Publish Books On The Kindle
I rely on search traffic, a lot. Basically exclusively and I have to admit that I want to really begin to get in to different ways to earn online. I have a number of things in the pipeline, an e-book being one of them. Not for you lot, something totally unrelated to SEO Tips or any such thing, but I digress.
The main reason for this post is to give Lis a link about How To Self Publish A Book.
Not a particularly long post of hers but things that inspire are often short and to the point.
And it really struck a chord with me. Add to that Tracey’s comment about how to make money with Kindle books, who runs Tracey Writes Books (happy now Tracey?), and me and the Wife were really rather excited. It was thanks to Tracey a few years ago that we began using Amazon Associates and that has worked out rather well so I think Tracey may just have done it again. Let me step back a little.
My old blog was made available on the Kindle, Make Money On The Internet, and when I checked the account yesterday I found there were 9 people paying a monthly fee even though it was posted on the blog that we had moved to here. Certainly not a position to declare financial freedom but at least a sign that peeps do read blogs on the Kindle.
The Zen Duck is now also available, get SEO Tips on your Kindle, a great way to archive both sites in perpetuity if nothing else, and you get a free trial for 14 days to check it out. You can also get the Zen Duck SEO Tips in the UK too. The only drawback is that they are not available for apps for the Kindle put on to other devices.
But a Kindle e-book, now that is a whole other matter.
I added on the Amazon guide from the old site yesterday just as a sort of test and it has been accepted as a book and is publishing as we speak. Once it goes live I will have to tweak the content as I didn’t really format it ideally and the cover is still being made. I just did it to see what the set up is and to be honest it is very easy indeed.
Now, what I loved about Lis’s post and Tracey’s comment was that it is a perfect way to take advantage of a massive authority site and earn from “in-house” traffic. Get a book live with some good reviews, which I will certainly be hinting at in the future, or even get a blog with some reviews (you don’t need to buy to leave a review by the way 😉 ) and you could very quickly find yourself in the top ten lists for a category. And don’t forget that we know SEO too, you catch me?
And then I am sure the effect snowballs.
Set a low price point, write a short story, write a guide to something you know inside out and you may just have yourself a nice alternative income.
If we type until our fingers bleed for backlinks maybe a few weeks doing the typing to write a book and be a published author is the perfect way to recharge the batteries.
Being a published author where you earn between 30% and 70% of all sales is certainly inspiring to me and you can bet that me and the Wife shall be taking advantage of what is an ever expanding niche with what I see as a lot of potential. With more e-books sold than physical ones it may be time to declare yourself an author, you can now call me the author Zen Duck Dave.
To begin to self publish a book you need to start here and there is also author central where you can help to promote yourself and make KICK ASS biographies like this Zen Duck Dave one 😉 If you want to add a blog then you can do so here.
UPDATE: The Amazon guide is now available:
In the US: Make Money With Amazon Associates
In the UK: Make Money With Amazon Associates
I just downloaded a sample, and then bought the whole thing, to my lovely iPad 2 and it looks a ton better than when I previewed it using the Amazon preview. In the preview it looked awful and like the paragraphs did not format but it seems they did.
So, it was as simple as copying to Word or OpenOffice and saving as a PDF and then uploading or using HTML. I will tweak it to look a lot better and add in a chapter index this week and a cover once it is done but for a first go as a test to see what it would look like I am pleasantly surprised.