Sunday, October 14, 2018

Best Motivational Quotes Book


It is important to read Motivational Quotes daily to keep our mind with positive thoughts. Inspiring Quotes of Great People have the power of changing our Life in the positive direction.

I am running a Motivational Quotes Website www.TheQuotes.Net for many years. I had spent a lot of Time and Energy for adding lots of Quotes and Motivational Articles into our Website. From the Experience of running this Quotes Website, sometime back, I published an Android App for showing the Best Motivational Quotes. Though it is a very simple app with very fewer features, it is getting lots of good Ratings and Review Comments. The Positive Comments made me think about publishing the Motivational Quotes as a Book.

I have published the Motivational Quotes Book with the Title "Best Motivational Quotes: A Huge Collection of Quotes that Can Change Your Life" using Amazon's KDP publishing platform. This Book is available in both Kindle Format and Paperback Format. And, I have enrolled the Kindle Book into the "Kindle Select" program. So, it will be available with "Kindle Unlimited (KU)". That means, if you are a KU Subscriber, You will be able to read this Book for Free on your Kindle Device.

We can read thousands of Quotes on various websites freely. But we will not be having enough time to go through all those Quotes and then choose the best motivational Quotes. So, there is a huge need for the collection of only the best motivational Quotes. This book will be satisfying that need by presenting the huge collection of only the Best Motivational Quotes.

All the Motivational Quotes in this Quotes Book are collected with the intention of stimulating Positive thinking in the minds of the Quotes Readers so that they can achieve Success and Peace in their Life by improving their Confidence, Courage, and Happiness.

In short, this Motivational Quotes Book brings the Wisdom from lots of Great People, Leaders, Authors, Philosophers, and Saints.

Our Sub-Conscious Mind can do many Wonders if we keep our Thinking Positive. Everyone knows the power of positive thinking. But it is very difficult to keep on thinking positively at all the times. Everyday struggles and the negative people around us are forcing us in some ways to reduce our positive thinking, or even they can put negative thoughts in our Sub-Conscious Mind. This Motivational Quotes Book can help to retain our Positive Thinking in all harsh environments.

Apart from seeding Positive Thinking, this Motivational Quotes Book can help us to improve our decision-making process in Daily Life as it could bring the Wisdom of Great people through their Quotes.



Personally, I realized the benefits of reading Motivational Quotes in many different situations. For Example, Whenever I am tending to blame others for my failures, the Quote "The moment you blame others you fail" comes into my mind, and I stop blaming Others. I don't remember when and where I read this Quote or who is the Author of this Quote. But I realize the power of this Quote. If we take responsibility for our failures, actually we are not confirming the
Failure till we give up. We have the option of continuing our efforts to make our Failure into Success. But at the moment we blame others, we lose this option and therefore our Failure will be finalized.

So, I would suggest understanding the deep meaning of any Quotes. Not only the meaning but also the context and the background of the Quotes. For example, I like the below Quotes of Abraham Lincoln very much. It used to encourage me a lot whenever I am facing Failures continuously and lacking the Resources and the Skills required for achieving the Success.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

I would say that this Quote can convey a powerful message only if we know the life story of Abraham Lincoln.

I am planning to promote this Book through various campaigns to make it as Best Seller. And, I would like to get Reviews for this Book. If you are interested in reviewing this Book, contact me (rajamanickam.a@gmail.com) to get the FREE Review Copy (PDF file) of this Book.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Testing our Websites and Apps


Past few days, I was spending significant time fixing issues of our Websites and Apps. Especially I updated our Motivational Quotes App and Bible Quotes App, to make them work with the latest Android Devices. Once after updating them in Google Play Store, I came to know that some devices are crashing when receiving the message. So, I have updated them again after fixing the issue. The latest Android Devices are provided with Notification Channel feature. So, I needed to change the firebase library version in the code to fix the issue. I hope now everything is working fine. So, updated these two apps in the Amazon App store also, and I have started running Google Ads Campaigns to promote these Apps. Let me know if you find any issue when using these Apps.


