Month: October 2014

Plugin Great Membership

The first year of the Plugin Great membership is about to come to an end in a few days, and I think it’s all gone rather well.

My wife suggested I run a special to mark this first year, so starting today at 6.00pm GMT and for a further 48 hours I’m offering the same stunning launch deal as I did last year.

If you’re a new subscriber, then the deal is you pay either an annual or a monthly fee and you then get all my plugins and themes as I release them included.

That means that from today at 6.00pm GMT and then for 48 hours you can join up for just $17 / month (normally $27) saving yourself $10/month.

But better than that is the annual option at $97 / year (normally $147).

That’s less than half the price of monthly and saves you $107 over the year.

In other words it works out to just a smidgeon over $8 per MONTH for access to a big back catalogue of plugins PLUS all other plugins and themes I release for 12 months from when you join.

If you buy the annual membership deal.

Pretty cool I think.

I don’t mind which one you go for – it’s entirely up to you – but these membership options are a one-off. This is because in 48 hours I’m putting the annual price back up to $147, and the monthly to $27.

If you’re one of the many people who buy almost everything I release, then the annual option is the best one for you, but if you prefer to pay monthly and see “how it goes” that’s okay too.

Either one beats the $10 per PRODUCT option.  😉

When the 48 hours is up I’ll raise the prices and close the deal.

You can find out all the details here on the sales page, please remember this starts at 6.00pm GMT…

And if you have any questions about this, then please ask them here.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in software, wordpress plugins, WordPress Themes

Ebook Marketing 101

I recently had an email from a customer, Jefferson O I, which I answered and thought might be useful to other people who have the same interests.

He’s asked if I knew about any software that would help promote and assist in the sales of books, and this is my reply. I’ve also added a little bit more content to this version you’re reading here.


I don’t have or know of any software that directly markets your ebooks. My personal approach to this though is to create a publishing site and send all traffic there.

I know that doing it this way is very important as its Marketing 101. You own the site and you control what’s going on and not Facebook or Amazon or anyone else.  😉

The reason is, if you don’t own the site then any work you may do is building content on their sites and they can pull the plug on you at any time and there’s nothing you can do about it.

I also recommend you build a publisher site rather than an author site as that then gives you room to produce multiple types of books using pseudonyms. You can then allocate a portion of that site to each author.

To me this looks much more professional and lends an air of credibility to your site even if you’re a one-man-band.

Very importantly, you MUST start list building immediately if you weren’t directly planning to do so. Everyone that even looks at your ebook you want to attempt to capture on one of your mailing lists.

What I mean by this is that assuming you’re selling on Amazon, then when people take a peek inside your book, then right in the first few pages should be a nice big graphic that can’t be missed and a call to action to join your list to get a free something that you know the person would want.

It has to be a high perceived value to the reader. Anyone clicking through would then get an optin form to get their freebie, and right away you have a freebie seeker on your list that could potentially be turned into a customer.

Anyone that does buy your book should also see another call to action at the end of the book to get them to sign up to a customer list – give them something useful and related. You know they’re a customer because a freebie seeker can’t see the end of the book on Amazon so couldn’t possibly join your customer list.

You should have different prospect and customer lists for every book so that you can address each list correctly.

You can then send emails to the freebie seekers to gently ease them into buying your book(s).

Of course you should be list building on your site too and enrolling anyone that visits it by offering them a relevant freebie.

As you release new books, then you can write to the relevant prospect and customer list and tell them there’s a new related book available. Instant sales!

These are the two most important aspects of your marketing and will account for 80% of your marketing success.

#1 – Own the site.
#2 – Build separate prospect and customer mailing lists.

If you don’t do these two things, then everything else will almost be a waste of time as you’ll be constantly relying on new customers when your existing customers will be there and waiting if you can contact them.

I’ve seen lots of author sites located on or other free web sites, and not one of them has had an optin form, let alone a strong call to action.  So they don’t own the site and they’re not building a mailing list.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Many of these authors have several books released and they’re struggling, some without sales for months unless they’re paying for promotions. Crazy.

In the early days if I was you I wouldn’t bother with any kind of social marketing until you have a substantial list of several hundred customers and prospects – it’s just not worth the effort. Maybe a Twitter account would do as an announce method, but it really isn’t necessary if you have customers on your mailing list.

Get your customers to leave reviews and also to socially share your site and Amazon pages – tell them it all helps to motivate you to write more and that you’d really appreciate any help that they could give you. Some people WILL always help if you ask nicely, and be more motivated if you give them something useful, and speak to their hearts.

One other thing.

Your sales page on Amazon is exactly that – a sales page.  Make sure you have a very interesting and intriguing description of your book and that you get people *excited* about owning it.

Again, this is Marketing 101.  😉


I hope this helps give you a better perspective of the first steps to take to market your books.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in ebooks, internet business, list building

Active Cloud Store Plugin

Update: The sale for the Active Cloud Store plugin is now live at just $17.00.

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With all the recent discussion about “cloud this” and “cloud that,” as well as my backup tutorials course, I thought this was an appropriate time to release Active Cloud Store.

The reason you want this plugin is to prevent those situations where you get told “I’ve lost my download, can you send me the link again please?”

Personally I’m quite organised in that respect, but I do know it’s a problem for some.  😉

What it does in a nutshell, is enable you to create download buttons for customers and clients to download files direct to their DropBox or Google Drive accounts.

Pretty cool eh? It gets better though.

It also optionally supports Amazon S3 to secure your downloadable files and prevent unauthorised downloads. There’s a little bit of tweaking you need to do to your Amazon S3 account to make this work, but it only takes a few moments and a copy and paste in your bucket rules.

You’ll also need to spend a few moments generating a DropBox app key, but this is also very easy to do and full instructions are provided on how to do it, plus there’s a link in the plugin admin that take you right to where you need to be.

What this all means is an additional convenience to your customers and clients so that they don’t “lose” their downloads on one of their hard drives. The files just go direct to their cloud storage and will then replicate on their desktop computers that have the DropBox or Google Drive software running.

I actually think that’s cooler than cool, but then that’s my propellor head in action. Ahem…

In case you didn’t know, you can get a free 2GB DropBox and also a free 15GB Google Drive, and run them both together at the same time on your computer, as well as any other cloud storage services you may have.

So a little bit of education for your customers will go a long way in this respect and could save you and them some headaches and time.


-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business