Kindle Rankings Versus Actual Sales Question...

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For anyone who sells Kindle books can you give your feedback on this question...

I have numerous books selling on Kindle and the one's ranked around 30,000 I am selling approx 2 per day.

The one that is ranked at a little over 5,000 is selling around 15 copies per day.

If my rankings climb to around 2,500 can I conclude that it should sell around double that amount for maybe 30 copies per day?

I'm just not sure if the rankings versus sales is accurate across all categories?

Does anyone have hard data on approximately how many books you could be selling at various rankings?

Any info would be appreciated!

Thanks,

TedK
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Harrop
    A book's ranking is based in relation to other books in the same category, so there is no hard and fast rule per number of sales. Ranking also seems to be based on Amazon's algorithms when the last copy sold and how many copies sell on average. It's certainly true that the more copies you sell, the lower the rank, but exact figures are hard to come by.
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    • Profile picture of the author SeoDemon
      Originally Posted by Amy Harrop View Post

      A book's ranking is based in relation to other books in the same category, so there is no hard and fast rule per number of sales. Ranking also seems to be based on Amazon's algorithms when the last copy sold and how many copies sell on average. It's certainly true that the more copies you sell, the lower the rank, but exact figures are hard to come by.
      I agree with this, and I believe that the lower your rank is, the easier the sales find you, and vice versa.
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      • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
        A book's ranking is based in relation to other books in the same category, so there is no hard and fast rule per number of sales.
        This is partially true and partially false.

        There are two kinds of sales rankings on Amazon - within a category and on Amazon generally. If you look up a book on Amazon and it says the following:

        Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,607 Paid in Kindle Store
        Then this is the ranking of that book in comparison to ALL books on Kindle. This is what most people are referring to when they talk about sales rankings on Amazon.

        Where you see the following:

        This is the rank within a particular category.

        Neither number provides a reliable indicator of how many copies of the book have been sold over time. These numbers mostly indicate how well a book has been selling in the last day or so, with a little bit of past sales factored in.

        A Kindle book can be ranked 1,000,456 one day and 45,673 the next day and then back to 1,000,245.

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  • Profile picture of the author anders3397
    Kindle rankings are only a guide and the exact way they are calculated are probably known only to Amazon. I guess the real question is how useful the information is anyway. It's good to have a target to aim for, but maybe make it # of sales rather than ranking.
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    • Profile picture of the author tjk1058
      O course it is always better to think in terms of sales versus rankings I was just wondering if anyone had hard data that might show some info on how ranking effects sales amounts.

      TedK

      Originally Posted by anders3397 View Post

      Kindle rankings are only a guide and the exact way they are calculated are probably known only to Amazon. I guess the real question is how useful the information is anyway. It's good to have a target to aim for, but maybe make it # of sales rather than ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    There are so many different factors that it's impossible to estimate the amount of sales you'll get from being ranked higher. It can differ by category, competition, even book to book.
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Yah as others have said it all depends on the category etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Kindle ranking algorithm is constantly being changed by amazon. For example, people use to get a good pop by giving books away. Well, that is no longer the case. Expect more changes in days to come. Basically, amazon likes to promote big names.
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