Grow Your Twitter Followers Exponentially
Easily Grow Your Twitter Followers
There are so many social media platforms now it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Personally, I prefer LinkedIn and Twitter to connect with my business.
I also find Twitter to be a perfect place for authors, writers, and small business to connect with their audience, readers, customers and clients.
And, if you’ve ever read submission guidelines from agents and publishers, you know that they often want you to have 10-15K followers and they’ll definitely be more interested in looking at your manuscript when you already have a large and engaging audience.
But, getting that many followers on Twitter to attract agents or publishers and make an impact and reach your audience is difficult. It can take ages to build your audience to that level.
I’ll let you in on a little secret though – there isn’t a better time to start your marketing efforts on Twitter. Because now we have Owlead, which is one of the easiest apps to use for increasing your Twitter followers and building your audience and business with little effort.
Not only is Owlead super easy to use, but you also have the option to build your audience quickly within just a few months, moderately, or take a longer time and build gradually.
I’ve been using Owlead for a couple months now and I’ve been impressed. I was so excited with how well it’s was working right away that I began spending more time on Twitter, further building my audience through engagement.
About a month ago I had a wedding to attend 300 miles away, and when I came back, spent a couple weeks being terribly sick. The whole time in the back of my mind I worried that I wasn’t making progress with my account. I wasn’t able to tweak my account or remove any unwanted unfollowers, but as it turned out, my followers were continuing to grow without me and my unwanted unfollowers were being systematically removed.
*Update – Owlead is now more manual, due to Twitter’s changes, so it’s no longer automatic, but still super easy and compliant.
At the moment, here is my account as it stands while I write this:
That’s almost 2000 new followers in about 6 weeks, and that’s without making any adjustments in 3 weeks. On their site they suggest that you can expect 600-900 new followers per month, so I’d say it’s doing pretty well and delivering more than promised.
Here’s a view of my followers which shows the ones I gained with and without Owlead:
One of the other useful things you get with your Owlead account is an in-depth analytics tool which shows the gender, interests, countries, language, and quality of your followers.
Here’s a look at mine right now: I think my favorite there in the interest keyword section is “lover” – wonder what that one means? I’m going to assume it’s from bios that contain things like “book lover” or “cat lover”.
Also it’s neat to see that not only am I gaining followers, but they aren’t junk, they’re real people with high quality accounts.
Be sure to try the 10-Day Free Trial, where you don’t even need to add your credit card info and when you do, sign-up for the Free 7-Day Twitter Crash Course.
Social Quant Alternative – Even Better – Owlead
Increase Twitter Followers – Awesome Social Quant Alternative
When Social Quant closed it’s operation earlier this year, many Twitter users were left with very few, if any alternatives. Personally, even though I’ve found ManageFlitter and CrowdFire to be useful applications, I don’t see them as an alternative to Social Quant.
Recently though, I was introduced to an amazing program that I’ve been using for about two weeks and have already grown over 500 followers. So, I’d say it’s working pretty well and I’m pleased with the simplicity of it – and that’s Owlead.
Here’s how Owlead works:
- Register Free
- Connect Your Twitter Account
- Choose a Similar Account
- Setup Filters/Keywords
- Attract Followers
- Analyze and Tweak
I set everything up and did some tweaking with different accounts and filters, and, not only did I find it to be super easy to use, but, it definitely works!
The Twitter followers I’ve gained have been quality followers and I’ve already made quite a few awesome new connections.
Here are the screenshots of before setting up and after two weeks:
So that's not too bad, 237 followers in 2 weeks. But, I didn't like how my stats were looking, so I did some tweaking with different accounts and keyword filters. Here are the results at 3 weeks:
So, overall, I’d say that Owlead is an awesome Twitter follower building app and it doesn’t look like it’ll have any of the issues that Social Quant has had with Twitter.
They also have awesome pricing options for accounts:
When you sign up, you can get a ten day free trial, without having to add your credit card information, which is awesome because there's no surprise payments if you decide you don't want it.
Also, they have several affordable options to help you build up gradually, or go at it full force.
When you sign up, you'll receive an email where you can add your email for a free 7 day course on building your Twitter account too. I've used Twitter for years, but I was still able to learn a good bit from the free course.
It's easy to follow and is a great refresher course even for experienced Twitter users.
