eBook Keywords Analysis: African American Niches
Keywords are fast becoming the most important weapon in a publishers arsenal, and as long as books are being primarily discovered by keywords typed into a website’s search bar, keywords will continue to be of the utmost importance. Keywords aren’t just essential for discoverability, they’re also one of the few aspects of discoverability that are secret. Your fully optimized title, subtitle, and description are great – until your competitor sees your book ranking high, and simply copies whatever secret sauce you worked out. Keywords are more personal, so it’s not really an option to ignore them. If you are a publisher that deals with dozens of different book niches (such as myself) keeping on top of each particular niche’s keywords can be a headache and a half. This page and all the other keyword analysis pages we do are to save you time, and improve the quality of your keywords. This general “get up to speed” analysis should be paired with viewing the live up to date keyword information available for free in our keyword research center.
This page has some general advice on keywords for this niche, as well as some keyword lists. We have general user submitted keywords as well as real, raw search data directly from Amazon’s search suggestions. The information on this page is invaluable and in our opinion, the most complete accumulation of this niche’s keyword data on a single page. Free, now and forever.
The African American section is a very flexible section, as most keywords that are able to be used for a non-African American novel are easily adapted to an African American novel. It can be a simple as turning “Coming Of Age” into “African American Coming Of Age.” With that said, there are quite a few extremely powerful – I would say necessary – keywords that are specific to the African American section. For example, if you write a romance novel with a black woman and a white man, your book will likely fail without “BWWM” in your keywords somewhere. Many people don’t simply search for novels about African Americans, they also enjoy searching for African American authors, which is important to keep in mind.
To categorize your book into a sub-category on Amazon, choose your main category, then include the relevant category keywords into your keyword sections. Individual keywords can be put anywhere, multiple word category keywords must be alone in their keyword box.
There is no African American specific subcategory section . However, there are keywords for other sections that would be relevant to an African American novel. To categorize your book into a sub-category on Amazon, choose your main category, then include the relevant keywords into your keyword sections. Individual keywords can be put anywhere, multiple word category keywords must be alone in their keyword box.
Biographies & Memoirs/Historical/Africa = africa, african
Erotica/Interracial = interracial
History/Americas/United States/Civil War/Abolition = abolition, abolitionist
History/Social History/Race & Ethnicity = race, racial, ethnic, ethnicity
Romance/Multicultural & Interracial = interracial
You must have your book in the correct category to put it into a further subcategory, for example you must select History as a category to use the “race” keyword that results in your book being in Race & Ethnicity.