October 25, 2006
Sixty-year-old newbie here with his first e-book! My site is unlinked --
just "up there." I teach project management for a living -- but ill health
is forcing early retirement, and I have an urgent need to keep paying the
I have bought your "Nitty Gritty" report and am absorbing the details.
I am learning how to create an "editorial-feel" site, and am re-designing my
"hypey-looking" site. I have a question if you can spare the time Jill....
Nobody lies awake at night dreaming of becoming a project manager, so I have
focused my toolkit product at realizing business benefits for the average
middle manager employed in corporate life (and hence accelerating the
reader's career and salary ahead of their competition).
Do you have any pointers with regard to keyword direction?
By the way, my site is a so-called mini-site with the usual one-page letter
style and download page. If I fill it with educational content it will
reduce the prospects’ inclination to buy the book!
Thanks again for a great report.
Glad you like the Nitty-gritty guide!
As to your site, it seems to me that you're not really thinking about your
target audience by having a one-page, hypey sales-letter-type page. I know
you said you're redoing the site, which is great! I would highly recommend
that you move completely away from the typical ebook salesy junk we often
see for ebooks. It doesn't make sense for the type of knowledge and
information you are selling.
You say that nobody lies awake at night thinking about being a project
manager, but you may be surprised at how many people are interested in the
topic. In fact, this summer I even did searches for project-management books
myself! One of our PMs had taken a new job and many of his duties started
to fall to me, so I wanted to learn how to do them better and more
efficiently. Project management is an integral part of many businesses,
especially website design and SEO agencies. It's also extremely
misunderstood by those who don't do it. Many people assume that anyone can
do it, and that it takes up way less time than it actually does.
I believe that there is a very large market for your ebook. However, just
because something is an ebook doesn't mean it should be sold like your
typical "get-rich-quick" ebooks. Not all ebooks are created equal. In my
opinion (and you'd want to test this for yourself) your target market of
middle managers would be completely turned off by a long, scrolling, hypey,
one-page, sales-letter website. You are writing to professionals, not
wannabe professionals. Your site must project that in all that it does. It
needs to be designed by a professional web design firm and look like a
corporate site. Those looking for project management advice want it from
someone who's obviously been there and done that, not someone who promises
the earth, moon, and stars.
The good news is that according to KeywordDiscovery, people are indeed searching
for all kinds of information about project management. They estimate that
86 people a day are searching for "project management book." Sure,
estimates from all keyword research tools are usually inflated, but even if
it's only half that many, and if you had a top-10 ranking for that phrase on
Google, it should bring you a decent amount of highly targeted traffic. But
if most of that traffic leaves when they first get there, it's not going to
do you much good! KeywordDiscovery will uncover numerous other phrases for
you as well. I'd highly recommend getting a subscription and playing around
with it for a few weeks.
Once you've got a nice fat list of phrases, you can use it to figure out
what your new site architecture should look like. I would suggest that you
provide a lot of free project-management articles, and perhaps even start a
blog and/or write an email newsletter if you're not already. Think about
how you could become the "High Rankings" of the project-management world!
You'd be surprised how giving out lots of free info builds credibility and
trust, and also sells ebooks.
Hope this helps!