Writing Promotional Articles for Marketing

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Planning and creating your ebook seemed like a huge challenge, didn't it? Writing a sales letter and formatting and posting it was no easy task either.

Then, you had to setup a shopping cart and PayPal account to process orders and upload your files and link everything to the order button on your sales page.

Of course, then you had to test everything to make sure it all worked.

That was the hard part, right?

Getting your ebook created and ready for sale was a challenge, but getting people to actually visit your website is hard work.

One solution to getting traffic is to use pay per click advertising (PPC) like Google Adwords to buy visitors. If you can get the visitors cheaply enough, this solution can be a profitable option. It is also a great way to rapidly test your sales letter conversion rates.

But, nothing beats article marketing for building a long term free source of traffic to your new product.

The concept of article marketing is very simple. You create a short 300-800 word article related to the topic of your product. You publish it at an article directory website like EzineArticles and add a link back to your website in the author's resource box at the end of the article.

Article directories rank well in the search engines, and you can trade on their popularity to capture an audience and then redirect them to your website.

To find inspiration for your articles, try searching for your keywords on the article directory site and see what the top article topics are. Create your own variations of these articles. Don't copy, but use the articles to jumpstart your own writing.

Beyond choosing your target keywords well, your author's resource box is the most important part of your marketing effort. It is not the place to brag about yourself. Enticing the reader to visit your site is the goal. So, give them a good reason and place your links.

Creating a collection of marketing articles can generate free traffic to your website for years to come. I get a 24% overall click through rate on my article marketing account.

Get out there and start rounding up some visitors for your website.

Make a 6 Figure Income Selling E-Books

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Blogger Yaro Starak released a great 2-part podcast on his Small Business Branding site. It’s an interview with Internet Entrepreneur Daryl Grant entitled ‘How To Make $250,000 A Year Selling E-Books.’

They discuss how she sets up her sites, how the books are produced (she doesn’t write them herself), how she generates traffic, and how she writes the sales page copy to convert visits to sales. Her website also gives a thorough breakdown of her process: www.AndrewandDaryl.com. The site includes links to sample survey pages, a spreadsheet for calculating the profitability of an idea, and active e-book sales pages (surprise - not one of them is about online marketing!)

This approach follows the same process championed by Frank Kern and Ed Dale in their Underachiever Series seminar. Andrew and Daryl are both students of Ed Dale, so they probably picked up more than a few pointers from him.

This is a great bit of educational material. Listening to it inspired me to test a new product idea I had. I wrote about how I did the market test and my results.

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The Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform has come a long way since it was first introduced in late 2007. During that time, Amazon has introduced two specific marketing tools to self-published authors.

Amazon Kindle authors have the option to enroll their ebooks into Amazon's KDP Select program which gives them access to the Kindle Owner's Lending Library and the opportunity to create free promotions and countdown deals.

Kindle Owner's Lending Library

The Kindle Owner's Lending Library allows people enrolled in the Amazon Prime program to download a select number of eligible ebooks for free each month. Amazon sets aside a specific amount of money each month which is divided among all of the books borrowed in a given month. So, authors get paid for each time a book is borrowed.

Kindle Free Book Promotions

Kindle Free Book Promotions allow you to set specific days where people can download your book for free. Traditional marketers and behavioral psychologists have long known the intense desire people experience when they are offered something for free. Now, self-published authors can leverage this same tool to get marketing momentum for their books.

The most recent marketing tool added to the KDP Select program is the Kindle Countdown Deal. This is a time-based marketing promotion that allows you to discount the price of your book and then slowly raise it over time until it returns to full price. During the promotion, Amazon places a countdown time on your book's sales page that displays the remaining time until the next price jump.

Kindle Countdown Deals

Kindle Countdown Deals tap into another powerful psychological principle called scarcity. When people see the time running out to get your book at a discounted price, they feel a strong urge to buy it now so they do not miss out on the great deal.

Time-based scarcity is a classic marketing tool that has been used by advertising professionals for decades.

The KDP Select program does have its drawbacks. First, you must list your ebook exclusively on Amazon. This means no selling at iTunes, Google Play, or any other ebook sales platform. Each enrollment period lasts 90 days. And, there are strict limits regarding how and when you can run promotions for your book. But, Amazon is the biggest marketplace around, so the benefits often outweigh the restrictions.

The Amazon website is a marketing machine. To build maximize the sales of your book you have to get it to work on your behalf. An important step in marketing is to rank your book on the various Amazon bestseller lists. The marketing tools Amazon provides in the KDP Select program can help you get noticed fast.

There are actually 8 Essential Elements for getting your Kindle book onto the bestseller list. If you are ready to take control of your publishing future, then check out the free report I created that takes you through all 8 essential elements. You can download your copy here:

http://platinumeproducts.com/AzonBestSellerBlueprint/report/

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PentecostPicking the right genre for your e-book is critical to your success. The best written story won't sell if there isn't anyone interested in the subject. So, which one is most popular?

