The Most Important 20 Minutes of the Rest of Your Life

If you have been reading my stuff for any length of time, you ought to know that I “notoriously” do not write fiction. LOL

I also don’t read fiction, nor do I watch much fiction on the television (except for NCIS and Dr. Who)…

So, it should come as no surprise to you that I have never read anything written by Neil Gaiman…

However, I do know who Neil Gaiman is… He is one of those people who continues to influence me to see my role as a writer in a very positive light…

In May of 2012, he gave a commencement speech to the University of the Arts.

Do yourself a favor… Get out your headphones, turn on the sound, and give Mr. Gaiman twenty minutes of your time…

You will be glad you did!!

Bill Platt

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.

Can I Link To My Website From Inside Of My Kindle Book?

I see people asking this question all the time:

Can I Link To My Website From Inside Of My Kindle Book?

Absolutely YES, you can…

The only real restriction regarding links in your Kindle book is that you cannot include Amazon Associates Affiliate Links inside of your Kindle books!!

It has also been suggested by others than you cannot link to any Affiliate Links from within your Kindle book, but I have yet to locate a prohibition within the Amazon Terms Of Service that specifically prohibits Affiliate Links, except for the Affiliate Links associated to the Amazon website.

Whether you can or cannot link directly to an Affiliate Offer from within your Kindle book is immaterial in my mind, since I believe that you should always link to YOUR website from your Kindle books, rather than any other website.

I have always recommended against using Affiliate Links with any of your long-term advertising, i.e. article marketing, or within your books or reports.

I recommend not using Affiliate Links within those types of advertising vehicles, for a number of reasons, including:

  • Affiliate campaigns from the vendors frequently change the landing URL, on a yearly basis;
  • Some affiliate vendors will cancel specific Affiliate campaigns;
  • Affiliate vendors might terminate your relationship with their program — sometimes through no fault of your own;
  • Affiliate vendors sometimes reduce the commissions they offer to a point where you may not want to promote them anymore;
  • You may change your impression of a particular vendor or product and decide at a later date that you no longer want to support the Affiliate vendor or its products;
  • You may discover another Affiliate offer that you would prefer to promote over what you were promoting previously;
  • You may decide that your original copy for the offer fell short of its potential for sales conversions;
  • Etc.

Instead of linking directly to an Affiliate Offer, I have always recommended that folks should link to a web page on their own website, then when something changes, they would only need to change one page on their website to ensure that they could continue to profit from the traffic reaching the offer page that they have promoted.

For more detailed information about how to profit from links within your Kindle books, please consider picking up a copy of my report, “Dynamic Kindle Marketing“.


Bill Platt
Stillwater, Oklahoma