One of our favorite features in ReaderLinks is the original feature…links!
We were tired of trying to sift through the mess that bit.ly made of our links. Why couldn’t we organize the links by book? If only we could easily access the data for the promo link we put in that tweet. And imagine if bit.ly could show us traffic for our links side by side with sales and downloads of our books? That could be a great way to see how our promotions were doing. No, it wouldn’t give us 1:1 mapping of clicks to sales (Amazon, BN.com, etc. don’t provide that kind of detail) but how hard would it be to build a tool like that?
The answer ended up being “pretty hard” but we’ve done it.
1) Simplify your links and have them use the readerlinks.com domain
2) OR simplify your links using your own domain (with a WordPress plug-in or some .php code for non-Wordpress sites)
3) Core Links: Tired of making the same link types for book after book? Make a Core Link and it will automatically be created every time you add a new book.
4) Custom Links: Craft trackable links that aren’t connected to your book (i.e. newsletter link to your contest)
5) Link data is graphed alongside KDP sales data, meaning you can see how web traffic impacts sales.
We’ll get into how you can use the ReaderLinks link feature in future posts. But to give you a sneak preview, imagine a world where you don’t have to republish your book on Amazon just to change a link!