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What Does It Take for an Author to Be Successful?

When I first met T.W. Bright on Twitter, I could tell he was a little unsure about his (awesome) ideas and capability of creating a book that would convey his message. 

Author Success Stories - T.W. Bright

I was not only drawn by the message in his story, but by the fact that he wanted to do something different, and wanted to reach people with something innovative, honest, and good. 

T.W. Bright wrote a super hero book for children that shows kids they can deal with bullying without using violence, that they don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero, and he wanted to give children of color a story with kids who look like them. 

Take a look to see Bright and the Bully.  

After several conversations, query letters, editing, and delving into the act of publishing his story, T.W. Bright became just as much of an encouragement for me as I was to him.

His dedication and commitment were one thing, but he’s also fearless in marketing himself, which is truly inspiring to me and helped me to stop hiding behind my computer screen, worrying whether or not I’ll come across as I intend. 

That was a couple years ago now, and prior to T.W. Bright publishing his book, I ended up moving 100 miles while he secured his illustrator. After getting myself situated we got straight back to work and published his book and website. 

He decided to go with self-publishing so that his message wouldn’t be tainted, and we worked and worked to get the formatting right. Have you ever done a full-color, full-bleed picture book on Amazon – a single page at a time? It was a great time though. 

He might not even know all the nights I stayed up late making sure each image was perfect, or how many times I forgot to eat because I was working, but that’s ok, because I loved doing it. 🙂 

via GIPHY

Not only did I gain experience, but I gained a lifelong friend, whom I will be forever grateful to. 

Because of him – his faith, persistence, and dedication to his work, as well as encouragement, he also helped me to grow and be more successful in what I do.  

So, what does it take to be successful as an author? It’s very simple really. Faith, trust, and fairy dust. 

via GIPHY

There are other things too – like dedication, persistence, and learning how to make your work better, we don’t want to leave that out. 

But, my job is to supply the fairy dust – encouragement, positive attitude, support, information, and whatever else it is you need to learn to fly. 

Everyone I’ve worked with has been an encouragement to continue doing what I do, to grow myself, my business, and to be here for those who feel they don’t have anyone in their corner.

Every success fuels my fire, and T.W. Bright is a shining example. 

What every author needs for success:
  • Support and encouragement
  • Information and knowing where to find it
  • Dedication, commitment, and persistence
  • Marketing ideas
  • Faith, trust, and fairy dust. 😉 

Do you need some  help with your book or need marketing ideas? Send me an email with your questions and I’ll help you in any way that I can!

Have a successful day!

 

When I first met T.W. Bright on Twitter, I could tell he was a little unsure about his (awesome) ideas and capability of creating a book that would convey his message. 

Author Success Stories - T.W. Bright

I was not only drawn by the message in his story, but by the fact that he wanted to do something different, and wanted to reach people with something innovative, honest, and good. 

T.W. Bright wrote a super hero book for children that shows kids they can deal with bullying without using violence, that they don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero, and he wanted to give children of color a story with kids who look like them. 

Take a look to see Bright and the Bully.  

After several conversations, query letters, editing, and delving into the act of publishing his story, T.W. Bright became just as much of an encouragement for me as I was to him.

His dedication and commitment were one thing, but he’s also fearless in marketing himself, which is truly inspiring to me and helped me to stop hiding behind my computer screen, worrying whether or not I’ll come across as I intend. 

That was a couple years ago now, and prior to T.W. Bright publishing his book, I ended up moving 100 miles while he secured his illustrator. After getting myself situated we got straight back to work and published his book and website. 

He decided to go with self-publishing so that his message wouldn’t be tainted, and we worked and worked to get the formatting right. Have you ever done a full-color, full-bleed picture book on Amazon – a single page at a time? It was a great time though. 

He might not even know all the nights I stayed up late making sure each image was perfect, or how many times I forgot to eat because I was working, but that’s ok, because I loved doing it. 🙂 

via GIPHY

Not only did I gain experience, but I gained a lifelong friend, whom I will be forever grateful to. 

Because of him – his faith, persistence, and dedication to his work, as well as encouragement, he also helped me to grow and be more successful in what I do.  

So, what does it take to be successful as an author? It’s very simple really. Faith, trust, and fairy dust. 

via GIPHY

There are other things too – like dedication, persistence, and learning how to make your work better, we don’t want to leave that out. 

