How to Get Subscribers With E-books

E-book Author Leo Babauta

Build a Powerful Online Presence

Many aspiring online entrepreneurs have launched their careers only to wonder if anybody was out there. Great websites and blogs have been created that see almost no traffic. If being ignored was the goal, they'd win first prize!

The most successful blogs went from obscurity to a traffic-jam (that's a good thing) by trial and error. Their creators had a voracious hunger to learn how to make it all work. As they learned, they began to share their wealth of knowledge with others, elevating them to expert status.

Want to capture the attention of an audience who will visit your website over and over again? Here are some experts that you must meet.

I would like to introduce you to:

Problogger Darren Rouse

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

Brian Clark of Copyblogger

Darren, Leo and Brian are very successful, generous online writers, each with a unique skill. They will quickly become your heroes. Each freely shares a wealth of knowledge of online writing, experience in monetizing, inspiration, encouragement and top quality information. No fluff. No hype. They're the real deal.

We'll learn about these experts over a series of Hubs starting with Zen Habits designer, Leo Babauta.

Problogger

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Darren Rowse is “Problogger”. He is an extremely successful full time Blogger who makes a living from blogs -- he is followed by online writers all over the world.

Sign up for his newsletters. Read whatever you can get your hands on that he’s written about making money online, including this book. Learn from him!

 

Give an E-book for FREE?

Leo Babauta absolutely opened my eyes to two marvelous truths:

  1. Content truly is King!
  2. Give your best and the best will come back to you.

When I started online writing, I had a passion to write for readers whose lives would be BETTER from reading my work. I also had a deep desire to make money doing it, which would give me a permission to put time into writing more. I learned how to start a blog. I experimented with features and realized that I didn't know nearly enough. I had to find out how to do this.

Don't ask me how I found it but somehow I came across Zen Habits. I loved the site but had no idea what I had really stumbled upon. Signing up for newsletters had become a regular part of my routine. I didn't want to miss any good training that might be out there. But when I joined Leo's site, I hit paydirt. I mean it. The most valuable information I have ever received online was being offered on his website as a free gift.

Now, please don't leave this page just yet. I know you're just itching to go over there and get this e-book but stick with me for a few more minutes. It'll still be there and I will provide you with a convenient link right to the site!

The e-book "How I got 100,000 Subscribers in Two Years " was the "thank you gift" for signing up for the e-mailing list. When I got this amazing training manual, I was stunned. It was a powerful, methodical tutorial to success. A "how to" that, when followed faithfully, can eventually lead you to star-status. Mind you, a great blog must consist of premier content or readers will drift away, but quality sites with fresh content WILL grow when following Leo's simple instructions.


Zen Habits

And now...the E-BOOK!

Would you believe that Leo’s original blog, Zen Habits (dot net, not dot com), had almost no readers just three short years ago? He now enjoys a subscribership of over 200,000 readers and Time Magazine included Zen as one of America’s top 25 blogs two years in a row! That is impressive.

His FREE e-book is offered on a sister-site called A-List Blogging Bootcamps. The site introduces his blogging academy, shared with expert editor and blogger Mary Jaksch, and also offers a free download of his priceless e-book,“How I Got 100,00 Subscribers in Two Years: Lessons from Zen Habits.”

When I first saw it, I knew that was it! It was just what I was looking for but didn’t know I could find! I printed it out and clipped it with a big, black binder clip. Carrying it home very carefully…it is a treasure, I tell you…I got myself ready. I poured a cup of hot coffee, grabbed the cordless phone, hooked up our two yellow labs, Lexi & Troy, on their tethers and sat on my front porch reading and reading it again.

“Oh my goodness,” I exclaimed “I can do this!” “This is just what I was looking for!” I added. I was having my own little celebration. I have read and re-read this ebook over and over and learn something new every time. I think as you gain more experience, you see different things. There’s a learning curve. So, when you re-read it, you understand more and new things pop out at you.

