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January 14th, 2008

10:35 PM

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Hmm, I noticed the following trends among site visitors:

  1. Reviews of historical romances are always more popular than those of any other subgenre. Reviews of supposedly "in" and "hot" paranormal/urban fantasy stories are actually somewhere in the middle. The second most popular reviews after historical romances are erotic contemporary romances. It looks like the visitors to my site like their stories more grounded in normalcy.
  2. A year ago, ebook reviews get only a quarter of the traffic of the dead tree reviews. This year the traffic to my ebook reviews have caught up to about two-third of the traffic of dead tree reviews, if number of visitors to both review sections is any reliable indicator.
  3. However, reviews of MM romances still haven't caught on - traffic to these reviews are still pretty low compared to MF and MMF romances in the ebook review section.
  4. POD reviews are still pretty low in numbers when it comes to traffic - it gets about 1/10 of the traffic to the dead tree books review section. Then again, it's POD. Not surprising, really. I need to do something to publicize this section - get it on search engines, et cetera, but I can't find the time to do the necessary work.
  5. The most popular reviews are actually those with keeper grades (90 and above): almost twice the popularity of the highest trafficked non-keeper review. Of course reviews with scores under 40 are popular too.
9 comment(s).

Posted by veinglory:

Is that traffic per section or per section divded by number of reviews?
January 15th, 2008 @ 4:00 AM

Posted by Mrs G:

Not really. I just look at the most popular pages listed in the Awstats stats program as well as the number of visitors to a certain page (the main pages of the review sections) in both Awstats and Webalizer.
January 15th, 2008 @ 7:38 AM

Posted by L.E. Bryce:

Comment #3 is pretty true for me. I have difficulty getting reviews for my m/m books. It's harder, too, when you aren't well-known, and that's also a problem for me.
January 15th, 2008 @ 10:36 AM

Posted by Julie:

Your review of the M/M ebook "Paul's Dream" made me dash over to the Liquid Silver (?? can't remember if that's the right publisher) and download the ebook ASAP, and I loved the book! So your M/M reviews might not get much traffic, but those who do read them are very grateful for them. (Or at least I am.)

Still, maybe it's just too fanficcish for most traditional romance readers. And, well, too "ghey." Too bad. I love it.

And I love "Paul's Dream!" Keep the reviews comin'!
January 15th, 2008 @ 1:09 PM

Posted by Mrs G:

LE Bryce (sorry, I realize I don't know whether to call you Mr or Ms), do you mean that the usual suspects (Coffee Cup, Fallen Angels, et cetera) can't find anyone to review your stuff? I find it odd that there aren't anyone review MM stories. Someone have to be - the online slash scene is pretty strong.
January 15th, 2008 @ 1:24 PM

Posted by Ann Bruce:

Of course reviews with scores under 40 are popular too.

I'm contributing greatly to these numbers. I was born with this defect.
January 15th, 2008 @ 2:15 PM

Posted by L.E. Bryce:

(It's Ms.) I know that the Phaze promo person sends all ebooks to the usual suspects, but Fallen Angels and Coffee Cup has never touched anything of mine.
January 15th, 2008 @ 4:09 PM

Posted by Jennifer McKenzie aka Jennifer Leeland:

Well the MM stuff may not get traffic, but it may take a bit for it to get caught up. After all, it's taken a while for enough of it to be published.
I LOVED "Paul's Dream" by Rowan McBride. It was an awesome book and one of the reasons I subbed to Liquid Silver.
January 16th, 2008 @ 12:30 PM

Posted by Jules Jones:

Fallen Angels and CoffeeTime have been reviewing my m/m right from the start -- they both reviewed "The Syndicate" and "Promises to Keep" back in 2004 when the books came out. But I've been hearing gossip that the review sites can't find enough people who want to read m/m to be able to give the genre full coverage.
January 17th, 2008 @ 7:49 PM