Buying ebooks online can be tricky sometimes because the sales page doesn't always tell you the truth about what the ebook contains.
I also have made the mistake of thinking that if an ebook has more pages then it has more useful information in it. But that isn't always the case.
I hate it when I buy an ebook and find that it's mostly a lot of pages stuffed full of useless information I don't need, like buying an ebook about book marketing only to find that 50% of the information is about how to write a book.
I once bought a report from well-known marketing 'guru' Marcia Yudkin about how to make simple SEO improvements to your website to double/triple your website traffic.
At first I was disappointed that the report was only about 30 long because it cost me $30.
But then I found that there was gold in them thar pages that did exaclty what the title said it did and I was able to make a few quick tweaks to my website and it instantly increased traffic to my site.
Not only that, but because there were only a few pages of information, it was faster to read and use than a longer report. It gave me exactly the information I needed without any added 'fluff' and used real examples and screen shots of websites she'd helped.
And it helped mine too and in just a few weeks I'd more than doubled the number of visitors to my website.
And as we all know, more traffic equals more book sales. You can't sell more copies of your book unless more people know it's there.
So what can you do to make sure that the ebook you buy will do what it says in the title and that it will live up to the promises made on the sales page?
Here is a quick check list of things to look out for:
Look at who is selling the ebook. Do they have a good track record? Have they written other books on the same or similar subjects?
Watch out for false claims on the sales page. Use your BS metre while you read it.
Is their website ethical and honest? Make sure it's not a site that is stuffed wtih ads for irrelevant products. A site that sells anything and everything is only after a quick sale.
Is the content on their site a good example of their work? In other words, if you can't make much sense of what is on their website, is it full of typos and bad grammar, is the information on their website useful? You can be sure whatever you find on their website, their ebook will be just the same.
A writer's website is a window into their writing. So if you don't like what's on their site for free, you'll hate what you've paid for in their ebooks.
In the end, it all comes down to common sense.
So if something seems to good to be true, it probably is.
When you buy a 'how-to' ebook, it should give you the information you need quickly in and easy to follow format so that you can get up and running quickly with what you want to do.
And that is what all my ebooks for writers do.
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