How to create an ebook

Why create an Ebook?

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So you want to get yourself on the internet and what is it that you want  to tell others about?

There is a song by Basement Jaxx called “Do Your Thing” which pretty much sums up what building a web business or internet presence is about!

Be smart and give something away as a lead in to your idea.

Find your niche – something that is your passion and then build your e-plan around it.

One idea is to write a short E-book with advice and instructions about your thang.

If it was about a diet plan…  you could write down the foods / the cooking instructions / the times to eat – the foods to avoid etc etc and then put it in a short book that comes as a free download from your blog.. btw this is my blog you are reading now 🙂

Ok – So you don’t know how to create an ebook !

Here is a simple guide how to get your e-book set up so you can start telling folks about it  :

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You will have ups and downs but if you have a good basic plan you will be a fair old way to being an internet marketing success.

Apple iWatch Golf Apps are great

Apple Iwatch Golf Apps

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Apple Iwatch Golf Apps on the course

Apple Iwatch Golf Apps – When I first looked at the Apple Iwatch  I was a bit sceptical, thinking of it as a gimmick Iphone add- on with an expensive step counter and a few other added features for the geeks.

But since my kids clubbed together and bought me one for Christmas.. well my Iwatch has massively grown on me, and once I discovered the Apple Iwatch Golf Apps I was hooked !

First off the app to ping my phone  when I had misplaced it was super handy and then the exercise analysis app bullied me into shape.  I forgot to take the watch off one night and it buzzed me at 3 in the morning to tell me to stand up. Oh and the Ebay app came in handy to keep up with my prospective golf club purchases and the text messages on my Iwatch without having to actually lift it out of my coat pocket was a handy feature.

Then the AHA moment came – Golf GPS – as a super keen golfer it was one of the things I looked in the iWatch Apps. I wasn’t expecting much to be honest but when I went to the iTunes App store and typed in golf -The Kid in a candy store feeling happened pretty quick.

Apple Iwatch on the course
Apple IWatch Golf Apps

In the App store there are quite a few free Apple Iwatch golf apps with  GPS and Golf scoring apps plus a few golf Tuition analysis Apps available for free. (more later on these tuition apps)

Iwatch Golf Apps
Apple Iwatch Golf apps

This seemed perfect however when I briefly googled the watch to get an idea on which one to download and its value for golf,  The reviews were olden basically nothing was setting the world on fire, plus battery life seemed like a big concern – so maybe the Apple Iwatch was not ready for golf or so it initially seemed until I ignored the reviews and actually tried out a few of the Apps.

I first downloaded PROTOS Caddy from the Apple App store   (funnily golf apps for the Iwatch don’t even get a mention in the advertising blurb!)

Protos Caddy

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This is the one I have used most. Its a free GPS system with most Worldwide golf courses on it. I play at Monifieth Scotland.

Monifieth has two courses and both come up when I use the “search nearby” function on my phone. There is an advert that pops up on the Iphone screen when you load up to look for courses, it selects these based on your GPS location. So you must have your location services activated.

Then its simply a case of ensuring your Iwatch is connected (paired) to your Iphone and then opening the Protus app on your Iwatch.

I have found the yardages to be pretty accurate and because of the ease of use I have even stopped using my Bushnell Laser!  The I-watch is just so much simpler. I play off a low single figure handicap and find the Iwatch golf Apps accurate enough to let me trust the figures given. I have paced the yardages out on the green to from the yardage zero point, this allows me to keep a simple chart of the iWatch zero point and where it is on every green.

Then its just a case of estimating where the pin is in relation to the yardage given by the Iwatch – front back central. And then hit the ball!

The only thing I found frustrating with the Protos system was if you are moving around the course missing out holes or going back in the round to replay due to the course being busy, or as in my case where the course layout changed and the hole had to be manually sought out. The Iwatch only offers previous or next hole. This is a small inconvenience to be honest and as its a FREE Golf App not something to dwell on.

My opinion is that the IWatch golf apps feature is the best bit about having an iWatch !

Treat yourself to an Iwatch today you won’t regret it especially as the other devices Eg Bushnell Watches costwise are not much cheaper than the Iwatch Sport, and the Apple device offers so much more!

Whats your opinion?  Tell me in comments below.

 

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Iwatch Protus Caddy App

 

How can you make a career change painlessly!

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Where are you headed

Direct Sales – A Great Career

Direct selling  can  offer you the ability to choose when and how to work and its a great career that can be rewarding and fun.

There are lots of ways to get started. First you have to have an idea of the line of Direct sales you want to follow.

