Anyone enrolled in our Set Your Price program knows about a fun little widget called Metrics. Metrics includes graphs that show how many visitors viewed and purchased your books.
The feature has proven to be very popular – so popular that many authors not enrolled in Set Your Price requested access to these graphs. It took a bit of elbow grease, but we’re happy to announce that Metrics are now available for any Blurb author with at least one public or private book.
Once you sign in to Blurb, click on Account and select Metrics from the drop down menu. You’ll see two up-to-date graphs. The first shows any recent sales of your book (minus any purchases you’ve made yourself). The second shows how many visitors have gone to your Book Detail page. If you have more than one book, be sure to use the pull down menu at the top of the page to get the skinny on each individual book.
Additionally, all authors now have access to their Sales page, which shows each individual purchase of your book by date. Go to Account and select Sales to have a look.
Are your graphs looking a little flat? Remember, there are lots of ways to get the word out about your books. First, there are the basics like making your book public so it shows up in the Blurb Bookstore, and turning on the Book Preview, so visitors can sneak a peek. To build more buzz, be sure to use the Announce feature to send out special invitations to friends and family, or create a Blurb Badge to promote your public books on your blog or Web site. Your stats will build in no time.
So, what does everyone think? Will you start to follow your book sales more closely?