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3 Great Tips on Facebook Marketing for Authors

An ideal way to build your book business is by using one of the most popular social media websites available today. Facebook can allow you to increase the number of visitors to your book’s e-commerce page, and it may even help you turn that traffic into profits. But there are some dos and don’ts to this process that you need to be aware of.

Here’s an online advertising expert who can teach you some best practices where Facebook ads are concerned. And here are a couple other tips regarding Facebook marketing in general.

Avoid Being Too “Salesy” in Your Primary Marketing

Of course, you want to get others to buy your book(s). That’s the ultimate goal here. But overtly asking for the sale day in and day out is the wrong approach on Facebook. Remember, most users who log onto this platform are looking to connect with others in a meaningful way. They’re looking for useful information; so, you need to provide that first and foremost. Once you’ve won their trust by sharing valuable content on a consistent basis, then they may just click on that e-commerce link to purchase your book.

Research Your Audience

Trust takes time. There are so many tools on Facebook that will enable you to find out why people are on there in the first place. What are they looking for? What do they want? Knowing this will enable you to determine if these individuals want something you have to offer them. More importantly, you’ll be able to find all the people who are interested in the keywords related to your book’s topic matter and speak to them in their buying language. (For more information on the different buying languages you might use, I recommend this marketing book.)

Image is Everything in Advertising!

If you want to catch someone’s attention with a Facebook advertisement, it’s best to include an eye-catching image in your ad. I like the phrase our expert, Jeff Usner, uses in his YouTube video; he refers to Facebook advertising as “interrupt marketing” which is the opposite of what blogging is. In a past blog post titled “Blogging for SEO: A Cost Effective, Unintrusive Form of Advertising,” I discuss the greatest benefit of blogging. Where traditional advertising methods such as newspaper, television, radio, and billboards try their best to “interrupt” customers into noticing them, blogging appeals to the audience that is already in the market for your products/services. No need to try to interrupt anyone to gain their interest; if they are typing in those key words to try to find you, it’s because they are already interested in what you have to offer. 

Facebook advertising is more like traditional advertising. When people are on Facebook, they aren’t searching for you or your book in particular. They’re posting pictures, writing posts, and viewing the pictures of posts of their connections. So, in order to get them to notice you, you must interrupt them with a compelling ad. The best way to do it is with an attractive image. 

You know what? Jeff Usner explains this one best. Check out his YouTube video.

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Why You Should Publish Both a Paperback and an Ebook

This content first appeared on Digital Point Forum and has been republished here with permission from the author.

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So many people are now learning the true value in publishing a book to promote their businesses. I always tell my authors that their books are their business cards. A book is a way to highlight your expertise within your field in much more detail than you can do with traditional forms of advertising (e.g. print, radio, television) while also giving you a more professional air in the eyes of prospective readers/customers.

But here are two common misconceptions held by many new indie authors: one, they assume most people only read ebooks nowadays; and two, they assume ebooks are the only books they can sell online using various forms of Internet marketing. Both of these statements are incorrect … as I discuss in much more detail in this highly rated book where I teach you specifically how to sell audiobooks, ebooks, paperbacks, and hardcovers online.

The truth is, there are just as many people out there who still want to hold a physical book in their hands as there are people who love the compact convenience of e-readers. So, if you only publish an ebook, you’re likely losing out on half your potential audience.

No print budget? Not to worry! With the invention of print-on-demand (POD) technology, today’s indie authors no longer have to print and store physical books in order to sell physical books … whether those books are paperbacks or hardcovers. All you have to do is supply the digital files for your book’s cover and interior to the e-commerce site of your choice because most of these online retailers utilize POD technology to sell books rather than stocking those books in warehouses. Then, whenever they receive an order for that book, they simply print, bind, and ship the exact quantity ordered (whether it is one book or ten) all at the same time. Easy peasy!

