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Ideas for Creating Your Perfect eBook

May 22, 2008

This is part two of the series How to Create an eBook Without Spending a Dime (I recommend reading part one first so you’ll know what page we’re on). But basically in part one I taught you how to create an eBook totally free using Google Docs, with step-by-step information. Hopefully you’ve experimented with that a little and got the hang of it. So now that you know how to create your eBook, today we’re going to discuss ideas for what kind of eBook you can make and for what purpose it can serve.

eBooks are an essential part of the web, whether you’d like to admit it or not. Some people find them a waste of time, and some try to collect every eBook they can get their hands on. Either way, mastering the art of creating an excellent eBook is something every blogger should attempt to do.

Ideas for Your eBook

To figure out what kind of eBook you’re going to create, first you need to sit down and determine what purpose you want it to serve. eBooks are very versatile and can be made to effectively work in almost any situation, so take some time out to brainstorm. What do you and your readers need to get out of this eBook? It can be used to make money online, promote your site, build your audience, increase your RSS subscribers, attract traffic, give back to your site’s visitors, create a great portfolio of work, and even package your site’s best articles into one place. Here are a few examples of what an eBook can do using some of the ideas above:

Increasing RSS subscribers: Let’s say you want to increase your blog’s RSS subscribers – writing an eBook on your topic that will be helpful to your readers can be an excellent way to do this. All you have to do is write your eBook, and then place a link to download it that’s only visible in the footer of your RSS feed. This way, readers that want their free eBook will have to subscribe to get it, and then not only will you have more subscribers, but more happy readers.

Promoting your site and attracting traffic: Write an eBook that’s relevant to your niche and will provide good information for others, and include many links and mentions to your blog. In the footer of every page of the eBook, include a credit to you and your site. Then distribute this eBook for free to as many people who want it, and encourage them to do the same – make sure you make it clear they can share this eBook with whoever they like. Your eBook could go viral and get a lot of attention! The goal here? The more eyes who see this eBook, the better.

Giving back to your readers: This one is simple enough. Create an eBook that’s detailed and informative, one that will be relevant to your site’s visitors. Then create a page on your site titled ‘Free eBooks’ and post the link for others to download the eBook for free, no restrictions. Readers appreciate things like that, and although you spend plenty of time creating posts, spending some time creating an eBook will spice things up and make it special.

Obviously, how your eBook is written, its length, what it includes, and all the details about it will depend on its purpose. At the end of the year you might want to take your top ten popular articles and package them in an eBook and give it away as a free reader gift, and that’s all that would be required. But if you’re trying to build an audience, you want to make sure your eBook reaches new eyes and is impressive enough to draw them in to visit your site.

Creating and Marketing a Successful eBook

This is a series, and in the next parts to come, we’ll cover how to make your eBook successful – what to include, what to leave out, and how to make it look nice. We’ll cover how to market and distribute your eBooks, how to upload it to your site and make it possible to download, and even the multiple methods of how you can make money online with one and reap the benefits. If you don’t want to miss out on the future installments to this series, subscribe to Super Blogging in your feed reader or email inbox. It’s easy and free! In the mean time, feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I’ll be happy to help. If there’s anything you’d like to learn in particular about eBooks, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Part 1: How to Create an eBook Without Spending a Dime
Part 2: Ideas for Creating Your Perfect eBook

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10 Responses to “Ideas for Creating Your Perfect eBook”

  1. How to Create an eBook Without Spending a Dime | Super Blogging on May 22nd, 2008 1:03 am

    […] Part 1: How to Create an eBook Without Spending a Dime Part 2: Ideas for Creating Your Perfect eBook […]

  2. Barbara Ling on May 22nd, 2008 6:58 am

    Nice stuff! I didn’t realize I could embed an extra link in my RSS feed to encourage folks to down my complimentary ebook – I’ll check out how to do that today.

    Thanks for the tip!

    Barbara

    Barbara Ling’s last blog post..21 Days to a more profitable blog – Day 3! Customize your blog’s welcome message for new visitors

  3. Mark Sierra at MeAndMyDrum.com on May 22nd, 2008 7:11 am

    Very good post, Tay. I think adding something to the footer of your feeds is a great way to get people to signup. There are plenty of plugins that help bloggers do that, so it’s just a matter of installing the plugin and enter something in the box.

    Mark Sierra at MeAndMyDrum.com’s last blog post..Free Text Editors That Fit Your Writing Habits

  4. Ricardo Bueno on May 24th, 2008 12:10 am

    I created my very first ebook and launched it with much success a couple of weeks ago. Of course I was nervous about the lay-out, the next one should have more color in it, but all in all I was very pleased with the outcome and so were my readers (at least that’s the feedback I received).

    If you’re going to do it, don’t fret and just do it! The rest will take care of itself :D

    Ricardo Bueno’s last blog post..Inspections vs. Appraisals

  5. Fachia on May 24th, 2008 10:42 am

    I want to create my own ebook, but starting first step to write is so difficult caused by my own laziness.. But somehow I still realize that giving away free ebook increasing our loyal readers. Isn’t it..

    Fachia’s last blog post..Easy steps to upgrade WordPress, nice tutorial

  6. Mimi on May 30th, 2008 10:08 am

    This was awesome and Dummy proof!!! anyone can create an ebook with this step by step guide…Very Nice…You should create donations link so we can donate money for your awesome help!!!! thanx again

  7. Liane on June 6th, 2008 1:00 am

    I had the same idea when I wrote my ebook. Really, exactly what I had in mind. Good post!

    Liane’s last blog post..Making Money With Bloggerwave

  8. Tay on June 7th, 2008 1:49 am

    Thanks everyone! Yes, including an incentive in your RSS footer is extremely simple with the right plugins and can encourage subscribers. As for being too lazy to take the first step – don’t be! Laziness is a problem I suffer from, and am always working to overcome it. But if you’re lazy, you’ll never succeed. Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting, and if you ever need help with making your ebooks or anything else, don’t hesitate to ask!

  9. Parth on July 16th, 2008 1:43 pm

    I’m in the process of completing my ebook as well. The first few times I tried creating new content, but then realized how much content was on my site that was unread. This was from the old days of starting out my site when I had more time to write longer posts. So I just compiled them into a rough draft. I think this is the best way to start.

    Sorry Tay, I’m too lazy to figure this out on my own. How do u put a download link on your rss?

    Parths last blog post..Four Steps to Reducing your Triglycerides

  10. Tay on July 18th, 2008 12:05 pm

    @Parth,

    For letting people download your ebook from RSS, you can get a wonderful plugin such as PostPost, which lets you add content to the beginning and ends of your RSS feed, etc. By using it, you can place a link in your RSS footer, which only subscribers will see. Good luck!

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