How do I conduct free research for an ebook ?

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How do I conduct research for an ebook ?
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexMaroko
    Not a lot of information for the question but go see what people are asking about in the forums, survey lists, use keyword search tools, just figure out what is it that's keeping people up at night, and how you can solve that for them.

    If that doesn't work, I think the world can use more information about celebrities since there is definitely not enough out there right now :-)

    Sorry if this makes too much sense.

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  • Profile picture of the author winebuddy
    uhhhh - how about doing a search on Google?
    "Knowledge is NOT power... ACTION on Knowledge is power"
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
      Try using forums, to find out what poeple want, look through Wikipedia, or any other online encyclopaedia, the more, the better (without spending so much time researching, that you don't have time to write). Finally do some search engine searches on your topic.

      The above research should give you enough information to write your own take on a topic, without directly copying other authors' content (don't ever do that). Never use less than three "original" sources and always write in your own words in your own personal style of writing.

      Now you are fortunate, you have the power of the Internet - I used to have to go to libraries and search through endless journals and other publications to do my research.

      On reflection, perhaps I should have made this into a short report and used it as a WSO!

      Best of luck with your ebook research and your project.

      Jeff Henshaw.

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    • Profile picture of the author mayonis
      Originally Posted by winebuddy View Post

      uhhhh - how about doing a search on Google?
      This is a must....It would be better if you have your own experience on the matter that you would like to include in your e-book.This way people would know that you are an expert on that field.
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  • Profile picture of the author JaySabree
    Originally Posted by dyaonna View Post

    How do I conduct research for an ebook ?
    Hello there,

    I applaud you in starting out with market research. Too many people get this crucial step all wrong. They create a product/service first before finding out if people will buy what they're selling. If you're looking to make easy money online or offline you need to find out what people are buying right now and give them more of the same. Don't put the cart before the horse. So, where do you go for research? and are great places to get ideas. It's in ebay's best interest to show you what's selling so that you can find easy money making products and sell large amounts for them.

    So here is what you do. Go to In the top right hand corner you will see 4 tabs - (1)Buy (2)Sell (3)My Ebay & (4)Help. Place your mouse over the (Sell) tab. Under the sell tab you will see a (What's Hot) tab or simply go to this link - ( On the left bottom side of the (What's hot) page you will see a subtitle (Popular Searches). They give you the 10 most current and BEST selling items on Bingo!!! If they're selling so well on where there's millions of dollars changing hands then you know there is a market. This is called the ebay pulse. ( You will also see that there is a drop down category bar on the ebay pulse page. Go there and click on baby for example. You will see the most popular searches for the baby category or any other category. Pick something that you're interested in because that will make it uncomplicated in the beginning to stick to it. If you're looking for truck loads of easy money to make online then and (Amazon Hot New Releases are two of the best research tools that you have.

    Once you've uncovered a niche the next step is finding out 'why' your target audience is looking to buy. In psychology we learn that our most basic actions are as a result of two human instincts. We either 'Move Away From Pain' or we "Move Towards Pleasure'. Understanding that deep universal need is you ticket to success. Of those two basic instincts we will take actions faster on something that will take away our pain. So, remember that when using money making strategies. Your most profitable niches will be those that solve pain (the more pain the more money). Such as hair loss, over weight problems, insomnia and many more niches.

    Ok, now that you have a few ideas of niches now you can get into the next phase which is getting into the minds of your target audience. Your goal is to find there largest issues/problems. (I know that sounds bad but this is the realism of life) The best places to go are forums. Try Yahoo answers and Google groups for starters. Blend in to the forums and groups. Read everything you can as well as go to eHow and to learn about the needs your target market has.

    Your next goal could be to find out if there are enough people searching for your product on a daily basis to be profitable. To do this we use keyword research tools. These tools will tell us how many people are searching for our niche/product on a daily/monthly basis. For these results we can see if there are enough people searching for our affiliate products to be profitable. One of the tools that I use is called This is an excellent tool and very easy to use for beginners. A more advanced tool would be the SEO keyword tracker tool. Seo Book Keyword Suggestion Tool. The rock bottom minimum is really based on your competition. However, do not let high competition scare you away. The one thing that you know for share is that there would not be high competition if your product was not selling.

    good luck



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  • Profile picture of the author Norma Holt
    Jay, This is the most helpful informative post I have read in ages. Well done and you should make it into an e-book and sell it as a WSO.

    God bless

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  • Profile picture of the author JaySabree
    Originally Posted by dyaonna View Post

    How do I conduct research for an ebook ?
    Why Not Give Away The Keys To The Castle?

    This should really help...

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    12. Popular Archive Digg / Popular News Archive for May, 2009
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    20. eHow eHow | How To Do Just About Everything!
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    26. Google Keyword Tool
    27. Google News - Most Popular Most Popular - Google News
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  • Profile picture of the author jack_ripper
    Online tools such as survey software can help you a lot.

    good Luck
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    • Profile picture of the author Gerardas Norkus
      Originally Posted by jack_ripper View Post

      Online tools such as survey software can help you a lot.
      Yes, I agree that conducting a survey to a list in your niche should do the best work.