Rock Your Author Social Media Profile
How to Rock Your Author Social Media Profile
Mainly this post is regarding Twitter, but much of it applies across all social media platforms and will help you rock your author social media profile.
You may not realize how important your author social media profile is to your audience’s expectations, but it gives them a first glance at who you are and in seconds they make a decision about you – just by a glance at your profile. If you don’t have this part of your social media right, unless you’re already incredibly famous, there’s not much reason to concern yourself with your posting quantity or quality.
Get this right and you’re on your way to growing followers, friends, and fans – your audience.
Think about it, when you first glance at someone’s profile on Twitter – what makes you decide to follow them? If you’re just randomly following people then you really need to stop right there. You should be looking at their bio and photo for starters. And other people look at your’s too before they decide to follow you. If you have nothing written for your bio and no profile photo of yourself then chances are you’re missing out.
Some tips to get you started:
Your profile photo should always be recent and decent. Ideally this would be a clear head shot showing your smiling face and one that looks like you. Don’t go and get a photo done of yourself that is completely misleading and isn’t recognizable to someone if they saw you on the street, but you should look professional.
Some people say it’s a bad idea to use black and white, or sepia color options for your profile picture and I disagree with that. Sometimes it can look really nice and it also may be relevant to your genre – like a sepia for victorian novels would be cool.
If you take a look at my profile pic, I used sepia. I did this for two reasons. 1. It matches my website color scheme without turning my face blue. 2. I was wearing a bright white shirt with blue stripes and bright red lipstick – I looked like an American flag, …only I’m not an American flag, so I decided on the sepia color to tone it down just a bit. Later on I’ll probably do a better pic, but I like this one for now.
Your author social media bio, on any platform, should be clear and concise, describing what you do and who you are so that people can easily understand. On most platforms you only have so many characters to write about yourself, so you need to be able to word correctly. A good way to think about it is that you’re writing a short pitch, it shouldn’t be a pitch for your book, but about yourself, though it shouldn’t necessarily as salesy.
Try thinking of writing a headline and what keywords you might want to use that describe yourself and what you do. Also, you can try playing around with different words to see how it sounds. You can always edit your author social media bio to see what works better too.
On Twitter never use hashtags in your profile bio, this is a common mistake, but if people click on the tag it takes them away from your profile. Many people thing that it’s a good idea so that they get found easier, but it’s not the case. You don’t need hashtags to be found on Twitter or Facebook.
Here is a bad bio:
- Sally Jones
- I’m Sally Jones, the author of two kid’s books about a Kangaroo and a Koala.
- See more about my books here: link.to.book.com
Unnecessary words to have in your author social media profile:
I’m – Sally Jones – the – of – two – about – a – and – a – see – more – about – my – books – here
First, we already know you’re Sally Jones, it says so where your name is – wasted characters! The second ‘books’ is unnecessary because it was already used, but do you see all the wasted characters there? For a much better bio, take a look at the example further down.
Your author social media profile should always point back to your author website if you have one. If you don’t have a website, see Why You Need a Website here. On most platforms you can have a link in your bio section and then another link below. On some social media platforms the link won’t be clickable, so don’t bother putting it there. On Twitter and Pinterest it is, so you can use both sections.
If you are able to use a link in your bio section, this is a good place to put a link to your subscription page where you have a free giveaway for people to sign up on your email list. Alternatively, you could have a link to your book/s. Always use a shortened link such as from bit.ly on your profile bio to save space.
On all social media platforms there’s also a specific place to put a link to your website. In this section, if you haven’t already used the bio section to add your subscription page – do it here. If you already have, just use the main link to your author website. On this space you shouldn’t need to use a url shortener, and if you’re linking directly to your main website page you want to make it so people can see the actual link, so they’ll also remember it easier.
So a decent bio on Twitter, for example would be:
- Sally Jones
- Awesome Bio Pic – showing full smiling face, neatly cropped (use your imagination please)
- Author of children’s books for kids who love to read about wildlife in Australia. Parents love reading Kangaroo’s Pocket & Koala’s Tree – Free Pages – shortened.link.com
Take a look at the keywords in that, without being repeated – author, children’s books, kids, read, wildlife, Australia, parents, reading, kangaroo, & koala – all with readable sentence structure, a link to a free PDF (where they have to add their email), and in under 160 characters.