But, my job is to supply the fairy dust – encouragement, positive attitude, support, information, and whatever else it is you need to learn to fly. 

Everyone I’ve worked with has been an encouragement to continue doing what I do, to grow myself, my business, and to be here for those who feel they don’t have anyone in their corner.

Every success fuels my fire, and T.W. Bright is a shining example. 

What every author needs for success:
  • Support and encouragement
  • Information and knowing where to find it
  • Dedication, commitment, and persistence
  • Marketing ideas
  • Faith, trust, and fairy dust. 😉 

Do you need some  help with your book or need marketing ideas? Send me an email with your questions and I’ll help you in any way that I can!

Have a successful day!

 

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.

How to get more followers on Twitter.

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:

How to seriously grow your Twitter Followers - fast

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:

Twitter growth with 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”.

Tool to analyze followers interests and keywords

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.

Read more about Owlead in a previous post.

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.

 

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.

How to get more followers on Twitter.

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:

How to seriously grow your Twitter Followers - fast

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:

Twitter growth with 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”.

Tool to analyze followers interests and keywords

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.

Read more about Owlead in a previous post.

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
How to increase Twitter followers - without Social Quant

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:  

Building Twitter Followers

Before setting up campaigns.

Twitter Account Building with Owlead

Stats before setting up campaigns.

Two Weeks After Using Owlead Twitter Follower Building Tool

Exactly 2 weeks after setting up campaigns.

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:

Grow Twitter Followers with this Awesome App

After 3 weeks of using Owlead and a bit more tweaking - 515 new followers.

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:

Price Options for building Twitter accounts with Owlead

Pricing options for Owlead accounts - plus 10 day free trial.

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. 

Celebrating the End of Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings Time and Christianity

Daylight Savings Time and Christianity

How did you celebrate the ending of daylight savings? Me, I cleaned my coffee maker and stayed up an hour later. 

Just kidding, I don’t really celebrate daylight savings! Actually that’s how I celebrate the new moon.

What Holidays Should Christians Celebrate

On Reformation Day though, I didn’t dress my kids up and run around. Do I care if you did?

Nope.

My thought is that, as a parent, it’s my job to protect what my kids are exposed to until they’re old enough to do it themselves. You know, ‘whatever is lovely, think on these things’? And I just don’t see how taking them out and exposing them to the neighbors with dripping blood in terrifying costumes and seeing them terrorized is doing that. I never liked to see my children frightened, it made me feel like I wasn’t taking care of my responsibilities. 

Is it fun to meet another Christian who doesn’t celebrate Halloween? Sure is — kinda like an instant bond — fist bump. 

Do I want to hear them go off on paganism and historical celebrations that aren’t quite relevant? No, I really don’t care, reverse the bond. But, have a great day anyway! I still don’t care.

How about when I meet a Christian who says they do celebrate Halloween? Is it my job to tell them how pagan they are and how they’re being terrible parents? Nope. 

Isn’t that how many Christians try to evangelize though? By telling others how bad they are, what they should celebrate, or what they should do? 

I’m pretty sure, now I’m just spitballing here, but I’m pretty sure that when Paul said, (and I’m paraphrasing here), that we shouldn’t care what people eat, drink, or celebrate — that what he meant by that was, that it’s not evangelizing. 

You’re not going to win any souls for Christ by telling people that everything they do is wrong. Passing out Testamints would do a better job.

And guess what? Here’s my favorite part — it’s not our job to — it’s the Holy Spirit’s job! 

Isn’t that so freeing? Just to think it’s not your job to worry about how other people behave - Christian or otherwise? 

Telling people about Christ and telling them they should celebrate Christmas are two different things. 

Then there are the people who spout about the origins of holidays, most of which have pagan origin. But, the real thing that a person needs to look at is WHY do they celebrate certain holidays. 

We know that Christ wasn’t born on December 25, so are we really celebrating his birth? Are we supposed to celebrate his birth? I’m pretty sure that since God didn’t tell us when He was born that we’re really not supposed to.

Does that mean we shouldn’t celebrate Christmas? It depends.

You have to ask - WHY are you celebrating Christmas? And are you already honoring Christ in your daily lives? When those questions are answered, through the Holy Spirit, then it’s time to reevaluate. But it’s not MY job, or anyone else’s, to tell you how or what you should do. It’s God’s job, and I like it that way.

