Finally! A paid advertising site that actually works!

Well, actually it’s two sites – I accidentally scheduled two promos for the same day (10 October), and so I will never know which business to thank for catapulting Shizzle, Inc back to the bestseller lists. Yeah, baby, guess who’s back? Isa was back in top 100s – in Humor, Adventure, and General Humor! She’s slipping back down as I write this, but the proof is in the pudding. I mean, this screenshot:

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As mentioned in the previous post, I’ve paid $25 to eReader News Today to promote a $0.99 sale on Shizzle, Inc. I have also paid $10 to Awesome Gang – you can get details of both websites on my Most Super-Duper, Exhaustive, Comprehensive, and Current Listing of Free and Paid Book Advertising Websites and Ideas. So what did I get for my $35USD investment?

  1. 47 copies sold in the first day – more than in the entire previous month!
  2. Total of 61 copies sold over the promo weekend – this equates to about $20-$21USD, depending on exchange rate. A couple of these were due to my usual efforts – people were nice enough to write and let me know. Thank you!
  3. Shizzle, Inc ranking going from worse than a 1,000 to #76 on an Amazon Bestseller list.
  4. 850 KENP pages read, which is about another $5USD. KENP pages are the payment basis for books borrowed through Kindle Unlimited – I am assuming about 0.57 cents per page.
  5. Hopefully more reviews! If 10% of buyers leave a review, I should get 6-7 new ones in the next couple of weeks – and in this game, reviews are priceless.

I didn’t quite make my money back, although there could be a few late sales at a regular price and more KENP pages read, I will review the results again in a week. Who am I kidding, I will be checking stats every five minutes…

I’m so inspired by this result, that I am staging an all-out assault over the Thanksgiving weekend. The plan is to have 1-2 promos every day on 26-29 November, with a goal of reaching a #1 spot. Can I do it? I think I can – look out for another race in six weeks or so!

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70 responses to “Finally! A paid advertising site that actually works!

  1. Well done, Ana! Thanks for the update.

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  2. Awesome! I’m glad you’re having some success!

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  3. I love reading your blog posts, I’m a marketing major and a writer myself so I enjoy all the updates because I would love to be doing this myself

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  4. That’s awesome! Congratulations! Keep on going, girl! 🙂

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  5. Alicia

    Congratulations! I hope your numbers keep going up. 😀

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  6. I’m so glad the advertising service worked for you! It probably has something to do with the cover, it’s really nice!

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  7. Kar

    Yay!! Glad it’s working!

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  8. Fantastic! Well done. Let’s hope it’s even better over Thanksgiving. 😀

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  9. Congratulations on all of your success! Thank you also for all of the advice! Have you tried doing a free day promotion? I did one yesterday and was blown away by the success!

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    • Thank you, Brittany 🙂 I did one early on, unadvertised, there were 139 downloads. I did get a few reviews from it, but it made my rank worse, and the sales dropped off – I only have one book, so giving it away for free doesn’t make much sense yet. How did you go in sales after the free promo ended?

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      • I sold really well the first day and it’s trickled off since, but still a lot of KENP pages read. I’m thinking of doing another free day and then a Kindle countdown deal for 99 cents. I only have one book also and all of this is so hard to figure out!

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      • I think it’s a matter of writing as many books as you can and then staging promos throughout the year. Can’t wait for my Thanksgiving promo! I’m also doing BargainBooksy on 31 October

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  10. Good promo all. Money back is not the objective so you are wise to keep going.

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  11. Ah, excellent. I just paid Awesome Gang tonight, so I shall remain hopeful of some return on it.

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  12. Great job! I’m glad you’re having such great results. I think you have a great shot at making it to #1!! I love reading these updates

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  13. I’ve used EReader News too and had some great success rocketing into the #1 spot for a short while (it was for a Free promotion though). But still, yes, they are a solid one to use. Congrats! I hope it keeps up!

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  14. Congratulations on getting off to such a good start. It’s so useful to get honest information about this topic. There’s so much faking it that goes on, I fear.

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  15. olivia barrington

    First, thank you for posting all your results from your research of advertising sites it will be helpful to a lot of people.It seems your research paid off and it will in the long run just keep at it and the right combination will come up for promoting your book. YouTube is something to consider but it has to be different and entertaining maybe something with the .99 cent sale for a certain date included. Research books on YouTube and see which ones have the most hits and what they did. If I come up with an idea I’ll let you know. Been too busy to think about writing and advertising lately but have been reading your blogs and enjoying them.Hope to use the info in the future. Keep up the good work you’ll be selling 1000’s of books in the future. Look forward to hearing about your progress!

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  16. xxalkos

    Great to hear your marketing strategy is paying off! It would be funny if you got the lady on the cover to do your youtube clip!

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    • I wish I knew her name!! I got her off Shutterstock, maybe I could contact the photographer? Good idea, thank you!

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      • xxalkos

        Shutterstock is a professional site from what I can tell, and I imagine the photographer probably needed her to sign a release. Anyhow, knowing who she is could help, as “she” appears to be the enduring protagonist in your series.

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  17. Sounds like you got some decent results! Impressive jump on Amazon. I hope your November campaign goes even better 🙂

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  18. Interesting post regarding the advertising sites. Thanks for sharing. And do you know Bookbub? It’s a curated programs that offers readers deals on ebooks. Categorized. Subscribers get newsletters with daily offerings. My publishing house has had a good response. You might want to check them out.

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  19. Hi, just wanted to know if you have a second book out. If not, why did you decide to do paid promotion? (Curious)

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    • Hi, Cassandra. No, just started working on the second. Paid promos are to: 1. sell books and build a fan base, 2. create anticipation for the second, so it pre-sells, 3. test what’s available – there are so many, its hard to say which ones create results, and which ones just take your money.

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  20. Excellent & really inspiring. Thank you & good luck.

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  21. Congrats. Thank you so much for sharing trials and successes with us, too. It’s invaluable research.

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