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Title: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Nebula on June 08, 2014, 02:41:53 pm
Based on some of the results I'd seen on Kboards especially on this thread ->https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,184950.0.html, I booked a free book promo with Bknights on Fiverr, for my permafree novella . He/She/They :D gave me a confirmation for June 2nd, and I have to say, I was impressed with the results.
Here's an image showing the spike in free book sales during the promo.
(http://serenagrey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Screenshot-2014-06-08-22.19.32-e1402264082107.png)
The highlighted number is the number of free books purchased on the day of the promo. My ranking in the free store rose from about 2000 to 114. In any other genre but romance, that would have been enough to put my book at the top in it's category, but romance is slightly (a lot) more competitive than other categories, so I never managed higher than about 83 free in romance.
Subsequent sales have been steady. I had a new release on May 14th, so I can't say for sure if the level of paid sales at the moment is due to the free promo or to the new release.
(http://serenagrey.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Screenshot-2014-06-08-22.19.23-e1402264099626.png)
The first spike above was on the day of the new release. The days after the promo don't show such a sharp spike, but I'm sure the free promo has had a hand in ensuring that the surge in sales due to the new release hasn't tapered off.

I'd totally recommend Bknights for a free promo. Response time is fast, the service is awesome, and you can't beat the price! I actually got the Kboards special, which is a discount you get when you tell them you're from Kboards, and I got better results from them than I did from another free book promotion site which charged me $15 for a spot on June 3rd, and never quite managed to match BKnights.

I'll just add that, if you really want to get into the top 100 free, I'll recommend combining Bknights with another promo on the same day.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Arrington Flynn on June 08, 2014, 02:56:14 pm
That's fabulous. How much advance notice do you need?
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Nebula on June 08, 2014, 03:08:39 pm
I applied on May 31st if I remember correctly, so that was just two days. I didn't specify a date though, but I did say I wanted the feature as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Joliedupre on June 08, 2014, 03:38:24 pm
I'm not sure if I told the board this or not, but I also had excellent success with Bknights on Fiverr.  It's one of the best Fiverr sellers on the site, and I will most definitely use them again.  :)
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Bob Stewart on June 08, 2014, 03:50:28 pm
I did a Bknights promo for my mystery perma-free Kalorama Shakedown and got a lot fewer, more like 150 downloads. That's a pretty dramatic difference with the OP. I wonder if it's a partly a genre thing? This book got 24,000 downloads in a BookBub promo.

Still, Bknights is the best value I've gotten at Fivver, some on there seem to do almost nothing.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: AnyaWrites on June 08, 2014, 03:59:20 pm
Thanks for posting your results! I've been trying to decide what I should do on the promotion side and this was very helpful.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: C. Gockel on June 08, 2014, 07:22:30 pm
My results weren't as dramatic either, but my genre is "speculative fantasy."

I would like to know though, what package did you purchase? There are so many.

http://www.fiverr.com/bknights
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: psolares on June 09, 2014, 05:43:12 am
I'll contact them as well. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: T.M. Blades on June 09, 2014, 05:54:12 am
I ran this promo recently too, but mine was for a "sample" and not a whole book so that may have been a turn off for some people. Plus, it was the first thing I've released. Still I was pretty happy with it, especially for $5.

I ended up with 244 downloads the day of the promo and 66 the next day too. I was flatline before the promo. I also accidentally sold two copies at the UK site, because I didn't realize the book was only free in the US.

Tabz
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Bob Stewart on June 09, 2014, 07:30:00 am
I did two add-ons to the basic listing, so it was $15.

I will promote market your FREE Kindle Book On My Site That Receives 3000 Visits A Day 1 $5
+ I will Promote your book on our Facebook page which has over 4800 users. 1 $5
+ I will Include your book in our daily newsletter that has over 2500 subscribers 1 $5

My books are odd, kind of comic mysteries, so I accept they won't be as popular as many others (even assuming they were flawlessly written, which they aren't)  especially among younger readers. But if I look at downloads per $, for this same book, BookBub generated something like 130-150. In my experience, none of the others come within one order of magnitude of that.

