The Taylor Swift Guide to Writing Brilliant Blog Posts

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Ever wished you could write the kind of posts that people want to read and talk about?

As it happens, you are not alone. Many beginning bloggers face the same problems. They take to the advice that if you want to be good at something, you have to do it everyday. So they make it a point of duty to write everyday.

Even when they are busy and have a lot of issues, they still squeeze out time to write at least 100 words. 100 words still counts for something, right? At least they are writing something.

The whole point of doing this is so that writing will become second nature to them. They will find it a lot easier and it will make them become more confident with using words.

And it does.

But that is not the problem, is it? No it is not. The problem is when they sit down to write a blog post the end product does not come out the way they want it to. They feel it within them that that they have written is not good enough.

So to solve the problem I decided to write this article showing you the secrets to writing brilliant blog posts. To be able to do this though I would like to introduce you to a popular country music artist with an attractive voice.

Taylor Swift

You and I both know who Taylor Swift is.

She is smart, beautiful and she sings well. What you may not know is how she became the rockstar we all rave about today.

Taylor did not become popular by contesting for the American Idol or any music talent hunt show for that matter on TV. No she did it by performing at the famous Bluebird Cafe 'in Nashville, USA.

Unknown to her Scott Borchetta (a music genius now formerly with Dreamworks Records) was at the cafe that day. He was just about to launch his brand new label and he was so thrilled with Taylor's performance that he had no choice but to sign her up.

He could not allow such a bright talent to remain under a shade. The world had to see what she was made of.

The same can be said about most beginning bloggers. They leave the reader with no choice but to click away from their blogs because their writing is so full of fluff, it makes the reader's head spin. Seriously. You read some people's work and you think: "Each sentence in this paragraph makes exactly the same point, said in a slightly different way.

But it does not have to be that way. Taylor Swift was able to become a rockstar and so can you. You do not even need Scott Borchetta to be at a cafe 'before you can do it.

How to Write Brilliant Blog Posts

So how do you do it? How do you write brilliant posts that people want to read and talk about?

Well let's take a look at a few quotes from you know who.

1. Let Your First Draft Suck

No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
~ Taylor Swift

Okay, pay attention to this:

I got this tip from Deborah Blum the author of the book called The Poisoner's Handbook and Ghost Hunters. When asked about how writers can make their writing more awesome, she advised we should let the first draft suck.

No she does not mean we should make our writing bad on purpose when writing the first draft. What she means is we should put our editor side away and just write as it comes to us without stopping or checking to see if what we have written sounds right.

To her the first draft is just an attempt to start unfolding the logic and flow of the story. She advises that if you ever get stuck you should just put xxx in the draft (for figure this out later).

And you know what? She is right.

Most beginning bloggers think that their first draft is their final draft. They work hard to write it well and once they are done with it, they are done with it.

Big mistake.

Because you see, when it comes to writing something brilliant your first draft can never be your final draft. You have to write the second draft and then write until you are sure to the depths of your soul that what you have written will win a preliminary competition.

So the next time you sit down to write a post, let your first draft suck. Yes I know it is going to take some getting used to but no matter what happens do not stop.

Do not stop to check if what you have written sounds right. Just let your creative juices flow. When you are done you can make corrections.

Because here's the thing: your writing is the legacy you leave behind for the world. Are you going to make it wonderful or a badly bad one?

2. Give The Reader A Reasonable Explanation

The lesson I've learned the most often in life is that you're always going to know more in the future than you know now.
~ Taylor Swift

Imagine this scenario:

You have a daughter who is like 16 years old. You guys have not gotten into a fight for quite a while. One day though, she walks up to you and says: "Mom (or dad as the case may be), I hate you. I wish you were never my parent." And then she runs away.

What would you think? Would not you keep asking yourself: "But why? Have I Done wrong?"

I know I might be taking this too far, but that is exactly how your readers feel when you say something in your writing and you do not tell them why you have said it. They get confused, frustrated and they keep asking themselves: "But why?"

You see, the thing is people will believe you more or do what you want them to do faster when they know the reason behind their actions. You can not just tell someone to visit your website or agree with your point of view just because you have said it.

You have to make a case for yourself. You have to explain to them the reason they should do what you want them to do or see things from your perspective.

Because the truth is when it comes to putting words on to a page, people do not like it when they are left hanging in a gallow of obscurity. I know I do not.

