31. Best of a blog
If you’re a blogger who would like to create an ebook, you’re in a great position. You likely already have a lot of content already that you can sift through, compile, and turn into an ebook.
If your blog is called Mattie’s Crochet Corner, your book could be 50 Crochet Tips: The Best of Mattie’s Crochet Corner or even just 50 Crochet Tips That All Crocheters Need to Know About. (Note that it is probably a good idea to not hide the fact that the content of your book has been previously published. you don’t want people paying for your book and finding out later that they could have gotten some or all of the same content for free.)
You could also create an ebook around a certain category within your blog. Continuing on with our crochet blog example, you could write a book about different crochet patterns or techniques for advanced crocheters.
How do you decide what content to include in your ebook? Again, there are a few ways to go about it. You can compile the posts that have the most page views, the most comments, and/or the best content. You can ask your readers to vote. Or you can just choose the articles that you think are best.
- Have you already created content that you can repurpose and turn into an ebook?
- Are there large themes running through your blog posts that would make for a good ebook topic?
- The Best Thanksgiving Recipes from the Best Food Blogs
- The Best of Down Goes Brown: Greatest Hits and Brand New Classics-to-Be from Hockey’s Most Hilarious Blog
- GOODENOUGHMOTHERING: The Best of the Blog
- Best RV Tips from RVTipOfTheDay.com
32. Facts and trivia
When I was a kid, my older brother brought home one of the Bathroom Trivia books. It was a large compendium of facts, trivia, and various other I-bet-you-didn’t-know-that tidbits. I loved that book and spent hours with it.
Could you write something like that for your niche? You might know a bunch of facts and trivia off the top of your head, but you’ll likely need to do supplemental research by reading a lot of books and scouring the Web.
Quizzes and tests also fall into this category.
- What are some important events relating to your niche that people don’t know about?
- Can you find little-known facts about famous or influential people in your niche?
- What are some facts in your niche that people often get wrong?
- TCM Classic Movie Trivia: Featuring More Than 4,000 Questions to Test Your Trivia Smarts
- A Factbook of Irish History
- Baffling Baseball Trivia
- The Walt Disney World Trivia Book: Secrets, History & Fun Facts Behind the Magic
- Adult ADD Factbook — The Truth about Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
- Ten Fun Facts About Every Super Bowl Ever Played
- Test Your Photography Knowledge Part 1: General Knowledge
- Ranger Up Presents Mixed Martial Arts IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom (Volume II)
- Under the Covers and between the Sheets: Facts and Trivia about the World’s Greatest Books
33. How to make something
There are a lot of benefits to making things yourself. It’s often cheaper and more fun, plus you tend to learn a lot when you make something with your own two hands. All of these are reasons that people might be interested in a book about how to create something relating to your niche.
This type of ebook idea could be applied to just one project (e.g., how to build your own backyard shed) or multiple DIY projects (e.g., 50 pieces of jewelry you can make yourself).
- What are some things in your niche that people can make or do that are usually done by others?
- What are the pros and cons of making something yourself instead of purchasing the finished product?
- Do you have any experience with creating something yourself?
- When should someone not make something on their own?
- How much time and what kinds of tools are needed to make the thing(s) you talk about?
- How to Build Treehouses, Huts and Forts
- How to Make Android Apps: A Non-Code Guide to Creating Your First Android App
- How to Build a 12’x14′ Hoop Greenhouse with Electricity for $300
- How To Create A Website – A Step By Step Guide
- Building Your Own Climbing Wall: Illustrated Instructions and Plans for Indoor and Outdoor Walls
- How To Build A Swing Set
34. How to make money
If there’s one thing most people want, it’s more money. Most of us never seem to have enough. The real trick, though, is how to make money doing what you enjoy doing. That’s what this ebook idea is all about.
There are ways to make money (or more money) in every niche I can think of. There’s always some service to provide or product to sell. And if you can help people make more than how much your book costs, you’ll have an ebook that’s a no-brainer buy.
- Are people making money in your niche?
- How are those people that are making money making that money?
- How can someone who is already making money in your niche make more money?
- How to Make Money Using Etsy: A Guide to the Online Marketplace for Crafts and Handmade Products
- How to Host a 5K Run and Earn Thousands For Profit!
- Make Money with Your Studio: Setting Up and Operating a Successful Recording Studio
- Wake Up and Smell the Profit: 52 Guaranteed Ways to Make More Money in Your Coffee Business
- Secrets of How to Make an Interesting Living from Creating Biographical Paintings
35. How to save money
There’s a saying that it’s easier to save money than it is to make money. How can the people in your niche save money? What are the pros and cons of buying things used? Where are the best places to find those used things? What are the websites that have the best deals? Are there and subsidies or grants that can be applied for or earned? Are there any tricks or techniques you can use when dealing with the people providing the goods or services that people in your niche buy? These are the types of questions this ebook could answer.
“On a budget” is another way you could approach this kind of topic.
