Becoming An Amazon #1 Best Seller (2023)

(This blog post is an older blog post but I’m constantly adding to it and updating it to make sure it continues to be a relevant resource.)

I can now officially call myself an Amazon best-selling author.

About two weeks ago, I did a blog post about how I’m going to write a book, publish it on Amazon and add a new revenue stream to my business. I put the challenge to myself out there for the world to see and got to work.

That same evening, I got to work writing my book about WordPress. Over 12 nights, I worked on my book from the hours of about 10pm until 2am, making sure that I got at least one chapter done each evening.

On August 13th, I officially posted my book on Amazon.

On August 17th, thanks to the power of Facebook and this blog, it reached #1 best seller status in the “Blogging” category, #1 best seller in the “Home Computing” category, #2 best seller in “Web Programming”, #2 best seller in “Web Development”, and the #5 best seller in “Business & Culture” (right below the biography on Steve Jobs). How freaking cool is that?

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The book, entitledWordPress Revealed, sold over 100 copies on August 17th, giving it enough sales to knock it in to the best selling spots in all those categories.

One of the beautiful things about the way that Amazon works is that, once you’re in a best selling category, you tend to stay there because the mere fact that you are in the best seller list boosts your exposure and increases sales.

What I’m going to lay out in this, potentially massive, blog post is exactly how I managed to create and sell my best selling book on Amazon. In reality, I should be splitting this in to multiple posts… But I just feel like making a single, all-inclusive, resource right now…

Step 1 – Create the book

I’ll be honest here. This IS going to be the most difficult part of the entire process. Getting started writing is not easy. People tend to open up their word processor and stare at a blank screen and instantly become overwhelmed at the mammoth task ahead.

The first sentence is always the hardest too. Once you start writing and you get that first sentence out there, people typically find that they can get in a flow and just keep going with it.

Getting past the overwhelm.

The way that I got over this overwhelm of a blank screen was that I leveraged this blog and asked for your help.

I created a blog post and asked for your number 1 WordPress question. I offered up a free copy of the book to my favorite questions.

I was then able to copy all of your questions over to a document and just start answering them… This got me past the overwhelm of having a blank screen.

Some alternatives to this would be to use a place like Fiverr. Hire someone that offers to do research and ask them to research the top 50 questions on your niche and provide you with a list of those questions… Boom, you’ve instantly got something to work off of to get started.

Another way that I just get down to it when it comes to writing is to create an outline first. I just begin by listing out all the different things I could potentially talk about in to a document. I’ll come up with 10-15 topics for the book. I’ll then organize them in to what I feel is a logical sequence and remove any topics that just don’t fit in to the flow of the book. At this point, you can now just start fleshing out sub-topics of each topic.

Having an outline allows you to have a starting point to just go back and fill in the details. It’s always helped me and it’s usually how I compose blog posts as well.

What Word Processor To Use…

Personally, I really like working with OpenOffice. I’ve found that when I upload files to Kindle, .doc files seem to work the best without messing up my formatting too badly. OpenOffice (which is 100% free) let’s me save the file as both a .doc file as well as a .pdf.

I like to save it in both file formats. The PDF version is so I can give out free copies to people for review and the DOC file is the one that I actually use when uploading in Kindle Direct Publishing.

Creating a table of contents…

I haven’t seen this taught anywhere else yet. I had to figure this out from lots and lots of experimentation…

As you’re writing you book, make sure that the title of each chapter title is set to Heading 1. This will help when we go to create the table of contents after the book is completed.

After you’ve finished writing your entire book and you’ve made sure that all of your chapter titles are formatted with “Heading 1”, you can easily scroll back to the beginning of the book and create a real quick table of contents.

I’ll do my best to explain how to do this in OpenOffice. I don’t know how to do it in any other Word Processors but it’s looked great so far using this method.

Scroll all the way up to the beginning of your book, before your actual content starts. This is where we’re going to put our Table of Contents.

On the top menu, click on “Insert” then click “Indexes and Tables” then click “Indexes and Tables” again. This will take you to the page where we create the Table of Contents…

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On the box that pops up, we’re going to click on “Entries” tab at the top…

The way that OpenOffice is set, it defaults to as if you were going to do a print book. It will have page numbers and dashes. This is not relevant to us since Kindle books don’t actually have page numbers.

