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How to Tame Amazon’s Algorithm to Increase your Sales Rank

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If you don’t read Nicholas Rossis’s blog regularly, you are missing out. Nicholas has all sorts of great insights…and this post is one of them. (Ever been frustrated by why your Amazon ranking doesn’t seem to make any sense? Nicholas has the reason why…)

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: dailyfinance.com

When I launched Honest Fibs the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that with just a couple of dozen sales in a few days, it had reached the phenomenal sales rank of some #40,000.

This got me thinking: how is that even possible? I don’t think any of my older works have performed so well, even when they sell bigger numbers – say during a promo.

Then I came across a great resource, courtesy of The Passive Guy: an educated guess as to how Amazon’s ranking algorithm works, by John Doppler of Self-Publishing Advice. I examine his points here and look at how you can use them to increase your own sales.

Amazon’s Sales Rank

As a closely guarded secret, Amazon’s sales rank remains a perpetual source of confusion and myth. Authors find themselves asking questions like this all the time:

  • “Why…

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Written by Barb Caffrey

May 8, 2016 at 5:03 am

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing – and for the kind words 😀

    Nicholas C. Rossis

    May 9, 2016 at 3:18 am

    • You’re most welcome, Nicholas. Loved the Shakespeare post, too…BTW, Mozart is another person whose works were nearly lost, and so is Robert Schumann. Without the devoted efforts by their widows (Constanza Weber Mozart and Clara Schumann, respectively), most likely we’d have almost nothing — or maybe absolutely nothing — of theirs in the repertoire today. Such things make me believe there must be a Higher Power at work…all three things are a sign that beautiful things somehow endure, or at least can endure, if we try hard enough. 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      May 9, 2016 at 4:08 am


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