The company you choose to represent should have products that resonate with your passions

If you are interested in make up and skincare then there are lots of companies supplying products you may like. If you are interested in fitness and health then there are lots of companies who supply nutritional supplements such as protein shakes etc.

Find a company with products you like and grow to love and you are half way there to a great career!

I choose this range here  because I loved the products and noticed marked differences in my health by taking them. You need to find a company that gives you similar results.

The choice of how many hours you actually put in is life changing for many people, especially in this time of job uncertainty.   Plus you get to see a correlation between your effort and your earning potential.

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Long Hours

Nothing in this life that is worth achieving comes easily.

Anyone that has achieved success in Direct Sales is quick to point out that that it took hard work to achieve their success and it didn’t happen overnight.

If you are willing to be coach able and work hard there is no limit to the financial and personal rewards you can obtain and that great career will last a lifetime.

I believe that this is the best industry in the world bar none!

Think about I don’t ever have to worry about being laid off!

Its been shown in studies that that sales in this industry remain steady in both good and bad times and its a solid way to earn discretionary cash or to drastically increase your net worth.

AND THE BEST PART IS YOU ARE HELPING OTHERS EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!

The next thing to figure out where your passion lies.

 

 

Improve SEO with Google Webmaster and Analytics

Improve SEO -Google Friendly Site Basics

One of the most annoying things is spending lots of time writing  your own content about a subject you want to help other people with, and you just must try to Improve SEO  Search Engine Optimisation) to get ranked at all in the top 4 pages your topic covers, never mind get page 1 ranking !

First of all you need to let Google know you are a real person who is in control of a good informative website. The best (and easiest) way is to add yourself to the Google + network and then let Google know who has authority to post on your site.

Google Authorship

It is all about telling Google who the author on every post/page and who it is that created the content on your site. This is done by linking your content and your Google Plus profile together.

See Video-

Improve SEO Instruction Video
Improve SEO video

Setting up your authorship gives you many benefits that will result in more traffic. If you have targeted your keyword with a program like Jaxxy  will let you fight the good fight in your chosen search term topic. After all whats the point in targeting a term or keyword that has thousands or even millions of competitors. Pick your battles.

Verify your Site With Google Webmaster Tools

If you plan on ranking or even being indexed in Google’s search engine, it’s important that you verify your site with Google Webmaster tools  This will allow you to give Google details about your site, submit sitemap and much more, at the same time this will allow Google to communicate back with you, perhaps pointing out errors, bad backlinks etc.

This should result in better connection with Google and in turn more folks viewing your stuff!

Make your content as readable as possible with no long sentences and check your grammar.  All these count towards good ranking.

Don’t make your post too long either around 350 words is best. Clear Concise and to the point. Browsers have the attention span of goldfish.

 

 

Macbook Pro Retina Hard drive fail .. oops !

Macbook Hard Drive Fail

 

 

If you bought a Macbook Retina or the the new Macbook Air’s you should be extra careful with your backup routine as you are in big danger of losing all your files if your Macbook Hard Drive Fails.

Macbook Hard Dr

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ive Fails are becoming a regular occurrence.

The change to the slimmer SSD drive is a sign of the times!

Consumers want a laptop that is slimmer, faster, lighter and all this with less noise and less heat generation. To cater for these desires computers many high end laptops (including the Macbook Pro ) are being fitted with SSD drives.

Unlike previous internal hard drives the new thinner lighter SSD flash hard drives are almost impossible to recover data from if your Hard Drive goes kaput.

Though it seems that it is a rare occurrence, my experience shows that these new drives do fail!

With one such Macbook Hard drive fail on her 2 year old machine My daughter lost all her University final year drawings and course work when her hard drive failed.

And (ok, that was her fault) there was no back up!

Apple stores were not helpful apart from offering her a new hard drive under her Apple-care warranty. Obviously as the HD had a years worth of Uni work she wanted it back so I offered to buy the failed hard drive.( my idea was to try get data recovery folks to look at it)

I was told it would be £750 to buy the broken hard drive!

I thought OK I will get it looked at then take it back as broken.

The Apple store “help” assistant said I would not be able to return it as it had already been designated “broken”! Catch 22 right enough!

If you arent covered by Applecare then you may want to buy a replacement on Amazon which you can do for much cheaper – see here:

And then if you want to just do it yourself see this video tutorial

Be aware and back up regularly or use the on board Mac Time Machine to do it for you. That will work for you – unlike the geek squad at the Apple Store I visited.