SEO eBooks

by Jeff Quipp January 17th, 2008 

I came across Michael Martines blog this week. In it, he says that he managed to increase his blog’s subscriber count by nearly 200%, to 900 subscribers in just two short weeks, by offering a free eBook for subscribing to his blog.

eBook readers have always sounded like a great idea to me, but until this past holiday season, they've fallen short of expectations. Sony and Amazon have taken advantage of new technology to release eBook readers that they’re hoping will take off.

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Neither Amazon nor Sony have disclosed how many units they’ve actually sold, however Amazon did put out a press release boasting that they “sold out” their initial stock in just five and a half hours! In fact, at one point, the units were selling on eBay for $1,500!

OK, so e-books are gaining in popularity and becoming more common, but what does that mean for search engine marketers? Well, for starters, the readers are not limited to just books. They can also download your favorite magazines, newspapers and blogs.

As we continue to develop content strategies for our clients, it’s important to look at the viability of developing technologies as distribution channels and eBook is one of them...…but only if we have a specific objective first. In Michaels case, his goal was to have as many RSS subscribers as possible and a platform for future offers and services.

SEO eBooks

Think about your clients. What are their objectives and how can adding eBooks to their site help? If they are trying to lower their operational costs and build brand image and/or awareness, they can re purpose existing marketing materials, case studies, or even previous blog postings, for eBook readers. By developing resource guides or "how-to" instructional series of books, they'll keep traffic coming back, build relationships within their target market and establish themselves as leaders in their field.

Josh Spaulding provides a great step by step guide on how to add the eBook to your website. It's too early to fully debate the investment vs. the impact, but if the readers continue to find a market, they present a range of exciting opportunities for those advertisers that learn to use it in an effective manner.

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8 Responses to “SEO eBooks”

  1. Thanks for the mention. I think it's worth pointing out that my ebook is just a pdf and doesn't need any special hardware to be read. Also, for some companies, an entire book may not be the way to go. White papers are often a great resource for business people who have little time and who are on the go.

  2. Josh Spaulding says:

    Thanks for the plug, Tom. The popularity of ebooks is certainly on the rise and as long as people are using the WWW to find information they will also be useful.

    They are also a great way to make money and/or increase exposure etc, while providing a good resource to your clients.

    I've noticed alot of bloggers and marketers in general express their intimidation toward e-products, but it's important for them to know that it's really not that hard to create them if you have a good deal of knowledge on the subject within.

  3. Thanks for giving e-books kudos. I believe the X, Y, & Millenium generations will embrace this technology, however the high cost of readers and the boredom of PDF's will slow the transition, which is why I chose a 3D page-turning technology that provides a free reader to get into the e-book market. Marketers, authors, and family memories will soon be delivered via e-books because of their longevity, ease (and cost) of production, and society's comfort level with the computer. Think Green – Read Online!

  4. I chose a 3D page-turning technology that provides a free reader to get into the e-book market

    Sorry, but I hate those things. To me there is nothing more annoying than trying to force one kind of media to look like another, instead of taking advantage of its uniqueness.

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  6. Wii Boy says:

    Browsing some of the archives on here and came to this thread hoping to find some software recommendations for creating e-books. What do people use and recommend?

  7. Eva White says:

    If you have an ebook related to the content of your blog it would make sense that people would want to read it. I did not think that it would result in such a monumental increase in traffic. Congrats to you.

  8. MOin says:

    i always like putting an eye on ebooks about designing, blogging and SEO and other marketing strategies bought many but if they are free its always better. but buying a nice source of information is never bad and the money worth it.

    And the idea of writing an ebook to raise subscribers is a nice idea but one need to be a perfect pro and a ot informative to write ebook which's every word worth reading then readers will get impress and become subscriber.