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How to promote your ebook

Websites for free book giveaways

These sites can be done in advance of your free days, although some will only allow you to list them if they are currently free. These sites are in no particular order

  1. http://www.pixelofink.com/sfkb/
  2. http://bargainebookhunter.com/feature-your-book/
  3. http://ereadernewstoday.com/category/free-kindle-books/
  4. http://www.freebookdude.com/p/list-your-free-book.html
  5. http://authormarketingclub.com/members/submit-your-book/ (you have to be a member, but membership is free)
  6. http://blog.booksontheknob.org/p/about-this-blog-and-contact-info.html
  7. http://www.freebooksy.com/editorial-submissions
  8. http://www.thatbookplace.com/free-promo-submissions/
  9. http://snickslist.com/books/place-ad/ <– one of my favourite places
  10. http://addictedtoebooks.com/submission
  11. http://www.kindleboards.com/free-book-promo/
  12. http://indiebookoftheday.com/authors/free-on-kindle-listing/
  13. http://www.ebooklister.net/submit.php
  14. http://digitalbooktoday.com/12-top-100-submit-your-free-book-to-be-included-on-this-list/
  15. http://thedigitalinkspot.blogspot.com.es/p/contact-us.html
  16. http://freekindlefiction.blogspot.co.uk/p/tell-us-about-free-books.html
  17. http://www.freeebooksdaily.com/
  18. http://www.freebookshub.com/authors/
  19. http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,97167.0/
  20. http://www.frugal-freebies.com/
  21. http://www.ereaderiq.com/about/
  22. http://freekindlefiction.blogspot.co.uk/
  23. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/ (membership required)
  24. http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.co.uk/
  25. http://askdavid.com/free-book-promotion
  26. http://digitalbooktoday.com/join-our-team/
  27. http://ebookshabit.com/about-us/
  28. http://www.ereaderperks.com/about/
  29. http://thefrugalereader.wufoo.com/forms/frugal-freebie-submissions/
  30. http://www.goodkindles.net/p/why-should-i-submit-my-book-here.html
  31. http://www.blackcaviar-bookclub.com/free-book-promotion.html#.UXFB27XYeOc
  32. http://www.totallyfreestuff.com/
  33. http://www.icravefreebies.com/contact/
  34. http://uk.hundredzeros.com/
  35. http://freedigitalreads.com/

Some of the websites offer enhanced listings and these seem to increase downloads by around 10%, so if you are after every download you can get consider a budget for enhanced listings.

Facebook for promoting (they all seem to have the same name…)

Facebook works best when the book is free. I’ve found that groups appreciate it if you go back after your free download day and let them know how it worked for you and to thank them for their help.

  1. Free Kindle Books FB group
  2. Free Bookclub
  3. Free Kindle Book Club
  4. Free Kindle Books
  5. I love free Kindle books
  6. FKB.me
  7. Kindle (free) book club
  8. Free books for Kindle UK
  9. Today’s free Kindle Books
  10. Free ebooks and tips

Some authors like to do a free book event on Facebook where they invite all their friends to an event and update them throughout the day. This works better when you giveaways spot prizes to people who share images and quotes related to your book. I’ve not tried this, it’s just not my thing but two friends have done it with good outcomes.

As well as free giveaway groups and pages, join groups where your target market is active. They are more likely to download and review your book. Spamming any group will not win you any friends.

Promoted posts work okay on Facebook but ads for the free book can be costly, (as you are taking someone off of Facebook), and not as good value for money when compared to paying for an enhanced website listing.

Twitter Hashtags

Again, something you organise for the day of the free promotion.

  1. #Amazon
  2. #eBook
  3. #BookBuzzr
  4. #BookGiveaway
  5. #BookMarketing
  6. #Kindle
  7. #KindleBargain
  8. #KPD (Kindle Publishing Direct)
  9. #WLCFreeToday
  10. #FreeKindleReads

I recommend using #free with the other hashtags as well – #free #kindle or #free #ebook. If you book is geographically sensitive I’d add the area hashtag as well – #Free #Kindle #UK. I’ve found that 6 tweets at varied times throughout the day with different hashtags work well. You don’t overwhelm your followers but you get a good amount of downloads and ReTweets.

You can also organise a Twitter party for your free book promotion.

Remember to schedule emails to your newsletter letting them know about the free promotion and of course, inviting them to share your book. One of my co-authors has a large email list and this always kick-starts our promotion.

Press Releases

Press releases work best when backed up with a PR person making calls and generating conversations around your books. Free press release sites can work just as well for you, providing you tailor the press releases and they have an interesting hook and story. Remember to contact your local newspapers as well as online press release sites.

