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My Weekend Reading List – 12/28/2012


Hey Guys,

I hope you’ve had a great short week AND a great year! We’ve been busy planning some amazing things at Digital Marketer in 2013. I’m very excited to get started… after we ring in the new year, that is!

In the meantime, I’ve been filling my weekend reading queue with stories about the Christmas shopping season and predictions about the new year. Here are a few of the articles, blog posts, etc. that I have bookmarked to read over the long weekend:

How I Wrote a Book and Self Published – I’ve been talking to tons of smart people about how to write and publish their own books recently, and the thing that strikes me is how differently each author does it. Jeremy Schoemaker is a really smart guy, so I’m jonesing to compare notes.

Rage Against Rules: Instagram Revolt – Note to self: NEVER treat changes to your privacy policy like they’re no big deal… To be honest, I really didn’t think the Instagram backlash would be this big. But it was. Do you think those 4M daily active users will come back?

Amazon Sees Its Biggest Holiday Season Ever, Tops Online Shopping Survey – For anyone who was wondering if Amazon could match its record customer satisfaction levels from 2011, the answer is… yup. The big surprise is that Apple is doing some major backtracking.

Looks Like We Made It … – Need a forward-looking, motivational post to help get you excited about the new year? The comic in this post alone is worth the click. I always like what Copyblogger has to say, and how they say it.

Want to weigh in on any of these topics? Wanna add any items to my reading list? Leave me a comment!

Talk soon,

Ryan Deiss
Publisher, DigitalMarketer.com


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Comments:

  • Jill Schaefer says:

    Please see my website with videos, bio and info on my three books–

    ‘Up The Wooden Hill -A Tale of Two WWII Families- (memoir)
    ‘Coming of Age in California -English Style-’ English teen in 1950s California (memoir)
    ‘In Quest of The Old West -A Driving Diary-’ An Anglo/German couple’s journal of their jaunt of discovery

    “Come visit my web site!”
    You can see my site here: http://home.earthlink.net/~schaefer234/ Jill Schaefer

  • W.R.Taylor says:

    Hi Ryan:
    I self-published abook 36 months agoa, with Trafford. Despite anumber of efforts to promote it…its saales have been near zero. The main lesson I’ve learned from this is…if you don’t have a significan marketing budget to promote it…you can’t play. Period. And since I haven’t had such means that has been the result.The other lesson is…the mass market is not interested in anything other than – How To for Dummies- or -Self -help – stuff of onekind or another. Even with my own dedicated web site (for my ongoing e-columns) the results have been…zero. And 18 months ago, my book was also made into an e-book format, and listed as such with B/N and Amazon. Resi;t? Again…zerpo.
    Havecome tpo theconclusion that self-publishing without any kind of marketing budget, or, not of the above categories…is a waste of time. I’m now taking a shot at revising the whole thing as a collection of essays about America’s ransition through this first decade of our 21st Century. A “street” perspective of contemporary American history…and pitching it to a conventional publisher instead. The fact that I am already published, and have developed a modest readership platfomrnow passing 15,000 (in two years), may generate their interest. But I’m literally from Missouri, so I’m not holding my breath. Meanwhile, I browse various “gurus” such as yourself toglean whatever nuggets they might have that could be of use. But again, for the most part, to actually participate in their program offerings would require financial means I just don’t have. So…back to square one. C’est la vie!
    W.R.Taylor
    Editor – The Centurion Chronicle
    (www.thecenturionchronicle.com).

  • lorraine says:

    I am excited to start a new year. if you want to be anything or going any place in this life time you must have a plan and see the plan in action. don’t allow negativity to enter into your thoughts. be positive. know what you want and go after it. Our God wants us to succeed in life. Good luck and have a happy prosperous new year.

  • GEORGE LANDEN says:

    BEEN ON YOUR LIST FOR LONG TIME. LAST WEEK, PER YOUR SUGGESTION I BOUGHT YOUR KINDLE BOOK AT AMAZON.

    NOW WILL APRECIATE IF YOU WILL PROVIDE THE BEEF TO KNOW WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT.; tHERE IS A GREAT DEAL TO LEARN, BUT IT APPEARS FROM YOUR RECENT MAIL, THAT YOUR CONTACTS BLOG OR OTHERWISE, ARE ON PAR WITH YOU . I AM NOT ON PAR WITH ANYONE , SO CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE SOME INSTRUCTION FOR A NEWBY – YOU MADE OFFER UP FRONT THAT YOU HAVE A STAFF TO HELP. hAVE NOT SEEN ANY STAFF OR HELP TO GET UNDERWAY,

    I SEE YOU HAVE PLANS AFTER FIRST OF YEARS, SO PERHAPS I AM TO WAIT UNTIL THEN.

    G. LANDEN

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