We also want clickable links in our book. So, if someone clicks on a link in the table of contents, it jumps them to that section in the book.

We need to tweak some settings. This part is a bit difficult to explain but I’ll do my best.

You’ll see an area that says “Structure” with a few buttons like “E#”, “E”, “T”, and “#”.

We’re going to click on “E#” and hit delete (fn+delete if on a Mac). We’re then going to delete “T” and “#” as well…

We should now have a screen that looks like this… (Only the “E” next to structure)

Now… See that little white box to the left and to the right of the “E”?

We’re going to click inside of the little white box on the left so that you see your cursor blinking inside of it.

We are then going to click on the button that says “Hyperlink”.

This will add a button that says “LS” next to the “E” button. (LS stands for Link Start)

Now we’re going to click in the box to the right of the “E” so that the cursor is blinking inside that box.

Click “Hyperlink” again and you’ll see a box to the right of the “E” that says “LE”. (LE stands for Link End)

Now you can go ahead and click “OK’ at the bottom of the box and you should see your Table of Contents appear inside your document with clickable links. Go ahead and test clicking on the links and make sure they take you to where they are supposed to go.

The cool part is that those links will work on pretty much any device that people can read Kindle books on.

That was one of the most complicated things for me to figure out when trying to publish this book. So there you go… That’s what I do and it works like a charm.

Step 2 – Get an awesome cover made

So you’ve got your book written now and it’s super awesome! You’ve even got a really cool Table of Contents that people can click on. Neato. Now we need to create a cover for this bad boy.

If there’s anything that I’ve learned so far when it comes to Kindle books, it’s that covers sell books. (AKA people judge a book by its cover)

It is possible to upload a book to Amazon without adding a cover. Amazon will just use its default cover which looks like junk.

You can absolutely do this if you want no one to ever buy your book.

I’ve found two ways that work well for me to create awesome book covers that sell books. Unfortunately, both ways cost money and one way will cost you quite a bit more than the other.

The expensive way (but best way) is to crowdsource the design on 99designs.

When I wanted to create a book cover for WordPress Revealed, I wanted the cover to look super professional. By going to 99Designs, I was able to tell the site how much I wanted to spend on the cover… Oh say $200. Designers would then go on 99Designs, see my offer of $200 and submit book cover ideas to me. I get to see 15-20 concepts for cover designs and then pick my favorite and pay the winner.

This worked well for my book and the winning designer will probably be getting even more work out of me. If you want to go the pro route and don’t mind spending a little to get there, this is probably the best way.

The second, less expensive way, is to purchase stock footage off Deposit Photos.

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Deposit Photos is probably the least expensive source that I’ve found to purchase stock images that you can use for commercial purposes. There are other places to find stock images for free or for cheaper but the quality just isn’t the same.

For the most part, I simply do a search for images that are related to my topic. For example, if I was creating a book on WordPress, I’d probably start by searching keywords like WordPress, blog, blogging, computer, laptop, etc… I’d look through the images that were available and try to find one that looks like it would make a good book cover on its own.

A lot of the images are already close to the right shape to be a book and they already fit your theme, they just need the title and author and you’ve got a book cover.

I’ll find an image I like, purchase it for $5 or so, open it in Photoshop or GIMP and simply add in my title and author name in a nice font. I’ve made some really great looking book covers this way.

Here’s a tutorial that I made on how to make a cool book cover with stock photos.

I went the 99 Designs route with my latest book and was very happy with the result…

Step 3 – Create an opt-in page

This step may seem a little bit strange in the context of a book but I’ve found it to be very very important to the marketing process. It will also be a huge asset to you when you go to release a second or third book.

An opt-in page is basically a website online where you can collect the email address of the people that purchased your book. Amazon does not provide book sellers with this information, therefore, you need to ask for it.

To do this, either register the domain name of your book or use a subdomain on your existing site. For example, I tried to get but it was already registered by someone else. So instead I created an opt-in page for buyers at (this URL no longer works).

On the page I offer to give bonus video training of how to set up WordPress in exchange for an email address.

