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Author Topic: Is your book in a 'Top 100' Best Seller category on Amazon NOW? List it here!  (Read 290974 times)  

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Hi Nell,

I'm really new to this whole process but I THINK that the way it's working is that Amazon lists your top three categories, and the higher the category, with "wider" the subject.  So the "General" category may be considered a higher classification by Amazon standards.  My guess is that you are still listed high in metaphysical, but because you've popped up into the top 50 (or top 100 maybe, I don't know exactly) in the "General" category, that's what they are showing on your page.

Again, this is mostly guesswork on my part!  Hope it helps a little.

Misha


Misha, you could be right because I'm definitely noticing the "lesser" categories stepping up when I fall off the "larger" categories. This is all new within the past day or two. It makes more sense to me, and I like having a category step in when another falls off!

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Nell,

I noticed the same thing. While my categories do change (less often now than a few months ago), the recent changes were much like yours - larger, general categories with higher rankings due to the increased competition. I'm not sure what they're doing, but they're doing something!

Fwiw, my current rankings for Out of Time are:

# Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

    * #1 in Books > Romance > Time Travel
    * #9 in Books > Romance > Vampires
    * #15 in Books > Romance > Romantic Suspense



Are those your normal categories? Do you have secondary categories recently? I would guess though, if Misha is correct,you're high enough in the broader categories so you haven't had to spill into any of the lower ones yet. Let us know if you do, okay? The more we understand about this the more control we have!!

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Those three are my typical categories. But, in the last few days, for a brief period (an hour here and there) other categories will replace 2 or all 3 of them. I don't have a capture of the exact categories, but they were bigger (although the breadcrumb trail was longer) and my rank was in the 40s and 50s, iirc.

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Actually, hey!  The Adventure of Anna the Great is still hanging on at
    *   #85 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Children's Fiction > Historical Fiction > General

It was up in the forties yesterday (which isn't saying much on that particular list).

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#26,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#44 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Children's Fiction > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Stories

What's interesting is that this is the book I have been ignoring. But once I dropped it to 99 cents, it started finding its audience. Go figure.

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It's great to see so many people here making so many different lists.  (Before you were involved in this aspect of  publishing, would you have ever imagined there were so many possible categories?)

Like others have said, I've noticed categories which are not the ones I assigned.

I just checked my books and I see that four of the six are currently on Top 100 Lists:

Secrets Of Slaters Falls
#62 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Drama > United States

Zach's Secret
#5 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Nonfiction > Coming Out
#60 in Books > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Teen Health > Sexuality

Sex On Soaps
#88 in Kindle Store > Books > Nonfiction > Arts & Entertainment > Television > History & Criticism

That's Why I'm The Soap Opera Writer
#18 in Kindle Store > Books > Nonfiction > Arts & Entertainment > Television > Screenwriting

            

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Currently Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

    #31 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Technothrillers
    #37 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > High Tech
    #30 in Books > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Technothrillers

but sometimes the Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > General shows up for a brief time.

I suspect that once I raise the price back to $3.99, it'll fall right off these lists.  :-\

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Am I mentally challenged? All I see is this:
An Unexpected Obsession
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

There is no breakdown for sub-categories :(.
Wow! So you have a rank of 2,820 yet you're not in the top 100 of any category? What category did you list your book in, "Kindle Store - Books - Fiction - Books ranked over 2,800"? That's rough.

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An exciting update!!!! #1 - A TASTE OF DESIRE

What's not to love about this thread. :) "Pure Pimpage" LOL

Current Rank: #245 #204
#1.   Taste of Desire  - Books->Romance->Historical
#1.   Taste of Desire ->Kindle Store->Books->Fiction->Genre Fiction-> Historical Romance ->General
#32. Taste of Desire - Books->Romance

Current Rank: #276 #248
#4.   Sinful Surrender - Books->Romance->Historical
#4.   Sinful Surrender ->Kindle Store->Books->Fiction->Genre Fiction->Historical Romance ->General
#44. Sinful Surrender - Books ->Romance

Sinful Surrender is also listed under Western, but alas, it's a Victorian romance. :)


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THE VALLEY
#50 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical
#81 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult
#89 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult


THE INVASION
#76 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > General
#29 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult
#73 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Science Fiction > General


ISLAND LIFE
#100 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult

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I like having a category step in when another falls off!

