I am, and have often wondered about keywords. Fretted is a better verb.
How important are they? What do I choose to lead people to my book? If I use the absolute best keywords possible, will I shoot to super-stardom in the author world?
Recently, I got one of those helpful, informative emails from Amazon Publishing and clicked on a few links only to discover that I could be using my keyword feature more effectively. Take a look at what they say below. I've highlighted the passages I found MOST helpful.
Best practices with keywordsCombine keywords in the most logical order. Customers will search for military science fiction, but probably not for fiction science military.
Use up to seven keywords or short phrases. Keep an eye on the character limit in the text field.
Experiment. Before you publish, search for your book's title and keywords on Amazon. If you get irrelevant results, or results you dislike, consider making some changes—your book will ultimately appear among similar results. When you search, look at the suggestions that appear in the Search field drop down.
Think like your customer. Think about how you would search for your book if you were a customer, and ask others to suggest keywords they would use.
Useful keyword typesFor suggestions on search keywords based on browse category, read more here.
Do NOT include the following in keywordsThis list is not exhaustive and all keywords must comply with our Terms and Conditions.
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Good Luck Authors! And now I'm going to select the keywords for this blog...
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Kim Hornsby is the Author of Award-Winning The Dream Jumper's Promise available on Amazon Books. She is a Bestselling Supernatural Suspense Author who lives in the Seattle area where she writes during the rainy months.