They want to understand it now, not later and certainly not in the future.

So always tell your readers the why in your writing. Use the word "because" to help them make sense of your piece. Do not ever let someone read your work and then think: "What is all this really about?"

3. Shoot For Greatness, Not Commerce

I have an excellent father, his strength is making me stronger.
~ Taylor Swift

Can you say the same about your writing?

If there is one thing I hate about most beginning bloggers it is that they put up blog posts in a hurry with the sole aim of making quick bucks from products and services they represent. (I am talking about most especially affiliate offers). They do not give a damn about the people reading it and they do not want to give a damn. All they are after is money and that is it. Nothing else.

Well that is simply bad business practice.

Because you see, your writing is much more than just a tool for commerce. It is much more than just a way for you to sell your products and services and make money.

According to Jon Morrow (my writing mentor) your writing is a medium through which you accomplish change.

Every blog post you write should be aimed at one thing and one thing only: change your reader's life. If any of your posts does not do that then you do not publish.

Because the thing is your real strength as a blogger comes from the number of lives you are able to change. It comes from the number of lives you are able to affect positively. It comes from the number of lives you are able to make happy.

It sure does not come from the number of products and services you are able to sell. Or ow much money you are able to make.

So stop publishing posts you write in 20 minutes. If you need 20 hours to come up with something really worth reading, go for it. Do not mind that you are using up so much time because you deserve it. You deserve to write something and then people email you telling you how their thinking has changed because of you.

That is the effect of excellent writing. And that is the kind we all want to read.

Now go shoot for greatness.

Fun Facts About South America

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DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Brazil has many famous actresses, some of them are: Gloria Pires, Fernanda Montenegro, Florionda Bolkan, Sonia Braga, Regina Duarte, Vera Fischer, Xuxa, and Bruna Lombardi.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Miss Universe pageant 1982 was held in Lima, Peru, where Karen Diane Baldwin of Canada won. The judges were: Cecely Tyson (actress), Mario Vargas Llosa (writer), Ron Duguay (sportsman), Franco Nero (actor), Carole Bouquet (actress), Dong Kingman (painter), Ira von Furstenberg (princess), David Coperfield (illusionist), David Merrick (theatrical producer), and Gladys Zender (Miss Peru and Miss Universe 1957).

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Quito, Ecuador's capital, is a city which reflects beautiful colonial architecture. It is surrounded by big mountains.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

"Evita" a film by British director Alan William Parker was inspired in the life of Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, who was first lady of Argentina in the past century.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Oswaldo Guayasamin was one of the best painters in South America.He was born on July 6, 1919, in Quito, Ecuador.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Colombia hosted the Pan American Games (1971).

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Gabriel Jose Garcia Marquez is one of the best writers in South America. He was born on March 6, 1928, in Aracataca, Magdalena, Colombia.Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Rosalia Arteaga Serrano de Fernandez de Cordova had an ephemeral government. She became Ecuador's first female head of state for only two days in 1997.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Brazil has had many famous athletes in the 20th century: Joao Carlos de Oliveira (track and field), Ana Mozer (volleyball), Edson Arantes do Nacimento (soccer), Djan Madruga (swimming), Maria Esther Bueno (tennis), Marcelo Ferreira (sailing), Hortencia Marcari Oliva (basketball), Gustavo Borges (swimming), Robson Caetano da Silva (track and field), Adhemar Ferreira (track and field), Marcia Fu Cunha (volleyball), Oscar Schmidt (basketball), Marcelo Negrao (volleyball), Joaquin Cruz (track and field), and Rogerio Sampaio (judo).

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

UNESCO has declared Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (Bolivia), Rapa Nui National Park (Chile), Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary (Colombia), Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), Central Suriname Nature Reserve (Suriname) and Jesuit Missions of La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and Jesus de Tavarange (Paraguay) World Heritages Sites.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

The Colombian people have two idols: Shakira (singer) and Carlos Vives (singer) …

Famous Poets

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Famous poets are writers known for having poetry achievements. Most of these writers are deeply into writing poetry.

All famous poets are not popular well known people. Most people do not know much about these writers. Schools other than colleges may not provide detailed studying on them. Although they may not receive as much attention as people in other fields they should be honored and respected for their poetry achievements.

