Did you know that a professional looking 3D book cover can increase your conversions up to 43% instead of having a simple download link? Let me show you how to make a 3D book cover for free in three simple steps.
It doesn’t matter if you are creating a lead magnet for your e-mail list, an e-book tutorial or even an actual book you intend to sell, you should definitely take the 15 minutes to create a professional looking 3D mockup book for your site and marketing material.
Why would you need a 3D mockup of a digital book you ask? Well, this is simply because they increase your conversions and who doesn’t want to increase conversion rates? Why that is, I can’t really tell you for sure. It’s likely because they catch the eye of your readers better than a simple text.
There is also something special about mimicking a real physical product. It adds value and desirability to your product. It gives the impression to your customers that are receiving an actual well thought out and packaged product instead of a hastily whipped up PDF document.
No matter what the reason is, it does work so it would be downright stupid to not take advantage of this. The internet is full of services that will create a mockup book model for you. The price varies a lot as does the service. Some take 5 bucks for scraping up a model from pictures you deliver while some take hundreds for completely designing your book covers from the background to the styling and layout.
If you ask me, it’s ridiculous to pay hundreds of dollars from work that takes literally 15 minutes if you have any previous graphic design skills. Most of the service providers use paid premium designing services with professional templates they edit a bit and add the name of your book and that’s about it. Once they have everything set up it seriously takes them about 15 minutes for work they make out to be a serious project and charge you hundreds of dollars.
Fortunately, you don’t need to pay anything to make a professional looking 3D book cover mockup as I will soon show you. If you want to add things like transparent backgrounds or large high detail mockups, you might have to pay a couple of bucks but that’s it. But if you are satisfied with a white background and a smaller picture, you can do this completely free.
1. Design your book cover
The first thing is to design your book cover. It’s quite possible you have already done this while creating your e-book or lead magnet. In case you haven’t, you can simply use a free image editor like GIMP or heck, even your standard MS Paint.
It really isn’t that difficult. You simply take the title of your book, some graphics or a background image, add the author and maybe a citation. That’s it. If you don’t really want to spend the time doing it yourself, you can use a paid service like Canva.com for simple templates. That’s what I did. A typical book cover will cost you $1 to download but if you Google around you can usually find free template offers for Canva. I just paid the dollar.
So, I simply took a book cover template from Canva.com, replaced the cover texts with my own and downloaded it as a JPEG. Simple as that, you can see the result below.
2. Make the spine of the book
The next step is to create the spine of the book if you plan on using a 3D from a perspective that makes the spine visible. You can do this in Canva but I just made a very fast spine using an image editor and the book cover.
I just cropped one side of the book cover so that it was 150PX x 2050PX and covered all the orange and white with pieces of the grey background cover. Then I flipped the spine horizontally and added the title of the book. All I had to do then was to flip it back vertically and I was done. Voila!
3. Make the 3D mockup
Now that we have everything we need for our 3D mockup, it’s time to make the model. To achieve this without any cost, we are going to use a service known as Boxshot Light. The service is very easy to use and requires no technical know-how.
Choose the 3D book cover and the site will take you to your mockup editor. Click the “Images” drop menu over the book model to insert your book cover and spine. You don’t really need the back in typical use. You can, of course, create one if you feel like you might have use for it.
After you have uploaded your cover and spine, you can edit the orientation and shadowing of the model. The toggles above the book allow you to adjust the lighting, shadow contrast, skylight and zoom (tip: you can use your mouse wheel to adjust the zoom).
After you are satisfied with the orientation and shadowing, simply click render. It takes a minute or so for the model to render so sit back and relax. Once done, Lightbox allows you to download a small model with a white background for free. If you want a larger 3D mockup with a transparent background, you will have to pay for a premium subscription. You can see my results below.
I hope you found this simple tutorial useful for creating a mockup 3D book cover and will try it yourself. If you have any questions, you can always contact me on the comments section below or by subscribing to my list and replying to any of my e-mails.