  1. http://newslink.org
  2. http://www.marketwire.com
  3. http://www.prnewswire.com
  4. http://www.newswire.ca/en/index
  5. http://www.prweb.com
  6.  http://businesswire.com
  7. http://www.pr-inside.com
  8. http://24-7pressrelease.com
  9.  http://www.pr.com
  10. http://www.mediapost.com
  11. http://www.tmcnet.com
  12.  http://us.cision.com
  13. http://www.newswiretoday.com
  14.  http://www.prlog.org
  15. http://pressreleasenetwork.com/index.html
  16.  http://betanews.com
  17. http://www.promotionworld.com
  18. http://clickpress.com
  19. http://www.businessportal24.com/en
  20. http://www.webnewswire.com
  21. http://www.przoom.com
  22. http://urlwire.com
  23. http://groupweb.com
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Quick Freebie Tips

These easy tips and ideas should get you on your way to getting lots of wonderful freebies.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #1:
— Create a separate free email account to use for your freebies – so your personal email doesn’t get filled with junk emails


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #2:
— Create a separate Facebook account without your personal info, to sign up for Facebook freebies without sharing your info


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #3:
— Create a Facebook and Twitter account to get freebies, even if you only use it for that


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #4:
— Be cautious about where you give out your personal information. Don’t provide any more information than you are comfortable with. Personally, I never give out my exact date of birth (you can change the month or date)or telephone number. (555 is a handy area code) Some go as far as getting a P.O. Box for their freebies


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #5:
— Don’t request every offer you see. Only request those that really interest you, or will donate to charity


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #6:
— If you don’t feel comfortable with an offer, just skip it.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #7:
— Remember that many freebies come with great high-value coupons!


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #8:
— When the site asks where you heard about them, say friend/family, not a freebie site. Right-clicking and copying the link location and pasting it in a new browser, rather than clicking the link can help too. Sometimes they won’t send if they know you came from a freebie site.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #9:
— Keep an attitude of gratitude. Freebie hunting is more of a game of being at the right place at the right time – if you get the freebie, you won!


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #10:
— Don’t forget to sign up for free money! Swagbucks are free digital dollars that you can trade for gift cards,Paypal money and other great prizes.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #11:
— Read the fine print on all free stuff offers. Don’t sign up if they ask for a required survey, gold card offer, promotion requirements, or your credit card information unless you are absolutely sure it’s a legitimate offer.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #12:
— Filling out form after form can be quite tedious. To make this process faster, you can use autofill software. Autofill software remembers information such as your name and address and automatically fills in the blanks for you on forms. Roboform is a great free autofill software download.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #13:
— Often, when printing coupons, you can hit back and print it again. Or you can change the number of copies in the pop-up print menu to print more.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #14:
— Get a free online voice mail box at Simple Voice Box, K7 unified messaging system or JConnect. For Canada useBudphone.ca.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #15:
— Some forms will allow you to fill in “UL” or “unlisted.” And remember to register your home and cell phone numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #15:
— A freebie isn’t a freebie unless it’s free! If a website wants you to pay for a freebie, then don’t request it. If they ask for shipping cost, you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it to you.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #16:
— Checking for free sample opportunities every day, or even several times a day, will greatly increase your chances of getting them. Since there are only a certain number of free samples per offer, you’ll want to sign up as soon as you can. Free samples are almost always offered on a first come first served basis.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #17:
— Make sure that everything you entered in the form is correct. A wrong address may get the free sample to a neighbor instead of you!


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #18:
— It’s a great idea to note the date you request a freebie. Most samples arrive 6-8 weeks after you’ve asked for them, unless it says otherwise on the confirmation page.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #19:
— Freebies generally takes anywhere from 4-16 weeks to arrive, some as long as 5 months – it depends on what you requested


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #20:
— While you are waiting for your freebies to arrive, take advantage of the online freebies, downloadable freebies, printable freebies, the printable coupons for local free offers, and local offers that you can pick up.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #21:
— Give us feedback on freebies. When you give feedback, you help other freebie hunters! For example, if you see a freebie listed as available in the USA and Canada, but it’s actually only available for the US, or no longer available – leave a comment here or post to the Frugal-Freebies forum and let us know.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #22:
— Please tell your friends about Frugal Freebies! If you spread the word about Frugal Freebies, be it by word-of-mouth, blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, or other means, you’ll increase the number of Frugal Freebiesusers. More users equals more feedback and makes me happy!


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #23:
— Have realistic expectations: While I try very hard to only provide links to legitimate offers, sometimes the freebies still don’t arrive. This could be because the company did not having a large enough supply to cover the response they got. It is also possible that a spammer has set up a site to gather email addresses (another important reason to use an alternate email account) and never intended to send you a freebie at all. Be aware that this can happen and although I do my best to avoid such sites, it is a part of getting freebies over the Internet


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #24:
— If you really like a freebie you received, think about emailing the company. Sometime they respond by mailing you high-value coupons for their product… yet another freebie!