- Is your niche one in which people are short on cash and looking to save?
- What are the pros and cons of buying things new vs. buying them used?
- Go to college without going broke: 33 ways to save your time, money and sanity
- How to Save Money at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Cut Spending
- Full Time Travel: Tips To Save Money and Maximize Cash
- How to Save Money on Fuel – Saving Money on Petrol or Diesel
- The Complete Book of Baby Bargains: 1,000+ Best Ways to Save Money Every Day
- The Cost Conscious Cruiser
- Backpacker magazine’s Complete Guide to Outdoor Gear Maintenance and Repair: Step-by-Step Techniques to Maximize Performance and Save Money
- Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week
36. Best-of lists
We love lists. That’s why you always see online articles about the top 10 movies of the last year or 5 ways to make sure your first date goes well. Lists are easy to consume and easy to understand. This ebook idea is all about making a big best-of list, like the 50 best business books or top 100 jazz albums of all time. For each item in the list—be it a book, album, movie, place, website, blog, podcast, tool, or whatever—write about what makes that thing so great. Why is it included on the list? You should also give a summary of each item on the list.
- What is something relating to your niche that people are always looking for the best of?
- What kind of value can your best-of list provide that people can’t find elsewhere?
- What is the goal of your list? Is it to inspire people? To make them laugh? To solve a problem?
- Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels
- F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers
- Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers
- 101 Essential Rock Records
- Our Best Bites: Mormon Moms in the Kitchen
- Self Help Books: The 101 Best Personal Development Classics
- Zombie Games: The Best Online Zombie Games
- Top Rated Recipe Websites: 52 Recipe Websites with Details of the Types of Recipes Offered By Each One!
37. Book summaries
There are too many great books out there in the world for one person to read them all, and that’s where book summaries come in. A book summary covers the main points of a book, saving people the time they would have spent reading the book themselves.
Your book summary book could be about one book, or it could be about multiple books that are all in the same vein or niche. Your book summary (or summaries) could be for either fiction or nonfiction books. In addition to simply providing a chapter-by-chapter summary, consider adding analysis and questions of the kind you’d find in CiffsNotes or SparkNotes.
- What are some of the more popular books in your niche that you can condense down to their most essential elements?
- What are some things that make the books you’re summarizing hard to understand, and how can you break them down for better comprehension?
- Why is it that people are reading these books in the first place? What are they trying to get out of them?
- Summary: Getting things done – David Allen
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling | Summary & Study Guide
- Quicklet on Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay
- A Touch Of Classics: Volume 2 Compact Classics – Summaries Of All-Time Great Books
38. The obscure
The idea here is to write about the obscure things in your niche. Write about the things that are forgotten, uncommon, new, or unknown. These are the things that people probably don’t know about but would still find useful.
This is similar to the very narrow niche (nonfiction ebook idea #26) and the facts and trivia (nonfiction ebook idea #32) books, but it is different (and there certainly can be overlap). Very narrow niche ebooks aren’t necessarily about something obscure, and fact and trivia ebooks likely wouldn’t go into the depth that an ebook about the obscure would.
- What are things that not many people in your niche know about but that still provide value in some way?
- Why are these things obscure, and in what ways are they better than the things that are not obscure?
- A Simple Guide To The Goat’s Digestive System
- The Pens that Made Lincoln
- Unique ceiling tile ideas for small businesses (No longer available)
39. How to win
There are competitions or contests in just about every niche out there. Regardless of whether the result of winning is money, a prize of some kind, or simply bragging rights, there are a lot of incentives to win. Create an ebook explaining how people can beat the competition and take home the top prize.
- What are some of the competitions or types of competition in your niche?
- What are some preparations, tricks, techniques, or mindset tips that will help people win?
- How To Win A Local Election
- How To Win a Bikini Competition in 12 Weeks
- How to Win a Fight With a Conservative
- How to Beat The Police Interrogation: Learn Their Dirty Tricks & Tools
- How to Beat Your Dad at Chess
- How to Beat Procrastination in the Digital Age
- How to Win at Poker Tournaments
40. The event calendar
Make a comprehensive list or calendar of all of the upcoming or recurring events and activities in your niche. This could include classes, courses, conferences, contests, celebrations, deadlines, expos, anniversaries, trade shows, goals, meetups, and product releases, among other things.
You could also include tips (or links to tips) for each event. These tips can be general (e.g., don’t forget to bring your business cards to this meetup) or specific (e.g., when the event is over, don’t miss out on going to Jerry’s Frozen Custard around the corner).
- What are some of the activities in your niche that people want or need to know about?
- How or where can you find out about all of the activities in your niche? Who can you talk to?
- Moon Maya 2012: A Guide to Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras
- 2012 Event, Editorial & Promotional Calendar
- Chases Calendar of Events 2014
- Diversity Calendar and Yearbook 2013
- Commodity Trader’s Almanac 2013: For Active Traders of Futures, Forex, Stocks, Options, and ETFs
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