I started the AmazonLikes hashtag in August of 2011 out of a pretty simple observation. There are hundreds of thousands of authors that have published their books on Amazon. There are thousands of authors that I have followed or have followed me on Twitter. Yet, I consistently see people struggling to get any “likes” on their book(s).
You may first ask, why does it even matter?
Good question. It matters because there are hundreds of thousands of ebooks on Amazon. Millions of paperbacks. How do you sort through big lists when you have to? Easily identifiable markers. So, on Amazon, what are those markers? For a book, it’s the cover image first, then the review ranking, then the number of “likes.” To answer your question then, if the number of likes is the third most important thing people use in considering whether to consider your book further, should you ignore that? To analogize that to something, such as sports, do you think a good pitcher in baseball will focus on their first two types of pitches, but ignore their third and fourth? Nope. Not a good one, at least.
So, if you’ve bought into the importance of the number of “likes” on your book’s page, then read on. If you’re still a skeptic, best of luck to you.
With that framework in mind, I set about to figure out a way to increase likes on books. There were already groups in Goodreads and elsewhere that focused on the venture. I participated in those groups, but I found a couple things out. First, people don’t reciprocate as well as they should. Second, the groups were rather small in nature (i.e. 20-40 authors) so the number of likes that could be obtained was limited. Sitting at a small desk at a hotel room, and talking to an awesome author named D.A. Graystone (check out his book Two Graves), I came up with the idea for #AmazonLikes.
For people unfamiliar with it, here’s how it works. You create a tweet that includes your book’s title, the link to it on Amazon, and the hashtag #AmazonLikes. That’s it. You tweet it. Because you have included the hashtag #AmazonLikes, the post immediately goes into the hashtag stream. This means that if you perform a search for “#AmazonLikes” on Twitter, your tweet as well as hundreds of others from authors doing the same thing pop up.
Getting it now? :)
What #AmazonLikes has created then, is a stream of authors tweeting their book’s link to each other. People that participate can simply click on those links, like the books, and go to the next one. If we do something SIMPLE, like going into the stream and liking 1-3 books a day, the results can be tremendous.
That’s where you come in!
Tweet your book’s link to #AmazonLikes. You don’t have to ask someone twice to do something beneficial to them. So, what I’ll ask twice is for you to get into that stream and help other indie authors out. Without each other, we aren’t much. Together, as we’ve seen, we’re a force to be reckoned with!