I’ve just recently published on Amazon, and as I am from Ireland, most of my sales are coming from amazon.co.uk- yet for my sales rank it only seems to be counting the ones that come from amazon.com? Just wondering if you could shed some light on this for me?
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In all book categories (including Kindle paid and free books), as well as most product categories on Amazon, if you scroll down the page to the ‘Product Details’ section, you’ll see it says ‘Amazon Bestsellers Rank’. This is a number that’s purportedly calculated hourly (as stated by Amazon) and is linked to the number of recent sales of the product (while also taking into account historical sales data), relative to the other products in that category.
Amazon best books of 2017 so far – a set of rankings curated by Amazon editors – the mid-year version of the popular list of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. The lists include titles featured as the Best Books of the Month, as well as worthwhile new releases.
Sadly Amazon is not available in Australia, not for buyers or sellers,only Amazon books….even though Australia is one of the highest online purchasing population there is, but I guess Ebay isn’t complaining.
There are plenty of other bestseller lists and rankings which you can base your book buying decision on, but Amazon’s Bestsellers Rank is by far one of the most cited. As mentioned at the start of the article, though, it’s difficult to pin the Amazon Bestsellers Rank down too firmly, but the above is what I’ve dissected from plenty of research online. People will disagree to an extent with some of the above, but the importance you place on this ranking algorithm is up to you. I don’t know how (or even if at all) this ranking impacts buyer decision, but I hope you’ve found this interesting.
“While the algorithm deciding your Sales Rank doesn’t seem to place any weight on copies that were downloaded while your book was free, it appears that the algorithm feeding into the Popularity List does. ”
“While this e-reader isn’t perfect, it’s pretty darned close. The backlighting was what convinced me I needed this upgrade to my perfectly serviceable, but aging, basic Nook. Among the other improvements were the higher resolution, which was noticeable but not awe-inspiring, the larger screen, and the integration into the Amazon marketplace. ” – zmonkey, Amazon reviewer
As you can see, this section of Amazon’s website is almost a department unto itself. Promotions are given their own unique links and listing pages. The part I’d like to draw your attention to is the Coupons link, highlighted in the blue box above. This page takes you to a list of Amazon’s most popular Vendor Powered Coupons (VPC) in a variety of categories. See the page for yourself below:
Amazon’s list of its best sellers of 2017 is dominated by Nintendo, which took seven of the top ten slots, according to Amazon. Those games were flanked by another long-time gaming franchise in Call of Duty. And Sony was able to find its way into the Top 10 with Horizon Zero Dawn, one of the year’s most compelling—and good-looking—games.
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I have a book which has sold zero copies, but its rank has changed several times. It has also gone up, so this has not been caused by people adding books. One of the categories it’s listed in doesn’t have that many books, but it still has over 100 of them. Despite that, my book was listed at #15 at one point even though no-one has bought it…
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I’m a partner at a marketing company called Brass Check. Over the years, we’ve helped launch 30 legitimate New York Times best sellers (including several at the sought-after No. 1 spot). My company has helped sell over 5 million books and advised or managed book launches with every major publishing house, including Amazon.
Rankings there are determined by book sales reported to The Times by retailers across the country, the Times’ methodology states. But, there is “no exact number” of sales that will land you on the list, according to a representative for The Times.
Hutch, thanks for your reply, and thanks for the email you sent me! I’ve took another look at all of this, and want to thank you for pointing this out. I’m getting that section of the article clarified now, so it’s clearer that free and paid have separate besterller ranks, however the rankings seem to be calculated in the same way (or very similar).
Regarding Andy’s comment; I think it’s a good base to go from seeing as how there isn’t much other data that Amazon is willing to make public. A few of the listed companies can probably shuffle around in hierarchy (if given 100% data) but I’d say for the general,.. those listed def earned to be “nominated” of making it on the list lol!
Product Reviews Matter: When buyers look at your items and see a low sales rank, it’s not the end of the world. If you’ve been an honest and hard-working seller and focusing on acquiring amazing product reviews, then consumers will take that into account (and most likely a lot more than simply the sales rank).
Here are the top 500 sellers on the Amazon.co.jp marketplace. Amazon Japan is a special case, as its seller directory only lists “top sellers” rather than all sellers. I’d be interested to hear if anyone can shed some light on the accuracy of this data from Amazon.co.jp!