So, have fun celebrating, or not. And instead of worrying about what other people are doing - go write something worth reading and be awesome in Christ yourself. Spread the love of Christ through writing. 

Have an awesome day with that extra hour!

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On Reformation Day though, I didn’t dress my kids up and run around. Do I care if you did?

Nope.

My thought is that, as a parent, it’s my job to protect what my kids are exposed to until they’re old enough to do it themselves. You know, ‘whatever is lovely, think on these things’? And I just don’t see how taking them out and exposing them to the neighbors with dripping blood in terrifying costumes and seeing them terrorized is doing that. I never liked to see my children frightened, it made me feel like I wasn’t taking care of my responsibilities. 

Is it fun to meet another Christian who doesn’t celebrate Halloween? Sure is — kinda like an instant bond — fist bump. 

Do I want to hear them go off on paganism and historical celebrations that aren’t quite relevant? No, I really don’t care, reverse the bond. But, have a great day anyway! I still don’t care.

How about when I meet a Christian who says they do celebrate Halloween? Is it my job to tell them how pagan they are and how they’re being terrible parents? Nope. 

Isn’t that how many Christians try to evangelize though? By telling others how bad they are, what they should celebrate, or what they should do? 

I’m pretty sure, now I’m just spitballing here, but I’m pretty sure that when Paul said, (and I’m paraphrasing here), that we shouldn’t care what people eat, drink, or celebrate — that what he meant by that was, that it’s not evangelizing. 

You’re not going to win any souls for Christ by telling people that everything they do is wrong. Passing out Testamints would do a better job.

And guess what? Here’s my favorite part — it’s not our job to — it’s the Holy Spirit’s job! 

Isn’t that so freeing? Just to think it’s not your job to worry about how other people behave - Christian or otherwise? 

Telling people about Christ and telling them they should celebrate Christmas are two different things. 

Then there are the people who spout about the origins of holidays, most of which have pagan origin. But, the real thing that a person needs to look at is WHY do they celebrate certain holidays. 

We know that Christ wasn’t born on December 25, so are we really celebrating his birth? Are we supposed to celebrate his birth? I’m pretty sure that since God didn’t tell us when He was born that we’re really not supposed to.

Does that mean we shouldn’t celebrate Christmas? It depends.

You have to ask - WHY are you celebrating Christmas? And are you already honoring Christ in your daily lives? When those questions are answered, through the Holy Spirit, then it’s time to reevaluate. But it’s not MY job, or anyone else’s, to tell you how or what you should do. It’s God’s job, and I like it that way.

So, have fun celebrating, or not. And instead of worrying about what other people are doing - go write something worth reading and be awesome in Christ yourself. Spread the love of Christ through writing. 

Have an awesome day with that extra hour!

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.

Make the Most of Your Author Profile in Social Media

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:

Profile Photo:

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.

Bio:

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
  • @SallyJones
  • egg-head-photo
  • 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.

Making the Most of Your Author Profile on Social Media Channels

Your Links:

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.

Website Link:

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
  • @SallyJonesAuthor
  • 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
  • sallyjoneskidsbooks.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.

See This Awesome Program to Rock Twitter Today!

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!

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SEO for Authors – How to Rock

SEO for Authors – How to Rock

Do Authors Need to Worry About SEO Skills?

Simple answer – yes, you need to work on your SEO skills – even if you’re just an author trying to sell books. As an author SEO should be one of the top skills to learn if you plan on doing any type of self-promoting of any kind. Let’s get started on tips about SEO for Authors.

SEO and Marketing Tips for Authors

 

 

You need to get traffic to your site, no matter what you’re doing online and SEO skills are one of the most important aspects for organic traffic. If your site isn’t optimized for search engines, you’ll likely just be wasting your time, so be sure to get it right from the start.

SEO skills are also incredibly important for any kind of searchable book descriptions or author biographies, so you do want to be sure you brush up on them. The easiest way is to practice some blog posts on your website, focusing on SEO.

Afterwards, you may even want to go back and edit some of your descriptions and bio because just playing around with SEO gets the gears turning and for someone who already, most likely, has a love for words, you’re going to have some serious inspiration.

Don’t worry though, SEO for authors is easier than you think with a single, and free, WordPress plugin. You’ll be a pro at it in no time because YoastSEO is on your side and regularly updates to keep on top of new search engine rules and changes.

