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At one time or another, you have likely heard the expression: “Possession is nine-tenths of the law.” It’s true! It essentially means that ownership is easier to maintain if one has possession of something. Then again, that IS the trick isn’t it?!
While this axiom primarily referred to property issues, the same holds true for content for your information products. One of the biggest stumbling blocks I see SO many struggling with is the lack of content. And if you want to create and sell ANY kind of information product (and you should), you need content! Kindle and print books, webinars, membership sites and more ALL need content. It’s obvious, right?
That’s one of the primary reasons I’ve been such a HUGE fan of Public Domain content. Not only is it quality, PROVEN content, but there is TONS of it!! Of course, you have to know WHERE to find it, don’t you?
You can’t find what you don’t know to look for…
I say that ALL the time because it’s true. How can you find and possess something if you don’t know it exists or where to find it? That’s where Public Domain Profit Centers comes in super handy! It reveals over 500 of the best websites for finding all types of content in the Public Domain. And this weekend, you can discover ALL the content you’ll ever need for less than the cost of dinner for two at a nice restaurant.
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It was the first day of the new millennium and he greeted it by walking away from a $20 an hour job to start his own business. He had never been in business for himself before and the endless possibilities were exhilarating and exciting. The man had planned well for his departure and began his new business with a few prime clients in place. With hard work and perseverance, he replaced his previous salary within two years. Then the unthinkable happened. Like the orchestrated detonation of a condemned building, his business collapsed in 2002 due to a major shift in his industry. The bottom fell out and there was nothing the man could do to stop it.
His income dropped by 80%, and in spite of 13 attempts to go back to a “real job”, every opportunity fell through. Relying on food stamps to feed his family, his house in active foreclosure, the man knew there had to be another way. In spite of the bleak outlook, he knew he had made the right choice to start his own business. With a renewed commitment to himself and his family to find the answer he was looking for, the man continued to push ahead with a dream of something more.
Slowly, he rebuilt his business, saved his house and got off food stamps. But in spite of all his hard work and effort, the answer the man searched for alluded him. A year later, when a stranger’s comment reminded him of something he had forgotten from ten years previous, a spark of curiosity captured the man’s imagination with an idea of possibility. How could he have so easily forgotten a “miracle” that had saved his family once before? With little outside help and a lot of hard work, the man ventured into a brand-new marketplace with a vision for the future and his first book in hand. That was five years ago and that man was me. The discovery (or rather, re-discovery, was the Public Domain.
In the past five years, Public Domain content has changed my life. Through the products I’ve created from Public Domain content, I’ve been able to generate a consistent six-figure income every year. The reason why that’s so amazing and such good news for you is that the copyright laws haven’t changed and Public Domain content is more accessible now than ever before. And so I have decided that, in honor of my 5-year anniversary in working with Public Domain content, I am going to teach a brand-new series that reveals the blueprints I’ve discovered and developed to create profit-pulling products from Public Domain content.
In “Public Domain Blueprint,” I am going to reveal the best strategies, the best blueprints for turning the proven content from the Public Domain into laser-focused, profit-producing products using every media type available: Books, Serials, Patents, Government, Images, Audio & Video. You might think that I’ve shared all my secrets about the Public Domain, but you would be wrong. In “Public Domain Blueprint”, however, they all come out. I’m holding nothing back.
If you’re ready for the next level of product creation (and you’d like to get in on the fun at an 85% discount), click the link below and get ready to discover the Public Domain like you’ve never seen it before. Because I’m going to tell you what works and what doesn’t. Click below!
Over the past several years, I’ve explored pretty much every type of content available in the Public Domain, from books and magazines to patents, videos and more. In that time, I concluded that I had pretty much seen it all…that there were no new surprises available for me to discover. Recently, I discovered I was wrong.
I put together a two-page report that explains my discovery. Don’t let the small page count fool you…what I’m revealing in these two pages is HUGE! Find out for yourself!
Here is the next strategy in our “30 Covert Strategies” series…
2. Publish E-Books. When it comes to e-books, I’m lumping all types of e-books into one description here. These would include PDF’s you sell or give away from your website, as well as e-books published for the Kindle, Nook, iPad and every other tablet and mobile device available now and in the future! While I love print books, the truth is that e-book sales are on the rise, and that’s not about to change. E-readers have changed everything. With the number of e-readers, tablets and smartphones already in use, plus more being purchased everyday, you cannot ignore creating and selling e-books…unless you hate money.
