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One thing I always encourage our authors to do is have a regularly updated blog.
Having a blog is important because it’s the key way that people find out more details about you and your books. When you type in an author’s name you want to make sure that the author’s website shows up on the first page of search results. You can control the message you send to people and have all the information about you and your books available to anyone who is looking.
Three of my favorite author blogs are below:
One way to build blog traffic is by link building. Link building is super important for SEO (SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION) but also great for building relationshps. As an author blogger, you want to make sure that others link to your content and that you link to theirs.
The key to increased traffic is to get other bloggers to link back to your blog. When someone links back to your blog posts, it’s basically a vote up for your content in search engines. When you write a blog post you might want to consider linking to 3-5 sites.
However, one thing to keep in mind is that different sites are weighted differently.
For example, if TIME.com happens to link back to you or Buzzfeed.com happen to link to you, that’s a huge vote for your blog since those sites have millions of readers.
One easy way to get someone to link to your blog is to ASK them. It’s important to ask in a meaningful, non-spammy way. You can send them a nice email that’s contextual to what your blog is about and something they wuld already be interested in.
I saw that you tweeted about Bibliocrunch’s NANOWRIMO inforgraphic on how to to stay motivated and write. I’m writing a similar blog post that will teach you how to stay motivated and write every day.
Would love to drop you a line when it goes live.
Sure, would love to know when it goes live.
When your blog post is live, you can send a short, but quick follow up letting the blogger know your post is live. It’s always helpful to include a tweet with some sample, shareable text that they can easily share. Remember, you don’t want them to have to do any more work.
The Followup Email:
As promised, here’s my article on how to stay motivated and write 10 minutes a day with a sample tweet.
Stay Motivated by Writing Just 10 Minutes a Day. [url]
When you write a blog post you might want to consider linking to 3-5 sites.
Lover of books. CEO & founder of Bibliocrunch. Love storytelling in all its forms. Formerly TIME. I'm a new media entrepreneur who has worked in the media industry for 11 years. My mission is simple – to innovate the publishing industry with technology. My company has been featured in BBC World News, Money Magazine, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Forbes, WSJ, MediaBistro, PBS, Columbia Journalism Review, The Next Web, Publishers Weekly, and a bunch of other places. Bibliocrunch was also selected as The Next Big Thing in media by the Paley Center. I also used to run a popular South Asian culture blog called Divanee. Before I ran my own company and became a mom, I used to be on the board for several literacy organizations, and wrote a LOT more. Hopefully, when things are calmer I can go back to that! :)