Even if you have a few posts and pages already, with YoastSEO, you can easily go back through them and edit them to spruce up your search engine optimization.

Sometimes I will go through old posts just to tighten up the SEO and find that old posts are getting lots of new traffic because of it. Plus, I actually really enjoy it and it helps to awaken new ideas and gets me writing.

As an author, learning SEO skills are a lot like learning grammar skills, except for websites.

You need to tell the search engines what kind of content you have on your site and what it’s about so that people can find it in the vast sea of information. It’s very easy to learn, takes practice, and becomes second nature when you regularly write posts.

When you’re writing a post, the first thing to do is decide what the main content of the post is about and draw out your keywords from it. Think of it as a pitch, but even shorter.

So, say you’re writing a post about golf instruction and you want it to be about *Making Your Best Golf Swing.

For your keywords you could choose ‘best golf swing’ and then you make sure those three words are together in the following parts of your post:

  • title
  • url
  • headlines
  • throughout the content
  • image alt tags
  • featured image alt tags
  • post and category tags

That doesn’t mean that you should use the exact phrase over and over again randomly, but in a natural way throughout. For image alt tags, I find it’s best to change things around, such as ‘Best Golf Swing for Pros’, then another: ‘Finding Your Best Golf Swing’ . You can see how they both have the three words together while saying a different thing. This way you’ll have different phrases that will show up when people type them in the search engines, while still having keeping focus on your keywords.

Author SEO Tips for Your Website

For practicing advanced SEO for authors skills you can easily find out what are the most popular keywords and phrases are and use them, using free online tools such as within Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Keyword Spy. There are loads of other keyword tools online.

I always try to make sure when I’m choosing keywords to think about what I would type in if I were looking for something. This is one of the keys to awesome SEO for your website.

And as always, the more content you post, the better you get, and the more traffic you get – you reap what you sow.

If even after using the free YoastSEO plugin, and trying to create some blog posts using keywords, and you still need help, just let me know, this is one of my services and I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

*I know absolutely nothing about golf, so I apologize if that’s not a good example. Please don’t hold it against me, and please, no golf related questions – I won’t be much help to you.

Thanks and have an awesome day!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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SEO for Authors – How to Rock

Do Authors Need to Worry About SEO Skills?

Simple answer – yes, you need to work on your SEO skills – even if you’re just an author trying to sell books. As an author SEO should be one of the top skills to learn if you plan on doing any type of self-promoting of any kind. Let’s get started on tips about SEO for Authors.

SEO and Marketing Tips for Authors

 

 

You need to get traffic to your site, no matter what you’re doing online and SEO skills are one of the most important aspects for organic traffic. If your site isn’t optimized for search engines, you’ll likely just be wasting your time, so be sure to get it right from the start.

SEO skills are also incredibly important for any kind of searchable book descriptions or author biographies, so you do want to be sure you brush up on them. The easiest way is to practice some blog posts on your website, focusing on SEO.

Afterwards, you may even want to go back and edit some of your descriptions and bio because just playing around with SEO gets the gears turning and for someone who already, most likely, has a love for words, you’re going to have some serious inspiration.

Don’t worry though, SEO for authors is easier than you think with a single, and free, WordPress plugin. You’ll be a pro at it in no time because YoastSEO is on your side and regularly updates to keep on top of new search engine rules and changes.

Even if you have a few posts and pages already, with YoastSEO, you can easily go back through them and edit them to spruce up your search engine optimization.

Sometimes I will go through old posts just to tighten up the SEO and find that old posts are getting lots of new traffic because of it. Plus, I actually really enjoy it and it helps to awaken new ideas and gets me writing.

As an author, learning SEO skills are a lot like learning grammar skills, except for websites.

You need to tell the search engines what kind of content you have on your site and what it’s about so that people can find it in the vast sea of information. It’s very easy to learn, takes practice, and becomes second nature when you regularly write posts.

When you’re writing a post, the first thing to do is decide what the main content of the post is about and draw out your keywords from it. Think of it as a pitch, but even shorter.

So, say you’re writing a post about golf instruction and you want it to be about *Making Your Best Golf Swing.