Most famous poets are authors who’ve had their own poetry book published or have poems in a poetry book. They also have biographies in books and on the internet as well. Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Robert Frost and Robert Burns are just some of the many well known poets. Many of the most popular well known poets have died. Theses writers range from the present to dates later than the 1900.

If a person wants to become one of these poets a good place to start is to write a poetry book. The person’s poems in that book would have to be read and liked by readers for that person to have any real chance. Only serious poetry writers are most likely to become one of these poets. Because most people don’t earn much money in the field of poetry a career involving poetry is not something most people consider or want to take a chance in. As poetry continues to grow there will be more poets who become famous through poetry. Unfortunately some writers may only become a famous poet after they’ve died. You can find out a lot about theses writers through books written about these writers in libraries.

Famous People

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Generally speaking, a superstar is someone who seeks media attention and the largest part recently has an vociferous personality. The want to be noticeable is obscure by more or less to be a part of Western culture and more specifically the American Dream as a quantity of accomplishment. A superstar with the aim of shys away from the freely available eye or keeps a very separate secretive life is called a conductor superstar. At the other put an end to of the spectrum, a superstar with the aim of seeks unfashionable publicity instead of him- or herself is often called a media tart, but lone with the aim of uses his or her secretive life as a vehicle instead of enhanced superstar status, now and again desperately, is referred to as media whore. Examples of this are fake or clarify relationships, truth television appearances, superstar nudity and in extreme hand baggage, scandal or superstar sexual characteristics tapes.

There are a broad range of ways make somewhere your home can turn into celebrities, from their profession, appear in the throng media, beauty or even by complete accident or notoriety. Instant superstar is the name with the aim of is used as someone becoming a superstar in very curt era of phase.

Indoors more or less seats, someone with the aim of one way or another achieves a small amount of transient fame through propaganda or throng media, is stereotyped as a B-grade superstar. Often the stereotype extends to someone with the aim of cascade curt of mainstream or persistent fame but seeks to reach or exploit it.

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Just as lone possibly will turn into a regional or cultural superstar, lone possibly will additionally turn into a superstar in their niche marketplace and hold partial fame apart from it. Stan Lee (best notorious as co-creator of the classic Marvel superheroes) is mostly notorious to comic volume fans and while in last years, he has turned into more well notorious, many outside fandom are still unsure of exactly who he is, other than being a voice.

One possibly will appeal with the aim of all celebrities are niche marketplace celebrities, more or less niches are simply much better than others and many celebrities win fame apart from their niche marketplace as well. A first-rate model can be seen surrounded by the numerous specialized athletes with the aim of are well notorious even surrounded by make somewhere your home who organize not get the gist sports.

Fun Facts About South America

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DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Brazil has many famous actresses, some of them are: Gloria Pires, Fernanda Montenegro, Florionda Bolkan, Sonia Braga, Regina Duarte, Vera Fischer, Xuxa, and Bruna Lombardi.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Miss Universe pageant 1982 was held in Lima, Peru, where Karen Diane Baldwin of Canada won. The judges were: Cecely Tyson (actress), Mario Vargas Llosa (writer), Ron Duguay (sportsman), Franco Nero (actor), Carole Bouquet (actress), Dong Kingman (painter), Ira von Furstenberg (princess), David Coperfield (illusionist), David Merrick (theatrical producer), and Gladys Zender (Miss Peru and Miss Universe 1957).

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Quito, Ecuador's capital, is a city which reflects beautiful colonial architecture. It is surrounded by big mountains.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

"Evita" a film by British director Alan William Parker was inspired in the life of Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, who was first lady of Argentina in the past century.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Oswaldo Guayasamin was one of the best painters in South America.He was born on July 6, 1919, in Quito, Ecuador.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Colombia hosted the Pan American Games (1971).

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Gabriel Jose Garcia Marquez is one of the best writers in South America. He was born on March 6, 1928, in Aracataca, Magdalena, Colombia.Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Rosalia Arteaga Serrano de Fernandez de Cordova had an ephemeral government. She became Ecuador's first female head of state for only two days in 1997.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Brazil has had many famous athletes in the 20th century: Joao Carlos de Oliveira (track and field), Ana Mozer (volleyball), Edson Arantes do Nacimento (soccer), Djan Madruga (swimming), Maria Esther Bueno (tennis), Marcelo Ferreira (sailing), Hortencia Marcari Oliva (basketball), Gustavo Borges (swimming), Robson Caetano da Silva (track and field), Adhemar Ferreira (track and field), Marcia Fu Cunha (volleyball), Oscar Schmidt (basketball), Marcelo Negrao (volleyball), Joaquin Cruz (track and field), and Rogerio Sampaio (judo).