If you had to guess what the most popular selling fiction genre is what would you say? Before I read a Harris Interactive Poll I would have guessed romance. But, that genre isn't even close. The undisputed king of genre fiction is...

...Thrillers (which includes Mysteries and Crime stories)

The Thriller/Mystery/Crime genre accounts for a whopping 48% of all fiction books read - more than double the numbers of romance stories (a mere 21%.)

People like exciting page-turners filled with twists, turns, and action. That is what they are actually reading.

Have you ever wanted to write a thriller of your own? Then you should check out Kindle Thriller. This exclusive guide will show you what you need to know to craft your own fast-paced thriller that readers will love (and come back for more!)

Click here to learn more about the Kindle Thriller Guide

For a limited time, if you decide to get the Kindle Thriller Guide, and purchase through the link in this blog post, you'll also get a free copy of the comprehensive Azon Bestseller Blueprint video course as a bonus.

Genre fiction is a huge market. If you can capture a slice for yourself, you will reap the rewards.

What Should I Charge For My Ideas?

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There are all different formulas and methods for determining the correct price for your E-Book. Let's begin with honing in on your ultimate goals.

Decide if your goal is to get wide distribution and maximum exposure. This goal is aimed at drawing customers to your business or service, or to establishing the credibility of your reputation. If this is your main goal, you should aim to keep your price on the low side. Some authors have even priced their E-Books at a profit loss to draw a high number of new customers. The key is to find a price that maximizes your profits and the number of books you sell.

This is an excellent pricing strategy if you are looking to acquire long-term customers. Long-term customers are extremely likely to buy from you again and again as long as the first E-Book they buy is of exceptional quality and beneficial to the customer.

However, if your book contains valuable and more importantly NEW information, references, or techniques then you should aim to price it on the high end.

After you figure out your goal, you must figure out what your audience's need is for your E-Book. For example, does your book solve a particular problem? If it does, and solves it in a way that hasn't been written about in one hundred other E-Books, you will be able to achieve high sales at a high price. If your book solves a problem or answers questions in a new and unique way, you should price your book as high as you can go. You will achieve larger profits this way, but bring in fewer customers. Just make sure the question or problem that your book solves is one that is important and relevant to the majority of your market audience. If your ideas are not common knowledge, or you are presenting a brand new technique, you will be able to sell books at a high price. Just be prepared for your competition to undercut you on price as soon as they hear about your book.

Keep in mind that the above pricing strategy is temporary. Eventually, you will cease to sell books at this high price. So figure out in advance how long you plan to offer your E-Book at this high price, and when that time is up, change your pricing strategy.

If you want to see large profits over customer draw, aim for an audience that is looking for easy solutions to their problems at a low price. If your book is aimed at solving one particular problem rather than general advice, then you can charge more. Start at the highest price the market will bear to bring in the largest profits, and plan to discount the book a number of times throughout the year.

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I know exactly what is needed to publish a Kindle e-book, because I have already done it (7 books and counting.) To give you an idea of the process, let me describe the process I followed for my first book published on the Kindle. Read the rest of this entry

How To Write A Profitable E-Book

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You know that writing a downloadable ebook is the plan for earning huge profits online, but it's you're having trouble getting started. The hardest part of writing is the first sentence. When you look at the whole project, it seems like an impossible task. That's why you have to break it down into manageable tasks. Think of climbing a mountain. You are standing at the foot of it and looking up at its summit vanishing into the clouds. How can you possibly scale such an immense and dangerous mountain?

There is only one way to climb a mountain: step by step.

Now think of writing your profitable E-Book in the same light. You must create it step by step, and one day, you will take that last step and find yourself standing on the summit with your head in the clouds.

The first thing you have to do, as if you actually were a mountain climber, is to get organized. Instead of climbing gear, however, you must organize your thoughts. There are some steps you should take before you begin. Once you've gone through the following list, you will be ready to actually begin writing your E-Book.

Beginning Steps to Writing a Profitable E-Book

First, figure out your E-Book's working title. Jot down a few different titles, and eventually, you'll find that one that will grow on you. Titles help you to focus your writing on your topic; they guide you in anticipating and answering your reader's queries. Many non-fiction books also have subtitles. Aim for clarity in your titles, but cleverness always helps to sell books as long as it's not too cute.

Next, write out a thesis statement. Your thesis is a sentence or two stating exactly what problem you are addressing and how your book will solve that problem. All chapters spring forth from your thesis statement. Once you've got your thesis statement fine-tuned, you've built your foundation. From that foundation, your book will grow, chapter by chapter.

