One thing I talk about in my Affilorama lessons is creating viral ebooks. "Viral" sounds a bit dodgy, but all it means is that you create an ebook that people will pass around (like a virus, but a nice virus!) and use it to either drive traffic to your site, or generate affiliate commissions by embedding your affiliate link into the book.
"Whadda wha?" -- you say?
How about we demonstrate with an example. Check out this example of a viral ebook:
This ebook comes from one of my Affilorama members. He's made quite an excellent book on the subject of making money online. Now, the "make money online" market is not one I'd normally recommend you try first, simply because it's so competitive -- I mean every man and his dog has an ebook about making money online. You could do much better to try a less crowded niche.
But full congratulations are due in this case. His book is informative, engaging, not particularly "salesy" and it's definitely something you would pass around to your friends. And that's what you're trying to achieve, ultimately. There's no good cramming your ebook full of hard-sells for products you're affiliated with, since your readers will smell the sell a mile away and nobody will pass it around. And if you're waiting until the end of the piece to include all your "recommended links" -- if you turn people off with bad writing at the beginning, there's little chance they'll even get to the end!
Creating a viral ebook is an awesome technique for affiliates to use. Not only will people pass it on to their friends, but you can let other people sell it from their websites or bundle it in as a bonus with their products -- just so long as they leave your affiliate links intact. People appreciate getting something for free, they appreciate the information, and a good viral ebook will spread like wildfire!So definitely go and take a look at Wealthy Wal's book to get some good ideas. And some information! Remember -- you don't have to write about the money-making market!
Have a great weekend, guys!