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Monday, March 10, 2014

WEBSITES, BLOGS, BOTH?


I started blogging last fall. I’d had the site for several years but ignored it. I had no idea what to blog. Everyone talks about how you should have a blog and post regularly. So I took plunge and started to blog and I came up with an idea for guest authors – 5 Secrets about their book.  I love having guest authors and finding out about their book and hearing what people have to say to the authors.  I try to blog at least twice a week.

As an author do you blog? How often? Does it affect you book sales?

As a reader, do you follow blogs? Which ones and why?

I also have a website. I’ve had that for years. I post my books, do some health tips and a little on my writing news. There are also links where you can find my books. It’s updated once a month.

As an author do you have a website? What information do you put on each?

As a reader – which do you check out first a blog or a website? Which do you go back to more often?

I love to hear from people on my blog. I find it interesting to hear from both readers and authors and I try to post things that might interest people. My website is more static. It doesn’t change that often and people don’t post comments to the website so I miss the interaction but it does give more information on my books. 
As a marketing format, which do you think works better? I’d say the blog, and guest blogs. Your thoughts?

7 comments:

  1. I have a website which has my blog on it. I have signed up to be on tour company's lists so they can send me some author promo blogs and it helps me with keeping my blog updated. Although honestly, I think I do too much of that.

    I am looking at changing my landing page for my website to have more focus on the books. They are what sells, not necessarily me.

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  2. Good comments. I don't do the author promo blogs but that's an idea. The marketing does take up a lot of time.

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  3. I have a website that is essentially a catalog of my books. I keep it up to date, and am trying to improve it a bit (I now have enough books that it is getting a bit clumsy). I know how to do it, I know what I want on it.

    I also have a blog, but it is only rarely posted to. I just don't have a good feel for how to use it, so mostly I don't. Blogs may be good for some people, but my blog doesn't do much for me.

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    1. Sounds like you have a good website and it's great that you can do it yourself. Especially since you are the best person to decide how you want it. And if blogging doesn't work for you - don't do it.

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  4. I'm the worst blogger in the world, but have decided to try to blog weekly. I think consistency is key.

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    1. Good luck Veronica. I think you're right about consistency - and also topics that interest your readers. That's my biggest challenge now.

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  5. I have my http://immortalrelations.blogspot.com/ website and try to post interesting items, excerpts from my "Immortal Relations" series, etc. but traffic is paltry as is Twitter & FB. I've guested on other's blogs with a bit better results & love talking with potential readers. I celebrated my 71st Birthday on http://throughheartshapedglasses.com/guest-post-guy-ogan

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