Most of the e-commerce sites take digital files in the form of print-ready .PDF files and just store them on their servers, but I don’t recommend selling those .PDF files as ebooks because they are far too easy for users to copy and share with others (unless they are .DRMs … but that’s a whole different post). Instead, it’s pretty cheap nowadays to have the .PDF files converted into either .ePUB (the format used by KoboBooks) or .MOBI (the format used by Kindle) and sell them through the proper channels.

If you want to reach all your potential customers, then you need to realize that some of them are still reading hard copies and others are readying soft copies. Publish your book in both formats to give your customers more choice, and you’ll have the best possible chance at commercial sales success.

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Why is Blogging Important for Your Book Business?

Making the most of your book sales and marketing efforts should be one of the things you work to achieve daily. But it doesn’t take a lot of time, I promise! Only one hour per day, six days per week can do the trick. The key to your success will depend on the amount of traffic you receive, and one of the ideal ways to attract more traffic is by blogging more. Taking the time to get the information out about what you have to offer others is the goal. By knowing some of the reasons blogging is so critical to your business as an author, this may encourage you to do more of it.

Get Attention

Working to get more visitors to your blog site will take the right strategy. This means creating content that is easy to read and provides useful information to the readers who are interested in your particular topic matter. The good news is that people are looking for your topic matter all the time, and they’ll pay money for it. Regular and consistent blogging can help you to reach more and more of these people (a.k.a. your target market) by improving your blog’s SEO with the major search engines, thus making it easier for them to find you. An effective blog entry that shows people you’re a viable source of helpful information can lead to them searching for—and buying!—your book from popular e-commerce sites and/or “bricks and mortar” bookstores.

Get the Word Out to Impulse Buyers

Do you have a special promotion or contest going on that can increase interest in your book right now? If not, create one and blog about it! Because taking the time to do this could help you to increase your book’s sales potential in a dramatic way. Contests appeal to impulse buyers who may not have realized they were in the market for your book until they had that little extra incentive put right in front of their eyes. But your contest has to be appealing, of course. It has to offer a really attractive prize in order to draw lots of attention. Click on the above link for a great idea that will surely get your creative juices flowing on what sort of contest you can use to promote your own book.

Build Trust With Your Blog

I’ve said it many times before, but it’s worth repeating: one of the best ways to grow your online book sales and marketing business is blogging. Doing so allows your readers to learn more about you, as an author, while helping you get the word out about your book(s). However, you’ll need to gain the trust of your readers before they’ll spread the word for you. That’s one of the greatest the keys to successful blogging. Take some time out of your day today and listen to this blogging expert tell you how to get people to trust you so you can gain more readership and sell more books in the long run.

Update Your Blog Often

One thing you’ll want to do to ensure more success with your blogs is to write new posts frequently. This helps build reader confidence.

It’s ideal to blog at least twice per week. That’s it. Two posts per week. Two hours per post. 

In other words, you need only dedicate four hours per week toward writing and posting two 500-word blog entries. Then spend another two hours per week toward effectively sharing those blog entries (and various other posts) online via social media. That’s just six hours per week … which may translate into one hour per day, six days per week

Blogging can help authors in a number of ways. Simply take the time to get started with it. Today!

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YouTube is an Author’s Best Friend

Here’s an excerpt for you from my bestselling book titled Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors regarding how you can use YouTube to sell more books.

As the second most searched website in the world (after Google), YouTube is a popular social media site on which users can upload, share, and view videos free of charge. This makes it a fantastic tool that authors can use to advertise themselves and their books online. 

