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If you’re into social media or online marketing, then you would be aware of the importance of images. Whether still or moving, high quality graphics are one of the essential elements in any marketing strategy.

But, not everyone can afford to buy expensive software, such as Photoshop, or hire professional graphic designers to create suitable pictures and videos to use for visual marketing. Creating stunning graphics, although desirable, can cost a pretty penny, especially if you’re just starting out. Luckily, there are a number of free graphic design tools available both on and offline, which are not only easy to use but can give you professional results with just a few clicks of a mouse. Here are five of the top free graphic design tools you can use to improve your visual marketing efforts:

Canva

Possibly one of the easiest graphic design tools to use, Canva is an online, template-based web design tool that you can use for a plethora of projects. From impressive email headers to eye-catching infographics, you can create endless web designs using Canva – and it’s all drag and drop. Not only are you able to try out different templates, you also have numerous fonts, styles, image adjustments, and color adjusters to choose from, allowing you to create truly unique web graphics.

PicMonkey

If you lack the technical know-how needed to properly use Photoshop or other high-end picture-editing software, you’re going to love PicMonkey. This free online tool provides a range of features that you can use to resize, modify, crop, and color-adjust your photos quickly and easily. You also have the option of using various fonts with your photos, along with powerful features to help you create truly stunning images.

Pixlr

Another free online image editor, Pixlr is another powerful tool for people who want to do basic retouching, resizing and cropping of photos. You can open pictures from online sources using Pixlr or upload your own and make use of over 600 overlays, borders and effects that can help you produce the perfect picture anywhere between subtle and dramatic. In addition, the software is now available as a mobile app, compatible with both Android and iOS devices, so you can edit your pictures on the go.

Inkscape

Primarily focusing on the scalable vector graphics (SVG) format, Inkscape is a viable option to high-end image retouching and illustrating software. It requires some amount of technical know-how to get the best of its features, including the ability to clone objects, trace bitmap images, and import native Illustrator files. However, it maintains a level of simplicity that makes it easy to understand how to create a range of graphic output for web design and printing purposes. Inkscape can be downloaded on Windows and Mac platforms, as well as Linux computers.

Paint.net

Own a Windows computer? Then this free editing software might just be what you’re looking for. Not to be confused with the free Paint software Microsoft ships with its operating systems, Paint.net provides you with a wide range of picture editing tools to create highly professional-looking graphic designs for your visual marketing needs. The tool focuses on editing rather than creating images from scratch, but offers a stunning range of effects and features that can help you create the look you want. Benefit from the ability to use layers, image adjustments, and blending options to create truly stunning images that will rival those that have been given the Photoshop treatment.

Now that you’re aware of a few of the top free graphic design tools, there is no excuse for using crappy images in your visual marketing projects. Check out one of these free tools today and get creative.

 

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In this week’s episode of Turning Your Knowledge Into Profits we are talking about creating content using audio.

Ongoing content creation is critical for success in the online world. Not only can it build the road for people to find you but it can also help to keep them engaged and coming back for more.

The more traffic you have coming to your site, the greater the chances are that your online business will become a success.

I know you are probably thinking, that sounds great, but where and how do I even begin creating content?

One of the quickest way to create content is through audio.  Most of us have a lot of content in our heads.  And we know if we could just get it out in the easiest way possible, we would have some great content to share with the world!

All you would do is record your content with audio then get that audio transcribed. Then you have a whole world of opportunities to do with that content from converting it into: articles, blog posts, products, free reports, ebooks, workbooks and more!  The audio can also be used as: an audio ebook, podcast, etc.

Try these tips to get started:

1. Write some notes – Before I record any audios, I write out a list of notes or bullet points. When you see the specific bullet points on your notes it will trigger you to talk about that specific topic. You shouldn’t need to write something out word for word.

2. Record your thoughts – Now record your thoughts in audio format. You can do this through a physical recording device or through your computer. The preferred format is MP3.

A great FREE tool to record your voice in MP3 format is MP3MyMP3

You simply download the software, then click the big red record button, and it automatically saves the files as an MP3 on your computer.

Click Here to read more about it

Note: If you are having a hard time recording your thoughts, ask a friend to interview you!  Sometimes it’s a lot easier if you ask a friend that can interview you to help bring this great information out of your head and into the world!  If your friend needs to interview you over the phone you can use a free conference line service called www.freeconferencecall.com to record that interview!

