My first week ebook sales

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I thought I'd let you all know how I got on last week launching my first ebook.

I sold 170 in my first week. I guess that's OK right?

There's a lot I've learnt from this and now working on my next ebook. Sales are still coming in every day.

It's a very nice feeling. Thanks to everyone who helped me over the past few weeks
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Congrats, Hudson! Is your book on Kindle or do you have your own setup?
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  • Profile picture of the author sparrow
    Hey congrats also great start

    keep it up
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  • Profile picture of the author simonmks
    Congratulations, I hope will go well forever!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author hudsonkraft
      Thanks :-) It's my own set up. I started with gumroad and have now switched to Ejunkie.

      Seriously, I don't get why Gumroad gets so much hype. It looks nice but that's about it. Ejunkie is awesome. People seem a lot happier with the direct paypal payment that Ejunkie gives. It's also ways cheaper, and I get they don't hold my money!

      Anyway, time will be the test. I hope the sales sustain. That's when I'll know if it has been worth it. It was a big ebook to write
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  • Profile picture of the author LittleKev
    Hey, well done.

    That's a good start. Keep it going.

    Is it in the IM niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Congratulations! It's a nice feeling when you can leverage a network and the traffic on it. Awesome job and keep it up and like you said you learned alot so that is probably more important than the money itself.

    Now go out and do it again and we'll see you on the best sellers list some day!
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    • Profile picture of the author hudsonkraft
      No it's no IM niche. It's... I guess it could be a few different niches: travel, campervan, DIY, escaping
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  • Profile picture of the author winnermarketing
    Great works!
    It would be nice if you explain you favourite method to work, i.g. PPC, Social media traffic... etc
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  • Originally Posted by hudsonkraft View Post

    I sold 170 in my first week. I guess that's OK right?
    170 copies @ £10 each? or £170 worth = 17 copies?

    Whether either is "OK" depends on your own expectations.

    Some would say it depends on the time/energy/expenses, size of list,
    and other efforts you made to get the result you got.

    However, in the end, it's always nice when people pay for something you created,
    and especially when they write you telling you how it changed their life etc.
    Been there.

    I trust you will get similar feedback with this book.

    Congrats!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack107
    I've seeing posts like this. This is what we want to see, people taking action and being successful. Well done, had my first sale about a month ago and I was over the moon.

    Makes you hungrier to do more work and make more money! All the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saiah Davis
    Well done Hudson... Congtats on your sales. At what price do you sell your books?
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  • Profile picture of the author zdebx
    How did you manage to sell 170 in one week? Are these just your sales or affiliates?

    And what's your product's URL anyway?
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    The ebook you are selling sounds like a great ebook! I'm no stranger to sleeping in my car. From what i can see, you should be able to become the "go to guy" in this niche. Congrats on your sales, and i hope you get more!
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  • Profile picture of the author TakenAction
    Where you messed up is you didn't have an upsell to a higher ticket product.
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  • Profile picture of the author BestPayInUsa
    Nice man. Pretty good launch for just you and no affiliates. You would've really had a bigger impact with an upsell though.

    Curious. How many followers do you have on social networks and your blog? Also, do you only target UK or worldwide?
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      Congrats Hudson, nice results keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author eugenedm
    Try to bump up the price to 17 Pounds that might work better... I would test a few pricing points

    Next, what traffic source do you use? Can you improve your advertising and can you advertise it on more sources...Are you using PPC?

    Ok, and what about Amazon? I'm not saying you would be the best seller but you might pick up some sales here and there.

    Anyway, keep up good work... I hope I gave you a few great ideas... good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author DonteEvans
    Congrats on your success so far! Keep it up!
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    Where you messed up is you didn't have an upsell to a higher ticket product.
    Sure, you're right but ... what a great way to pee on someone's fire.

    Rome wasn't built in a day and a good plan executed violently today is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
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  • Profile picture of the author hudsonkraft
    To be honest. I feel like I did a crap job of selling this. I did a bad pre-launch, and I haven't really tried to 'sell' it.

    Also, I'm not looking to make as much money as possible out of my followers. I don't want to sell sell sell, and I don't want to be forceful. I think it's annoying.

    Many of my followers are now friends who I talk to on a regular basis. And today I'm going to meet someone who bought the ebook. This is a big thing I learnt: followers are real people who are as smart, if not smarter than you (mine are way smarter than me), you cannot just push offers into their faces and expect them to buy.