If you’ve never made a video of any kind before, not to worry; neither had most of the other authors who are now using YouTube regularly (the author of this book included). Get some practice by starting small at first: 

  • Camera-shy authors can start with just their voices. Take an audio recording (.MP3) of you reciting your book’s elevator pitch; then, using a user-friend program like Microsoft Movie Maker, convert it to a YouTube-friendly video file (.MP4) by adding your book’s front cover image to the file. Upload it to YouTube and copy the text of your elevator pitch along with a link to your book’s storefront into the description box under the video. Also make sure the title, tags, and category sections are complete. This is one of the YouTube links you can share with others via Facebook and Twitter on the designated days.
  • Create and Post an Alfresco Video ReadingWhen you feel a little braver, take a video recording (.MP4) of yourself reading a chapter from your book and post that online. You can make it much more interesting by shooting it as a scene outside—by reading from your book with a picturesque display of your own town or city in the background. You can add music to the file, if you choose, in addition to filling out all the standard sections—the title, tags, category, and description—with as many of your popular keywords as you possibly can.

Always keep your audience in mind no matter what type of video you’re creating or sharing. It isn’t enough to just read from your book; rather, think about what your readers will want to know about you and your book. Your goal is the same here as it is on every other site you’re posting content to; it’s an opportunity for potential new audience members to get to know you and your book a little better, to build on that top-of-mind awareness we’re trying to build on. Just as it is when you’re writing blog entries, remember that how-tos, answers to FAQs, expert interviews, insights on characters and their development, and entertaining stories are all popular topic matters that will grab people’s attention. 

Keep your YouTube videos short. In this “instant soup society” of ours, even YouTube users have short attention spans, so it’s better to upload five three-minute videos than it is to upload one 15-minute video whenever possible. More videos that utilize even more of your top keywords will also provide more varied selling opportunities. 

In addition to creating my own videos, I always make sure to ask the interviewers of any Skype, radio, or television interviews I’ve done to send me an .MP3 or .MP4 of our interview session. I upload that to my company YouTube channel along with an introduction to the interviewers and their station in the description box below the video. It’s a way to thank them by opening them up to an expanded audience through my channel, and it’s also a way for me to attract some of their listeners to me by coupling their top keywords together with mine. 

I hope you’ve found some value in this excerpt from my book on how to utilize YouTube to sell more of your own books.

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You know, it doesn’t matter where you are in the whole book process—whether you’ve just begun to write your book, are in the middle of having it published, or have already published it and are now looking for ways to sell it—you can benefit from the knowledge contained within this book: Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors
 
It can show you some really effective ways to grow your readership online in only six hours per week. That’s it, that’s all. It’s never been easier than this.
 
Do you have two short hours to spare today or tomorrow? If yes, sign up for this webinar in the time slot of your choice:
 
Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors – Morning Sessions
 
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You don’t have to be an introvert to benefit from this knowledge. Extroverts are welcome, too!
 
Join any one of these webinars and I’ll mail a paperback copy of the book to the address of your choice. I hope to meet you via webinar soon!

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[Fast and Easy Blog Posts] Winning Tactics for Online Marketing

Unless you’re a full-time online marketer, you probably don’t have several hours every day to dedicate to promoting your book(s). That’s why you need some winning online marketing tactics that shouldn’t take you much time to complete. The truth is, it only takes one hour per day, six days per week, to start seeing some real traction with your book sales and marketing efforts. Consult this list for some additional great ideas to get yourself started.

Recycle an Old Blog Post or Online Article on Social Media

Looking for the time to write a new blog post or online article but just can’t find it? Why not share one of your old ones on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook? One thing is for sure: most people won’t recall it from before; and, even if they do, they’ll most likely be enticed to read it again. Don’t view recycling old blog posts as the lazy man’s form of content marketing since it has some significant benefits. 

  • Here are some of my old ezine articles that I continue to share via social media to this day. 
  • And, of course, I often re-share content from this blog with others if I’m stuck for time on a particular day.

Write Captivating Blog Headlines

Your headline can either make or break your content. There are fantastic tools on the Internet, and in my various books, that can help you come up with interesting headline ideas instead of recycling the overused ones. And remember! Make sure your headlines contain your top keyword for optimum SEO success!

