It is an absolutely beautiful morning here in Nova Scotia.
I’m going out in an hour or so for an emergency run to Walmart for an ink cartridge. I’m going to jog over, yodeling, in my sweat suit – it is that warm out there.
In between then an now I am going to have to figure out how to yodel. Anybody know of any good how-to sites?
While I was over at kboards this morning somebody asked a very interesting question about Kindle Scout.
“Can anyone figure out the hot and trending list on Kindle Scout? I had a day of 360 nominations the next of 160 and neither of them had an hour of hot and trending. I’m totally confused on how it works. – Signed Anonymous”
Now that is a VERY good question.
And no – he did NOT really sign it “Anonymous” – I’m just signing it that way for the purpose of the blog.
Here’s my answer.
Hey Anonymous – I think you mean that you had 360 views – (the second chart on your campaign page).
Let me see if I can explain it to you.
I follow a link and come over and have a look at your campaign equals ONE VIEW.
I hit the nomination button equals ONE NOMINATION.
Think of it this way.
Let’s say you have decided to build a fund-raising campaign to raise money to save the rare blue-spotted-moose from extinction.
I come and stick my head into the arena where you are staging the fund-raiser and take a look in the door and think to myself – “Wow, I didn’t know the blue-spotted-moose was in danger of extinction” and then walking down the street to get a blue-spotted-mooseburger at the local Macdonalds.
That’s a view.
I walk right on inside to your campaign table and plunk down a five dollar bill and shout “HALLELUJAH AND SAVE THE BLUE-SPOTTED MOOSE!” – well that’s a nomination, and that’s worse MORE than a view.
Kindle Scout does NOT show us nominations. They keep those hidden behind the curtain. So maybe right now 520 people have taken a look at your book but HAVEN’T nominated it. In which case you DON’T show up on Hot & Trending.
In either case I am STILL going to Macdonalds right now and demanding a MacMooseBurger!!!
So here is a shot of the orange bars.
And here is a shot of that blue chart below – that I haven’t shown before.
Those blue lines track all of the page views on my campaign. Every time that somebody takes a peek over there that blue line goes up a little. Now I am pretty certain that the Gods of Kindle Scout are smart enough to have some sort of a fail-safe mechanism built in so that it does not count the way-too-many times I peek over there, as well as having some sort of fail-safe mechanism to guard against me paying somebody to sit at home and view my campaign over and over and over.
Just the same – those blue bars show how often my page has been viewed.
That low point matches exactly with the one day that I had absolutely ZERO hours on the Hot & Trending list – HOWEVER – that great big spike of page views (which actually represents the results of my HeadTalker campaign ONLY resulted in a measly THREE hours on Hot & Trending.
Which means that out of ALL of those many folks who clicked on my HeadTalker that day only a few of them actually NOMINATED Kelpie Dreams.
I guess that the rest of them were way too busy eating moose-burgers.
Yours in Storytelling,