WSO Review of Viral Blogging Traffic by Tom Ness – Day 2

Yes, I am aware that it has been quite some time since I posted about Tom Ness and his Viral Blogging Traffic, but I will let you know that I have been working on my kindle project.

But tonight I watched the first video – entitled Core Program.  He made about an hour and a half long video that could have been 30 minutes if he would have taken the time to plan ahead.  I suspect he had a general idea what he was going to say, but I was a bit of fumbling around.  But it did have good content.  I am not going to say that all of it was new, because in all honesty it was not.  I know most of the stuff he talks about.  But I did not know to put it all together in this way.

First of all, it’s a video without notes.  I would like a page of notes telling me what I am going to learn.  You also don’t know how long it’s going to be – so sit down because it’s 90+ minutes as far as I can tell.  (Don’t hold me to that!)

He tells me that he’s going to tell me the 3 things that make a great blog, and give plenty of examples.  Watching the video, it is clear what his system is and how it works.  I am not sure I have any proof that it does work, but that is why I am doing this blog.  I am going to implement that process on my website and see if it improves the traffic.  I will probably attempt to do it on this website as well.

He goes through and tells me what a good blog is and how it should work.  He spends a lot of time talking about how to make a facebook timeline, but it seems that there is a much easier and cheaper solution when you are counting your own time –!

But he also talks about your costs for this program – hosting, domain, autoresponder, outsourcing until you get to a point where the affiliate sales are bringing in enough to cover it.  So the money up front could easily be $100 outlay to do it right.  He also talks about what plugins he recommends for you to use on a wordpress website.  So that was the first part of the 3 steps it takes to be successful.

Step #2 is the tedious one.  I won’t tell you what it is, but it is something that I have gotten better at over time.  He does a good job of extensively telling you how to solve this problem on your own.  I mean extensive, he goes to each website and shows you how to use it.

And then about 10 minutes before the video ends – he goes into some really good information about other sources of traffic and gives you the lead of how to do them.  I think this part should have been sooner.  It was golden.

Tom really needs to add some PDF’s and tell people how long the video is.  And the PDF for taking notes on.  Overall, I like it and it does not appear to be black hat SEO work that has to be sensitive to Google algorithm changes. Also, I would like to get another lesson on some of the advanced techniques, but it is likely to be taught in the next two videos.  I will watch those and let you know.

Join me in trying out Tom Ness’s and see what you think.

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How To Succeed With Kindle Publishing – Review Day 11

Ok, for Kindling it’s Day 11!  It’s about the recipe niche.  He is not a fan of the recipe niche.  Thinks it is a lot of work, more-so than other niches that you can work in.

The main page has a video and some other information about the niche and how to target it.  It is a very good analysis of how you can use recipes and what types of short cuts you can and cannot do.    He talks about how you can target the market very well.

Next up is The Recipe Problem – where he discusses how to get your account banned from Amazon.  Not a good thing, either.  Whew, he is very blunt about it!

Not to give anything away, but next up is the Recipe USP – recipe market is hard because branding is harder.  And your credibility is much more important.

Next section has an 8 and 1/2 minute video on what to do wrong.  He is hammering home the idea of how internet marketers fail in Amazon.  And it’s a good lesson.

Now – You The Cook Section.  He is finally going to teach me how to make money in this niche now that he has persisted in telling me the ways I might fail.  And it’s a very valid point that he drives home.  I am sure I could do some of the things that he mentions with my specific niche and make loads more money, and as a matter of fact, I just might do that.

Next up – your branding in the recipe market.  You learn a lot in the video that’s around 6:30 minutes.  Nothing about the process is just cut and paste or easy.  He explains how to brand any book or product, easily…  I am doing most of this but something he mentions in the video reminds of needing to do one more thing than he even shows in the video but mentions it.

So this blog post is short but the lesson on the recipe niche is resounding…  Be careful.  Geoff Shaw shows us the right way in Kindling to be successful in this.  For me, I will wait on the recipe book for a bit.

Next up – something I have been waiting for and I am glad I am finally to this section – Tricktion.