I guess it would be helpful if these promotion sites offered demographic information. But that might be a lot to ask for from someone charging $5-15. 
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Nebula on June 09, 2014, 02:14:08 pm
My results weren't as dramatic either, but my genre is "speculative fantasy."

I would like to know though, what package did you purchase? There are so many.

http://www.fiverr.com/bknights

I asked for the Kboards special, which includes a couple of the packages all for $5.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Nebula on June 09, 2014, 02:17:32 pm
I did two add-ons to the basic listing, so it was $15.

I will promote market your FREE Kindle Book On My Site That Receives 3000 Visits A Day 1 $5
+ I will Promote your book on our Facebook page which has over 4800 users. 1 $5
+ I will Include your book in our daily newsletter that has over 2500 subscribers 1 $5

My books are odd, kind of comic mysteries, so I accept they won't be as popular as many others (even assuming they were flawlessly written, which they aren't)  especially among younger readers. But if I look at downloads per $, for this same book, BookBub generated something like 130-150. In my experience, none of the others come within one order of magnitude of that.

I guess it would be helpful if these promotion sites offered demographic information. But that might be a lot to ask for from someone charging $5-15. 

I think I read on one of the other threads that erotic romance is very popular with Bknight subscribers, I can't remember the thread. I don't think, apart from Amazon itself, that there's any promo site that has quite the reach that Bookbub has. Unfortunately, I've never been able to get them to list my books.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: psolares on June 09, 2014, 02:22:07 pm
Hi SGrey,

Would you recommend me setting up a free promo and then .99c?

Best

P
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Gertie Kindle on June 17, 2014, 05:07:06 pm
I got the kboards special and got triple my normal downloads for the permafree book and triple the sales for the rest of the series. I expect sales will continue to come in as the permafree book gets read.

I'll definitely use bknights again.

Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Nope on June 17, 2014, 05:29:39 pm
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Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: SA_Soule on August 30, 2014, 05:19:50 pm
Um, what is Bknights on Fiverr?
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: MikeDavidson on August 30, 2014, 05:24:03 pm
Um, what is Bknights on Fiverr?

He gets results for perma free books for only $5

Here is his link: http://www.fiverr.com/bknights

I went from a couple hundred to thousand per day over night with him. Averaging 1k freebies on a couple books now one month after the add. That's about triple what I did before it.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: SA_Soule on August 30, 2014, 05:56:03 pm
He gets results for perma free books for only $5

Here is his link: http://www.fiverr.com/bknights

I went from a couple hundred to thousand per day over night with him. Averaging 1k freebies on a couple books now one month after the add. That's about triple what I did before it.


That's awesome! But which promo did you sign up for and did you list the book for free or just lower the price?
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: SB James on August 30, 2014, 06:14:31 pm
You can do different promos with them, depending on your needs.
If you're doing a Countdown deal or just running a sale, you'd do the paid Kindle book promotion.
If you're using free days with KDP Select or if you have a permafree you want to just give a boost, you sign up for any of their free Kindle book promotions. If you mention you saw them on kboards OR if you're a repeat customer, they'll do all their promos (on their site, in their email newsletter, on their Facebook page, on the Twitter feed, and submitting the book to the fifteen best Kindle promotion sites) for just the $5.
What I like most about them is there is no review requirements, no submitting your book and waiting to see if they'll accept it... But they've gotten really popular in the past month or two. There's a lot of books in their email, but that's ok. I used to go through 4 pages worth of free books everyday on Kindle Buffet... 
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Marilyn Peake on July 26, 2015, 02:29:29 pm
Those are awesome results! I used BKnights recently to advertise my KU free days for both a YA Paranormal Mystery novel and a trilogy of children's novels and had dramatic results as well. BKnights is fantastic!  :)
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: writerbee on September 11, 2015, 12:16:21 pm
Inspired by all the comments on this thread, I just signed up for a Bknights promo gig for Part 1 in my serial.
My very first official promo! (i.e., aside from me posting promos on FB and Twitter)
KU enrollment period for Part 1 expires next Wednesday, and although I'm going to let it renew (KU has been good to this unknown author, so far;-) I wanted to make use of some free days before they expired, since they don't roll over and I'll be doing another promo when my sequel comes out in a month or so.

