Best way to sell or market my ebooks ?

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What would be the best way to go about selling me ebooks?

So far I've created 3 ebooks and will be creating 2 more in the coming days. 3 of the ebooks will be completely different niches from the rest.
They each range from 15-20 pages.
This is my first time creating ebooks so I'm not fairly sure of the best possible way to gain either email list or revenue from them.
Would it be smarter to create a quick individual one page website or to sell on an existing site?

I'd appreciate any feedback and I hope you all have a good day.
#ebooks #market #sell
  • Profile picture of the author chrisfrye
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  • Profile picture of the author h20sdavid
    I've had mine on Amazon and done well with that. Good to start a blog as well and talk about the books. Recently on my blog I talked about one book I did with a page with some great info and that did really well to motivate people to buy
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    It really comes down to you. There are dozens of places and everybody will tell you how to do it even though most never have done it themselves. I suggest going to Google and even using the search feature of this forum and re-ask your question. You will get loads of statistic information to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarke
    Originally Posted by chrisfrye View Post

    What would be the best way to go about selling me ebooks?

    So far I've created 3 ebooks and will be creating 2 more in the coming days. 3 of the ebooks will be completely different niches from the rest.
    They each range from 15-20 pages.
    This is my first time creating ebooks so I'm not fairly sure of the best possible way to gain either email list or revenue from them.
    Would it be smarter to create a quick individual one page website or to sell on an existing site?

    I'd appreciate any feedback and I hope you all have a good day.
    I have used both methods.

    I created a website with the name of the ebook as the domain name and I have also created a single sales page for an ebook on an existing domain.

    I did not see any different in sales but for search engine purposes it would better to use a new domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Put in on Amazon Kindle first. Why take all of this risk upfront if you are not even sure it will sell? If it doesn't sell on Amazon, with tons of traffic, if WILL NOT sell on your websites.

    Invest in a good step-by-step Kindle publishing program and follow the system. Actually, Now that I know exactly how Kindle works I would never sell an e-book excursively on a website. You can make A LOT of money with Kindle.

    My first venture into online marketing was an ebook too that I uploaded on a website. Paid someone for the sales page, graphics, SEO etc. It's way harder than it looks like (for a newbie anyways). I made a few sales, but nothing exciting and I definitely lost money.

    I then decided to put the book on Kindle....and I ended up making way more money than with my website. The crazy part? I did not need a sales page, graphics, SEO and all of that stuff.

    Amazon brings the traffic for you. I repeat, Amazon brings the traffic for you...

    I published over 100 books now and I make well over $10 000 per month with them.

    I honestly encourage you NOT TO go with your idea and go the kindle route instead.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Originally Posted by MValmont View Post

      Put in on Amazon Kindle first. Why take all of this risk upfront if you are not even sure it will sell?
      Better question:
      Why create the book in the first place if you're not sure it will sell?
      Kindle certainly doesn't need any more worthless ebooks. If you don't have confidence in your product (including the market demand for it), don't waste your time.


      Originally Posted by MValmont View Post

      If it doesn't sell on Amazon, with tons of traffic, if WILL NOT sell on your websites.

      ...provided a sufficient portion of that traffic is directed to YOUR product, and your direct competitors on Amazon aren't also better marketers/advertisers, etc.

      Marketplaces like Amazon will bring consumer attention to you AND your competitors, and the more competitors in your niche, the less "success" there is to go around. Barnes and Noble doesn't care what book you buy... Walmart doesn't care what brand of yogurt you purchase... and Amazon doesn't care which product in a given niche is sold.

      Just because you have been unsuccessful selling your product on your own website does not mean that others cannot do so. In fact, many others do so all the time - and the profit margins are much greater if you're not giving the bulk of the revenue to a retail outlet like Amazon, nor are you having to compete directly against other brands.

      Of course, that means that besides being able to create a good product, YOU have to also be good at promoting that product.

      Amazon can be a great way to distribute your product if you are not also a marketer, but if you create something reasonably unique that people need/want, and then do a reasonable job of marketing your product, you can 1) charge more for your product, 2) make a lot more sales, and 3) a lot more profit than can be attained by simply stocking someone else's shelves with your loaf of bread/milk/yogurt/book, etc.

      Direct selling allows you to market YOUR product, without bringing your prospects attention to the competitor's product(s). You don't have to share the retailer's shelf space.
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      • Profile picture of the author MValmont
        Originally Posted by Sid Hale View Post

        Better question:
        Why create the book in the first place if you're not sure it will sell?
        Kindle certainly doesn't need any more worthless ebooks. If you don't have confidence in your product (including the market demand for it), don't waste your time.





        ...provided a sufficient portion of that traffic is directed to YOUR product, and your direct competitors on Amazon aren't also better marketers/advertisers, etc.