    I have a genuine drive to help people do what I have done/doing. I think that's what's helping me right now.
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      Originally Posted by hudsonkraft View Post

      To be honest. I feel like I did a crap job of selling this. I did a bad pre-launch, and I haven't really tried to 'sell' it.

      Also, I'm not looking to make as much money as possible out of my followers. I don't want to sell sell sell, and I don't want to be forceful. I think it's annoying.

      Many of my followers are now friends who I talk to on a regular basis. And today I'm going to meet someone who bought the ebook. This is a big thing I learnt: followers are real people who are as smart, if not smarter than you (mine are way smarter than me), you cannot just push offers into their faces and expect them to buy.

      I have a genuine drive to help people do what I have done/doing. I think that's what's helping me right now.
      An ebook containing almost 300 pages of info about van-home conversion with illustrations, pictures and whatnot, which you are selling for £10, is a massive value for money, so you don't have to feel guilty about selling anything.

      It's packaging that matters, because pretty much whatever ebooks are sold out there, you can find the information for free online. However, what you're paying for in an ebook is an organized package, all-in-one solution, meaning saving time and energy by not having to do the research yourself.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Be sure to list your ebook in the eJunkie marketplace. That will bring you some extra sales without a lot of extra work.

        The very best to you in this project.

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  • Profile picture of the author Darrell Hagan
    Mike, congrats to you and that looks like a great book, great idea, and well done. If I weren't tied down and had the freedom, I'd find a decent van and buy your book in a heartbeat and go to work on it! .
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      Originally Posted by Darrell Hagan View Post

      Mike, congrats to you and that looks like a great book, great idea, and well done. If I weren't tied down and had the freedom, I'd find a decent van and buy your book in a heartbeat and go to work on it! .
      Thank you Darrell

      But...you are free, and you are not tied down. Maybe that's what the next book is about
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    Congratulations! Wish you the best of luck in your future projects.
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    I used to read your blog (found on another forum) regularly and it was very interesting. Seems you have change your website a bit. You already had a popular blog and loyal followers which you are using to sell your eBook. Its a very good technique and the niche is also very unique.

    You can also monetize your website through subscription considering your niche and the authority of your website.
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    Originally Posted by hudsonkraft View Post

    I thought I'd let you all know how I got on last week launching my first ebook. I sold 170 in my first week. I guess that's OK right?
    There's a lot I've learnt from this and now working on my next ebook. Sales are still coming in every day. It's a very nice feeling. Thanks to everyone who helped me over the past few weeks
    Congratulation for your brilliant success. It is not easy to sell a new ebook 170 times in the first week, which you have done. Thanks & Carry on. You will be success in the near future. Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author red75
    Congrats, Hudson! Is your book on Kindle or do you have your own setup ...
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    Congrats man ! It's really motivational ! best of luck .
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  • Profile picture of the author LittleKev
    Hey Mike,

    I've just checked out your website and the before and after pictures are amazing. What a great blog you've got there.

    It's really a unique subject to write about. Although you say you didn't want to sell, sell, sell, I'm sure you could expand on this and find lots of material to write further books.

    If I were handy with DIY, I would consider this myself.

    Well done & good luck with the book.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Moore
    Amazing!! Great inspiration, always needed!
    Congrats!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lexjitsu
    Hey Hudson how are you I'm Lex and I'm new to writing I have a question and seeing though you're a writer and have an ebook you can probably give me some good insight...... ?
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    • Profile picture of the author hudsonkraft
      Thanks everyone for the encouragement and support. This place is really cool and it's what I need when I'm trying to do all this on my own.

      Good point about listing on the ejunkie market place! and if anyone wants to earn some money with me (affiliate program) then give me a shout.

      Out of interest, is there anyone on here covering my niche? or anything related?
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  • Profile picture of the author onlineleben
    Sell a printed copy on Amazon - they have some kind of selfpublishing program for physical books I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author imbnk
    Congrats! Keep going on.
    Your next one will be better!
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    Congratulations Hudson!!

    That is great to hear! .. yeah that number is okay for a first week on an ebook sale!

    Keep on learning and keep up the great work!!

    Have a fantastic week brother!
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  • Profile picture of the author David Bynon
    Hey Hudson,

    Congrats to you on multiple fronts. Most importantly, congrats on following your dream to travel and live a life of adventure. Dude, that's awesome!

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