If you have a self-publishing business or are an author, you’ve probably spent a lot of time in niche research. You already know that one of the most important decisions you can make toward increasing book sales and making money is to select the right categories for your book.
This process is sometimes painful and time consuming. You create a book and then have to spend a lot of time researching the best categories and keywords for your book. It is time well spent, because evaluating the best categories for your book can position your book to become a bestseller, especially on Amazon.
Yes, you CAN do the research on your own, BUT if you’d rather spend your time writing more books you can quickly do competitor, niche, category and keyword research with the help of a new software tool called KDSPY.
What is KDSPY?
KDSPY automates your keyword and category research process. It’s a browser extension used by thousands of Kindle publishers and ebook authors to identify the best ways to make your book a bestseller in the Amazon Marketplace.
KDSPY helps you quickly find hot topics for your books
instead of spending countless hours on research.
KDSPY helps authors:
- Find the right keywords for your titles and subtitles, which helps readers find your books.
- Identify the competition in your niche.
- Use keyword searches to predict whether a book idea will work.
- Get the sales data of the top 20 to 100 best sellers for a particular keyword or particular category.
- Save hours of research searching for the right categories on your own.
KDSPY has become popular for offering useful features beyond the basics authors expect. Here are some of its most popular features.
This is one of the most popular features of KDSPY. With the help of bestseller ranking, you can evaluate the number of pages, monthly revenue, reviews, sales, rank price, and estimated sales of different Kindle books. Keeping these things in mind will help you choose the best keywords and categories.
You will see how well (or poorly) your competitors are doing. This will help you decide if a niche is worth fighting for!
View the Top 20 Bestsellers in a Category
The bestseller ranking feature gives you a picture of the top 20 bestsellers in a particular category. See different authors’ books, their sales racks, and the estimated monthly revenue. This helps you gain success in your book sales and revenues because the readers who are interested in this topic or niche will take interest in your Kindle book.
Notifications about Book Sales
Another great thing about KDSPY is that it also tells you how many books you need to sell in one day or month in order to be ranked in the top 20 booksellers in your category.
Book Tracking Over 30 Days
In the KDSPY tool, there are three columns: T, S, and C. Clicking on T will open a tracking tool which helps you follow the rank of a book over a month.
When you click the S column, KDSPY will use Google to search for the Book title. The search result you get by clicking on the S column shows a rough idea of the main traffic sources different publishers are using.
Clicking the C column shows all the Google images of the book cover and gives details about potential traffic sources.
Competitor Research and Keyword Analysis
This is one of the most valuable tools in KDSPY. Search any keyword, and not only will KDSPY show you the profit potential of that topic, but it will also list hundreds of additional keywords and corresponding profit potential.
The tool also allows you to research competitors and estimate their monthly revenue. This is a great way to learn which keywords and topics are the most profitable and estimate what you can earn with books in these categories. Taking advantage of this feature will help give you good monthly revenue and drive you toward the bestseller list on Amazon and everywhere.
The search tool is an amazing KDSPY feature which is a game changer. With the help of the search tool feature, the author can easily find keywords and get keywords suggestions along with a red/yellow/green ranking to show which topics are most competitive, popular, or have the most potential for sales.
For example, if we search in KDSPY for the keyword “diabetes” the results will show you all the keywords on which different authors have written books with the keyword “diabetes.” It may show green circles for popularity and potential, indicating that the topic is very popular and has the potential to be high-earning. A red bubble in the competition category would mean it’s a very competitive market. The search tool also shows the average monthly revenue for a keyword phrase.
A to Z Search Results
One new feature in KDSPY allows you to pull A to Z search results. So when you start your search with the particular letter, such as C, it will automatically show the C keywords in the Amazon search. This gives you the ability to get suggestions for popular keyword phrases.
Estimated Average Monthly Revenue
Not only do the search results show all the information about the number of competitors for a keyword phrase, they also show information about the estimated average monthly revenue. The “analyze” option, also reveals the information about top-ranking bestsellers for the particular keyword.
