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Yep, my dash changed too.  I only lost 3 sales, just adding another data point to the pile.   Sorry to those who lost many more.
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As expected, Amazon have now fixed things in their favour and altered my dashboard orders to fit the Month to Date.

Frankly, I think theyíve fiddled - and Iíve been diddled, and robbed blind. I donít care what they say.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sagging sales for May
« Last post by Scrapper78 on May 21, 2019, 05:40:34 AM »
I expect sales to slump come May.

I'm down quite a bit, but this is my third year and the third time I've seen this happen. My January high was 6k in profit. I'll be thrilled to clear 2500 in May. But that's the business. We'll see if a July release bumps me.

I did randomly have about a thousand downloads of my freebie, over a two-day period. Not sure what that was, and it hasn't really bumped my sales at all. I wonder if 'zon was cleaning up the reports on me.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sagging sales for May
« Last post by Marti Talbott on May 21, 2019, 04:05:21 AM »

I think Amazon has abandoned its algorithm and now ranks purely on sales performance based on AMS ads. 

Oddly, the book linked below has been a permafree for years, and it has ranked in the top 100  in its genre for years as well. What I gather from that is that Amazon credits us for each sale, and as they accumulate, it adds to the rank. I could be wrong, but I don't know of any other way to explain it. I don't do AMS ads on this book.

To prove that theory, I've marked several of my mystery books down to $.99 to see if I can improve the ranking for those as well. Frankly, I hadn't sold any of them for the first 15 days in May, and have since sold 29 at the lower price. It's painful to think readers these days are mostly bargain hunting, but it appears so.

Anyway, last night about 20 sales showed up all at once. Yet, I just realized this is the 20th and it always slows down when they start generating those "stupid" emails that say nothing useful.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003X95M94/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sagging sales for May
« Last post by littleauthor on May 20, 2019, 11:19:25 PM »

How are sales in your world?
Horrible. I have more sales on Smashwords, Kobo, GP this month than Amazon. First time that's ever happened.

Page reads tanked with PageFlip. At the end of this month, my catalogue will be completely wide. Hallelujah. I'm never taking that KU sucker punch again.


 
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sagging sales for May
« Last post by Dormouse on May 20, 2019, 10:35:35 PM »
I dont think sales overall are sagging  + most people are still kicking the ball the old way.
= people playing the new way are selling much more
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sagging sales for May
« Last post by TimothyEllis on May 20, 2019, 08:12:52 PM »
The cliffs have all shifted again.

The 30 day cliff is now around day 12-14. The 60 day cliff is day 28. The 90 day cliff is around day 40.

Where before a new release would give you a good solid 3 month tail, now you're lucky to get 6 weeks.

Part of this is the new AMS, and the fact that bidding is a total joke now. So what worked well a year ago, generates crickets now.

I think Amazon has abandoned its algorithm and now ranks purely on sales performance based on AMS ads. Anyone with an ineffective or no ad gets no help at all now, and I suspect is deliberately pushed down fast to bring in anything new with an effective ad going.

I dont think sales overall are sagging, but Amazon have shifted the goalposts again, and most people are still kicking the ball the old way.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sagging sales for May
« Last post by DrewMcGunn on May 20, 2019, 01:52:48 PM »
Its been close to 5 months since my last book and sales have fallen off as one might expect. Still, the sales have tanked more than I had expected.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sagging sales for May
« Last post by Kyra Halland on May 20, 2019, 11:04:00 AM »
Really bad here, too. If things keep up this way, I'll be lucky to hit $20, when my normally-expected baseline is $50 and I'd been doing considerably better than that this year up until now.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sagging sales for May
« Last post by EllieL on May 20, 2019, 10:24:18 AM »
My Amazon sales have absolutely tanked this month. I mean I haven't even made 20 bucks when by now I should be in the triple digits. I promote, I have things on sale, but nada. Zip. Zilch.
So I'm going back to the drawing board and working on a new project to try not to stress myself over it.
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