Posts by George Ilian

How to Start a Dropshipping Business

How to Start a Dropshipping Business

By on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Introduction If you have heard or seen the successful practices of dropshipping and ever considered what does it take for you to start your own dropshipping business, stay with us today. We’ll explain everything behind the retail fulfillment method that made itself popular in the modern days, in which you don’t have to have your products in stock to manage an entire business. The Basics Of Dropshipping In a nutshell, dropshipping is all about perfect organization. It is unlike any standard retail model and revolutionizes the use of third-parties. With this in mind, the dropshipping business doesn’t have any stock yet always has enough in stock to deliver in any location. The merchant in the dropshipping method is instead purchasing every single inventory from a third party. Whether the third party is a wholesaler or manufacturer of any kind, dropshipping orders are being fulfilled quickly and efficiently without any present stock at the dropshipper. Now, before we get started on the matter of how to start your own dropshipping business, we need to clear it out – this business has a lot of benefits, but also considerable drawbacks. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dropshipping The “Plus” Side On the good side, there are many aspects which are revolutionized with the dropshipping business. Easy To Get Started – The ultimate ground breaker when it comes to dropshipping is that basically anyone can start it. It is an easy method in which you don’t need to deal with storing any physical products – which means that there are no sufficient investments in inventory upfront. But apart from that, there is a whole other burden which you are not tied with, including tracking inventory, packing and shipping the orders, managing and paying for a warehouse, handling the returns and managing the stock level. Less Capital Required – The most major advantage and a privilege for anyone to start with dropshipping in an easy way is the need for capital, which is eliminated in the very start. This means that you don’t need to purchase any inventory put front nor tie up huge amounts of money in the banks to secure your business. What you need to do is to focus on the...

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How to Get A Great Book Cover for Your Book

How to Get A Great Book Cover for Your Book

By on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog, Kindle Publishing | 0 comments

The best way to get people notice your book, is to have a great book cover that stands out and invites readers to take a closer look at your book. But how to get the book cover of your dreams without spending tons of cash? Well I will offer you a few options where to get the cover and what to look for and ask for, when hiring someone to do your cover. Oh I forgot to mention that: YOU HAVE TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL, this is the face of your book so it has to be pretty. Here are 3 different approaches to getting a great book cover: 99 Designs – here you can post a contest and have multiple designers work on your book cover. This way for sure you will have many options to choose from. The down side is that it is pretty expensive, book covers start at 300$ there. But if this is ok with your budget then go for it. This will be the less time consuming way and you have money back guarantee. Usually there is a little extra hidden cost, about stock photos here, so keep that in mind as well. Second option is to hire a professional freelance designer from elance.com – this option will require some time to pick the best candidate to do your book cover, but usually the designer will provide everything needed for the cover and you can negotiate a few option for the design as well. You can get all that for around 100$ at a very pro level. The down side is that it will take more time to choose the right designer for your cover. Here is my page on elance where you can hire me to create an unique book cover for your ebook – PROFESSIONAL BOOK COVERS The cheapest way is to go for fiverr.com – there you can get a cover from 5$ (usually a little bit more, with stock photos). A good strategy about fiverr is to have a few people work on your cover, this way you can make your own little contest for around 30$. However, don’t expect miracles, imagine how much work and effort you will put into something for 5$, yeah...

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Book Cover Requirements For Kindle, Nook, iBook, Smashwords and Everything About Royalty-Free

Book Cover Requirements For Kindle, Nook, iBook, Smashwords and Everything About Royalty-Free

