This way even if I have a super busy day I know that I still put in some effort to write something and if I have a slower day and happen to write more than 1000 – possibly 10,000 that I also put in some effort to write something!  I tend to get overwhelmed with projects and put too many projects on one darn plate lol.  So hopefully this goal will help keep me sane!

Before bed last night I re-wrote the one area I wanted to change and wrote my 1000 words.  In fact, I wrote 1,008.  I am writing again right now.  Probably can fit another 5k to 10k in today.  It’s pretty easy to do with a story like this because I get excited with every word I put down on “paper” and it’s simply so intriguing and fun!

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