Do you see how I managed to get all those keywords while still making it read clearly? That’s the key to good social media profiles, and also good SEO.
So if someone is searching Google for “a kid’s book on kangaroos in Australia” – guess what, Sally Jones’ Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Website will all come up in the search results. A quick note – your profiles on all your author social media platforms and Amazon author page should not all be the exact same wording – try to mix it up while always conveying the same message – this is better for SEO.
Have questions or need help with your author social media profile? Just let me know and I’ll be more than happy to help in any way that I can!
Have an awesome day!
Author Marketing Ideas for Posting on Social Media
Author Marketing Ideas for Posting on Social Media
Need some awesome author marketing ideas for social media?
Obviously you want to post content on social media that creates interest in your book and builds your audience. But how do you know what you should post?
First, you want to be sure you’re posting daily on your social media networks – Read Here – How often should you post on Social Media?
Secondly, be sure you’re not posting things that don’t fit with your image or brand. If you have a Twitter account for your Kangaroos in Australia children’s book – you don’t want to be posting content about the latest fashion styles, make-up tips, or politics.
Maintain your genre and niche so that you attract the right audience. Always remember with children’s books, the parents of your genre is your target audience. And you want to post child related content that will interest the parents. Don’t promote content to other authors when you want to sell your book.
Read – What type of content to post on your blog? for ideas on marketing to the correct audience.
When posting anything on social media your goals are to build your audience and sell your books. Simple enough. But, how do you get there?
In all social media you have to post a balanced variety of content to keep your audience engaged and, at the same time, to grow your audience. If you’re posting 20 links a day to your book sales page, you’re not going to do either.
Your audience is people, just like you. Start with this: What do you like seeing on social media?
Images with Text
Everyone loves to see awesome images show up in their feeds, and if it says something that catches their attention and makes them want to share, even better.
With your images, use text that’s relevant to your book/genre/niche.
Within that, there are four basic elements that you should try to balance with your images.
- Quotes – everyone loves a good quote
- Humor – everyone loves to laugh
- Teach – everyone loves to learn something new
- Encourage – everyone loves encouragement
An easy to use, and completely free tool, can be found at: https://pablo.buffer.com With Pablo, you can even add your own logo and a link to your website on the image.
Ask a Question
You should try to engage with your audience as much as possible and one of the ways to do this is to ask a question. Sometimes you can do this with a link to an article such as “I think this is _______, what do you think?” or you can do it with text over an image. Just be sure to include a relevant image.
Oftentimes you’ll get some comments, sometimes you won’t, but just keep posting regular questions each week or so to engage with your audience.
Of course you want to be sharing much of your own written content as well, and one of the ways to do that is to write your own blog posts. Always include an image!
For blogging ideas – Read – What type of content to post on your blog?
Curating content can be a great way to build up your social media fan base and show that you’re a trusted source for great content. Curated content for social media is links to articles or other blogs that you find, related to your genre and niche. You can find several articles on topics related to your niche and post them alternatively with your own posts.
Read about how to promote your website with curated content here.
One way that I use to find content regularly is to set up an email notification from your Google account – using this link: https://www.google.com/alerts You can create one or several kinds of alerts to be emailed to you either daily or weekly. These emails will contain all new articles and content that is posted around the internet for the keywords you choose. It’s a great little tool that can be very helpful when you have difficulties finding content.
Other options could be to subscribe to niche-related blogs that you find have great content and so on, but sometimes if you find too many, your email inbox can get overwhelming.
To start out, I recommend setting up a single weekly email from Google Alerts and increase only if necessary.
Read – Author Tips for Managing Social Media for more tips on curating content.
Posting on social media is an opportunity for authors to connect with their audience in ways that they’ve never been able to before. This gives you a chance to engage and grow your audience beyond selling just a few books when you make the most of them.
With social media you can easily come up with author marketing ideas to grow your audience while offering a wide variety of content that interests them and makes you become a trusted source whom they’ll want more from.
If you have questions or need help coming up with author marketing ideas of what to post on social media, feel free to ask, I’m more than happy to help!
Get creative, be yourself, build your audience, sell your books, and have a fantastic day!
How Often Should You Post on Social Media?
How Often Should You Post on Social Media?
