Are you a regular blogger? Do you want to extend your blog’s reach and be published? Then you might try out Amazon’s Kindle Blog Publishing program. It’s free to bloggers to add their blog to Amazon for the Kindle. Were you aware that Kindle has a blog section? Most blogs in this section are $.99/month to subscribe, so it’s not a free service. As a blogger, you’ll get 30% for each subscription. So yes, Amazon keeps the other $.70!
Here’s a look at the front page of the Kindle Blogs list. I had to do a couple searches before I found the blog area, so I’m including the link. You can see along the left the category names for blogs included here. I don’t know how many they have, but since it’s free to put them in the Amazon system, there are probably quite a few.
How To Add Your Blog to Amazon’s Kindle
Go tohttp://kindlepublishing.amazon.com to register. Note that you will need to make a separate account for Kindle publishing. After you get signed up, then you’ll be taken to the below screen where you provide your RSS address (they tell you about this) and other pertinent information. A nice touch is that you can upload your actual masthead as well as a screenshot of your blog.
Not shown on the image below is the part where you fill in key words to direct people to your blog, so you’ll need to put some thought into that. Finally, you’ll need to give Amazon your bank account information so they can deposit your earnings.
I read through some of the FAQs and help sections and I see that they provide reports as well as tips to publicize your blog. If you’re not a regular blogger, this may not be for you because if the software detects no updates for your site for some time, It’ll drop you from the list.
Why Publish Your Blog on Amazon Kindle? Why BUY a Blog Subscription?
I’ve been asking myself these questions and luckily, I saw some people had blogged about the ‘whys’. Since it’s free to publish, why not? If you have a decent blog and are good at promoting it, you might make enough money for a cup of coffee, or maybe a pack of gum a month!
On the subscribing side, I know it’s only $12/year, but that is just for one person’s blog. I read many more blogs than that – too much for my budget. With feed readers, I just don’t see the need to purchase a subscription. One of the reasons some people purchase a subscription is to immediately get the next blog post installment, but seriously, you can’t hit refresh on your reader?
I’ve not registered my blog as of now and I’m still thinking about it. How about you? What insights do you have about publishing your blog on Amazon? Please leave me a comment!