Friday, March 31, 2017

Using Free Online Storage To Host Your Digital Files

Most of online sellers would agree that the cost of storage of your digital files would probably be one of the highest and some hosting companies place restriction on the sites from hosting too many files. Don't worry, with my principle of being frugal, there are countless of free or cheap online cloud storage companies that you can use to host your files. Here are some of my favourite ones and tutorials on how to use them.

Dropbox - Click here to sign up for free account


Amazon S3 - First year free


Mediafire - Free account serve ads and might not be as professional for your customers


There are hundreds more company that I did not have a chance to mention in this post but feel free to do your research. One word of caution is that with many companies offering a freemium model, it is best to stick with the ones that have been around the block for a little bit longer.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Free Life Insurance for a Year



I digress a bit from my usual posts. Just had a one month old baby and thought this is worth sharing. Although the payout is not huge for some, it seems like a good cover for free if you are a resident in the UK. All it takes is a couple of minutes of registering online (no credit card needed, so you don't have to worry about automatic renewal) with the provider and you get a free one year cover for £15,000. Each parent can register for up to 8 child if they meet the age criteria.

So, if you have one child and both parents register with a provider, you will get £30,000 cover and if you have two child, your joint cover can increase to £60,000.

Sainsbury's

This covers the parent for £15,000. You will need to be a parent above 18 years old and your child have not reached their 5th Birthday. This is underwritten by Legal & General and you can apply with them directly.

Post Office

This covers the parent for £15,000. This is only available to children below 4 years old. The insurance is underwritten by he Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited and I can't find a link to directly register with them.

Aviva

This covers the parent for £15,000. Similar to Legal & General, this is only available to children below 4 years old.

After completing your registration, you will usually get an e-mail confirmation and letter sent to your home with the details. Make sure your loved ones are made well aware.

Hope you found this post useful and until next time. See ya!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Profiting from Videos

Another week has gone and I hope you are all experimenting on profiting from your content. This week I would like to cover places where you can upload your videos and profit from them. You may sell your videos traditionally as a pay per view or capitalise on video sharing platforms to a revenue ad share with you. This is where you get paid a portion of the commission from the ads displayed on your videos.



Youtube
This site needs no introduction and it is by far the largest video sharing site available. You will need to get approval first before you are able to monetize your videos and you will need a google adsense account to get paid. Once you have some videos available on youtube, you can apply to link the accounts together so you can start profiting from your videos.

Dailymotion
DailyMotion is a good alternative to Youtube and have a separate payment platform from Google's adsense. Here you can profit from ads displayed on your videos or requiring customers to pay to view your video. Click here to start monetizing your videos.

Vimeo
Vimeo is a paid option with a monthly subscription to sell your videos worldwide. I do recommend that you register for the free account to familiarise yourself first or you can always opt for the free 30 days trial before making up your mind.

Remember that the above are video streaming platforms for you to sell your video content. Don't forget that you can zip up your video files to sell on the other platforms I have posted about in my previous posts or create a physical equivalent of it to sell on Amazon. Let me know how you get on!

Enjoy the rest of week and don't stop experimenting.

Let me know how you get on!

Enjoy the rest of week and don't stop experimenting.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Canva - Free Online Image Editor Tutorial

One of the best free online image editing tool that I have found and use is Canva. Use it to create banners to promote your products or websites. Here are some quick tutorials to help you get started! Enjoy!

Creating Your Canva Account



How To Use Canva



How To Save Images From Canva



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Reselling Public Domain Comic Books

I touched on selling public domain materials in one of my older posts and also shared generic sources for public domain materials where you can get such contents.



Today, I would like show an example of an specific niche you can focus on which are comic books. There are millions of comic books from the golden age that are now in the public domain and you can get your slice of the multi million dollar comic book industry.

But where can I find those comic books? Well, thanks to the internet and the collective efforts of many, here are my top sites for sourcing public domain comics for resale.

Comic Book +
Digital Comic Museum
Fury Comics

If comic books are not your thing, you can use the artwork from the materials to add into products you are developing too.

As usual, it goes without saying that you will need to research copyright and public domain laws in each country that you intend to sell your products to.

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Selling Your Digital Products on Amazon



Venturing for new marketplaces to sell your products is always a good idea. I tend to try out a lot of platforms and stick with the ones that works. I also tend to use the term set and forget where sometimes sales are generated from marketplaces or stores that I have forgotten about.

One of my more recent ventures is to see the possibilities of selling digital products on Amazon and here are the list of options I have discovered.

1. Sell your product as a DVD using Kunaki to manufacture on demand. Click here for a sample product sold using this model.

2. Publish them as books or ebooks using Kindle Digital Publishing

3. Create videos and get paid when the content are streamed.

4. Sell your merchandise (T-shirt designs & etc). This is currently by invitation only.

I encourage you to try out new things and you never know what you might discover next!

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Free vs Paid Web Hosting for Your Website

Another week has passed and I would like to share my views of free vs paid web hosting for your website. I have tried to remove associated risks that are present in both free and paid hosting models.

FREE Hosting...

It is nearly a no brainer, the price says it all. As most providers offer a freemium model, pay to upgrade your account, you can use this to trial their hosting. Besides that, you can always test other things such as their control panel (eg. cPanel) and server versions.

It is also reasonably a risk free option if you want to test out a new product and see how it fares out without any upfont costs.

However, there is a true cost of free. In my online adventures, I have gained a lot from free hosting providers in learning coding, server versions and web development but have also grown to be extra cautious. I have seen countless of providers that could not sustain their offering as they were not able to generate enough revenue to cover the on going running costs. Sites with free hosting providers usually don't rank highly as they will be sharing similar IP addresses with multiple sites on the same free hosting providers.

PAID Hosting...

If budget is not an issue, there are extremes of paid hosting you can grab. It starts from a shared hosting account (multiple accounts on one server) to a dedicated server of your own or get the benefit of the cloud such as Amazon S3.

I would always advocating using paid hosting for you business site and make sure you select a reputable provider. This will allow you as a customer to

Paid hosting also offers more options to customize your settings and are often more generous in their allocation of bandwidth or diskspace. This means less likely of a customer unable to reach your website due to the additional resources. It is also more straight forward to hold a provider accountable for a disrupted service as a paying customer. I have both been successful and unsuccessful in claiming service credits from hosting providers that failed to meet their SLA. You can sign up to free monitoring tools that track your website availability.

Do note that paying for hosting does necessarily guarantee you a good service or provide you the vest value for money. Do shop around and if you are already with an existing hosting company, don't worry about switching to cut back on costs. Taking an opportunity to plug one of my sites, if you are considering paid hosting, do try the site Hostonfire.com that have been running since 2003.

In summary, this is a 20 minute brain dump. I would suggest you perform a hybrid by using both providers for different purposes! As frugality is something I always preached. You can used a paid service for your primary site and a free hosting or provider for the purpose of your development. This will reduce any harm that can be done to your live website in the midst of developing a new one.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and till next week!