Since making a 3D mockup book cover takes just 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how much of the graphics you have done previously, there is no reason to make one for your website or marketing material.
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So in my last post I talked about purchasing an expired domain to gain some SEO advantage over the competition. In today’s post I’ll talk about how to set up an affiliate website using WordPress as the content management system.
If you read my last post, you will know I purchased a promising expired domain, with a good backlink profile. Now it’s time to activate the domain and install WordPress on it and start creating content.
I will show you exactly how I setup my fresh WordPress installation to optimize SEO, usability and security. There are also couple important legal notifications that are pretty much required on every website, especially if you intent to use affiliate marketing on the site.
If you are new to affiliate marketing or blogging it can be really overwhelming to even set up WordPress. Just think about how hard this stuff was a decade or two ago when content management system really weren’t a thing. You had to know A LOT more technical stuff just to get a website up and running.
Even though setting up WordPress can seem complicated it really isn’t. You just have to know what to do. WordPress being as popular as it is, means there are a ton of free tutorials, themes and resources. Too many actually.
The problem is with finding what is important and what is not. You can spend hours and hours reading about plugins and end up more confused than you were when you started.
The steps I’m about to show are very simple, but every one of them is important and hours of research has been put behind them. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
1. Installing WordPress
Naturally we will start by installing WordPress on our domain. I will not walk you through this as there are plenty of tutorials that show this step-by-step depending on where you host your domain.
Most of the larger hosting companies these days offer a one click WordPress install, since it is the go-to CMS for most bloggers and casual webmasters. If you are on a hosting service/server that requires you to do it manually you probably won’t end up reading my material any ways.
On the other hand if your hosting service requires manual installation through FTP and you don’t know how to do it, just chance your service provider. The internet has evolved sot that you don’t need to know or even understand all the technical stuff anymore. Sure, it can help, but creating a successful, profitable website is completely doable without prior technical knowledge.
I use Wealthy Affiliate as my hosting service currently, since they offer a very easy and fast user interface which allow me to focus my efforts on the stuff that really matter like SEO, content creation and research. So it’s a resource thing really. I would love to know more about the tech stuff but currently I simply don’t have the time.
Fortunately I grew up in a time where I had to create my first website in raw HTML and know how to use FTP. But that just means I’m getting old I guess :).
2. Choosing a theme
The first thing we’ll do after installing WordPress on our domain is choosing a WordPress theme. There are couple things I look for in a theme.
Firstly it has to look clean. By that I mean I don’t want tons of columns, widgets and changing pictures. Of course this depends somewhat on the site and what it’s geared towards. But especially on a blog I want everything to be super clean and simplistic.
The reason for this is that simple and minimalistic themes load faster, which is increasingly important for ranking in searches engines. Simple layouts also work better in mobile devices. They generally show the reader only the main column content and a simplified menu. That’s why you want anything worth reading be in there.
Secondly, a theme has to be modular. By this I mean I have to be able change the header and footer layouts, the widgets, colors and fonts. The reason for this is that changing a specific part of your website layout can be a real pain in the ass. You don’t always get that with free themes but I prefer modularity when possible. Sure you can always edit the CSS but that requires extensive research and you risk losing your modifications on every theme update.
You can of course change your theme any time you wish in WordPress. There are some risks however and the larger your site gets the larger and more likely the risks get. Things like broken links and misplaced content are known to happen, so always back up your site before installing a new theme.
For my expired domain project I chose a theme called Shuttle Corporate by Shuttle Themes.
To be honest I just browsed through the themes featured in Wealthy Affiliates website installer and went with this one as it seemed clean and pretty simplistic.
I’m not 100% sure with the direction of the site and this seemed like something that go with a simple blog or with more of a business/authority site.
Just as I’m writing this WordPress 5.0 rolled out and it has a completely new feature called box editor. It seems like something I could use to create a whole layout instead of a theme. I have to do some research and I promise to write more about it in the future!
