How Can You Find Useful Data About Your Potential Book Buyers?

Potential Book Buyers

Where can you find the data you need about your book buyers?

Are you self-publishing a book on Amazon, Apple, or B&N?

Then you will know that none of these self-publishing platforms gives you any information about who preview read or bought your books.

This is awfully frustrating.

No data from book retailers

It makes it impossible to formulate a sensible marketing plan.

You have no idea about who or what your potential market is or where your potential book buyers come from.

Sure, Amazon tells you how many books you sold in the US. But that is a massive area.

I would prefer to know if I sold more books in California than Alaska or Maine. Even better, New York or Anchorage.

I would also like to know a little about my readers’ demographics, age, and gender.

But of course, this is not made available either.

How can you access this type of relevant information about your potential market, other than asking the NSA?


The answer is surprisingly easy if you have a website or blog.

Google Analytics is a deep mine of information about people who visit your sites. Therefore, they are logically interested in you and are potential buyers of your books.

With this data, you can fine-tune your marketing to geographic locations and demographics that have shown an interest in your writing.

Imagine paying out $1,000 in pay-per-click advertising worldwide, when you could make many more sales by spending $50 on precisely target ads.

Here are just a few small visual samples of some of the available data from Google Analytics.

Let’s start with what interests people.

Find your book readers


who buys your books

Now, what about age and gender?

who buys your book by age


who buys your book by gender

Now the information that Amazon and all the other self-publishing platforms will not give you.

Geographic data, by country AND city.

geographic data


data by city

Lastly, and this is my favorite.

Which social networks delivered my website visitors, and what pages did they land on and view.

This section can be viewed in many ways, revealing detailed information about your social networks and which ones are the most effective for you.

data by social sources

As you can see from this very small sample I have illustrated above, there is an absolute wealth of data that can be found by using Google Analytics.

It will help you discover who and what your real potential market is and save you a lot of time and money in your book marketing efforts.

All you need to do is register with Google. Then add a small piece of code to your website or blog.

What are you waiting for?


More reading: How To Publish A Book The Right Way To Reach More Readers

Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent writing and blogging, as well as testing and taming new technology.

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3 thoughts on “How Can You Find Useful Data About Your Potential Book Buyers?

  • Avatar for Kenya
    August 12, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    This is really good information. Thank you for sharing it with us. Every writer wants to know their standing with potential readers. I believe it boosts creativity within individuals when they can measure these results.

  • Avatar for Lucinda E Clarke
    June 30, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    How do I register with Google and where will I find that code, where should it go?

    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      June 30, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      Click on the link in the article to Google Analytics. Register and add your website or blog.

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