Straight to the Top with Ebooks and the #1 Mom Blogger in the World!

I interviewed the number ONE mom blogger in the world!

Suzi from Start a Mom Blog has taken her blog from 10k/month to 30k per month in LESS than 2 years!

Now she teaches other people how to be a successful blogger in record time--and her students are plentiful examples!

She has 50,000 students!

In this podcast we extensively cover Pinterest techniques and TRAFFIC strategies.

Suzi's FREE Blogplan is also THE best way to plan and start your first blog!

We also talk about Suzi's #1 funnel - an Ebook combined with an online course.

This Podcast Interview is an awesome deep dive into:
  • Pinterest tactics and strategies 
  • Overall blogging strategy 
  • The BEST Niches for blogging 
  • Funnels - SUPER PROFITABLE - funnels! 
  • Online Courses 
  • Time Management 
  • Tailwind and Tribes
  • Paid Advertising - Facebook Ads
  • Teachable
Here is just one super golden nugget from the interview:
"I noticed that leads that I was getting from Facebook ads just didn't convert as well as ones from my organic traffic..."

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A look into the CRYSTAL BALL, Fairies, and BOOK MARKETING with M.Kari Barr and Eric Z

What are the TWO easiest and most effective ways to optimize your book for Kindle?

M.Kari Barr has published a wonderful book, with a SMASHING cover!

In this episode you will learn:

  • The TWO QUICKEST WINS you can implement now - I mean RIGHT NOW
  • When to use INGRAM SPARK instead of KDP PRINT
  • The Description Generator/formatting tool in
  • About your SERIES TITLE
  • The easiest way to MAKE YOUR FIRST Amazon Ad
  • A BONUS strategy for the beginning of your book
  • The PERMA-FREE strategy versus KDP SELECT
  • and more more MORE!
Kari has a really rocking cover, so I don't think she needs much improvement there.
You can always A-B test your covers, but I wanted to keep her lovely cover the way it is and proceed with more tips that EVERY author should do:
Your book's description in Amazon is the #2 thing that MUST BE OPTIMIZED.
#1 is your cover.
  1. --your reader goes to Amazon, sees your book cover and the title first [HOOK 1!],
  2. Then they read the description
  3. Then they read some reviews
  4. And then they hit the BUY BUTTON!
So your description must be optimized:
  1. First sentence is a HOOK, 3 - 10 words--no more!
  2. Second sentence is also a hook 10 - 20 words.
  3. Next paragraph - Bold Sentence!
  4. ALL paragraphs are small, around 20 words.
  5. One or two or even three bold sentences placed strategically to...
  6. Keep the reader moving along to that HEFTY CALL TO ACTION at the end!
Here's a breakdown:

But that's not the only QUICK WIN for today folks...
What follows is a SUPER INSIDER tip that NOBODY has published yet...courtesy of!!!

If you want to take a look inside the crystal ball, pay attention now:

NOBODY knows what sells books better than Amazon! So why not just ASK THEM how to sell your book better?
We do that by running an Amazon ad. 
In the beginning, we can use a "fully automatic" ad, EASY AS PIE!

Then, when we are done, (let's say after 1 week or $10 whichever comes first) we go to the CRYSTAL BALL:


Then download the report and open it up in your favorite spreadsheet software and:

BOOM! Look at all of those wonderful keywords! --AND you see exactly the SEARCH TERMS that people typed in the Amazon search bar to find...YOUR BOOK--crystal-*****ing-ball!

This podcast is RICH with INSIDER tips like this, and if you want to learn more and what to do with those keywords above, then you just GOTTA LISTEN TO THIS:


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The Most Awesome SEO Blueprint Ever Conceived in Broad Daylight: Interview With Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur

Zbooks SEO Podcast Interview with Dave Chesson,
In this podcast+post we cover:

  • The SEO Blueprint for Authors
  • Finding and Targeting Keywords
  • Keyword Tools
  • Amazon Associates
  • Website Monitoring and Metrics
  • The Future of Ebooks
  • Disappearing Camels!
"I may not be a best author, but I am a best selling author."-- Dave Chesson, Kindlepreneur   click to tweet!
Related Posts:
Zbooks on Marketing
Zbooks What-Every-Author-Must-Do
Zbooks The Difference - The Selfpublishing World in a Nutshell
Did you see that? Average monthly book income = $3894! -- and only 1,723 cups of coffee!