There are a lot of different opinions regarding how often to post on social media, but one of the things I’ve found is that there are a lot more factors to keep in mind than just a number.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- The best number is the one you can be consistent with
- Sometimes it depends on your niche
- It depends on how much content you have
- It can depend on how many followers you have
- Each social media network is different
- You have to get creative to attract attention
- Always use videos, graphics, and photos when possible
There are many successful people posting up to 80 times per day on Twitter, or more. Twitter works on a momentary basis, so you want to add lots of great tweets regularly. The thing to keep in mind with tweeting a lot is not to post the same message over and over – because then it just looks spammy. This doesn’t mean you can’t tweet the same message more than once a day, but you could word it differently or use different graphics to freshen it up so it’s not always exactly the same.
You can start out tweeting less when you have less than 1,000 followers, but one way to get more followers is to post more regularly. As your follower number grows, you can gradually increase your number of tweets as well because people love consistent growth.
So, for example, if you only have around 1,000 followers, you can post anywhere from 5-20 times a day without looking too spammy. Be sure to include a variety of content types as mentioned in This Post.
Facebook less is more – but at least once a day. Even though most experts recommend only posting once per day on Facebook, some people are very successful posting several times a day on Facebook, but when you’re first getting started and you have less than 5,000 fans it’s better to keep it to around 1-5 times a day. As you grow and have fans from 5,000 and upwards you can safely post more and more content without annoying your fans too much. Just be sure to be posting a variety of relevant content, as with any social media network.
With LinkedIn once a day or even a week is sufficient. LinkedIn is a totally different kind of platform from the others and posting too much there gets frowned upon. Usually people like to read one decent article from you once a week. Your articles should be content rich and long-form.
Instagram is a bit more like Twitter – you can safely post lots of photos throughout the day on Instagram – the more the better in this case. People love photos, just be sure you’re posting a good variety. You wouldn’t be very popular if you just posted 30 different selfies, doing the same thing in different poses. Stick to interesting variety in all cases.
Pinterest is much like Instagram and Twitter – pin lots of different content to keep things interesting on a daily basis. With Pinterest you don’t have to really pay much attention to how many followers you have though, just pin away since this is how you gain followers, much like Instagram.
Take a look at this awesome social media cheat sheet infographic (mid-post) from CoSchedule to help you keep your social media lively and interesting.
If you have any questions about social media posting frequency, or anything regarding author marketing, don’t hesitate to ask – I’m more than happy to help!
Have an awesome day!
Rocking Social Media for Authors
Rocking Social Media for Authors
Tips to Manage Social Media for Authors
Social media for authors is fairly easy if you go about it the right way, but don’t be afraid that you’re alone if you’re unsure about how to deal with it. Just like everything else, it does take some work and practice to get it going, but the rewards can be extremely lucrative.
You’re main goal is to build and engage with the correct audience for your books.
With Twitter in particular, you’re going to get lots of authors follow you. Some is alright because it’s good to collaborate with other authors, but this is not the audience you want. You want your audience to be the people who will buy your books, so for selling kids books you would want have an audience who is interested in kids/babies/parenting, and not authors promoting being an author.
If you’re genre is kids picture books your audience is parents of children ages 4-8, post content that these people want to read, content that is relevant to them. They don’t want to read content that is about how to publish your kids book, especially not if you want them to buy your kids book.
Read Content Ideas for Your Author Blog for Audience Tips
Everyone wants to know what the best social media platform is for them. The truth is that no social media platform is best for everyone. The one that’s best for you is the one you like the best and the one you’ll engage and grow your audience the most with. It’s good to have about two platforms that you use regularly, but oftentimes, more than that gets extremely overwhelming and difficult to keep up with.
After all, you need to still be writing your books, so don’t get too caught up on having an account at every social media platform and be spending all your time posting there and spreading yourself too thin. Social media for authors should be an enjoyable way to engage with your readers and potential readers, not overly difficult or time consuming.
Popular social media platforms include:
- LinkedIn – primarily a business network
Choose what you enjoy the most and have fun with it!
Promote Your Website with Curated Content
A tool that is awesome for curating content and still getting your website link on there is snip.ly When you curate content on social media you are sharing links to other websites that are relevant to your niche or genre. With Snip.ly you can add your link to the bottom of a page with your profile picture, a short message, and link to your website.