        Marketplaces like Amazon will bring consumer attention to you AND your competitors, and the more competitors in your niche, the less "success" there is to go around. Barnes and Noble doesn't care what book you buy... Walmart doesn't care what brand of yogurt you purchase... and Amazon doesn't care which product in a given niche is sold.

        Just because you have been unsuccessful selling your product on your own website does not mean that others cannot do so. In fact, many others do so all the time - and the profit margins are much greater if you're not giving the bulk of the revenue to a retail outlet like Amazon, nor are you having to compete directly against other brands.

        Of course, that means that besides being able to create a good product, YOU have to also be good at promoting that product.

        Amazon can be a great way to distribute your product if you are not also a marketer, but if you create something reasonably unique that people need/want, and then do a reasonable job of marketing your product, you can 1) charge more for your product, 2) make a lot more sales, and 3) a lot more profit than can be attained by simply stocking someone else's shelves with your loaf of bread/milk/yogurt/book, etc.

        Direct selling allows you to market YOUR product, without bringing your prospects attention to the competitor's product(s). You don't have to share the retailer's shelf space.

        I don't like this business strategy at all, but to each its own.
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    • Profile picture of the author George Schwab
      Originally Posted by MValmont View Post

      Put in on Amazon Kindle first. Why take all of this risk upfront if you are not even sure it will sell? If it doesn't sell on Amazon, with tons of traffic, if WILL NOT sell on your websites.

      Invest in a good step-by-step Kindle publishing program and follow the system. Actually, Now that I know exactly how Kindle works I would never sell an e-book excursively on a website. You can make A LOT of money with Kindle.

      My first venture into online marketing was an ebook too that I uploaded on a website. Paid someone for the sales page, graphics, SEO etc. It's way harder than it looks like (for a newbie anyways). I made a few sales, but nothing exciting and I definitely lost money.

      I then decided to put the book on Kindle....and I ended up making way more money than with my website. The crazy part? I did not need a sales page, graphics, SEO and all of that stuff.

      Amazon brings the traffic for you. I repeat, Amazon brings the traffic for you...

      I published over 100 books now and I make well over $10 000 per month with them.

      I honestly encourage you NOT TO go with your idea and go the kindle route instead.
      Very Good advice

      however we have to remind everyone that Amazon usually demands exclusivity
      (unless that has changed recently)

      so once you're on Amazon, how do you get on Barnes and Noble and on Ibooks
      because these guys sell al lot of books as well?
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      • Profile picture of the author Shana Walters
        Originally Posted by George Schwab View Post

        Very Good advice

        however we have to remind everyone that Amazon usually demands exclusivity
        (unless that has changed recently)

        so once you're on Amazon, how do you get on Barnes and Noble and on Ibooks
        because these guys sell al lot of books as well?
        Only if you click the button which puts you in the KDP Select program. This only last for 90 days. You can withdraw your books from Select after the 90 days period is up. And then publish your books wide on other publishing platforms like Kobo. You are not obligated to be in Select if you don't want to be. And can go right ahead and make your books available on all the other publishing platforms from the start.

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        Shana Jahsinta Walters.
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    • Profile picture of the author artbum
      Originally Posted by MValmont View Post

      Put in on Amazon Kindle first. Why take all of this risk upfront if you are not even sure it will sell? If it doesn't sell on Amazon, with tons of traffic, if WILL NOT sell on your websites.

      Invest in a good step-by-step Kindle publishing program and follow the system. Actually, Now that I know exactly how Kindle works I would never sell an e-book excursively on a website. You can make A LOT of money with Kindle.

      My first venture into online marketing was an ebook too that I uploaded on a website. Paid someone for the sales page, graphics, SEO etc. It's way harder than it looks like (for a newbie anyways). I made a few sales, but nothing exciting and I definitely lost money.

      I then decided to put the book on Kindle....and I ended up making way more money than with my website. The crazy part? I did not need a sales page, graphics, SEO and all of that stuff.

      Amazon brings the traffic for you. I repeat, Amazon brings the traffic for you...

      I published over 100 books now and I make well over $10 000 per month with them.

      I honestly encourage you NOT TO go with your idea and go the kindle route instead.
      I agree with this. Very difficult to get eyes on your blog. Amazon already is the number one retailer with millions of eyes. So what Kindle marketing program did you use to learn? I'm currently putting lots of work into keyword research, category research, and titles.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Nathan
    There's obviously a lot of ways to do it. Amazon is possibly the best place to start. You could always try getting your own traffic to your own webpage/sales funnel. Trying multiple fronts can give you a good overview of what's working or not. Ultimately its up to you. Try one or try many.
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  • Profile picture of the author monsurbd
    Amazon is best way for selling more ebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    I think you can sell it via
    1. kindle
    2. have the audiobook version & sell it thru audiobook directories & itunes podcasts
    3. turn it to video content & sell it in udemy

    instant quick profit for those 3 actions you can do it now
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  • Profile picture of the author simon28
    My vote goes for kindle store, as well, although the number of pages is not very impressive. Maybe ou could merge all of them into one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I would start on Kindle.