For now, good day! [starting to sound like an Aussie]





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Kindling – How To Sell On Kindle – Review Day 8

Today, I am going to get to the promotion section of Kindling, and I am so excited to finally be to this part.

I just noticed a new section at the top of the left side column, entitled “Are You Lost?”  And it basically tells you what you need to do step by step once you read the newbies section.  Which is great and I am glad that he changed it a bit – just goes to show you that he responds to the comments and questions made.  I already knew this because he makes many mentions of adding things based on feedback.  (This section may have been here for a while, but I have concentrated on stuff lower so I am just now noticing it!)  He reminds you that he is always there to help you get unstuck, and you are important to him!  I believe him.

And I am going to look at the updates section as well – he has a video about how he is planning on adding information to the website in the future.  And I love this!  It is exactly what he needs – he is going to place a flowchart on how you can go through the site and find out where you need to go based on where you are starting!  So, if like me you have already written a book, he will direct you to a different part than someone who is just starting!  Brilliant.  He goes over the entire way the website will be laid out.  Love at the end – the only economy you can change is your own!  You are so right, Geoff.

Now – we start Kindling as Promotion!

Geoff says that because I have internet marketing experience, I am ahead of most people when it comes to understanding how to market my books – Thanks!

It seems that he is saying that this will get you to where you want to go much more quickly by marketing than just writing good books.  He says some things in the main page on promotion that are eye openers – and makes you realize that the key to success on kindle really is that simple.

Next section is called continuation, and I am not sure I like what I am reading.  Not because it’s wrong, but because it’s the way I started and I don’t want to have to change!  He points out something about non-fiction that I really am thinking is correct but I had not thought of it that way before.  He’s telling me a very big secret that I need to understand.  This is the part where all the information up to this point starts making sense in that – I realize why it all comes together in this manner.  All the information he has given me, it is “gelling” with this part.

Well, at this point, I am sure that I am going to write some fiction, in addition to the other books I will write.

The next section is called series selling, and he makes very good points as to why the best series are selling well.  And he mentions how you can get a good series of books going, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction.  And again, it’s about focus.  He tells you how this helps with getting a hot new release in a category and then how that also helps with promotion!

Next section, we are talking about Kindle Lending Library and Amazon Prime.  Wow, the statement he makes here really makes you sit up and take notice.  I actually have my current book enrolled in this program, and I already understood it to be a great thing because I am an Amazon Prime member.  So in part 1, he explains a little about the money part of putting your book in the kindle lending library.

In part 2, he describes a very clever way to leverage Kindle lending library program to sell more books!  Now, he says something that I already knew – people buy from people that they know, like and trust – call it the KLT factor.  But his way of doing this promotion to sell more books is something that I have never seen before.  And it makes complete sense, and it’s completely legal (everything he tells you to do throughout the entire series is legal, by the way).

Ok, now we are talking about tags.  I am going to spend some time on Amazon and do the research he suggests and see about adding some other tags to my book.  Tags are important, and I understand their relevance much more and how to use them much better now that I have read this section.

Moving on, next up is keywords – he shows a great example of how people search on Amazon and how you can target with keywords.  This section did not really answer my questions, and I don’t want to have to wait till another section to find out more!  Sorry, but that’s how I feel.  This should be the complete training on keywords.

Next reading section is about Clickbank vs. Amazon and a major best seller – a little peek behind the curtain of a successful clickbank seller.  It opened my eyes about the potential of Amazon and getting sales from the work that you have to do.     Amazon is huge compared to clickbank, and if you do it right – like he tells you to in Kindling, then you are well on your way to being successful – and you don’t have to do a lot for it.

Love what he says in the next section video about hurdles!  This is in the paid advertising section.  He shows you how to advertise and make money from a $2.99/book and what you need to do to make it work.  While I don’t think this section is as complete as I would like, it’s good.

Right now, I would like to know how do I figure out what keywords people are searching for on Amazon?  How do I know what related searches are and how will it help me title my book?  Also, what words to target in Google Ads?  I am going to email Geoff Shaw and ask him – more later.