3. Get your audio transcribed –  Where can you find a transcriber? First lets visit my favorite site…www.fiverr.com. Listed below are some top rated transcribers (just search for their ids at fiverr.

4. Determine what you what to do with your new content – You can post your new content on your blog, turn it into a product, submit it as an article…the list goes on.

Creating content should not be as hard as some people want to think, especially with the easy tools to record and access to great transcribers…you have no excuse! Start recording :-)

 

 

clickbank.com

Today we are going to talk about turning your knowledge into profits by using a site called Clickbank.  First let me start by saying if you have any digital product that you would like to sell online, the clickbank marketplace is an excellent place to list that product.  We have used clickbank since 2003, and my sister Lorette, and her team, have put at least 205 products in clickbank for ourselves and our clients since 2005! There are three big reasons why I love clickbank.

Reason #1: The money!  They collect the money, they pay you, they pay your affiliates, they process any refunds.

Reason #2: The affiliate network.  They have a massive affiliate network of over 100,000 active affiliates.  Affiliates are always looking for hot products to promote that are in clickbank.  You’ll make sales by other people promoting your products, without you even asking them to promote it.

Reason #3: Trust.  People trust clickbank.  It has secure and reliable payment processing (accepting credit cards and paypal), no hassle refunding, excellent customer service, great fraud prevention, accurate commission reporting and they have never been late on a payment in their history!

So what do you need to know?  If you have a digital product you will need to create the sales page, delivery page, and you’ll need to have some components in there that clickbank requires such as a 60 day guarentee.  Before we get into the finer details, lets look at the images below from top to bottom, to get a sense of what clickbank.com has to offer you!

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Before you can get started as a ClickBank vendor, there are several things you’ll need to have available. By using the checklist below, you can easily check to be sure you have everything we require, as well as some additional resources we recommend to help you be more successful.

Required

__  Your digital product, in a format that is accessible by people using different operating systems and software. For example, not everyone has Microsoft Word on their computer.  We always put everything like this in a pdf format.

__  Your own domain name. ClickBank does not allow you to use subdomains on another site, such as http://yourproduct.blogspot.com.

__  A Pitch Page and Thank You Page for your product. For more information on requirements for these pages, see Get Started as a Vendor.  If you need easy software to help you check our Optimize Press.

__  Website hosting for your Pitch Page and Thank You Page. ClickBank does not provide hosting for these pages, and you cannot use free hosting services that merely assign you a subdomain.  So we recommend that you get a domain name at www.domaindiving.com and hosting at www.gatorhostingonline.com (use coupon code Goldenhosting to save $)

__  Customer support. You must be able to provide timely customer support when needed, such as offering support to customers on using your product, or responding to return requests. See Customer Support Ticket System for more information.

Recommended

__  An Affiliates page. This is a page on your site where you provide additional information, images, resources, and more to potential affiliates to help them promote your product. For more information on creating a great Affiliates page, see Attract More Affiliates.

__  A Marketplace Listing. While technically optional, we highly recommend that when creating your ClickBank product, you include a Marketplace title and description so your product can be listed in the Marketplace for affiliates to find and promote. This is the easiest way to start generating sales for your product. See Get Started as a Vendor for more information.

__  A Vendor HopAd. Technically, you create this after your product has been approved. However, we highly recommend that every vendor create at least one as soon as their product goes live. These can be a great way to increase your sales and get more exposure for your product. See Creating Vendor HopAds for more information.

So, register at Clickbank by clicking HERE and use them to help you … Turn Your Knowledge Into Profits!

Kunaki.com

Welcome to another edition of Turning Your Knowledge Into Profits!

This week we are going to feature Kunaki.com.  Do you have a product inside you and you wish you could put those videos onto a DVD, or that ebook (or report) on a CD, or that audio onto a CD, without having to order a minimum quantity of 1000 units, or even 100!  What if you just want 5 for the next networking event you are speaking at?

Well, now you can with Kunaki.com .  We have been using Kunaki for years and it’s an awesome resource for making quick Cd’s and Dvd’s.  If you are a speaker, author, infoprenuer, networker, etc.  now’s the time to make your product!

Here a screen shot of 3 of the dvd’s in the Kunaki gallery:

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So what do ya get?

Retail quality. Full-color, glossy, fully assembled, cellophane-wrapped, high-quality, retail-ready products with free UPC bar codes.

No minimums, commitments, or contracts. And, no setup, mastering, or hidden charges.

