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How to Turn your Blog into an eBook

Updated on August 4, 2014
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Hi! I'm Katina Davenport! I'm an author blog coach and content strategist. I'm also a homeschool mom of 3 children.

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Over two years ago I began a blog on Christian dance, a very niche specific type of blog. The amount of information I included was meant to help churches form dance groups and learn dance techniques. Recently, I began finding the information on my blog copied and pasted directly on to other blogs, with no mention of my name. Sometimes a link would be placed on their blog posts. I have only had one blog site ask if they could re-furbish my information with a link back to my site. I gladly obliged. A thought crossed my mind to turn my blog into an eBook. Why? I felt that my information could be more protected under copy write law and I could get more views to my website. It sounded like a good idea therefore I took to the web to find out more information about how I can complete this process. All of the information sounds promising, and I could do it relatively quickly.

Why should you turn your blog into an eBook?

Many bloggers have the notion of sharing their knowledge with the world while monetizing their dream. Although some do not get into blogging just to make money, there are others that see the benefits of blogging for money therefore they are looking for ways to monetize their site. Turning your blog into an eBook not only monetizes the site, but it builds credibility of the author. It might even be easier to have readers because you already have an email list, or at least you should be building your email list.

Many find that a quick download of a book is more gratifying than waiting for a book to come in the mail. There is a open market for eBooks.
Many find that a quick download of a book is more gratifying than waiting for a book to come in the mail. There is a open market for eBooks. | Source

Steps to Turning a Blog into an eBook

To begin the process of turning your blog into an eBook you can take down those posts that you will be including in your blog. This seems counterintuitive especially if a particular post is getting a lot of traffic. If you do decide to leave the post up, you should consider rewriting the post as a teaser for your new book. Once the book comes out post a link to where your readers can purchase it.

For the posts that are not getting enough traffic, it would be a good idea to add more content, optimize your photos, and link to well-known sites with the same information.

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Expand on Blog Posts to Make Chapters

Once you decide which blog posts you want to use in your blog it will be imperative to expand on the topic to create longer blog posts. You should research the topic for more in depth information to add, being sure to reference your source with any applicable links.

Also, outlining your subjects will help your to organize the information you may want to include in your book. Start with questions that you will want people to know about yourself and your subject. When answering questions about yourself that is relative to your content, it gives your book a more human touch instead of just regurgitating information.

When referencing other sources you can use books, up to date articles from other blogs, and research articles from universities to help add to your topic.

Categorize Your Blog Posts

After expanding your information and adding chapters it is time to categorize the flow of your book. Your book should read differently than it did on your website. It should be a natural progression of work with a beginning, middle, and end. Once you have established these categories you can begin renaming your blog posts, if it warranted, in order to create book chapters.

Re-Establishing Your Blog

The natural last step to this whole process would be to notify your email subscribers about your new book. As you create your social media marketing strategies you will need to repurpose your blog to include updates about any speaking engagements, any tours, and any other new updates with the intent to sell your book. Your marketing strategies will include the additional strategy of driving traffic to your site from author’s profiles and book trailers, to name a few. If you will be using Amazon Kindle Publishing services then there are sites that will allow you to post the link to your book when you offer it for free. Some of these sites include:

Author Networking Sites and Author Promotion Sites for eBooks

Websites
Page Rank
Networking or Promotion
goodreads.com
8
Networking and Promotions
librarything.com
8
Networking
shelfari.com
6
Networking
anobbi.com
6
Networking
authorsden.com
5
Networking and Promotion
askdavid.com
4
Promotion
awesomegang.com
4
Promotion

If you decide to use these service just know that many of them have a very low page rank. The thought process behind using these services is to reach as many people you need to market your book, while bringing traffic to your blog sites and book link. I would want to post links to sites where there is a steady flow of traffic while my links are posted on the site.

Choosing a Title

Choosing a book title is not like choosing a blog title. It has to be catchy enough to make people want to read your book. Since you already have email subscribers; and they are familiar with your work ask them for suggestions for titles. Include a short synopsis of your book so they can come up with some titles for your book. This method will not only give you good book title ideas, but it will make your subscribers feel connected to the process. In turn they will be more inclined to purchase your book. Once you have decided on three or more titles, for example, you can have your subscribers vote on which book they would buy based on the book title. If you are still unsure asking friends and family for their opinions will help as well. This is what I did when I wrote my eBook.

Choosing a Book Cover

Because most people are image driven, if the book cover does not grab the attention of readers they could pass up your book for another, despite your great content. I would again ask the advice of friends and family to find out what they think. Have three or more book overs ready for them to view, with the book title and readable fonts. Also, continue this testing process with your email subscribers. People are honest and will tell you how your book cover should look.

The process of turning your blog into a book is an option to monetize the valuable content that you have placed on your sites.

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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and one which I am definitely saving. I now look forward to many more by you.

      Eddy.

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      Katina Davenport 3 years ago from Michigan

      Prospectboy, I found out that a lot of bloggers are turning their greatest posts into an eBook. It truly is a great idea.

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      Bradrick H. 3 years ago from Texas

      As someone that has a blog, I'm glad I came across your hub. It helped open my eyes to the idea of being able to take my blog posts and turn them into an Ebook. This never crossed my mind. Very useful and thoroughly written hub. Voted up, rated useful.

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      Katina Davenport 3 years ago from Michigan

      It certainly can be done. Hubbers can even think about using their hub articles for book subjects.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good suggestions. I've done this several times as a matter of fact, and if I can do it then I assume anyone can. :)