3. Removing test post and page
WordPress publishes a test page and a test post when first installed. It goes without saying these add no value to your website, so remove them. You can find them – not surprisingly – under the posts and pages tabs in your WordPress interface.
You then just hover over them with your mouse and choose Trash. And it’s done just like that! Now repeat on the post/page.
4. Installing Plug-ins
Next it’s time to install some important plug ins. These are the ones I know I’ll need on every site and install them straight away. I use other and without a doubt you will as well. Just be aware some plug-ins can slow your website down and just having too many in general is a bad thing.
You need to go to the Plugins tab in your WordPress interface and click on the ‘Add new‘ and search for each plugin manually.
The plugins I install on a fresh WordPress are:
All in one SEO Pack, an SEO optimization tool. This one is important and comes pre-installed on every WA WordPress site.
Comment link Remove, This removes the links from comments people leave on your posts. After reading a lot about backlinks I’m convinced you shouldn’t have any unintentional outward links on your site even if they are NoFollow. Different themes handle the comment section differently so this plugin is great for making sure your comments aren’t spammed with unwanted links.
Cookie Notice This plug-in shows a small popup banner that notifies users about cookies. It’s function is to makes sure your site complies with the UK and EU Cookie and GDPR regulations.
EWWW Image Optimizer Compresses images without losing quality. Very important for fast load times, which is an important ranking factor.
Pretty links Helps to mask long and nasty looking affiliate links.
WP GDPR Compliance, Like cookie notice, this one is required because of the EU GDPR regulations. Asks a permission to store comment contact details. Also, makes it possible for users to request any data stored about them.
You can spot from the above screenshot there are couple other plug-ins installed, like Redirection and YouTube. These are something I might use on that site but they are not something you have to have installed.
Redirection is great for redirecting moved content as Google doesn’t like 404 errors. The YouTube plugin gives some options to your standard WordPress video embed features.
Finally, you will need to activate all the plugins. You can do it individually on every plugin or just activate everything and update as a bulk action.
5. Set up All-in-one SEO
So now that we have our plugins installed, it’s time to set up All in one SEO. Go to the All in one SEO general settings page.
For now, we are going to leave everything as is, except for two things. We are going to add a home title and a home description. These are important because they are essentially your calling card in the eyes of the search engines and their users. So make a snappy home title and describe what your site is about in couple short sentences. Try to make it intriguing.
The other item we are going to edit is the Keyword settings. Just enable it and let it do it’s magic. No need to edit other attributes here.
6. Set up GDPR Compliance plugin
Next I will setup the GDPR Compliance plugin. This one won’t affect your rankings but it’s important from a legal perspective. The GDPR regulations of the European Union dictate all websites that have users from within the EU to inform what user data is being gathered and stored, how that data is being stored and contact information for removal of said data.
The GDPR legislation is meant to offer protection of personal data and privacy. It has caused a lot of hassle to all businesses in the EU but the goal behind is noble. Think of it what you will, but if you have visitors on your website from within the EU, you need to have this setup to have all your bases covered from a legal standpoint.
The other option is to blog traffic from EU but that would be stupid as that’s a good third of internet users who seek information in English.
Setting up the plugin is pretty straight forward. Just go to your installed plugins and scroll down to the GDPR compliance plugin and click settings.
Activate the WordPress comments fields. This will ask any comment for a permission to store their contact information.
Next go to the Settings tab and activate the Request User Data page. It will create a page called Data Access Request. You will find it under your pages section, it will not be visible by default so go to the page and change the visibility to public.
That’s it for the GDPR!
7. Set up the Comment link remove plugin
Finally we will setup the Comment link remove plugin. Like I said before this is important for controlling the outward links of your website that could lead to negative SEO results.
If you use a theme that allows to remove the comment link option you might not need this. On the other hand if you decide to change your theme later on you might activate the comment links by accident and this plugin would take care of that.
