How to Make Money by Writing and Selling your Own Ebook
Have you ever thought about writing an ebook to make some extra money online? Selling an ebook is an excellent way to get some extra income, since you get to keep most of the revenue, thereís no shipping involved, and creating one is very simple. In this post Iím going to cover the steps that I took to make money by writing and selling an ebook.
Step 1: Pick your Topic and the Keywords you Will Target:
There is a really good reason why I put picking the keywords and the topic in the same step. The #1 reason why my ebook was a success is the fact that I picked keywords with little competition. This allowed me to pay little for advertising through Google Adwords,
Obviously, you want to pick a topic that you know a lot about or can research about. I know this is probably the hardest step. It took me a while to come up with my topic. Try to think about the things that you enjoy doing, skills that you may have that not everyone does. Think about things that some of your friends or family members might call you about because they need help or have a question.
You must pick a topic that does not have too much competition and you must ask yourself whether people are willing to pay for the information you are offering. You can go to http://www.goodkeywords.com and download their software that will help you find out how many people are searching your topic. You can use http://www.overture.com to find out how much people are willing to pay for the information, by finding out how much advertisers are willing to pay for ads about that topic.
Step 2: Create the eBook and Website:
It is not the purpose of this article to teach how to create a website or an ebook. Iím assuming you know how to create a web page. An ebook is nothing more than a PDF document, so you can create your book in Microsoft Word and then turn the document into a PDF file.
Step 3: Get a Clickbank Account:
Clickbank is the company that takes care of charging your customers for the ebook. All you have to do is add a link on your web page where visitors would click once they are ready to make the purchase. Clickbank then takes a small percentage of each sale and sends you a check. Once you have signed up with Clickbank and have set up your account, you can add the link to your web page that will allow your visitors to purchase your ebook.
Step 4: Get an Account with Google Adwords:
Google Adwords, in case you donít know, is the service that allows people to pay Google to have their ads show up on the right side of a search page that is related to the product or service people are advertising. Google charges you every time a person clicks on your ad. The amount you get charged depends on competition. It depends on what other advertisers are willing to pay to have their ad show up instead of yours for the specific keywords or phrases.
Step 5: Promote your Site With Articles:
Google Adwords is great, but you obviously donít want to depend on ads that you pay for, for traffic. You want your website to start showing up in the regular search engine pages. A great way to do this is to get a lot of sites to link to yours. Writing articles and submitting them to article directories is an awesome way to do this. When you write an article, you put a link to your website in the about section in the bottom. Youíll quickly notice that submitting an article to one directory causes other directories to pick up your article and all of a sudden, youíll have a bunch of sites that have posted your article and are now linking to your website.
Step 6: Add a Blog to your Ebook Site if Possible:
Just in case you have no experience promoting a website, let me tell you that content is the most important thing that you need to focus on to get search engines to like you. If you have a one-page site that functions only as a sales letter, itís hard to get the search engines to send people your way.
If you have a topic that you can write a lot about without giving too much of your ebook away, then a blog is the perfect way to add content to your website and make it valuable to people.
It only took me about a month to write my 55-page ebook and now Iím constantly making money while I do nothing. This experience showed me how it really is possible to make money online. All you have to do is provide something useful.
About the Author: Yacapo runs a blog where he discusses online money making ideas and anything related to financial freedom and escaping the 9 to 5 routine.