Busy With My Self Published Book

Gift Book For Mothers

Gift Book For Mothers


I’m busy with my new self published book. Busy but loving every minute of it.

Let’s see what I have been up to today:

  1. Today I shared the story of how my new book came to be on Squidoo. I wrote How to Self Publish Your Own eBook and Print On Demand Book.
  2. Next, I wrote an Editorial Review of my own book on my Mothering Times Blog. I wrote Gift Book For Mothers on Mother’s Day. Hopefully Google will pick that one up. Strangely, I find it much harder to write a review for my own book than to review someone else’s book.
  3. Then I was busy setting up ads and pages for my book on my various blogs. Not all as I didn’t have the time to do it all.
  4. Elsewhere on Squidoo, I was happy that my Plants Vs Zombies Collectibles was featured on the Squidoo front page. I’m glad I took the time to update those links. It was embarrassingly full of broken links before.
  5. I was also happy that my Easter Egg Toys made it to the 50 Fun Easter Gifts monsterboard on Squidoo while my Easter Bunny Craft Kits was selected and my profile listed as one of the 25 Squidoo’s Craftiest Lensmasters in the 2012 Best of Squidoo Spring and Easter Crafts Showcase plus I made it to the Squidoo Top 40 list for a while again. Yay!
Lastly, hubby and I went to Ikea to purchase some stuff for the house and we were delighted and surprised when the sales person asked us whether we wanted to “pay” for the items using my Credit Card points instead. That was lovely, walking home with some “free” items purchased from our Credit Card points.
Not a bad week. Not a bad week at all. Tomorrow is a public holiday here. I shall take a rest from this furry of activities. Not an actual rest actually as I shall still be very busy, if not more busy, teaching the kids.

Draw Something

Everyone seems to be playing Draw Something. I was quite amused to find that my Parenting Blog has been getting lots of hits from my post Can I Play Draw Something Online? Just take a look at this log which I copied and pasted from the Recent Keyword Activity log from my StatCounter. Between 8.03 to 8.33, there were 10 visitors from people searching for Draw Something Online. That means someone wanted to play Draw Something Online every 3 minutes. 😛

I copied and pasted this log which came with live links but deleted the links in case I get penalised for over linking or something. 😉 In this log you will find the date, the time, where the visitors are coming from, whether google, yahoo or bing etc, the search term as well as the url they visited. Sometimes you see  little numbers after the search term. Those mean whether my blog post is #1 or #4 or etc on google’s first page. It is dynamic so if you do a search right now on google for “Draw Something Online” you may see my post on different spots, sometimes #1, sometimes #3 etc. The little magnifying glass shows details about the visitor and where he or she is coming from.

It’s fun to monitor my stats. My visitors has doubled ever since I wrote the post. Too bad my adsense did not double, if anything it went down. Haha. That just goes to show that more visitors may not always mean more sales.

Do you like to play Draw Something? Which do  you prefer? Draw Something or Angry Birds Space? Go to my post Draw Something Online and Vote in the Poll. At the moment, I have just 10 voters. Aww.. but no worries, the numbers will go up. Have a look at this other poll I did some time ago. There are 788 votes as off today. :)

I love polls. I am mad about blogging. I love watching my stats. I love Squidoo. I’m happy to be able to do what I love. :)

28 Mar 08:33:37 www.google.com
 play draw something online to iphone #1
28 Mar 08:32:53 www.google.com
 draw something online #4
28 Mar 08:30:43 www.google.com
 can you play draw something online #2
28 Mar 08:29:26 www.google.com
 play draw something online #6
28 Mar 08:26:27 www.google.com
 draw something online #4
28 Mar 08:26:19 www.google.com
 draw something online #4
28 Mar 08:22:38 www.bing.com
 draw something online
28 Mar 08:18:30 www.google.com
 english in china’s kintergarten #5
28 Mar 08:11:09 www.bing.com
 can you play draw something online?
28 Mar 08:07:42 www.google.com
 draw something online #4
28 Mar 08:03:58 search.yahoo.com
 draw something online

My First Amazon Affiliate Cheque

Yesterday I banked in my first Amazon Affiliate Cheque. Along with the cheque came an Invoice which had the word Vendor Name next to my name. I was so proud I didn’t even want to throw away the envelope that came with the cheque. Haha. It’s rather nice to receive cheques from big names like Google and Amazon. It’s lovely to receive money from Amazon, a place where people spend money. Though the amounts I receive are small, I feel elated because I learned to earn my pocket money all by myself.

No one suggested to me or taught me how to do it. Everything that I learned, I learned on my own, sometimes through trial and error. Read My Squidoo Log to see what I learned about Blogging and Amazon Affiliate Program vs Squidoo Lenses and Amazon Affiliate Referal links.