And, I have updated this blog to include AdSense Ads. Previously I was NOT monetizing it actively. Recently I have decided to monetize all our websites and Apps fully. Let me tell the reason behind it. A few days back YouTube disabled monetization feature for my YouTube Channel by saying "Duplication" as the reason. I just got an email from YouTube with Title "Your channel is no longer eligible to monetize. Learn how to reapply". It seems I will be able to reapply for the monetization only after 30 days after deleting Duplicate Videos.
Personally, I believe I am not violating anyone's copyright. Actually, I don't know what I need to do before reapplying with YouTube.
So, I contacted YouTube Partner support by sending below message.

Monetization is disabled for my Channel by saying "Duplication" as the reason.
I am running the channel mostly to give Technology News. I use the press release materials provided by the universities and companies to create videos. Since same press release material is used by many people "Duplication" is unavoidable for the news reporting videos. I believe I am not violating anyone's copyright. And, I don't have any copyright strike or community strike.

So, I don't know which video needs to be deleted. I don't want to delete any random video just for the sake of reapplying for monetization. Because inventors/scientists used to feel happy when their invention is reported in my channel. I don't want to disappoint them by deleting their news video.

In this case, please let me know what I need to do before reapplying for monetization.

If you have disabled monetization by mistake, please enable it again.

For this message, I got the reply from the YouTube Partner Support Team. But their reply message was NOT having any specific information. It was just the standard mail which repeats the same message that I received initially. By the meantime, I got mail (both email & courier) from a law firm (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) representing Khan Academy for asking me to remove any Commercial links or ads attached with a SQL Tutorial video which was created with the help of YouTube Video Editor by combining multiple Videos of Khan Academy which they published with permission for reuse. I removed the links in the description immediately after receiving their mail, and I deleted the video itself as I couldn't access monetization options for disabling the ads. More than 1 million people learned SQL from that Video and it got more than 10K Likes and lots of positive comments and interesting/useful discussions. Now it is NOT available. And, I couldn't understand whether these two things (Khan Academy's mail and demonetization) are separate incidents or related things. Anyway, I learned two lessons from these two things. One is, it is not a good practice to put all our efforts into one particular project even if is backed by a company like Google/YouTube. The second lesson is, it is better to promote our own Content even if someone is giving better content with reusable rights. I had spent lots of time and energy to promote the SQL video, by answering SQL related Questions in lots of Forums and Social Media. I had decided to promote the Khan Academy Video than creating my own tutorial video as I thought it was better than mine and it was available with reuse rights.

In short, I can not earn money from my YouTube Channel until they enable monetization again. And therefore I have decided to earn money from my Books, Websites, and Apps.

I enabled Adsense Auto Ads in most of my Websites (e.g This blog, TheQuotes.net website including motivation subdomain and facebook covers, our Forum, online Quiz, RtoZ.org website, learnwebdevelopment.info). After reviewing the performance and effectiveness of these ads on these websites, I will implement them in our other websites also.

Apart from adding Ads, I have done a few other changes (E.g enabling https, making websites more mobile-friendly) also. So, I need to test our websites and Apps from various perspectives. Contact me if you are seeing any issue with our websites or Apps.




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Monday, October 8, 2018

YouTubers can Earn more Money by making use of Trending Topics effectively



You may be spending a significant amount of Time and Energy to run your YouTube Channel. You might be putting a lot of Efforts for creating each and every Video in your Channel. You might have spent a lot of Money in buying Equipment and Software required for creating your Videos.  Even you might be paying Money to the Freelancers who help you create your Videos in professional ways. You may be teaching your Skills or sharing your Business Success Secrets freely through your Videos. But, that doesn’t mean that your Channel will get Views. The increasing competition makes it very difficult to get Views even to the best Videos.  So, it is very important to give attention to the Trending Topics.

Let me explain about how the Trending Topics can bring more Visitors to your Video.  First, I will tell about some SEO related Terms so that I can explain it using these Terms easily. Everyday, a lot of People are doing their search on Search Engines like Google and YouTube by typing or speaking Words that are called as Keywords. And, Search Volume is the word used to represent the amount or quantity of searches that occur for a particular keyword or term, often expressed as searches per month. Search Competition is how many Pages/Videos on the internet include that term, thus, the number of Pages/Videos you will be competing against.


