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NovelRank Launches Sales Rank Tracking

Line Chart LogoNovelRank and its creator are proud to announce the official launch of NovelRank, a free website for Amazon sales rank tracking. NovelRank offers authors the opportunity to get real-time feedback about their promotion efforts towards book sales on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca (Canada), and Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom). While direct sales through author’s websites and self-publishing websites such as Lulu, CreateSpace, BookSurge, Lightning Source, AuthorHouse, and others offer immediate sales data, book sales data through distribution sources such as Amazon is typically delayed many months.

Many readers purchase through Amazon.com, the leading online bookseller, after seeing coverage in the media, on the web, and on social networking websites, leading to increased book sales for the author. Without real-time sales rank tracking through NovelRank, authors are left guessing if there was a positive effect from the book’s coverage, not knowing where to spend their time and resources in the continued promotion of their paperback, hardcover, or audio book. NovelRank takes it a step farther by offering estimated sales data based on changes in Amazon sales rank.

As a completely free to use and ad-free website, NovelRank provides a risk-free option for authors publishing their first, second, or seventh book. Authors with large publishing agencies promoting their books also find the tool useful, since royalty information and sales information is typically delayed or unavailable from their publisher. There are no required logins or accounts, and a full suite of useful methods for sales rank tracking through the use of RSS feeds, spreadsheet downloads, sales rank widget, and direct website access.

Created by an author, for authors, NovelRank‘s goals are to provide the best resource on the web for authors wanting to turn their passion into profits through sales rank tracking and estimated book sales data. A full list of current and future features are available on the NovelRank website.

Get started today by tracking your book!

Sales Rank Tracking Widget Created!

SalesRank Widget

It’s the little things… There is now a widget for pulling in your current Amazon.com Sales Rank from NovelRank. This allows the viewers of your book blog (that you of course have to promote your book) to quickly track your sales rank and see how your book is performing! On each of the detail pages for books you’ll find the snippet, but here is a basic example of one:

<script src="http://www.novelrank.com/embed.php?asin=143571590X"
type="text/javascript" ></script>
<noscript>
<a href='http://www.novelrank.com/asin/0470325070'>Amazon Sales Rank</a>
by NovelRank</noscript>

You’ll notice inside the src tag in the beginning it ends with the ASIN number for the book (which is also used for the details page):
http://www.novelrank.com/asin/143571590X

Just change that code for your books ASIN and it will now pull down the results for that book! There is also a currently secret flag you can add to disable all the default styling (for those who want to apply their own CSS to the embedded code). After the ASIN code and before the double quotation mark, add the following:

&styles=false

Thus the new link under the src tag would be:

http://www.novelrank.com/embed.php?asin=143571590X&styles=false

Here is the HTML that was dynamically created by the widget and is written to your page when you use the above code:

<div id="novelrank">
<p class="nr_title">Amazon Sales Rank:</p>
<p class="nr_salesrank">833,704</p>
<p style="display: block !important; visibility: visible !important;" class="nr_tag"><a href="http://www.novelrank.com/">Sales Rank</a> by NovelRank.com</p>
</div>

Update: September 22, 2009

You can now specify the domain you wish to use! Just like the &styles=false example above, you can append the following:

&domain=uk

OR

&domain=ca

The default (if nothing is specified) is Amazon.com, but using the above values you can now have a widget for each domain NovelRank tracks!

Update: October 31, 2009

Three more domains now available:

&domain=fr
&domain=de
&domain=jp

Update October 5, 2010

Sample code of an embed using the UK domain addition:

<script src="http://www.novelrank.com/embed.php?asin=143571590X&domain=uk"
type="text/javascript" ></script>
<noscript>
<a href='http://www.novelrank.com/asin/0470325070'>Amazon Sales Rank</a>
by NovelRank</noscript>