Being flooded with ‘Please read my book’ and ‘check out my new book now’ requests on various forums, I thought it may be time to scribble a few hints for new self-published authors. I am so tempted to title this list of hints ‘Don’t piss people off before they’ve discovered your book’, but I won’t. Instead, I’ll settle for this. Ten Helpful Hints For Promoting Your Book 1. DO NOT direct message people on any forum asking them to read your new brilliant masterpiece. Guaranteed method for really pissing people off, and poof! There goes a bundle of potential readers/buyers in an instant (message). 2. DO engage with people on social media. The rule
How can you boost blog traffic to your site? There is not a lot of use slaving away on your blog if no one reads it. Every blogger would like to increase blog traffic, but where do you begin? While attracting subscriptions to a blog’s RSS feeds is still considered one of the best ways to keep your readers, times are changing. More and more blog readers are coming from referrals, searches and links. The best resource to use to analyse your blog traffic is Google Analytics. It’s a ‘must have’ tool. A check on my own blog’s traffic sources for the last six months led me to some interesting
Short blog posts feel like cheating my readers Yes, I know Seth Godin thinks short blog posts are ok. But really, aren’t short blog posts just glorified messages or Tweets? There are those, who think it’s awesome. I don’t though. Except for this post, I think I owe my readers a lot more than lazy, short blog posts.
What types of titles catch a reader’s attention? I know it’s an old journalistic saying that when a dog bites a man, it’s not news, but when a man bites a dog it is. It is also a good example of how to attract attention by writing good titles, or in the case of newspapers, headlines. So, if you are reading this now, the chances are that the title caught your attention and prompted you to click and read. So perhaps this is food for thought when writing titles for your blog posts, book titles, chapter titles or even titles of poetry. Will your title grab a reader’s attention and make them want to