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How Hard Is Getting Reviews For Your Books On Amazon?



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How Hard Is Getting Reviews For Your Books On Amazon?

My biggest achievement this year was to write some books. This quest was successful as I have two eBooks on Amazon written by Meshack Bwoyele Keya, who happens to be me. Now the challenge I have is getting reviews for my eBooks. How can Monster Backlinks' members help? Can they buy any of the books and write a review on Amazon?

Deleting Reviews

One can use relatives to write reviews for your eBooks. Yet Amazon wi know and delete them. That will be bad, too bad. I cannot use my relatives. Another problem is my books do not sell in my country.

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I have wondered if Good Samaritans here can help. Is it possible!? I wonder!

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amelia88

I’ve heard of people giving away free copies of books and ebooks in exchange for honest reviews. That could be a tactic you could use to get reviews. I don’t think it’s unethical as long as you’re not saying to people “you must give me a five star review”.



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stbrians

I thought about this but changed my mind. That is like bribing. I need to get reviews from all over the world



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amelia88

I don’t think it’s bribing unless you’re literally saying to someone “I’ll send you this for free as long as you give me a five star review”.

If you’re simply requesting someone to give an honest review then I don’t think it’s like bribery at all, since someone could give you a one star review if they wanted to.



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JBeleren

That is not necessarily bribing. It is done in different businesses too. You give out a free copy and you just tell them to review your book in exchange. You are not asking them to give it a good review no matter what, you are asking them to give out an honest review. It is one good way to have more eyes on your product.



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Youngshark

Wait what? They can know when you have a relative review your book for you. Does that mean that some anonymous accounts cannot do the same? What about friends?



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Jeane

The reviews which really count on Amazon are reviews left by someone who has actually bought that product. So though it might be possible to have friends, relatives or someone else review your books, those reviews may not get you the credibility you seek.



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amelia88

@Jeane yes I usually see on Amazon it says “verified review” when someone’s actually purchased the item off amazon and are then reviewing it. I guess that’s how they weed out the legit from the potential fake reviews.



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Jeane

Before they started implementing the new system, there were so many fake, misleading reviews on the site. They had to do something about it eventually and they did.

I suppose some sellers can still get around that by reimbursing those who purchase and review what they are selling. Makes the reviews look more legit.



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stbrians

That is right. Somebody can buy it and review and then you refund them. That is a good deal to me according to how reviewing should go



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Youngshark

Well if you may probably sumeone has stolen your alcohol or staff there is the chance to claim. And follow up with the proper authorizaties.



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Alymae

Really? They can delete accounts of relatives? Maybe because you have the same IP address? Usually, by having the same IP address the same accounts would be deleted. Are you sure? How about friends? Ask them too. I will give a review if I have timeHow Hard Is Getting Reviews For Your Books On Amazon?.



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stbrians

My friends are these people on Monster Backlinks. It is like scratch my back I scratch.



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Youngshark

Yeeeah yeeeah sure if you are using the same computer then there is a great chance that you could. Benefit from being their enforcer.



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vinaya

You cannot expect people to buy your book and leave review. If you want reviews, you should give your ebooks for free and then ask your friends and family to leave reviews. Alternatively, you can also start a campaign on freelancer site. You can get a lot of reviews by paying people. These reviews will help you sell your ebooks.



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Alania

That's one of my points as well. He could also have the option to reward the readers for a review. Or pay them, if it comes to it. However, I suppose that's somehow wrong, because the idea of a paid review is almost 100% going to be positive. Who would like to receive negative reviews by paying cash for them?



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stbrians

I thought @vinaya can do it because we came from far with her. You can buy the book and write a review. I can do the same for you.



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Youngshark

Oooh yeeeah thats so much of a great idea.



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Alymae

True. The best way is you giving them free books. The first people that can give you reviews would be your family and friends. You can also choose to pay for people to review the book. These are the most used tactics of well-known authors. You have to fork out the money first before it comes back to you twofold or better yet, tenfold.



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kaushikangara

One way of getting reviews is to get it from genuine buyers. Amazon is taking a strict action on paid and fake reviews and deleting them all. A verified review would be one where the person would have bought your book and then would leave a review which would not be deleted by amazon. Do not go for paid reviews. It will hamper your reputation. Instead, try marketing your book in a positive way so that interested people will buy.



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stbrians

I was taking this post as a campaign. I expected a good samaritan to buy and write a review. I will do the same



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Jelineex

Maybe you should do a promotion not only online but also in reality. This will help your books be known and a prospect buyer will be interested. You will likely to earn good reviews on your E-book. You should be patient with it like those time you invest on your writings. Good luck!



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stbrians

Am really trying on that. I know it's hard because am a new timer. With time, it will be easy



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HappyLady

The thing about paid reviews is the person will be biased. It might bump up the reviews, but it would not give you an assurance that what you write is good. Better by far, to have reviews that happen because people read the book.



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stbrians

An honest review is good really. Yet some small mistakes may be ignored really. Am a book reviewer and I do it honestly



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Alyopsis

Hello there, what are the books about ? Is it an e-book or are there hard copies ?

I create websites focused on affiliate marketing. I have been having a bit of a think about doing one focused on book reviews and book news with links to buy. Amazon is an obvious affiliate.



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stbrians

My books are fiction. They are eBooks. One is entitled The Lonely Stones by Meshack Bwoyele Keya and The Lonely Stones- Covered With A Blanket by Meshack Bwoyele Keya. I need an honest review that is not bought.