Make Sure Your Top Keyword Repeats Within Your Post

Make sure your top keyword (in this case “blog”) also repeats at least twice for every 100 words of content that you write. This is a great way to ping a search engine’s algorithm to index your blog post that day. Some people, such as Penny Sansevieri,  also recommend writing 500 words minimum (whether you’re writing a book description or a blog post):

While it may seem like you want something short and sweet (so many people don’t like long book descriptions, right?) this is where the algorithm either kicks in, or doesn’t, based on the word count.

You must have at least 500 words in your book description. Why? Because too little content won’t register well (if at all) with Amazon and Google won’t pick it up, either…
Another note about your primary keyword: it should appear 2 to 5 times for every 100 words in your book description. So, no keyword stuffing, certainly, but using the keywords in a way that will help ping Amazon’s algorithm and also get you some attention in Google, as well.

I highly recommend reading the rest of her post titled “Keys to Understanding Amazon’s Algorithms.” It’s informative.

Write a One-Minute Blog Post

For the days when you need to post something on your blog but don’t have time to write 500 words, how about a one-minute blog post? Yes, it is very much possible to write a one-minute blog post. Obviously, the post will not be content rich but it can be one of the easiest ways to engage your subscribers, followers, and fans on a particular day … once in a while only. How about browsing current events related to your industry, writing a short opinion-post about it, and asking for feedback from your readers in return? It’s much like opening up a forum conversation. There’s your one-minute blog post.

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What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of search engine optimization (SEO). The term refers to the various techniques people can use to improve (optimize) their respective webpages’ standings on search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Baidu.

As an author, the “webpages” you’re trying to promote online may be your online articles, blog posts, the e-commerce site where you sell your book(s), or even the home page of your website. It’s crucial to your success to improve each one’s SEO.

How Does it Work?

Think, for a minute, about when you use a search engine to find something. Where is the first place you look when the search results come up? The top and centre of the page? In addition, how many links are you willing to click through to find what you’re looking for? Maybe five or six at the most? Maybe your eye will scan down that first page for something interesting; or, if you have the time, maybe you’ll dig a little deeper and look through the second or third page to see what comes up there. This is what SEO is all about. Statistically, most people will stay on the first page, and that is why it’s crucial to make sure you and your book appear on that first page for as many of the major keywords that are associated with your topic matter as possible. Regular and consistent online writing (blogging) is one way to help you achieve this level of SEO.

Find Keywords

The first thing you will want to do is find specific keywords related to your book’s topic. How do you do this? It’s easy! Pull up the search engine of your choice in your browser, such as Google. Think about what combinations of words your readers will be typing into that search engine when they’re looking for your book. Type them in to test them out and see what comes up. Find as many variations as you can. The more, the better because it will give you more topic matter to create even more content over time.

Create Content

Writing blog posts and online articles that are informative and helpful will bring you more readers—but only if they contain the keywords we just talked about. Repeating a specific keyword at least twice per every 100 words will improve the SEO of that content for that keyword. Then you must share those pieces with others via email marketing, social media marketing, et cetera. Why share it? Because the SEO of that article will further increase and improve with every unique click from every new person who views it.

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For the Love of Making Money on Your Books, Read This One!

This content first appeared on the Innovative Editing blog and has been republished here with permission.

Every month, Innovative Editing features a creative writer or non-fiction writer who caught its editorial eye. These authors can be self-published or traditionally published, Innovative Editing clients or outside recommendations.

Just, one way or the other, they do stand out! If you think you do too, then reach out right here.

This month, I have an author whose featured work is relevant for so many writers. How to Build a Loyal Readership So Your Self-Published Books Get Picked Up by Literary Agents and Trade Publishers is incredibly useful in unearthing industry secrets about writing, publishing and marketing that can put your book in the spotlight.

I would recommend this guide to any creative writer or non-fiction writer who’s even considering the self-publishing route… even if it’s just as a step toward being traditionally published.

January’s Author of the Month: Kim Staflund
Featured Title: How to Build a Loyal Readership So Your Self-Published Books Get Picked Up by Literary Agents and Trade Publishers
Genre: Business Non-Fiction

Age Appropriate: All

Jeannette: Kim, I’m just going to come right out and say how informative your book was. It definitely taught me a thing or two about marketing, and you have a lot of great tips and tricks to tell about writing as well. What inspired this book idea, and what is its main purpose?