If you already have a site with comments, you can use this plugin to remove the links from them as well.
Go to the QC CLR settings tab in your WordPress interface and in the General Settings choose
Remove WEBSITE field from comment form
Remove hyper-link from comment AUTHOR bio
Disable turning URLs into hyperlinks in comments
Remove HTML comments globally
There’s no need to touch the other settings. Save changes and you’re good to go!
You’re good to go!
The rest of the plugins I introduced in this post don’t need settings changed for now besides being activated. You can edit their settings as you see proper when you learn more about this stuff and have a better vision about your website and content.
The first level of the training is completely free by the way and full of great information. You just need to create an account, they don’t even ask for your credit card so there are no strings attached.
I’ll continue by creating some content on my expired domain and I still have my Keyword Golden Ratio project to work on as well. I wonder where I’ll find the time to run all three websites :). So wish me luck and check back soon for updates!
P.S. I’m sure I left some important stuff and steps out so don’t hesitate to ask on the comments section below. I promise to answer as soon as possible!
Heard about people making money on the internet by marketing? Wondering if it’s real or possible for you? Want to learn about it without breaking the bank?
Alright folks, today I will be discussing how to learn about internet marketing for FREE. That’s right, you don’t have pay a dime to learn the basics about internet marketing. Just keep reading on.
First thing I would like to point out is that any site or plan promising instant results with little or no work is a scam. Every single successful internet marketing business has taken quite a lot of work. I’m telling you this upfront, because getting in to this business you will be bombarded with scams promising you the heavens, for a fee of course. But let’s get on with our topic.
First we’ll take a look at what internet marketing is and if it’s possible to make a living with it today. I will also show you the basic process most internet marketing businesses use to make money. Lastly we’ll look at the best free resources for learning internet marketing.
Internet marketing IS real and people ARE making money on it
To be perfectly clear, internet marketing is a very general term. It can include anything from graphic design to content creation to search engine optimization. It might involve a blog or a YouTube channel or something completely different. But one thing most internet marketers or marketing companies aim to do, is to provide a solution to problem.
There are over 4 billion people using the internet today. And there are millions of people earning an income online. Some part-time, some full time and some are multi millionaires that have made fortunes.
There are many ways people are making money online. Just in the United States retailers spent $4.7 billion on affiliate marketing in 2016 and by 2020 U.S. affiliate marketing spend is expected to rise to $6.8 billion.
The fact is that you CAN make money online, it’s just a matter of finding the right market or niche. When you think about it mathematically it don’t require much to realize the potential that an over 4 billion user base offers. In case you are mathematically challenged, one per cent of that would still be 40 million potential customers. That’s more than the whole country of Canada!
So it’s just a numbers game. If you can tap even into the tiniest fraction of that market, you can make a very good living on the internet.
Marketing is one of the easiest ways to earn an income online. It doesn’t require substantial investment to get started since all you need is a computer and an internet connection.
There’s no need for expensive storage to hold an inventory and no need to hire labor to run the shipping etc. like when running an online store. There’s also no need to have years of education and experience like when creating new software or running an IT firm.
The basic process behind internet marketing
The internet is full of people looking for solutions to problems. Think about it. Besides checking your social media, the weather or your email, what is the biggest reason you go online with your phone or computer? I bet it is to look for information.
Whether it’s looking for reviews on a new phone, booking a hotel or finding cooking recipes, we use the internet almost every day to solve problems.
This is where the marketing comes in to picture. Marketers main goal is to be the middle man between the problem and the solution. If somebody is looking for a new phone, you offer the reviews and best prices. If someone is looking to book a hotel, you point the to the best one in their destination. If someone is looking for cooking recipes you offer them the best ones.
When you can present the solution to someone having a problem you have the chance to make money. The two most common ways are affiliate marketing and pay per click ads.
In affiliate marketing you direct the reader to an affiliate site through an affiliate link. If they decide to purchase a product there, you will receive an affiliate fee. So if someone is looking for a new phone, you review a popular model and add a link to Amazon. If the reader decides to buy the phone on Amazon, you get few percents of the purchase.
