Episode 18: How to get Your Book Ranked for More Amazon Book Categories

get listed in more amazon book categories

The process for adding your book to other Categories is simple, and if you listened to the last episode, Episode 17, of the Book Marketing Show, you’ll already be familiar with the process and the form you’re going to use.

When you do your research to determine which Categories you book will do best in, try to niche down and avoid very broad categories. But also be sure your book absolutely falls into those niche categories.

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You’ll need the following information when you send the request:

  • Book title
  • ASIN Number
  • Full Category String

It’s also important do only ask to be put into one Category at a time, and don’t forget to do this for other versions of the book. Here are the steps for getting Amazon to add your book to more Categories:

  • Find a category you want to rank for and copy the entire string.
  • Check to make sure it isn’t a secret Kindle category that needs a specific keyword by searching Kindle Direct Publishing Selecting Browse Categories page. (link below)
    • If it is, copy the keyword and go into your KDP dashboard, and make one of your seven Kindle Keywords be that Keyword.
  • Go to the Help/Contact Page for Author Central and sign in.
  • Under “Select an issue” select “My Books.”
  • Under “Select Details” select “Update Information About a Book.”
  • In the fields that appear, select “Browse Categories.”
  • Then “I want to update my book’s browse categories.”
  • Next select “Email” and ensure your email information is correct.


Here is an example of a request:


I’d like my book, (TITLE) with ASIN number (ASIN NUMBER) to be added to the following category: (PASTE THE FULL CATEGORY STRING HERE).

Be sure to check out KDP Rocket and its new Category Search feature to find the best Category string to send to Amazon.


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  1. Pawel Lapinski on November 29, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    So lets say I found 10 categories that needs 1 sale to rank number 1 but those are broad categories only somehow related to the book ie. category ending with: /animals and book is about dolphins. Are those good or I should search for categories that are more related to the book ie.water mammals.What is better broad category that is somehow related but can rank # with 1 sale or more specific category than can rank #1 with 20 sales.Also should I use all 10 categories that are broad but somehow related and are easy to rank #1 or just few of them and then the rest more related to the book but difficult to rank for

  2. Jocelyn Daly on June 23, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Dave, if there are a few categories I ‘d like to request, how long should I leave it in between requests to Amazon? A day, or few hours etc?

    • Dave Chesson on June 24, 2019 at 8:55 am

      You can do it immediately – although nowadays, you can actually just request all of them at once. WhenI made that video they just started to allow authors to do it, and it was best that you only request one at a time. But not any more.

  3. Hannah Lynn on June 21, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Hi Dave, I got a confirmation from Amazon that my book is now in a number of other categories, but they do not show up on the book`s Amazon page, it still just shows 3. Is this normal?
    thanks for a great site.

  4. Me on March 24, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks a mil, Dave!

  5. Jan McInnis on March 4, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Hey Dave. .I just did this and got my kindle book in another category. THANK YOU. I really love your site. I do not know how I came upon it, but It is wonderful – keep up the good work! Jan

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Hey Guys, I’m Dave and when I am not sipping tea with princesses or chasing the Boogey man out of closets, I’m a Kindlepreneur and digital marketing nut – it’s my career, hobby, and passion.


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