Monday, July 28, 2014

The Dangers of Depending on Amazon and Google For Income



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   Lately I haven't been able to write much in my three blogs and Hubpages. Mostly, the reason is because I've been trying to learn about selling on Amazon and Ebay. Mostly, what I'm selling is books. Along with my lawn care job and this new activity, writing has taken a back seat. I thought I would elaborate in this post about this activity. 

   This blog is meant to be a place where I can speak what's on my mind in a more informal environment. Well, many things are usually on my mind, but in particular lately I have been thinking about selling books on Amazon. They have a program called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), in which you send them your inventory and they will ship it to your customers when and if it gets sold. I've started doing this, but as of now can't say how it's worked. 

  The three boxes I've sent off to their warehouses haven't been processed yet. This week most of them should be processed and go live on Amazon to be sold. Not sure how it will work in the end, but if it's God's will I pray they all sell and I can make a profit. Also, I have started selling some books on Amazon and Ebay myself, what they call self-fulfilling. This because they are maybe older books which don't sell quickly, but are worth something. 

  At first, this activity really excited me, as I have always wanted to sell books and grow my buy and sell business along with my writing on-line. God did lead me to see the dark side of this venture though soon enough. What I found was that many people have been burned by Amazon. Many people get their accounts shut down for basically no reason, or for a bogus reason. Amazon at this point becomes their enemy and the people are helpless to talk with someone to even find out why their account was shut down. This happens all the time to people who have been selling there for years and have a good track record with Amazon. 

  So, this made me a bit weary of Amazon and their FBA program. This because, what happens is I send all my inventory to their warehouse and if they shut down my account for no reason given, then I have to pay .50 cents per item plus shipping to get the stuff back. And if I want it destroyed, I have to pay .15 cents per item. And from what I've heard, they don't really destroy it, but sell it themselves. So, this is likely partly why they are shutting down some big sellers, is so they can simply keep their inventory and sell it themselves. For instance, I read about one seller who had 55,000 new items in their warehouses and they shut his account down. He was unable to get the items back or even have the money to destroy them. 

   Ultimately, Amazon is a place to be weary of if you are a seller. Even if I could, I wouldn't make it my sole income, as they are not dependable. So, with this in mind I have begun to sell books on Amazon on a small scale, and have adjusted my methods according to this knowledge. 

   This is what I've been up to of late. I have my store fronts in the tabs section at the top of my blogs for Amazon and Ebay. 

   It's not easy trying to balance time between all the activities we have in life. As of now, I don't make much money writing and selling on-line, so I have to work my day job. Even if I was to make a good amount on-line writing and selling, I wouldn't want to completely depend on such companies such as Google, Amazon, and Ebay. In the end these are simply big machines that can gobble us up and not even tell us why. This is part of the virtual reality where life is impersonal and unreal for the most part. 

   I will try and balance these activities out and find more time to write. My blogs are important to me, and there is so many writing projects that I have planned to complete. If it's God's will this buy and sell business will have some success. It's a fun activity for me, but I have to keep it in perspective in the way I've laid out in this post. Maybe you are also trying to do the same thing and this helps. For now, I pray we can complete the activities of life and still keep Jesus Christ at the center at all times, not compromising for anything in this world. God bless. 



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Earning a Bachelors at Hubpages

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   Let me just say this, Jesus Christ is the most valuable part of my life. Everything I do must be in accord with the Holy Bible. I live and look at life through a born-again Christian filter, always trying to keep a balance and peace with God. 

   Now...there are so many different avenues of thought to go down, sometimes I think if I could just focus on one with all my ambitious zeal I would have wild success. Yet, so far this focused zeal is spread out and I keep plugging away with that too little, too late type of feeling. 

   For instance, concerning these different avenues, what about say blogging? What about Hubpages, YouTube, an Ebay business, or even writing content? Let's just take Hubpages for instance. Now, if I were to only write hubs and then share them on my built up social sites, what would happen? What if I wrote 30 hubs a month for a couple years?

   These are quality hubs as well, which attract an average of 300 views per month. So what would I be making after two years of this regiment? 24 months times 30 hubs equals 720 total hubs after two years. So 300 views a month average times 720 hubs equals 216,000 views per month. Now I know that it's a gradual climb to get to that many views, but that requires algebra to figure out fluidly. 

   Let's just say that for your first two years you average 100,000 views per month creating 30 quality hubs a month. So 100k times 24 equals 2,400,000 views in all. Now let's say that with the Hupages ad program you make a half a cent per view including the Adsense amount. So, that would be how much? 

$12,000 for two years or an average of $6000/year.

   Let's say you made another $6000 in Amazon and Ebay sells as an affiliate. That's $9,000/year total for your first two years average, not bad. 

   OK, so now you have basically earned your Associates Degree and you spent a lot less effort to get it, plus you have made money instead of spending it. So, why not get your Bachelors in Hubpages and call it a career? 

   So keep writing for a couple more years at the same pace, 30 hubs a month. So you are now getting about 216,000 views per month. After four years you have doubled this and are getting 432,000 views per month. So, let's estimate you on average, in year 3 and 4, get 300,000 views per month. 

   So 300,000 times 24 months equals 7,200,000 views total. That means you will have made how much for those second two years?

   $36,000, or $18,000 per year. Add on any affiliate sales, say another $6k, and you've made $24,000 per year writing one quality hub per day for four years. 

    Now instead of getting done with your worthless Bachelors Degree owing thousands of dollars, you can take a year off and still make a decent living. But why would you take a year off cause the whole time you were doing something you loved anyway, right?

    Just a thought, see what we could do if we just focused? Thing is life happens, I mean Hubpages could shut down your account for some reason and you'd loose all your work. That would be unlikely for most people, but for someone like me who writes controversial articles sometimes this could very well happen. Yet, the idea could work towards blogging, YouTube, an Ebay business, and an Amazon business too. 

     One good point to make for diversifying your efforts is it keeps your efforts fresh and alive. Also, it gives you more options with your writing topics and style. I think overall, a balance is needed, and if we continue to plug away with the efforts we do have and streamline it as best as we can muster, then we eventually will have a unique on-line effort we can build on and prosper with. 

    This is not the article I came here tonight to write, but I like how it worked out. It really does prove the point that if we simply focused, we could achieve a unique success which far outweighs the conventional debt ridden (usually NWO propagandized) ways of starting a career.