How to Turn Your Blog Post Into An Ebook Using Canva
"I never want to do anything that makes me money in my sleep", said no one ever! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to monetize their epicness and create multiple streams of income while building their brand. I love the idea of repurposing every piece of content that I can. A great way to monetize content such as blog posts, periscope recordings, webinar recordings, etc. is to create ebooks. That's right! Digital PDF ebooks that your audience would purchase and enjoy.
People love things they can refer to that is easily accessible. What better way to give them what they need while maximizing your earning potential. One of the best conversions that you could make is to create an ebook from a super-lengthy blog post or a series of blog posts. I am going to tell you exactly how to do it! The content is already written. All you have to do is expand on a few topics, insert the text inside your chosen design template, proof it and promote it for sales! Simple, right?
Let’s get started.
Prepare the content
The first thing you must decide is how long you want this ebook to be. You also need to think about the work you will put into developing the book in its entirety to present to your audience before creating additional content for it. After you finalize how long you want this ebook to be, prepare the content by drafting everything you’ll include in the ebook.
The best way to prepare your content is to gather what you have already written and expand each key point in your blog post by giving more details, examples, and facts about your subject. This shouldn’t be too time-consuming, especially if you are gathering several pre-written blog topics to include in your ebook. To add more value, consider adding a bonus workbook, additional tips, and other useful information that you wouldn’t normally put in a blog post. After you have all of your information drafted, prepare it for design.
Choose a layout
Choosing a layout for your design strictly depends on how you want the book to look and be consumed. That means you should take into consideration the design and style of layout you choose. You might think, “a super fancy or ‘busy’ layout may be distracting, or “a super simple layout may be too boring”. It all depends on your end goal, honestly.
Most times, I use the pre-made templates that Canva provides for inspiration. Other times I freestyle the designs but Canva’s templates are there when I need a quick boost before designing! I like choosing a magazine template for my ebook covers in Canva for Work then customizing every little detail in the pages to come. You can also create your own ebook template from scratch and begin imagining where you’ll lay text and photos after you’ve created the look.
The ebook layout I prefer are as follows:
- Ebook Cover
- About the Author + Copyright & Permissions
- Content Menu
- Content [Actual meat of the ebook]
- Thank you Page
It doesn’t have to be in this order. I have totally seen “About the Author” at the end of the book and thank you pages are strictly a preference in ebooks. I just like to thank the buyer/reader for their investment plus make sure my home website or any other related products (only if needed) are mentioned.
Create copyright & permissions
Copyright and permissions are written statements telling your buyer what they can and cannot do with the content. It’s straight to the point. I like to include that my work can’t be copied, sold by others, or commercially used in any way, especially without written permission [email included]. I also like to state that I am not liable for any damages that they buyer may incur. I am no lawyer, but I want to make sure I have these permissions stated and documented within every product that I create. Be sure to include your book name and company somewhere in the footer of each page going forward.
Design and format the ebook
If you are not sure about how you want the ebook cover to look, skip it and complete it last. Your next step is to determine the body text font and begin the copy/paste method. Copy the text from your old blogs, courses, or content little by little to fit in the text boxes according to the layout you created or chose. Paste it in its respective places. If you don’t have enough room, add an additional text body until you have an entire page filled with text, photos, graphics or elements. The text should be in the areas that your layout allows. Use the copy button to repeat the format in your layout to keep the same look throughout the entire book.
Make sure the text is aligned and formatted to be easily consumed and read. Use contrast with the headings, subheadings, and body text. Make sure your body text is easy to read. If you have a lot of white space or space where text doesn’t fit but it looks empty, use photos or elements such as icons and illustrations. You could also use lines to break up text as well. Use bullet points to make the text a lot easier to read when you provide steps or have short sentences to share. I recommend creating separate text boxes to format text as a bullet list because Canva doesn’t allow multiple text formats inside one box.
Depending on the kind of value you add to your ebook, create worksheets or workbooks with the same aesthetic. Canva tends to move slow after about 15 pages of designs, so I create my products half and half. First I create the cover page through page 15 or so. Then, I’ll copy the design and keep creating from there. Don’t worry about downloading your PDF ebook separately. That’s what pdfjoiner.com is for!
Final format and proof the ebook
The final proof is when you make sure all combined content flows in the order in which you’d prefer the reader to consume it. You’re making sure you have no punctuation or grammar errors and that all of your designs, photos, elements and text boxes are aligned. I recommend taking a day or two to step away from your creation, then revisiting it once more to proof it again before you publish it to sell. After you’ve approved its content and layout, you’re done and are ready to go into launch strategies to promote and sell!
In my passive income course, Passion to Passive, I teach the exact steps I use to create, market, and sell to earn passive income with my digital products like the one you've learned in this blog post. After 10 lessons, you'll be equipped to earn not only from re-purposing your blog posts, you'll learn how to create other digital products to add an additional stream of income to your life. You blog posts can be re-purposed into other products which I teach and provide resources for success within the course. To learn more about the course or to start earning now, click here for more information!