So this way you don’t always have to have your own content to post, but you’re still sharing great content while getting your website out there.
An ideal way that social media for authors can be less time consuming is when you schedule your posts in advance. You can schedule your content hours, days, weeks, months, and sometimes years, in advance – this can really be a blessing on your time. it’s fantastic to be able to sit down on an off day and walk away with 1-3 month’s worth of content scheduled in just a couple hours.
So, you do want to be be sure you’re posting regularly, something from your website at least each day on social media. It’s ok to post the same link several times, just not all at once. To do this you can use a different image and different wording while posting on different days and different times to get the most out of it.
I use tools like HootSuite for this because I like the auto-scheduling feature. With HootSuite you won’t be allowed to post the exact same message over and over, so you’ll have to change the wording around for each time you post the same link. On HootSuite you can post to almost every social media network from one account as well, which definitely makes things a lot easier.
There are other popular tools such as Buffer.com and SocialOomph.com which are excellent tools as well. All of them have different features and you may want to try using one or two in conjunction to get the most out of social media.
Social Media is all about posting quality content in the right quantity to get the most traffic. Read – How Often Should You Post on Social Media? With SocialOomph you have a feature where you can put a post into a regular posting cycle which can be very convenient.
Need Content Ideas – Read – Author Marketing Ideas for Social Media.
Managing social media doesn’t have to be difficult when you narrow down what platform is right for you. Then find yourself one or two tools that you love to streamline your content schedule. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by social media, which means don’t overdo it.
Do you have any questions about managing social media? If you do, please don’t hesitate to ask, I’m more than happy to help you in any way that I can!
Have a wonderful day!
Content Ideas for Your Author Blog
Content Ideas to Post on Your Author Blog
Sometimes when your creativity is focused on your book it’s hard to come up with content ideas for your author blog. Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started for when you’re having difficulty coming up with content ideas.
Some things to keep in mind about your audience:
If you’re an author of children’s books – you don’t want to be posting things on your blog such as how to publish your book, where the best places to market your book are, or where to get a good illustrator. These things may be of interest to you, and most likely are, but they are not things that are interesting to your readers. This is a very common, and frustrating, problem, especially with social media. It’s a mistake you don’t want to make on your author website.
Your audience is not other authors unless you have written a book specifically for authors.
If you’re writing children’s books your audience is the parents of the age group of your genre. They want content that is relevant for their children and you want them to take an interest in your books.
First, decide who your audience is by starting simply with your genre, what your book is about, and then break it down from there. For children’s books, your audience is almost always the parents of the age group, not the children themselves.
Some questions to think about when posting content on your website for your audience:
- What are their interests?
- What do they want to read about?
- What kinds of things do they buy?
- Do they like the outdoors?
- Do they like dogs? (or fill in animal that might be relevant to your story)
- What do they like to do for fun?
Then ask yourself:
What will bring them to your website and make them want to buy your book?
Certainly not a post about how to self-publish your book with Amazon and then a link to your book in the sidebar.
They want things that are relevant to their lives, and their children. You’ll want to post content that will deepen their relationship with their kids, entertain their children, excite their children – (in a good way), help their children learn and grow, and content that will engage their children in some way.
You want to post things that will bring them to your site, engage them, and interest them in your book.
For an example: You have a book about a kangaroo geared towards children ages 4-8.
What are their interests? Possibly animals, kangaroos, Australia.
What do they want to read about? Perhaps things that will help their children learn more about kangaroos and animals of Australia. Maybe a craft on how to make a kangaroo mask, or a post on what kangaroos eat, a video of what kangaroos are like in the wild, etc..
What kinds of things do they buy? At the very least, things of interest to children ages 4-8, perhaps nature related, having to do with Australia, animals, things that help their children further explore nature.
Do they like the outdoors? Most likely.
Do they like kangaroos? Yes, and most likely other animals of the world, or specifically Australia.
What do they like to do for fun? They might enjoy taking their kids on nature hikes, science discovery and exploration in their backyard, learning about animals.
Now you take that content and create a simple customer profile and provide content to them that’s relevant to your book and your audience. This way you build a relationship with them and then when your next book comes out about Koala bears, you can repeat the process, providing more relevant content, gaining more readers and expanding your book sales.
