Amazon hits ranking violators

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Those of you who use Amazon to feed your Kindles, or for other purchases come to that, should be aware that the ranking of a product is not as benign as you might think. While theory tells us that the more a product is sold, the higher it goes up the rankings until it is a best seller. the reality is that you can use friends and web bots to trick the Amazon algorithms into raising your ranking without commensurate sales.

Many indy authors will find an obscure category in order to be able to claim to be a number one Amazon author. And trad publishers are also desperate to capture the limelight that a high position offers eg Amazon will finally start to promote your title without you having to pay for the privilege.

Over the last couple of years authors especially have complained to Amazon about how easy it is to game the system and finally there is an answer: Amazon has picked out some of the worst perpetrators for some belated but negative consequences. And not soon enough, I say.

To be honest, I’m less concerned about having a tax evading company tell me I’m brilliant and more concerned about making sales anywhere. Real sales that is with real money attached. I know this is a terribly old-fashioned approach to publishing, but I’ll forgive myself just this once.

Does anyone think Amazon was wrong in its actions here?

2 thoughts on “Amazon hits ranking violators”

  1. Its difficult for me to support Amazon in this manner because I have read a lot of free books and written many HONEST reviews. I received a coffee cup and refrigerator magnet. Also, a few book markers from one of the authors. Never a penny and I never wrote anything other than brief I really liked this or “great read. Yet Amazon deleted all of my reviews, even on books that I purchased, saying that my review violated some policy (I read the policy, I did not violate it – my review was similar to numerous others that are still on there) and worse, it tells me that my PREVIOUS review violates this policy even though I did not even write a review. It will not let me review ANY books, at all. Nor anything else. I purchase games for therapy with autistic children and it erased those reviews as well and won’t let me repost them. Amazon has shown themselves to be very abusive with the power of the clout they yield.

    1. Many people – rightly or wrongly – have had reviews deleted by Amazon. The company has a chequered history, shall we say (with British understatement).

      What I can say is that some authors have been providing Amazon with evidence of ranking rigging for at least four years to my knowledge. So I’d say Amazon is right to void the violators. This doesnt mean I think they should delete legitimate reviews or not pay their corporation taxes in full.

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