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

UNESCO has declared Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (Bolivia), Rapa Nui National Park (Chile), Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary (Colombia), Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), Central Suriname Nature Reserve (Suriname) and Jesuit Missions of La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and Jesus de Tavarange (Paraguay) World Heritages Sites.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

The Colombian people have two idols: Shakira (singer) and Carlos Vives (singer) …

16 Most Inspiring Famous Failures

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To succeed in business or life, I came to realize that we must continually take remedial actions. Putting myself on the line day after day can be extremely draining, especially when things do not work out as I desired. Hence, each time I face a disappointing event or undesirable outcome, I NEVER FORGET these famous failures:

1. Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft, has literally changed the work culture of the world in the 21st century, by simplifying the way computer is being used. He happens to be the world’s richest man for the last one decade. However, in the 70’s before starting out, he was a Harvard University dropout. The most ironic part is that, he started a software company (that was soon to become Microsoft) by purchasing the software technology from “someone” for only $US50 back then.

2. Abraham Lincoln, received no more than 5 years of formal education throughout his lifetime. When he grew up, he joined politics and had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.

3. Isaac Newton was the greatest English mathematician of his generation. His work on optics and gravitation made him one of the greatest scientists the world has even known. Many thought that Isaac was born a genius, but he wasn’t! When he was young, he did very poorly in grade school, so poor that his teachers became clueless in improving his grades.

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer of classical music, is widely regarded as one of history’s supreme composers. His reputation has inspired – and in many cases intimidated – composers, musicians, and audiences who were to come after him. Before the start of his career, Beethoven’s music teacher once said of him “as a composer, he is hopeless”. And during his career, he lost his hearing yet he managed to produce great music – a deaf man composing music, ironic isn’t!

5. Thomas Edison who developed many devices which greatly influenced life in the 20th century. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S patents to his name. When he was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When he set out on his own, he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.

6. The Woolworth Company was a retail company that was one of the original five-and-ten-cent stores. The first Woolworth’s store was founded in 1878 by Frank Winfield Woolworth and soon grew to become one of the largest retail chains in the world in the 20th century. Before starting his own business, Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But his employer would not let him serve any customer because he concluded that Frank “didn’t have enough common sense to serve the customers”.

7. By acclamation, Michael Jordon is the greatest basketball player of all time. A phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire. Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar. Before joining NBA, Jordan was just an ordinary person, so ordinary that was cut from high school basketball team because of his “lack of skill”.

8. Walter Disney was American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. One of the most well-known motion picture producers in the world, Disney founded a production company. The corporation, now known as The Walt Disney company, makes average revenue of US $30 billion annually. Disney started his own business from his home garage and his very first cartoon production went bankrupt. During his first press conference, a newspaper editor ridiculed Walt Disney because he had no good ideas in film production.

9. Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade. However, that never stopped him to work harder! He strived and eventually became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill is generally regarded as one of the most important leaders in Britain and world history. In a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002 to identify the “100 Greatest Britons”, participants voted Churchill as the most important of all.

10. Steven Spielberg is an American film director. He has won 3 Academy Awards an ranks among the most successful filmmakers in history. Most of all, Steven was recognized as the financially most successful motion picture director of all time. During his childhood, Spielberg dropped out of junior high school. He was persuaded to come back and was placed in a learning-disabled class. He only lasted a month and then dropped out of school forever.

11. Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1905 and “for his services to Theoretical Physics”. However, when Einstein was young, his parents thought he was mentally retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit, saying, “Einstein, you will never amount to anything!”

12. In 1947, one year into her contract, Marilyn Monroe was dropped by 20th Century-Fox because her producer thought she was unattractive and cannot act. That didn’t deter her at all! She kept on going and eventually she was recognized by the public as the 20th century’s most famous movie star, sex symbol and pop icon.

13. John Grisham‘s first novel was rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses. He went on writing and writing until he became best known as a novelist and author for his works of modern legal drama. The media has coined him as one of the best novel authors even alive in the 21st century.

