A How To Guide To Creating Your Own eBook Using Content From Your Blog

Hey folks, in the last post I shared with you 7 reasons why you should consider creating your own eBook and the benefits you could receive from it.  You can check out this post here.

That post was received with a few positive comments and a few emails from you guys and dolls asking me the question, ‘how do you go about creating your own eBook, so to give away to your readers and blog subscribers?

Well in this post I’d like to share with you a really simple and fast way to create an eBook using the content from your blog.  Before I start, I’m assuming that you have a blog with some decent content on it already. If you don’t, that’s ok, wait a little while before you start thinking about creating your own eBook, just focus on creating awesome content for your blog.

OK, let’s begin…

Creating your own eBook

Creating Your Own eBook: 3 Easy Steps

Step One: Decide on what your eBook is going to be about – That’s your first obstacle in creating your own eBook.

If you already have a lot of content on your blog, you shouldn’t have a problem; in fact you will have better chance of finding content to fit a subject matter for your eBook.

Here are a few examples to help you;

Let’s say you have an online marketing blog with a lot of articles on email marketing, you could quite easily put together a 20 Of the Best Email Marketing Tips guide.

Another example, if you have a lot of articles on WordPress hacks and tricks, you could quite easily put together a 20 Awesome WordPress Hacks and Tricks for Bloggers eBook.  I think you get the drift here…

Also take into consideration what your audience are reading the most of on your blog; what is the most popularly read content on your blog?  This will also help you to create a more topic focused eBook title and one that you’ll have a better chance at promoting successfully too.

OK, so before you do anything else, go and take a look at your blog and see what content you could use for creating your own eBook.  Ask yourself, what type of eBook would your audience pay good money for to download and read?  Even if you intended to give it away for free.

Make your list of possible titles for your eBook.

Step Two: Create a File of Content and Organize – Once you’ve decided on a topic idea for your eBook, your second task to creating your own eBook is to collect all the articles you’ve managed to find into a folder.  Save this folder somewhere safe on your computer.

How you construct your eBook, as in what articles to use first, depends on what type of articles you have available to use.  You might have a couple of ‘how to’ posts, a couple of ‘list’ type posts and a couple of ‘review’ posts to use.

Your task is to organize, perhaps even edit and rewrite sections of some of your chosen articles, so that it makes good reading sense and flows nicely throughout your eBook.

Don’t forget to make use of images and graphics too.

Step Three: Create an Attractive Cover Image – Once you have all the pages and content of your eBook finalized and in place and you’ve made all the necessary changes, it’s time to think about adding the cover artwork to your eBook.

Now this is the fun part and also an essential part of creating your eBook.  The cover of your eBook, as well as its title will be what entices people in wanting to download a copy, whether you give it away free as an incentive for subscribing to your email newsletter, or you try and make some money from it by selling it for a few dollars.

You have several options to get a professional eBook cover created; you can either do it yourself, or hire a professional graphic designer to do it for you.

The most cost effective option of course is to do it yourself.  However if you don’t have the software and know how, check out Fiverr.com… you can usually find someone to do a professional 3D eBook design cover job for around $5+, you can’t argue with that really.

Well how about that, 3 simple steps to using content from your blog to help you create your own eBook, best of luck.

Your thoughts please…

Folks, let me know your thoughts and reactions on whether you think you can create a reasonably good eBook using content from your blog or blogs, or perhaps you’ve already done that.  If so what was the outcome?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • http://www.thetecnica.com/ Devinder

    Yes indeed every blogger increase their traffic and email subscriptions by distributing free ebooks. Surely this is the modern trend followed to survive online.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Thanks Devinder, have you tried this yourself at all?

  • http://www.webincomejournal.com Chadrack

    Hi Fabrizio,

    Thanks for these tips. I can say they are right on point. In fact, I used these same tactics in creating a free ebook for my content writing site last year. I had earlier written a blog series on guest blogging on internet marketing site a couple of years ago. When I started the content writing site I thought of putting together an ebook for the site. Since the site is basically on freelance blogging, I simply went through the guest blogging series, re-wrote sections of it and packaged it into a free downloadable ebook.

    Yes, I agree also that putting an ebook cover on it will make it more appealing. You can take a look at it here:

    http://seowebcontentscribe.com/free-download

    I’m looking forward to doing more of such this year. I know I have some very good content on my blog right now. The only thing that may take my some time is the research aspect. It will be a good investment to know what your audience wants before packaging your ebook.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • /blogging-tools Fabrizio

      Hi Chadrack thanks for dropping by, great to see you here again mate, happy new year. Thanks for the link too I’ve added it as resource. You should indeed work on creating a few more eBooks, I’m currently working on one which is almost finished, however I do have plans for a third one later on in the year in a completely different niche. Have a great day mate.

  • http://www.carnivalgoa.com/trip/ Sam

    When you will go ahead with these kind of stuff then you can create good platform for yourself because when you will have idea to generate new content then you can do good things in online marketing.

  • http://incometherapy.com Sarah Park

    Hi,

    This post is exactly what I need these days. One of my goals for today is to publish my own ebook. I am still thinking what topic to write. And I don’t have much idea yet where to start. Glad to have come across your post.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hi Sarah, well making a start on an eBook can be challenging. Especially if you’re writing completely from scratch as a lot of research is needed and finding a topic can take time. Using content from your blog is perhaps the easiest way. My first eBook, the 170 Blog Traffic Tips guide was my first ever eBook and I wrote that completely from scratch. Best of luck to you.

  • http://techinfolite.com Ashwani Ahlawat

    Well I am thinking of starting it as I never tried it also. So, lets hope it would work best for me so that there would be less problem in creating a new one. Thanks for sharing waiting for the next. :)

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Ashwani, best of luck with your eBook writing. If you need any tips and suggestions or have any questions don’t hesitate to drop me an email mate ;)

  • Robert Koenig

    Combining blog posts as chapters of an ebook… interesting thought. I will say that I have used fiverr.com in the past and was pleased with the results.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Thanks Robert, yes I’ve used Fiverr a few times myself and have been pleased with the result. I’ll be looking upon Fiverr again in the short future for a new eBook cover design ;)

  • Dara Khajavi

    My firm is developing its own first ebook. I agree with the steps you have written about. However, developing an ebook can sometimes be more complex. Possible readers need to find your topic interesting. Furthermore, I think it is important to address the value of a particular ebook. Why should anyone download your ebook? It must have relevant value and information. Quality content does not always equal value. An ebook about puppies is probably more interesting than ebook about traffic statistics.

  • http://www.crunchyhub.com Sai Kumar

    Hi Fabrizio, Great Tips to Create an Ebook. Now a days every blogger is building their email subscriptions by providing free Ebooks. Till now i have not even created a single ebook and will surely try to create one for my blog readers. Thanks for Sharing!