Selling your own PDFs created from Public Domain content is pretty straightforward since most word processors and page layout programs output directly to PDF. Publishing to the other platforms can present a few more challenges, but don’t let that stop you. Amazon offers excellent tutorials for publishing to the Kindle, as does Barnes & Noble for the Nook. Other sites, like Smashwords.com, enable you to publish to all the major reader platforms by supplying your book(s) in the EPUB format, the standard for most readers. The same book creation strategies I shared with Print Books apply here. As a matter of fact, I would HIGHLY recommend creating BOTH print books AND e-books of every Public Domain-based book you publish. There is no reason to NOT do that…unless you like leaving money on the table!
I’m writing a new series of posts that break down the BEST ways to profit from Public Domain content. To kick the new series off, here is Strategy #1!
1. Publish Print Books. You would think that republishing books from the Public Domain would be a no-brainer strategy for marketers to pursue; especially with today’s high-quality POD technology; yet few actually do it. Here are a few covert approaches to consider for creating print books from Public Domain content: Rather than publish existing books as-is, consider pulling the BEST content from topically-related books to create a “new,” more laser-focused book with you listed as the editor or compiler. CreateSpace.com (owned by Amazon) makes it easy to create and publish your own print books, offering templates and step-by-step instructions!
Alternatively, also consider finding related magazine articles from the Public Domain and publish them in print form. Each article would represent a chapter (unless it’s a really short article). There are hundreds of thousands of pages of content available in the Public Domain in magazine form just waiting to be re-purposed. The goal here is to create print books that people actually want to buy and read rather than to just publish content for the sake of “getting it out there.” CreateSpace also enables you to publish full-color print books as well. The cost per unit is higher, but with the millions of photographs and illustrations available in the Public Domain, the opportunities here are endless.
Need ideas on topics to focus on? Here is a hot one…we are just now entering the timeframe of the 150 anniversary of the Civil War. For the next three years, there will be a LOT of celebrations and events related to this country-changing historical event! Capitalize on it!
I’ve been teaching a webinar series for my Step-by-Step Members lately on creating different types of physical products from Public Domain content. And so, for today’s post, I thought it might be beneficial for you if I listed some of my personal favorite resources for getting physical products created.
First of all…WHY physical products? Aren’t digital products easier to manage and more profitable? Yes and no! The truth is that, in spite of the rise of the iPad and other mobile devices, many people still enjoy having a tangable, physical “something” to hold and stick on the bookshelf or share with a friend. And besides, try “wearing” a piece of digital art…grin. Physical products also carry a certain sense of “realness” that digital products don’t have. Then there is the perceived value piece of it. Try an experiment…tell someone you wrote an e-book, and then tell them you also wrote a print book. Somehow, having a book in “print” carries greater weight in the mind of the reader because you’ve been “published.”
So what types of physical products are able to be created using Public Domain content? With, with the advent of many different types of on-demand technologies, there are quite a few types of physical products you can create. As recent as just a few years ago, many of these technologies either didn’t exist or were crazy expensive. All that has changed now and will continue to evolve…for our benefit!
Some of the most popular physical product creation methods available to you include:
- Books (paperback, hardback, photo books, etc.)
- DVDs (movies, digital collections, software, etc.)
- CDs (music, digital files, software, etc.)
- Binders (workbooks, course modules and more)
- Apparel (t-shirts, totes, jackets, hoodies, etc.)
- Prints (posters, maps, artwork, photographs, calendars, etc.)
- Other Printed Pieces (magazines, calendars, greeting cards, etc.)
- Household Items (drinkware, window decor, tapestries, etc.)
As you can see, there are quite a few options for you to choose from for creating physical products. Please bear this important point in mind though…if you don’t actually CREATE the products, you can’t make money from them. Seems obvious enough, but you’d be surprised how many DON’T take action. So to make “taking action” as EASY as possible, here is a list of some of my favorite sites for creating products in a “physical” way. As Olivia Newton John once sang…”Let’s get physical…” lol.
Public Domain content in the United Kingdom recently took a huge step forward with the release of the Open Government License by the UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF). The Open Government Licence (OGL) is a simple set of terms and conditions to enable the free re-use of government and public sector information.