This review section of kindling is done – I am going to take action and do research and change some tags as well as update my book that is on Amazon now to be part of a series, even though I am not sure what series?  I will make it work!

If you are following along, and you know some of the answers or just want to let me know what I am missing – tell me in the comments!


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Kindling Magic – Review Day 7

First of all, thanks for being there and keeping me on track with my kindling reviews.  I am a busy person just like you and I suspect that I would not have finished this if I didn’t have you along for the ride.

I wanted to let you know that I created a facebook page for us to interact on – check it out in the sidebar and like me, or go to and like the page!  I am letting it grow organically, so it may not have many likes, but I want it to be real people who interact with me!  Thanks for your like.

Now, onto Kindling, Day 7.  I said Kindling Magic because it is almost deceptive how simple Geoff makes the training and information.  I have not really seen one-half of the members area, yet I have so many ideas and I am so inspired!

Today is about Romance and Erotica.  I am not really interested in writing this stuff, but I did promise you I would go through the information thoroughly.  I have to be honest – I haven’t even read 50 Shades of Grey…

The first section (the overview) just highlights the size of the market and who to target.

The erotica section is an interview with one of his business partners, that really goes deep into what it is that makes Erotica different.  How the readers are different, how the market is different, and why he thinks that this niche has a huge amount of potential.  He reiterates a few things that Geoff has already gone over – how many words to write, how to build a raving fan base, and how other “marketers” are doing it wrong.  And, I agree with that!  He gives you information on where to find a listing of the Erotica subniches (not amazon) and how to target either men or women.  And he reminds us that FOCUS is key, on a niche and on a customer.  Don’t try to be everything to everyone, be someone to a group of people and they will reward you.  And erotica is a huge area on Amazon – they will tell you why they think it’s so popular!  Once again, writing a good story is key, not just SEX.

Next section – Erotica Extra!  Here Geoff goes into how he has interacted with some of the buyers of Kindling who have written erotica.  He tells us a few things that they have learned and how it’s working now.  And, I suppose it won’t surprise you, but you may need the reminder about how to write for this genre.  You can still write series books (they do very well!).

Then we have the Romance writing and plots!  He makes a good point about adding romance to any story, and actually where the romance part should be and where the other parts of the story should be.  And he makes a very salient point about how romance helps you sell books and create series of books.  So, pay attention – because when I was plotting out my fiction book a few sections back, I automatically put in romance.  I did it because of what he says in this section, and that makes me agree with him even more.   Bonus, he gives you a couple of basic outlines for romantic book plots.  Remember, you are the publisher, and you can publish what you want and the public will decide if it’s worth it!

That’s it for Erotica, but there was a lot there! Nothing dirty, though.  It’s safe to read.

Next up – Episodic Books – and he has a one page section that is kind of another push to do just that.  Episodic books are a little different than series books.  He explains why they do so well and how Amazon actually helps you if you have a series or episodes of books.  If you were scared before, this should solve your problem.  There is a paragraph at the end where he talks about what is holding you back now – and he is 100% correct.  I had this same problem before I published the first book that I did on Amazon.  It has not gone away completely, but it’s better.  You have to read this part, especially if you are hesitant.

I really like these last few sections better – usually a page or so of writing then a video that takes the writing and shows it in practice to really hit home the concept.  And, even though I am going through it section by section, you would not have to do that, as it’s easy enough to review the stuff you need.  And, I noticed that he moved all the content from the right side of the page to be in the regular content on the left side.  Not so confusing now where to start!

Another short intermission to talk about how Amazon ranks books.  He tells you what is important in this arena.  Then he talks about best sellers and why you would want to have one.  And how to use the free promotion days in Amazon select to make it to the top and create more sales for all of your books.  Really, this is priceless.  Learning to do this will change your income with kindle.

Ok, next blog post will be about promotion because I am so excited to finally get to this part!  I need to promote my first book and additional books that I write.  SO, stay tuned.

Is your favorite book a Nonfiction or Fiction Book?



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