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Looking for a news story about a man who started publishing math lectures online.?

I recently saw a story about a former software engineer who quit his job and started publishing his own math oriented lectures online. I believe his name was indian, but I’m not positive.

He turned his closet into his own lecture hall where he records his lectures and publishes them online for free.

Does anyone know his website or where I can find this news story?

I saw the same news story.

His name is Salman Khan, and his website is at http://www.khanacademy.org .

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Posted by mark - August 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm

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Beyond Customary Ebook Publishing

Single purpose ebooks are a thing of the past, and here is why.

What’s happened to the venerable ebook?  Has it taken it’s place among other antiquated technologies of the Internet like modems and CRT monitors?  Is it a long forgotten technology?

The fact remains that writing an ebook and self publishing it on the Internet has become easier and easier. There are literally thousands of PLR (Private Label Rights) ebooks for the taking so that you don’t even have to be concerned about actually writing an ebook. Ebook software is easily accessible and a lot less expensive, and if you don’t like to write or don’t feel that you have the talent (Just about anyone can write an eBook) you can have a freelance writer do it for you, if you can afford to job it out.

That being said, why even take the time and trouble to write and publish an ebook?  There is most definitely a place for single purpose eBooks on the market today. I would categorize them as highly defined and technical information based ebooks. That is they discuss in great detail how to manage a specific task or function. A good example would be how to utilize RSS feeds on your website, and how they can become a silent marketing tool for your products or services.

Segmented marketing strategies such as technically based ebooks present a different challenge to the Internet Marketer as they require specific knowledge of a given subject to write.  So how can the average person make money with an ebook?

A good example would be to create a free give-away ebook that discusses the merits of other products that you may be selling. This is done quite often and has increased sales and conversion rates for products and services. Within the ebook you discuss the rational for the use of your product or service and create active links to your sales page.

Another method of non-traditional ebook publishing is the “branded” or viral ebook. This is when you create a similar ebook to the above example but allow your affiliates to brand it as their own ebook and distribute it to their customers. The ebook can be branded so that the sales links can be personalized for each affiliate.

Viral ebooks have been around for sometime and the software to create them is well within reach of the average Internet marketer. For example the Adobe PDF format is the worldwide standard for creating an ebook. There is no question that Adobe Acrobat® is the premiere tool for creating pdf ebooks, however there are alternatives that are less expensive that will create and convert to the pdf format. Viral PDF ebooks are very attractive because they provide an unusual way to distribute an information or software product, that is easy and inexpensive to produce.

The process is simple. Let’s say that you have a great widget making software program. You decide to write an ebook that explains all of the benefits of widgets and how they will change the world as we know it. Instead of selling this ebook you give it away with free software that creates proprietary links for anyone who joins your affiliate program. (A simple membership to either PayDotCom or Clickbank starts your first affiliate program for very little work or investment on your part) This means that your affiliates can now offer an ebook that is branded with their name and their affiliate links to anyone that they choose to send it to. This means that whenever someone purchases through those links you get a sale and the affiliate gets a commission. A win-win situation.

With the above suggestions you can easily see how an ebook still furnishes you with a marketing tool to promote your business, product or resource.

Rick Carbone
http://www.articlesbase.com/home-business-articles/beyond-customary-ebook-publishing-699290.html

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Posted by mark - June 26, 2017 at 12:14 am

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Freelance Writing Online: Some Hard and Fast Facts

If there is one maxim that has continued to remain true about the Internet it is that “Content is King”. The fact that website owners need fresh and relevant content to keep browsers coming back to their website means that there is a secondary market for content creation.

This of course has created a wonderful opportunity for freelance writers who can spend their time creating content for others and be paid for it. But before you throw in your day jobs, register your profile with Elance or Guru and start banging away on your laptop, let’s look at some of the truisms of the market so that you can enter the opportunity with open eyes.