When you get your own copy, now titled “How I Got 150,00 Subscribers…”, you’ll notice that the e-book cover is simple. It could have been produced on a word-processing program. The point is, content is key.

Here are the juicy titles of the first chapters of Leo’s 16-page, powerfully-FREE e-book:

  1. Anyone Can Do This
  2. The Beginning: No goals, No money
  3. Early Success
  4. Enthusiastic Early Readers
  5. Branding
  6. Flooding the Market
  7. Posting Frequently, Finding the Time

You get the point. So now, please tweet and like this hub. Follow me. Subscribe to my RSS. Leave a nice comment. Then, go download your e-book: “How I Got 100,000 Subscribers in Two Years”and learn from the expert!

About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

What wonderful information. Voted up, useful and bookmarked.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks so much. Check out his e-book. You'll be so glad you did!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good information. I learn much from you. I never knew about this before. Thanks for writing this. Vote up. Take care!

Prasetio


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thank you, prasetio30!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I have read a few e-books about online marketing before and I will check this out too! I can see you are good at this:) Rated up and useful!


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks. You will be SO glad you did. I printed it out, read it, re-read it and visit it again from time to time. Anyone who hits Time Magazine's top 25 bloggers has something serious to teach us.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

voted up and beautiful! Well written and flowing, informative hub. Such a pleasure to read and I must say you've convinced me. Now to download the e-book per your instruction...


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks Samsons1...you'll be glad!


cookingdiva 5 years ago

Sinea,

I love Zen habits and its message! So inspirational since I have been huge reader of both of these prolific bloggers!


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks cookingdiva! They have trained many of us in the art of blogging.


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Thanks for the terrific info! I voted "up" and "useful", and I'm next on my way to follow that link and learn more. JAYE


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

The free e-book, "How I Got 100,000 Subscribers in Two Years" is not available at that link...or, at least, I could not find it. That title, with a photo of Leo is at the site, but in grayscale, not a link. The info that is printable is not what I was expecting, not anything I haven't read before. Would you please check on your link and, if I missed the free e-book with great content, tell me how to get it? Thanks. JAYE


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Hmmm I did try it a moment ago and it worked for me. Try pasting the link in? http://www.alistbloggingbootcamps.com/get-leo-baba...

You know, those who have been writing online for a while may find the content basic. That would make sense. I just started my online writing adventure last summer. Leo's e-book has been a real blessing to me.


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torconstantino 5 years ago from Maryland

Great post! Chock full of helpful information - I will definitely check out a couple of the titles at your recommendation Sinea! Voted up and useful!!!


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whitneyz 5 years ago from Crown Point, IN

This is great! I was wondering about E-books and their popularity and this has really inspired! Thanks for the information.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Glad you liked it. Leo was so successful building his amazing readership through an e-book.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Glad you liked it. Leo was so successful building his amazing readership through an e-book.


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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

I will have to check this book out. Thanks for the link.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Anytime! Thanks for stopping by, Millionaire Tips!


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robyna 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

Problogger and Zen Habits are 2 of my all time favorite blogs. Those 2 guys are brilliant. And, yes, ebooks is just one of their pieces that's made them such a success. Even for a smaller author, giving away a free ebook just gets your name out there is a very good thing!

Great Hub...voted up!


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks Robyna. I love Problogger Darren Rowse's video trainings, too. People can find him readily available on YouTube or his own website.


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RunAbstract 4 years ago from USA

Thanks!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

RunAbstract, you're welcome!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Haha, great hub! I have to ask. Just how did you keep those two yellow labs on their tethers? I have a yellow lab and he'll drag the house with him if he could! ;) Thanks for the info.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

They're pretty easy going dogs, actually. Lexi gets lots of walks and Troy goes on runs with our kids.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Very interesting Sinea. Voted up and useful. I'm finding it all a bit overwhelming as my techno-vocab is not very good. It's like learning a foreign language! I'm still trying to find out how to put a 'Join HubPages' link into my profile so that I can lure people to start writing and take part. No luck so far. Can you point me in the right direction?


