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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Promo Results: Buck Books

Buck Books is the next big thing in book promos. It's a fairly new site which uses the Amazon Affiliate program and therefore (at this time) advertising is free. You simply have to sign up as an Affiliate and agree to promote the site.

Their emails have pros and cons. Pros because they are very informal and sometimes the "click here to buy this book links" are funny (though they can occasionally be a little crude/edgy. You may not want to recommend this site to your grandma) and because they don't list much information on the book, it probably encourages click throughs just because people are saying, "Huh, I wonder what that is." Cons for the exact same reason. If you took all that time constructing a cover and blurb to draw people in, all that's gone, poof, and the email just contains whatever the Buck Books dude decided to say about your book (the text describing mine was "If you like Fantasy Romance, try this book out" or something like that.).




The idea behind the affiliate program is that you get a few cents every time someone buys a book through one of your links. They put together "packages" like Gluten Free Books, Science Fiction Books, and you can get HTML for banners as well as links to share.

If you want to sign up to be a Buck Books affiliate or potentially advertise your own book through their site, click here

So let's get right down to it. How does Buck Books stack up against other promo sites I've done recently.

Well, first things first, you have to keep in mind, Buck Books is basically free. You just have to be willing to share links now and again. I've tried various other free sites. I'll make a post about them someday, but just a general rule of thumb, free sites give you what you pay for. A lot of them aren't worth the time it takes to fill out the form.

Buck Books is well worth the time.


On the day my promotion ran, I had 40 sales, almost exclusively of the book I was advertising through Buck Books ( Dragon's Curse (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 1) ). Those are really good sales. (the book was at 99 cents at the time).

I'm not sure how easy it is to get a second book on there, but I will definitely consider trying them again.

As for the Affiliate Program? I've made 16 cents so far! Yay! (I really should share links more often)

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