“The OGL covers information where the relevant rights owner, or Information Provider which has authority to license the Information for use, make it expressly available for use under the terms of the OGL. This can be achieved by a clear statement in the information being licensed, or in a position which relates to the information, or by means of a hyperlink.
The OGL can cover:
- non-personal information and works which are subject to copyright and database right (much of this information will be accessible on public sector web sites or already published by the public sector)
- previously unpublished datasets released by the public sector; and
- source code and software originating from public sector bodies.
Much of this information will be accessible on public sector web sites, online portals or printed publications.” (excerpted from HERE)
When a UK “work” is licensed under the OGL, the Licensor grants you a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use the Information subject to the conditions below.
You are free to:
- copy, publish, distribute and transmit the Infomation;
- adapt the Information;
- exploit the Information commercially for example, by combining it with other Information, or by including it in your own product or application.
There is also attribution required as a part of the license, very similar to a Creative Commons license.
The OGL opens up a LOT of amazing content for use in product creation and more (you saw point #3, right?). One example of the wealth of content available under this license is the National Archives in the UK, which contains a massive treasure trove of documents, images and more. Make sure you spend some time reading this exciting new license in its entirety, then prepare to embark on a treasure hunt of UK proportions!
One of the greatest treasure troves of works in the Public Domain is the National Archives (NARA). NARA’s “job” is to archive Federal records that are judged to have continuing value—about 2 to 5 percent of those generated in any given year. As you would imagine, this has resulted in a growing massive collection of materials, diverse in form as well as in content. There are approximately 9 billion pages of textual records; 7.2 million maps, charts, and architectural drawings; more than 20 million still photographs; billions of machine-readable data sets; and more than 365,000 reels of film and 110,000 videotapes. All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens (like making money from new products created with them).
While the materials currently available online are but a fraction of NARA’s total holdings, there is still tens of thousands of works available to you online right now. And…if you want to have even MORE fun, I would highly recommend making a trip to the National Archives in College Park, MD. With 6 floors of Public Domain goodness, you will be like a kid in a candy store. It is truly an amazing experience. What is great is that they even allow you to bring in your digital cameras, video cameras, laptops and scanners…all for the purpose of duplicating the “hard copy” editions of the content. One of my personal highlights so far was being able to scan original prints by Ansel Adams taken of our most popular National Parks.
The National Archives has a comprehensive Archival Research Catalog (ARC) available online. Search the ARC HERE. Click on “Search Options” and then click on the “Digital Copies” tab at the top. Now you’re ready to search through ARC’s online records. You can also explore the National Archives online exhibits HERE and HERE.
When people think about finding Public Domain content, they often never consider military sites for content. Honestly, most even overlook government sites altogether. Because military content is created using tax-payer dollars, most of it is actually in the Public Domain…and it’s NOT all about war or protecting our interests.
For instance, some of the best Public Domain-based content I found related to photography was found on a military site. The best recipes I found for preparing meals for large groups was from a military site. I think you get the picture.
I recent found a wonderful resource for military content…this one largely focused on history…with thousands upon thousands of documents, reports, and records. Not only does this site include recent documents, but also ones from centuries past (you should see some of the amazing photos!). To shortcut to time and effort, use the Search Digitized Material button to keep your search focused on materials that are fully available online.
I just discovered an amazing new app for Apple’s iPad that I have to share here. It’s called “Alice” and is best on the bestselling classic, Alice in Wonderland. But this isn’t your typical re-hashing of Alice and the rabbit…oh no. Chris Stevens and Ben Roberts of Atomic Antelope, Ltd. have re-imagined this 145 year-old story from Lewis Carroll in a fresh, unique way by marrying together the power of storytelling with physics. The result is an experience that looks like it was scripted straight out of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (my all-time favorite movie).
So what makes THIS version of Alice in Wonderland so unique? It’s the way you can interact with it! You tilt your iPad one way and Alice grows…you tilt the other way and she shrinks. Shake your iPad and the Mad Hatter’s head bobbles. Heck, you can even throw cards at the Queen of Hearts! “Alice” is truly a magical book experience that very well could define the future of children’s books.
The best part of this “new” creation is that it just goes to demonstrate, once again, that ANYTHING is possible with Public Domain content. Just apply your own creative innovation to it, like Chris and Ben did, and you end up with a runaway best-selling app (not an easy task). You can learn more about “Alice” on the Atomic Antelope website. And to get an idea of just how fun this app truly is, I’ll close with the “Alice” promo video.