I’m not going to dive in to how to create a website or how to create an opt-in page in this little tutorial because that’s the sort of thing that I really dive deep in to inside the book and inside the WordPress Classroom. However, it is very simply to do with a tool like Clickfunnels (Clickfunnels vs Leadpages).

Now, inside my book, at the beginning and at the end, I mention that people can go to my website to get actual video training of most of what I teach in the book. I give the readers my opt-in page link and hope that a good majority will go for the bonus training and give me their email in return.

Once I’ve got their emails on my list I can do several things…

I can email that mailing list and ask them to leave a review on Amazon (boosting sales and credibility).

I can email that list and inform them of a new book that I release.

I can email that list and promote my other products like the WordPress Classroom.

I can email that list and promote related affiliate products.

It opens up so many opportunities to further push sales of existing and new books.

I highly recommend implementing this strategy in to your book marketing.

Step 4 – Create an account as a Kindle Direct Publisher (KDP for short)

Once you’ve got your book written, your book cover, and your opt-in page, it’s time to create a KDP account and submit your first book to the store.

To do this, we need to create KDP account, which is really as simple as going to and signing up…

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll see an area called your Bookshelf…

Go ahead and click on “Add new title” because this is where we’re going to add our latest book…

Step 5 – Adding your book in to Amazon

For the most part, this is pretty straight forward from here on out…

Type in the name of your book.

When selecting a title for your book, be very descriptive (especially important in non-fiction). If I just named my book “WordPress Revealed”, it probably wouldn’t do that well. However, because I titled it “WordPress Revealed: How to Build a Website, Get Visitors and Make Money (Even For Beginners)”, it probably made a lot more sales. The title is very descriptive and actually lists the benefits of reading the book.

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Write a description that’s going to help sell the book.

In the description, I like to put a lot of benefits as opposed to just describing the book. Try to describe what the reader’s end result from reading the book will be instead of just describing what the books about. For example, if I’m doing a book about how to grow tomatoes, I wouldn’t simply describe the book as a book on tomato growing… I would use language like “Imagine yourself biting in to the most delicious tomato that you’ve ever tasted, imagine the satisfaction of knowing that you just picked that tomato from your own garden only minutes ago… You will be so amazed at what simple tweaks to your soil could do for the flavor of the tomatoes as well as how much faster they can grow…“.

That description is total B.S… Seeing as I know nothing about tomato growing. But you get the idea. You can really describe the benefits of the end result of purchasing the book. You can also give a little teaser of what they’ll learn, leaving them wanting more (the simple tweaks)… With Amazon, even the simplest of sales copy can be very effective because you are already borrowing on Amazon’s credibility.

I personally leave language at “English”, I leave publication date blank (it will fill in today’s date by default if you keep it blank), for publisher, I use my publishing company that I’ve began creating books under (but you can leave it blank if you want), and I leave ISBN blank for Kindle books…

Select “This is not a public domain work and I hold the necessary publishing rights.” in the section where it asks.

Now… For categories, you have the ability to pick 2. So look through the categories that they provide and choose two that best fit your book’s topic. These categories don’t always match the categories that they will actually rank under inside Amazon. It’s a bit strange. Just pick the most relevant.

For “Search Keywords”, type the things that you think others would type to find your book. You can have up to 7 search terms so choose wisely. For example, for my WordPress book, I want people who type “WordPress” in the search to find my book. I also want to show up when people search “WordPress For Dummies” or “How to create a website”… Those are all terms that, if people searched them, would probably find my book relevant.

Now you can upload the book cover that we created in step 2 and then browse for your book file (in .doc format) and upload that as well.

Where it asks about “Digital Rights Management”, I always select “Do not enable digital rights management”… This allows people who buy my book to read it on multiple devices if they choose.

Click “Save and Continue” to move on to the next step.

On the following page, we get to set our price.

I usually select “Worldwide Rights”, making my book accessible to any country’s version of Amazon…

For price, we have options…

Amazon’s pricing structure is weird when it comes to what your royalties are.

If you price your book between $0.99 and $2.98 you can receive a 35% royalty on any book sold.

If you price your book between $2.99 and $9.99 you can receive a 70% royalty on any book sold.

