Today we will be discussing how to choose the right KDP Categories for no content and low content books.
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When uploading your book to KDP, there is a form that you will need to fill out with the details of the book. In one section you will need to list 2 main categories that your book belongs in or belongs to.
For more information on how to fill out the KDP form read: How Do I Submit A Book To Amazon?
Choosing the right categories to place your book is important for a number of reasons. One of the most important is so that Amazon will not ban your KDP account.
(You read that right. In Amazon KDP’s terms of service, purposely putting your book in the wrong category can get your account banned. There are many ways you can get your account banned so please read their terms of service very closely )
Also choosing the correct category for your KDP book will help it sell to the right audience. People who are looking for a day planner don’t want to see coloring books for example and vice versa.
Basically, the categories help narrow down a user’s search and make for a better user experience.
Important Note: There are no categories specifically for low content books. For example, notebook, day planner, etc do not have a category. You will have to be more creative than that with categories.
(You will need to specify in your title and keywords exactly what your book is ie a notebook, planner etc.)
Choose the category by the niche, or subject, of the book. For example, if you create a recipe book it could go under the cooking category.
Amazon uses two types of category systems, BISAC and Amazon browser categories.
The BISAC categories are used for books and it stands for “Book Industry Standards and Communication”.
There are 2 ways to come up with categories.
- 1. Manually
- 2. Paid Search Tools
This requires going through each category on the form one by one OR checking out the competition and basing the categories on related books in related categories.
Free Search Tool
Allows for 3 free searches per day. The good news is that it is only .99 cents to have unlimited searches so it is very affordable.
Paid Search Tools
Tangent Templates: As of the writing of this article, tangent templates is a one time fee of $59.00. No subscription, No yearly fee. Good Program for many things to do with KDP, but for this article, we are specifically recommending it for its category finder tool.
Tip: Try to find categories that have low competition. This can be very tough to find but if you do manage to find one your book will likely sell very well.
Tip #2: If there is another category that you would like to list your book under, beyond the 2 spots on the form, you may email it to http://author.amazon.com/en_US/contact.
If you have not already, log in.
Then click “Amazon Book Page”.
Then “Update Amazon Categories”
You will then see a form to fill out.
Make sure to include your details as well as the ASIN of the book.
Finally click “Update”.
Pick categories relevant to your book. Try to find categories that are relevant and are also (hopefully) low in competition. Use your best judgment and choose KDP categories relevant to your subject. Classify your book as best as you can. Try to think like the intended buyer. If you are still having trouble choosing a category then it might be time to invest in a program that will take some of the guess work away.
After choosing the right categories for your book you need to choose the right keywords.
How do you find categories for your KDP books? Leave a comment below!
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