Yes, I totally agree!   ;D
   

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Yippee Skippy!  My book lists out like this:
#6,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#13 in Books > Entertainment > Humor > Love, Sex & Marriage
#5 in Kindle Store > Books > Humor > Parenting & Families
#13 in Books > Entertainment > Humor > Parenting & Families
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Ah, the categories.  I've thrown specific stuff into my keywords and my description, but who knows the exact formula.  In any case, one of my books is on some lists in the UK:

New World Orders:
    #25 in Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Political
    #36 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Political
    #56 in Books > Fiction > Political

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The Journey is doing well today. Right now, it is:

    * #35 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical
    * #24 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fantasy > Historical
    * #52 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Magic & Wizards

It was even slightly better during the day, I think it was #21 in Kindle Historical Fantasy as one point.
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#68 in Christian humor fiction, after a really rough month.
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,40980.0.html
"A Time for Poncey - And other Stories out of Skullbone"
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Right this second, The Truth About Dating is
#92 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Contemporary Fiction
#11 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Comic
#11 in Kindle Store > Books > Humor > General
When a funny, but introverted woman embarks on a quest to find a man, humorous and heartbreaking events redirect her to a different path in life. When a literary agent is murdered in Brooklyn, Ruby Neptune, an aspiring writer, tries to solve the crime. Ruby Neptune returns to solve the murder of a banker. A woman living a quietly miserable existence suddenly learns what happiness could be, but a secret from her past could ruin everything.

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Hmm-- have to check.

Atlantis #69 in science fiction
Chasing the Ghost # #30 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Men's Adventure

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I'm thrilled to wake up this morning and be able to answer YES! to this post! After a remarkable sales weekend (more than 10 books this weekend, which is awesome for me), Hard Day's Knight has the following stats as of 6:50 this morning -

#7,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

    * #86 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult
    * #78 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult
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Cameo the Assassin is:

    #90 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fantasy > Historical
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Misha, Monique (and everyone), What this probably means is that we are in the top 100 for more than three categories, if our top three are broader, more general categories. In other words, you could be #1 in a category and not know it because you're #68 in Kindle>Fiction>General, which has a more powerful hierarchical position than the other category. If only three categories can display on a book page, the more powerful ones display. Only after you slip off the General top 100 for those categories will the minor categories step in.

It may have always been this way, but I just wasn't in the top 100 for the broader categories until the past couple of days to notice it.

Edited: I went back and displayed the category listing for Kindle>Metaphysical, where Threads typically ranks very high. It isn't in the top 100 (even though it always was before). I'm not sure I believe that it fell off the top 100 list because of sales. I think Amazon is manipulating the list some other way, for some other reason. What that reason is, I have no idea.
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Isabeau - #2,009 Paid in Kindle Store
     #74 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical

The Crown in the Heather - #2,733 Paid in Kindle Store
    #27 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Men's Adventure
    #36 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Saga
    #100 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical

Worth Dying For - #4,188 Paid in Kindle Store
    #62 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Saga
    #38 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Men's Adventure
    #47 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > War

Ah yes, I can see they're mixing things up more now.  It used to be they'd only list the three categories with the highest ranking, because even though CITH has been ranked in 'Kindle > Genre Fiction > Historical' before, it didn't show up because it was ranked higher in other things.  It's also ranked higher in some 'Kindle' categories than the 'Book' categories they're showing.  I'm not sure why they're listing them that way, because to me the customer base is different.  Maybe they're hoping to drive Kindle sales?




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BERSERKER - my Viking vs Yeti novel ( http://www.amazon.com/Berserker-ebook/dp/B004CRSQSU )is at

#8,121 Paid in Kindle Store
#91 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > War

No idea why that category, but I'll take it.

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'Courtesan' http://www.kboards.com/book/?asin=B003P2VH98

I'm unsure why it in the 'books' section as well as the 'kindle store' section. The ways of Amazon are mysterious indeed.

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

    * #55 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Science Fiction > Adventure
    * #86 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Science Fiction > General
    * #64 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure



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Wow, I've just noticed my TOP 100 'Cries Of Vampira' sales rank...in the UK!

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,424 Paid in Kindle Store
    #61 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fantasy > Historical
 :o ;D ;)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cries-Vampira-Horror-Alpha-Werewolf/dp/B004CRTF1M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1301405991&sr=8-1

Congrats again to everyone here who's books have cracked the TOP 100 sales categories!
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#8 in Books > Entertainment > Humor > Lawyers & Criminals

I cracked into a top 10, YAY!

Not sure why it isn't ranked in women sleuths or mysteries anywhere, but such are the ways of Amazon...