I distinctly remember somebody mentioning about how they made money off of free e-books, in which advertisers paid a small share based on clicks or impressions, or even referrals from your e-book website. Has anyone PERSONALLY done this in the past? The subject I'm writing for is often distributed freely across the internet, and I'd be willing to do the same.
I'm assuming this applies to HTML-only guides? Could you use any website advertisement program, as long as you formatted it according to standards?
I think the purpose of distributing your free ebooks is called viral marketing where you ebook will be circulated around the globe with a very fast pace. For sure your ebook content will be full of links as your recommendation or endorsement to the product you mentioned in the book. You should get commision on this and link to your main web site will increase the traffic tremendously. Can I start Affiliate Programs if my Ebook is already cheap (but not the content! ) ?
People love free ebooks. You can write several articles about a topic well known to you, and compile them into an ebook. You can also build an ebook containing excerpts from an ebook you have written, and which you sell at your website.
Upload these ebooks to your website, and also offer them for other websites to give away as free gifts and bonuses, and before you know it, many will download your ebooks.
Include in these ebooks descriptions of your products and links to your sales pages.
I have written two such ebooks, and I recommend doing so, as they bring free publicity.
Free ebooks can be a good idea (for advertising, affiliate etc), but they are best used in conjunction with promoting your own ebook. I have known many ebook authors who use them to help promote another ebook that they are selling at a price.
However, the most important thing to remember is that your free ebook needs to be of high quality. Too many people write awful free ebooks as advertising tools and users end up deleting them due to their low content quality and overuse of advertising.
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