My dear friend suggested that I write an e-book next. I love that idea. Oh if only I had the time. You see, I think blogging is over the curve now. The golden age of blogging is over. If you were caught up in the first wave, it would have been very exciting.

Now we have so many social media sites and so much information. I don’t see many people going to blogs now for information. However ebooks may be a different thing the way tablet computers are selling like hot cakes. Ebooks may just be on the rising curve or at least even if it is on the way down it is not as far down as blogging.

Perhaps I may consider it, but oh if only I had the time. Hmm… what should I write about? Kids crafts? Breastfeeding? ???? I don’t have to write anything new. My 5 blogs some of which are 7 years old have lots of information I can pull from and there are lots of free resources to do so. Hmm… perhaps its time I learned something new again. My hands are itching but my time is limited.

Out of Hibernation

I am coming out of hibernation today. It sure has been a long time. I’ve missed my blogs. Well, not really come to think of it. I haven’t had much time to think about it.

With the kids at home during the school holidays and the spouse on year end leave, I’ve had almost no free time to myself. That is the part I miss the most. Sure, I love my family lots but everyone needs a little time to themselves every now and then.

Now, its the beginning of a new year and back to school, back to work and back to routine. So, I’m going to have to wake all my blogs up. I have lots to write about but they are mostly in my head. Perhaps I will let some of them stay in there.

Well, its time to wake some of the other blogs now but before I do, a few quick New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. Remember to exercise in the mornings
  2. No going anywhere near the computer from afternoon onwards. PC time is only in the mornings and that includes blogs, squidoo lenses, facebook, twitter etc. (Phew! That’s a tough one)
  3. Cook some new dishes for the family
  4. That’s it! Lets not keep it too long or it’ll be hard to keep up

Time to go. After all, I’ve only got the morning to exercise and blog and make lenses and I must go wake up the other blogs now. That’s not a lot of time but since I can blog in 10 minutes its not so bad. Its only the squidoo lenses, they take at least half a day or more each but in terms of personal satisfaction, blogging is better but squidoo beats blogging in monetary terms so I guess the time spent is justified.

Making Money Online is Not Easy

If anyone told you how wonderful it is to make money online and earn passive money in your pajamas and they made it sound very easy then they are not telling you the other side of the story.Making Money Online is Not Easy. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes hard work and It requires Know How. There is no shortcut to making money online. 

There are many ways you can make money online.

  1. You can sell stuff on eBay.
  2. You can write a blog and put up ads.
  3. You can become and affiliate marketer and sell other people’s products through some of those Online Affiliate Programs.
  4. You can do paid surveys.
  5. You can write sponsored posts.
  6. You can write freelance articles.

I am not going to elaborate further on the ways to make money online. You can get plenty of ideas. Just google “How to Make Money Online” and you will be greeted with plenty of links to inspire you.

Making Money Online Requires Know How

However, don’t think you can do it overnight. Like everything else, if you want to make money online, you have to work hard for it. You also have to keep on learning. The cyber world and the internet is changing all the time. You have to learn about keywords and SEO and how to market yourself or your product or service online. You must have the drive and interest to learn for without it, you will be lost. Some of the work you have to do to market your online sites are really boring and administrative too.

So, if you think you want to just start a blog, place ads and start earning money in your sleep then think again. Start a blog only for the love of it and not for the money and slowly over time and with a little knowledge you may perhaps start to earn some passive income. However, it isn’t really passive because you have to put in effort.

Making Money Online Takes Time and Patience

It took me over a year before I had my first adsense cheque. Then there is my Squidoo venture. On my second Squidoo payday, I earned USD8.86 for 23 lenses then. This was after putting in 2-3 months of effort.

Making Money Online Takes Hardwork

If you look at my Squidoo lenses , you will realize how hard I worked to earn it. The kind of effort and time is not for everyone. Do it only if it really interests you and not for the money. If you do it for the money and you want to earn money online FAST, then you will be frustrated.

I do it because I love it and because I feel a  sense of achievement when my effort pays off, even if it is for just a very small amount. For example, two nights ago someone bought this off one of my Squidoo lenses and I earned a commission from my Amazon Affiliates account. I felt a sense of achievement and pride because I learned to make money online all on my own by learning all the time, testing and doing. That process is ongoing – learn all the time, trial and error then just do it but be very careful to avoid scams.

I guess you could say I earned money in my pajamas while I slept because the sales came in when I was sleeping but don’t forget, I actually put in a lot of effort and hard work into it. So if someone tells you making money online is easy, think again.

Making Money Online is possible but it is not easy and don’t expect it to be fast.


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