Tuesday, October 18, 2016

One Month Down

Rip’s picks has been alive and posting for one month, as of today, and during that
time I had one sale. Time to look at things as they are, and plan for the second

I had 5173 hits for the first month. The breakdown by country looks like . . .

United States - 3992
Germany - 790
Russia - 66
Ireland - 38
France - 32
Denmark - 8
Singapore- 8
Canada - 6
Poland - 4
New Zealand - 3

My most popular page by far is the vintage GE 1950's waffle maker, at 322 looks,
followed by the wooden coin bank. I don’t know what to think about that. Not yet.

No new followers, and no comments. I lost one follower.

Project Wonderful. My ad has been up and running for 14 days now, and I initially
put in $20.00 USD with a target goal of only spending a buck a day. I have $4.00
left in the ad account, and will have to let the campaign run out for this month.

I can pick my ad up again next month, and finance it in full, so I’m not that
worried. The idea is to be seen. I will lose a little momentum, but I just got started.
Remember I only had one small sale so far, and that’s what I used to finance my
first ad.

My ad was seen 49,605 times (at the time I took the screen shot), and I tweaked it
once to exclude everyone outside the United States until I can get a good
understanding of international shipping.

I had a total of 11 unique clicks, or purposeful clicks, with a click-through rate of

My affiliate links have, so far, remained untouched.

I made a little money, too, hosting ads. And I’m not done yet. There’s more I can do.
The main thing is to get myself out there.

I’m sorry that the book thing became my biggest distraction this last week, but I
had no other choice but to drop the almighty Zon.

Amazon done bleeped up too many times for me to trust them, and I’m losing
nothing by dropping them. Not really. Who knows what I’ve actually made,
because I’ll never get a straight answer.

Nobody else will, either. I’m not the first to leave, won’t be the last, and trust me
when I say Amazon will (soon) find another way to screw its authors out of their
hard earned money. When that happens, more and more will leave.

I published again with Smashwords, having sold several hundred books with them
in the past. Twice the amount I ever sold on Amazon. They make sure my books
are seen elsewhere, like the Apple iBooks store. I’m still waiting for Barnes &
Noble to show some movement, but they have always been slow on the draw.

I’m figuring out another vendor right now, and there are others I can use to pretty
much give me the blanket coverage I need. I’ll even set myself up to sell directly
from my web site. I can have another vendor for my paperbacks, too. I don’t need
the Zon. I’ll blog about it.

If you see something you like, it’s first come first served. I only have one of each.
Read my policies page, sign up to my newsletter, look over the products and buy
something you love. If not you, someone else will beat you to it.

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