I just received our Google Book Search Weekly Summary Report – and I know I’ve covered Google Book Search before – but am consistently amazed at the power of this system to drive book sales.
We’ve (at Dog Ear Publishing – my self publishing company) been focusing more effort on the Google Book Search system for our self published authors. And it’s paying off… All the information above is proprietary – but it’s so astounding that I wanted to share at least portions of it with you.
Over 17,000 visits were made to our books’ pages on Google during July – and that’s for only 365 titles (not our total title count, but the total number of titles viewed in GB). Nearly 2.5% of those visits resulted in “buy links” being clicked. For most search-engine based book marketing efforts (or any book marketing effort for that matter) a 2.5% purchase response would be amazing – interestingly many of the top titles in GBS are also participating in some form of search engine marketing / pay-per-click book marketing / Google Adwords marketing at Dog Ear Publishing. My current findings are that the Google Book Search system is delivering a much higher purchase response than our search marketing campaigns – though the traffic is much smaller… It seems that perhaps the two items may work hand-in-hand at driving traffic and sales.
In any case – if you aren’t participating in Google Book Search, you should be. I realize many authors have deeply rooted concerns about copyright – but read the previous articles about Google Book Search and content view control. Hopefully you fears can be allayed – and you may realize increased book sales.
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