Keep an eye on Timothy Ferriss. He is going to go far. I have never seen a man being more determined. One day he will be as big as Tony Robbins. At first glance he comes a bit across like a frat boy, but he really wants to change the world and he is going to do it.
Case in point how he got his The 4-Hour Workweek book into the bestseller lists. He went to South by Southwest (SXSW)to hang out with the bloggers, got to know them and once his book was out, they posted about it and his book sold out in the first week.
He also managed to get on the Today Showon June 26th. It is the most viewed US morning TV show. The beauty of Amazon’s hourly bestseller list is, that you can measure results of events. The TV appearance bumped him from the 17th to place number 7 for a couple of days.
Now even earlier on May 8th Übergeek Robert Scoble posted the following:
Today I’m traveling to Atlanta to a BEA event. So, that means it’s time for another book. The one I picked? The 4-Hour Workweek. I’ve already started on it, and have had lunch with author Timothy Ferriss a few times already. …
According to Timothy he was hovering around 16-17 at Amazon during that time too. After Scoble’s post the book shot up to spot number 3 and he was there for longer than after being on TV.
O.K. the target audience of the book is clearly on Scoble’s side.
Nevertheless, let that sink in, one little post from Robert Scoble has more umpf than being on TV.
Bloggers killed the TV Star? I am still trying to wrap my head around that fact.
Scoble, is Ophra next?
Timothy please continue to put your amazing focus on things like better education.
Update II 7pm: As Christopher Solomon commented: It works both ways. This morning I still had a window open with the Amazon ranking from last night just before I posted my blog. I quickly took a screenshot:
The 4 Hour Workweek still comfortely in the top ten. After refreshing this morning and the book having been hit with the full brunt of my post:
It dropped to number 12!
Just checked in at 7pm. The book is still falling like a stone now at 16! It looks like we are taking 21 pounds in 21 days (yeah sure.) down with us.
Conclusion, you better be on my good side, I have the power to knock you off your throne. Christopher, you are next 😉
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