By now, you probably know I am a total Kindle addict. I think every blogger can use a Kindle device (read my post on why I think all bloggers need Kindle).
I use it all the time and I read about it all the time. I love the new features they keep adding. I also like how they keep lowering the price with each new Kindle version. It is getting affordable for more and more people.
With lower price come more users and with more users there are more opportunities for bloggers. One of the opportunities is to get those Kindle users to read your blog on their device.
If they are already reading your blog, why not make it easier on them, and make your blog available to be read on Kindle devices.
What will you find in this post?
Since there are a few things I need to explain here, I felt the need to tell you what you can read about in this post, before you actually start reading.
This is a tutorial on how to publish your post on Kindle, but there are also some other explanations, like why should you do it, how do you make money with it and why I did it.
Set up an account with Kindle Publishing
Go to Kindle Publishing and sign up for an account.
While you are setting up your account, you will need your bank account info. Or not.
You can either set up your Kindle Publishing account to make payments directly to your bank account, or you can choose to be paid by check, which will cost you $8 once the check is issued and sent.
Oh, I didn’t tell you yet? You can make money by publishing your blog on Kindle. You get 70% of the money made as a publisher (newspapers and magazines) or 30% from the subscriptions to your blog.
Kindle publishing will make an assessment of your blog and set a monthly subscription price for it. Mine was set to $1.99 which seems like price on the high end, considering that New York Times and Huffington Post are priced the same :)
But the point is not in the money, in this case.
Why did I publish my blog on Kindle?
I did this to make my blog available in more formats. I already use the plugin that makes it easier to read on iPod and other devices.
With so many new Kindle users, why wouldn’t you use the opportunity? It doesn’t cost you a dime to do it and giving 30% to Kindle Publishing is really not much considering the possibilities.
Of course it will be great if this makes a few dollars, but there are times when you should actually think about how to make it easier on your readers. If they are using Kindle, and would like to read your blog on the go, they probably won’t mind paying $1.99 for a monthly subscription.
If you think no one will pay for free info, think twice and check Gini’s post on Four Ways to Charge for Content.
How does “blog on Kindle” work?
Every time you post, your feed gets updated and the new post is sent to the user’s Kindle.
Click on the image on the right to see the blog preview, how will it look on Kindle.
How to publish your blog?
Now that you have an account with Kindle publishing, log in and Add a blog.
I am listing everything you can enter in the offered fields, but only some of the fields are marked with an asterisk (must be filled in):
- Blog RSS feed *
- Blog Title *
- Description *
- Blog author/Publisher *
- Language *
- Up to 3 categories * – important cause it helps your blog come up in search results
- Posting frequency
Click on Publish and you are good to go.
Kindle Publishing Help states that your blog will be live in 48 to 72 hrs after a review, but mine was posted in a bit less than 24 hrs.
How to promote your blog after publishing?
I decided to add a little image ad in my sidebar and posts that have something to do with Kindle. I created a simple image to make it a link to my blog’s Kindle page.
I think the biggest chance of you getting Kindle subscribers is if people are already reading your blog, so what better place to promote your Kindle version of it?
Is it worth it?
It will take you 15 minutes to set everything up and it doesn’t cost you anything to do it. So why not? And everything you do to make it better for your readers is worth it.
By the way, I already got some subscribers, so I can definitely say that it is worth a try.
Now, I do need to stress one thing out. All blog subscriptions have 14 days free trial. That means, if you are hoping for some big money with it, you better have some awesome posts published all the time.
Technology is advancing every day and new gadgets are invented every day. You never know what your readers are using to surf the net and read.
It could be iPad, iPod, Kindle or cell phone. The more options they have to read your blog, the easier they will find what suits them the best.
If they like to read your blog while taking a class at the University, having a mobile device enabled blog is a great way to keep them coming back. Same goes for any other of the new gadgets.
Do something for your traffic by doing something for your readers.
Have you thought about publishing your blog on Kindle Publishing? Why? Will you do it? Please, share this post with your friends.