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Failing at Your Own Business–Online Summit Presenter

I know you are probably thinking “Give it a rest already” the Work Freedom summit is OVER. But, to be true to form, I must write and share my latest epic income-generating disaster. 

If you’ll remember, I participated in the Work Freedom Summit a few weeks back. I spoke about publishing eBooks, something I know a bit about. Of course, I could have also presented information on freelance content writing, teaching ESL online, affiliate marketing, creating online courses, blogging, overcoming insurmountable obstacles, and finding your passion. However, when the hosts got around to my application, apparently everything had been taken but the eBooks topic, so it was a take it or leave it situation.

So let’s talk about the interview first. I thought it went ok, until I went to share my slides. Just before the call, I had been practicing and forgotten to reset the slides, so I began with the end in mind or something. Being flustered, it took me a few minutes to even figure out why the slide I was looking at wasn’t the title slide. To make matters worse, instead of typing 1 and hitting enter to return to the title slide, I SCROLLED through them backwards looking in panic for the title slide. 

Then there was that oversight on my part about the link to the handy worksheet I had prepared. I was supposed to send the host a copy of that document erroneously believing that it would be included in the bonus section or at the very least, a pdf link after my bio. Nope. It appeared absolutely NOWHERE because I FORGOT to send it!

So today, feel free to download this document about the steps on How to Turn Your Blog into a Book (which is an upcoming eBook).

Another issue that I’m sure was all in my head was that I sort of felt like the kid sister in this whole experience. You know, the one mom said you HAD to let tag along but you really didn’t want to because somehow I was left off the initial contact list and missed the first few communicants from the presenters. Then I was supposed to get an email to check my profile page but didn’t so had to ask the host about it. But it all worked out.

I was able to attend a few of the sessions during the summit and listed those in a previous post. I just wanted to make a commentary on the communication styles of the presenters here.

With one notable exception, the women presenters participated in a dialogue with the host and the men expounded their thoughts at the host. I know that’s not really a new observation on the differences between male and female communication styles, but seeing it in these back to back sessions really brought it home to me. The communication styles also influenced how I, as a female observer, absorbed the information presented. I was more interested in, hence felt like I learned more from, the dialogue rather than the pontificating, naturally. 

I also noticed that not one of the presenters in the sessions I attended used slides! WHAT? I thought that conducting my session as a class would be the most natural way to provide the information to viewers and as a consequence, spent some time on slide creation. ALL of the presenters were just talking heads, no additional graphics, nothing in the background to spark creative interaction, NOTHING! They might as well have been podcasts (which I also recently did for that first time and you can find that here.)

Now for the nitty gritty. It would have been nice to have received some monetary compensation for my time and effort in promoting, but as no one signed up for the paid version of the Work Freedom Summit via my affiliate link, I earned a big fat goose egg. I’m not as disappointed as you might think, since I went into this as a learning experience rather than expecting to make the big bucks, but still….

Those are the negatives. There were some positives about this experience, however.

First, I learned that I could do this! Remember how I mentioned in a previous post that participating in a video summit was something way beyond my comfort zone? Well, it was, but I did it anyway. And it wasn’t so bad. Neither was sharing a graphic with MY picture on it all over social media. I mean, it wasn’t my favorite thing in the world to do, but I did it!

I also picked up a few useful tidbits from the presentations that I am planning on implementing beginning in the new year. So my time spent in viewing wasn’t wasted at all. (And neither will yours be if you choose to get the lifetime access pass now available. Wink Wink, Nudge nudge) 

Lastly, the summit deadline made me get on the stick and finish the publishing course I’ve been working on. It’s live. You can see it here: Book It: Everything You Need to Know to Publish Your Book on Amazon.

I’m looking for Beta Testers for the course before I make a big deal over it. If you, or anyone you know is brave enough to self-publish or has already self-published, I’d love for you to give me feedback on the material I’ve provided in this course. Please contact me with the form below.

All in all, my first summit presenter experience was a mixed bag of tricks. But I can say, I’ve been there, done that, and it’s time to move on to another venture. 

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On Being an Herbal Academy Affiliate

Herbal Academy Courses

I’ve tried several affiliate programs and most have not been worth the effort. However, the Herbal Academy Affiliate program has been one that I would recommend if your niche contains herb lovers, homesteaders or tree huggers.

Commission payments are sent out the first full week of every month with an outstanding balance of $50 or more by Paypal. I make a 15% commission on every referral. I get 35% off Herbal Academy’s Online Programs and Herbalist Packages and sometimes I even get to take a course for FREE in exchange for a blog post, There are banners and images galore to make promoting easy. And finally, the courses are of the highest quality which makes it easy for me to rave about.