Firstly, let’s deal with the question of how much money you can make. Will you make a million dollars? No. Only very high profile offline authors make this sort of money. Is it possible to make $80- $100k per year. The answer is yes but like anything it will require some hard work and a dash of entrepreneurial spirit. In fact, to be truly successful you will need to spend nearly as much time marketing yourself as you will creating content. To command this type of income you will also most likely need to augment your writing efforts with some affiliate marketing. This isn’t difficult: you still create content but you will also make sure that you embed some of your own affiliate links in the content that you create.

It also depends on your agenda. If you’re looking to make a full time income then those figures are within your reach. If however, you’re a student for instance and therefore do not have as much time at your disposal, then a $20k per annum secondary income at the upper end would be the more likely scenario.

Do you have to be a good writer to succeed online? No. In fact being a good writer may actually be a hindrance: simply for the fact that your work may not be appreciated and command the price that you feel it’s worth. The nature of the market that you will be dealing with is one that is after fast and relatively cheap content. They’re not after high quality writing so don’t try and be Shakespeare. All you really need is a decent grasp of spelling and punctuation and be able to write in a conversational tone. Easy? You bet.

Do you need to have a subject specialty? Once again the answer is no and if you do specialise then you may be severely denting your income prospects. The secret here is to not put all your eggs in one basket. You want to have multiple sources of income: this means not only a multiplicity of subjects but also a multiplicity off avenues to get your writing out there. Bidding at auction sites such as Guru.com and Elance.com is certainly one way of getting the dollars in but it does not preclude creating monetised blogs or writing and submitting articles with embedded links.

It helps when writing online for a living to think outside the box. You can certainly make a steady income from just writing alone but by tweaking and monetising your approach with affiliate marketing you can put yourself in a position to really explode your income.

Scott Salter
http://www.articlesbase.com/non-fiction-articles/freelance-writing-online-some-hard-and-fast-facts-110810.html

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Posted by mark - May 19, 2017 at 6:26 am

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Where is a good place to find an employee in online writing?

For example, a job search engine.. Doesn’t have to specifically be about writing, but the job posting has to be free.

Here are a few to look at. Whatever you do when you find sites that offer help is Do not provide your Social Security Number to anybody until you have a job offer.
http://www.monster.com/
http://www.careerbuilder.com/
http://www.dice.com/ Tech
http://seattle.craigslist.org/ Select your city & watch for SCAMs
http://www.usajobs.com/ Government
http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/
http://www.simplyhired.com/
http://www.rileyguide.com/jobs.html Informative
http://www.employmentguide.com/
http://www.joblistings.org/

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Posted by mark - November 2, 2016 at 11:27 pm

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Free Writing – Four Tips to Make Blogging Work for You

