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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.

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

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.

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

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).

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

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.

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

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.

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

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.

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

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.

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

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.

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

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.

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

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).

Questions

  • 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?

Examples

 

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