      You could use - Powerful tool for creating web surveys. Online survey software made easy! for example.

      Another great way is to create a simple webpage similar to a squeeze page with a form where visitors could tell their biggest problem in your niche.

      Of course, research on Google and similar places should give you some ideas too.

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      • Profile picture of the author ShelleyD
        Originally Posted by Gerardas Norkus View Post

        Yes, I agree that conducting a survey to a list in your niche should do the best work.

        You could use for example.

        Another great way is to create a simple webpage similar to a squeeze page with a form where visitors could tell their biggest problem in your niche.

        Of course, research on Google and similar places should give you some ideas too.

        If you have a pool of people to send your surveys use something like survey monkey. If you need a pool of respondents on the cheap, consider
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Depends on the type of research you need to do.

    If it is information about a subject, find the authority site and research from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Gallivan

    Bev took the words right out of my mouth. It depends what research you want to do.

    Do you want to research what topic to write your book on or do you have a topic and title and want to research content for it?

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  • Profile picture of the author Jillian Slack
    The original question reminded me of someone asking, "How much does a new car cost?" or "How much does it cost to build a house?"

    There are so many other factors that you must look at besides that basic question.

    Even the type of ebook that you would like to write comes into play.

    If you are planning to write one of those short, quick ebooks that barely scratches the surface of your topic, you probably don't need to do much research at all. Especially if it is a topic that you are already familiar with.

    There is a lot of great advice in this thread.

    Google Alerts are fabulous. I love to use them.

    JaySabree has provided a lot of great info, as well.

    Another great procedure is to set up a landing page with a question on it, which is what we have seen many gurus like Alex Mandossian do. The train of thought with this procedure is not to spend the time and energy writing it until you know that you have an audience. By setting up a landing page with a box for readers to type in their most pressing question about _____ (topic), you are in great shape because your readers are telling you exactly what they want to learn from you.

    Essentially, they are saying, "This is what I want you to teach me. Now teach me."
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  • Profile picture of the author MattSteel
    WOW JaySabree! A lot of info there. KUDOS! Only about 25% of that list was on my radar already! Thanks for the tips! I also sometimes find chat rooms geared toward the topic at hand to find out other sources of online info that may be very specific to the subject matter. Good luck Dyaonna!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Mitchell
    I just wrote an e-book on a personal experience issue (bariatric surgery) and am in the process of marketing it. I went to relevant forums and researched Google to get a feel for "demand" or not.

    I have to say that Jay Sabree's post is one of the best recommendations I have seen for research. For those who haven't read his post, you should, it's good stuff.

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    • Profile picture of the author Matt D.
      One of the places you can search on is Yahoo Answers. People post their questions there and you can easily see how many people are asking certain questions. More people are asking the same questions, more will probably buy it. Yahoo Answers is really good, because you see exactly what problem people have in a certain niche.

      Take care
      Hard work always pays off.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mmfh
        Jay you have really out done yourself with this one.

        That's a lot more info than a lot of people would have let go of.

        Thanks for posting the great info!


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  • Profile picture of the author MisterMunch
    I assume you already got the market. If so. Here is a good action plan:

    1. Find the hottest forums and see what threads get the most views, and the most comments. Also see if there is some topics that are talked about a lot.

    2. Go to yahoo answer and see what questions people are asking.

    3. Search google for "Most Popular", "Popular posts" etc + your niche, to see what people like to read about.

    4. Go to and read the product reviews on related products/books. This will help you understand what problems your audience have, and what did and did not solve it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sonomacats
    Lots of good info and ideas here. I would just add these suggestions:

    If you don't know much about the subject, I would just add go to the library and get the Dummies book on the subject and, depending on the subject, there might also be an Idiot's book. Those will give you the bare bones. Then get as many related books as possible. Read them and make notes. In 1-2 weeks you'll know more about it than 85% of the population.

    Also, check the magazines in that niche. But don't just settle for what's current, check back issues (I go back as far as I can. 5-10 years back will give you a ton of stuff). Even better, copy the table of contents of all of them. Each one of those titles is an idea for content.

    Check the forums to see what people are talking about and what questions they're asking. That will give you an idea for a slant (or three). Start posting your knowledge on your blog and see what shows up in the comments.

    When you go to check eBay, also check and see if there are any info products on the subject being sold on eBay. If you don't have Jim Cockrum's Silent Sales Machine, get it. It has a ton of ideas on using eBay to create info products).

    Also, do a search on [keyword]+FAQ, [keyword]+tip. Those will give you article ideas, as well as knowledge.

    I know Google Alerts has been mentioned and I agree. When you look at the alerts when they show up, don't just use them for information. Use them for blog post and article ideas, as well as information and places to comment.

    Finally, as you're doing research, what are you looking for that you're not finding? Chances are if you're not getting a question answered, a lot of other people aren't either. There's a perfect eBook just waiting to be written.

    The other thing, too, is that if you're interested in the subject, are collecting information about it and writing consistently about it, you'll keep getting more and more ideas. All of that can then be turned into multiple eBooks, audios, videos, etc. So don't just think of writing one eBook. Consider it the first in a multi-part info empire.

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