Do you blog? If your answer is “No”, start blogging today, because if you’re a freelance writer and your name doesn’t show up in Google, your credibility is zero. Here’s how to get the most from your blog.
There’s more to blogging than you think. Forget considering your blog an online journal: your blog is a professional tool.
I could spend hours talking about the benefits of blogs for writers (and often do), but here are four tips to make blogging work for you.
1. Establish Your Portfolio Blog: Your “Name” Blog
The first blog (yes, you should have more than one) you need to establish is your “name” blog. So if your name is Milly Emmeline Smythe (which I hope is a fictitious name; I’m not referring to a real person), your blog would be titled Milly Emmeline Smythe.
As soon as anyone types your name into Google, your name blog should appear.
Big tip: please forget creative, cute names. Google and the other search engines are software programs; they have no concept of cleverness for the help www.bloggers-guide-to-profit.com. Your sole aim is for your name to show up as the first result in a search engine when a writing buyer types your name. If it does: instant credibility.
2. Use Social Media to Share Your Blog Posts
With millions of Web sites online, your blog needs links pointing to it so that people can find you.
The easiest way to get links is to use a couple of the many social media tools. Pick your favorites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn… These tools can help you to get known via links, fast.
Another way to get known is to frequent forums.
3. Get Known on Forums Where You Can Get Hired
Stay away from writer’s forums. Your fellow writers, charming as they may be, can’t hire you. They may even harm your nascent career if you take their advice too much to heart. You’ll rarely find professional writers on writers’ forums: they’re too busy writing. However, you will find pro writers on forums for business owners, Webmasters and Internet marketers.
Adding a link to your “name” blog in your forum signature is an easy way of getting a link, and getting hired too. Capable freelance writers are in high demand on the Web.
4. Write About Your Favorite Topics (the Ones You Want to Get Hired to Write About)
New blogging writers tend to write about writing: it’s top of mind, and it’s what you know. However, it’s rarely the way to get hired to write.
Write about the topics you want to be hired to write about: parenting, business, technology…
Remember the search engines. Over time, your name should appear somewhere on the first page of the search results whenever someone enters search query terms like “writer”, “freelance” and “your topic.”
For example, if your pet topic is parenting skills for the help www.feed-reader-links.com, your name should appear whenever anyone types “writer parenting” into a search engine query field.
Use these tips to make blogging work for you to build your freelance writing career. There’s never been a better time to be a writer: you can make a great income, thanks to your blogs.Do you blog? If your answer is “No”, start blogging today, because if you’re a freelance writer and your name doesn’t show up in Google, your credibility is zero. Here’s how to get the most from your blog.
There’s more to blogging than you think. Forget considering your blog an online journal: your blog is a professional tool.
I could spend hours talking about the benefits of blogs for writers (and often do), but here are four tips to make blogging work for you.
1. Establish Your Portfolio Blog: Your “Name” Blog
The first blog (yes, you should have more than one) you need to establish is your “name” blog. So if your name is Milly Emmeline Smythe (which I hope is a fictitious name; I’m not referring to a real person), your blog would be titled Milly Emmeline Smythe.
As soon as anyone types your name into Google, your name blog should appear.
Big tip: please forget creative, cute names. Google and the other search engines are software programs; they have no concept of cleverness for the help www.bloggers-guide-to-profit.com. Your sole aim is for your name to show up as the first result in a search engine when a writing buyer types your name. If it does: instant credibility.
2. Use Social Media to Share Your Blog Posts
With millions of Web sites online, your blog needs links pointing to it so that people can find you.
The easiest way to get links is to use a couple of the many social media tools. Pick your favorites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn… These tools can help you to get known via links, fast.
Another way to get known is to frequent forums.
3. Get Known on Forums Where You Can Get Hired
Stay away from writer’s forums. Your fellow writers, charming as they may be, can’t hire you. They may even harm your nascent career if you take their advice too much to heart. You’ll rarely find professional writers on writers’ forums: they’re too busy writing. However, you will find pro writers on forums for business owners, Webmasters and Internet marketers.
Adding a link to your “name” blog in your forum signature is an easy way of getting a link, and getting hired too. Capable freelance writers are in high demand on the Web.
4. Write About Your Favorite Topics (the Ones You Want to Get Hired to Write About)
New blogging writers tend to write about writing: it’s top of mind, and it’s what you know. However, it’s rarely the way to get hired to write.
Write about the topics you want to be hired to write about: parenting, business, technology…
Remember the search engines. Over time, your name should appear somewhere on the first page of the search results whenever someone enters search query terms like “writer”, “freelance” and “your topic.”
For example, if your pet topic is parenting skills for the help www.feed-reader-links.com, your name should appear whenever anyone types “writer parenting” into a search engine query field.
Use these tips to make blogging work for you to build your freelance writing career. There’s never been a better time to be a writer: you can make a great income, thanks to your blogs.

ravi singh
http://www.articlesbase.com/blogging-articles/free-writing-four-tips-to-make-blogging-work-for-you-724798.html

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Posted by mark - June 2, 2016 at 9:56 am

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Where can I find a good free blogging site?