You can read the Affiliate Terms and Agreements here.

I’ve taken several of Herbal Academy’s courses myself.

Learn how to wildcraft and identify plants confidently in the Botany & Wildcrafting Course!My review of the Botany and Wildcrafting Course is here.Enroll in the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course My review of the Herbal Self-care for Stress Management Course is here.The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy My review of the Herbal Fermentation is here.

The Herbarium Membership for Herbalists

Herbal Academy also sponsors the membership only herbal online library The Herbarium. There you can find articles, downloads, video, podcasts, monographs, and an herbal bookshelf designed to add to your herbal knowledge. They have also begun a new series of intensive workshops concentrating on herbal treatment for specific conditions. The first course is called Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus.
Herbs for ADHD Intensive enrolling thru October, 21st

But that’s not all! Herbal Academy also has its own store choked full of fun and useful herbal products. My personal favorites are the Materia Medica Journal and the Herbal Starter Kit.A complete Herbal Starter Kit by Herbal Academy

Goods Shop by Herbal Academy – botanically inspired products

So really, what’s not to love about being an Herbal Academy Affiliate?

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On Becoming an Ultimate Bundles Affiliate

eek (3)Back in May, Herbal Academy sent me an email saying that the Herbal Materia Medica Course that I liked so much would be featured in an Ultimate Bundle packet.  If you remember, I LOVED the Herbal Materia Medica Course.  It really helped me focus my interest in local herbs as medicine and inspired several blog posts. (Hibiscus Tea, Cilantro Tea, Tamarindo, Garlic, Matali Tea)

The email from Herbal Academy suggested I sign up for the Ultimate Bundle Affiliate program so that I could feature this bundle on my blog.  So I did. (See Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle).  I thought I’d make the bundle available and be done with it.  

Little did I know that the Ultimate Bundle group offers several of these bundle packages per year.  I soon realized that these would be excellent items to offer my readers!  I did pass on featuring a bundle or two.  They couldn’t really be classified into one of the categories I typically write about.  However, there were some that did fit.  

For instance, I often write about my most recent income generating failure.  Enter The Ultimate Work At Home Bundle.  I also am a proponent of natural alternatives for health issues.  Let me present the Gut Health Super Bundle.  

 

Then there’s the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle which came out just at the end of my transition year.  Perfect!

In August, you can bet I’ll be featuring the Parenting Super Bundle.  I aim to be a Super Parent after all!

The best part of this affiliate program is the work I don’t have to do.  I don’t have to find images.  I don’t have to code links. I don’t have to figure out how to add the buy now button.  Why not?  Because it’s done for me. I can pick and choose from a whole slew of banners, buttons, and images for each bundle.  

How about promotion?  Studies say that the average person must be presented with something an average of 7 times before buying.  Well, I post to my blog.  Then my blog posts to Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google + and my email followers.  That’s pretty much all the promotion I do.  I’m not one of those pushy types.  If you want it, great, if not, that’s ok too.  

So how has it been going?  In the two months since I’ve become an affiliate, I’ve made $30 USD.  No, it’s not a lot of money, but it sure is less work than some of my other business ventures recently. (See Failing as an Online Book Reviewer).  I’m not in the business of blogging to get rich.  Really my goal is to cover my blogging expenses like domain names and hosting and if there is a little left over, maybe splurge on something fun. (Failing at your own business-Blogging)  With such modest goals, I’ve found being an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles to be a great fit for me!

Not convinced yet? Here are some more successful Ultimate Bundle affiliates stories for you.

*Become an Ultimate Bundles Affiliate – Earn Money from Your Blog

*Ultimate Bundles: Love or Leave? 2017 Affiliate Program Review

*HOW TO MAKE MONEY AS AN ULTIMATE BUNDLE AFFILIATE

*THE ONE AFFILIATE PROGRAM YOU SHOULD LOOK INTO RIGHT NOW

Does it sound like something that would work for you and your blog?  

Sign up to be an affiliate here.

Here are the upcoming bundles for 2017.  Do any work for your niche?

AUGUST 9-14: Parenting Super Bundle

AUGUST 23-28: Ultimate Fitness Bundle

SEPTEMBER 20-25: Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

OCTOBER 4-9: The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit

OCTOBER 16-17: Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Flash Sale

NOVEMBER 1-5: Indie Travel Super Bundle

DECEMBER 27-JANUARY 2: Ultimate Healthy Recipe Bundle

Sign up to be an affiliate here.

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