This is one of those stupid questions probably since if there were a fast way to sell an ebook, every ebook marketer would be doing it and their niches would be saturated. I'm not looking for a specific formula though, just some ideas. I realize that the idea's practicality depends on how well it is implemented.
I have been selling my ebook on my site. Small niche in the large market of Hawaii travel. The sales page I wrote converts between 1 to 2 percent (somewhat seasonal). No refund requests or chargebacks, but then I've only sold about 100 of them.
The sales page has held top position in Google for a couple years, but I didn't know much about SEO when I created it and the keywords aren't popular enough, so it only averages about 10 unique visitors per day. My entire site averages 100 unique visitors per day, but only a couple of the pages seem to drive traffic that converts. I just added Google Analytics. So far, I think I see where most sales are originating but not sure yet. I can use this knowledge in my marketing.
I work at home as a freelance copywriter through an outsourcing company where we compete globally, so generally the pay isn't very good. I enjoy the work, but I'd like to apply what I've been learning to marketing my own stuff, starting with my ebook. Rent's always on the line, so naturally I'm looking for the quickest ways to sell my ebook. Once I have better income from it then what I get now (about $80 a month), I can take more time off from my "day job" and devote to planning for new products and longer term strategies. Right now I'd be happy to just make an extra few hundred a month to allow me to do that.
I tried Google Adwords a while back lost money, but then I didn't have much to play with either.
So I'm wondering about finding affiliates in similar niches to sell my ebook. Do you think Clickbank would be a good venue? Not sure how to find good affiliates that will be interested either. I hear 1 to 2 percent conversion for an ebook isn't bad, but I'm not so sure if that would be attractive to affiliates or even what good affiliates expect.
Am also wondering if distributing free reports that link to my sales letter might be a good way to go. I'm not sure where to distribute them. Craigslist maybe and forums?
I'd just really love to sell faster so I can afford to spend more time on this. I get very focused when I work on something, and the last time I started looking for ways to market my book better, I lost about a week from "billable work." Not good when rent's coming due.
From all the posts I've read at WWW and from what I've learned working for Internet marketers, you can't get rich in a hurry, but you can make a reasonable amount fast, say $100 a week - or more :-)
I'd love to hear your ideas - realty checks, inspiration and practical tips.
[edited by: Lee56 at 1:28 am (utc) on April 21, 2008]