    Then i would take the content from the 5 total ebooks and sell them as PLR article packages.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Put an affiliate marketing script on your sales page

    Contact blogs that target the same niche as you

    Ask them about posting affiliate links on their sites

    Think Win/Win

    Pro tip: You might have to approach 100 to get maybe 5 to sign on

    Shortcut: hire a cheap $25 a day Virtual assistant to find LOTS of blogs and contact them for you
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  • Profile picture of the author William Waltham
    I can only tell you how I've done it, and that my method has worked well for me.

    I make my books available on Amazon in both e-book and print format (use CreateSpace to make a paperback version). I get the books professionally edited and invest in a quality cover BEFORE putting them up for sale. Your cover can actually sell your book for you if it's good, but people tend to stay away from cheap looking book covers. Your content needs to be professional, too, meaning grammatically correct, with perfect spelling and punctuation. Even if you're a pro at these things, you may often miss mistakes in your own work. That's why using a professional editor is important to hook your customers and get them to buy additional books from you.

    I build my brand by building out my Amazon author's page. In addition, I create Twitter and Instagram accounts that I regularly update, but not always with promotional content. You'll turn your audience off if all you do is promote. I mix promotional content with entertaining or informational content on both sites. I also have a blog with links to my Twitter and Instagram accounts prominently placed, and a static post for my most recent book at the top, with links to other, older books in the sidebar. I make blog posts the same way I do Twitter and Instagram posts....a mix of promotional, informational, and entertainment posts, only they are longer than what I post on social media.

    My picture is on everything I do, so people will know they are dealing with a real person, and I write a biography for myself on every site, including my blog.

    I write in three different niches, so I use a pseudonym for each one. This avoids confusion among my readers, who may not understand someone specializing in more than one thing. I use the Amazon/CreateSpace/Amazon author page/Twitter/Instagram/blog technique to market every book, and I get royalty payments from Amazon every month because of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nico Puegher
    Try Amazon Kindle but a better way would be having an email list with people really interested in your content and sell them but also provide value to them, not pure advertisement.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomasHenry
    If you want to grow email list, then you better direct your existing customers from kindle marketplace to your own website, rather than collecting their emails, because the last time I checked, Amazon doesn't allow collecting emails. You can leverage Amazon itself website for more traffic plus Google traffic as well. As for IM/MMO, go for JVZoo.
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  • Profile picture of the author onlineworker11
    Put in for sale on ebay amazon,fiverr for instance.Or if you have the skills maybe put your books up as products on warriorplus or a similar site?
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisfrye
    Ok so I've decided for two of my ebooks I'm going to put up on Amazon Kindle once the covers are completed. What would be the next go to steps to get the word out for them without using domains?

    I want to get traffic to my ebooks and I know the information provided will be if big big help within the given niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Two parts to any ebook business, the creation/development process and the promotion/marketing process.

    To promote your ebook, you have got to reach, pique the interest and get the attention of your audience, then put your offer in front of them.

    Questions you want to answer are:

    1. Do you know who your target market is?

    2. Do you know the emotional triggers behind why they want your ebook?

    3. Do you know where you can reach them on-line (where are they most likely to hang out - will they look for answers to their problems or information through surfing for websites (in which case launching a blog and landing page would be your strategy) or is it on Facebook, Instragram, Pintrest, podcasts, YouTube, etc...

    Your audience exists, to the extent that they are searching for the information contained in your ebook, you want to know where that is...and then meet them with your content and stories.

    You will need to build a platform - that platform will bring in your audience, gain trust, and act as the front-end of your sales process.

    Finally, I would urge you to map out a plan for your overall information product business - putting a couple of books up on Kindle is not really a product plan...typically Kindle ebooks are used to further build a platform where you sell back-end, higher-priced products such as info product bundles, training programs, membership sites, consulting or coaching, speaking, a software product, etc...It would be a good time to sit down and map out your next 12-24 month plan in terms of where you want all of this to go.
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  • With Kindle you want to make sure you select the right categories and drill down. The fewer books in the category the higher they go. Your book description is absolutely key. Speaking of key, make sure you have the right keywords in the description. Look at other books in your genre and read as many descriptions as you can to get an idea of what draws your attention.
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  • Profile picture of the author reachintan
    It all depends on whether your ebooks share a common purpose or not. If yes, a common website will do, else start three different websites. I suggest you read this wonderful article.

    How to get an eBook to #1 on Amazon | OkDork.com
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  • Profile picture of the author palotaik
    have u start you kindle marketing ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Branson
    Amazon will be the best place to start. Then register on forums that talk about the specific niche of the book and start selling it there.

    It always good to start by giving a free eBook, and after a while when you have your reputation built, start selling it for money.
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