Closed business: two major events may punish your amazon author account (and how to prevent them)


Closed business: two major events may punish your amazon author account (and how to prevent them)

Make no mistake. If you hear me speaking almost anywhere, or reading anything I have to say about writing, I emphasize one thing:

“When you write a book, you can be as artistic as you want, but once it’s done, it’s a product. You have to distribute and sell a product to sell. “

Also as a business is a part of the writing reality: e-books amazon, is still the leading distributors for most authors, if the online giant refused to sell their work, about 80% of its sales will disappear. Amazon’s discoverability is the number one skill that authors, publishers and book marketers try to crack. Of course, if it runs on amazon, the same approach could increase sales of iBooks and Nook, if the authors can even sell their books at these outlets.

Both sides offer books that are sold exclusively on amazon, and use the Kindle Select feature to give your books strong advantages and disadvantages on the dreaded Kindle Unlimited.

The problem is that there are always people who want to cheat the system and try to distort its advantages. Their actions also affect the innocent. There are some things to note, some new and some that have been around for a while.

Paid or false comments.

You should never pay a review. Of course, give the reviewer a free book. Although if you give them a gift through amazon, it will show up as a validation purchase, something amazon notices (and makes it less likely to delete comments).

Clearly, amazon’s policy of buying reviews from sellers is bad. You may run away, but if you don’t, at least the review will be deleted and all other reviews of your work will be scrutinized. Worst of all, your KDP account may be closed, and your books won’t be available on amazon.

What’s worse, those who create fake amazon accounts and censor their own work, or others do it through fictitious accounts. Some authors have accumulated hundreds of comments in this way and are then punished by amazon.

Why push for more reviews? Things of the simple fact is that the amazon in the rankings serious review, if a book with 50 or more positive comments, amazon will be through the communication and other types of characteristics to the reader.

How is the writer caught? Amazon can’t analyze every comment manually posted on its website, right? No, but they do have an analysis, and they can do a more careful review of the red flag project. That is, even honest writers can trip.

Analyze and explain. Analytics are changing the way companies do business because they collect more and more data. How this works.

Big data. Users voluntarily provide a large amount of information, including their location, IP address, and their login account. This information from each customer is automatically “enriched” and placed in a set of data. The amount of data for a standard computer is too big, so is stored in the large, fast server, referred to as the “big data”, amazon and other companies are using these data in multiple areas for innovation.

Artificial intelligence. Then, programs like IBM’s Watson are used to analyze relationships and abnormal data.

The threshold. Once certain tags reach a certain threshold, amazon ACTS on the data, issuing a warning or automatically punishing the author’s account.

Real, fake or paid? Amazon logo examiner account who pays for comment. They found this information in a variety of ways, including author reports, K boards and simple Internet searches. These comments are automatically marked and deleted.

Fake reviews are another matter. However, Amazon will mark multiple accounts created from a single IP address, or multiple accounts from the same physical location. Last year, they also reported on “people you know.”

This is because the author was found on social media to share his long tail and affiliate links. Amazon has taken this approach and analyzed whether the review comes from users clicking on one of the links who left the review, but not a proven purchase. The author gives a copy that is a mess.

Preventive steps:

Don’t pay for comments. This is a policy for amazon. If you do this, even from “reputable” reviewers, you may be punished if you know that the comments are likely to be deleted.

Friends and family: be careful. If your colleagues want to check your work, make sure they do it at home, and some of them won’t do it from your common work IP address. This marks the comments as amazon. In addition, families are discouraged from reviewing their work, nor are they encouraged to profit from it, including editors, cover designers, and anyone associated with the book’s publications.

Beware of the discount. If you get an offer from someone you don’t know to review your work, look it up on amazon. Make sure their comments are legal and posted. Also note that the user may be a pirate who wants to steal your work. If you use the service, you can either provide a copy through NetGalley or give them a copy through Amazon. Your work will be better protected.

Don’t share members or search links via social media. What does that mean? Sharing clean links: the difference is the following link a and link b:

Clean: HTTPS: / / Ie = UTF8 & ref_ = asap_bc


Notice the tail on the not-clean link. It tells amazon where to link the origin (in this case, my amazon author page, so this is not a terrible connection). The clean link is through a normal Google or amazon search, so keep your potential connection reviewer secret.

Kindle unlimited reading.

Kindle Unlimited is amazon’s lending service, much like Netflix books: monthly subscription fees, and readers can read Unlimited books.

How does the writer get paid? Each month, amazon has built a large sum of money, according to the reader to read the number of pages of their works, the author is to pay a certain proportion: if someone has completed their borrowed a book, the author will get the lion’s share of them.

Problem: as with any system, fraudsters see a way to gain more than their fair share. They will “hire” and have created hundreds of Amazon Unlimited members to click on the farm. Then, “users” will “borrow” a book and click until the end, even if the user has not actually read the book, and can give the author a complete reading.

Like other scams, so is amazon. So books that received a disproportionate number of books in one day were completely analyzed and removed from amazon’s website.

But not everyone has read the tough stuff. Pauleen Creeden, for example, is an average intermediate watchmaker whose story was recently told on The Active Voice. Paulee woke up one morning to receive a message from amazon that her KDP account had been suspended and that her books had been removed from the company’s policies.

She doesn’t think she does, but she does see one day the Kindle’s infinite reading. So she petitioned amazon and eventually recovered her account and sold her books again.

Prevention: some things are hard to prevent, but you can protect yourself by following simple rules.

Don’t get caught up in a scam. If you receive preferential information from promotional sites and promise to provide a certain amount of reading or downloading your books, please stay away. If that sounds too good, it could be true. Even the best promotional sites like Bookbub do not offer guaranteed Numbers.

Pay attention to your number. If you see an unusual peak, ask amazon. Perhaps one of the fast reading “farms” has come to your book, or you have a natural jolt. Either way, let amazon know you’re aware of this unusual activity and make it more likely that they’ll work with you to figure out what’s going on.


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