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Increase Book Sales by Joining a Tagging Thread

In a previous article, I talked about Amazon book tagging, how it's done, and how it can help you sell more books. If you haven't read that one yet, I recommend reading it first, so you'll understand how to get your tagging started. In this article, we're going to look at how you can get those tag counts up and really make an impact on your book's popularity.

As I mentioned previously, the key to moving your book up in the Amazon search list is to increase your book's tag counts, and by that, I don't mean the number of different tags, but rather, the number of customers who have clicked your tags. A minimum of 50 is probably required to see a big change in position, and if your book is in a competitive category, like romance or fantasy, it will probably take 100-200 taggers to push your work to the front of the line.

So if your list of friends and family members is a bit shy of that, where are you going to find that many people to tag your book? The answer is a tagging thread. A tagging thread is just a chain of messages on a website or forum where Amazon authors gather for virtual chats and community. For example, MobileRead.com, which is a forum for fans of ebook reading devices, has a tagging thread, as does KindleBoards.com, a Kindle-specific forum. The Kindle Direct Publishing site also has a tagging thread in its forums. Any Amazon author is welcome to join these threads, as long as he is willing to participate and reciprocate. The idea is that everyone posts the links to their books on Amazon as a message, and the other members of the thread will visit their book pages and click on their tags.

It can seem daunting at first to join a tagging thread, as all of the members seem to know each other already, and the existing thread can be really, really long. As of this writing, the KindleBoards thread has over 10,000 posts, but don't let that scare you off. You should realize that the success of a tagging thread depends on a constant influx of new members, so you will not be looked upon as an interloper when you join, and furthermore, no one expects you to go back and read all 10,000 posts from the beginning. Keep the following guidelines in mind when you join, and you will be welcomed into the thread and quickly find yourself getting tagged up:As long as you participate in the thread, you will continue to get new tags and new eyes on your books; remember, most authors are avid readers as well as writers, so you will certainly get a few sales just from other taggers. Of course, you'll probably find a lot of books you want to buy, as well!

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