I sent him a question asking for the Kboarder special ;-p and now and where to get it. He didn't reply specifically about the Kboarder special but sent me a link, said 'just click here and order the gig"  -- so I did. Panicked when I saw that it was in progress and est delivery Sept 18th -- sent off another question -- he wrote back within the hour! to say don't worry, ignore those delivery times, we've got you schedule for Saturday Sept 12th.

So, we'll see. I don't know how or where exactly the promo will show up, but I figure for $5 it's better than nothing, b/c my sales and borrows are really sluggish since late August. Can't hurt, might help, right?

Fingers crossed!
DMac
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: bendanarama on September 11, 2015, 01:50:30 pm
This has really given me the boost I need to buy a promo for my books next week!
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: TromboneAl on September 11, 2015, 02:34:31 pm
I've used Bknights a lot, but I always wonder, does it stand for:

B.K. Nights
B Knights
Book Nights
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Gertie Kindle on September 11, 2015, 02:51:34 pm
Just ran a select promo with them and had over 1K downloads which led to sales of the other two books in the trilogy. The third book was a new release that I ran a 99 cent promo on the week before.

I'm getting ready for another one with BKnights in October.

I've used Bknights a lot, but I always wonder, does it stand for:

B.K. Nights
B Knights
Book Nights

Me too.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: WPotocki on September 11, 2015, 02:57:06 pm
This is really good to know.

I did try them before and definitely recommend.



Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Penelope Redmont on September 11, 2015, 04:36:24 pm
This is a silly question, I know... :-)

How do you find out when your "free" days happen in Select? I looked in the "KDP Select Info", and it just tells you when the current period of Select ends.

I'd love to do a promo for my free days if I can work out when they occur.
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Bec on September 11, 2015, 04:43:03 pm
This is a silly question, I know... :-)

How do you find out when your "free" days happen in Select? I looked in the "KDP Select Info", and it just tells you when the current period of Select ends.

I'd love to do a promo for my free days if I can work out when they occur.


You need to select them yourself. They don't automatically occur.

In your bookshelf, go to the book you want to set free and click on Promote and Advertise.
In the 'Run a Price Promotion' section, select the Free Book Promotion item and then click the big shiny yellow button :).
Then select your dates, Save Changes and you're good to go!
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: TromboneAl on September 11, 2015, 04:43:40 pm
This is a silly question, I know... :-)

How do you find out when your "free" days happen in Select? I looked in the "KDP Select Info", and it just tells you when the current period of Select ends.

I'd love to do a promo for my free days if I can work out when they occur.


Bookshelf
Click on book cover
Choose Promote and Advertise

Looks like this:

(http://i.imgur.com/0NLSdDE.png)

Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Penelope Redmont on September 11, 2015, 04:49:30 pm
Excellent, that's easy enough -- thank you Bec, and Al.

I'm releasing a new title in a few days. It'll go into Select. Now I can organize a promo. :-)
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: A past poster on September 11, 2015, 07:39:31 pm
I've used bknights multiple times. My books are difficult to promote because I write literary fiction, and I still get results!
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: writerbee on September 12, 2015, 03:40:25 pm
Excellent, that's easy enough -- thank you Bec, and Al.

I'm releasing a new title in a few days. It'll go into Select. Now I can organize a promo. :-)

Just remember, if you're bumping up against the end of your KU enrollment period (I am) NOT to schedule a free promo on the last day of your KU enrollment. (That's Amazon's instructions, anyway -- I think it must confuse the system somehow.)

So far so good via my first free book promo! BKnights put it in their newsletter for today (Saturday 9/12) and it's up to almost 700 downloads and 775 in Kindle Free, and #4 (!) in my sub genre :-D

Hopefully this will show up in increased sales, we'll see!
DMac
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: elanajohnson on February 01, 2016, 11:08:17 am
This might be a dumb question, but where is their FB page? How does one subscribe to the BKnights newsletter so you can see your feature? I bought one, and I have a lot of downloads today, but I don't know where to look to see my book.

TIA!
Title: Re: Free Book promo with Bknights on Fiverr.... Results.
Post by: Gator on February 01, 2016, 11:18:57 am
I have a lot of downloads today, but I don't know where to look to see my book.

I check on his website, digitalbookspot.com.