Today, I’m pleased to announce the release of the revised and expanded edition of Confessions of an Online Hustler. Unlike with the new editions of Trolling for a Living and The Hitchhiking Crash Course, I went back to the drawing board and extensively rewrote Confessions, to the point where it’s almost a completely different book. Here’s a sampling of the changes in the new edition:
- The new book is 140 pages, compared to the original’s 122 pages.
- A new cover by Matt Lawrence of Unlucky Devil.
- A new foreword by Robert Koch of 30 Days to X.
- A new preface explaining the origins of the book.
- A rewritten introduction.
- A new chapter, “Thinking Like a Hustler,” which I created by merging two chapters from the original and rewriting them with more detailed information about my online money-making ventures.
- New information in the middle three chapters (on web design and WordPress) on how to create a functional and attractive blog.
- Several new sections in the chapter “Getting Readers with Little to No Effort” on search engine optimization, mailing lists and more.
- A whole bounty of new info in the chapter “Making Money” on online advertising, affiliate marketing, and writing/marketing books.
- New info on protecting yourself from stalkers and haters in the chapter “They See You Bloggin’, They Hatin.'”
All in all, the book is roughly 40 to 50 percent new content. Furthermore, the e-book edition of Confessions is on sale for $4.99—down from the regular price of $9.99—from now until midnight EST/9pm PST Sunday. This deal is only available through my new online bookstore, MattForneyBooks.com.
- Click here to learn more about Confessions of an Online Hustler.
- Click here to get your e-book copy (includes MOBI/Kindle, ePub and PDF formats).
- Click here to buy the paperback edition.
You can also buy the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and the Kobo Store, but you’ll have to pay full price. Anyone who’s already bought the first edition of Confessions from those platforms should be able to get the new edition free of charge. Additionally, if you’ve already purchased the previous edition of Confessions in paperback from Amazon, you can get the Kindle edition for only $2.99 via Amazon’s Matchbook program.
In addition, I’m doing a special where you can get the e-book editions of both Confessions of an Online Hustler and Writing for Peanuts for just $6.29 (down from the regular price of $10.99). All download packages include ePub, MOBI/Kindle and PDF copies of each book.
- Click here to order the Making Money Online Combo.
If that isn’t enough for you, I’m also selling a bundle that contains Confessions of an Online Hustler, Writing for Peanuts and The Hitchhiking Crash Course for just $8.99 (down from the regular price of $12.99).
- Click here to order the Self-Help Guides Combo.
Finally, you can purchase the Complete Matt Forney Combo, which includes every book I’ve published to date. You get 1,086 pages of content for only $16.49, a 50 percent discount compared to buying them all individually.
- Click here to order the Complete Matt Forney Combo.
Also, if you’re a blogger or webmaster, I have a new affiliate program that will allow you to make mucho dinero by promoting my books. I pay out 60 percent of all e-book purchases, compared to Amazon’s paltry 5-8 percent variable rate. Learn more about my affiliate program and sign up by clicking here.
Updating a Classic
Of all my book re-editing projects, Confessions of an Online Hustler was the one I was dreading the most. When I released the book a year ago, I’d failed to take into account the changes that had occurred in the realm of online business since I began writing it. As I’ve mentioned before, I originally began drafting the book during the In Mala Fide era (which accounts for it being more aggressive and scatological than my more recent writing), but shelved it because I felt it was a dumb project. The only portions I had to write for the book’s original release was the section on hustling and about half of the chapter on online anonymity.
Even today, I’m surprised that the book has gotten as positive a reception as it has.
Not that I don’t think Confessions is a good book, but it’s in a crowded market. Every shyster on the Internet has his own “time-tested” method of making money online, and most of them are crap. For example, about a year before publishing Confessions, I picked up a copy of Victor Pride’s book The Spartan Entrepreneur: no disrespect to Victor (he’s a smart guy and his other books are great), but his book is a piece of shit. I implemented the book’s method and while I did see some modest success, the amount of work I had to do didn’t justify the meager earnings I was getting. On top of this, despite being priced at around $14-20 (I can’t remember the exact cost), the book was only thirty pages long and full of typos and formatting issues.
Victor himself may have realized that The Spartan Entrepreneur was a substandard product, which is why he’s no longer selling it.
As arrogant as this sounds, I’ve come to believe that Confessions of an Online Hustler has done for the online marketing and e-commerce what Bang and Day Bang did for game and seduction. The book makes making money online into a simple, easy-to-understand process that anyone can implement. There are no tricks, no secret methods, and no get-rich-quick schemes; if you want to make money with a blog, you need to roll up your sleeves and do the work. And unlike, say, The 4-Hour Workweek, my advice scales. If everyone who reads Confessions implements my advice to the letter, it’ll still be equally effective for all of them.
Plus, all the rude jokes and swear words don’t hurt either.
Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who’s purchased my books. Your continued support enables me to make a living from writing and fighting for the truth. Without spilling the beans, my time in the gulag of conventional employment has come to an end, thanks in part to you. Here’s to many more years of rustling jimmies and speaking truth to power.