How to Make Money by Selling Your E-book on Amazon
Amazon provides you an opportunity to make passive income right from the comfort of your room, by self-publishing your e-book on either the Kindle direct publishing, or the audiobook marketplace Audible. The interesting thing about selling your book on amazon is that you get to make money from it, promote your business or personal brand, without paying a dime.
Are you a writer, a specialist in your chosen field, and you have been creating several blogposts around a topic, but now you feel the need to compile it all and make money out of it? Here are 6 steps to follow, to make money from your e-book, by selling it on amazon.
- Research Your Book Title
Your book’s visibility is the first thing that determines how much you will make from the book, or if the book would earn you anything at all. You don’t want to write a book outside what people are interested in or looking for, you want your book to meet a relevant need, as that’s what determines its value.
To start with, carry out a research on the most searched topics and niches on amazon, to get an idea of what people are interested in, or looking for. And that should determine what your book would be about, and its title.
Also ensure that you choose a broad niche that wouldn’t stereotype you to one idea, or hinder the free flow of thoughts, because the more relevant your niche is, the more money you will make out of the book.
- Use Ranking Keywords
The same way SEO helps your article and website ranking, is the same way using ranking keywords in your book title, would help your book ranking. You don’t want people to have any difficulty in finding your book, so it’s important that you include the most searched keywords, that can help your book rank better.
Aside including these keywords in your book title, they should also be included in your book description and tags, as all of these makes it easier for your reader to find your book, download it and earn you your money.
A lot of authors complain of not get enough traffic on their books, and thereby not making enough money out of it, but the real problem is not with amazon, it’s with the book. If your book has keywords that are frequently searched for, people would definitely find it.
- Use A Catchy Book Cover
Aside improving your book ranking, another thing that discourages people from downloading or buying your book, is your book cover. People often rate the content of a book by it’s cover, even though we make noise with the common saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.
It’s just a common human error, the more attractive and catchier your book cover is, the more the people it would attract, and the more the income it would generate for you. It’s salient that you get a professional graphics designer to get your book cover done.
It doesn’t have to be all colorful, but it should express the content in it, to some certain extent, that’s how people would judge the book.
This explains why most Nigerian authors don’t get to sell a lot of books, compared to foreign authors, people aren’t always interested in buying the book, just because of the cover. So, if you are selling your book on amazon, and you intend to make a lot of money with it, make sure your book cover is catchy and attractive enough.
- Write an Interesting Book Description
Your book description is what introduces your book to the audience and it determines if they would be interested in buying the book and reading through.
If your book description is not interesting and intriguing enough, people might not be encouraged to buy or download it. And for every book you publish on amazon, you are required to write a book description that would be attached to it, and would present the book to the reader.
To get this done, you may need to research and read through a wide range of some of the best-selling books on amazon, and in your niche, to have an idea of what people are looking for in the description. It’s not a crime to learn from someone who’ve gone through the same path you’re about starting. And you don’t need to use complicated words that might be misunderstood by the audience.
Make your description simple, concise, and interesting.
- Market Your Book on Social Media
Social media marketing is one of the cheapest and easiest means of putting words out there about your book, for you to generate more traffic for the book and increase your income. You can find several Facebook groups related to your book niche and market your books there.
You can also initiate Facebook ads, Twitter ads, Instagram ads etc. to reach more people and make more money. Social media marketing offers you the opportunity to reach and connect with people who ordinarily won’t go on amazon to search for your book. Post your book link on those group pages and attach interesting captions that can get people’s attention.
- Publish Your Book Reviews on Blogs and Websites
You can write reviews about your book, or get people who have read it to write it, and you publish it on blogs and website, so as to generate more traffic for your book. Book reviews are like testimonies of the contents contained in the book, and if they are interesting, intriguing and insightful enough, it can encourage people to check out your book, and possibly buy or download it.
Some blogs or websites may require you to pay some certain amount, based on their daily views, or audience base, but it sure would get you the desired return.
You need not wait any more, you can start creating a fortune with your e-book, by getting it published on amazon, and marketing it properly, it’s as easy as that.
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