By on Jan 13, 2015 in Kindle Publishing | 0 comments

If you plan on writing your own book, this means that for sure you have thought of its cover, the book cover plays a huge part of your book’s overall success, because readers DO judge a book by its cover. In this article we will review the technical side of what you should know in order to be more familiar with the requirements that the major retailers have regarding the book cover. Probably you’ve heard a lot about different images’ formats, Royalty Free images, PSD files, size requirements, and you might be unfamiliar with them or not have a clear idea what they are. As a professional book cover designer for a long time. I have had a lot of experience with everything related to images. And I will tell you the most important things you need to know, so you feel a lot more confident when you talk with your designers and other authors on this subject. This way you can be also much more clearer about what you want and what you require from a book cover designer. Which will speed up the process and make it much more effective. Let’s start with…   File Formats JPEG – aslo you can see the extentions – jpg, jpeg, JPG, they all stand for the same format. This is the most common and widely used format as far as photographs are concerned. All the stock photo websites offer images in jpeg. Compared to other formats like PNG, TIFF, GIF, etc it offers a very high quality, sharpness and richness of colors, but unlike the other ones it is well compressed and its size is relevantly small (compared to the others). That’s why it is most used as far as web grapics are related. It is also accepted by all major online ebook retailers for the image format of your cover. PNG – also widely spread format. It’s unique quality is that it supports transperancy, but this has a downside because PNG are bigger in size than the JPEGs, but they offer cool effects lie shadows, etc. In the world of book covers PNG is the format of choice for 3D covers that you place on your website. GIF – is the third major...

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WHAT IS BITCOIN?

WHAT IS BITCOIN?

By on Jan 9, 2015 in Bitcoin, Blog | 0 comments

A New book is coming soon and it will be ABSOLUTELY FREE! Here is the first chapter of it. The topic is Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies and everything you need to know to get started with them. Enjoy the first chapter and subscribe to get the full book for FREE!   What is Bitcoin? For those of you who have never heard of Bitcoin, it’s a software-based payment method first introduced to the world in 2009. It utilizes a public ledger so that everyone is kept up-to-date with all transactions. Payments made with Bitcoins are recorded in this public ledger which is based on a peer-to-peer system rather than utilizing a middle-party (bank or financial institution). Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency. Bitcoins are generated to reward users for processing payments. This process is known as mining and involves using computer power to verify and record payments to the public ledger. Mining is not the only way to earn Bitcoins; they can be exchanged for products, services, or even fiat money. Users send and receive Bitcoins electronically by using a virtual wallet. In other words, two users will each have a wallet that holds their Bitcoins. User A can send Bitcoins to User B by means of an electronic address randomly generated by the wallet. Once payment is sent, it is considered pending and added to a block chain. Once that block chain has been verified by a miner, then the transaction is considered confirmed. Bitcoin continues to grow as a viable payment method, extending out to larger companies that are looking for an edge on their competition. Online merchants have an added incentive to accepting Bitcoins. Bitcoin fees are much lower that the fees that credit card processors charge of 2%-3% per transaction. On the downside, Bitcoin has been the subject to some extreme scrutiny. One of the most common concerns is that it can be used for illegal activity. My response to this is that cash can also be used for the same illegal activities. Sites like Silk Coin have been the cause of this scrutiny but was shut down since it was a black market. A Block Chain The most important aspect of the Bitcoin system is the...

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Get a Great Ebook and Title Idea. In 4 Easy Steps

Get a Great Ebook and Title Idea. In 4 Easy Steps

By on Jan 2, 2015 in Blog, Kindle Publishing | 0 comments

Have you thought of writing a book? If so chances are you have been stuck in wondering if someone will buy your book and what should be the title. Most people are stopped by these 2 obstacles. With these article I will try to get these 2 out of the way, so you can continue with your dream to write a great book. Research Your Ebook Idea When you have a good non-fiction book idea, it is a must to research it well. The first stop of your research should be google. Search your key phrase (and some similar ideas around it), see how many people are searching for such things, what are the most searched keywords related to your topic. You can find the google keyword tool HERE. Aim for eywords with more than a few thousand searches per month.   Next step, check the competition on Amazon. Enter your keyword, browse your potential categories. If the top ranked books there have a lot of reviews and a good paid rank (above 30 000), this means that your idea is good and a lot of people buy this type of books. This research will not only proof your idea, but it will also point you the right direction for your ebook title. Remember Good titles sale ebooks and bad titles are instantly forgotten. Your title has to be very punchy and attention grabbing. Your title should not be general, like “make more money” or “lose weight”. It has to be very specific. For that reason you should firstly define your one key reader. Answer these questions: What do they want to achieve? What problems do they have? What are they afraid from? A great approach is the title to be the desired out come people will get from reading your book. Another proven model for a better title is to add a number at the title. This makes things very specific. Readers love that. Some great examples of great titles are: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health – Very specific solution to lose weight The 4-Hour Workweek – The infamous book of Tim Ferriss is a good example of offering a great solution to...

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