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Scott Neumyer said:
This had to be a joke, right? I mean... he couldn't have been serious. Right? LOL
Monique said:
Don't y'all think this is just a leg puller? Signed up just to post this? Perhaps someone who discovered another author doing this and wants to surreptitiously bring it out in the open or who did and was ignored?

Tell us your tale Johnjoe.

PS - It would have been much cooler if your name had been J'onn J'onzz.
Agreed. I don't think OP is one bit serious about this.

BTackitt said:
As a reader, I only look at reviews of Verified Amazon Purchases if I look at the reviews.
Not to play devil's advocate, but what if a person borrowed a book from someone? I recently wrote one for a book my boss loaned to me. ;)
 

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BTackitt said:
As a reader, I only look at reviews of Verified Amazon Purchases if I look at the reviews.
Hardly seems fair to someone who bought the book at, say, Smashwords or B&N and posted the review on Amazon, or someone who bought a paperback book at a store and posted the review. (Review copies already covered in another post.) However, each to their own.
 

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Johnjoe said:
Hi,
I was wondering if I created like 5 amazon accounts and reviewed my own ebook. Would it make my book more visible on amazon if It had a bunch of good reviews????
 

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You guys are cracking me up - <3 you all!
 

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Arkali said:
I understand the sentiment, BT, but what about official reviews? I think the last 10 books I've reviewed have been review copies - and therefore I didn't purchase them.
If I see a review from a true review site that I have heard of, yes, those I will also read, but otherwise, from normal people, if it's not a verified purchase, I give that opinion alot less "weight".
 

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Readers on Amazon are pretty savvy when it comes to reviews and indie authors so whatever sales you would make pulling a stunt like this wouldn't pay off in the long run, as you would get a reputation for desperation at best, unethical behavior at worst, when readers inevitably figured it out.

In fact, after my experience yesterday with a review that I wrote for April Hamilton's The IndieAuthor Guide, I plan not to write another review of a fellow indie author's book any time soon. I wrote this review several months ago after using Hamilton's Guide to self-publish through CreateSpace and DTP. The Guide was so helpful to me that I wanted to let others know, so I wrote a review for it on Amazon. Well, I was browsing yesterday and noticed my review had been voted down by 3 out of 4 people, and April's comment to me about my review had been voted down as well. Granted, it wasn't the most detailed review, but I can't help feeling that some troll is after me. The experience showed me that some readers are so wary of practices like "review swapping" and creating fake accounts, that they view even legitimate posts and reviews by writers with distaste. I've noticed on discussion forums that even popular indie writers have gotten their posts voted down just because some troll had identified them as a writer. I could write the most thoughtful review in the world for a fellow indie author, but if the fact that I'm an author means that my review might hurt that book's sales, than I won't do it.

If you want Amazon reviews, I would suggest looking for some top 500 or top 1000 Amazon reviewers. If they have their e-mail address posted in their profile, they may be willing to review your work. Either that, or check out various review blogs on line--a lot of those folks post to Amazon as well. Of course, that process doesn't guarantee a good review, but it does guarantee an honest one.
 
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my review had been voted down by 3 out of 4 people, and April's comment to me about my review had been voted down as well.
Don't let this stop you from writing honest reviews. The voting up or down is almost meaningless. What is meaningful is that you express your opinion on the subject's merits.
 

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Thanks for the confidence boost, foreverjuly.  I tend to get gun-shy pretty quickly with stuff like this--it helps to have someone put things in perspective.  I loved the sinking ship poster by the way.  I want that for our office here at work!
 

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purplepen79 said:
Thanks for the confidence boost, foreverjuly. I tend to get gun-shy pretty quickly with stuff like this--it helps to have someone put things in perspective. I loved the sinking ship poster by the way. I want that for our office here at work!
And you can get it, too. Go to http://despair.com/viewall.html

My favourite is:

 

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David and foreverjuly win the prize on this one. There are several threads at Amazon in the top reviewers community about people doing this. People defended the practice, but mostly it was lambasted. They seek out authors doing this at Amazon and rip them to shreds. If you are thinking about doing this don't. Not only will you give yourself a bad name, but the rest of us as well.
 

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OP: Much better to gift copies of your Kindle book to every email address you can harvest off the net. Costs you more than just respect, that way. ;)
 

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I can't say it would make you more visible, since those reviews are internal to the Amazon page. They wouldn't influence a consumer to go to the page. However, once a consumer landed on the page, it could make more interesting reading. For the subset of consumers who find reader reviews important, it could enhance sales.

To do this properly, you would need five credit or debit cards in five different names, with addresses distributed across the country. Then the reviews would have to look like they came from different people. It might simply be easier to enlist five accomplices across the country and feed them the reviews for their uploading to Amazon.

Even greater credibility could be had by posting reviews from each of those accounts for other books. In time, you could lead the lives of one famous author and five different reviewers, and control the future course of American literature. Your future could be the Thomas Pynchon of reviews, multiplied by five..
 

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The reviews make very little difference in terms of how visible a product is.  Both Amazon and B&N operate on a sales rank basis.  So if a customer types in certain key words, the products that have sold the most according to the tagged key words come up first.

So 100 sales would have more impact on visibility than 100 reviews.
 

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D.A. Boulter said:
And you can get it, too. Go to http://despair.com/viewall.html
Thanks for the link! In the office where I work, they have the motivational posters all over: Energy and a lightning bolt, Vision and a lighthouse, Perseverance and some blond wench running up the steps in a stadium. I go to sleep so I can escape these evil posters and their constant awful cheer. Now I have a website to visit when the cheerleaders get to me. Yay for the dark cousins of the cheerleaders: the demotivational posters. It's what reverse psychology is all about.

And thanks David, for the link to the post about Stanek. I ran across his books a few months ago on Amazon and couldn't believe what I was reading. A better example of why one shouild never stoop so low couldn't be found.
 
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