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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Stats for latest Freebooksy promo
« Last post by notthatamanda on October 18, 2019, 04:34:12 AM »
It might be.  I always moved a lot of free books on google, it seemed pretty steady, and it seemed like a lot of google readers weren't going to ever buy anything.  On Amazon, the book will drop in rank quickly, especially free, bye bye organic visibility.  On google who knows?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Stats for latest Freebooksy promo
« Last post by Marti Talbott on October 18, 2019, 04:13:21 AM »
Yes that's true.  Well google fixed the pricing page, maybe they'll fix reports next.  Fingers crossed.

True, and you always give me good advice, which I appreciate very much. Maybe because Google gathers sales from so many countries, it's hard to impossible to be current. We used to think Amazon was current (hourly), but these days I've begun to doubt that. I have a couple of good days, then a bad one with no apparent rhyme or reason - which day of the week, holidays, school shopping, etc. Just nothing I can pin down.

Considering the low Amazon sales after this 900 + download on their site, it makes me wonder if something is wrong. Google outselling Amazon? That's not right.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Stats for latest Freebooksy promo
« Last post by notthatamanda on October 18, 2019, 04:02:35 AM »
Yes that's true.  Well google fixed the pricing page, maybe they'll fix reports next.  Fingers crossed.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Stats for latest Freebooksy promo
« Last post by Marti Talbott on October 18, 2019, 03:33:46 AM »
Marti on Google Play you can look at payment center, then edit, to see if your total is going up.

Right, but I needed to see which books sold and I can only do that by downloading the report.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Stats for latest Freebooksy promo
« Last post by notthatamanda on October 18, 2019, 03:23:10 AM »
Marti on Google Play you can look at payment center, then edit, to see if your total is going up.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Stats for latest Freebooksy promo
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 18, 2019, 02:40:39 AM »
Google play sometimes fails to update their spreadsheet for 3-4 days on end. Used to drive me nuts.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Stats for latest Freebooksy promo
« Last post by Marti Talbott on October 18, 2019, 02:18:40 AM »
Update: Interesting that the Google Play download only shows sales through the 15th. Today adds 14 sales in that series on their site alone. Amazon 4, D2D 1 (sometimes they get data late from either Apple or Nook) and Kobo 0 still. I looked for a download for Kobo but all they have are the ones for the past pay period, not anything current. I normally don't expect much from Kobo, but every sale counts.

Bringing the total sell through to 53.
53 x 2.79 = $147.87  cost $95.00
 
Since this is the third series that follows the same Scottish MacGreagor Clan, then some readers will go back to read the first 22 books, and then The Lost MacGreagor books which has four more books. All together, there are 36.

When they say more is better, then it's a true statement when it comes to a series. And still, I'm not rich. I wonder why not too. :o)
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Stats for latest Freebooksy promo
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 18, 2019, 12:29:57 AM »
All time sales definitely count. I was just reading something about KDP free promos today, and it states that after your free run is over, the "paid Paid ranking" (their typo) uses your previous historical ranking to calculate the new one.

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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Stats for latest Freebooksy promo
« Last post by Marti Talbott on October 17, 2019, 11:05:24 PM »
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If you know my name, then you would probably find all my books by searching for that. As far as a genre search, you would probably find the first one under "free historical romance." Of course, that depends on how high that specific book ranks on that specific day. The more specific your search terms, the closer you would get to finding what you're looking for. For example, if you entered "horror" you'd get all the best sellers followed by hundreds more. But if you narrowed it to "supernatural horror," then your list of possibles would be closer to what you're looking for. Hope this helps.

As an author, then the keywords need to be the search terms you think readers would use to find your book.

Well I've just searched for your title using the search term 'free historical romance' in Amazon com and can't find it on the first three pages, and it's the same with the UK site.
I'm not criticising you or your marketing strategy, you've done much more writing and more marketing than I've done, I'm just trying to analyse the results of your marketing campaign, with a view to finding out if it's worth it.
Maybe I'm being too intrusive.
I'm not trying to score any points here, but one of my novels is ranked fourth in Amazon com for its search term, and that's without any marketing whatsoever.
Oops, no, it's on my website, forgot about that.
Good luck, anyway.

Ah, someone as literal as I am. If you had searched on the day I had 900 downloads on Amazon, you probably would have found that book on the first three pages. However, after five days, it slipped back down.

It's a competition. The rank is determined by where a book is compared to all the other books in that category. Today, if you were to search free books under the search term "Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Medieval Fiction eBooks" you would find "The Viking," my bestselling historical book, in the number 4 slot. It stays pretty high because it is not a crowded category.

I believe, but I can't prove, that the number of copies sold over all time counts. When I run an ad on that book, it jump to the top. Of course, free books don't count as bestsellers. I just happen to know I've given away over 200k copies of that book in the last 10 years. Hope this helps you understand.
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Posted my FB posts just now. Used the default copy from the email, but had to clean it up a bit.

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Ready for some thrills this Halloween?
Do you like your #scifi novels better when the story is also a little #scary?
Are you a fan of #horror stories that feature mad #science, or scientists, or #experiments gone bad?
Our Monsters & Madmen sale from Oct. 18 to 20 showcases a number of today's best Indie authors, and has stories chock full of it all, for 99c/99p each.
http://promo.doublecrosslit.com
#ebook #doublecrosslit #fiction

Interestingly, when I submitted the book with all but US and UK changed to 99c equivalent, Amazon priced matched the other 2 immediately anyway, making their promotion redundant.

I'll do an Instagram version tomorrow.
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