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I think this is an interesting idea but I can see that people may be concerned about the exchange ratio being unequal. Without some kind of regulation facility, it would be easy to end up with all, or most of the traffic going one way. However, if there was a way to manage that type of exchange, so that both parties were able to monitor traffic in each direction, it could be a winner. And, even if it does not work out, it's the right type of thinking, so well done for making the suggestion.
 

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Miles A. Maxwell said:
Completely agree, Kathy!
That's why: 2) We link each other's ad to the book's web page using a trackable Bitly link (no charge) so we can see how the trade is going. Your book's webpage links to its distributors.
Then I am not sure I fully understand. Two issues:

1. If I use a bit.ly link, then I can see how many clicks it gets. But I can't see how many clicks your bit.ly link gets.

2. There appears to be no way of regulating the exchange - or again, did I misunderstand?
 

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J. Tanner said:
When author A and B share, they create a new bitly account that's used for both links, and the account is shared. Or, if one of you has a paid plan, you can add users so you don't need to share a single account.

You'd regulate by comparing monthly downloads or similar as a baseline for the two books to share ads.

All in all, it's a little clunky. I've put links to other people's books in the back of some of mine because they were helpful in some way. I never asked for anything in return, never even mentioned it to them. They payed it forward in some way and I did a little something for them. Easier than dealing with something like this. <shrug>
Thanks for the explanation. I get the bit.ly part (though I don't entirely like it). However, I still don't get the exchange regulation method. I understand that you will be able to see what is going on, but I cannot see that you have any control over it. Am I still missing something?
 
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