How About Business Books?

The Empire of BusinessI got a bit of flack from a few people who didn’t like the idea of trying to “game the engines” with my last post. So, how about a little different tactic. Rather than going after celebrity names and mistypings, why not just republish public domain books?

I’ll start with Andrew Carnegie’s “The Empire of Business”. I might even write a little editorial in the comments afterwards. I invite you to do the same, if you’re interested. I think it would actually be an interesting little exercise. I always want something new to read. Transposing the book from PDF to text will make it easier to remember and help the content soak into my brain, hopefully. It might even spark some conversation with those of you following along at home.

For those of you interested in subscribing to the blog I have setup a page just for you (update: site has been repurposed). You can subscribe via RSS or get email notifications every time a new portion of the book has been added, which should be a few times a week.

You can also download a free copy of the book in PDF form (update: site has been repurposed) (thanks Google) and/or purchase the book for your very own.

What do you guys think about this as a little more legitimate? It’s public domain. It’ll still have adsense on it. It will be giving value to the community, while still having pretty good keywords in each post. It’ll be updated regularly. And I’ll focus quite a bit of time just on this one project. Sound better?

[tags]public domain, books, andrew carnegie, popularize.net, adsense arbitrage, the empire of business, business, entrepreneurship[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

3 Comments on "How About Business Books?"

  1. Hey Nate,

    I think this idea rocks — it makes sense. I noticed that you are using wordpress MU. If you play around with the CNAME properties, I think that you can establish dedicated URLs instread of using a sub-directory for the name. I’m no arbitrage expert, but I’m assuming that you’ll start purchasing cheap adwords to send people to your adsense — that’s how you’ll make cash off the spread. Keep the great ideas coming!

  2. nate says:

    Yea, I am still working the details out with the CNAME stuff. Since I don’t have the ability to have wildcards in my dns, I need to figure out another way. I was thinking subdomains would be pretty easy to do using some .htaccess hacking. I just haven’t worked on that much yet.

    I’ve thought about purchasing cheap adwords to send people to the sites, which is by definition the arbitrage part. But, for starters I’m going to see how they do without purchasing anything. Why buy when you can sometimes get the traffic for free.

    So, for now, I’m just going to focus on transposing a few books. If I am not getting much traffic by the time I’m done with my third book, I might try purchasing some traffic. We’ll see.

    Thanks for the comment David.

  3. nate says:

    Update: I’ve given up on this project too. It took a ton of time, yielded almost no results, and actually… that book is pretty boring.

    So, instead, I’m working on a new project that is way more fun, has other people jabbing each other to keep working on, and is a much better read.

 
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