There are a lot of ways for members and visitors to interact with books on ThirdScribe.
Our Enter Once system lets authors embed their books, literally, everywhere: book listing pages, blog posts, sidebars, dedicated pages – and every embedded book not only has the cover and purchase links, but serves as a portal into the larger social system ThirdScribe Book Pages contain.
When we built ThirdScribe, we weren’t sure many people would click through the book cards on author sites to go into the network. What we found is that not only do they, but they do it a lot. Frequently visiting review pages, detail pages, and even the forum and discussion pages.
In 2016, author sites and pages were visited hundreds of thousands of times, but so were the network book pages. So we thought it would be interesting to look at the top books members clicked through to see more of.
Visitors make their way to book pages in the network by either by clicking through from an author’s website or by going through ThirdScribe’s book index directly. We derived this top ten list by evaluating both raw page views and entrance pages, giving a higher weight to entrance pages as that indicates to us individual readers clicking through specifically to visit the book. Our intent here is to look at unique, direct visits to those pages, unaffected by the social interactions surrounding the books.
The results were a bit surprising, to be honest. We had a big award winner, a popular series with a movie deal, and one new author who has been growing and working his newsletter pretty hard. We also saw how much true recognized expertise is a powerful marketing force all on it’s own.
We’ll be following this post up with an analysis of where and how readers clicked to purchase books in 2016, which will look at individual author sites as well as network book pages.
Here are the Top Ten ThirdScribe Network Book Pages visited by readers in 2016: