One link to rule them all: Booklinker.net

Do you share book links?Whether you are an Amazon affiliate, a blogger, a book reviewer, or simply someone who likes to share links to books they love, there can be issues when sharing Amazon links.With the advent of social media, we now have friends and fellow readers all over the world. It is great that we can share things we love with people everywhere, but there is a potential downside, too.When sending an Amazon link to someone of a different country, they may be taken to a page that says that item is not available in their area. The reality may be that it is, but they can't get it from that link. If, for example, you send someone a link to an Amazon.com page, which is the US version of Amazon, but the viewer is in England, they may not actually get to a page they can order from.From an online group I belong to (thanks Dennis Becker!) I found an easy solution to overcoming that problem: Booklinker.net.​​With Booklinker, you can now create one link to a book, that when clicked will automatically detect the location of the visitor and send them to the appropriate page on the Amazon site appropriate to their geographic region.It is a free service, and there is a similar service, GeoRiot (free for the first 1,000 clicks per month) that does the same thing for apps, music, and products.If you are an Amazon affiliate, there is even a way you can attach your affiliate tag to the link.​You can go straight to the Booklinker.net site or you can check out my video walkthrough...

Back Up Your Facebook Account

More and more, we do things online or through the cloud. Even if we are not working online, most of us engage with others online, and we store many important things there, such as photos, videos, even conversations. One such place is Facebook. Most of us have a Facebook account and use it regularly. The downside to doing things online and in the cloud is that what is stored there may be at risk of loss. Accounts can get hacked, servers can go down, things can get accidentally deleted, and sometimes, as they say, “life happens.” It is important that we back up our digital information on a regular basis. Many of us back our computers up, and a few of us back our websites or blogs up. For my WordPress sites, I use WP Twin. It is amazing and works very well as a WordPress back up solution for blogs and websites. However, we forget about other online spaces, such as Facebook. In fact, I have discovered that a large number of people do not even know Facebook has a built-in back up solution available. It is called “Facebook Archive.” It saves our photos, videos, posts, messages and more. This is an important feature for everyone, but especially for people who use Facebook to communicate with clients and customers. Increasingly, I see professionals, such as Realtors, using Facebook for business communications with their clients. Wouldn’t it be great to have a permanent record of those conversations? Even if the record was used only as a memory refresher it would be helpful, but it could also be useful to...

5 Keys to Productivity

Those of us who earn on the net need to stay productive. There are no bosses telling us what to do. If we want to make more money, we need to be more productive.The infographic below has 5 keys to productivity.You may click on the image to download a PDF version of the infographic.​ The PDF open in a new window, or you may right-click and "Save As..."Enjoy!Please leave your comments below. Tell us what keys you use that help you​ be more productive. ​Please share this if you found it helpful (or click the like button on the left floating...

How tracking changed my life

Guest Post by Avani MisraI am honored to have Avani Misra as a guest blogger today.​Avani Misra is - for the most part - a writer. In the smaller parts, she tends to engage in code, business, life hacks, and design. She writes at her blog.I met Avani over 3 years ago in Dennis Becker's Earn1kADay Insider's Club.She has helped me in the past with several projects, and is fantastic to work with. She understands the power of networking and is one of the most intelligent people I know, as well as one of the most generous.Fortunately for us, she also has a deep understanding of measuring and tracking. Read on for some of her great insights on that topic.We welcome you to leave your questions and comments below in the comments section​. Be sure to check out Avani's blog also. You will want to bookmark it.​How tracking changed my life​ You can't manage what you can't measure. This is apparently a misquote, according to Wikipedia. Edwards Deming, to whom the quote is usually attributed, actually recognized that a lot of important things cannot be measured. So let me get this out of the way: of course, not everything is tangible, in life, health, business, or management. Although folks are pushing the bar everyday, with a Kickstarter project going as far as a device that can tell you how many calories you're eating by looking at your food. Anyway, today's post isn't about things that are hard or impossible to measure. It's about things that are easily or do-ably measurable. Even among things that can be measured, there are...

Productivity Tip: Bullet Journal

For those of us that run our own business, especially a business that operates out of our home, productivity is something that we often struggle with.​There are many ways to stay productive. A regular routine is at the top of the list. We also rely on things such as motivation, focus, music, looming deadlines, accountability partners, and our spouses or significant others.​Today we're going to discuss an additional way to get and stay productive: Organizing our Task List.Organization within the business is extremely important. It also happens to be, like productivity, something that many of us struggle with. We all have different systems that may or may not work for us. I am sure many people are like me. I get extremely organized and follow a great system, but a few months later, it goes from an organized system to something more closely resembling chaos. Then: Rinse and Repeat.​​Some aspects of my business I am able to keep extremely organized. In fact, a few years ago I designed a spreadsheet system that took care of things such as login pages, passwords, affiliate tracking, download pages, client information, etc. I released my system as an info product called Chaos Eradicator. As an extra bonus, I will give anyone who comments on this Post a free copy of it. See details at the end of the Post.​Other things are not as easy to keep organized. The area of organization that is toughest for many of us is creating, prioritizing, and utilizing our task list. Unfortunately, this is the one area of organizing our business that can most directly affect our productivity.​There are...