In normal days, the Search Volume and Search Competition will be almost constant for any Keyword.  i-e They will be in a Balanced State. In this State, it is difficult for your Video to get lots of Views by competing with existing Videos.
But sometimes, Search Volume will be increased suddenly due to some Events that may be either expected or unexpected.
For example, a lot of people will be searching about a Person who  is getting announced as a Nobel Prize Winner. That means, the Search Volume for the keywords related to that Person will be increased suddenly while the Search Competition is not getting changed much.  You can make use of this opportunity of increased Search Volume to get traffic to your YouTube Channel by uploading Videos related to this Trending Topic.

For making use of the expected Trending, like Sports Events, Political Meetings, Official Product Launch Events, Celebrity Birthdays and Festivals, you have to work in advance by preparing your Videos related to those Topics or Keywords. You need to keep a list of upcoming  planned Events and Festivals, and check your list regularly to create Videos about the Topics or Keywords related to those Events.

For making use of the  unexpected Trending, like any unofficial  Leak of any Product to be released soon, you should follow various News Agencies to get the News immediately,  and  you have to publish the Video immediately. You need to check Google Trends page and Twitter Trending List regularly, almost every Hour.

Moreover, Google and YouTube will give high priority to the New Videos that are related to the Trending Topics. The New Videos will be shown at top of the Search Results even when there were lots of good old Videos available for that Trending Topic. i-e Your New Videos will be treated like a News Article from  the well established News Websites. This is the Key for the success of creating Videos on Trending Topics.  Let me explain the reason why Google and YouTube are behaving like this, by saying an example.  Assume that there was a Heavy Rain in a particular Town.  Someone living in another Town will hear about this news through other  Media like Radio and TV.  He will do the Search on the Google or YouTube by typing the name of the Town with the expectation of seeing more details about the Rain.  Usually, many people will be doing search about any Town before visiting it. So, Obviously Google or YouTube should show the latest Articles or Videos related to the Heavy Rain than any other Good Old Articles or Videos, otherwise people may stop using Google or YouTube in the future. So, they have to behave in this manner. YouTubers can make use of this Trending Topics advantage, for getting more Views to their Videos. And make sure that you use it genuinely. Use it only for the Trending Topics that are related to your YouTube Channel and that are useful or interesting to your Target Audience. And, never try to include the Keywords of Trending Topics into  the Title/Description/Tag of your Videos which are actually not related to the Trending Topic.

I had published  a Book with Title "How to Earn from YouTube Videos?: My Experience with YouTube" to share my experience about earning Money by running  my YouTube Channel for many Years. If you are interested, you can buy it from Amazon. And, if you want me to spend significant time for reviewing your YouTube channel and Business Model, you can book my time and check my previous post to see the Price/Charge details.

 
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Get our Motivational Quotes Kindle Book for Free till October 8th.


A few years back, I had published a Book with Title "Motivation from TheQuotes.Net - Inspirational Quotes To Get You Motivated Positively" using Amazon Kindle publishing (KDP) and I enrolled it with "KDP Select" program which allows me to set it for FREE few days.

I have decided to make it available for Free till 8th October 2018. Make use of this free offer, if you are interested to read this Kindle Book.
Get it from here and add your Rating and Reviews at Amazon.


Staying Positive gives us lots of Benefits. But it is really difficult to stay Positive all the Times, it is almost impossible to do so.   By reading Motivational Quotes we can get the motivation to stay positive.

So, get this Book before the Free offer ends. And, You can get our Quotes App for free from Play Store.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Opportunity for YouTubers to increase their Earnings.



A few months back I had published an eBook with Title "How to Earn from YouTube Videos?: My Experience with YouTube" to share my experience about earning Money by running YouTube Channel.

I thought my Book will be useful for the new YouTubers and for the people who want to increase their earnings from their YouTube Channels. So, I spent significant money for running paid campaigns for promoting this Book. I tried Facebook Ads, Reddit ads, GoodReads Give Away, LinkedIn Ads and Amazon AMS ads. But it didn't make much sales. So, I stopped promoting this Book and forgot about it.

Few days back I got a chance to go through the review comments for this Book in GoodReads website. Almost all the reviews are telling the same message. i-e They feel that the content in the Book is informative and useful, but the writing style and Grammar are not Good. It makes sense. Because English is not my primary language and I am not good at writing.