Kim: I consider myself a “sales coach for authors” more than a book publisher because my greatest goal is to help authors sell more books. I’m constantly researching and utilizing the latest book sales and marketing tactics that will give authors the greatest edge.

In 2017, I found two articles that profiled two different fiction authors and how they had earned six- and seven-figure incomes selling their books online. Then I personally spoke to two other fiction authors using the same tactics to sell literally thousands of books on a consistent basis.

That had me wondering: If it can work for fiction, can it also work for non-fiction? I asked a couple of “author marketing consultants” what they thought of this, and both were skeptical. In their opinions, it couldn’t work for non-fiction authors because they don’t typically offer multiple book products to the same pool of readers.

Hmmmm… Something inside of me disagreed with their logic. My gut was saying it would be just as easy, if not easier, to do this with non-fiction books. And sure enough, I researched some more and found two non-fiction authors using the same tactics to sell thousands of books online. That made me smile, and it inspired me to begin writing how-to guides tailored specifically to various non-fiction authors.

But, again, the process can also work for fiction authors too.
 
Jeannette: Okay. Let’s dive right in then! You write that “… the most successful authors are the ones who treat book writing, publishing, sales, and marketing as their own business. They don’t only write; they sell their books.” I don’t want to give away all of your secrets here, but can you expound on that concept a little bit?

Kim: Even before I wrote this book, that was true. I’ve been saying it for years. The most successful authors are entrepreneurs. Always have been. Always will be.

For those who disagree, I highly recommend you read this blog post where the Big Five trade publishers themselves – Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster – discuss how much time they actually spend selling their authors’ books for them. You’ll be enlightened.

Jeannette: You’re spot-on with that blog post. Authors-in-the-making too often have a utopic idea of what being traditionally published looks like. They have no idea they might be working just as hard to market themselves as if they were self-published.

I know you address this directly in the linked article above. But let’s talk about it here too since, in your book, you brought up at least one example of a self-published author who got picked up by a traditional publisher after she marketed herself well enough.

Would you say that’s a publishing world trend at this point, where the big guys want to know writers can pull their own weight before they offer anything on their end?

Kim: This is not only a recent trend. It’s always been this way for the majority of authors/writers. I strongly recommend that people read the above-mentioned blog post so they can have their eyes wide open when approaching trade publishers.

Trade publishers are looking for authors that already have their own platforms, and this book can teach you how to build yours.

Jeannette: That it can! But like I said several questions ago, I don’t want to give away all of your secrets, so let’s switch focus to the book-writing phase you also address in How to Build a Loyal Readership. As a book-writing coach myself, I cheered when you said that a writer’s “sole purpose” in writing out their first draft was to actually get it written.

I’ve had too many students and clients start out absolutely awesome stories, only to fall prey to the editing bug well before they should be editing. And so they never finish their first drafts, much less ever get published.

Click here to sneak a peak inside!

Kim: I’ve talked about this type of procrastination in all my books because it’s such a common issue for authors. There’s so much more to procrastination than simple perfectionism. It goes much deeper than that. It’s about fear.

I dedicated a full chapter to uncovering what I believe causes fear – and how to overcome it – in my recent paperback Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors. Midwest Book Review touted it as “…a critically important instructional reference … informed, informative, and thoroughly ‘user friendly’ from beginning to end … a mandatory study for every novice author seeking to establish themselves in an economically supporting career…”

You can find that whole section in:

They complement what you’ll read in How to Build a Loyal Readership. If you combine the advice between the book and those two blog posts, you’ll be able to overcome your procrastination much more easily.

Jeannette: If it’s okay with you, I’ll out one aspect of that advice right here: rewarding yourself along the writing way. What’s the best incentive you ever set for your writing accomplishments?

