1. An Ebook is a Handy Way For People to Download Your Content
When finding a blog that you really enjoy, you’ll probably want to see more from the author. If there’s an ebook to download, it’s a great way for readers to get a bumper dose of the author’s insight and opinions, along with their writing style.
Blogs are great, but if you only write blog posts, you’re missing out on a potentially massive opportunity. Ebooks are easy to download, and can help to keep your readers interested.
2. With an Ebook, You Can Cover a Topic in Greater Depth
Have you ever tried to cover a big topic in a blog post? It’s not easy. You’ll either write a short post that barely scrapes the surface of the topic at hand, or you’ll write a post that’s probably too long to digest.
On the other hand, a blog post is ideal for covering one specific area of a broader topic. But there’s a problem with that approach too…
3. An Ebook is Much Easier to Follow Than a Chain of Blog Posts
If you’ve tried to write a series of blog posts, you may have noticed how the navigation between posts isn’t all that great. Sure, you can add manual links, put the posts in a category, or use a plugin to manage links between the posts. But I still find a series really rather horrible to browse through.
An ebook is so much simpler to read. How you read it is up to you – whether you read it on your computer, download it to your ebook reader, or print it off, I think it’ll always be easier to follow an ebook than to click through multiple blog posts.
4. You’re Less Likely to Rush It Out
I find that it’s all too easy to write a blog post really quickly, and hit “Publish” without so much as a second thought. This can lead to scrappy content, mistakes, or leaving out an entire section that you wish you’d covered.
With an ebook, you have to go through the process of putting it together. An ebook is almost certainly much longer than a blog post. It’s a lot more work to put together, which can force you to spend a bit more time polishing it up before you send it out.
Of course, with a blog post you can edit out any mistakes. This isn’t true of an ebook. But if people have already seen the mistakes when the blog post goes up, will they even notice if you go back and correct them?
5. An Ebook Improves Your Writing
Following on from the previous point, writing more content doesn’t necessary mean you’ll write better content. But I think it does make you think about your content much more deeply.
I find it quite difficult to write an ebook if I don’t have a clear plan, with a list of the sections I’ll be writing, in the order I’ll be writing them.
A little planning goes a long way. So does thoughtful writing.
6. It’s Easier To Catch Up
If you’ve been away for a bit, or you’ve just found a great blog for the first time, trawling through hundreds of old posts is a daunting prospect. Even if there’s a “top posts” page, it could take forever to click through all of them. I’ve seen some blogs that list 50+ links on a “best content” page. Clicking through all those would be a chore.
Having an ebook of your best content, or an ebook giving in-depth coverage to a bigger topic, is a great way to grab new readers and show them what you’ve got to offer.
7. You Can Include Bonus Content in Your Ebook
You can try putting bonus content online, either by hiding the navigation links or asking people to log in first. But these are barriers that may cause more issues than they solve.
Instead, including a few additional posts that won’t appear on your blog is a great way to give people a reason to download your ebook. If it’s just a compilation of posts that are already on the blog, it might be a handy option for some, but you’ll probably find that a lot of people won’t go and download it.
8. You Can Do More With The Layout
This is quite an interesting one and a benefit I didn’t even think about until I started putting together my own ebooks. Web designers have to deal with different versions of different browsers, font rendering issues, operating systems and so on.
With an ebook, some of these issues aren’t quite as troublesome as they might be in a web browser. A downloadable PDF looks pretty much the same no matter what platform you view it on.
9. After Reading a Great Ebook, Readers Usually Come Back For More
If a reader lands on your blog and reads your latest post, great! But if they’re now up to date with your content, where do they go next?
With an ebook, readers can download it and come back to your blog when they’ve finished reading. This is good if they take a few days to get through it, as there will probably be some new content by the time they come back.
In fact, it can be quite useful if a reader saves your ebook somewhere, but forgets about it for a few weeks. They then find it, read it, and see your URL at the bottom. This reminds them of where your blog is, and might just get them to come back.
What do you think?
Do you read ebooks? Have you published any ebooks of your own? Are you a fan of ebooks?
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