A Newbie and getting Traffic
OK so I'm pretty new here and I don't know if this will be frowned upon or get the thumbs up but here goes.
Blogs - E book - Give away - How?
Conclusion first for those who don't want to read too much.
I have written quite a few blogs and I wanted some more traffic so I created an e book with 5 of my blogs. I then found all sorts of groups on Facebook that might be interested in a free e book. So I posted on those groups "heres a free e book about .......," first problem, on a lot of these groups you cannot post a link. So I created a Gmail account with a name that related to my e book title. My post said drop me line on my email for a free e book. I don't want to be manually sending out e books, so I created an out of office reply/autoresponder and this had the link for the e book and it was automatically sent out.
I'm sure that this is not original but hey it worked.
A Bit more Detail
It took a bit of time but that was OK. The content was already written so I only had to create a front page and a contents page, then copy and paste. Then just check the pages to make sure everything looks good and add a few links back to my site.
I created everything on Word but it can be done all sorts of ways. Canva is a free e book template site and it can be even done on Google docs, you just have to change the link but you can google that as well.
The Gmail account was a 5-minute job and the out of office/autoresponder is a long way down but its there.
Facebook groups are easy enough I stayed away from the private groups but even some of the public groups took a couple of days to join. Think what Kyle has mentioned about low hanging fruit and the numbers in these groups.
It was a nice little experiment but where to next. As a newbie and because I have time there are all sorts of places I could try this. If I'm looking for free traffic apart from the social media sites how about all the Free On-line Advertising sites.
I haven't looked at these yet but there's probably a lot more out there as well.
Collecting Email addresses. So, I was initially after traffic and this was great. But if "the Money is in the list" as we hear so often what about a landing page first for people to opt in and give me there email address and then they get the e book.
Watch this space!!
Don't burst my bubble too much by telling me that this has been done a million times before but I'm sure there are tweaks or other ways of doing the same thing. The content of the e book was good so I think there is value in what I was giving away so I was happy about doing it.
Let me know your thoughts.