As you know, Bob (or Madge), I stayed nearly entirely away from social networks in the month of August, 2013. I’ll have more to say about how that went when the sabbatical is officially over. Meanwhile, this is the first of four posts on what I did on my social media vacation. First up: Best Writing Software Programs dot com!
Best Writing Software Programs was born from my desire to solve a problem: there’s a lot of creative writing software out there from a lot of different sources, but to my knowledge there’s not a single site that makes it easy to see it all in one place… and buy the programs you want, quickly and easily, through trusted sources. There’s a nifty little “value add” feature on the site, too.
I created a little video (under five minutes) to explain it all:
Yes, that represents my first foray into making screen-capture videos. There will be more where that came from… I really hope I get faster at it, since that one took a ridiculous amount of time! It was fun, though.
Do Your Shopping At Best Writing Software Programs; Be A Patron!
Many of you will rightly assume that the Best Writing Software Programs is an exercise in affiliate marketing. I will earn a small (4% ~ 6% of the purchase price) commission from any sales generated at Amazon.com, e-Bay, and the other places as a result of clicks from Best Writing Software Programs.
If you click through from an Amazon.com link on the site, I’ll get a commission from anything you buy at Amazon… and not just writing software! So if you’re going to shop at Amazon.com anyway… I wouldn’t mind if you used Best Writing Software Programs to get there!
Affiliate Marketing and Me
I’ve participated in various affiliate programs for many years, and I’ve always been open about it. I think it’s a valid form of passive residual income if it’s done ethically and transparently.
And even though I’ve belonged to various affiliate arrangements for a long time, I’ve never really delved into serious affiliate marketing.
Best Writing Software Programs represents a test case. I’ve created a second site (more on that when we get to Part Three of this series!), and I’ll be doing more work in the affiliate marketing space in the weeks and months to come.
Because, dear reader, the unfortunate but undeniable truth of the matter is that making up stories and selling them — the thing I want to do most of all and the thing I believe I’m best at — doesn’t bring me a living wage.
I’m a freelance creative services gun for hire, too… and as much as I enjoy working with 98% of the clients that have come my way, freelance work (and the pursuit of same) devours time that could be spent making up stories.
An affiliate marketing endeavor like Best Writing Software Programs requires a few days of intensive effort followed by about an hour of work every few days thereafter. If it, or efforts like it, brings in even a few hundred dollars every month, month after month, it’s a sensible and smart use of my time.
My ultimate goal is to have enough going on in the affiliate marketing space that I’ll be able to spend much more time and effort on my more authorpreneurial, personal, creative franchises.
And pay the rent!
I hope that something you all can get behind. Show me… by clicking through to Best Writing Software Programs and, if you’re of a mind, picking up some cool writing software.
Have opinions about this? Let’s hear ‘em… in the comments!