It made me to think about the option of directly working with the YouTubers instead of just sharing my experience through the Book. And, therefore I have decided to do consulting work for offering services like reviewing YouTube Channels, giving suggestions to improve them, implementing suitable monetization strategy and promotion approaches.



I have around 20 years of experience in the IT Industry with various Positions and Roles.  You can check my LinkedIn profile for the details.

So, apart from reviewing the YouTube Channel, I will be able to test  websites/blogs in various perspectives including loading performance, security, SEO, promotions and user experience.

I am successfully running my YouTube Channel for more than 8 years, and I  have answered many Quora Questions about running YouTube Channel.

So, I believe I will be able to help YouTubers to improve their earning potential by reviewing their Channel and Business model.

If you are interested, you can book my time by making payment to my paypal account. I plan to charge $20 USD per Hour. As an initial offer I will be charging just $10 per Hour for short period of time.

If you want to make use of this initial offer, contact me (rajamanickam.a@gmail.com) with your requirements details before this Offer ends.

I believe it will be an opportunity for the people who are willing to earn money by working from Home. I will be doing it for few channels only as I have very limited time to spend. So, make use of the opportunity by contacting me soon.

People who are planning to start YouTube Channel or own Website can also contact me so that I can guide them by suggesting best strategy to earn money easily by using their Talent/Skills or by selling their Products or Services. I will suggest best business model after doing deep analysis from various perspectives, and I will be able to help them to implement the suggested model till they start earning money.

Share this information to your Friends who may be interested to make use of this Offer.

You may watch this long video or this short Video to know about earning money from YouTube Videos.

 Feel free to ask your Questions through the comments.

My Suggestions for YouTubers

  • Have the Courage to start and run your YouTube Channel irrespective of any obstacles you may face while doing so.
  • Know your Passion and create Videos accordingly.
  • Set your Target Audience, and keep them in your mind while creating as well as promoting your Videos so as to give them relevant content.
  • Work on to integrate your YouTube Channel with your overall Business Model.
  • Give importance to SEO while creating and promoting your Videos, but not more than your Audiences.
  • Upload quality, unique, useful and interesting videos frequently. 
  • Upload attractive and relevant Custom Thumbnail image before publishing your Video.
  • Promote your videos in Social Media like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc only on relevant Groups/People with relevant HashTags or any other value addition.
  • In case you use Paid Campaigns like Google Adwords, Reddit Ads, Facebook Ads, etc,  the campaigns should be targeting only the people who are likely to watch your Videos significant amount of time, otherwise your Video WatchTime will be affected.
  • Don't expect your Channel growth overnight. Though starting YouTube Channel is very simple, running it continuously requires patience and lot of Hard work and dedication.
  • Engage with Your Audience through Comments, Live Sessions and Community Tab.
  • Don't get confused with the Jargons like RPM, CPM, CTR, etc. You will come to understand them easily once you actively involve with your YouTube Channel.
  • Do the Cross promotion using the YouTube Tools like Cards and End Screen properly.
  • Give attention to Metadata, like Title, Description and Tags to make them SEO friendly. But don't dump them with lots of keywords.
  • Never give clickbait title. It will affect your Video Watch time. Low watch time will affect the search rank and suggestion.
  • Arrange your Videos properly in PlayLists and showcase some important playlists in the home page of your YouTube Channel.
  • Collaborate with other related YouTubers.
  • Watch your YouTube analytics report regularly to tune your video creation and promotion activities.
  • Make use of royalty-free resources (e.g Music tracks available in YouTube Audio Library) to improve the Quality of your Videos.
  • Never try to use any copy-righted content, and never hesitate to fight against false copyright claims.
  • Create Videos based on Trending Topics related to your Channel.
  • Understand the Fact that YouTube is not going to pay you based on number of Views or number of Subscribers. Watch Time plays important role in increasing your Earnings. So, Focus on creating interesting/useful content.
  • Add Subtitle/CC to your Videos
  • Use Good Quality Mic and Camera or any other tool required for creating your videos. Use the Tools like Audacity to cancel the noise in your audio. Check my Amazon Influencer Storefront to see my recommended Gadgets for the YouTubers.
  • Never compare your channel with other similar channels . Everyone is having their own way of making money from YouTube.
  • Think  from various perspectives like Brandable, Searchable and Trust factor while choosing your channel name.
  • Don’t think your YouTube Channel as a separate Entity, instead view it as part of a Business Model. Integrate YouTube with your other Business activities.
  • Never depend on Adsense ads on YouTube as your only source of Income. Work on creating alternate revenue streams (e.g Amazon Affiliates, TopBuzz, etc)
  • Never try to use any shortcut method to bring views or subscribers to your Channel.

