by PACI
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Hello,
I'm very passionate about self-help or self-improvement topics and personal development in general, I enjoy reading, writing and sharing ideas regarding these topics with friends, family and work colleagues (usually about motivation, success, time management and more).
My question is; Should I create and publish kindle books and write about these topics ? Or start a wordpress blog and post my daily posts?
In your opinion, which one is better to brand myself and profit from at the same time?
Thank You
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  • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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    If you'd like to kill two birds with one stone, Amazon offers a Kindle Blog Publishing program that lets you sell your blog posts: http://kindlepublishing.amazon.com
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I like self-help stuff too, but found it difficult to write a whole book about it.

    You may want to start with a blog. If you can create quality content hand over fist, maybe then you can consider writing a Kindle book.

    The problem with self-help on Kindle is that- from what I've seen- people want lots of content. With some niches, people are happy with a 3,000 word book. The best self help books are more than 30,000 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    A blog is definitely a better way to start. This way you can build your audience and know just in the right direction to go. You need to develop a list of readers, bloggers, and anyone that is willing to help you first. If you go straight to the kindle then you will just be one in the countless of similar books out there, and that's more of an uphill battle. A big uphill battle that you probably won't win until you develop your blog, and write a few more books. So my vote is for blog first.

    All the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    You should do both. You can build a list from your blog and drive the traffic to your Kindle books. You can write several Kindle books and offer one of them free using the KDP promotions. Put links to your other books inside the free book and you will make Kindle sales. Meanwhile, put Adsense on your blog and cover your costs.

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    • Profile picture of the author Challendge
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      You should do both. You can build a list from your blog and drive the traffic to your Kindle books. You can write several Kindle books and offer one of them free using the KDP promotions. Put links to your other books inside the free book and you will make Kindle sales. Meanwhile, put Adsense on your blog and cover your costs.

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      Exactly what I was thinking. Blogs are the perfect foundation for your plan
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      • Profile picture of the author PACI
        Thank you all for your valuable replies, really appreciate it.

        Will start with a blog then, writing and posting daily and put Adsense on my blog, and maybe promoting some affiliate offers too, if there are enough readers and subscribers to my blog and people enjoy my work, then i would start publishing my own kindle books.

        That's the plan, if anyone would like to share with me any ideas or opinions about this then please do, your comments and replies are highly appreciated

        Thanks again
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  • Profile picture of the author scriberr
    It would be better to start with blogs. You can post them on your own website. If you notice traffic in your site then you can probably start writing kindle books. Just add links on your blogs so that people can gain access to your books online.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I would definitely start with blog and see how much content you can come up with. As said above, most self-help books require a lot of words.
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  • Profile picture of the author CouponPotion
    My first thought is to start both.. even if you're going to do the kindle book thing which I've never tried but I hear can pay off big time - it's nice to have the blog and cross promote.. The blog will be beneficial because you can cover a lot of the many aspects of self help. I had a self help blog and there's soo much to write about. With books everything's more fine tuned and you're taking only a few topics and writing everything about them. But the blog you can write 1000 words about this..1000 words about that..
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  • Profile picture of the author adeelv
    Hey,

    I am very much into self-help myself and know a good number of friends and colleagues who are interested. When you publish one, let me know, I would like to read it/subscribe to it and spread it.
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  • Profile picture of the author martimoney
    I have both blogs and kindle books. My thoughts are you are moving in the right direction. I personally like the Kindle platform as they advertise for me and it doesn't cost me to promote. However, it is difficult to gain a loyal following of subscribers, especially in a more technical niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    You should absolutely do both. Start the blog right away and then get the Kindle book up ASAP. Make sure that you provide good value on your blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author PACI
      Thank you adeelv, martimoney and Paul Gram

      yes, i will start doing both, but im wondering, with adsense (or any other ad program) if its possible to earn a nice income from ads alone after say one year, providing good, high quality content of course?

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author josephjabawaba
    You ever read that Calvin And Hobbes sketch where he wants to write a Self-Help book on how to help yourself stop reading self-help books, but he gives up after he realizes that there would be no sequel to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jchoros
    I have a kindle but perfer books or blogs, turning pages with the kindle feels weird!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve L
      I'd say skip the blog, and refine your product. Be more specific about the problem you're looking to solve, make a few different sales copy variations to split test your ideas before writing an entire book. When you know which topic interests your market more, then you know exactly what kind of product they're more likely to buy.

      You can then partner with those who do run blogs. I believe that it's best to focus on the offer. Traffic is not the hard part, having a product that sells well is.
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  • Profile picture of the author malia
    I asked a similar question a while ago and tried both (well, I was already blogging). I would blog, and have a higher priced info product on the blog with lower priced, slimmed down things on the Kindle. Kindle is, as of now, a platform for low value sales (for IMers) whereas with blogs, you could sell much more expensive products and drive affiliate revenue.
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