Content ideas for blog posts on your children’s author website:
- Best New Books of the Year for kids ages 4-8 – include your own book
- Best Toys of the Year – related to your theme
- Recipes for easy lunches – best if related to your book setting or theme
- Fun kids snacks to eat while reading
- Activity ideas for taking kids to the library
- Great family time reading activities – everyone takes a turn reading a page/chapter from a family favorite book
- Places to enjoy reading your favorite books – picnics, spot in the park, a special reading nook in your kids room
- Crafts related to your genre – masks, bookmarks, printable activities, anything that relates to your main theme
- Coloring pages related to your genre
- Posts on why reading is so awesome for kids
- What books kids really love – and include your’s
- Favorite read-aloud stories
- Music that might be related to your book theme
- Games related to your book theme
Many of these content ideas will go great with adding affiliate income to your blog – READ: Earn Affiliate Money from Your Author Website
There are many creative ideas that you can intertwine to relate to your book that will give you awesome content and bring your readers back for more. You only need to be sure that the content is relevant to the theme of your book, your audience, and genre.
Are you having trouble coming up with creative content for your website relevant to your children’s book theme? Send me an email with your questions and I’ll help you in any way that I can!
Have a successfully creative day!
Tips on Getting Traffic to Your Author Website
Tips on Getting Traffic to Your Author Website
Getting traffic to your author website isn’t luck, a magic formula, or any other such myth. Every aspect of your business, product, and yes, getting traffic to your website requires applying the necessary skills, and yes, work. You have to take the steps to get your links where people will see them, and then have them optimized so people will click on them.
We all want thousands of people on our websites each day – that’s what brings in the sales – right? Well, yes, and no. It doesn’t matter if you have thousands of visitors to your website every day if they aren’t interested in your books, products, or services.
Putting your website on places where you get lots of traffic, such as traffic exchanges, doesn’t work because you’re just taking a chance that maybe one person out of those thousand will be interested in your website. This is a total waste of time and it’s something that is going downhill fast on today’s internet. And if you don’t know what a traffic exchange is, that’s just as well.
1. Something to Offer
First, you must have something of value to offer. People don’t want to come to your website just to hear you talk about how they should buy your books. You have to give them a reason to want to buy your books and one of the ways to do that is to find out what interests your audience has that are relevant to your book.
For ideas on what kind of content to put on your author website – SEE THIS LINK.
2. SEO – Outbound & Inbound Links
The next thing you need to work on is your SEO skills so that you can get the most organic traffic to your author website as possible.
Organic SEO is, basically, the use of keywords throughout your content, image descriptions, headlines, etc., so that your website shows up naturally, (without paid advertising), in search results as high as possible so that people who are looking for your content can find it.
Organic SEO is extremely important and is the foundation of your content and traffic generation. You shouldn’t depend entirely on organic traffic, but you should focus on it from the beginning so that it’s already in place. Think of SEO as the grammar of websites – get your SEO right and you can focus on everything else. Depending on your strategy and content, this could be your main basis for your visitors coming to your website.
The number one free SEO tool for your WordPress website is YoastSEO. I highly recommend using this tool. Not only will it help you get your proper keywords in place, but it’ll also help you build your SEO skills.
Outbound links are links to other websites within your content. This improves your ranking quality when you link to other high quality websites.
Inbound links are links that bring traffic to your author website from other websites. Social media gives you some inbound links, but posting your link to other websites in comments or through link exchanging seriously increases your traffic.
3.Update Old Posts
When you have some old stagnant posts that aren’t getting any traffic, it’s a great idea to go through and update them where possible. Check post keywords, tags, and general wording to see if you can update them in any way. You may be surprised how an old post can bring new traffic with a few edits.
4. Guest Post
Guest posting is you posting a blog post on another website and is a great way to get quality inbound links and lots of traffic to your author website. When you do this you get credit for the article or post and you also get a link to your website. This is an awesome way to get traffic to your website when you can get yourself a post on a big name and high quality blog.
Many large blogs will have a link you can follow that gives you instructions and information about doing a guest blog post. Look for this either in the footer section or other informational section of the website. Some websites are entirely guest bloggers and these types of sites will most likely have such information readily available.
