Make money selling your own ebook

One of the easier ways of making money is by selling your own ebook. Once you complete the ebook, the only effort you have to put out is to market it. And there are ways of being able to sell your ebook without having to do any marketing at all.

The one problem is writing the ebook itself. While it's possible to get resale rights to ebooks written by others, you'll quickly find that there are hundreds if not thousands of other people selling the same ebook. To sell anything, you have to provide something that people want and need. And it has to be unique. If there are thousands of people selling the same ebook, then it certainly isn't unique. The only way to have something unique to sell is to create it yourself.

Writing your own ebook doesn't have to be daunting. The first rule of writing anything is to write naturally. In other words, write the way you'd speak. If you want to write an ebook on how to fix your satellite dish mount, then put the process into the same words and sentences that you would use if you were telling a friend over the phone how to do it. You don't have to be fancy -- no fancy $10 words and convoluted sentences -- just plain conversational English.

The first step then is to decide what your ebook will be about. You need to pick a subject that you're very familiar with -- something that you know quite a bit about. Don't write an ebook on how to become a millionaire in 90 days, unless you've actually done it. (And if you have, I want your first copy!). People will quickly discover that you don't know what you're talking about, and they'll demand their money back. So write about what you know, and your ebook will be a success. If you're concerned about the actual writing of the ebook, there are helpful online articles and books that will get you over your fears, and will help you make sure that your prose flows well, and that you get your information across well.

Selling your ebook is surprisingly easy. Get an account with PayPal (if you don't already have one), and learn how to use PayPal's "Buy Me" button. Create a webpage with a decent sales letter for your ebook, telling people what the ebook is about and why people would want to buy it. The rule of thumb is that you don't sell the book and its features, you sell solutions. Get the website visitor to admit that they have a certain need and problem, and show them how your ebook will give them the solution they need. Once that is done, all you have to do is to get visitors.

Now I hear you saying "All I have to get is visitors? That's not easy". It is if you use pay per click ads like Google AdWords. For as little as $5.00 you can get 100 visitors to your site. If only 1% of the visitors end up buying your ebook (a reasonable figure), then it'll cost you as little as $5 for every ebook you sell. And, if you make a point of getting your site listed on the various search engines and web directories, your average cost per sale will be even less.

Now, I mentioned at the beginning of this article that there is a way of selling your ebook without any marketing at all. All you have to do is to sign up with Clickbank, and have their huge number of affiliates sell the ebook for you. You'll have to offer a 50% commission or more to the Clickbank affiliates, but it's most definitely worth it. Instead of just one person (you) trying to attract visitors to your site, you can have several thousand people trying to sell your ebook. If you price your ebook at $19.95, you'll get about $10 for every book that is sold. And you'll find that you'll have much larger sales numbers working through Clickbank, than you would if you tried to sell the ebook yourself.

To sum up -- write about a subject that you know, write naturally, like you're speaking to someone, and sell your ebook through Clickbank.

Good luck and much success!

For more ideas on how to make money, you may want to purchase the ebook 1000 ways to make money by Wayne Yeager. Literally a thousand different ideas for making money.

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