Kindle Ranker

If your book does not make to the front page of a best seller list, it is as good as dead.

There are 10 000 categories on Amazon. Your goal as a self-published writer is to find the most profitable and least competitive Kindle categories to boost your sales.

For the last few months I have been adding nice features to Kindle Ranker as well as supporting retailers other than Amazon. As of today, you can:

  • Rate a book idea: competitiveness, difficulty, best sellers,…
  • Lookup authors and how many sales they achieve (e.g: Bridget E. Baker)
  • Search long tail keywords
  • Compare categories to find the most profitable and least competitive niches
  • Spy on any book, track their performance and get alerts when they get a new comment, reach a new rank, go on promotion, etc.

Amazon keyword research, profitable categories, topic competition,… We go through real life examples of how to look-up these metrics, and help your book achieve the best seller status in a golden niche Kindle category!

This book is short, to the point and contains factual data and numbers based on the raw intelligence derived from Kindle Ranker, a free tool that routinely scans 600 000 Amazon best sellers.

Extract of the book:

One thing quickly became very clear when I started down the road of self-publishing: writers are very poorly equipped to deal with the oh-so-important post-writing process otherwise known as selling books.

Notice the nuance here. I am not saying that there are no tools to help you choose keywords, favor this category over the other, etc. I am saying that very few writers rely on them. Why?

Because they are crazy expensive!

It is 2018 of crying out loud, asking for $280 a month to hand out a list of popular keywords should be prosecuted. No new writer trying out their luck in self-publishing will ever commit to such an absurd amount, nor should they.

Fueled with frustration, I decided to write my own automatic tool to extract, analyze, and compare data about the Kindle ecosystem: Kindle Ranker (

This small eBook is my take on the raw intelligence derived from this tool. I will outline the thought process to follow when choosing a Kindle category or Amazon keyword, which metrics to look for, how to assess profitability and anticipate competitiveness, etc…

Once you internalize these techniques, the doors to the Kindle ecosystem will lay wide open, waiting for you to set your book on the road to success!

Think about it. How much thought did you really put into choosing the Kindle category where you published your book?

For most writers, it is usually a couple of minutes before hastily choosing two random categories that bear a familiar keyword and moving on to the next KDP dashboard page.

After all, if the writing is good, readers will clearly find the book no matter the category right? Sadly, the reality is not so kind and the Kindle world can be particularly harsh.

Amazon only displays the first 100 best selling books to readers going through book categories. If your book fails to be on this list, it is as good as dead. (e.g. Self-help category: )

Thus, the goal of every writer is not only to make it to this best seller list, but to push their book past the 50th position and thus claim a position on the front page of a given book category.

In 64% of all Amazon categories, books below the 50th position sell less than one book a day on average. I was not joking with the death metaphor earlier.

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