SOME FOLKS FIND blogging a pain in the ass, but I find it’s a good way to get warmed up to write. And if you want to be an author, you’re gonna have to blog. Remember
you have two goals when Author Blogging: The Number One Goal is to interact with readers who are already fans of your books, and Goal Two is s to attract new readers who have never heard of you or your books.
You can’t do either one of those if they can’t find you. It’s not enough to have a link to your blog on your Website. You want readers to stumble upon you while cruising the Internet. So, here are five quick tips to help readers find you.
1) Visit other blogs where readers hang out, and post.
2) Tweet a link to each new post using #hashtags, and tweet it more than once, like in the morning and again in the afternoon. (Follow me on Twitter @kitfrazier, and I’ll follow you right back!)
3) Join groups like LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads and Facebook that relate to your personal interest or to something connected with your books. Since the Cauley MacKinnon Mysteries are being republished as ebooks and Austin is not only a setting, but also a character, there are all kinds of groups I can join! (Click above to join my social network!)
4) Invite guest bloggers. Not only will this take some pressure off of you, but it will bring whole new audiences to your blog. I started a new feature on my blog–Meet My Friend Friday, and Friday Freebies–it’s been successful, and I’m averaging about 400 hits a day–my busiest day was more than 4,000–It’d be nice to have a buck for every visit–I’d adopt another dog!
5) Don’t forget the importance of tagging your post. And, whenever possible and appropriate, include your name, a book title, and your genre. I noticed a significant jump in my SEO when I started including tags like: “mystery novels by Kit Frazier.” (What the heck is SEO and why do you need it? Read Here!)
6) Blog regularly. I noticed that when I started blogging every day at about the same time every day, folks started following me, and in turn buying my books–yay! And, I’m finally making enough by blogging and writing that I get to stay home and write . . . which was the whole point in the first place.
Do you have a question or tip about blogging? What has, or hasn’t worked for you? If you find this post useful, don’t forget to share. Thanks!
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