How To Make Money Online Selling Your Own “How To” E-Book or Course
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Anybody can write a “How To” E-book and it’s the easiest way I know of to make money online. All you have to do is think of something that you can teach others how to do, and you write a book about it. Of course, it’s not quite that simple, but if you’ve been looking for a way that YOU can make money online then here it is. You can write “How To” E-books and sell them online.
How to write a “How To” E-Book
Believe it or not, this is the easiest part of the whole process. A lot of people think you have to be some professional author to write E-books but all you really have to do is be able to communicate effectively.
People will buy “How-To” books about anything, so think of something that you know how to do that you could explain to other people. For example, maybe you know how to knit slippers or bake a chocolate cake from scratch. Maybe you know how to fix a leaky faucet or build a deck. Or perhaps you’ve figured out the secret to building backlinks or how to build a site that will knock Google off the grid. Anything. It doesn’t matter the topic. There’s going to be somebody out there who wants to learn whatever it is you want to write about.
An E-book doesn’t have to be 400 pages long. Take a look around any library or book store and you’ll see all sizes of books. So, if what you have to teach will only take 10 or 12 pages, that’s fine. The key is to write your E-book. Obviously, you’ll be able to charge more for your ebook if it has more information – say 25 slipper patterns instead of just one. But still, you have to get the book written before you can sell it. So get moving!
Now, in order to create an E-book, all you have to do is type is up in your regular word processing program. Use your settings to create larger fonts for chapter titles and sub-headings and try to make your book as easy on the eyes as possible. When you’re done, all you need to do is convert that text file to a pdf file. Most word processing programs will do that for you. Look for an icon at the top of the page that looks like a little red file with the letters ‘pdf’. Just click that and your document will automatically be converted to an E-book format.
There are all sorts of formatting “rules” you should follow. For instance, you’ll want to use lists and bullet points to make some of your content stand out, and you’ll want to use images and leave white space to make your E-book easier to read. For now, though, focus on getting your words “on paper” first, and when you’re ready for all that formatting stuff, take a look at some other E-books for examples of what you can do. You can find million of free E-books all over the Internet. Just do a search for ‘free ebooks’ and you’ll see what I mean.
How to make money with your “How To” E-books
There are so many ways you can make money with your E-books, I hardly know where to begin. Many writers sell them on their own websites and build up a huge library of books for sale. In fact, teenager author Amanda Hocking has made more than $2 million dollars selling her own books from her own website.
If you’re writing about a huge topic, which most are, you can write several E-books and create an entire course – like “Plumbing 101” or “How To Build Websites“. Creating a series of books means your customers will keep coming back for more. Be careful though. You always want to provide complete instructions in each book. Never force your buyers to pay more if they want to get the rest of the story.
You can actually turn your “How To” books into quite a business. Using software to create a membership website you can make your E-books available to members only and have videos posted on your site that give people a visual “How To” to accompany your books. This is an extremely powerful marketing method when done properly. But you have to be very careful to give your members excellent value for their money. Otherwise you’re just another scammy webmaster.
If you really want to go all out, take a look at Amazon’s CreateSpace self-publishing services. With CreateSpace you create physical products which make an even bigger impact on your audience and bring a much higher fee. You can turn your videos into DVDs, design real, physical books from your E-books, create a workbook or two to complete the set and sell a complete ‘How To’ package like you see on the infomercials.
These packages cost you pennies to set up and you don’t have to worry about carrying any stock or ordering cases of books. Your packages are printed on demand and all you have to do is promote your package and sit back and count your money.
So, your first step is decide what you want to write about. What will be the topic for your first “How To” E-book. And it will be the first, I guarantee it.