Kim: It depends on where I am in life. I’ve rewarded myself with everything from a new pair of shoes to a trip to Europe! I think we should spoil ourselves once in a while. Because writing a book is a true accomplishment.

Jeannette: And such a worthwhile one too! Oh, and speaking of worthwhile…

For the record, I know that’s a horrible transition. But I really want to squeeze this second-to-last question in here. You mention that you prefer Microsoft Word rather than Scrivener. I’m with you there, but you do know “them’s fightin’ words” for a lot of writers, right?

Kim: Lol. Yes, I think you’re right. And that’s why I invite anyone who reads my book to add a review/comment to it afterward on whether they agree or disagree with anything that’s been said. I may have 25 years’ experience in this industry, but I don’t know it all and I’m a lifelong learner. I read the comments because I’m open to other people’s opinions. I think we can all help each other.

Jeannette: That was definitely another aspect I appreciated about How to Build a Loyal Readership. Too many people in the book writing industry – editors included –  are very snobbish about their opinions. But you give so much amazing, insightful and honest advice in your book.

Is there one piece of information you think stands out as being more important than all the others? Or is this one of those systems where each part builds off of the next?

Kim: There are a lot of moving parts to this type of book sales and marketing. All these things work together, and it has to be done on a consistent basis in order to see any real traction. The only one piece of advice I have is what I’ve been telling authors for years: Whether you’re self-published or trade published, authors are entrepreneurs.

Jeannette: Beautifully stated!

Kim: Jeannette, thank you so much for the opportunity to speak to your subscribers. I’m very grateful for it. And thank you for the guest post you did for the PPG Publisher’s Blog, too: Do You Really Have What It Takes to Write a Book?

Jeannette: That was such a fun article to write! So thank you, Kim. I had a blast putting it together.

And Innovative Editing readers, here’s the short list of e-books Kim has written, starting with the oh-so-helpful Author of the Month feature. Oh yeah, and the second two are free!

[Ebook Conversion Sale!] Improve Your Sales on Amazon

Kim Staflund: founder and publisher at Polished Publishing Group (PPG) and author of the PPG Publisher’s Blog

Just a quick reminder of Polished Publishing Group (PPG)’s ebook conversion services and why it’s so important to convert your paperbacks and hardcovers into a .MOBI ebook for sale on Amazon’s Kindle.

A little while ago, I posted a blog entry titled 3 Ways an Author Central Page Can Spike Your Ranking on Amazon. In this post, I talked about the fact that PPG cannot create an author page for you on Amazon. If we could, we would. But according to Amazon’s rules, authors must create their own author pages and then “claim” their own book(s) to those pages in order for them to display properly.

It’s always a great idea to offer your potential and current readers their choice between a physical book (e.g., paperback, hardcover) and ebook version of your title on your Author Central page. And it’s an even better idea to upload them at different times for all the reasons discussed in the above blog post.

If you currently only have a physical book published right now, we can help you convert the final print-ready .PDF or Word.doc file for that book to a .MOBI ebook for you.

In fact, we’ll do even better than that for you this month…

Click here to order your conversion package before November 1, 2017, and we’ll convert TWO ebook formats for you for the price of only one: a .MOBI (Amazon’s Kindle ebook format) and an .EPUB (Kobo’s ebook format).

We’ll even send you some helpful tips on how to upload the files to each platform so you can reach a broader audience through both.

It doesn’t matter to us where/who you published your paperbacks/hardcovers through. If you can provide us with the final print-ready .PDF or Word.doc file for your book, we can help. Click here to order your conversion package before November 1, 2017.

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Three Ways an Author Central Page Can Spike Your Ranking on Amazon

Kim Staflund’s Author Central page can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-Staflund/e/B0733M2PZV/

You may have been browsing Amazon.com’s bookstore recently, and you may have come across author pages that group together all of an author’s books in one place along with his or her photo(s) and biography. If you’re wondering how you can set up a page like this for yourself and how it can help to spike your overall ranking on Amazon, keep reading. Here’s what you need to know.