The KDSPY search features allow you to discover which booksellers or authors earn the most money with books in a particular keyword, even if their books aren’t the most popular. This information can help you evaluate your competition in a given category and how much potential revenue exists in the category.
Spy on Self-Published Authors
This fantastic feature helps you analyze an author’s page. It gives all the details about all the books the author has published. In addition, it shows information about the average monthly revenue, average price, average number of reviews, and the sales rank of the books which the particular author has published. For example, if you look up the number one bestselling author in a keyword, then you will also see information about the other books he has published including sales ranks and average monthly revenue.
The word cloud feature helps you to find variations of words which the authors frequently used in their titles and subtitles for a particular topic. The tool also evaluates the top five words used by the top sellers which gives you an idea what the hottest words are in a particular category or niche. This makes finding competitive book titles very easy and makes the word cloud an important tool to help you in create a high-ranking book using popular keywords and titles.
Installing KDSPY is very easy as it’s a browser extension. It’s compatible with Google Chrome or Firefox web browsers. Chrome users can download it directly from the Chrome Web Store. However, if you are a Firefox user, you have to download the latest version of the software directly from the official website before installing it on your Firefox browser. Keep in mind, after the installation, you have to buy the KDSPY license and then sign in through your username and password in order to use the software.
Pros and Cons of KDSPY
- Available with Chrome and Firefox web browsers.
- Free regular updates.
- Affordable: KDSPY can be purchased with a one-time payment of $47.
- Get all data about the Kindle Books you like with the help of book tracking over 30 days.
- Gives you country-specific data from 9 Kindle stores: USA, Germany, Italy, India, Spain, France, Japan, UK, and Canada.
- KDSPY is not compatible with Safari and other browsers such as Microsoft Edge.
- Does not show estimated monthly Amazon searches for keywords unlike other Kindle publishing tools.
New Features in KDSPY
There are many NEW features in KDSPY which will help you increase your book sales and book search results.
Book Tracking Feature
The book tracking feature in KDSPY also includes paperback and hardcover books. This will give you a better idea about these formats.
Though KDSPY is primarily a Kindle research tool, it goes far beyond showing you data about ebooks. In the book results feature, tracks hardcover and paperback books. The tracking page allows you to choose from different tabs.
Author pages are also an amazing feature with which you can get data about all of an author’s published books, including paperback and hardcover versions.
Monthly Sales Algorithm
The monthly sales algorithm of KDSPY calculates an estimation of how many books you’ve sold in a month or how book sales affect your sales rank in your niche.
Daily Sales Algorithm
Daily sales algorithm will tell you about how many books you have to sell in 24 hours to become the number one bookseller or which will put you in any position in the top twenty.
Extensive Search Suggestions
Search keywords in one letter of the alphabet and see keyword phrases in addition to single words.
A New Interface
The KDSPY tool now comes with the new look and feel, including new tabs and search options. Tracking for paperback and hardcover formats is also now available. In the future, the developers are planning to include audible books in the book tracking and analytics features.
There are many similarities between the two programs, but there are also some BIG differences.
Both tools are Windows compatible and Mac compatible.
You can take a look at my assessment of Publisher Rocket HERE.
Using tools like KDSPY will help you in make better decisions for choosing the best niches, categories, keywords … and the right title for your book. KDSPY helps you do your research in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it manually. In FACT, you will have access to information on KDSPY that you would never be able to get manually.
The most important thing you can do to successfully market your books is to use the right keywords. Selecting the right topic for your book can increase book sales on Amazon and increase your reach as an author. It helps you see the market with clear vision … right now that knowledge is only $47.
Should you get BOTH programs? Hmmmm good question!
If you are just starting out or have only a few books … pick the program that appeals to you the most.
If you are planning on creating a publishing empire, have a half dozen books or more AND plan on launching a new series in a new niche … absolutely get both. There are enough differences in the information provided to make a difference in YOUR decisions. It is well worth the price, which you will make up in no time by selling more books!