ATTN: Amazon Authors – add Twitter and Blog Feeds to your Author Central page on Amazon.com

You’ve always been able to add blog feeds in Author Central, and now you can add a Twitter account too. Once you add your account, we’ll display your most recent Tweet on the Author Page. Check out the Donna J. Shepherd Author Page to see what it looks like, and then add your own in Author Central.

 

**While you are there – make sure you have a YouTube video added, as well as photos and your Biography. If you have an events coming up soon – add those too.

Staci Jansma Biography – Amazon Author

Just a short time ago, Staci Jansma went off to work every morning, leaving her small children in day care. A strong desire to spend more time with her family, and to be able to stay home with her children, drove Staci to take the leap into entrepreneurship, and she’s never looked back.

Staci didn’t start out with dreams of being an entrepreneur. She graduated from Wartburg College in 2003 with a degree in business administration, after which she worked as a certified pharmacy technician. She also spent five years in customer service and sales before taking the first, tentative steps toward business ownership. Two years later, Staci is a highly successful virtual assistant, marketing consultant, and author.

Staci’s core business is StaciJansma.com, where she provides administrative assistant services such as shopping cart set-up and management, Facebook fan page design, and other marketing tasks for busy entrepreneurs. In 2010 she launched the companion site, eCommerceQueen.com, where she shares her vast knowledge of online business marketing with a loyal following of do-it-yourself small business owners. In addition, she heads-up a highly-skilled team of virtual assistants at YourOnlineVirtualAssistant.com, a one-stop shop for all your virtual assistant needs.

Now Staci spends her days helping other entrepreneurs to be more efficient, profitable, and happy in their businesses. She knows the great satisfaction that comes from having it all, and she’s determined to help other small business owners just like her achieve their goals through strategic outsourcing to qualified assistants, and by sharing the methods she has used to make her own business a success.

Visit the complete Amazon Author Page at: http://www.amazon.com/Staci-Jansma/e/B0044YKX1O

3 Idea Hangouts For Finding Red-Hot Ebook Topics

I’ve always been impressed with those who seem to always be ahead of the pack when it comes to new ideas.

When I first started publishing information products

online, I thought that certain people had a crystal ball they gazed into. Or some top-secret contact who was providing them with inside information.

Over time, I realized that it wasn’t magic that allowed these people to come up with red-hot ideas on demand. It was simply that they knew where to look.

I soon discovered many places where ideas seemed to always be found. I call these places “idea hangouts”. Here are three of my favorites where you can find ideas for your next ebook anytime you want. Almost like a genie granting you three wishes…

1. GOOGLE.COM.

Google is the ultimate “idea hangout”. There are so many ways to mine the gold in Google’s amazing search database that it would take another article to graze the surface of this enormous iceberg.

What I want to mention are just two quick ways to find ideas by searching Google.

  • Identify Listings.

Search for a broad topic related to your area of interest or expertise. (I.E. “Tennis”, “Weight loss”, “Homeschooling”.) Look at all of the web sites listed in the index of returned results. You’ll likely find some ideas for information products right there in the first couple of pages.

  • Identify Advertisers.

You’ll probably notice small ads either at the top of the page or to the right of the page (or both!). These advertisers represent your competition. They also represent your thermometer for taking the temperature of your market and gauging interest in specific topics. Chances are, what they’re selling you should be selling.

In both of these examples, you can click through to the web pages of the sites listed and study their respective sales pages. Look specifically at the “bullet points”. Each of these represents a potential idea for your next ebook.

2. AMAZON.COM.

From the world’s largest search engine we move to the world’s largest bookstore. At Amazon.com you’ll really get your creative juices fired up.

Again, you’ll want to search the listings by entering a keyword or keyphrase into the search box on the main page at Amazon.com.

You’ll get a returned listing of numerous books, courses and other periodicals. Search these listed items for ideas for your own ebook.

— Example —

If you were to search for “Homeschooling”, you’d find a variety of ideas just waiting in the listing of books available, including: homeschooling for special needs children, getting starting in homeschooling, choosing curriculum, homeschooling field trips, homeschooling support groups, homeschooling for various ages (I.E. Pre-K, Elementary, Junior High, High School, etc.), homeschooling for Christians, etc.)

Any of these listings (and the dozens of others listed) would be great ideas for the topic of your next ebook.

Pay particular attention to the first page of the listing. Amazon ranks their listings based on popularity of actual sales volume. In other words, #1 is a better seller than #50. This is a ready-made indicator of demand!

3. MAGAZINES.COM.

After visiting the world’s largest search engine and the world’s largest bookstore, it’s time to take a quick stop at the world’s largest periodical store, Magazines.com.

You’ll find every imaginable magazine listed at this site. The interesting part (and useful to you as a research tool) is this: you’ll also find the COVER of usually a recent copy of each magazine.

That is, you can search for “Parenting” and the engine will return a listing of magazines related to that topic. You can then click on the image of the magazine cover and you’ll be shown a larger copy of that cover where you can read the contents. (I.E. “How To Raise A Stubborn Child”, “27 Ways Discipline In Public” and “The Real Key To Your Child Getting Better Grades”.)

Each of these “cover stories” represents an idea for your next ebook.

The best part about it is this: the publishers of these magazines have done the research for you! They’ve measured the level of interest for these ideas and found it high enough to warrant not only writing content about them, but referencing that content on the cover of the magazine!

That’s your hint. People want this information.

So, there you have it, 3 “idea hangouts” where you can find ready-made, in-demand, red-hot topics for your next ebook.

Happy hunting!