Give Away Books To Get Traffic?

by faraox
22 replies
Hi there,

i want to give away e-books/reports to get traffic? but i was wondering what are the most popular e-book directories for submitting free ebooks?

now i know that Itunes has an free e-book directory but unfortunate an Apple computer is required.

so I'm looking for soma other alternatives.

Thanks for your help.
#books #give #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author webbusineses
    Send through emails, if the book carries real good amount of information and interest then make a targeted list and give it through email marketing. Ask people to register with you on your website and then get a free e-book. If luckily you made a good opt in you can further use it in future.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMiam
    Sending through email... provided I have a list in my email account. I believe farox is looking for way to create his own list by giving away ebook.

    So he is looking for the best way to create a list.

    The usual landing page with opt in need optimization and time consuming. Furthermore, it may not work due to competition.

    Any good suggestion?

    I'm also searching for creative and productive methods to create my own list.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomYevsikov
    No, don't do it.

    Don't just submit your e-book to free directories, instead, create a squeeze page and offer the ebook in exchange for the visitor's email address, collect optins and start building a list.
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    • Profile picture of the author conanedo
      Originally Posted by TomYevsikov View Post

      No, don't do it.

      Don't just submit your e-book to free directories, instead, create a squeeze page and offer the ebook in exchange for the visitor's email address, collect optins and start building a list.
      I think this is a better idea, you make traffic to your site and try to sell something and give your ebook as bonus or if they don't want to buy they can still get the ebook but they must put their email adresses
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    • Profile picture of the author faraox
      Originally Posted by TomYevsikov View Post

      No, don't do it.

      Don't just submit your e-book to free directories, instead, create a squeeze page and offer the ebook in exchange for the visitor's email address, collect optins and start building a list.
      Thats the idea, but i would like to attract more traffic by first give away e-books, and then send them to my squeeze page.
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  • Profile picture of the author john01a
    If you're referring to eBooks that you created yourself, then you could try to post them on document sharing websites like:
    Scribd.com
    Docstoc.com

    There are a lot of document sharing websites... if you run a Google search for "document sharing sites" you'll be able to find a lot more.

    If you're referring to eBooks that you got elsewhere, like free rebrandable eBooks or PLR eBooks that you slightly modified... then document sharing sites may not be the appropriate solution. Submitting these types of eBooks to document sharing sites are problematic because:
    -someone else may have already submitted that eBook
    -it leads to "spamming the sites" with copies of the same document
    -if someone else already submitted the eBook that you want to submit, the doc sharing site may think you're uploading another person's copyrighted work.

    So, if you want to give away an eBook that you got from somewhere else, (i.e. rebrandable eBooks, PLR eBooks) then it's probably best to give it away from your own site or email list.

    As far as using the eBook to generate traffic... I think that would depend more on the quality and usefulness of the eBook, more than having the eBook all over. Just having an eBook available for free won't guarantee more traffic.

    If you want people to share and talk about your eBook, then I'd say the focus should be on creating a high quality eBook. Once created, spend some time on the usual traffic generation techniques to draw attention to your free eBook.

    Once a few people have seen and downloaded the eBook... and the eBook is really good, then the hope is that those people will share it with others. That's how your eBook will get more traffic.

    Sure you can upload it to eBook directories and document sharing sites... but I don't think that's enough to get traffic. There are loads of other sites creating documents and eBooks that are also uploading to these sites.

    Which means that you can't assume that if you upload it to one of these sites, it will automatically get noticed.
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    • Profile picture of the author faraox
      Originally Posted by john01a View Post

      If you're referring to eBooks that you created yourself, then you could try to post them on document sharing websites like:
      Scribd.com
      Docstoc.com

      There are a lot of document sharing websites... if you run a Google search for "document sharing sites" you'll be able to find a lot more.

      If you're referring to eBooks that you got elsewhere, like free rebrandable eBooks or PLR eBooks that you slightly modified... then document sharing sites may not be the appropriate solution. Submitting these types of eBooks to document sharing sites are problematic because:
      -someone else may have already submitted that eBook
      -it leads to "spamming the sites" with copies of the same document
      -if someone else already submitted the eBook that you want to submit, the doc sharing site may think you're uploading another person's copyrighted work.

      So, if you want to give away an eBook that you got from somewhere else, (i.e. rebrandable eBooks, PLR eBooks) then it's probably best to give it away from your own site or email list.

      As far as using the eBook to generate traffic... I think that would depend more on the quality and usefulness of the eBook, more than having the eBook all over. Just having an eBook available for free won't guarantee more traffic.

      If you want people to share and talk about your eBook, then I'd say the focus should be on creating a high quality eBook. Once created, spend some time on the usual traffic generation techniques to draw attention to your free eBook.

