Dave Chesson is the founder of Kindlepreneur.com and bestselling author of several books. He’s also the creator of Publisher Rocket, a software tool that helps authors find the best keywords to rank their books.
Dave Chesson started his online marketing career building niche websites. He’d make money through people clicking on advertisements on those websites and through affiliate commissions from products he would advertise on the site.
The problem with that business model for Dave is that you don’t make much money for advertising to a small market. That’s when a lightbulb went off for Dave and he decided to write a book related to a niche website that he created. He funneled the traffic from its website over to his book on the subject and created a steady stream of income from KDP and has never looked back.
In our conversation we talked about Search Engine Optimization, How to Sell More Books on Amazon, and Publisher Rocket, his Amazon keyword research tool. Here are the highlights.
SEO Basics and Philosophy for Authors
There are two basic things you need to do to optimize your website for Google.
1. You have to index the site so Google knows that your website exists. You also want to make sure that Google knows what your website is about so that it can place your website in the appropriate search results. You do this by using relevant keywords and meta description to clue Google in to what your website is about.
2. The next thing you want to do is keyword research.
Anchor text is the clickable text on any website. So when there’s a link to The Kindle Publishing Bible “The Kindle Publishing Bible” is the anchor text.
How to Sell More Books on Amazon with SEO
The same basic steps apply to ranking your book on Amazon.
1. First you have to index your book. You do this by publishing it on Amazon, placing it in the appropriate category, and using Amazon keywords related to the topic of your book. You’ll also want to use keywords on your Amazon product page.
2. Next, you want Amazon to see your book as the authority on the topic or in your genre. Amazon sees your book as an authority when people buy it. Amazon wants to make as much money as possible, so books that sell more copies are going to appear higher in search results.
The way to make sure that your book stays high Amazon search results is to push targeted external traffic to your Amazon page. You can do this any number of ways. Here is a short list of ways that have worked from there authors:
- Build a website on your topic. Let people know about your book on that website. Dave gets thousands of dollars in royalties each month from book sales that come from visitors to his niche websites that were built specifically to promote his books.
- Facebook ads. Many authors have found massive audiences using Facebook ads that allow you to target people who like books in your genre or on your topic.
- Amazon ads. Amazon ads are super targeted traffic. These ads appear on Amazon and anyone who clicks on them is one click away from buying your book.
- Guest posting. Guest posting on appropriate blogs allows you to link back to your Amazon book page.
The Right Way to Link Your Amazon Product Page
There’s a right way and a wrong way to link back to your Amazon product page
The wrong way to format a link:
The right way to format a link:
Both links will take you to your product page. But the first link has tracking data which will confuse Google and Amazon’s search engines and may negatively affect how you show up in their search results. All links should point to the shorter base URL to avoid confusion.
The Best Kindle Keyword Tool for Authors
Publisher Rocket is an advanced keyword research and book idea validation tool. It helps you find markets where people are buying books and it reveals underserved markets.
It allows you in a few keystrokes to see what people are searching for and what they’re spending money on. It also helps you to find underserved markets by showing you keyword phrases that people are searching for that don’t have books written about them yet.
Finally, it helps you research your competitors so you can see what’s working for them and adjust your marketing strategies where necessary.
SEO Resources Mentioned in the Interview
SEO for Authors by Dave Chesson — the PDF that Dave promised you.
kindlepreneur.com/— Dave will show you how to sell more Kindle books.
Publisher Rocket — the Amazon keyword research tool developed by Dave
smartpassiveincome.com — Pat Flynn’s website with a ton of great information on Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.