This is one of my favorite methods for making money online because the marketing possibilities are endless and anyone can create an ebook. If you’re looking for the very best way to make money online then look no further. If you can type and you’re interested in something – anything! – you can make money online selling ebooks.
Seriously, if you have a word processing program on your computer, like Microsoft Word or Open Office, and you know how to use it to type a letter or a document, then you know how to create an ebook. The only thing different between an ebook and a text document is that you need to convert your document to a .pdf file so people can download it. And most word processing programs can do that with one click of the button.
The market for ebooks is wide open and the stigma of self-publishing is gone. The Internet has completely changed the face of publishing. You can write your own ebooks and sell them as pdf files. You can upload the file to Amazon and sell your book to the Kindle market. You can even upload your files and publish physical books. The only question is – with all these possibilities, where do you start?
The first thing you should do is start a blog. You can use a free blogging platform like Blogger.com or you can buy your own domain name and hosting. To sell your ebooks online you’re going to have to promote them and the best way to do that is with a blog. The best choice, if you plan on going into this to really make some money, is to buy your domain name and pay for web hosting. The domain name will only cost around $10 and the hosting can be had for around $7 per month.
After you’ve set up your blog you’ll need to put some content on there. Write some blog posts that tell a little about you and your writing experiences, your interests and especially about the topics you’ll be covering with your books.
The next best thing you can do is sign up for a Twitter account and start communicating with other writers, agents, and bloggers. Twitter is a big hangout for people in the writing community and you’ll make some valuable connections. Now, let’s talk about writing those ebooks.
If you’ve always wanted to be a published author – and actually sell your books – this is your chance. What do you want to write about? Seriously. You can write vampire stories. You can write How-To books. You can write cookbooks. You can write children’s stories, gardening books, romance stories, history books, research books, anything you want.
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Some authors sell their ebooks right from their own blogs or websites. In fact, Amanda Hocking has made well over $2 million dollars selling her 9 vampire romance novels from her own blog. She’s recently accepted a publishing contract just to test it and see if it help her sales results.
Some authors choose to publish their works for Kindle readers and use Amazon to promote their books. This process is not complicated at all and it only takes a couple of minutes to set up. The benefits of listing your ebooks on Amazon are twofold – Amazon is a much larger site, obviously, and they attract more traffic. But you can also ask other bloggers to help promote your ebooks and they’ll do it because of Amazon’s affiliate program which gives them a commission from each book sale.
Some authors choose to use Amazon’s Createspace publishing platform to create self-published physical books. Again, the process is easy and you’ll have the benefit of Amazon’s promotion. Plus, unlike other types of self-publishing, you don’t have to order cases of books. With Createspace the books are printed to order. If one customer orders one book, only one book is printed and it’s shipped directly to that customer.
You can even publish your ebooks and list them at Clickbank. Promote your ebook to affiliate marketers and they’ll build websites to promote your books, too.
There have been entire ebooks written about, well, publishing and promoting ebooks. This, obviously, is only scratching the surface. I can’t stress enough how important it is though that you get online to promote your books. Creating ebooks and uploading them for sale somewhere is only half the battle. Start blogging about your books, send out excerpts on Twitter, set up a Facebook page and start making contacts. But before you do anything else – get started writing!