14. Henry Ford‘s first two automobile companies failed. That did not stop him from incorporating Ford Motor Company and being the first to apply assembly line manufacturing to the production of affordable automobiles in the world. He not only revolutionized industrial production in the United States and Europe, but also had such influence over the 20th century economy and society. His combination of mass production, high wages and low prices to consumers has initiated a management school known as “Fordism”. He became one of the three most famous and richest men in the world during his time.

15. Soichiro Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation during a job interview as “engineer” after World War Two. He continued to be jobless until his neighbors starting buying his “home-made scooters”. Subsequently, he set out on his own to start his own company. Honda. Today, the Company has grown to become the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer and one of the most profitable automakers – beating giant automaker such as GM and Chrysler. With a global network of 437 subsidiaries, Honda develops, manufactures, and markets a wide variety of products ranging from small general-purpose engines and scooters to specialty sports cars.

16. Akio Morita, founder of giant electric household products, Sony Corporation, first product was an electric rice cooker, only sold 100 cookers (because it burned rice rather than cooking). Today, Sony is generating US$66 billion in revenue and ranked as the world’s 6th largest electronic and electrical company.

Famous Poets

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Famous poets are writers known for having poetry achievements. Most of these writers are deeply into writing poetry.

All famous poets are not popular well known people. Most people do not know much about these writers. Schools other than colleges may not provide detailed studying on them. Although they may not receive as much attention as people in other fields they should be honored and respected for their poetry achievements.

Most famous poets are authors who’ve had their own poetry book published or have poems in a poetry book. They also have biographies in books and on the internet as well. Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Robert Frost and Robert Burns are just some of the many well known poets. Many of the most popular well known poets have died. Theses writers range from the present to dates later than the 1900.

If a person wants to become one of these poets a good place to start is to write a poetry book. The person’s poems in that book would have to be read and liked by readers for that person to have any real chance. Only serious poetry writers are most likely to become one of these poets. Because most people don’t earn much money in the field of poetry a career involving poetry is not something most people consider or want to take a chance in. As poetry continues to grow there will be more poets who become famous through poetry. Unfortunately some writers may only become a famous poet after they’ve died. You can find out a lot about theses writers through books written about these writers in libraries.

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Finding a Career in International Relations

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A career in international relations can be rewarding and fulfilling as you work on complex problems that face our world. There are many different career paths to choose from including government, academia, non profits, development, consulting, business and think tanks. Where you choose to fit in depends on your skills, experience and interests.

The United States Government is a great place to work for those interested in international relations. There are countless opportunities for you to work in a variety of agencies. Some of which include development at USAID, intelligence at the CIA, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense, international trade at Department of Commerce, the peace corps and, of course, the Department of State. The State department in fact has the most famous path for aspiring international relations experts – the foreign service. This program sends you around the world to serve in both challenging and rewarding environments as you spread democracy and diplomacy.

The development and non-profit sectors are ripe with opportunities for those willing to work on complex, but rewarding projects in the developing world. Many of these jobs go to individuals with specialized skills in a particular area such as micro finance, child development, and grant writing. Also, large donor organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are excellent career opportunities for those in international relations. The Gates foundation does much work on combating poverty and disease in the developing world. Look at the Idealist website for great information on internships, volunteer opportunities and career opportunities in the non-profit world.

International business is another career path for those interested in international relations. One path takes recent graduates to international consulting firms. This highly competitive, but highly rewarding career takes you around the world to solve different business problems that depend on your ability to understand the economics and business changes taking place because of globalization. Companies like Bain or the Boston Consulting Group are great avenues to reach senior positions at international companies.

There are also careers at think tanks and in academia that would appeal to those interested in international affairs. If reading and writing are high on your list of activities these could be great careers for you.

Which ever career path you take you can be sure it will be a fascinating and exciting ride. With the world getting smaller everyday a career in international relations is the perfect avenue to take you to your goals.

May I Or Can I Send You an Email?

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There is a real difference between “May I send you an email?” and “Can I send you an email.” And I’m not just talking about which question to ask your prospective subscriber.

In case you’re wondering now that I’ve mentioned it, WordTask defines “may” as expressing permission or possibility, while “can” expresses ability.