If you price you book $10 or more, your royalty drops back down to 35%.

There are two schools of thought at this point. You can charge $0.99 and make $0.35 for every book sold and hope to get massive volume and a lot of opt-ins on the opt-in form we created… Or we can price between $2.99 and $9.99 and get higher commissions per sale.

It really comes down to your motives. If you want a lot of volume and a lot of leads generated to an opt-in page, $0.99 is probably better. If you are trying to generate a good income from Amazon books, pricing above $2.99 is probably better.

For me, I’ve found that $4.99 is about the sweet spot for my books. I can get the 70% commissions and the book price is still low enough to keep it somewhat of an impulse buy.

I would just really decide what your motives are and test what works best. Set it at one price for 30 days or so and see how it does. Then test a different price after 30 days… Repeat until you find the “Sweet spot” price.

Finally, where it asks if I want to allow lending, I always check yes. When people borrow one of my books I still get a little money for it. Lately, it’s been about $2.00 per borrow which, in some cases, is more money than I make when someone actually buys the book. So I like to keep this option checked.

Confirm that you’ve read the terms and conditions and click “Save and Publish”.

Give it 12-24 hours and your book will be live on Amazon!

Step 6 – Create an Author Central Page

With Author Central you can edit your editorial reviews, your books description, your personal profile on Amazon, track book sales, and much much more. This is critical for anyone serious about making Kindle work for them.

After your book is finally live on Amazon, you can go to and create an account.

Login with your existing Amazon details and register for your account.

Once you’re logged in to Author Central, click on the “Books” tab at the top of the screen.

Click the button to “Add More Books”.

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Do a search for your book. When you find it, click the button that says “This is my book”.

Your book is now linked to your Author Central account.

Next, click on the “Profile” tab at the top of the screen.

I recommend adding a photo and a biography about yourself. The biography will be added to your actual book sales page and helps people browsing books get to know a little more about you. Most people who sell Kindle books skip this step. It’s just one more thing to make your book page stand out.

You can then jump back to the “Books” tab and click on your book that you just added.

From here you can add reviews from credible sources and edit your book’s description with extra formatting like bold italics. Doing these things just makes your book stand out among all the other Kindle sellers that don’t do this.

Step 7 – Marketing the Book

Admittedly, marketing Amazon books is not easy. Other than writing the actual book yourself, this will probably be the next hardest part.

Often times there’s a bit of a “catch-22” here… Your book needs sales to start selling.

If the book has 0 sales it doesn’t really move up any best seller lists and it doesn’t really begin appearing in people’s searches. Once it has a couple sales, it will start to get noticed a little more naturally and you’ll start seeing sells come in from random Amazon buyers…

Some tips to get the ball rolling…

1. Post that you’re now a published author on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social networks you’re a part of. Leave a link back to your book so people can grab it.

2. Purchase your own book. This sounds a little lame but it’s actually pretty important. If you purchase it yourself you can actually make sure it looks ok on all of your Kindle reading devices. It also registers as a sale in Amazon and begins your boost in seller ranking.

3. Gift the book to several people and ask them if they’d leave reviews. You have to pay to gift it to people but you actually receive your royalty back so you’re not actually paying full price. This does a couple things… It registers each gift as a sale and helps move you up the rankings. It also prompts people to start leaving reviews. Reviews help make sales.

4. If you have a mailing list, mail that list about the book. If you have a blog, write a blog post about the book.

5. Tell friends and family about the book and ask them to purchase and leave a review.

6. Put author of (book title) in your email signature with a link to the book.

All these things are ways to get the first initial boost in sales so that Amazon notices you and helps move you in to a postion where sales happen naturally.

Once your book starts to sell and people start to give you their email on the opt-in page, make sure to mail that list and ask them to leave reviews for you. The more reviews you have, the more important Amazon tends to think your book is.

Bonus Resources

That’s about it… That’s my whole process that I used to create my book and take it to a #1 best seller on Amazon.

I didn’t learn ALL of this from trial and error. I actually did follow some great other resources that helped me along the way.

Here’s some of the resources that I recommend that really helped and some new ones that have popped up recently to help you. Some of these links are affiliate links… However, they are ALL things I have used myself to help me see the results I’ve seen with Kindle publishing.

