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The Scoop on Advertising: Part 3 ~ Pay-per-click Ads?

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As we talk through book advertising options, this week we’ll move into paid advertising. In my opinion, one of the most under-utilized options out there are Pay-Per-Click campaigns!

What is it? This concept has been around for a while, and Google AdWords is probably the most well-known venue. Basically, you create an ad and attach keywords to the ad. When a user types one of your keywords in a search field, your ad competes in a bidding war with other ads that have the same keyword. The ads that are the highest bidder(s) are shown to the user, but you are only charged your bidded price if the user clicks on your ad. Basically, you only pay if they click.

So far, I’ve tried PPC campaigns on Goodreads, Amazon, and Google AdWords, so here’s a quick recap of my experiences: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Scoop on Advertising: Part 2 – Giveaways!

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We’re talking through other options for unpaid advertising this week, specifically…giveaways!

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Offering free books as a prize can have several different benefits. Let’s talk through several different options:

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The Scoop on Advertising: Part 1

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Advertising has been a sweet spot for me, both paid and unpaid. Whether you have more time or money to invest in book marketing, there are so many great opportunities. So over the next few weeks, let’s talk through the possibilities!

Before we jump in, I’m reminded of two critical things to consider when deciding which advertising routes to use.  Read the rest of this entry »

What makes an Amazon Bestselling Novel?

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Hi, Gang! Before we kick-start our discussion on marketing and best practices to get our books in front of readers, let’s cover a few prerequisites.

No matter how much marketing or advertising you do, your sales potential will never be reached unless you have these factors in place. I’m sure there are a host of other important influencers (I can already think of several), but you’re dead in the water until you get these three right.

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