How to Make Money Selling Ebooks
By Terri Seymour
If you are looking for ways to make money online or to
expand your existing home business, selling ebooks
could be just what you need. Selling ebooks is easy,
affordable and there are practically no expenses (other
than purchasing the ebooks). You might want to write
some of the ebooks yourself to save money and to help
spread the word about you and your business!
You can either purchase ebooks with or without resell
rights. I would recommend buying ebooks with resell
rights so your customers have an additional reason to
purchase from you. They can then sell the ebooks themselves!
There are several ways you can set up your new ebook
selling site or ebook store.
Sell on Ebay
You can auction off your ebooks on eBay. eBay has very
specific policies on selling ebooks so be SURE to read and
follow all their policies.
Offer Ebooks on Your Site
If you already have a site, you can easily offer the ebooks
on your existing site. Make a folder called ebooks (or
whatever you like) and upload it to your host. Upload
all your ebooks into this folder. Give them keyed names
so people will not be able to guess the file name.
For example: if you have an ebook called Ezine Publishing
and you call the file ezinepublishing.zip, this could make it
very easy for someone to "guess" the download link by the name
and download the ebook for free.
You want to code the names- for example:
instead of ezine publishing, you might name the file
ez-pub-32c.zip These coded names are nearly impossible
for people to guess so they are unable to steal the ebook.
Then add an index page where you would introduce your
ebook store to your visitors. Let them know there will be no
shipping cost as they are delivered electronically. Make
sure you introduce your ebook store on your site homepage
You might also want to list the categories on the index
page so your customers can click directly to the ebooks
they are interested in. Have a short description of
the ebook and a graphic (if possible). You can have a
whole page for each ebook or you can put several on a
Go to Paypal and make up a button to put on your site
for ordering. If you do not like Paypal, use any payment
service you want.
**TIP - To avoid the time of making up each individual
button, use the code from the first button and just change
the necessary info like price, item name and code. This
will save you a lot of time in setting up your ebook store.
Automatic Digital Delivery
You can purchase a program for setting up your store and
having all purchases automatically delivered. This saves
you a lot of time plus gives your customers the items
immediately which helps with repeat sales.
One such program that does this very well is called The
Digital Store. Do a search for this or automatic digital
delivery ebooks and you will find a wide variety of
scripts/programs to suit your needs.
Be sure to continually add new ebooks for your existing
customers. We have had numerous repeat sales by doing
this. Also, you might want to have a mailing list to keep
people up to date of your new additions and any specials
or sales you may be having.
You can also sell other people's ebooks by joining their
affiliate program. This means that for every ebook you sell,
you will get a commission from the ebook owner. If you write
your own ebook, you could also start your own affiliate
program. To find such programs just do a search for ebook
If you do purchase and/or write your own ebooks for resale,
be sure and choose/write the ebooks with a lot of useful,
helpful information and resources. There are a lot of ebooks
that are simply full of ads and sales letters for the writer's
products. You want to steer clear of these types of ebooks.
People love to buy and read good ebooks and if you offer
a good selection and price, they will continue to buy from you.
About the Author
Seymour Products can get you started with your ebook
store. We offer a huge selection of ebooks and software
with resell rights for only $1.00 each! Seymour Products
also offer a low-cost, wholesale home based business
distributorship with unlimited support.
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