Did you know? Content marketing leaders experience 7.8 times more site traffic than non-leaders (Source)
Part of that content strategy is also giving away and selling ebooks. If you are looking for helpful ebook ideas, you should read on.
Top 5 Helpful Ebook Idea Categories:
1. How-To Ebooks
2. Time Sensitive Ebooks
3. Step-by-Step Guides
4. List Ebooks
5. Inspirational Ebooks
With these helpful ebook ideas, you can continue to grow your email list while making sales, too. With online businesses becoming the norm, it’s even more important to stand out with different content. Whether you sell or give away your next ebook, it will show your readers that you want to help them along their journey.
Here are 21 helpful ebook ideas, specifically for online entrepreneurs and bloggers (or anyone wanting to sell digital products). Open Evernote or grab a notebook and start brainstorming your next ebook. These ebook ideas are also perfect for blog posts, too.
Idea Category 1: How-To Ebooks
It’s no doubt that the most helpful and popular books are how-tos. Your readers want to learn from you, whether that’s how to rework their budget so they can save more than 40% of their current income for early retirement or how to easily prep vegetarian meals.
If you don’t know what to write about, a how-to about what you’re an expert in is always a good idea.
1| How To _____ Without Spending A Dime
2| How To _____ For $___
3| How To Get The Most Out Of Your _____
4| How To _____
5| How To Easily _____
6| How to _____ In A _____
Idea Category 2: Time Sensitive Titles
Humans respond well to time-sensitive offers: It’s compelling! Think about what you know and how you can do it in a certain amount of time. One of our fave sellers, Jessica Sepel, offers a 14-day slimdown plan in the form of a digital guide:
Whether it’s day, hours, or weeks, the more unusual or creative way you lead readers to the outcome, the better.
7| How To Make _____ In __ Days
8| How To Make _____ In __ Hours
9| How To _____ In 24 Hours
10| How To _____ In A Week
11| 365 Days To _____
Idea Category 3: Step-by-Step Guides
Everyone loves a good old step-by-step guide. These are similar to how-tos, but they literally give the reader an instruction manual on how to do something. Health blog, Balance me Beautiful, uses their ebook 10 Healthy Weight Loss Secrets! as a free opt-in to their email list and as a content upgrade on the side of their blog post The Ultimate Guide to Scientifically-Backed Coconut Oil Uses:
Step-by-step guides are especially good for target audiences who need a bit of handholding.
12| Step-by-Step To _____
13| __ Day Guide To _____
14| The ____ Guide To _____
15| The _____ Handbook
Idea Category 4: Lists
You can never go wrong with a list! Lists are great for quick ebooks that can especially be used for your email newsletter opt-in. A great example of a list ebook is from Unbounce: Attention-Driven Design: 23 Visual Principles For Designing More Persuasive Landing Pages:
Don’t be afraid to expand your ebook title either, like Unbounce did. The more descriptive, the easier it is to influence people to download.
16| Top _____ Mistakes
17| 101 Tips For _____
18| 20 Ways To _____
19| 30 _____ For ____
Idea Category 5: Inspirational Ebooks
Tell your story! What do you know now that you wish you would have known before? Showing your authentic, vulnerable side with your readers can build an emotional connection with your brand, even if the content doesn’t give them a step by step or how-to. They’ll learn simply through reading your story, like one of our favorite books #GIRLBOSS, which is also sold as an ebook: