Thanks to the success of TMBOA, we’ve quite a few books, comments and posts on the site. I’ve tried to categorize reviews, marketing tips, news, polls, etc. so they are easier to find. None-the-less, it may be hard to find that special book or comment from a particular author. Therefore, I added a search function (see right hand column). Try it out – find your favorite review. This also makes it easier to find particular posts you might want to share through social bookmarking as I’ve tweeted about. Remember, the more you bookmark your reviews on sites such as stumbleupon, delicious, etc. the more visibility you’ll have to your work. Try it out!
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For those of you who don’t know about blog carnivals, they are similar to a online magazine, in that they are dedicated to a particular topic, and are published on a regular schedule, often weekly or monthly.
This month, “tag my book on amazon” is featured on the Feb 11 book marketing blog carnival!
For more information on blog carnivals, check out http://blogcarnival.com/bc/!
So you’ve probably noticed I’ve changed the layout and look of the blog!
I thought since it was a new year (okay, so I’m a month late), I should spiff up the blog with a new look more closely associated with books!
If you like the new look (or even if you don’t), drop a quick comment to this post and let me know your thoughts.
A number of folks have asked me how to choose the best tags. So I thought I’d post a few pointers that I believe will maximize your marketing opportunity with tags.
The key is to maximize your visibility to your target audience, so you want to pick tags related to your book. However, you also want to pick tags that have active customer communities on Amazon. Othwerwise, you could have the #1 spot in a community no one frequents – so no visibility.
How do you do this?
The easiest way is to start with Amazon’s “Tag Cloud”. What is a tag cloud? Well, it is a graphically representation of the most frequent and recent tags customer’s use. The graphic shows Amazon’s tag cloud as of 17 January 2009. The larger the words in the cloud represent the most frequently used tags. The darker the word, the more recent the tag has been used. For example the tag “Fantasy” is one of the largest and darkest meaning it is used very frequently and has also been used recently. Clicking on this tag takes you to the “Fantasy” customer community.
Here you will find over 1000 discussions in this group, many of which have had activity within minutes and hours. This is a very active community and imagine your book is #1 here. In every discussion group, your book’s picture would appear in the upper left hand corner – wow, that’s visibility.
On the other hand, if you go to the “Amish” customer community, you’ll see there are only 2 discussion groups which have little activity (days since anyone posted a reply). However, “Amish” is also a very specific community versus fantasy, so while infrequent, this still may be an appropriate target.
My suggestion is to explore the customer communities you think may be appropriate for your book by either clicking on the tag in the tag cloud OR by searching on your tag using the “jump to tag” box in the upper right hand corner of the Amazon tag cloud page.
I hope this was helpful! Please feel free to comment.
I’ve decided that after each new review, I’ll not only include them on the “reviews” tab, but post them on the main blog page as well. This will provide some visibility for each for these authors on the home page and also make it easier to find the reviews as the blog grows!
So to catch up, I’ll post each of the existing reviews immediately.
Next up for review, Gary Val Tenuta’s “Ezekiel Code”.
I’ve reviewed Michael Balkind’s Sudden Death (4 of 5 stars). If you like golf, check it out on the review page!
2500 and counting!
We’ve added over 40 authors and have recently reached the 2500 hit count! Thanks to all who are participating and helping out your fellow authors!
Don’t forget to check out the recently added “Tag Other Books” page to gain huge visibility on today’s bestselling author’s Amazon pages – for free!
As always, check out the latest additions and Tag those books!