In email marketing, the first question…”May I send you an email?” is the essential question you’re asking your prospective subscriber when getting permission to send her an email. This is where you need to be really clear about what you’re asking permission to send, and she needs to be really clear about what she’s giving you permission to send.

The “Can I send you an email” is an entirely different story. Your ability to actually deliver the email is, however, is still a bit of permission. Not so much the asking permission…the “May I?” because there’s really no one to ask permission of…but the finding out through testing whether you can actually get the email to move all the way from your “out basket” to your intended recipient’s “in basket.”

This is the more technical side of email marketing, and it can be much trickier.

The “can” for email marketing consists of whether your prospective subscriber has the right kind of software to receive your email in the format you’ve designed it…and…(the part about finding out if you got permission without saying “Mother may I?”) is whether you can (have the ability to) get your content and layout to pass through the permission police of the numerous spam filters currently used by Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) as well as any additional filters added by your prospective subscriber.

The first part of the “Can…” in terms of whether your subscriber can actually read what you send is getting somewhat easier, as computer operating systems and software upgrades now permit most email users to read HTML, PDF and text. However, it’s certainly not 100%, so part of your “May I send you emails?” questionnaire is “In what format would you like to receive your emails?” so you will know what she can read on her computer, as well as what she may prefer.

The second part of “Can I” (your ability to physically get the email delivered) also involves an action on her part and that is…she must “whitelist” you…or add you to her acceptable contacts list, as well as confirm the opt-in, so that your emails won’t automatically be sent to her “junk mail. “

Now that you’ve gotten that far, the last barrier on the “Can you get the email through” is the most difficult…and quite frankly, may best be left to the experts. Especially if you’re quickly developing a large email list. The experts at getting past the spam filters are email marketing services, who act as your agent, have developed a “relationship” with the ISP’s. They know and understand what words, phrases, graphics, and other testing criteria may cause your messages to be considered “spam, ” and cause them to be blocked before they can be received.

At Toptenreviews.com, you can see that the three highest ranked email marketing services are Icontact, Benchmark, and ConstantContact. They are not the only email marketing companies that you might consider, but using someone in this field can make a significant difference in whether your email message can get through to the intended recipient’s inbox.

There you have it. Once you have permission, you may send the email. And, once you understand the formats and filters, (and probably obtained a little professional assistance) you can get your emails into the proper inbox.

Sell More Books on Amazon

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Why Should Your Book Be on Amazon.com?

Credibility. If your book is important, it should be available at the world’s biggest book store.

Visibility. People (including members of the media) will find your book and learn about you through your appearance on Amazon. (That’s how I got into Woman’s Day magazine.)

Money. You will sell books you wouldn’t have sold otherwise. Many buyers won’t buy from your Web site or other sources, but will buy at Amazon. And, Amazon pays like clockwork.

Get Your Book Listed on Amazon.com

Your publisher or distributor will handle getting your book into the Amazon catalog. If you are self-published and don’t have a distributor, join Amazon Advantage at http://www.Amazon.com/advantage

To participate in Advantage, you must have distribution rights, and your book must have a scannable barcode of the ISBN.

Amazon Marketplace

Once your book is listed, you can also sell it directly to consumers through Amazon Marketplace. You will find more information about this on the Advantage information page listed above.

Amazon Associates

Once your book is listed on Amazon, join the Associates program http://www.Amazon.com/associates

As an Associate, you get a commission on book sales referred from your Web site. Why send people to Amazon from your Web site? Some people won’t buy from you. They don’t know you and they don’t trust you. But they do trust Amazon. Or, maybe they want to qualify for free shipping.

Enhance Your Book’s Detail Page

Add cover art, book description, editorial reviews, table of contents, excerpts, author information and more. Make your book’s listing just as complete and impressive as the latest from Stephen King, John Grisham and other major authors. For more information, see Bookseller Services at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/catalog-guide/guide/-/372286/ or log in to your Advantage account. Amazon will generally not allow URLs in your content, so don’t try to slip your Web site in.

Search Inside the Book

This is controversial, but many publishers say they sell more books as a result of SITB. My sales seemed to go up after my book was in. You send Amazon a copy of your book, they scan it and make the entire book searchable. It increases the chances your book will come up during searches on the Amazon.com web site. You’ll find information on the Advantage page.

Use the tools Amazon.com provides to bring book buyers to your page and sell more books.