Here are some of the most common ways of internet marketing:
In niche blogging you create a blog centered around a specific niche. You build your content around keywords related to that niche to rank your content in search engines like Google with the objective to gain organic traffic.
Once you have organic traffic it’s simply a matter of monetizing the site. You can do this with affiliate marketing or ads like I showed you before.
Using our previous example, you could create a blog that reviews smart phones and then add affiliate links to Amazon for each reviewed phone.
The great thing about niche sites/blogs is that once set up they require little work and every piece of content can produce you income for years to come. This is called passive income or residual income.
This one is obvious to anyone who’s been online for the past ten years. YouTube has exploded and it’s actually the second biggest search engine after Google. Yes, that’s right, people look for information with YouTube all the time and not just funny animal videos.
YouTube has made it possible to create an income with things like playing online games, asmr, animal videos on some very weird stuff I’m sure you have come across. The way these channels are monetized is through marketing. They either get paid by Google through ads or by sponsors and affiliates that they promote in their content.
This is another popular one these days. People are making money with social media sites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter all the time. It’s all about building a relevant following by producing interesting content. When you have millions followers it’s easy to monetize your channel. Like YouTube you could offer sponsored content or affiliate links.
Building an email list
This is usually done through a blog or niche site by offering a newsletter but there are other ways. There is this old saying in internet marketing: “The money is in the list“. If you have an email follower list of 10 000 or 100 000 people that have willingly given you their email address and are interested in your content, you can bet it’s easy to make money marketing offers to that list. Once again, affiliate marketing is the most common way to make money here. Of course, it’s possible to sell your own products as well.
Places to learn about internet marketing for free
If you are new to internet marketing and want to learn a proven model for making money online, there’s no better place than Wealthy Affiliate. I wrote an extensive review of their service here. The unfortunate thing about internet marketing is that the business is full of scam artists and hoaxes. Wealthy Affiliate is one of the few places where you can trust the creators and the community to not try and skin you alive.
To learn the basic process behind internet marketing, all you have to do is to sign up for free membership. You get to go through the first course of the online entrepreneur certification for free.
Just the first course is free and after that you have to pay the memebership free to learn more, I want you to be completely aware of that. How ever even the first course is packed with so much information, that it would take you a lot more time to learn that by doing your own research.
If you feel like you want to continue the training at Wealthy Affiliate after the free course, you can get the first month for only $19. If you use your time wisely you can go through the whole education program in that time. I do however recommend just becoming a long time member, as the true power of Wealthy Affiliate lies in the community and all the tools you get with your membership.
The Warrior Forum is a forum geared towards affiliate marketing and making money online. They’ve been online for a very long time. The forum is full of useful reading but you have to pick the useful nuggets yourself. There are also helpful people in Warrior Forum, but I must warn you about the “gurus” looking to make a quick buck on newbies. Don’t buy anything there until you know what you are doing.
Some of the offers there will seem very tempting. That’s because the people selling them are marketing professionals who know exactly how to push the right buttons to make you interested in their product. Do not fall for this. Also don’t fall for the War Room (their premium VIP service) trap or buying the Warrior Special deals. They are just a way for the forum owners and members to make money in expense of newbies.
I used to hang around on Warrior Forum and learned a lot about marketing for free, but I don’t like the way they push useless “Make money online instantly” offers on unsuspecting newbies to make a quick buck. And the creators allow this to happen.
I like places like Wealthy Affiliate where the creators and the community actually care about new comers.
There you have, the best free resources to learn about internet marketing. If you want to learn about internet marketing for free you will learn a lot going through the resources I pointed out here.
If you want to consider investing in an education I can recommend Wealthy Affiliate from the bottom of my heart. You will progress much faster when you have a step-by-step learn as you go education program at your use.
That’s it for now! If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I will get back to you asap.