I don’t really like livejournal or xanga. I already have both of those. I was going to try deadjournal because I read on here that it was really good, but I don’t want to have to pay for it and you have to have an invite code to get in free. Does anybody have an invite code they could give me, or a suggestion on another free blogging website I could try? Any information would be helpful.

www.blogspot.com

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Posted by mark - October 21, 2015 at 8:08 am

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Simple Book Marketing Tips

Authors, self publishers and book publishers can be very unhappy when they see boxes of books delivered from the printer, loaded onto pallets in their garage and not have any idea on how they’re going to sell them; don’t let this happen to you — be prepared. Self publishers need to have a good marketing plan to sell books and should be written prior to writing your book and in place a year prior to publishing your book. This article will provide you with easy, free,
For more detail go to: www.ebook-marketing-exposed.com. and cheap book marketing, promotion and publicity tips to get you headed in the right direction fast. Press releases can generate thousands of dollars in sales when picked up by national trade or print media. Mail a press release to at least 1000 print and broadcast contacts just prior to publishing your title and again and again after you publish; you can never send too many. Make sure your press release spells out the ‘who, what, where, when, and why.’ Using press releases can be a very effective marketing tool if used properly. Mail a press release to all the trade journals in your field over and over again; you can use the same release. Invest in press release submitting software and set aside time every week to send out a press release online to the press directories. Using press releases for marketing or promoting your book or book’s website has become increasingly popular as publishers discover the powerful benefits of using press releases. Send out the same press release to the editor of your local daily newspaper every week until you are called for an interview or are written up. Submit articles to online article directories that focus on your book’s topic to drive customers to your website. Print and online publications provide longevity to your marketing campaign in terms of having something tangible for people to reference ongoing. Contact non-bookstore booksellers and offer to leave books on consignment. Find a non-exclusive distributor with a good reputation to carry your book for the book store trade, as well as for other retailers. Local radio shows and television appearances are good but are often forgotten within hours of the broadcast; make sure to make or get a copy of any television broadcast for future promotions. If your book fits a specialty market, find a store that fits the genre and offer to leave books on consignment; many publishers have sold thousands of books this way. Make sure your sales letter or flier is first class; this is your formal presentation of your title to the prospective buyer. Place free ads periodically for your book’s website on Craig list in different categories to drive even more traffic to your website. I’ve not found that book signings sell many books for publishers and are often a waste of time; better to spend it elsewhere.
for more detail go to :www.ebook-secrets-revealed.com.   Make sure to promote and market your book each and every day, both online and offline. Women buy more books then men; see how you can fit your book into the women’s’ market. Your sales letter or flier should include an eye-grabbing headline, the benefits to the buyer, the book features, book sales information and testimonials.
http://www.pdf-stampers.com
Market your book to your number one market first, and then go after the secondary markets. Remember to make sure your book is listed in Books-in-Print; don’t assume it’s already listed. I’ve seen publishers lose a lot of money paying for expensive display ads, so beware if you do this; I don’t advise it in the beginning — get your feet wet first so you know what you’re doing.

RAJIV SINGH,
http://www.articlesbase.com/marketing-articles/simple-book-marketing-tips-675827.html

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Posted by mark - September 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm

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Is there a place I can post a story I am writing online and have it read and commented on by others?

I’m looking for a place to post a novel I am writing online and have it read and possibly critiqued by others. It is not fanfiction. Does anyone know a site that does this?

There is certainly a place for your story. Try thewritersblok.net or go to rmbyrne@bloks.net. Here you will find tips to assist you to write a number of disciplines, as well as access to other users stories, poems, essays etc. Publishers have been known to access this site for work to publish. Make sure you have your story presented as well as possible with accurate punctuation, grammer, tense etc. Good luck! rustyR

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Posted by mark - March 3, 2015 at 9:49 pm

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Blog Marketing Via Online Word of Mouth

With more and more bloggers go online, how to attract traffic becomes the primary concern of the blog owner. If nobody comes for a long period of time, you will feel disappointed and lose interest in writing. Although you can find thousands of blogs through search engines, many of them have already been discarded not long after its opening.

There are many online marketing theories to promote the blogs, like advertisement and SEO. But the reality is greatly different from the textbooks. For most bloggers, they do not have enough budget to conduct big scale companion. And they still hope to get some revenue from the blog itself. Leaving comments on other’s blog is of low efficiency because your comments are most likely to be filtered out automatically by program as spam.