No risk. We send you a free review copy of your product.

Fast and simple. Design, configure, and manufacture in one day. Use our software to design your disc, case, inserts; and select your contents.

Order what you need when you need it. We can drop-ship to any address. Just-in-time production means risk-free, zero warehousing costs.

Automatic fulfillment. Use our XML, HTTP, web service, PayPal, CSV, and manual interfaces to manufacture and ship one or more units to your customers.

Publish at no cost to you. Our automated factory also accepts credit-card orders on your behalf to instantly manufacture and ship your products to your customers. We report sales with customer names/addresses to you and send you a check each month for an amount equal to the quantity sold multiplied by the price you set. (This one is big for those new to infoprenuers)

CD with jewel case includes:

  • manufacturing/assembly
  • full color CD printing
  • jewel case
  • full color 2-panel insert
  • full color tray card
  • cellophane wrapping
  • UPC bar code
  • 24-Hour rush manufacturing
  • all inclusive price

$1.00*

 

DVD with DVD case includes:

  • manufacturing / assembly
  • full color DVD printing
  • DVD case
  • full color 1-panel insert
  • full color DVD case cover
  • cellophane wrapping
  • UPC bar code
  • 24-hour rush manufacturing
  • all inclusive price

$1.00*

Click here to visit Kunaki.com

 

udemy.com

Here’s another edition of Turning Your Knowledge Into Profits!

Last week we spoke about making money teaching a course through learnable.com. This week we are going to look at a similar site: udemy.com

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Learnable.com and udemy.com are very similar, but I find that on udemy.com courses have a higher pricepoint than on learnable.com

Udemy has some pretty advanced technology, and your courses can be viewed on any mobile device making it a platform that will only grow over time!  You can host a live session, create coupon codes for your course, and much more.   You can keep your course free or you can charge for it if you like. If you sell your course, you keep 80% of all revenue.

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If you’re stuck in the product creation process, using udemy.com‘s platform might be the push you need to finally create that digital course you’ve always wanted to create and sell! Often we get stuck at the technical aspects of product creation:

  • How do I build my site?
  • What software do I use to deliver my course?
  • How do I collect money?

If any of these questions have stopped you in the past, I encourage you to take a look at udemy.com has to offer and let me know how it goes for you!

Good Luck, and let me know if you’re going to try it out!  I’ll be on the lookout for your course.

To your success,

Alicia

 

 

 

learnable.com, training, teaching

Here is your first edition of Turning Your Knowledge Into Profits!

Today we are going to talk about a great place to post your trainings online and make a little extra cash!  Our resource today is : Learnable.com

So what is Learnable?  Here’s their tag line…

Got a passion?

  • Share it at Learnable.
  • Make an online course. It’s an easy way to share what you know!
  • We’ll find the students if you make the course. Deal?

learnable.com, training, teaching

So here’s your BIG question…

How do I make money?

Like this:

  1. You prepare the course and create on their system using the Learnable course tools.
  2. Learnable hosts it and looks after the technicalities behind the scenes.
  3. When a student buys your course, Learnable keeps a percentage of the fee.
  4. The rest of the money goes direct to your Learnable account.
  5. Once it hits $100, you can transfer it to your PayPal account.

To get an idea of course pricing, take a spin through their course catalog.

You (and Learnable) make money from enrollment fees.

In most situations, enrollment revenue is split 50/50 between you and Learnable.

They are also working with “channel partners”—high-traffic web sites who may be interested in promoting some Learnable courses. If a student enrolls in your course via a channel partner, your share is 20%. The 80% is split between Learnable and the channel partner—who in return for promoting Learnable courses to their audience generally ask for a significant part of that 80%!

You aren’t obliged to allow students to enroll via channel partners. If you opt out the split is 50/50 for all enrollments. (but I’d recommend that you don’t opt out of that!)

Pesky expenses like payment processing fees are deducted before you, or Learnable, or partners see any money.

 

And you are an Internet Marketer so here’s your second question…

Sure. Affiliate links are fine. Just make sure you tell your students whenever you include an affiliate link. For example:

“The sites I’ve linked to and recommended in this course are ones I believe offer real value. Some of these recommendations include affiliate links, which may generate revenue for me.”

Some users get a bit thingy about affiliate links. Tell them up-front, and you’re in the clear: if they don’t want to use an affiliate link, they can type the site’s URL into their browsers themselves.

:-D So check it out -> Learnable.com

To your success,

Alicia