Writing Made Them Rich #4: Paulo Coelho

Written by Michael Southon

Paulo Coelho was born on August 24th 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

At age 17 he announced his intention to be a writer. It was a decision bitterly opposed by his parents, partly because Brazil at that time was under a military junta that persecuted writers and intellectuals.

Coelho's rebellious behaviour led his parents to have him confined to a mental hospital in Rio de Janeiro where he received shock treatment. He escaped - and was returned - three times.

Withrepparttar arrival ofrepparttar 129430 1960's Coelho threw himself energetically intorepparttar 129431 counterculture of drugs and rock-and-roll.

In his 20's he fulfilled his ambition to be a writer and worked as a playwright, a theatre director, a journalist, and a song-writer for Brazilian pop music stars such as Elis Regina and Raul Seixas.

In 1974, says Coelho "my life collapsed".

That year he was arrested three times,repparttar 129432 first time as an innocent bystander at a bank robbery,repparttar 129433 second time for speaking out againstrepparttar 129434 establishment at a pop concert. After being released byrepparttar 129435 police he was arrested a third time by paramilitaries who tortured him for a week.

Inrepparttar 129436 late 1970's his life was back on track again and he became artistic director for CBS in Brazil.

But in 1979 he was suddenly sacked without explanation and he spentrepparttar 129437 next 2 years knocking on doors trying to get back intorepparttar 129438 music industry.

In 1981 he decided to try his luck in Europe and there met a member of an obscure Catholic Sect that studiesrepparttar 129439 language of symbols: RAM or Regnus Agnus Mundi. He progressed withinrepparttar 129440 sect and eventually became a Magus.

Why Aren't You Writing Ezine Articles?

Written by Michael Southon

I'm amazed!

Everywhere I go onrepparttar Web, people are desperately searching for ways to get more traffic to their websites. Some will even pay hundreds of dollars foran Express Listing in Yahoo.

And yet one ofrepparttar 129428 most powerful ways of driving traffic to your website is completely free and anyone can do it.

A few savvy webmasters have been using this techniquefor years to drive high-volume traffic to their websites. And they've made a fortune!

I'm talking about Ezine Articles.

There's a huge demand for Ezine Articles right now but only a handful of people are using this technique. That's why you keep seeingrepparttar 129429 same articles being published in dozens of different Ezines.

Why are Ezine Articles such a powerful promotion technique?

When you get your Article published in an Ezine,you're basically getting an enormous Ezine Ad for free. But your Article is much more powerful than an Ezine Ad.


A normal Ad is there simply because someone paid to have it placed there. But your Article is there becauserepparttar 129430 Publisher thinks you have valuable information that will benefit his or her readers. In other words, you are an expert.

Who would you be more likely to buy from? Someone who paid to have an Ad inserted, or someone who is an expert and has just written an Article full ofvaluable information?

I first discoveredrepparttar 129431 power of Ezine Articles in May of this year when I wrote an Article titled '10 Tips For Successful Ezine Advertising'. Two weeks later it was published in 'WebProNews' (WebProNews, May 15, 2000), which has a circulation of 500,000. I couldhardly believe it - my Article being read by half a million people!

Less than 2 weeks later another of my articles ('How To Get The Most Out of Your Ezines') was published inrepparttar 129432 same Newsletter (WebProNews, May 26, 2000).

Byrepparttar 129433 end of that month, traffic to my website had more than tripled. Suddenly, I was earning a very respectable income from my affiliate programs.

To fully understandrepparttar 129434 power of Ezine Articles, let's put a monetary value on them. At a rough guess, Iwould say that a well-written Ezine Article has at least twicerepparttar 129435 pulling-power of a Top Sponsor Ad.

A Top Sponsor Ad in 'WebProNews' costs $4,000 - so with those two articles of mine, I got $16,000 worthof free Ezine Advertising!

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