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Spring and Summer are favorite times of the year for me on a number of levels. I prefer a warm breeze over snow, flowers over snow, yard sales over snow…I think you get the picture. This time of the year also brings with it something else I love…book sales! One of my favorite annual sales happens next weekend…I’m excited!
When you consider that there is a minimum of 85 million books in the Public Domain and only 4 million of those are available online, it makes events like a good book sale seem like a magical treasure hunt for content…or maybe it’s just me
The best way to find out what book sales are happening in your area is to use the same website I use: Book Sale Finder (http://www.booksalefinder.com). It’s not the most beautiful website in the world, but they deliver the information you want…where is the next sale? Simply click on your state and check the listings.
Something you may also want to consider, especially if you travel a lot, is to check listings for the area you’re travelling to. You never know what book adventure may await!
When checking the listings on Book Sale Finder, you will find that there are a number of different types of listings with regard to what is being offered at the sales. What you want to pay attention to are the sales that feature 100% donated books that are NOT picked over. I’ll use the listing for the local sale I’m attending as the perfect example for what I mean. Here is the listing:
50,000 books; 100% donated; 65% hardcover; sorted; not ‘picked over'; no buyer restrictions; plus maps, sheet music, A/V; paperback .50; hardcovers up to $15
There are several key points to note here…
- The quantity listed (more is better)
- 100% donated (provides greater opportunity for “goodies”)
- 65% hardcover (most older books in the Public Domain are hardcover)
- Sorted (makes it MUCH easier to find what you are searching for quickly)
- Not picked over (increases your chances for finding books of value, content-wise)
- No buyer restrictions (means you can buy as much as you want…a good thing)
- Other offerings and prices (always good to know).
Here are a few more “Book Sale Survival Guide” tips:
Take a bag, cart or box. You will want something to put your books in…trust me, if you start finding a lot of books, this will make your life easier.
Grab now, sort later. The name of the game is to grab ANY book that looks like it could have potential for you. Delaying could result in you NOT ending up with the book. You can always sort later before you pay.
Check Copyrights on the spot. If you think you’ve found a gem, you can check its copyright right on the spot by using your iPhone or Blackberry. Log into the Standford University site (for books 1923 – 1950) or the Copyright.gov site (for books 1950 – 1964) and conduct a search. It could save you some time and money!
Book Dealers. They’ll be there, so be aware. They are easy to spot. You’ll usually see the scanning books with a barcode reader to check the “sell” value of books. What’s funny about that is that they’re hoping to find cheap books that they can, in turn, sell for a profit. Spend $1.00 and sell for $20.00. Of course, our approach is MUCH different. Spend $1.00 and make $1,000’s be creating new products. But again, be aware that some of the books you are after, they are too…but not all!
Stay focused! Whenever you are faced with sorting through 50,000 books, it’s really easy to become distracted. Go to the sale with specific niche topics in mind and search for those books first. After you’ve explored those topics THEN look around for other possibilities. This is super important! Lots of people in a room with lots of books can challenge the best book junkies, so go with a plan. Consider even writing a list of specific authors or titles so you don’t forget to check for them in the flurry of excitement.
Book Sales are a LOT of fun, but don’t plan to attend thinking only a few people will be there. If it’s a big sale, plan to go early…there WILL be a line! Just remember to have fun…enjoy yourself…and look forward to finding those “hidden gems!”
If you’ve been following me for a while, you will have noticed that I talk a LOT of using magazine content from the Public Domain. In my latest product release, “Limitless Blog Content,” I go into great detail on how to identify, locate and develop Public Domain magazine content for niche-specific blogs. But I want you to realize that the same methods I share in the ebook can (and should) be applied to nearly ALL your content needs. In this article, I will share some valuable insights on how you can increase your visibility (and traffic) for your niche products through the use of magazine content from the Public Domain.
The other day, I posted a new post to my dog blog (http://doesyourdogdothis.com) titled, “The Hounds.” It’s an excellent article on the various breeds of hound dogs from around the world. I’ve included a brief excerpt below:
Elvis Presley may have made hound dogs popular with his 1956 remake of the song, “Hound Dog,” but ancient literature is replete with reference to Hounds. Zenophon the Greek discoursed at length on the care of hounds. This article highlights the breeds included officially in the Hound Show Group. There are many more hound breeds throughout the world but space does not permit mention of them (you can read the rest of the “Hounds” article here: http://doesyourdogdothis.com/hound/the-hounds/).
This article was originally published in the September 1958 issue of Dog World and is in the Public Domain. Because the article has already proven itself (already been published) and was written by an expert breeder of hounds, it required very minimal editing. Plus, it was the perfect size for multiple uses…around 540 words. It took me all of 5 minutes to scan and OCR it for use. I’ve obviously used this article for my blog, but what else can I do with it? That’s exactly what we’re going to examine in this article.
Blogs: As “Limitless Blog Content” reveals, niche-specific magazine content like this is perfect for blogs. You don’t have to write it yourself or worry about the info being posted on a hundred other websites.
