Five star review for The Wretched!
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Amazon recently changed their search engine parameters and the results are pretty dreadful.
Whilst not perfect, before a couple of months ago, when entering “David E. Gates” as a search string, it would invariably return most of my publications on the first page.
At best, I now only see my author page as the second result and my latest publication ninth on the list. However, the results now are very inconsistent and frequently return NONE of my books on their first page. Other results include anyone with “David” in their name or “Gate” in the title which overrides what one would expect from entering the full string of “David E. Gates”. One result which is always featured is:
Hamish and the GravityBurp (Hamish 3) by Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler
Plus, it USED to work! YOU CHANGED SOMETHING recently and it suddenly – literally ONE DAY TO THE NEXT – STOPPED working!
Really not happy about this and if not sorted will remove ALL references to Amazon from my publicity and links. What’s the point of my directing people to your pages if a search on my exact name doesn’t even produce ANY results????
VERY disappointed and would ask that you refer/escalate this appropriately.”
I also told them to compare Apple’s search results I get on Apple’s iTunes store – a search for my name there reveals ALL of my books!
– Page 1 = The Wretched
– Page 4 = The Roots of Evil
– Page 8 = The Ghost of Clothes
– Page 5 = Access Denied
– Page 19 = First Words
– Page 29 = Omonolidee (I’m on Holiday): Black & White Version
A search query on Amazon.co.uk functions much like an internet search engine, producing results for each of the words separately and in relation to one another.
The order of items that appear when searching for your title is determined automatically by our system from information such as past sales history, current availability, and the length of time it has been listed on our site. These factors change and the search results are continually being updated to reflect those changes.
I am sorry that I don’t have better news for you.”