Are You Losing Potential Readers?

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tech talkDid you know that when we post links to our books on Amazon and people from different countries of the world click on them, you may be losing potential readers because many countries have their own country code in the URL and believe it or not, if they land on Amazon.com and aren’t tech savvy to navigate to their own country page, it results in a potentially lost sale.

I was reading an article which brought this to my attention and thought it worthy of noting here. I have run into this issue with some of my own Canadian readers telling me Amazon wouldn’t let them buy my book, because they weren’t tech savvy and didn’t know they had to go to Amazon.ca. Many people don’t think to look to the right side of the page where it says to click to go to Amazon.ca.

We may assume that everyone is as tech savvy as us bloggers and writers, and we may tend to forget that we also had to learn a lot along the way. Some readers are not well-versed in the cyber world.

This got me thinking about the fact that if the people I knew couldn’t access my book page, just how many people I didn’t know were missing the opportunity to purchase my books because they were also confused with navigating to the proper page.

I came across a few links that will help to solve this problem. Instead of posting an Amazon link to your pages, you can go to either www.smarturl.it or www.booklinker.net and you can make a universal link for your books with either one of those sites. What it does is convert your book link to a new link that you can use to promote your books. When a reader clicks on this link, the system automatically detects what country that reader is from and the URL links to the correct page in their country. How’s that for ease of landing? Try it here now with my links, you will see that whatever country you live in is the Amazon page you will be taken to:  www.smarturl.it/bookconflictedhearts www.smarturl.it/bookMenoWhatAMemoir.

Happy reading!

D.G. Kaye

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  1. Debby, you are our Chief Investigator. Thanks so much for posting this valuable info.
    Have a Happy Labour Day Weekend. 🙂

    1. Lol Carol, thanks for the compliment. You know I read many articles and love to share worthy info for those who may not have come across these helpful tips. Glad you appreciate them. 🙂 Happy long weekend to you to my friend.

      1. I just downloaded Steve Scott’s “Is $.99 the New Free? The Truth About Launching and Pricing Your Kindle Books”.
        The guy has 38 Kindle books out!

        1. Wow, terrific. And yes, after reading many articles myself, I am inclined to believe that .99 cents is the new free. 🙂

          1. Writers really have become publishers and more in this game. 🙂

  2. I had No idea – thank you for the heads up. This is a post I’m definitely filing away. You are so kind to share!

    1. Thanks Marian and always happy to share my discoveries. 🙂

    2. Marian, thanks for sharing this post via email with me, and additionally introducing me to D.G. Kaye and her writing. Filing away this post and following D.G.

      1. Thanks for the share Marian. And nice to connect Sherrey. 🙂

  3. I thought I had heard all there was about self publishing, but after reading this blog entry that is clearly not the case : 0

    Thanks for the tip Debbie. I’ll be sure to include these links in my future posts. – Adam

    1. Always happy to share good info Adam. 🙂

  4. This is seriously KOOL.

  5. Thanks Deb! I didn’t realize some readers might not know how to figure out their own country’s version of the Amazon page. I’m bookmarking this post!

    1. Glad I could help. I found it interesting when I came across it. 🙂

  6. You are a fountain of information. Who knew? Who could have guessed? Thanks for learning the ropes and passing along what you’ve learned.

    1. Aw, thanks Elaine. Always happy to pass along good info. 🙂

  7. Thanks for sharing this useful and interesting information of what I would call The X Amazon Filles as revealed by author D.G Kaye.
    Best wishes and hugs to you, Aquileana 😀

    1. Lol, you are so cute Aq! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  8. Thank you for this post. Timely and helpful.

    1. You are very welcome. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  9. I’ve run into that problem before! Not for my own books (since I don’t have any) but following links from others’ books. The first time it took me a little while to figure it out, too – I had clicked through to make a quick purchase and didn’t have time to muck around and it was only through a reminder that I ended up trying again another time. Now I know the trick, of course, but I bet people lose sales all the time over it.

    1. Thanks for proving this article true Bronwyn. Yes, I had heard about these incidents but didn’t know how to rectify, and of course once I learned about these links, was only too happy to share. 🙂

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