This is the 50th article here on my blog. I’m really happy the way I’m going, this couldn’t be possible without your blessings and support. Thanks so much for your love.
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And here’s a small gift from my side. Most of you already aware of my free guide(16 pages) on Creating Great Content right? Now, I want to tell you how YOU can also create the freebie for your blog. Lets get into it.
Do you want to create a free eBook?
Don’t know where to start or don’t have any idea about what to write?
Then this is for you!
Suggestion: Bookmark this page(you can’t create an eBook in 1 or 2 days! You have to come back here for future reference)
This post is going to be bit lengthy(I wanted to describe everything from the scratch).
And I’m pretty sure if you follow this post, you can definitely create an awesome freebie for your blog.
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Rahul, why should I write an eBook?
Building an email list for any blog is an asset. Because, money is in the list(I know many people said this before). And you should really worry about building an email list for your blog as soon as possible. Do it today if possible.
The best way to build your email list is: offering a freebie to your subscribers.
No one will be interested to subscribe to your list if you don’t give anything to them. Can you subscribe to a blog if they don’t offer a freebie?
So start creating an eBook(simplest way) & offer it to your subscribers.
Pro tip: Create an eBook with few pages. Don’t write 40+ pages if you are just starting out(because you can’t add value – it can overwhelm you!). Anything around 10 to 20 pages will be a good idea to create your first eBook.
Rahul, tell me how to create an eBook?
1. OpenOffice or MS Office
2. PDF converter(if you are not using the above tools, you should have this!)
3. Few catchy images
4. Two hands ;)
Follow this simple steps to create your first eBook
Okay there are 3 simple steps to create your free guide.
Step 1: Decide your topic, drawing outlines etc
Step 2: Start writing
Step 3: Finalizing the book(making ecover, publishing etc)
Are you ready?
Beginning steps(Step I)
Decide the topic for your eBook
Choose a topic which you are interested in. Don’t choose a complex or popular topic which are not passionate about. Because you should spend time to research and write about the topic, if you don’t have any passion on the topic, you can never create an awesome book.
So, choose the topic according to your interest(it should also be helpful for your blog readers – don’t forget that, they are the people who are going to subscribe).
You can write about any topic according to your niche. You can write about driving traffic from twitter, various traffic generation methods, monetization strategies or creating a free eBook etc.
At the end of the day, you must be satisfied with your topic. And remember, topic selection is the major part.
Mind map and write the outlines
After selecting the topic to create a freebie, now its time for you to mind map and draw outlines around the topic.
Which makes your work easy once if you are aware of your outlines.
[note]Few outlines are[/note]
- Decide how many pages you want to write
- Decide the sub-topics
- Think about ‘Introduction’ etc.
Research about the topic
You can never write something awesome without doing proper research. Research about your topic, and write some important notes if you want, build confidence to write.
Dive in(Step II)
Start writing with the homework you have done in the first step. Try to write at least 1500+ words to create a 10 page eBook. If you can write 3000+ words then you can make 15 to 20 pages book. Word count is also very important while writing your eBook. Decide your word count before you are going to create it.
You don’t need to spend all the day writing. Just focus on small chunks, divide your eBook into small blocks(or sub topics). And start finishing each block everyday. After finishing all the blocks, you are ready to go!
[alert]Tips while you write[/alert]
Use better fonts something like Arial, Verdana or Georgia at size 12 or 13(I prefer Georgia).
Don’t edit while you are writing.
This is the single big mistake most of the bloggers make. Avoid editing while writing.
After you finish writing your entire book, follow these steps..
This is where you have to be cruel.
Cu the unwanted words mercilessly. Remove complex words(as a rule of thumb even a 5th grade student should understand your language!). Finally you should come up with golden nugget words in your eBook.
Craft it perfectly using images
Avoid long paragraphs. Break them into short! This way you can make your content sticky and punchy.
Use catchy images everywhere in your eBook, this makes your content visible feast. Your readers won’t find it boring while reading if use killer images according to the content.
Proof read 1000 times
Take time to double check your whole eBook. If you are not a prolific writer, give someone else to find your mistakes be it typos or punctuation mistakes.
Use spell check if possible. Try to add or remove few words. Take some time to proof read. It’s better if you spend one whole day to proof read your content.
Convert it into pdf
If you are using MS word or OpenOffice to create your eBook, then it’s for you to convert it into pdf format.
Go to Save As >> Convert into pdf
That’s it. You’ve convert your guide into pdf.
Now the last step you need to do is: designing your eBook and making your eBook covers.
Final touch(Step III)
Design and make an eBook cover
Use this site to create a cover for your eBook
You will find limited(but cute) free ebook covers there, pick your favorite one and start designing yourself.
It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Believe me, you will have a fun with it. Just play!
That’s it. Congratulations! You have successfully created a free eBook.
Deliver your eBook to your readers
After completing your eBook, upload it your site(for WP users, use Media to upload, you will find it in the dashboard!).
If you are using AWeber, it’s very easy form for you to send your eBook to your subscribers. There are lots of videos out there on AWeber site itself showing how to do it.
Create a Page and put your download link in that page. Simple!
Now whenever someone subscribes to your list, they will be automatically redirected to that download page to download your eBook.
Promote your eBook for free
Use these sites
There are many sites to submit your eBooks for free promotion.
[alert]The best way to make your eBooks go viral is: Guest post on other blogs, and use a link back to your subscribe page![/alert]
As you can see a new of way of crafting style on this post, with few colors, blocks etc. And I’ve taken a lot of time to craft this post and I want to know your opinions.
If you still have any doubts creating the freebie, use the comments section below to contact me!