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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon yanking sales ranking after a Bookbub promo
« Last post by nikkykaye on Today at 09:02:38 PM »
Thanks, David, for putting together a really well-comsidered article on this. Itís been a month since my rank was stripped, and frankly Iím afraid to send any kind of inquiry to Amazonówith regards to pulling out of KU, or their progress in this ďinvestigation.Ē

I hadnít realized the breadth of this, however. Iím horrified to learn that Phoenix was targeted, for example. With regards to the whole ďrank jumpĒ trigger, they did not strip my book until two days AFTER the promotion ended. So I lost any kind of tail and also boughts on that book.

Im almost expecting Amazon to garnish my royalties for that promotional period, by claiming that any residual sales are fruit from the poisoned tree. It sounds ridiculous, but the fact that itís completely conceivable demonstrates how little faith I have in Amazinís ability to tell which are the snakes and which are the sticks on the forest trail.

I truly hope that this can be resolved soon. Iíve had to reconsider my whole career trajectory and approach because of this. Because itís not hard enough already, right?
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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Your Best Cure For Writer's Block?
« Last post by Jerri Kay Lincoln on Today at 08:40:19 PM »
My best cure is not to get it.  "Writer's Block" is not in my vocabulary.
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« Last post by TWErvin2 on Today at 08:38:36 PM »
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Need More Book Reviews?
« Last post by Tilly on Today at 08:36:29 PM »
As others have said, this is a violation of Amazon's TOS....

And yet I bet this person has an inbox full of requests from authors who donít care about TOS and who believe positive reviews are the magic bullet to more sales...  ::)
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Writers' Cafe / What's Your Best Cure For Writer's Block?
« Last post by Bookread on Today at 08:25:01 PM »
What's your best cure for writer's block?

Mine is to read through two pages of what I wrote the day before. That usually revs up my engine enough to get going.

What's yours?
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Writers' Cafe / Amazon Associates Web Crawler Request Gobbledygook
« Last post by LilyBLily on Today at 08:24:18 PM »
Just got this in my inbox:

"Greetings,

For Recommendation Ads to work effectively, our crawlers need to index your pages. We noticed your website does not allow Amazon to crawl itself, which is leading to problems in loading Native Shopping Ads.

Hereís what you need to do to fix this problem:

The Amazon crawlers can be identified by the following user agent string 'Mozilla/5.0 (compatible;contxbot/1.0)'. To update your robots.txt file to grant our crawler access to your pages, remove the following two lines of text from your robots.txt file:

    User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible;contxbot/1.0)

    Disallow: /

Alternately, just put this in these two lines of text:

    User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible;contxbot/1.0)

    Disallow:

Thatís it! If you still face any issues or have questions, please write to us at nativeadsfeedback@amazon.com.

Sincerely,
The Amazon Associates Program"


Did some research. Apparently, Amazon would like me to let it put ads on my website--ads that Amazon considers "relevant." I can't think of any product that would be relevant other than competitors' books. No, thank you, Amazon. I did not sign up for this nonsense.

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To those who don't understand why a scammer would buy copies of a book promoted by BookBub, in the words of my son:

"See Mom, if a scammer used the same bots to buy a BookBub book and a scam book, the scam book would look like it was bought by 100% of the people who bought the popular book, and having 100% in common would mean that it would have a greater probability of being recommended even if the number of books bought wasn't that high."

I think he's probably right. (He's 11 and he picked up on this detail I hadn't even thought of!  :o )

Nice to see someone is on top of this! :)
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That's very kind, Lou. What I would ask of you or anyone else wishing to help is to continue reporting bad behavior and to call it out publicly. ...

It was about if Amazon -- our business partner -- had negative information about sites, service providers, newsletters, or practices we as a community hadn't been able to ferret out on our own through many layers of due diligence, and Amazon refused to share that information to protect its business partners, then that's shameful and irresponsible.

Well, if it's kind of me, it's not a fraction of the kindness you've shown total strangers here over many years. Your insight into the mysterious algos has been illuminating.

I wrote them and explained I was withdrawing my titles and referenced your situation. It'll actually be quite a relief to not have to check reads every day to make sure I'm not the next person targeted and unfairly accused. I suggested a solution, which I'm sure they won't listen to either, if in fact an actual human being reads the email, which I somehow doubt.

I understand: it is what is it. And what it is right now is too messed up for me to want to risk dealing with. (As always, everyone else gets to make his or her own decision. I'm not advising. I'm just doing what will help me rest easier.)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Selling my self-published book via Shopify?
« Last post by botolo on Today at 08:19:04 PM »
If you want to sell on shopify it should just be to make some extra money, knowing you'll be handling all the packing and shipping orders yourself. If you have a really huge platform and plan on selling thousands of copies, then definitely go this route. You'll make a lot more profit per book selling them yourself than through Amazon after Amazon and createspace takes their cut.

My push to sell the book on Shopify is that I am pretty good at Facebook Ads marketing, but I need a landing page to sell and I need to track conversion rate. If I create Facebook ads and send traffic to my book's Amazon page, the conversion rate will be bad and hard to track.

Shopify (and other platforms) allow me to create a performing landing page and track conversion very clearly.
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