9 Killer Tips To Effectively Market A Book – This a blog post I wrote long after I completed the post that you just read. This post was written after I had a little more time to really experiment with Amazon and learn the ropes even more. See what advice I have two years after publishing my book.

How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months By John Locke – John Locke is literally a millionaire from Kindle publishing. I’ve heard his name over and over again when I was studying the Kindle stuff. When I saw that he had a book about how he did it, I had to grab it. It had some really great advice as well. I’m not completely through it yet but it’s a really interesting read so far. (It’s a $3 Kindle book)

WordPress Revealed – I had to throw this in here… This is my book that I just released. Check it out, study how I created the sales page, how I weaved in my opt-in page to collect email addresses, and learn a thing or two about WordPress while you’re at it. It’s been getting some great reviews so far and I know that it’s really helped a lot of people out.

How To Write A Book In A Weekend

Chandler Bolt – A 3 Step Process To Envision And Write Your First Book

Clickfunnels – For creating the lead capture page to send people to when the book is live.


Phew… That was a marathon blog post. I didn’t mean for it to be as long as it did. I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t leave anything out.

Despite my best efforts, I’m sure there are still some questions. I’d love to hear them and I’ll do my best to answer them.

If you enjoyed this post, share it on Facebook, bookmark it, like it, etc… I really put a lot into this one and I really hope that you got something out of it.

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Now go get your first book done!

The way to get an Amazon Best Seller badge is by selling the most products within your category over time. The Amazon Best Seller badge is precisely that: an icon displayed in the search results and on the product detail pages for items that are the best sellers in a category.

How many books do you have to sell to be #1 on Amazon? ›

In order to hit #1 on Amazon, you’ll need to sell somewherebetween 3,500 and 5,000 copies in 24 hours. Want to hit top 10? You’ll need to sell roughly 300 for print, or 2,000+ copies for combined formats. Those numbers aren’t exactly set in stone, but they’re a pretty close approximation.

What does it mean to be a #1 best seller on Amazon? ›

The best seller badge

Ranking #1 in a particular category or subcategory means that item has sold more than any other in that marketplace as of the most recent update.

How many copies make a bestseller? ›

To achieve bestseller status on the Times not only do you have to sell at least 5,000 – 10,000 copies in one week, but these sales have to be diverse sales. That is, you cannot sell 10,000 books to a pre-existing list of followers through a personal website or thousands from only one marketplace like Barnes and Noble.

How do you rank up fast on Amazon? › Don’t use misspellings or synonyms

  1. Referral Traffic. Listing optimization is the first step to ranking high on Amazon. …
  2. Earn positive reviews. …
  3. Always Test. …
  4. Price competitively. …
  5. Track your results. …
  6. Amazon FBA for superior delivery. …
  7. Your product availability. …
  8. List your products in the right categories.

How much do Amazon best sellers make? ›

Most Amazon sellers make at least $1,000 per month in sales, and some super-sellers make more than $100,000 each month in sales. 50% of Amazon sellers make $1,000 to $25,000/month, which could mean $12,000 to $300,000 in annual sales.

Can a self-published book be a bestseller? ›

Can a self published book become a bestseller? Bestseller lists have historically favored traditionally published titles. However, self-published books can get on bestseller lists.

How many books do you have to sell to make 100k? ›

To make $100.000 / year, you have to sell 50.000 books, which equals to 50.000/12 = 4.667 books per month. After the first year, you’ll have 12 books published. To make $100k with those 12 books, you’d need to sell 348 copies of each book each month.

How is every book a #1 best seller? ›

Because of the vast categories which the NYT team provides, authors get more and more chances of being recognized as a best-seller. Even if their books are not read by many, they can still become best selling authors. Since the best-seller list comes out every week, a lot of books get the chance to appear on it.

Can I become rich in Amazon seller? ›

Amazon FBA can be a great way to make money, but it’s not a surefire path to riches. No business is guaranteed to make you rich, and Amazon FBA is no different. However, with a good product and a solid marketing strategy, it can make a significant income through Amazon FBA.