Don't worry much about video Views or Earnings initially. Just focus on creating high quality and informative videos frequently, and promote them at the relevant websites and groups. Earnings will follow you at the appropriate time. All the Best!!!

Updates on October 4, 2018: 

I had updated my Book about YouTube based on the review comments given by GoodReads users.
You can buy the updated Book at Amazon for the affordable price. Feel free to share your comments about this Book here or at Amazon.

And, if you are willing to Rate/Review this Book at Amazon, please contact me (rajamanickam.a@gmail.com) to get the FREE Review Copy of this eBook.




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Monday, September 24, 2018

My First Vertical Video in My YouTube Channel



YouTube was supporting only the standard 16:9 aspect ratio videos for the long time. Since many people are recording videos using their mobile phones, many videos won't fit into this aspect ratio. So, YouTube used to show black bars on both sides of the video when showing vertical videos.

Recently YouTube has started supporting vertical videos also. In mobile phones the vertical videos can be viewed in full screen.

For testing this Vertical video format, I had uploaded a vertical video which was taken by my mobile phone.

By saying "vertical Video" I mean the video size of 720 x 1280 instead of usual 1280x 720.


The vertical video is looking better in mobile phone. And in desktop, YouTube is showing white bars on both sides of the video.


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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Updates about "Quote of the Day" News Letter from TheQuotes.Net


Few years back we have started sending "Quote of the Day" email news letter for the people who are interested to receive Motivational Quotes in their email.
I used php's mail() function for sending these emails using cron job. I followed all the required things for running the News Letter. i-e The News Letter mail will be sent to only the people who confirmed/verified their email id. And, the "Quote of the Day" mails used to have the "unsubscribe" link.

I came to know that the mails were getting delivered to spam folder for the Gmail users, even though I followed all the best practices for sending News Letter email. Most importantly, confirmation/verification emails were also delivered to spam folder. So, lot of people couldn't verify/confirm their email.

I tried various things to fix this issue. I added many header values suggested by many discussion forums, and I tried with PHPmailer also. But nothing helped me to solve this issue.

So, finally I decided to use the third-party News Letter Service "MailChimp" which allows upto 2000 subscribers for FREE. But it is having some shortcomings. Previously, the "Quote of the Day" mail used to be composed automatically using the Quotes and Images stored in our website. I need not do anything to send the Quotes News Letter. But Now I have to manually create the News Letter Campaign content in MailChimp. Anyway, it is having easy-to-use interface. But I am not sure whether I will be doing it daily. And, the MailChimp will be allowing only 12,000 mails per month in the Free Plan. So, I will be reducing the Mailing Frequency. i-e I may not be sending the "Quote of the Day" mail daily in future. And, I will be removing the inactive subscribers.



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Friday, February 16, 2018

My Amazon Influencer Page - See Recommended Products and Latest Deals and Offers


Visit my Amazon Influencer Page to see my Recommended Products and the Latest Deals and Offers Provided by Amazon.

I have already added many products into this page. Daily,I am spending significant time to update this list to include the latest Deals and Offers provided by Amazon, and to remove the outdated products. I am adding the products only after doing lot of analysis by going through the Reviews and considering many other factors. Anyway, do your own research before buying the products mentioned in my Amazon Influencer page.

To make use of the Deals/Offers/Discounts provided by Amazon effectively, bookmark my Amazon influencer page and visit it daily to see the latest offers. I believe this page can help you to save significant Money.

And, inform me (rajamanickam.a@gmail.com) if you have any suggestions to make this list more effective. And, let me know if you know any alternate/similar product which is better than the listed product, in terms of Price, Quality, Availability, Delivery and Packing.