Where there is no information find the contact information for the website owner and send them an email asking if they would like a guest blog post. Give them as much information as is relevant. Sometimes you may receive a rejection, but don’t let that stop you, just try some other blogs.
Since you’re an author, you may also find, instead of blogs, online magazines who take submissions in your writing genre where you can regularly post short stories, poems, or articles. There are many such children’s literature magazines. Often they will also allow you to add your website link with your name as well. Some of these are also paid submissions where you can earn a little extra money along with growing your audience.
5. Social Media
This may seem like an obvious one, but there are some added tips that might help you maximize your traffic through social media platforms.
Read – Social Media for Authors here.
Social Media Groups
You can either join or create your own groups in both Facebook and LinkedIn that are related to your niche or genre and have a place to grow your audience through a mutual topic. These groups can be extremely useful for directing traffic to your author website when you have an active group that regularly posts.
The only thing I wouldn’t recommend is joining groups where it’s an “advertise your book here” type of group. It’s not that they’re necessarily bad, but they aren’t very helpful. Everyone is simply posting their own book links and information and nobody else is interested in anything that anyone posts. It tends to be a waste of time.
For Facebook, you want to start, or join, an active group that’s on a topic of interest. For example, if you have your Kangaroo kid’s book, you might want to start a group about ‘animals of Australia for kids’ or something to that effect. This wouldn’t be relevant on LinkedIn.
The big difference with starting a group verses joining one is that usually the owner of the group doesn’t allow posting of sales links, but if you own the group, you can post your links or information, and make the rules.
6. Social Bookmark Sharing Sites
Websites like StumbleUpon can be extremely useful in getting traffic to your website. These are places where people post links to their websites and content that gets recommended to others. The potential is enormous.
There are a few others that are good to use as well, but StumbleUpon is generally the most used. You can read more about Social Bookmarking Sites, as well as other Social Media Information Here.
7. Interview Genre Related Authors or Illustrators
There are many authors and illustrators whom you could contact and ask if you could interview them. Most people will enjoy the opportunity and you can post the interview on your website and gain a significant amount of traffic from this. You can post the interview in either audio, video, or by writing it out as a blog post from a conversation.
If you were to make this a regular feature on your website you could even attract more well-known authors and gain an even wider audience than you ever dreamed and bring some major traffic to your author website.
8. Use Plenty of Images in Your Posts
Now, how does that help you get more traffic to your author website? Silly, I know, but what happens is the more relevant images you have in your post = the more likely it is to get shared = more traffic to your site. The main key here is relevant images. Your images and graphics should be related to your content and not random photos of people in order to go viral.
Images also show up in Google image searches when you use the proper ALT descriptions and captions in photos and graphics that you post on your website, giving you organic traffic as well.
How many pictures should you use in your posts? The ideal is one every 100 words or so. This breaks up the text nicely and makes your posts more shareable. *I can’t say that I necessarily follow that rule, but I do try to use lots of images.
There are tons of free image creation sites – see an Awesome List Here.
9. Host a Webinar
If you’re not a well-known author this can be a little tricky, but hang on. Yes, it’s true, if you have a very small audience it’s going to be difficult to host a webinar and get lots of traffic to your author website. But, there are other ways to do this. You could find someone who has a little more influence than you and ask them if they’d like to partner with you to do a webinar. Just be sure to let them know what you have to offer.
Even if you can’t find an influencer to partner up with, you still easily have a successful webinar by drumming up enough excitement through all of the ideas above. Just remember to go ahead with it, even if the first one only has a few people show up. I don’t recommend using a webinar software that shows the number of attendees when you’re just starting out.
For awesome webinar software – SEE HERE.
A great way to boost the number of attendees is to sure you have an awesome prize or free gift drawing for those who stay till the end. You can giveaway anything you want from a brand new iPad, a signed book, a toaster, Amazon gift card, anything you want. Amazon makes it easy to do this, even for your own published books. There’s a button at the bottom of just about every product that says “set up a giveaway”. You just select the number of items you want to giveaway and then you receive a special link. You draw a winner from your attendees and send them a special link. It’s that easy.
Alternatively you could giveaway a free PDF or other digital gift for everyone either who stays until the end or sign-up on your email list, and this won’t cost you anything. Just be sure it’s something that really grabs their attention and excites people.
