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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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.


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!


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 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!