Articles: The same content used for the blog post can be used as an article. Just include your tagline info at the end of the article and you’re ready to post it to the various articles websites (such as www.eZineArticles.com).
Autoresponders: It’s common practice to “bribe” visitors to sign-up to your niche-specific newsletter. One type of offer that is commonly used is a “6-part series” on whatever your niche is. Of course, the series can be however long you need it to be, but the point here is that magazine articles from the Public Domain are perfect content for these autoresponder series.
eZines: Similar to autoresponder series, eZines are another vehicle for you to keep in touch with your subscribers on an ongoing basis. Publishing a weekly eZine requires continuous supplies of fresh content, so why not use your limitless supply from magazines to solve that problem.
Squidoo Lens: Use the article as part of a Squidoo lens (www.squidoo.com) for your niche topic. Squidoo gets a lot of attention from the search engines (and live readers) and can provide a lot of targeted traffic back to your website.
Scribd.com: Post the article on Scribd.com (www.scribd.com). There, the article can be read by thousands of readers interested in your niche, who can then mark the article as a personal favorite, share it with others, etc. You will also gain a lot of good organic links in Google and the other search engines, who love the Scribd.com website. There are other similar sites as well that you can post to, such as www.docstoc.com.
MySpace: The article can be included in your niche-themed MySpace site or blog (www.myspace.com) for all your “friends.”
Products: Obviously, you can use the article, along with other niche-related articles (also from Public Domain magazines) to create ebooks, training courses, etc. The products you can create are only limited by your market and your imagination. For instance, I don’t know that I could use the “Hound” article as part of a training course, but it would serve as an excellent introduction to an ebook on Hounds.
Print Magazines: You can take your customer interaction to the next level by moving your interaction into the print world with a print magazine. As with eZines, magazine content from the Public Domain is the perfect choice to include as a part of your layout since it’s proven and was written for a magazine to begin with!
Google Gadgets: If you use iGoogle as the homepage for your browser, then you are familiar with Google Gadgets. These gadgets represent all kinds of ways for you to obtain the information you want and need instantly to your desktop. From the latest weather forecast or your Twitter feeds to games and quotes of the day, Google Gadgets provides the perfect platform to reach the desktop of your target audience. Plus, Google makes creating your own gadget to share with others a simple task. Magazine content from the Public Domain can provide the source info you need stay connected with your like-minded friends.
Private Label Rights: You can include the article as part of a collection of niche-specific articles that you can sell to other marketers with private label rights (PLR). You can also compile the articles into PLR ebooks to sell as well.
I hope you can see the value and power behind using Public Domain magazine content for, not only your blogs, but also for nearly anything else you need content for. To get started on taking control of YOUR content and benefiting from the limitless amount of content available to you in the Public Domain right now, visit www.limitlessblogcontent.com right now and invest in your successful information marketing future by picking up your own copy of “Limitless Blog Content.”
=> Blogs are a BIG deal. <=
If you don’t have one (or several), you’re missing out on one of the smartest online business strategies that exists online today. Here’s why. With your own blog(s), you can:
=> Create passive streams of income through affiliate sales, Adsense, banner ads and more (which means more money)
=> Establish yourself as an expert (which increases credibility)
=> Get your website indexed quickly by Google (which means more traffic)
=> Manage and update your websites quickly (which saves time and effort)
=> Interact with your customers and subscribers (which increases loyalty)
=> Quickly post content from a variety of sources, including video (which provides flexibility)
=> Benefit from the power of the Social Bookmarking and Networking Sites (which means even more traffic)
=> And a lot more…
The challenge is (and this may be what’s been stopping you) that you need CONTENT for these blogs. If you’re a prolific
writer on multiple topics…content is NOT an issue. However, chances are that you’re not a prolific writer.
Of course, you COULD purchase a bunch of PLR articles for your niche blog…God knows everyone seems to be selling
them. But you see, that’s part of the problem. How many OTHER people will be posting the SAME articles? Google HATES duplicate content!
Ghosterwriters are an option. Let’s see…one post a day times thirty days a month times $10 an article…well…maybe not. Of course, if you have DEEP pockets of cash, this might be the way to go (BTW…I have some great swamp land in Florida…lots of opportunities…wink).
This exact problem stopped me in my tracks for creating niche blogs. There are some great affiliate products out there I wanted to promote as well as finally making some cash from Adsense…but the content was always an issue. Then I had an epiphany! I made a discovery that changed everything.
NOW, I have more content than I’ll EVER be able to use for my niche blogs. It’s proven content written by leaders in their fields of expertise. Plus, the content costs just pennies for dozens of articles! And here is the best part…I can use the content for my blogs, for articles, for product creation and more without worrying about competition and I look like the EXPERT! Let me give you an example of just how effective this content is: One of my newest niche blogs (you’ll learn all about it in the ebook) is a little over a week old. I have over twenty pages already indexed by Google and one of the posts
I made this morning was indexed in under a minute (you read that correctly)! When is the last time you had a webpage indexed by Google in less than 60 seconds?
You can learn more about this powerful new content model, called “Limitless Blog Content” at the address below and start your OWN money-making niche blogs today!