10. PPC Ads
PPC stands for Pay Per Click and these are the advertisements that you see at the top and bottom of your search results in Google. These are ads that people and businesses pay to have shown up in certain search results. It only costs them something when someone clicks on the link.
These types of ads can be useful, but with all of the free options, can be a bit difficult to manage if you don’t know what you’re doing. As an author you want to be building an audience and PPC ads are geared a little more towards selling a specific product and are not very cost effective without a proper strategy. I would recommend exhausting all of the free options above before trying PPC ads for building your audience and selling your books.
Getting relevant traffic may seem like a daunting task, but when you get to thinking of how many ways there are to get traffic to your website, it opens the doors to amazing creativity. If you have any questions about getting traffic to your website, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll be more than happy to help in any way I can!
Have a fantastic day!
Children’s Book Marketing Ideas
Children’s Book Marketing Ideas
Children’s Book Marketing Ideas To Put On Your Author Website or Physically Mailed
As an author in the 21st century, you certainly have to be more vigilant with your own book marketing than ever before, in which case, many authors find themselves having to learn marketing as well. Many authors think this is only relevant to the self-publishing industry, but it’s becoming more prevalent in the traditional publishing market as well. This isn’t a bad thing, however, it can sometimes become debilitating until you find creative ways that work for you and your book theme.
To get started, think of your audience. Who is your audience?
Always remember that when you’ve written a children’s book that your audience is more likely their parents than the children themselves.
Also, remember that your audience is never fellow authors, unless you’ve written a book specifically for them.
If you need some ideas to figure out exactly who your audience is and what type of content they want, see this Related Link – Content Ideas for Your Author Blog.
Now that we know who our audience is, we can brainstorm about marketing materials that you can put on your children’s author website or mail along with a physical book.
These types of book marketing materials should be:
- free – as a gift for signing up for your email is ideal, or sent with a physical copy of your book
- most often printable – in PDF or image format – or mailed with a physical copy of your book
- should include images from your book cover as well as a link to your website
If you are selling your own physical copies of your books, ideally you would want to have a mix of materials that are both downloadable and physically sent along with your book.
Any of these marketing materials can either be in PDF format for your audience to download from your website or you can find affordable printing options in a variety of venues that you can order physical copies from.
You can also offer two versions of almost any of these ideas as well – a full-color version and a black and white version for kids to color.
Let’s get to some brainstorming!
Children’s Book Marketing Ideas – Marketing Materials:
- Coloring Pages – you could create a whole coloring book and even publish
- Artwork – wall art posters
- Bookmarks – add encouraging text
- Pencil Buddies – makes a fun paper craft for kids – just needs a hole punched in each end to slide over a pencil
- Masks – especially if your book is animal themed or has a unique creature
- Journal Pages – for art and/or writing – either individual printable pages or a printed book – another publishing opportunity
- Calendars — Monthly and/or Yearly something to also keep people coming back for updated ones
- Study Guides – a simple guide with questions about the story, moral lessons, and about the characters
- Alphabet Cards – parents love these cards for children’s decor
- Memory Verse Cards – if your book is based on a specific Biblical theme
- Recipe Cards – if related to your book in any way
- Goal Charts – Chore Charts – Daily Schedules
- Science Experiments, Studies, or Pages
- Song or Music Pages
- Games – a simple game board that might require nothing more than dice
- Paper Hats, Crowns, Airplanes, Boats, etc.
- For more ideas, search children’s paper craft ideas, take any craft idea, and change it to match your book’s characters, setting, and theme.
- Some other ideas are Puzzle & Activity Pages:
- Word Searches
- Crossword Puzzles
- Matching Words/Pictures
- Word Games
- Counting/Math Pages
- Spelling/Reading Pages
- Alphabet Letter Writing Pages
There are hundreds of different puzzle and activity pages and you could have one for each character in your book and/or about the theme or setting. For more ideas in this area, just grab any children’s puzzle and activity book.
Once you get your brain storming it can be a lot of fun coming up with marketing materials and you’ll notice they just start to pour, so be sure you keep a tablet handy to jot them down.
If you do need a little help coming up with ideas for your particular book theme, don’t hesitate to send me an email and tell me about it. I’ll help you in any way that I can.
Have an awesome day and careful of the lightning!