      Once a few people have seen and downloaded the eBook... and the eBook is really good, then the hope is that those people will share it with others. That's how your eBook will get more traffic.

      Sure you can upload it to eBook directories and document sharing sites... but I don't think that's enough to get traffic. There are loads of other sites creating documents and eBooks that are also uploading to these sites.

      Which means that you can't assume that if you upload it to one of these sites, it will automatically get noticed.
      Yeah, i was told that it is great strategy to generate more leads by giving away high quality e-books on e-book directories. so that why i want to give it a try.
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      • Profile picture of the author KLinfluence
        That's a great way to generate a lot of traffic to your site and also build a pretty solid list of loyal readers and subscribers. Stick with that idea and you'll be on the right path for sure. Not to sure about a solid ebook directory since I use apple . But you could try a press release site for your free ebook, build a buzz and that should create a lot more leads/traffic to your site.
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      • Profile picture of the author john01a
        Originally Posted by faraox View Post

        Yeah, i was told that it is great strategy to generate more leads by giving away high quality e-books on e-book directories. so that why i want to give it a try.
        I'm in no way saying that submitting to eBook directories won't result in traffic, I'm just saying that you can't expect to automatically get traffic just because you've submitted to an eBook directory.

        Just like you have decided to submit your eBook to an eBook directory, so have loads of other people. Which means your eBook is but one eBook in a sea of eBooks within that directory.

        So, whether the eBook gets noticed by readers will depend on the eBook itself:
        -how gripping/appealing is the headline?
        -does the eBook spark interest?
        -what niche is it targeting?
        -are people interested in the content?
        -how well is it written?
        -how useful was it?
        -how enjoyable was it to read?
        -etc.

        Before you see traffic to your site, first people to notice your eBook and read it. It's only once they have seen your eBook, and like the eBook enough, that some of the readers will check out your site that was mentioned in the eBook or follow a link within the eBook.

        If your eBook doesn't get noticed within the eBook directory, then you're not likely to get traffic. So, spend time making sure your eBook is of such high quality, that people would enjoy reading your eBook.

        If a reader enjoys your eBook, they're more likely to check out the site of the eBook author/creator and they're more likely to follow a link within the eBook.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I wouldn't spend alot of time on ebook directories. A good one is free-ebooks .net. But host it on your site, drive traffic, and get people to sign up to get your free ebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarioSotojr
    Instead an ebook directory why not submit your ebook on Amazon or Apple Store Places that have a chance to get decent traffic. You can also have free kindle version and have a link to your site in the book . When they land on your site give them the option to optin for more content. Plus you can have some nice decent content on your blog as well.

    This is a good way to get a source of traffic.

    The other way is to buy solo ads but I like leveraging Amazon and the Apple store.

    It's an option
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
    Banned
    Use mediafire or dropbox directories
    instead of itunes,
    I think it will be helpful for us all.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrozlat
    PPC and media buys to a squeeze page
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  • Profile picture of the author xramp
    I don`t think submitting to ebook directories will get any traffic for you. Instead as other suggested create a squeeze page and ask users to enter email ids to get the ebook.

    To promote this squeeze page you can try paid services or try starting a simple blog. And then promote that blog by guest posting on popular blogs. (As many blogs don`t allow link to squeeze page)

    hope this will help!
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  • Profile picture of the author TNTROCKS
    Be careful of using squeeze pages and google adwords. You account may be banned, or may be rejected. Google does not like sites whose primary goal is to "harvest emails."
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  • Profile picture of the author rid243
    Yeah I think getting it out on Kindle is a good idea since you may also get good reviews and then you can start charging money for it later on
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  • Profile picture of the author papaz322
    Giving away e-book is a great way to get traffic but the content should be good enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author eijk82
    Using give away ebook then drive your prospect to your squeeze page is still a great way, build your email list then you can promote your own product or someone else's product as an affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author kirajx
    Create a squeeze page , make them opt in , give them the free ebook then you can email them to go to your site for some traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author FreshMedia
    This is a good idea to drive traffic. Try to include a keyword in your book title and description. Sites like Scribd.com, ebookjunkie.com, free-ebooks.net are a great source of traffic if done correctly.
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  • Profile picture of the author freeegift
    Would you like to give your free ebook to me...I am building a website...partially ready..(check it in my signature link.)

    The title explain itself. I will review it and put it into my website in exchange for a backlink to your website.

    Cheers!

    BR,
    Victor.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Roger
    The best thing to do is to create a squeeze page then give the e-book in exchange for a subscription, and this is the key to internet marketing, you can then promote to these emails.
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