The Top 7 Inkscape Shortcuts You MUST Master

The secret to getting RAZOR sharp, I mean RAZOR sharp graphics, is to use an .svg editor. SVG = Scalable Vector Graphics.

Inkscape is one of the best svg editors on the market. But that's not the amazing part.

 The amazing part is -- it's FREE!

The first part of mastering Inkscape is to learn the keyboard shortcuts. The shortcuts below are the ones you MUST master first, just to get proficient in Inkscape.

These will give you a great start.

this is a cool infographic to get you started quickly with inkscape!

For more FREE Inkscape tutorials and to download this infographic as a HIGH RESOLUTION pdf, just hit the button below!

Take the 7 Day Challenge!

The Winners of the 1st 7 Day Challenge Are In - Look at what my Awesome students are making!

The very first Zbooks 7 Day Challenge has finished and I am soooo EXTREMELY STOKED and PROUD as Hell to present to you the very first champions!

Not only did the first challengers WIN a lot of knowledge -- I did too, and had to update my challenge website in real time.

That was hectic, to say the least, but it was extremely rewarding to help people and I'm so glad that people found the material helpful.

Even my funky trick with the star worked! (rule of thirds and "golden ratio" hack!)

So here they are, the first champions!

(and yes, YOU should take the challenge too, it's a powerful kick in the ****!)

Champion #1 got her book on Amazon the fastest!

But it's not about speed: she made a ROCKIN' cover and an extremely AWE-SUM formatted Ebook with one of the hacks in the challenge.

Check out the interior of Melanie's book using the "look inside" function on Amazon.

Champion #1 (yes we are all #1 here!)

Not only made an awesome book, but she went the extra mile and made a KILLER landing page too!

Check out Jennifer's FREE guide to discount Ebooks.

Another expertly formatted book with great content!

Champion #1 - Jenn is one of my favorites.

Not only did she make a BUNCH of killer covers,(hint: A-B testing!) but she also had the most technical difficulties -- and conquered them all!

Seriously Stoked!
Check out Jenn's book on Amazon here!

In the Challenge we are going to be covering all sorts of stuff like:

  • The perma-free model : how to make your book permanently free on -zon
  • How to make a cover
  • How to optimize your title
  • How to choose keywords and categories (free methods and kdspy tools etc.)
  • How to make the actual .epub and .mobi
  • How to optimize your books for leads and which platforms to use (and how)
  • Also an overview of how to publish on D2D

"For me Z Books 7 Days Challenge became that booster which helped me to get my writing project unstuck and launch it in record time. Just two weeks ago I didn’t even know where to begin and now my book is on Amazon!

The challenge equipped me with the knowledge, tools, and a clear direction necessary to achieve my goal, continuous support to stay on track, feedback to adjust my actions on the go. And what is of particular value – the challenge guided me to the long-sought point where I overcame fear of exposing my writing and connected my work to the world-wide audience.

I definitely recommend this 7 Days Challenge for everyone who wants to succeed in self-publishing." -- Jenn Fiden

"I enjoyed the course offered by Eric Z. He was clear and concise, I was able to follow his direction and completed my book. It was fun seeing the project come together in such a short space of time. I really like the extra tips and links he shares for great helps in formatting the project. His course is certainly worth the time. My book Papers, Pages and Poetry is the result of Eric Z'z awesome 7 day Challenge." ~ M. Kari Barr

More Winners!

Lucas decided to publish his entire book during the 7 Day Challenge:


Christi got her book to #1 in category!!!

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