Your thesis will keep you focused while you write your E-Book. Remember: all chapters must support your thesis statement. If they don't, they don't belong in your book. For example, your thesis statement could read: We've all experienced insomnia at times in our lives, but there are twenty proven techniques and methods to give you back a good night's sleep.

Once you have your thesis, before you start to write, make sure there is a good reason to write your book. Ask yourself some questions:

  • Does your book present useful information and is that information currently relevant?
  • Will you book positively affect the lives of your readers?
  • Is your book dynamic and will it keep the reader's attention?
  • Does you book answer questions that are meaningful and significant?

If you can answer yes to these questions, you can feel confident about the profit potential of your E-Book.

Another important step is to figure out who your target audience is. It is this group of people you will be writing to, and this group will dictate many elements of your book, such as style, tone, diction, and even length. Figure out the age range of your readers, their general gender, what they are most interested in, and even the socio-economic group they primarily come from. Are they people who read fashion magazines or book reviews? Do they write letters in longhand or spend hours every day online. The more you can pin down your target audience, the easier it will be to write your book for them.

Next, make a list of the reasons you are writing your E-Book. Do you want to promote your business? Do you want to bring quality traffic to your website? Do you want to enhance your reputation?

Then write down your goals in terms of publishing. Do you want to sell it as a product on your website and generate huge profits, or do you want to offer it as a free gift for filling out a survey or for ordering a product? Do you want to use the chapters to create an e-course, or use your E-Book to attract affiliates around the world? The more you know upfront, the easier the actual writing will be.

Decide on the format of your chapters. In non-fiction, keep the format from chapter to chapter fairly consistent. Perhaps you plan to use an introduction to your chapter topic, and then divide it into four subhead topics. Or you may plan to divide it into five parts, each one beginning with a relevant anecdote.

How to make your E-Book "user friendly"

You must figure out how to keep your writing engaging. Often anecdotes, testimonials, little stories, photos, graphs, advice, and tips will keep the reader turning the pages. Sidebars are useful for quick, accessible information, and they break up the density of the page.

Write with a casual, conversational tone rather than a formal tone such as textbook diction. Reader's respond to the feeling that you are having a conversation with them. Break up the length and structure of your sentences so you don’t hypnotize your readers into sleep. Sentences that are all the same length and structure tend to be a good aid for insomnia!

Good writing takes practice. It takes lots and lots of practice. Make a schedule to write at least a page a day. Read books and magazines about the process of writing, and jot down tips that jump out at you. The art of writing is a lifetime process; the more you write (and read), the better your writing will become. The better your writing becomes, the bigger your sales figures.

In an E-Book that is read on the screen, be aware that you must give your reader's eye a break. You can do this by utilizing white space. In art classes, white space is usually referred to as "negative space." Reader's eyes need to rest in the cool white oasis you create on your page. If your page is too dense, your reader will quit out of it as soon as their eyes begin to tear.

Make use of lists, both bulleted and numbered. This makes your information easy to absorb, and gives the reader a mental break from dissecting your paragraphs one after the other.

Finally, decide on an easy-to-read design. Find a font that's easy on the eyes, and stick to that font family. Using dozens of fonts will only tire your readers out before they've gotten past your introduction. Use at least one and a half line spacing, and text large enough to be read easily on the screen, but small enough so that the whole page can be seen on a computer screen. You will have to experiment with this to find the right combination.

Of course, don't forget to run a spell and grammar check. You are judged by something as minor as correct punctuation, so don’t mess up a great book by tossing out semicolons randomly, or stringing sentences together with commas. (By the way, that's called a "comma splice.")

Last of all: create an index and a bibliography. That's it! You've written a book! Now all you have to do is compile and publish your E-Book online, and wait for download request from your website visitors!

How To Make Your Ebook Go Viral

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Ebook marketers dream of their lowly little project 'going viral' and getting passed around to hundreds, thousands, and millions of people - who all flood to their website and make them rich beyond their wildest dreams.

This is a powerful fantasy driving many marketers, but they often have no idea how to actually make their e-book go viral - or how to motivate the readers to connect back to the author.

The seeds of the problem are present in the little fantasy I described a few sentences back - no thought has been given to what motivates people to pass along an e-book and what motivates them to visit the author's website afterward? Why do they pass an e-book along...

The short answer is: SELF-INTEREST!

WIIFM: What's In It For Me?

What makes a report go viral is building in a compelling reason for the user to pass it along.  This can be as simple as wanting to appear trendy by being the first to pass around some cool new thing, or the hope of making money with little effort by re-branding the affiliate links in an e-book someone else wrote and passing it on to earn an affiliate commission or two from future readers.

To go viral, an e-book needs to provide an overwhelming "perceived benefit" to the reader to share it with someone else. The action required to make an e-book go viral must happen long before any benefit is experienced by the reader. You have to get them to 'see the potential' of sharing the e-book before they feel it.

