Now, I’m not going to pretend to know much about all this ranking and review business on Amazon for authors because…really… I’m still in the dark. So if you are reading this to learn all the in’s and out’s of Amazon Ranking, you are at the wrong party. Turn around and back out now before you’re so deep into this article you can’t turn back! Or stay…there’s a surprise at the end!
I’ve read numerous articles about each subject, researched through Createspace and Amazon, and have questioned Google to death. But I’m no more in the loop on my rankings going up and down like a roller coaster or when, where, or why that even happens. Still, I’m not at the head of the class but I think I’m ahead of the game!
I need people talk, not technical phrases that are beyond my comprehension – phrases I can’t even write down because they scooted by fast and have left the building. Charts help such as the ones you can find on your Amazon Author Central page if you are an author. Your published books, sales info charts for sales rank and author rank, and a list of whether your sales are up or down, as charted with red or green arrows and a number figure, are all a click away. Don’t dwell on it though, because it will consume your day…and night.
If you are only a reader, you can visit my Author Central page and follow to keep up with me, though I’m not sure what following actually entails as alerts or notifications go. You will find all my published books listed, a short personal biography, and a list of where you can find me on social media. For some reason, Coffee-Drunk Or Blind’s Kindle and paperback volumes have not linked yet. I’m thinking it’s because my subtitle is not listed on the Kindle version so it shows up as a different book. I’m going to fix that – as soon as I figure out how.
The subject of reviews is very diversified. Some sites say NO! Reviews do not count in your sales or author ranks. Others say YES! Reviews can help your sales rank greatly. I’ve read often that if you have fifty reviews on a book, your book is placed more favorably in Amazon searches. Now, I doubt there is no magic number that will place Coffee-Drunk Or Blind in top searches on Amazon. Hard work, a well-written book, excessive marketing and promoting, with the help of sharing details on social media from others , and excellent sales will probable do the deed far better than fifty reviews.
But…(me in a whiny voice) “I love reviews. They lift my spirits and make me want to write more…more…more…and better…better…better! Reviews make me happy!”
I’m not one to preach leave a review. I have posted “Don’t forget to leave a review” a few times on social media and coerced a few readers to please leave a review. I’ll admit I’m one of the worse book reviewers. I always have it on my mind to leave a review for the last book I read, especially if it’s a great one. I’ve often posted a link for my best reads on my author Facebook page. But I don’t always make it to Amazon to leave a review. “Sorry. I’m going to try to do better.”
Leaving reviews on Amazon don’t have to take a lot of your time. You don’t have to write a dissertation when leaving a review. Reviews can be only a few little words, such as, I LIKE IT! Or, I DON’T LIKE IT! Lets hope the latter is not the norm.
I did find out this little tidbit of news I never knew about. On your Author Central Page there is a tab for all your reviews received and you can actually comment and connect with the reviewer! Never knew that. Some days it actually pays to research. I’m going to take advantage of this, so if you have read and you leave me a review I might just comment back.
So you’ve found out what all I don’t know and a little of what I do know in this article. Now let’s make it fun because, like it or not, I do like those reviews whether they help my sales rank or not and I’m anxious to see some reviews from real people. Family and friends, or friends of friends, are great reviewers, but they maybe aren’t 100% honest all the time. “I hope they were.” After all, CDB is a non-fiction book I knew would appeal to my family because it included them. Strangers may not want to delve into other people’s private letters and journals. “Give me a break – I know I would! Who wouldn’t?”
I’m offering 5 free Kindle copies of Coffee-Drunk or Blind
in exchange for your honest review on Amazon.
Yes, sorry, there is a catch, but just a little one. If you haven’t gotten your copy of Coffee-Drunk Or Blind yet, and you want one, here’s your chance to score a free copy. The first 5 people to comment below, “I want one!”, will be on my list.
EDIT : Sorry for the mix up, but if you don’t have a WordPress account and comment on this, you may not see my comment back to you if you won a free book. Please go to my Elle Knowles Facebook page and comment on this post on FB. And while you are there LIKE the page! You might as well, you are already there! 😉
Please share on your social media sites. If there is a deluge of responses I may give away another 5 copies!
Have a wonderful New Year!