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #25:
— Here is a website very handy when you have to give a phone number – HumorHotLines.com. You get a phone number in your area code and use it whenever they ask for a phone number for a freebie.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #26:
— Check to see if there is an opt out or opt in check box. You don’t need to sign up for extra email. Uncheck that box unless you really do want more email from that company.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #27:
— If a freebie is limited to only the first 1,000 participants – you may not be in that group and the site may just be harvesting your information.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #28:
— One reader doesn’t like using her real name, so she has her dog apply for all the freebies. She uses her last name so the mail will get there. She knows when a spam phone call comes in because they ask for the dog.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #29:
— Remember, Frugal-Freebies.com doesn’t give out the freebies, I only post the freebies I find on the net. To increase your chances of the freebies arriving in your mail, you could stick to the offers from the larger companies (i.e.: Wal-Mart, P+G, Kroegers, Sam’s Club, etc.). However, lots of readers post on the Frugal Freebies forum saying they can’t believe the amount of free stuff they’ve received in the mail, even though not every freebie will turn up from the other sites posted.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #30:
Scam.com is your first choice if you are a true freebie hunter and want to research if some freebie is a valid one. 419eater is an active freebie hunter discussion board. PurPortal is a huge searchable database of scams which seems to be updated regularly. There are 4 sections: scams, urban legends, viruses and phishing sites.
PLUS: List of freebie hunter sites that are spam, scam or phishing and 5,700 Chinese scams.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #31:
— Yes, sometimes freebies are just for Canadian readers. Sometimes they are just for US readers. Sometimes even just for UK, Australian or European readers. I only find the freebies, I have no control over who the company can ship to. Canada is a different country, and I am Canadian, so that’s why I search out and post as many Canadian freebies I can find.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #32:
— All freebies are posted without prejudice. I have no political/religious/personal agenda to promote here, and I may not even agree with the message the freebie is promoting. But freebie censorship is not what this site is about. If you don’t agree with the message a freebie is promoting, just pass on the freebie. The next one I find might be one you do believe in, and someone else might disagree


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #33:
— Don’t forget to sign up for free money! Zoombucks are free digital dollars that you can trade for over 100 brand name gift cards.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #34:
— Your freebies not arriving? We really hate to blame the mail carrier, but a couple of readers who weren’t receiving any freebies, put a “Hold Request” on their mail for 2 weeks and chose “Pick-up”, rather than having it delivered. When they went to pick up their mail, they got 2 plastic bags full of samples!


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #35:
— One reader told us that, “I thought just because I “liked” something it meant I was automatically signed up for something”. No, sorry, you need to sign up for the freebies by clicking on the links, each freebie separately. Not just sign up for Frugal Freebies on Facebook and that’s it.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #36:
— Some don’t use their last name when requesting freebies – to foil the telemarketers who take your name and address and look up your phone number to call you. To avoid these nuisance calls, they use only their first and middle name, or change some of the letters in their last name. Another benefit is that way you can track where the junk mail came from.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #37:
— Don’t forget to sign up for free money! iRazoo are free digital dollars that you can trade for Amazon or Best Buy gift cards and other great electronic prizes.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #38:
— When a freebie offer asks for sensitive information like your social security number or a bank account number, you want to leave that freebie site right away!


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #39:
— Whenever you receive a freebie that leaks all over your mail – you should email the company and tell them. You might even get a full-size bottle of their product in compensation!


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #40:
— If you need an email address (or lots of addresses!) you can go to mail.com and create another one just for signing up for freebies.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #41:
— ALWAYS email companies when you have a problem, because you might just get something for your time! But don’t forget to ALWAYS send them your positive feedback as well, because they might reward you for taking the time to offer a compliment.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #42:
— Printer failed to print your coupon? Don’t have a printer? Look for a Help/Contact link or button on the page and tell them the printer failed and they will often send you a coupon in the mail.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #43:
— Is that coupon real or fake? Fraudulent coupons hurt us all! If you received a printable coupon that looks too good to be true; it may be! Free product coupons that can be printed more than once should set off a red flag for you, unless the coupon can be found on the manufacturer’s website. You can visit the Coupon Information Center to verify the authenticity of any coupon.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #44:
— Reader tip submitted: Not valid in Quebec? Try putting in your postal code, but another province instead of Quebec. It is hit or miss, but she says sometimes she gets the freebie – because the post office sorts by postal code, not province. Let your conscience be your guide on this.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #45:
— Make sure to check the email address you used for freebie hunting daily to see if you need to click on a confirmation link to receive your sample.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #46:< — Don’t forget to sign up for free money! GiftHulk are free digital coins that you can trade for over 100 brand name gift cards.


QUICK FREEBIE TIP #47:
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