Can you actually make money from selling ebooks and apps on this site?
I have written an ebook posted on this site but haven't sold many copies. In fact I have only sold copies when I have posted about it on other travel websites. I am interested in writing more and am travelling again this year but need to make money as the guides take a lot of time to put together. I want to gather a realistic view of what is possible so here are my questions for guidegecko and other writers on here:
What is selling and what isn't? What ebooks and apps are selling well? How many copies are they selling? Is anyone making decent money for the time put in to write an ebook or app?
Which types of travel guides tend to have done best on the website and what kind of money are they making? How many copies are selling? How many are selling well?
What number of hits and unique visitors come to this site each month? Statistics please.
How are people selling/promoting - just through this site or other ways? If so what and what is working well?
How is guidegecko promoted? Do you do google adwords? How do you promote the website?
Our new eBooks are listed and sold through the Amazon Kindle Store, Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble Nook, etc. There are millions of users in these stores every day. Again, it is too early to say what sells because we have just released this program together with the app program.
I believe you refer to our 'classic' publishing program for PDFs and printed books, which are sold directly through our website. For these, I can give some general guidelines: Typically, books that focus on a special target market sell well. Books that are more general compete with all the other 'traditional' guidebooks in your local bookstore. For these, you need to do more marketing in order to sell well and build up creditability. Otherwise, people might just go with a trusted brand name like Lonely Planet or Frommer's.
Thanks Daniel, what about the number of hits and unique visitors to the website? Some statistics would be good!
Do you also have answers to my other questions such as which guides are selling well and how many copies they are selling etc?
Too late, I'm almost done! But I had already published my own guide so I made use of that material. In the bigger scheme of things, it was worth it to dabble in the world of apps, which everyione asures me is the way to go. I don't necessarily agree with them, but this is an opporutnity to find out. Even so, I am sure you are right - it's good to be realistic about your prospects.
I would suggest using the google keyword finder tool to see how many people are actually searching for your topic before you invest time writing it. I didnt think to do this until after then realised nobody much was actually searching for it. Not that I dont think there is a market for it but if people arent googling it then it will be hard for them to find my book.
For me, this is an experiment to find out. But I think it has potential. In my experience people don't think twice about donwloading an app that only costs a euro or two. So as long as your guide destination has a market, there ought to be potential. Marketing is important and it seems to me that every resource and opporutnity to promote the guides should be taken, on your own web site, by informing companies whose staff may travel to your destination or be based there, etc etc. The Guide Gecko idea seems worth trying to me because we don't have to get involved in anything technical, just contribute material based on our local knowledge. It IS time consuming, but only time will tell if it's time well spent. Worth a try, I reckon.