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James Carver

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Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 9:39 AM
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Is there a way I can track or find out where my sales for my eBooks are coming from?

It would be helpful to know what link the buyer clicked on before coming to amazon and purchasing my book as I have it posted on social media and blog sites for advertising and don't know which is more effective.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 10:12 AM   in response to: James Carver in response to: James Carver
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From the Amazon end, no.

However, many ad systems do provide some good stats, especially click-through counts. Assuming you're targeting the same kind of reader in all your ads, that stat alone should tell you which ads are working the best.
James Carver

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Re: Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 6:53 PM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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Ah yes I know I can get the analytics from paid advertising, I was just curious how effective my non paid ads like facebook groups, my blog site and instagram posts (non paid) were doing :)

I haven't run any official paid ad campaigns yet on youtube or anywhere else and was just curious how effective the free way was. I'm getting random sales but I'm posting on reddit and all these other places at the same time.
Dorcas Réamonn

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Re: Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 7, 2017 7:23 AM   in response to: James Carver in response to: James Carver
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It's actually crazy that Amazon don't provide this information (like Google Analytics or Facebook Insights) - it's in Amazon's interests to help you market your book better.

The more copies you sell, the more Amazon make.
writerbn

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Re: Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 7, 2017 8:56 AM   in response to: Dorcas Réamonn in response to: Dorcas Réamonn
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Dorcas Réamonn wrote:
It's actually crazy that Amazon don't provide this information (like Google Analytics or Facebook Insights) - it's in Amazon's interests to help you market your book better.

The more copies you sell, the more Amazon make.


True, but you have to put things in perspective. KDP is (by most guesses) a small portion of the Zon's overall book sales, and books are a small portion of the Zon's overall revenue. When budget time rolls around, it's probably a lot more fun allocating cash to drones, driverless spaceships, and invisibility cloaks than KDP analytics.
robert d dorazi

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Re: Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 7, 2017 9:47 AM   in response to: James Carver in response to: James Carver
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Hi James

On the other hand, I'm not sure I would be happy to be tracked down by Amazon to the point where they would tell anyone which sites I am using, what links I am clicking, at which time etc... :)

Best

Robert
writerbn

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Posted: Oct 7, 2017 10:23 AM   in response to: robert d dorazi in response to: robert d dorazi
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robert d dorazi wrote:
Hi James

On the other hand, I'm not sure I would be happy to be tracked down by Amazon to the point where they would tell anyone which sites I am using, what links I am clicking, at which time etc... :)


That's already happening, every time you get online. Your cell phone company, your Internet service provider, and the search engine companies all have that information. So do third-party advertisers like Doubleclick.
robert d dorazi

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Re: Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 7, 2017 10:56 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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Hi Writerbn

Probably, but they should refrain from "giving away" these information to a third party. In fact I was under the impression that doing so was illegal. But yes of course we are living in a digital world.

Robert
writerbn

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Posted: Oct 7, 2017 2:06 PM   in response to: robert d dorazi in response to: robert d dorazi
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robert d dorazi wrote:
In fact I was under the impression that doing so was illegal.
Not anymore, thanks to the current administration. Look up Senate Joint Resolution 34 (H. Res. 230).
Arun Sarathy

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Re: Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 12, 2017 8:10 AM   in response to: James Carver in response to: James Carver
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@JamesCarver: You might want to check "Custom Campaigns" from Google Analytics that has a URL builder to track the results to see where your marketing is most effective. https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1033863

Arun

Fern Bailey

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Re: Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 12, 2017 8:45 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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I have a feeling that Robert Dorazi is in the EU (as am I). There is currently some wrangling going on regarding the passing of EU citizens' data to US corporations, which violates EU privacy laws.

On the other hand, we in the UK have Theresa May's "Snooper's Charter" and more surveillance cameras per capita than anywhere else in the world. It also came to light recently that the NHS illegally gave the Google-owned company DeepMind 1.6 million patients' data. Welcome to 1984 :/
writerbn

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Posted: Oct 12, 2017 9:50 AM   in response to: Fern Bailey in response to: Fern Bailey
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Fern Bailey wrote:
On the other hand, we in the UK have Theresa May's "Snooper's Charter" and more surveillance cameras per capita than anywhere else in the world. It also came to light recently that the NHS illegally gave the Google-owned company DeepMind 1.6 million patients' data. Welcome to 1984 :/
The funny (not really) thing is, I never realized that so many cities in the UK had all these cameras at intersections until I read the J K Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith) detective stories. There were none when I visited the UK last, but it was a while ago.
Fern Bailey

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Re: Where are my sales coming from?
Posted: Oct 12, 2017 11:22 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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Yes, indeed. I think if you visited from the 1990s onwards, CCTV was everywhere even back then, only you wouldn't have been aware of it as the majority were hidden cameras. It's not just cities, either. The small town where I grew up (pop. 30,000) was covered in CCTV. Every vehicle entering London gets tracked via ANPR (automatic number plate recognition). Most of our largest cities also use it (although I'm not sure if the entire city would be covered, as in London).
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