What does it mean to be a #1 best seller? ›

The Amazon #1 Best Seller badge icon means a product has the highest number of sales in that specific category. Amazon’s A9 algorithm determines how products are ranked in search results. Amazon’s algorithm updates best seller status hourly.

How many pages is the average best seller? ›

A best seller’s average length is 375 pages, but in the last 100 years, the average number of words in a sentence has declined over time, as with the use of the semi-colon.

Is selling 5000 copies of a book good? ›

Qualifications aside, if you are a new writer at a big publisher and you’ve sold more than 10,000 copies of a novel you are in very good shape — as long as you didn’t have a large advance. It should be easy for you to get another book contract. If you sold more than 5,000, you are doing pretty well.

How many books do you need to sell to be successful? ›

In the book’s lifetime

By comparison, the average traditionally published book sells 3,000 copies, but as I mentioned above, only about 250-300 of those sales happen in the first year. For a traditional publisher to think of a nonfiction book as a success, it has to sell more like 10,000 copies over its lifetime.

How do I attract customers to Amazon? › Marketing tips for Amazon sellers to get maximum customer attraction

  1. Focus on the Product Title. Amazon has a clear-cut best marketing practices outlined for products. …
  2. Focus on the Product Description. …
  3. Focus on the Product Image. …
  4. Include HTML Markups in the Product Description. …
  5. Focus on customer reviews.

How long does it take to become Level 5 at Amazon? ›

Level 5: 3-10 Years of Experience. Level 6: 8-10+ Years of Experience. Level 7: 10 + Years of Experience. Although at this level, Amazon prefers to promote from within and will rarely hire external talent.

Is it hard to get promoted at Amazon? ›

Getting a promotion at Amazon isn’t easy. Indeed, some say the process is brutal. And moving up may have more do to with your boss’s ability to present your case than how well you actually perform your job.

What percentage of Amazon sellers are successful? ›

63% of sellers achieve profitability within one year of launching their business on Amazon. 25% of sellers with 2 or fewer years in business on Amazon are earning over $100,000 in annual ecommerce revenue. 60% of sellers with 3+ years in business on Amazon are earning over $100,000 in annual ecommerce revenue.

Is selling on Amazon profitable 2022? ›

So, is it worth becoming an Amazon seller in 2022? Absolutely! On average, a new seller makes $30,000 a year in profits on Amazon. To put things into perspective, that’s more than what 22% of US households earn in years.

How much do beginner Amazon sellers make? ›

Almost half of Amazon sellers earn somewhere between $1,000 and $2,500 per month, with some sellers reporting earnings of up to $45k per year. Amazon allows you to put your products on display for everyone to see, which means more sales and ultimately more profit.

How many copies does the average self-published book sell? ›

Even though there are a lot of authors publishing books, most authors don’t sell many. The typical self-published author sells about five copies of his book. The average US book now sells less than 200 copies per year and less than 1000 copies over its lifetime.

Can you get rich from a best selling book? ›

Writing a book can help your visibility, your business, and your speaking career. If you’re successful enough to hit the best-seller list, it can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Does being an Amazon best selling author mean anything? ›

And for good reason. Having your book be a bestseller is, for many, the ultimate symbol of success for their book. It means your book sold more than many others in its category, and can be used as a stamp of credibility for you and your brand in perpetuity.

Do authors get paid for every book sold? ›

Royalties are calculated as a percentage of book sales. For example, an author might earn 7.5% royalties on every paperback sold and 25% on every eBook sold. Royalties are typical in traditional publishing, where Authors sell the rights to their book to a publisher.

How much money does an author of 1 book make? ›

Publishers typically pay a $5,000 to $10,000 advance to good first-time authors. This means they would need to sell around 1,000 copies of a book that costs $20 per copy to break even after printing and distribution costs. Following that, the author will receive royalties, typically about 10%.

How much does a first-time author make? ›

How much can authors expect to earn from their books? A first-time author with a traditional publishing deal might expect an advance of $1,000-$10,000 and 5-18% royalties once they “earn out” their advance. Self-published authors do not receive advances, but their royalties can reach up to 70% for ebook editions.

How many copies should my first book sell? ›

If you’re a debut author, consider 10,000 copies your first barrier. If you can breach it, you’re on your way to bestseller kingdom. It’s just that even this number is a tough ask now, especially at a time when most novels barely sell 5,000 copies!