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Alania

Getting reviews is overall hard, because if you expect a member of the audience to write one then it will be rare, simply due to the fact that your audience must be really engaged with your material. It's hard to find dedicated fans. People are lazy to even leave a like on a YouTube video nowadays.



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stbrians

We just throw food on the water lest they flow back to you. I have made my plea and so I sit and wait. What are friends for anyway?



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Kakashi2020

The best way of getting a lot of reviews is by using social media specifically Facebook. If you have a group post a review raffle in which those who would review your book would be entered into a raffle and will get the chance to win a nice price. I bet if you got a thousand members, you'll get at least 10-20 good reviews.



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stbrians

This is a good idea. As friends, I expected a review from atleast one person.



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esteban123

I have never tried doing a review about a certain book to amazon as I have never purchased something like that before since most of the time I am having some reviews on some gadgets that makes my interest. I think if I would be given a chance to have some reviews to some books out there I will probably do it with utmost sincerity and honesty.



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stbrians

Try browsing in Amazon my name Meshack Bwoyele Keya. I had wanted to give free books but think that will dent my reputation.



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amelia88

It’s inexpensive though on amazon. From what I can see it’s only 99 cents to download. Once the Christmas rush is over it might mean that more people have free cash to spend. It’s hard to get people to deviate from a budget to make additional purchases at this time of year even if they are small ones.



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overcast

I think getting genuine reviews is really hard. In fact people who want to get the good reviews for their book. They either have to buy it in such way they don't get caught. Or they have to really write good content. Either way it becomes harder if amazon chooses your account and revises it for the spam detection. Which makes getting good reviews harder.



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stbrians

Am grateful for your suggestions. I expected to get reviews from OnlineBookClub but it ranges between $200 to $600. The deal is not bad but to raise the money is the problem.



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jaymish2

I don't think that it is hard to get reviews for your books on Amazon. They are websites where you can offer your book for free in exchange for a review. This reviews are a true reflection of what people really think because you are not paying them they will not write a review that favors you.OMG! $400- $600 for online book club, they pay $4 when you review a book, or you review it for free. This is true slave labor.



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stbrians

This is a man eat man society. They charge around $200 if they write reviews and promote your book for a week. Then it goes on increasing till about $600 for a month.



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amelia88

Just FYI if anyone has Kindle Unlimited on Amazon the books by the original poster are free to download! That might help anyone who was contemplating it.



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stbrians

Where are these people? I need a review. I urgently need one



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amelia88

I think Kindle Unlimited is often popular for users of Amazon Prime based in the US. Perhaps try reaching out to people based there to check and see if they have kindle unlimited.



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HappyLady

Well, probably we should inbox. You can review my book and I will review yours. However be prepared for 300 pages. Ideally, the review should, however, come organically as people buy and read the book. However, I would be honest in any review. What have you written about? Mine is a Christian topic.



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stbrians

Mine are two eBooks of 35 and 28 respectively. They are fiction talking of rape and it's management. It believes in forgiveness and treatment of rapists and victims.



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theresajane

Wow. Your idea of this kind of negotiation is actually great. I guess it would be an effective way to gain reviews gradually.



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stbrians

It is actually a great idea. I had not thought of this before. This is a good way of building an international writers club that will benefit each other and help newcomers



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theresajane

I honestly think that you should exert more effort in advertising your book in any way or any platform that's possible.it is because it would be hard o just wait for someone to review your book especially if you are not that well known.



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stbrians

That is the problem. Am new in the field and I need a reviewer. To get one is hard for am not well known. I am advertising all over.



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jpk0007

Well, I think that you should try every method mentioned here in the post to market your ebooks. First of all, you can ask some of your friends and relatives to buy your ebooks on Amazon and leave a positive review about it. You can give away your ebook for free or at a very economical rate so that you will be able to get honest reviews about them. You can also think about paid reviews from freelance and micro job sites.



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stbrians

I will honestly try these suggestions. Yet they are taking me nowhere. It seems a bit hard



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MelanthaKrasos

Getting a review for a book, whether it's a paperback or an ebook seems to be a pretty tough job most specially if your not a popular writer. My first two cents for your question is to give free ebooks as a sample for your reader. In my case, if it's a writer I'm not familiar, chances is I'll dropped it.
Give your demographics a taste test or you may choose to invite more friends and ask them to write a review for you without regards whether you are friends or not.



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stbrians

That is it. Free samples of the books is necessary. It is an option I have to consider



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Corzhens

I have one freelancer friend who writes e-books and the main problem is in getting to the mainstream. All his books are sold and bought within his network of people and she is wondering how she could get the attention of strangers. That is one of the unseen issues when you are writing a book. All the while you think that the book is great but when it comes to selling you will know that no one is interested.



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stbrians

You are right there. However, we keep trying and one day, we shall receive many reviews.



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Tehilah27

The best way to get reviews is to give away free copies for people to read and after you have gotten a specific number of reviews, you can stop giving it away free and put a price tag on it. Getting reviews on Amazon is very important as people would generally buy a book with great reviews than try out an unknown author whose work has received no reviews.



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jaymish2

I agree with you@Tehilah27. I think that giving a way a free copy of a book to read is the best way to go. However you need to realize that reviewing a book is rather hard work because the person has to read the whole book, sit down and write a structured review. It may be a consideration to pay. Though some people claim paid reviews influence the person being paid, how else will you get a review? I think that you should specify that you want an unbiased review.



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