You Must Create Your Own Author Central Page and “Claim” Your Books to That Page

Whether you have a publisher (such as PPG) that is publishing your books worldwide for you or you’re self-publishing your own ebooks to Amazon’s Kindle by yourself, Amazon won’t automatically group all your books together—nor will Amazon allow your publisher to do it on your behalf because the company prefers to work directly with individual authors. What you must do is sign up to create your own Author Central Page; and, once that process is complete, you must contact them again to “claim” each of the books you want added to your page by sending them a list of the ISBNs (or ASINs) and titles of those books.

Your Author Ranking is Important to Your Overall Success Online

In many ways, online book sales and marketing works differently than traditional book sales and marketing does. In the traditional world, you’re trying to appeal to people (e.g., publicists, book reviewers, booksellers) to help you promote your book(s) to the masses. But, in the online world, you’re goal is to get your webpage indexed via computerized processes—algorithms. It’s all about effectively “pinging” a search engine’s algorithm in order to rank higher and higher in its search results which, much like a successful publicity campaign, will increase your page’s exposure. More exposure generally equates to more sales over time. It’s a numbers game.

Each one of your books on Amazon’s website has its own individual webpage ranking, and that ranking is based primarily on how many copies of the book have been sold. But there are other factors that can affect ranking such as publishing frequency, association with other bestselling books via the “Customers who bought this item also bought” section of the page, and one’s Author Central page … to name only three (algorithms are elusive creatures).

Three Ways an Author Central Page Can Spike Your Ranking on Amazon

Once your page is officially set up (which should only take a day or two … they’re pretty fast), the fun begins! Now you can create an author bio for yourself, upload author photos and promotional videos, include your upcoming events, and add the really simple syndication (RSS) feed from your WordPress blog to share teasers of your latest blog posts with an extended audience. Doing so can help to spike your ranking on Amazon in these three ways:

1. The very act of creating an Author Central page—and adding those first one or two books, author photos, events, and/or videos—automatically spikes your overall author ranking on Amazon. I found it to be quite a significant spike (400,000+ points on the author ranking scale!), so they’ve obviously built this into their algorithm to encourage more and more authors to do it.

2. Each subsequent update of any kind pings Amazon’s algorithm and increases your ranking again; albeit, in my experience, it’s not as significant a boost in ranking as the first time around. But here’s some great news: much like it is with all blogs and online publications, each time your RSS feed adds another entry to your author page, it not only pings Amazon. It also tells other search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Bing, Baidu) that this particular Amazon page has received another relevant update which gets it re-indexed with all of them. (It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that an RSS backlink like this on a high-traffic website such as Amazon is also great for your blog’s SEO.)

3. Last but not least, a high-ranking Author Central page can help to boost the ranking of every book associated with it. If someone buys one of your books and really likes it, he or she won’t have to go far to find all the other books published by you. They will all be listed together, making it much easier to find and buy. The more books people buy and subsequently review for you on Amazon, the higher up your overall ranking will go.

The key is to maintain this pace. Keep it going. Keep updating your Author Central page in various ways … new books, new pictures, new events, new videos, new posts via your RSS feed. You can build on the last increase in your ranking by adding a new update quickly. But if you stop for extended periods of time, it will all slide back down again. Pretty soon, you’ll be so low on the totem pole that it will take a lot of work to climb back up to the top. So, be sure to keep your momentum going by continually updating your page at least once per week if not more. That’s the key to success in the world of algorithms and online selling.

Not All Amazon Regions Currently Offer Author Central Pages … and the Ones That Do Don’t Offer All the Same Features as Amazon.com

As of today’s date, there are only five regions in the world that offer Author Central pages and you must set up each one separately from the rest: the USA, UK, Germany, France, and Japan. I’ve also found that only the USA page allows for links to RSS feeds, but I’m hopeful the other regions will begin to see the benefit of this and add it to their platforms over time.

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