You may have already heard about the 5 day experiment that Ryan Deiss is doing live. It’s a challenge to take a brand new Kindle book (in a gardening niche, so there is no existing list to use for leverage during the release) and try to get it #1 in it’s category.
So far, they are on day 5 of this experiment, and by his own admittance, Ryan screwed up with the first release of their gardening book. It had formatting issues. To tell you the truth, the copy I downloaded (which was supposed to be fixed) STILL had formatting issues, so it’s not a great start. As of this morning, they had received just over 4000 downloads. That’s free downloads, not books sold, but that’s all part of their strategy to get their book ranked well in the Kindle marketplace. We’ll have to see how that goes.
This experiment is clearly a build up to a launch of a new product, and Ryan does not hide that fact during the videos. I am not sure how expensive the product will be yet (I know Ryan has released some really expensive stuff), but he promises it is not a $2000 course. The price will be revealed on Monday 27th August I believe when the course launches.
I haven’t seen this product as it has not been released yet, but it is supposed to be a complete system with tools and support for “dominating” the kindle niche of your choice.
There will also be an exclusive community to help “boost rankings and launch your books”.
I know that I am looking to learn strategies to help me launch my own Kindle books so I am hopeful this course will mean I don’t have to learn it all on my own. While I cannot say any more about the course right now, you can download a free book for signing up. It’s called “Kindle Publishing Revolution”. Naturally this book is a Kindle book
I recommend you download this book and read it. It’s got a lot of useful/interesting information inside like:
- There are more Kindle books sold on Amazon than all other books combined.
- Kindle publishing has already created millionaires (out of ordinary people who would never have gotten their books published via a traditional publishing company.
- The different types of books you can publish.
- 12 common methods for creating streams of income from your Kindle books.
- How to publish your book on Kindle (this is very easy). It includes info on formatting the book (and images), choosing the pricing and rights for the book.
- The last part of the book has tips and tricks for marketing your book. He directs you to another free eBook of his called “How to Sell 100 Books a Day” for more details (you can download that here if you want a copy). He does however include 7 tips you can use right now to help you launch your Kindle books. These tips related to user reviews, how to get better ranking on Google by optimizing your Kindle submission, author central tips, using Facebook, free Kindle book sites & using Youtube.
If you are new to Kindle publishing (like I am) or you want a few more ideas, this free book is well worth a read.
Whether his Kindle course will live up to expectation is something I cannot guarantee. I guess we’ll see on Monday. If you want to watch the five videos so far in the “experiment” I mentioned earlier, sign up here for access:
Inside that free membership area is a nice little calculator that lets your estimate how many sales a particular book is making per day.
OK, this promotion has run it’s course and we’ll find out the price of this course later today when it is released. Before then, I just wanted to update this post to include the information found in the final couple of videos on the site.
In the free promotional giveaway, Ryan achieved 6000+ downloads.
Video #6 offers some tips on how you can promote your book for these free downloads. Now, you may ask what benefit there is to these free giveaways. The whole point of them is to:
Get reviews of your book.
To help your book rank better so that when you do go from free to paid, your book will be ranking high in the Amazon search engine, so sales should follow.
The second point above is the one that most people will be interested in. Did the free promotion achieve these goals?
Well, in Ryan’s 7th video he shows you what happened in terms of rankings, and how many sales they had made since the book switched from free to paid.
Overall, I don’t doubt Ryan’s system, however, we’ll have to wait and see whether it is affordable. Release date is Monday 27th August. I recommend that you read all of the comments on this page, as I will give my opinion when the product is released, and I am sure other newsletter readers will have interesting points of view
I would highly recommend you download the free book “How to Sell 100 books a day” that was released during this pre-launch. This book has some great tips on how to promote your book, and I expect that many of the techniques included in the course will be those listed in this free eBook. Combine that with the information in video #6, and you’ll have a great starting point for promoting your own books, whether or not you end up buying this course.
As always, I am interested in your opinions on this experiment, the techniques in the free eBooks, and just about anything else to do with Kindle Publishing. If you want to follow my own Kindle publishing journey, pop along to the Facebook page I setup after I bought Geoff Shaw’s excellent Kindling Course (which started, and continues to be, the roadmap for that journey. Incidentally, that link to Geoff’s course is a link to my full review.