Whether you’re looking at starting a small part-time business or website, one thing is for sure, you need a product or service that you can offer the market.
If, like many successful entrepreneurs in this information age, you are attracted to selling information online or offline to your target audience you will know just how difficult and time consuming it can be to create your own products.
You have a couple of options:
One, you can write your own content – This may be content for a website you’re busy developing, a book or ebook, or even a self-study course. There are three problems most people experience with this approach, namely they don’t have sufficient time to write, they do not consider themselves to be qualified enough to write about a certain topic and / or they do not have the writing skills needed.
Two, you can pay someone, called a ghostwriter, to write content for you. There are only two problems, namely it’s not that easy to find a good ghostwriter and when you do you’ll quickly discover that good writers are not cheap. You can expect to pay well over US$ 1,000 for a 100 page document and this fee can easily increase to well over US$ 10,000 depending on who you use. And, there is always the risk that the content may not be good enough or may not sell, even if it’s well written.
Three, most people go for the fastest and cheapest option and that is to buy PLR or Private Label Rights products. The main problem with this approach is that the vast majority of PLR products are absolute rubbish and have to be rewritten before it can be used. The last thing you want to do is to damage your credibility by attaching your name to a poor quality information product!
There is a much better and easier alternative!
You see, all books published in the United States before 1923 are in the public domain. This means they are copyright-free and royalty-free and have no usage restrictions! But, not only that, all books published with a copyright notice in the United States from 1923 to 1963 are also in the public domain unless they had their copyright renewed in their 28th year.
We all know that it’s not easy to find a publisher that will publish a book from an unknown author. Most publishers have very strict criteria before they will accept a book for publishing and this should give you a good indication that most published books are decent quality books that had to pass several hurdles before they eventually made it to the bookshelf.
By now it should be clear why many people refer to the public domain as a goldmine. And, they are right!
There is no easier, faster or better way of finding consistent high quality content.
You are probably wondering if it’s so easy and fast then why don’t more people use public domain content in their businesses?
Well, it is easy and fast compared to other ways of getting usable quality content but that does not mean there is no time, money and effort involved in finding those little gold nuggets.
You see, there are several steps involved:
Step 1: Find what you’re looking for – $ 10
This is not as easy as it may sound! Finding a book that you don’t even know exist is hit and miss and luck plays a big role. It can take you anything from a couple of minutes to several days or even weeks to find a strong contender and only you can put a value on your time.
Step 2: Buying the book – $ 10
Getting an intact, good quality, out of print, hard copy of a book that was last published in 1963 or even much earlier can be expensive once you add the cost of the book as well as shipping and handling charges together. (The figure of US$ 10 is a conservative figure and the actual amount may be significantly more).
Step 3: Copyright search – $ 150
Getting an attorney or legal firm to perform a copyright search on a book can cost up to US$ 400 per search. And, you don’t want to take a chance as copyright infringement is a very serious offence. The amount of $ 150 is a very conservative amount that you may be charged if you’re lucky enough to find an attorney or legal firm that’s hungry for new business and willing to offer you a special deal.
Step 4: Having the book scanned – $ 40
The last step is to have the hard copy book scanned by a professional company. Most companies will charge between $ 40 and $ 80 to have a book scanned into an editable word format document.
Total estimate and conservative cost to do it yourself: $ 210 (and countless hours!).
But hey, $ 210 is still much less than a ghostwriter will charge you and at least you’ll know in advance what to expect!
The good news is that you don’t need to spend $ 210 and countless hours on every book! You see, we have done all the heavy lifting for you…
We have sourced some of the best public domain books in some of the most popular and profitable niches for you. And, you can be reading through an instantly downloadable and editable word format book within a couple of minutes for only $ 17 per title!
Here are just a couple of ideas on how you can use this high quality content in your business:
- Blog posts or articles – Position yourself or your company as an instant expert by providing your website or blog readers with high quality and informative content that will make them want to come back for more.
- Build your list or database of prospects – Offer visitors to your website a downloadable PDF of a public domain book that they can access in exchange for their name and email address and email them additional information and special offers on how you or your company can be of benefit to them. (Don’t spam them though with sales pitch after sales pitch! Your first consideration should always be to provide them with value!).
- Your own book – Use the content as a foundation for your own book or combine information from more than one book into one product and add your own unique finishing touches to the product. Sell it online, give it away for free or even have hard copies printed for offline distribution.
- Your own study course – Develop your own course, program or workbooks using public domain content that you can sell to subscribers or customers and deliver all at once or in weekly or monthly instalments.
The list of possibilities is endless! You can instantly brand yourself as an expert in many different niches (consider using pen names) that you previously had no or very little knowledge about and build several income streams in the process. And, use the content to enrich your own life by learning new skills that will be of personal benefit to you and your family.
You can lay the foundation of a profitable business right now by investing as little as $ 17 in your future.