Hello Stranger! My name is Jukka and I’m the proud owner of IHateWorking.net. The site dedicated to helping people who don’t like working find solutions for their situation.
I’m not here to tell you that you don’t need to work for a living. But I am here to tell you there are much better options to the 9 to 5 grind.
I’m an engineer in my thirties and I live in Finland. I have been in the working life for around 15 years of which the last 6 years working full time in my own field. Before that full time and part-time in different kinds of manual labor jobs.
When I graduated with my bachelors degree of science in the end of 2011 I wound up being unemployed for a half a year. The economy had just had hit a depression and companies simply weren’t hiring
That was the first time I stumbled upon internet marketing. I think I just wrote “making money online” on google and ended up surfing the sites that came up for days.
It soon became obvious there are lots of pushy businesses and downright scams associated with the making money online business.
I picked part here and there and scraped up my first two sites in the spring of 2012. I had a general knowledge how marketers make money online. But I had no idea about the specifics and no real experience in web design or content creation.
I found a full time job in the summer of 2012 and it took my focus of the sites. Suffice to say the pages never received any traffic and wound up failures.
In 2013, I started in my current position. The job was extremely demanding and stressful from the start. It got a bit better once I had enough experience to trust myself more.
The couple last years my workload has be climbing and I always have something that should be done yesterday and there is no chance to get things done in time even if I bust my ass doing over time. That’s just how work in government goes. Nothing get’s done in time. I pretty much hate going there these days.
The work stress has led me to suffer from burnout symptoms, anxiety and depression and I have decided I need to get out. Changing to another full time job as an engineer is out of the question since I have found out I don’t really find my field interesting enough.
This spring I remembered the make money online thing and decided to do some research and wound up reading about Wealthy Affiliate. It’s an education platform with an incredible community, hosting services, keyword research tools and pretty much everything an internet marketer could need to run a business online.
I decided to create an account since it’s free and there are no commitments and they are really up front about everything. I was sold in about a day and decided to go premium and within a week had created my first new site following their step by step training. This is my site number two btw.
Look, I know how much going to work can suck. I don’t even always hate my day job. There are some great people there, I get some nice benefits and working for the city I get to know a lot of important stuff beforehand.
But after every single day and week I feel drained and stressed. I know there is a better way and have decided to follow that path myself and I want to spread the word to anyone willing to listen.
I also love traveling and I can only squeeze in a couple week-long trips to a year while working a full time job. I also hate the Finnish winter and want to be able to spend most of the winter somewhere warm.
So if you hate your job, hate the working life in general, want to travel more or just want to work from home, I’m here to help. I don’t think anyone should suffer in a job they hate, life is too short for that.
The working life is in a turning point. There are more educated people unemployed in western countries than ever before. This means that even if you are employed now, the competition is only going to get harder and you can’t trust you employer to keep you employed. People get fired out of the blue all the time these days.
That’s why it’s important to take matters in to your own hands and I want to help you do it.
The goal of this site
My goal is to share with you how to make a living online. The method I’m using involves something called affiliate marketing.
It essentially means offering people solutions to problems they are having. You point them to right product and service and get paid an affiliate fee if they decide to make a purchase.
The tricky part is getting the traffic and finding the low competition keywords people are looking for. That’s where Wealthy Affiliate comes in. They know their stuff and show you step-by-step how to create a site, find keywords and rank your site in google. After that, it’s simply a matter of creating content.
I won’t lie to you. It takes work and effort to make it in this business. I’m just in beginning of my journey and I know that already. But I find incredible motivation in working for myself, helping people out and getting to work from anywhere in the world.
The most intriguing part for myself is the residual income. Every post or page you create can make you money for years to come. When you have tens, hundreds or thousands you start to realize how much potential there is. It only takes 20 posts that bring in on average $ 200 to make a monthly income of $ 4000. So every “task” you accomplish essentially creates cumulative income.
That’s about it for now. If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,