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The Book I Wrote in a Month, That Nearly Killed Me

October 5th, 2018   |   By Tom Woods

In 2009 I had a book on the financial crisis spend ten weeks on the New York Times bestseller list — and then never come out in paperback.

Evidently the hardback sold well enough that the publisher decided it wasn’t in a hurry to produce a paperback edition.
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I had written it in a month, since the publisher said mine had to be the first book on the crisis if I expected to get any traction.

A horrible ordeal.

But an amazing result.

Well, I’m happy to announce that a tenth-anniversary edition of Meltdown is about to be released…in paperback.

My publisher was so helpful to me: I did some good television, a ton of radio, and some print interviews, and I promoted the book at a whole bunch of events.

In general, though: publishers suck a lot of your revenue, and don’t do much for you (except prestige, which I grant).

That’s why I, and lots of other people, have turned to self-publishing: you get to keep a lot more of the moolah.

The one problem: there’s a learning curve, and a lot to keep straight: cover design, editing, interior, marketing, distribution, etc.

You can spend 500 years mastering it all, and then hating your whole project, or you can get a little help and enjoy your life.

Plus, the checklists and videos I’m recommending come with the right to resell them as your own product. Somebody in your audience (blog, social media, whatever) needs this and will thank you for it.

Seems like there should be a catch, but there isn’t.

Except that the price goes up by 60% at midnight.

Keep your sanity. Click this link:
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What the Authors of Unspeakably Bad Books Know That You Don’t

October 2nd, 2018   |   By Tom Woods

Remember when as a young person you were impressed to learn that someone had written a book?

Then, 250 crappy books later, it didn’t impress you quite so much?

Here’s the thing: writing a book — even a short one (plenty of eBooks are well under 100 pages) — opens doors for you. It positions you as an authority, and in fact may be the quickest route to authority status.

It builds you an audience.

It gets you media attention, which builds your audience and readership still further.

(Believe me, as a guy who needs five podcast guests per week, someone who approaches me having written even a little book is a lifesaver.)

You prove something to yourself by writing it: yes, I am an action taker, and yes, I’ll emerge from my comfort zone.

So instead of looking at the authors of all those crappy books with contempt, we should instead say: even these knuckleheads figured out the value of writing a book.

Problem:

There’s a lot to it, if you really want to do well. You may even give up, and wind up as so much roadkill on the information superhighway.

I won’t let that happen.

Here’s the best way to keep everything straight, not to miss anything, and to maintain your sanity:

https://www.happyearner.com/totherescue

Bruce Willis Followed Me Around

September 12th, 2018   |   By Tom Woods

Last night Bruce Willis sauntered into Playa Betty’s on Amsterdam Ave in Manhattan, where a friend and I were eating.

It’s right near the Beacon Theatre, where Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull would be performing that night.

My friend and I put it together: Willis is known to be a progressive rock fan. He’s eating near the Beacon so he can get to the concert.

Ding ding ding.

I’d managed to get myself rather a nice seat for the show. What I didn’t realize was: Bruce Willis would be sitting right in front of me.

Since he was sitting in the seat on the end, he was able to stand in the aisle for a few minutes here and there and in effect lead the cheers. I grinned like an idiot at him and complied.

What a great night.

Now look:

I’m not asking you to rescue hostages at Nakatomi Plaza, or run around New York City solving riddles with the Samuel L. Jackson character.

I’m asking you to make a micro-commitment to yourself, with a product that’s less than $10 and requires zero prior knowledge or tech skills, but which certainly works to bring in nice little paydays here and there. It’s a method I’d never seen before, but I instantly saw the value in it.

Plus I’ve loaded it with bonuses.

But the price goes up at midnight.

Yippie ki yay, Benjamin Tucker:
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Have You Heard of the Guy Who Prevented Nuclear Annihilation? (Most Haven’t)

September 11th, 2018   |   By Tom Woods

This is no joke.

Well, this part is: Jerry Seinfeld in one of his standup routines once talked about a guy who was able to catch a bullet in his teeth.

And Seinfeld said: I can’t even remember the guy’s name. Can you imagine the guy’s reaction if he knew that? “What would it take to really impress you? Catching a cannonball in the eye?”

Same goes for Stanislav Petrov, the man who saved the world from nuclear annihilation.

In 1983, Petrov — a military officer who was on night duty at the Soviet military’s early-warning facility outside Moscow — heard an alarm go off indicating a U.S. nuclear attack.

He had to make a quick decision. If he told his superiors it was a genuine attack, they would have no time for deliberation. They would order a massive counterattack, and civilization would be destroyed.

Petrov went ahead and told his superior that the satellites were feeding false information. The ground radar could not confirm the incoming missiles, and the radar system was more reliable than the satellites.

He was right, and the world was saved.

And chances are, you’ve never heard of him.

And when he died last year, there was no official acknowledgment from the Russian government.

I thought of all this last night as a dozen or so of my listeners and I successfully completed an escape room in New York City called “Nuclear Annihilation.”

We weren’t exactly Stanislav Petrov, but we did escape the room and avoid nuclear annihilation with 13 minutes to spare, and that’s at least something.

Now here’s the deal.

I’m not asking you to be Stanislav Petrov and save the world.

I’m not even asking you to play an escape game with me and solve all kinds of difficult puzzles.

I’m asking you to do something much more simple and mundane.

My friend Bill Hugall (whom I am gently and subtly nudging toward becoming a libertarian) consistently releases good stuff.

He has an excellent and very inexpensive new product called Unbreakable, that teaches a fresh method for generating nice little online paydays that I’d never seen before and that uses a website I’d never heard of until now.

It’s brilliant and it works. You’ll get that immediately.

What’s more, it assumes zero prior knowledge, and it involves the lowest time commitment of anything I’ve ever recommended.

I’ve loaded up this $8 product (the price keeps nudging upward little by little) with some nice bonuses, and if you decide to pick up one of the upgrades, I’m even throwing in a course on blogging that you can not only learn from but you can also sell and keep all the profits from (it comes with a ready-made sales page).

But the price goes way up tomorrow night, and then you’ll be sad.

If you don’t click, Stanislav Petrov’s sacrifice was in vain:
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The Little Guy’s Online Options Are Shrinking

August 28th, 2018   |   By Tom Woods

In the old days it was enough to start a website, throw some Amazon products up there, say a few things about them, and watch the commissions roll in.

Not so anymore.

Too many people started doing it.

And before you knew it, you were relegated to page 37 of Google searches, where no one would ever find you.

So is affiliate income dead? Not by a long shot. Plenty of people make very nice livings with it. (In fact, you’d be shocked at how nice.)

But you have to know what you’re doing. You have to know what kinds of things you have a prayer of ranking on Google for, for example, and what kinds of things you should avoid like the plague.

And you have to know the kinds of websites and content Google likes, and the kinds it dislikes and even penalizes.

And heck, you have to know how to start a website, which for some people can be very intimidating, but absolutely does not need to be.

Easiest, most pain-free way to get the answers: watch two masters at work.

Today my friends of three years Sara Young and Andrew Hansen are putting on just such a demonstration for you folks (yes, just for my readers) at 5:00pm Eastern. We’ll be going over different material from what we covered last week.

You’ll be able to figure out if this stuff is for you. (It is.) And you’ll save yourself many, many hours of agony and dead ends trying to find everything out on your own.

These presentations often fill up, so grab your spot (and remember, to make it more exciting I’m once again giving away $200 to each of five random attendees):
https://www.happyearner.com/tenexamples

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