5 Secrets Authors Need to Know About Amazon’s Book Sale Algorithms

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Self-publishing is a huge undertaking. Understanding how book sales platforms work is critical, and because Amazon sells more books than any other platform, understanding how Amazon works is critical. Here are five things every author needs to know about the company.
1. Free does not count the same as a sale. When you give your book away for free on Amazon, the algorithms count it differently than an actual sale. This means your book will need many more free downloads to rise in the rankings and most of Amazon’s lists.
2. If you have set up your book on any platform other than Amazon’s, you will not be able to directly control the price of the book. You set the retail price only. Amazon decides when to discount it and how much of a discount to offer.
3. After a sale or giveaway that includes many distributors, track your book’s…

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  1. Thanks for re-sharing this. When I teach book marketing classes I discover most writers are not aware of Amazon’s affiliate link option where you are given a unique link to your book that you can link to from your own website/social media/etc and receive an additional cut of the sales for links you refer. Happy Holidays!

  2. Thanks for re-sharing this. When I teach book marketing classes I discover most writers are not aware of Amazon’s affiliate link option where you are given a unique link to your book that you can link to from your own website/social media/etc and receive an additional cut of the sales for links you refer. Happy Holidays!

  3. You are welcome. I think when it comes to marketing, most writers don’t know nearly enough as we should.Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and comment. Happy New Years!

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