Become a successful blogger to attract readers, the writer must have real experience and in-depth ideas in a certain field. For example, in photography, the writer shall know about the quality of cameras, shooting experiences for some time, consideration of some technical problems and solution try-and-error. With these as the preparation, s/he can publish these tips into blog.

After that s/he shall go to communicate with others, including bloggers with same interests on photography, photographers using the same camera, or publishing agency in the shooting theme. Join online forums and communities to exchange ideas with these people and enter the circle to make others know who you are.

Where to start from? Find a topic that you have something in common with others. For example, you can talk about your shopping experience when you purchase your camera. You can talk about where you bought it, the price, the service and the product quality, etc. This will attract many listeners who are using the same products.

Since you have already owned a lot of things, you can talk with others about them, your cell phone, car, notebook, mp3, and iPod, etc. You can share your car-buying stories at mydrive.com, a specialized auto business site. Or you can post your positive or negative comments about company, products or services at my3cents.com.

Another design is AcoBay.com. It focuses on the communication between consumers regarding the purchased product and using experiences. It is interactive rather than static display of product reviews. Users can put forward questions to reviewer so that more specific and detailed information can be available. One interesting feature is that you can find people who bought same products as yours across different product lines. For example, another guy using iPone 3G, Sony DSLR-A700 camera, and driving BMW 7 Series sedan.

After you make yourself known in the online community, you can introduce your blog to your network and they are more liable to accept it.

Jack Yang
http://www.articlesbase.com/blogging-articles/blog-marketing-via-online-word-of-mouth-716170.html

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Posted by mark - January 23, 2015 at 2:40 am

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When you’re looking for the best blogging tips from expert bloggers, who do you turn to?

I get overwhelmed by all of the excellent info about blogging that’s available. Give me the best of the best! I’m looking to take the advice of the ones who give actionable, easily implementable ideas that work. Names and website info please. Plus, the best tip they’ve given you that really works. Thanks!

Though, you will read and be approached by many so-called experts, who tell you how they made millions out of blogging and how you too can earn that much. In addition, they tell you blogging is all play and no work. But blogging is nothing like what most people tell others. It’s a serious hard work and the chances of success, to passionate people, are more or less the same as with other real world professions.

To get you a fair idea of blogging, from earning perspective, let I share with you some facts:

Before answering to your question, I want to put a fact: majority bloggers earn nothing, a small number earn something equivalent to a cup of coffee a day, rest make either modest or big money.

So when you ask "Can someone make a living out of blogging?" then the true answer is, even if very difficult, it’s possible. One can earn a living, and one can earn big money too. But why one limit the scenario to blogging, most professions and careers present the same picture, more or less.

Now let I give a preview of the earning potential of a blog:

If your idea is to earn by showing ads from ad programs like Adsense, Kontera, Adbrite etc. then your earnings will depend on the number of clicks you manage to get on your displayed ads. On an average, if your blog content is good, means if the content shows good context ads, and if you have 300 blog visitors then you will have 2-6 clicks on your ads. Studies show ads on websites have a click ratio of around 2 percent. Thus for every 100 visitors one can expect to get 2 clicks on ads. Or in other words, out of 100 visitors to a blog, only 2 visitors click on an ad. This translates into, 1 or 1.2 dollars a day for a 300 visitor a day blog.

If your idea is to earn revenue by selling products through affiliate links; or sell your own products/services, then again, the earnings will depend on your blog traffic. And the chances of a visitor going for a buy, is again around 2 percent.

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Regarding who new bloggers should look up to, my answer is: You should look up to people like me, the website packagers, who will neither promise you the moon nor overwhelm you with the difficulties. What they’ll let you know is the real picture and how to overcome the difficulties that a blogger faces during his/her blog’s initial life cycle.

Thanks

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Posted by mark - January 11, 2015 at 8:35 pm

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