Very few people know that you can directly publish your blog to the Kindle platform, so I’m really excited to teach you how.
There’s a lot of interest around this topic—and really rightly so. What’s so cool about it is that it’s like using the content that you’re already creating on your blog to create a micro-membership site on the Kindle platform.
It’s an opportunity to leverage the content you are already creating not just to generate revenue, but potentially reach a whole new audience. This is what this is really all about: expanding your audience and gaining new readers or followers.
Another cool thing is that if you don’t want to clutter your blog with ads, but still want to monetize it, this is a great alternative for you.
There’s a nuance to doing blog-to-Kindle that I would like to point out. This is a different platform than the Amazon or KDP, so that means you need to sign up and create a new account. You cannot use the same email login as with your KDP account and Amazon.
Another challenge is that you need to download Firefox to do all this. It doesn’t work as well with other browsers.
How to Publish Your Blog on Kindle
Setting up your blog to publish on Kindle is simple! Just follow these X steps and you’ll be up and running in no time.
1. Sign up for a Kindle Publishing for Blog Account
Go to the website https://kindlepublishing.amazon.com/ and click on “Create a New Account.”
Enter your Name and Email Address. Click on Continue.
Enter your Name, Email Address, and Password. Click on “Create your Amazon account.”
Choose your Security Questions and enter the answers. Click on Create Account.
2. Add Your Blog Feed
Click on Your Blogs.
Click on +Add Blog.
Enter the link to your RSS feed. If you’re not sure about how to get your RSS feed, try visiting your site and adding /feed/ to the end of the URL. This is how the feed is commonly set up, and by navigating to that URL, you should see the raw XML file that makes up the RSS feed.
If this doesn’t work for you, it’s best to contact your website support team.
Click on the Validate Feed button. If your RSS feed is good, you should see a message right below the URL that says “Feed validation, successful” in all green.
3. Complete Your Basic Blog Information
You can see that there are certain items marked with a star: *. Those asterisks mark required information, but I suggest you fill out as much of this section as possible even if it’s not required.
Note: The minimum size for the Blog Screenshot is 800 x 600 pixels, and it must be in GIF, PNG, or JPG format. The maximum size for the Masthead/Banner is 430 x 30 pixels.
Scroll further down the page and continue filling out your blog information. You can choose up to three categories for your blog.
Once you’ve completed all the information, you’ll want to click on Save. You’ll then get the message “Your information was successfully saved.”
4. Preview Your Blog
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Generate Blog Preview to preview your blog or you can just click on Publish Blog to Kindle to finish. I’d recommend checking out the preview first.
If you like it, go back and click the Publish Blog to Kindle button.
5. Enter Your Payment Information
You will then be redirected to your Account Information page. You’ll have to enter all this information again because, remember, this is a separate platform from Amazon or KDP. Complete your contact information and payment collection information.
Once that’s all done, check the terms and condition box and click on Continue.
6. Publish Your Blog
Then you’ll get a message that says “Your blog was published successfully.” On your dashboard, you’ll see that the status is Pending Approval. Your blog will be available on the Kindle Store in 48-72 hours when approved.
Kindle Blogs are auto-delivered, fully downloaded, and updated throughout the day on Kindle. Your readers will have access to your blog anytime, anywhere.
This is really the easiest way to reach new readers and to give your existing readers the chance to choose whatever format works best for them. Now they can take your blog with them on the go, no matter whether they have internet access or not!
Go forth and Kindle!
For more great blogging tips and tricks, read on:
- How to Turn a Blog Into a Book
- How To Turn Your Blog Into a Business
- Meta Descriptions Matter: Write A Great Web Blurb To Get More Readers
Kate Sullivan is an editor with experience in every aspect of the publishing industry, from editorial to marketing to cover and interior design.
In her career, Kate has edited millions of words and helped dozens of bestselling, award-winning authors grow their careers and do what they love!