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Make Millions Selling eBooks on ClickBank

August 15, 2011 | Cool Stuff | My Ramblings | 1 Comment

If you are an expert on a topic or even have a passion for a certain topic that you think people would love to learn, then write and sell an eBook to make money.  There are many people doing this and making decent money with it.  Some people hit it out the park by making a significant about of money.

People sell eBooks about the most mundane things such as “Worm Farming” to “How to Pick up Women” and believe it or not, people buy these products.  The great thing about an eBook is that there is little to no overhead.  No need to pay a printer to make hard copies or a distributor to distribute your books.  eBooks can be purchased and downloaded to your computer within seconds.  No need to find an agent or publisher.  You can do it all yourself!

Take for example Jacob Hiller who wrote an eBook called “The Jump Manual” which is a very simple guide on how to increase your vertical jump mostly for volleyball and basket ball players.

Mr. Hiller has sold over $1 million worth of this book and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, ESPN and Men’s Health.

Mr. Hiller’s success really started out by luck.  He first posted a video on YouTube on giving tips on how to jump higher.  The video responded well to viewers and as a result Mr. Hiller created a website and then the eBook.

He initially gave the eBook away for free until he realized how well people liked it and started selling the eBook for $15 via PayPal.  He then placed the eBook on ClickBank, increased the price to $67 with an option for jump coaching services for an additional $9/month.  Currently, the eBook sells between 500 and 1,000 copies per month, grossing up to $75,000 per month. (FYI: ClickBank is an online retail for digital products which about 100,000 active affiliate marketers who help sell these products for commission.)

Below is a video of how Mr. Hiller got started with a very simple idea and made it into a million dollar business.  If you have an idea, you too can do it!

New US$100 Bill with Advanced Security Features to Prevent Counterfeit

April 28, 2010 | Cool Stuff | Videos | No Comments

Uncle Sam has released images of the upcoming new $100 bill (see pictures above).  The new bill will be released on February 10, 2011 and is the most widely circulated.  The old $100 bill will still be good, but will eventually retire by the new one.  

The new $100 bill shows phrases from the Declaration of Independence and the quill the Founding Fathers used to sign. The rear has a new enlarged vignette of Independence Hall showing the back instead of the front of the building.

New security features have been added to the new $100 bill to prevent counterfeiting which includes:

  • The Blue 3-D Security Ribbon on the front of the new $100 bill contains images of bells and 100s that move and change from one to the other as you tilt the note.
  • The Bell in the Inkwell changes color from copper to green when the note is tilted, an effect that makes it seem to appear and disappear within the copper inkwell.
  • Portrait watermark of Benjamin Franklin
  • Security thread
  • Color-shifting numeral 100

 

Mixcloud Wants to be the YouTube of Radio

September 21, 2009 | Cool Stuff | My Ramblings | No Comments

Mixcloud is an online radio site that wants to be the “YouTube of Radio”.  The site helps connect radio content to listeners via radio shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes. And best of all, it’s free!  (See video below).

Mixcloud refers to the radio content as Cloudcasts; audio shows that are stored in the “cloud” and available to be streamed on-demand.

Like YouTube, anyone can create an account and upload their content. The community then decides what they like and what gets to the top of the popularity charts.  Mixcloud accepts all types of radio content from talk to music shows that have 5 tracks or more in MP3 format.

Video: What is Mixcloud.com?

For more information visit Mixcloud.com.


Vote for the Winner of the eBay Sellers Challenge

July 21, 2009 | Cool Stuff | No Comments
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Ebay wants your help to determine who should win $25,000 to grow their business on eBay.  EBay started the contest several weeks ago and it ended on July 7, however, now the public will choose a winner.

Contestants had to answer one simple question with a basic business plan and video summation.   The contest is in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship.

Contestants were able to enter their plan in one of four categories:

  • Current or former members of the Unites States armed forces
  • Individuals or small businesses who have not sold on eBay
  • Part-time sellers who want to go full-time on eBay
  • Full-time eBay sellers who want to grow their business further

 

One winner in each category will receive a $25,000 grant to bring their plan to life.  eBay has narrowed the entries down to 8 finalists and now is allowing the eBay community members to vote for 1 winner in each category at sellerschallenge.ebay.com.  Runners up will each receive $5,000 to apply to their business.

Visit sellerschallenge.ebay.com to watch the videos and vote.

Sprint Paying $100 for Getting Friends/Family to Signup

March 3, 2009 | Cool Stuff | 1 Comment
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What to earn $100 and have a friend or family member earn $25?  Sprint is offering a very handsome commission for referring your friends and family to Sprint.  Just go to this link where you’ll be asked to enter the full name and email addresses of yourself and your friends or family members.  You can refer up to 12 people per year.  Sprint will then email your contacts to convince them to join Sprint and reward the both of you.

When your friend or family signs up and is active for 30 days with a Sprint phone, you will be paid with a $100 Sprint Referral Rewards Visa debit card and your friend will get a $25 Visa debit card to spend anywhere Visa cards are accepted.

For more information visit Sprint.com.

Quicken Online is Now Free!

January 7, 2009 | Cool Stuff | 2 Comments

Good news!  Quicken Online is free!  Now you can see your accounts all in one place, know what’s due and what’s left, avoid late fees and check your balances anytime, anywhere.

Quicken Online allows you to know what bills are coming,  when can you pay them, and any cash left over for fun.  Now you’ll know.

Quicken Online Account Mash-Up Makes Online Banking Better. Forget bouncing around sites. View and access your accounts, all in one place. Anytime, anywhere, you can check your account balances online or from your cell phone, 24/7.  Visit Quicken Online for additional information.

Store Your Receipts Online with Shoeboxed

September 6, 2008 | Cool Stuff | No Comments
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Are you a small business owner or even an individual who would love an easy way to manage all your receipts?  If so, you may want to consider trying Shoeboxed.com.  Shoeboxed is a free web site where you can store and organize all your receipts.

Shoeboxed will even scan your receipts for you through their Receipt Mail-In program for a fee.  For $19.95/month, you can mail your receipts in a pre-paid envelop.  Shoeboxed will then scan your receipts and mail the original receipts back to you.  You can then access your receipts online which allow you to sort and export to Excel, Quicken and other popular applications. There is a 30 day money-back guarantee if you want to try it out.

Shoeboxed offers many free tools for organizing your receipts online which includes:

  • Easy aggregation of all your scanned and email receipts
  • Export functionality for Quicken, Excel, CSV, and PDF expense reports
  • Automatically generated statistics about your spending
  • Powerful blocker of spammy emails


Visit Shoeboxed.com for more information