Making an eBook these days is quite simple. Selling it however is where the real difficulty lies and as someone who has seen the successful side of doing this as well as the failed side, I will share with you the lessons I learned, and in particular 5 different methods you too can use to make your sales explode.
I actually wrote about this 2 years before and since then I have experienced a lot of new tips I want to share with you to increase the sales. Though I still have a lot of the same advice to offer in this article as in the previous one, I would recommend you ideally read both of them to get the full benefit on this subject.
If you want to see the old article, check it out here.
Before I mention them, let me share a quick, sad and yet eye opening story on this subject…
A very long time ago when I first got involved with selling stuff online, my first big project actually involved creating and selling an eBook.
At the time, I actually made 2 of them, both of which had nearly 100 pages of content between them. I won’t go into detail about how long it took to write that or the stress that went into it, but let’s just say it wasn’t an easy thing to accomplish, and yet I made it happen.
However, when I put it up for sale, not only did I make a huge mistake of putting it up in the wrong site, but in the process of doing so, I actually ended up making 1 measly sale out of it. All of that work went to nothing.
To date, this still stands as one of my biggest failures in attempting to make money online and at the same though it was one of the most important lessons I learned about what NOT to do. From the “ashes” of this failure, I picked myself back up, got back to work and started anew.
13 years later, I have learned to make sales through various networks on the internet and I know how to sell stuff, particularly eBooks. The following 5 methods I will share with you are going to show you the best areas to sell yours. I’m basically giving you the same formula I have followed and/or would if I was doing it…
Here’s 2 very important lessons on the subject you need to know right now:
If this is your first time writing and selling online and you have NO brand awareness, no one knows your name and you are basically starting with nothing, make sure you write an eBook that talks about a solution to a niche problem and more importantly, a problem you personally have had and fixed.
Let’s say you had a particular illness or health issue (keep it specific) and solved it. Write about this subject, the problem you had regarding it and exactly how you solved it. I’ll bet you there’s enough people who have the same issue and need that solution you have to give. Selling solutions to big problems is one of the best sales to make sales happen people.
It is absolutely IDEAL if you have marketing and PR work done BEFORE you even put the eBook up for sale. If you have an email list of people who know you and want to buy from you, if you have a website with a following of people who enjoy your content, if you have affiliates ready to promote your stuff, this will undoubtedly boost your sales and make them skyrocket once you release the eBook and this is the 5 methods I’ll show you below will include this lesson within them.
Let’s get to the 5 methods and places to sell your eBook on:
Note: I’m going to be brief with each method so if you want me to go into greater detail on one of the methods which interests you, let me know in the comments below and I will write a separate article on it, giving more precise instructions.
Method 1: Amazon.
While this is the biggest network to sell pretty much anything through, it is one I have the least experience with. However, I have made a lot of sales on Amazon as it’s affiliate so I have a lot of experience with the subject of selling stuff on it.
If you’re going to use this option, I would honestly recommend growing brand awareness through the method I will describe below and some of the others, collecting leads through an email list, then when you put up your eBook on sale on Amazon, to let the leads know about it, so they can buy it, which would boost up the sales figures and thus allow it to show up on the different subject categories within the Amazon site so you can get more exposure.
From what you may know about Amazon, it divides it’s products, whatever they are into different subjects, and those subjects often get divided into their own topics as well.
Let me explain:
If you’re selling an eBook on a specific diet, here is how the Amazon system would probably categorize it:
Books (biggest sales)–>Weight loss (a lot of sales)–>Diets (good amount of sales).
If you are going to make a lot of sales, you need to know that the last option on that list (diets) is the one you will want the most sales on. If you do, then your eBook will be shown as a “best seller” for anyone who visits the diets page on Amazon but to reach the best seller list, you first need to make the necessary sales to reach it, hence the suggestion of using the other methods to initially boost up the sales to reach it.
Then, if that makes enough sales, then your eBook will also appear as a best seller on the weight loss category, one which is actually more popular than diets and this will provide more exposure and sales.
That will lead into the next section before it (if you’re fortunate enough to get that far). This is actually how a lot of “best selling” authors reach these levels of sales.
A lot of people fail to reach success on Amazon and make the desired sales they wish because they do not know about this stuff, so I’m telling you right now, that brand awareness and having sales on Amazon will actually have to come from OUTSIDE from Amazon, to boost it up enough to make sales INSIDE of Amazon.
Method 2: Sell it on a website (I recommend WordPress):
Out of all the methods I will mention here, by far, this is the one that is most familiar to me and the one I’ve made most of my sales through.
A website is one of the best headquarters for sales, building your brand, having a lot of people visit it and buy from you. Imagine having a website that gets 500 visitors a day and sells your product there for $5. Even if 10 people a day buy it, that’s $50 made each and every day for selling something you hardly invested any money into.
While a lot of work and effort will go into creating the website and building it up, know that it is one of the more stable ways to approach this topic and one that I can tell you works VERY well.
While in addition to the eBook itself, you will have to write content for your website, as long as you make it niche specific and take the time to build it up, it will pay you back many times over:
Method 3: Clickbank.
I love Clickbank and have had enough experience on it personally to know that if you create a good enough product (eBook in this case), offer a good enough compensation, that you can make sales quite effortlessly, often times without even having to worry about the other methods on this list.
Clickbank is a program in which you can either put up a product to be sold by affiliate and/or be an affiliate yourself. I’ve been on both ends during my many years in the business and can tell you a few things:
If you put up a good product, with a decent sales page, price it reasonably and offer affiliates a high commission to sell it, then they’ll do it.
It is a growing process and it will take some months to reach that level, but as more affiliates come in to promote the eBook, the sales will grow, this will show up on you Clickbank vendor page and it will attract more people to do it.
Affiliates promote other people’s products when there’s enough incentive for them to do so.
Like I said before:
Having a good eBook, a high converting sales page (a website which sells it), and a good compensation (give affiliates at least 75% of the product’s worth) will really help make this all work.
Method 4: YouTube.
Think of method 1 with a website, but just replace it with YouTube and video marketing. You can make videos on your niche subject, grow a following there without having to invest in a website or other tools and give a link to your checkout page or your Amazon page which sells the eBook.
Again, you really need to target a niche if you’re going to start as YouTube channel as these things are what help it grow. Topics on dating, health related things are usually good go to subjects to consider as they can amass a large amount of views and thus clicks to your link in the video description to buy the product.
Method 5: Mix the methods together people!
There should be no reason why you shouldn’t want to mix up the methods to attract more audiences and visitors to your site, YouTube channel, Amazon page, whatever the case may be.
Each of these networks I’ve listed on their own can be excellent sources of traffic, sales and growing your name and brand, but mixing them together can really make the best difference.
Now it is important to note that while it is wise to mix these options together, it is also wise not to spread your time around each method unnecessarily. If one of the methods works best for you, you should keep putting in the most time into that.
But at the same time though, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing things like this:
- Having a website which promotes your eBook.
- Having an Amazon page which sells it.
- Having a YouTube channel with videos that sells it.
- Having an affiliate page via Clickbank to give affiliates a chance to handle the sales for you.
A final lesson on this subject before you move forward:
Do not expect that by just putting up your eBook on sale, wherever it may be that it will be enough to have it make you a good income. This expectation of your product going viral on it’s own is an extremely rare occurrence and one which you cannot rely on. I did and you know how it went for me.
You need to market your own product and/or have others who know how to market do it for you, hence the methods I mentioned. This will really increase the chances of you making a lot of sales and making the dream come true of becoming popular and successful. To make it all work, I have one final suggestion:
As I said before, if you have ANY questions on this subject, any of the methods, please let me know!