What is the #1 sold book of all time? ›

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed.

How many books do best sellers usually sell? ›

You may need to sell 10,000 copies in one week. Depending on the list, the different requirements can get tricky. If you want to be a bestselling author on the NY Times list, you must sell between 5,000-10,000 copies of your book in one week, but the sales cannot all come from one entity.

How many Amazon sellers are millionaires? › Amazon has millions of sellers, and yet only 20,000 were able to build a business. Amazon has also highlighted that more than a million US based sellers sell on the marketplace, 300,000 of which joined last year….

Twenty Thousand Amazon Millionaire Sellers.

State Sellers Count
California 175,000
New York 81,000
Florida 75,000
Texas 62,000

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Who is the biggest Amazon FBA seller? ›

Who are the top Amazon sellers across North America?

# Store name Feedback
1 Pharmapacks 111,488
2 AnkerDirect 68,505
3 EPFamily Direct 65,652

8 more rows Can I make a living off Amazon FBA? ›

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a hobby, your side hustle, or full-time income – you want your Amazon FBA business to be making you money and it can. Selling on Amazon FBA in 2021 is still worth it, there is plenty of money to be made if you go about it the right way.

How hard is it to become a best selling author? ›

To hit the big list, the mother lode, the big kahuna, The New York Times bestseller list, you’d need to sell around 9,000 books the first week. Most authors would be happy to sell 9,000 books over the course of their lifetime, so the chances of ever hitting a big list are slim to none. This brings me to the next point.

Are bestsellers really bestsellers? ›

In the purest sense, there is no such thing as a “real” bestseller list. Each list has their own method of counting sales, and each list only counts a fraction of places that books are sold. Amazon only counts books sold on Amazon.

What are the four components of a bestseller? › The 4 Elements of Bestsellers

  • A Big Idea: a new essential insight or paradigm shift.
  • Nuts & Bolts: actionable methods and substantiating proof.
  • 3. Entertainment: engaging writing, visuals, formatting, stories, humor.
  • Hope: promise that tomorrow will be better than today.

How are Amazon quiz winners selected? ›

The draw of lots will be carried out during the Contest Period for the questions and a total of 2 (Two) participants will be selected as winners by a random draw of lots. A total of 2 (Two) participants will be selected as winners of the Contest.

How do you get more than 100 best sellers on Amazon? › How to See More than 100 Amazon Search Results

  1. To move beyond the top 100 best sellers, simply put the left bracket symbol and the right bracket symbol in the search bar with nothing in between them. …
  2. Once you put the two brackets in the search bar, click to search, and you will now be able to view 400 pages of returns.

How do I get more helpful votes on Amazon? › Below are some simple ways to boost upvotes honestly.

  1. Supply excellent goods and deliver top-notch customer service. …
  2. Motivate your buyers to share their feedback. …
  3. Track negative reviews and respond to them promptly. …
  4. Work on removing fake reviews. …
  5. Don’t buy Amazon votes. …
  6. Strive for organic upvotes growth.

How many words should a best seller have? ›

The average best-selling contemporary fiction novel is around 95,000 words. Over 55% of books came in around 80,000 to 105,000 words, making this a consistent genre for the length needed to sell well.

Can you read a 150 page book in a day? ›

Answer: the average reader takes about 4.2 hours to read 150 pages. You might take more or less time than 4.2 hours to read 150 pages, depending on your reading speed and the difficulty of your text. The average person’s reading speed is around 300 words per minute (WPM).

Is 25 pages a day good? ›

Reading doesn’t need to take up all of your time. The most effective way to read more is to start with 25 pages a day. Twenty five pages a day is almost 10,000 pages a year. The number of pages you read is not as important as the fact that you’re enjoying it.

How many books does the average author sell on Amazon? ›

Some research shows that 250 to 300 books per year is pretty average. However, as an indie author, you can expect to earn much more in royalties per book than you would if you went the traditional publishing route.

What kind of books sell best? ›

Romance: Romance novels are perhaps the most popular genre in terms of book sales. Romance novels are sold in grocery store checkout lines, in monthly shipments from publishers to readers, and online, as well as via self-publishing services. Readers tend to be loyal to their favorite authors within the romance genre.

