Monday, April 17, 2006

Getting more money from free ebooks

Do you know the secret to making money with affiliate marketing?

Many smart affiliate marketers earn revenue by creating free special reports or ebooks that discuss a specific topic. These guides contain links to high-paying affiliate products. So whenever someone reads a free ebook and purchases a product from an affiliate link, the marketer earns a sales commission.

But what if you do not know how to find a topic for your free ebook?

If this is the case, here is a tutorial that will help you get started with your free money-making ebook.

As you probably know, affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to generate revenue from an Internet business. Unfortunately, it is hard to get people to purchase from an affiliate link. Many times, they go to your website and check out your information. Then most of them leave without purchasing products through an affiliate link.

The problem is you do not have the time to explain to them the value of the products you are recommending.

The solution is you can create a guide that discusses a hot topic related to your product. In this report, you discuss the topic and then provide a solution to the major problem that your readers are experiencing. Obviously the affiliate product will be the solution to their problems.

How do you write one of these special reports?

In truth, it is very easy to write a 5-15 page special report that is in high demand by readers, while having potential for a high affiliate income.

Look for a topic.

One of the best ways to discover a good topic is to explore forums that cater to your niche or product. Then read up on topics that people have posted. Many people will post comments on forums looking for answers to particular problems. All you need to do is find a topic where you can easily create at least five pages of content.

Try being part of a forum group. This way, you not only participate in the discussions, but you also can ask for referrals or people who may be in need of what you are offering.

Find a related affiliate product.

Most of the time, somebody has already created a product that provides a solution to the problem that people are having. All you have to do is look for this product and become an affiliate. The best part is most affiliate programs have marketing material that you can use to help create your content.

After looking at the forum and support material, you can easily create your special report. It can also serve as a comparison source. Since you only want to get the best results from what you are offering, you may want to see what others have done and the feedback of those who have used them.

In this free ebook, you will discuss the topic in general terms. You will talk about the problem and ways they can find the solution. Your content will focus on the pain they are experiencing from this problem.

Then mention the solution to their problem: your affiliate product. In your special report, you want to provide useful information while gently persuading the reader to check out your affiliate link.

The key is to talk about the benefits of using the product without being too pushy or making obvious sales talk. Just make sure that you mention enough to make the readers want to read more about you and visit your site.

Most affiliate products have a sales page, so you can leave the convincing part to the referral site. As long as you do a good job pre-selling your readers on that particular product, they will arrive at the site ready to buy.

Free ebooks or special reports are a great way to earn long-term affiliate income because they can be easily distributed and provide quality value to the reader. As long as you focus on creating good content for your reader, you will see your affiliate revenue increase.

Not all things that are offered free of charge are useless. Sometimes they can also serve as your path to success. You just have to know how to make it so.

About the author:

Peter Dobler is a 20+ year veteran in the IT business. He is an active Real Estate Investor and a successful Internet business owner. Collect more free software and bonus content for your own web site at

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