Those who really loathe the idea of spending hour after hour creating content for web pages to begin with really cringe when they think of writing hundreds of articles, blog entries, and creating dozens of Squidoo lenses in order to promote websites and products that they are creating. They would never even dare to imagine writing enough material to fill an entire ebook by choice. There are options available but in all honesty, there is going to be some degree of online publishing necessary if you want to have a successful online business in the current marketplace.

Things are changing and publishing is gradually moving away from simple written content to content that is more multimedia in nature. Common content for todays websites and blogs include text, photos, video, and sound. Surfing the Internet is a full service experience these days. Even Google ads on the side of the page are changing from the old text ads that were completely unobtrusive to flashier designs—some with motion, others with sound, and some are full video ads. With this in mind, the ways of online publishing are changing as well.

This doesn't get you off the hook for traditional online publishing and written content though. In fact, the need is greater than ever with literally thousands of web pages joining the ranks daily. The problem with video and photographs is that they aren't good indicators of what the site is about unless the search engines watch the videos. Currently, they peruse the written content and use the written information as a means of assigning page rank –along with a few other indicators and some super secret formulas for determining how much other people like your web site.

So, is it right for you? It doesn't really matter. That is the unfortunate truth of things if you want to do business online. Whether or not it feels right or your find it interesting it is a necessity in today's Internet marketplace. The good news is that it is possible to outsource a lot of the work. Remember when outsourcing that you will often get better results by paying a better price and that the material you end up with will ultimately represent you. Be selective in whom you trust with your outsourcing needs.

Look to the future though. Things are indeed changing and there will come a time when the video and audio messages on your website or landing page will play as vital of a role as the text that is written their plays today. When that day comes you will be ready and can hang up your writing tools. Online publishing is constantly evolving and that is a good thing for those who are coming up in the world of Internet marketing. You must learn to make changes as the market dictates. What do your current online publishing efforts have to say about how you do business and your Internet marketing plan of action?


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Self-publishing a book is something that requires balance in all aspects. It requires good promotion and marketing for a book to be known in the market and therefore, increase its sales. But how could you have a well-rounded marketing plan if you have limited sources? Most self-published authors would have to work with a limited budget.

There are simple steps that you can do to start promoting your book in a cost-efficient way. Here are some things that you can easily do.

• Maximize the internet. You can start talking about your book in blogs. You can also start joining discussion groups about books. There are readers and book enthusiasts that are eager to discover good self-published book. There are different websites that posts book reviews online. You can ask them if they would like to do a review of your book. This would give your book an opportunity to be rated and promoted at the same time. Bu you have to remember to be conscious when posting about your book, you do not want to sound fresh out of the Yellow Pages. You can answer their inquiries and at the same time provide some information about your book. You can even create your own website.

• Another cost-efficient way to promote your book is to attend writer conventions, conferences, and other events. Just make sure that you would have business cards with you and ready to take contact information for possible contact people. If you feel that there are no conventions or any events that you can go to, then why not bring the event to you and your book? You can organize book talks, whether it is a small or a big event, the important thing is that you have done something. You can talk to colleges and libraries if it is possible for you to host readings or local literary events. You do not have to spend a lot of money to host activities.

• Another easy marketing tip the self-publishing authors could do is write a press release. A press release should contain the description of the book, written in a way that would draw the interest of different media outlets. If you have no experience in writing press releases, then there are many websites that could help you write press releases.

• Do not underestimate the power of online distribution, you can have your book in Amazon or any other similar websites. This would help you promote your book.

• Also, do not forget that nobody could spread the word faster than friends, relatives and family. Make sure that they read the book and promote it for you. News spread fast.

• Another fact is that there are some people who are very excited on knowing that you are an author, so they would buy a book and put it into their shelves and actually say that they know the writer. There is nothing wrong in taking advantage of that way of thinking. So make sure that you have a business card anywhere you go. Also include the book information in your book, so they would get the idea that you are an author.

Marketing and promotion is not something that you can do successfully overnight. Whether you are into self-publishing your book or a publishing house is doing it for you, nothing is wrong if you would be promoting your book. You would also have to remember the promoting a book is something that would require patience, persistence and enthusiasm.

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