Kurt B. Ellis

Science Fiction and Contemporary Fiction Author

Why Research Keywords? – “New Pangaea – Utopia of Revenge: A Rigid Dystopian Society in a Post-Apocalyptic World”

Why Research Keywords?

Today, I’m speaking with you about how I research keywords. Choosing the correct keywords is critical for the successful launch of a book.

Keywords can make or break an author when it comes to getting recognized by readers and making sales.

Hi. This is Kurt B. Ellis, a science fiction and contemporary fiction author who self-publishes with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

Stay tuned, and let me share information about how I research keywords.

Finishing the Draft

Last week, I talked about a short story I’m working on. It’s a spinoff of a book I published in March 2022 called “New Pangaea – Utopia of Revenge: A Rigid Dystopian Society in a Post-Apocalyptic World.”

I finished writing the first draft of my short story earlier this week. And then, I did edits with Microsoft Editor and Grammarly Premium. This cleaned it up significantly and made it more professional.

I am now securing an outside editor with Upwork to proofread and edit my document. That should take about a week.

Once that’s completed, I’ll move on to compiling all edits to create the final draft.

Finding the Best Keywords

I use this time to focus on keywords while waiting on outside edits. I do this for all my books.

The correct keywords are critical for multiple aspects of your book.

First and foremost, for the titles. Because if you get the titles wrong, your book is dead.

Proper keywords must be embedded within the titles, especially the subtitle.

Also, proper keywords are needed for Amazon’s metadata. You have seven slots to fill in the best keywords you can find to support the potential reader searches for your book.

The book description is another valuable place for keywords.

I use two software tools to research keywords: KDSPY and Publisher Rocket. These are used in tandem to corroborate the findings of each.

I use an iterative process of entering possible keywords to both tools and run a comparison of scores. This may lead to new keywords.

I conduct this process, say, a half-dozen times, refining my search each time.

And voila! In the end, I have a list of keywords frequently used by potential buyers when searching for books; and in categories that are not intensely competitive.

Thank You for Your Time

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