Is it hard to sell 10000 copies of a book? ›

Every publisher struggles to sell books nowadays, and 10,000 copies is usually an unreachable goal. But it can be done, and you don’t need to be an established author to pull it off. One way is to choose a subject that’s immensely popular and strike when the time is right.

How do books become #1 best sellers? ›

To achieve bestseller status on the Times not only do you have to sell at least 5,000 – 10,000 copies in one week, but these sales have to be diverse sales. That is, you cannot sell 10,000 books to a pre-existing list of followers through a personal website or thousands from only one marketplace like Barnes and Noble.

How do the levels work at Amazon? ›

Amazon equates years of experience with each level as follows: Level 4: 1-3 Years of Experience. Level 5: 3-10 Years of Experience. Level 6: 8-10+ Years of Experience.

How do I become an Amazon 1P vendor? ›

To sell to Amazon in a 1P capacity, you need to be invited by Amazon directly. Amazon then sends you a purchase order (PO) and you fulfill the PO and ship the product back to Amazon. Ownership of the product then transitions to Amazon and the company controls how the products will be priced on the marketplace.

How do I get a Prime badge on Amazon? ›

You send your product inventory to Amazon, and they store it in their warehouses. When a customer places an order through your listing, Amazon picks it, packs it, and ships it. Once your products are in FBA, they automatically get the Prime badge.

How many followers do you need to make money on Amazon? ›

There isn’t a specific follower count needed to earn money from influencer marketing. It still depends on the brand. Some brands look into your number of followers, while others look into your engagement rate. It can be anywhere between 1,000 to 1,000,000 followers to get paid.

How much does a Tier 1 at Amazon make? ›

The estimated total pay for a Tier I Associate at Amazon is $45,229 per year. This number represents the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated base pay is $37,554 per year.

What is level 7 salary at Amazon? ›

Amazon L7 Information Technologist Salary | $386K-$500K+ | Levels. fyi.

Is it worth it to sell on Amazon as an individual? ›

Choosing Amazon

Selling on Amazon does give you automatic credibility as a seller. Buyers are quick to trust that you’re reputable when they see you have a well-made Amazon product page. Yes, you do need to pay referral fees for items you sell but it could turn out being worth the traffic it brings you.

How much do private Amazon sellers make? ›

Amazon seller profit ranges from $ 1,000 to $ 25,000 per month, with new businesses on the platform making somewhere around $ 42,000 during peak seasons. These numbers are staggering when it comes to 20% of vendors who make about $25,000 – $250,000 a month.

How much do independent Amazon sellers make? ›

Almost half of Amazon sellers earn somewhere between $1,000 and $2,500 per month, with some sellers reporting earnings of up to $45k per year.

Can I get Prime badge without FBA? ›

With SFP, businesses running their own shipping operation can receive the Prime badge on their products without using FBA.

Can you be a Prime seller without FBA? ›

There are 2 ways you can sell on Amazon without FBA: Amazon FBM (Fulfillment by Merchant) and Amazon SFP (Seller-Fulfilled Prime).

Does a Prime badge increase sales? ›

Obtaining a Prime badge can turbocharge a company’s sales. Some consumer firms have doubled their average monthly sales when they obtained the Prime badge. Others saw monthly average sales increase by as much as 52% while a home and garden company said its product sales jumped 166% after getting the Prime badge.

Can you make a living off Amazon? ›

Most people who sell real products on amazon make $1,000 in sales. Those with super stores sell upwards of $100,000 or more per month. Half of all amazon sellers make between $1,000 to $25,000 per month. So yes, you realistically can make money on amazon by selling a real product.

How many followers do you need to make 100k a year? ›

You need a minimum of 5,000 Instagram followers and 308 sponsored posts a year to generate $100,000. That may be easier than you think: A recent HBO documentary showed how everyday people can manipulate Instagram and other platforms to become famous online influencers.

How much do you get paid if you have 10000 followers? ›

A content creator on Instagram with 100,000 followers can earn about $200 per post, while someone with 10,000 followers can make about $88 per post. So, the formula is: more followers + more posts = more money.


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