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Subject: best time to post
Date Posted: 3/24/2009 5:45 PM ET
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Just wondering if there was a certain time of day that it is better to post books.  When the most people are likely to see it in the scroll on the home page.

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 5:49 PM ET
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A lot of what gets put on the home page depends on what the individual member has chosen as their favorite genres and of course how many books are being posted.  I would think that about 3AM ET to about 10 AM ET would be the best -- but you have to remember that that's also when the least number of members are on here.  You might consider writing reviews of books because then you have a chance to have your bookshelf seen as well. - but once again - I'm not sure when the "best " time to do that is.  I just posted a book review at about 5:13 PM ET and by 5:40 PM ET another was posted.  I've tried every time I can think of and it doesn't last long.  You can look at the stats of PBS on the Pulse of PBS page found under the Community tab on any page to see how many books, etc are posted that day.

Ruth

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 6:05 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
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I don't ever even look at the home page. My bookmark to PBS is my account page, so I'm not sure the listings on the home page are even relevant. Well, they aren't to me, anyway. Post your bookshelf in the Bazaar forum - and run a special too, for more hits. And run that special in the genre forum(s) in the appropriate thread(s) too.

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 6:07 PM ET
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Actually, unless you are posting the only copy of the book into the system, it doesn't much matter...because if someone were to click on a book on the homepage to order it when they see it, it gets ordered from FIFO, even if it's 'your' copy on the page.

That is to say, if you post a mass market paperback copy of Angels and Demons, and someone clicks on it, it won't be your copy that gets chosen--there are 2,400+ copies in the system available so the first person who posted the book would receive the order for that book.

Edited to add, I never look at the home page either...I have my account page bookmarked so that's where I always start from.

Cheryl

 



Last Edited on: 3/24/09 6:09 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/24/2009 7:03 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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I'm addicted to looking at the homepage and scrolling thru newly posted books.  I've found some terrific books that way that I otherwise wouldn't have seen and snatched up some only copies of stuff just posted.

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 8:08 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I like to post late at night as my server works faster when less folks are on it.  Maybe not the best time for viewing, but the fastest page reloading time.  After my newly posted books are up for a week or so, then I'll run an offer in a forum.

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 8:37 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It doesn't make much of a difference as far as how quickly your books are ordered. Like Cheryl said: if it's a book that's already in the system then it's not yours that'll get ordered but whoever posted theirs first.  If it's the only copy then it'll get found pretty quickly. Usually when I post the only copy of a book it's snapped up pretty quickly.

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 11:30 PM ET
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Actually, I love the home page.  I like to check out the new books and new members and new reviews.  I can say that writing reviews does get seen.  I had one thumbs up on the review I had up for about 20 min. today on a book that there are lots of reviews for - and you can put a link to your bookshelf in your review.  At least I've seen it done.  There's a lot to do on PBS and I love roaming around doing it all!

Ruth

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 12:14 AM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2006
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I dunno, in my experience posting new books to my shelf often seems to lead to an order or several orders--and not necessarily of the new books. Just happened today, in fact.  I've heard other people say the same thing.



Last Edited on: 3/25/09 12:15 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/25/2009 2:49 AM ET
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Willa, do you mention that you posted new stuff in the forums or to your buddies?  Is it random or are folks looking at your bookshelf?  I know I often get orders for second books when I post a WL book.  And lots come in when I post offers or mention posting specific books in forums. 

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 2:54 AM ET
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My bookmark for the site takes me directly to my watched topics.   I bet I don't look at the front page once in a month.   I have noticed that when I post books late at night they seem to get ordered soon. 

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 5:51 PM ET
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Willa, do you mention that you posted new stuff in the forums or to your buddies?  Is it random or are folks looking at your bookshelf?

I don't think I ever have. As far as I know it's just random, the orders are generally from people I don't know.  It just seems that posting books begets orders. And that orders beget more orders.