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johntw My ebook is complete; so how do people download it on-line? What's the next step?

Posted on: 12:57 pm on October 4, 2006
Storyman Hi John,

Before uploading your ebook to the internet it is a good idea to zip it. This will compress the file 'somewhat' for faster downloads.

If your OS doesn't already have a zip program, or it is inadequate for your needs, here's a free one that I find quite helpful: http://www.7-zip.org/

Somehow I don't think that is really the question you are asking and probably are more concerned about getting potential customers to your site. Perhaps it is how to begin selling through affiliates.

A word of caution. The process of what to do next really never ends because, after all, this is the Internet and nothing stays the same for very long.

Posted on: 5:35 pm on October 4, 2006
johntw I was really wondering how I set-up my site for the eBook?  I upload what files and how do people access the (free) ebook? I am confused about the process after zipping.

Posted on: 6:07 pm on October 4, 2006
Storyman Hi John,

Do you already have a web hosting account? If not check around for price/service. What is called a virtual host account can be had for around $5-20 a year. There are sites that review web hosting services--you'll have to do a search. What you is an account that DOES NOT place ads on you site.

When shopping for a web hosting account ask about what tools they provide to help you with building your site. I use two commercial WYSIWYG HTML editors: GoLive and Dreamweaver. Both of the programs upload directly to the web site. There are all kinds of HTML editors, many are free.

Before building your site look at as many web sites selling niche ebooks. Get a feel on how they are written. Since your ebook is free, I'm guessing that there is a reason you are providing the information. Either it is to promote or to sell. Whichever it is will determine how you market the ebook.

Do a search for 'SEO.' This will determine if anyone ever finds your site. There's little point to putting work into a project if it just gathers digital dust.

You'll also want to learn about marketing. Read as much as you can until your head is about to explode. There's a lot to learn.

Finally, don't get bogged down with all of the above. Start work immediately on your next ebook.

Posted on: 1:44 am on October 5, 2006
johntw Hi Storyman,

I already have a site.  The book is free and on my affiliate page.  The affiliates tie into the free book.  

My head is already getting close to exploding.  Thanks for the insight and help.  

Posted on: 1:10 pm on October 5, 2006
Storyman Hi John,

One thing you can do is to include a link to your site in your signature.

One of the toughest things to do is get your site to rank well in the major search engines--unless of course you go the adwords route.

Posted on: 5:29 pm on October 5, 2006
johntw One more question.  When I upload all the free ebook files and place them in a single folder; how do I link to the .exe folder for visitors to click on to open the book?

Posted on: 7:11 pm on October 5, 2006
Storyman One ebook = one file.

You don't upload the files used to create the ebook. The only thing that you need to upload to your site is the .exe file for the ebook.

Did I understand you correctly?

Posted on: 2:14 am on October 6, 2006
johntw Yes you did.  So the exe file is the book and that would be the file to 'compress'.  Sounds simple enough.  Will give it a try.

Posted on: 11:56 am on October 6, 2006
johntw Everything works great.  Thanks for all your help!

Posted on: 4:21 pm on October 6, 2006
Storyman Good luck with promoting your ebook. Let us know how it works out.

Posted on: 5:49 pm on October 6, 2006


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