Inside the text of your e-book, you must sell the benefit of passing along the e-book as well as deliver content this is valuable to the reader in its own right.

Do not expect your readers to know how to share your e-book (or even to think of the idea on their own.) Tell the reader exactly how to pass on the e-book and why they should pass it on to others. Break it down step by step so they don't have to guess what to do next.

You can motivate people to pass along an e-book by:

- Providing amazing content they want to share
- Paying them to share it (either money or some item of value)
- Allowing them to rebrand it and embed their own affiliate links using software like
Viral PDF

- Etc.

How Do You Turn Readers Into Visitors and Customers?

Now that your readers have a strong reason to pass along your e-book and a clear idea of how to do it, you need to make sure that it produces results for your business. There's no sense in creating a wildly popular viral e-book if it does not bring in new prospects or generate revenue.

The way you make this work out in your favor is to embed an offer inside the report for your own product/service/website and give the reader something valuable (related to the topic) which has to be downloaded from your site.

An example:

Put together a report on the critical elements of a successful sales letter. Within the report mention the importance of having a professionally designed sales page template so that readers don't reject your message before they even read it because it looks unprofessional.

Then, offer to give them a free professionally designed sales page template to use on all their sales pages as a free gift for joining your copywriting mailing list.

A similar tactic is to offer Part I of a report as your viral report and then send them to your site to get Part II. Mike Filsaime famously 'leaked' a chapter of his 'Butterfly Marketing Manuscript' which provided a copy of the full table of contents and a snippet of the content before and after the 'leaked' chapter. The content of that free chapter was so amazing, people wanted to get a copy of the full report - and they went in droves to the Butterfly Marketing Manuscript website to buy a full copy (editorial note: this is an excellent resource for understanding viral marketing online.)

Dr. Mani from the Warrior Forum promoted a free e-book on using free e-books in your marketing. The author offers some great advice (and models it too) in the subject and I highly recommend it (I printed out a copy and have been scribbling notes all over it as I plan out future viral marketing reports and e-books.)

http://www.GiveawayYourFreeEbook.com

Questions, comments, or success stories? Leave a comment below and let us know what you are thinking.

Hidden Dangers of Resale Rights E-Books

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Imagine this. Someone else writes the perfect e-book on your topic. It is exactly what you would have written - actually it is even better than what you had planned. Better still, the author is selling publishing rights to this book (commonly known as resale rights). You can purchase rights to the book, publish it yourself, and keep all the profits. Read the rest of this entry

Ebook Topics For Maximum Profits

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Choosing the right topic is the downfall of most aspiring ebook publishers.

Publishing a ebook seems like such a simple process (the mechanics are not that complicated) and they are blinded by dollar signs as they fantasize about how they will spend all the money that they earn from selling their ebook.

Within minutes of deciding to publishing an ebook, wannabe digital authors are busy writing about their favorite hobby or whatever great idea they dream up that they're convinced will be the ticket to easy street.

After weeks of work preparing the ebook and learning how to create a website to offer it for sale, they sit back and wait for the money to star rolling in.

And they wait, and wait, and wait!

Very often nothing happens at all and they quit in disgust and claim that "the ebook publishing business is a scam and it doesn't really work." Or, they earn a few dollars, but not nearly enough to be worth all the effort.

You and I know that the reality is that those wannabes don't understand who buys ebooks, why they buy them, or what makes them willing to pay top dollar for an ebook. In short, they haven't done their homework first and researched the marketplace.

There is a wide range of information that sells well on the Internet and some very simple ways to do research to determine niche markets were strong potential exists. But, there's one specific style of the book that sells well all the time and commands high prices.

9-1-1 ebooks

When we stop and think about it, the primary benefits of buying ebooks online is immediate access to useful and well researched information. People in the middle of an emergency need to instantly solve their problem.

9-1-1 ebooks solve the kinds of emergency problems that people desperately need help with. Tony Shepherd and Alexis Dawes both write extensively in their own ebook products about how to quickly identify 9-1-1 problems that can be solved with simple ebooks.

There isn't room in this article to explain the full process of identifying topics, researching, writing, and formatting ebooks, and marketing and selling them (Tony and Alexis both do a phenomenal job of that in their ebooks.) But I will steer you in the right direction. There are also other articles that cover those subjects on this site, so look through the article list in the side navigation.

To identify a profitable topic, look and see what kinds of problems people around you are struggling with. Soothing colicky babies, repairing holes in drywall, stopping a leaky sink, resolving a credit card dispute, avoiding foreclosure, the list goes on.

If you can imagine a desperate person searching the Internet for help, you have a potential product.

So, try a 9-1-1 product and see if your ebook business soars.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

Desperate Buyers Only, by Alexis Dawes
Double Genius, by Tony Shepherd

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