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks annart. Try this article from the learning center. If it doesn't help, email me and I'll try to walk you through it.

http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/url-trackers-th...


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Don Simkovich 4 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Good to read and confirms what I've been needing, meaning, wanting to do -- pull together some of my hubs and other original content into a free ebook. I GOTTA DO IT!


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Thank you for the info. Very kind of you. Will investigate it shortly.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Go for it, Don...and let us know when it's available! :)


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks for stopping by, annart.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Very insightful.

I have an idea for meditation in three parts.

The first part will be written

The second part will be reciting positive Chhristian mantras with the pan flute playing in the background. (To get people to buy it they will be offered five minutes for free.

Then three visual videos 9one on top of a jungle mountain, one in front of a waterfalls and one at a beach during sunrise.( I will offer all three for the price of two.)

They are still being made but I would like to ask you if you think these are good ideas and if you know how I could make my own e-book for free.

I am looking forward to your wise advice.

Thanks


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Teacherjoe52, I am not a student of meditation so I am not a good one to be asking for advice. Sorry.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Hi Sinea

Sorry for the rooster talking with duck. (that is a Chinese saying . It means I say this you hear that. Like I say apples and you hear tomatoes.

Please allow me to explain again.

From reading your article you sound like you really know a lot about publishing. So I was asking if you thought the idea of offering three tapes for the price of two was a good idea?

Do you know where I can find resources to create an e book?

Once again, sorry for the rooster talking with duck and thank you for taking the time to reply

God bless you.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

OK teacherjoe52...here is my limited understanding. You need to set a goal. Leo, in this article, aimed at building his subscribers. He offered his e-book for free (and still does) if the reader will sign up by giving their email address. Leo gets the email address to add to his list, the reader gets a great e-book for free. That kind of e-book can easily be written on Word and made into a pdf. Most authors sign up for Aweber's services to collect the email addresses and share the link with the readers.

If you want to sell the e-book, you may want to use more professional publishing software. I've never done it (I'd go the pdf route) but they are out there. You might want to check out Lulu.com. My friend published a real book through them and sells on Amazon. She seems happy with the results. They offer e-books as well.

Most important: know your readership and give them really great content. God bless you, as well!


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Thank you Sinea for your patience and gracious wise advice.

God bless you


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

You're welcome. I love to be of help, teacherjoe52.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Yeah me too.

Helping others really makes my day. I love to watch their faces brighten up.


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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I checked out the book ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income in my library, and it is one popular book! It is out right now and has three active requests on it.

I have been to Zen Habits before but didn't sign up for the newsletter - now I think I better do that. :) Thanks for the information.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

It would appear to me it takes a great blogger to find a great blogger...this hub is certainly a treasure. Your hub and the information it provides are tops for all of us on our way or trying to be on our way!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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AUPADHYAY 3 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

Thanks for sharing it sinea-pies, I would like to go further according to your suggestions. It seems that there is a way to do more and more.


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Sinea Pies 3 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Leo of ZenHabits has other sites that are dedicated to training writers. A-List Bootcamp is one. You may want to look at that. Also, when it comes to blogging, there is an up and coming writer who is making significant money on her two sites. Check out her writing blog "Moms Make Money". It is like going to school every day. If you comment on her blog, tell her Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row sent you! :)


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Sinea Pies 3 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Tillsontitan, thank you so much for your kind words and vote up, awesome and interesting! Made my day :)


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Iris Draak 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Voted Thumbs Up! Excellent info and referrals. Thank you for sharing.


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Iris Draak 23 months ago from Boise, Idaho

Sinea, this is one of the few articles that I have saved as a favorite. I've been doing quite a bit of work lately with this information in mind. I've come back to your article to glean even more info. Thank you again for this!


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Sinea Pies 23 months ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks for the encouragement, Iris. When I write about our industry, it is with hopes that it will help someone else with the very thing that helped me. Hope you do fabulously well!

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