Apart from my Amazon Influencer Page, you can check the Gold Box Deals provided by Amazon to get the products at Discounted Price.




In the Year 2009, i-e around 9 Years back, I joined Amazon's Affiliate Program known as Amazon Associates. I added the Affiliate links, Banners, and Widgets in few of our Websites. Even I created Amazon's aStore also. And, I received the first payment as Amazon Gift Card. But, later on I stopped focusing on Amazon Affiliate program, as my Google AdSense earning was much better than the Amazon Associate/Affiliate program. And, I had to spend lot of time in our Software Development related activities.

I came to know that many people are making higher earning by adding affiliate links in addition to Google AdSense. But I hesitated to do this, because of 4 reasons. One is, I expect/assume drop in adsense revenue due to Amazon affiliate links; Second, I don't want to spend much time in adding affiliate links; Third, the difficulties involved in receiving payment from Amazon comparing to Google Adsense which will directly deposit money in my bank account in India. But Amazon used to send me the check payment for my Book Royalties. En-cashing the Amazon check used to take significant time and effort from my side. And, the Amazon.com affiliate program won't work for India users, we need to join Amazon.in affiliates program separately and we have to share the appropriate link according to the Country of the visitor. So, I avoided spending time for adding affiliate links in our websites and YouTube Channel.

Now I have decided to spend my Time and Energy to earn Money from Amazon Associates program. Let me tell the reason why I made this decision.
Few Months back, I had published a Kindle Book with title "How to Earn from YouTube Videos?: My Experience with YouTube". But it didn't make any sales. Few weeks back, I updated this Book content and published Paperback version also. And, I decided to promote this Book, as I thought it will be useful for the new YouTubers. So, I spent significant money for running paid campaigns for promoting this Book. I tried Facebook Ads, Reddit ads, GoodReads GiveAway, LinkedIn Ads and Amazon AMS ads. But it didn't make any sales. And, I got reviews/advice from KDP Forums and GoodReads that it is difficult to sell my Book due to various reasons like, low number of pages, Spell mistakes & Grammar mistakes, poor cover image, and the availability of best similar Books. Personally I feel my Book will be useful for the new YouTubers irrespective of these shortcomings. Anyway, I don't want to waste my Time and Money in promoting this Book which is not making any sales even after spending significant amount of Money for the promotion activities.


So, I stopped/reduced all the promotion activities for the Book. This Book promotion activities made me to think about doing the Amazon Affiliate promotion again. Since I was spending significant amount of Money for Book promotion, I thought of earning Affiliate commission in addition to the Royalty payment for selling my own Book. By going through various Forums and Discussions, I came to know that this practice is allowed by Amazon and many Authors are doing it.

And, payment related issue also got solved as Amazon started supporting Payoneer. So, I decided to focus on Amazon Affiliates/Associates again, at least for my Book promotion. Though I stopped the Book promotion, I decided to continue the Amazon Affiliate promotion activities. Since our YouTube Channel is getting significant number of traffic, my efforts won't go waste this time. Anyway, I am going to do it in limited ways only. I am not going to target all the people. As of now, I plan to use only the Amazon.com, that means I will use it for U.S traffic only, and will do it without affecting AdSense much, i-e I will include the Amazon Affiliate links in few places only.

I started including the Affiliate links in few pages/videos. And, added Amazon's native shopping ads also in few pages. And, I came to know about Amazon's Influencer program. I just applied for it and it got approved instantly to give me this vanity URL in Amazon.


I added few products including my Books. And, I am planning to add more products and Deals/Offers daily. I am exploring various Products and going through Reviews and Price/Deals details so that I recommend best products. Suggest me if you know any better products to be included in this page.
And, if you are Amazon Seller, let me know if you run any Deal/Offer/Discount for your product on Amazon, I will include it in this page if it is suitable for my audience. I am planning to make it as a place for my Readers/Viewers to check daily to find best Offers for the best Products. So, you can bookmark my Amazon Influencer Page, and share it with your Friends who may be interested in it.

Regarding my Book, generally I believe in Never Give Up attitude. So, I will start promoting it again later after improving it further, mostly, after including new chapter about earning money from Amazon Affiliate Program based on my experiences that I am going to get in the coming days.





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