For your keywords you could choose ‘best golf swing’ and then you make sure those three words are together in the following parts of your post:

  • title
  • url
  • headlines
  • throughout the content
  • image alt tags
  • featured image alt tags
  • post and category tags

That doesn’t mean that you should use the exact phrase over and over again randomly, but in a natural way throughout. For image alt tags, I find it’s best to change things around, such as ‘Best Golf Swing for Pros’, then another: ‘Finding Your Best Golf Swing’ . You can see how they both have the three words together while saying a different thing. This way you’ll have different phrases that will show up when people type them in the search engines, while still having keeping focus on your keywords.

Author SEO Tips for Your Website

For practicing advanced SEO for authors skills you can easily find out what are the most popular keywords and phrases are and use them, using free online tools such as within Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Keyword Spy. There are loads of other keyword tools online.

I always try to make sure when I’m choosing keywords to think about what I would type in if I were looking for something. This is one of the keys to awesome SEO for your website.

And as always, the more content you post, the better you get, and the more traffic you get – you reap what you sow.

If even after using the free YoastSEO plugin, and trying to create some blog posts using keywords, and you still need help, just let me know, this is one of my services and I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

*I know absolutely nothing about golf, so I apologize if that’s not a good example. Please don’t hold it against me, and please, no golf related questions – I won’t be much help to you.

Thanks and have an awesome day!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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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?

Author Marketing Ideas for Social Media Posting

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.

Blog Posts

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?

Curated Content

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.

Authors Should Post a Variety of Content on Social Media

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!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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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?

Author Marketing Ideas for Social Media Posting

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.

Blog Posts

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?

Curated Content

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.

Authors Should Post a Variety of Content on Social Media

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!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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Traffic to Your Author Website with Awesome SEO

SEO Tips for Getting More Traffic to Your Author Website

First of all, you may be asking, what is SEO and what does it matter to me? I’m just putting my website up so that people can go there and see my stuff – right? Yes, it matters a lot, just as much as grammar and punctuation matters to writing. Here are some tips to get you started.

Tips to Get More Traffic to Your Author Website

Related: How to Rock SEO on your Author Website

These are your basic areas to focus on for a well-rounded SEO strategy for your author website. Focus on all of these areas and you’ll have a secure foundation for all your traffic sources.

Keywords

Keywords are the essential building blocks of your SEO strategy. To compare with writing, they would be your plot, and everyone knows you need a good strong plot to make great writing.

It works like this:
  1. You have your blog post. What is the plot for your post?
  2. Then you come up with a great headline that captures the main idea.
  3. You take your headline and break it down so that you capture the plot in just 2-3 words.

Those are your main keywords.

Long-tail Keywords

A long-tail keyword is a keyword phrase where instead of saying “kangaroo” as your keyword you would use “children’s Australia book about kangaroos”. Long-tail keywords are more specific and when trying to come up with them it’s best to try and think of the phrase you would type in if you were looking for your book.

Always try to be specific with your phrase, but don’t use common words, such as pronouns and articles, as these are considered ‘stop-words’ and search engines are programmed to ignore them. So instead of saying “a children’s book about kangaroos” in your keyword phrase, you would simply say “children’s kangaroo book” and leave out the unnecessary stop-words.

Post Categories

When you’ve written a few blog posts on your site, chances are you’ll be able to categorize them according to topic. This is a great time to look at the common themes and make sure you put them into relevant categories. When you title your categories use keywords that describe your site’s main content.

Back to the kangaroos book, you could have some categories like this:
  • Children’s Kangaroo Crafts
  • Kid’s Australian Recipes
  • Australian Nature Tidbits
  • Kangaroo Books

When titling your categories also try to avoid using stop-words. Instead of writing “Australian Recipes for Kids” I dropped the “for” and switched the words around so that it still makes sense. It takes practice, but, as you know, all good writing does.

Post Tags

With every post that you write you should add a few post tags so that you can further maximize your SEO. Post tags are usually 1-2 keywords that you choose to describe your post without them having to be structured for readability.

For example:
  • Post title: Australian Wildlife Facts About Kangaroos
  • Category: Australian Nature Tidbits
  • Tags: wildlife, australia, kangaroos

With tags, the words don’t have to be capitalized or any such thing either. They show up as separate links at the bottom of your post. When a visitor clicks on the word “kangaroo” it will take them to every post that you’ve written about kangaroos.

Tips to Getting More Traffic to Your Author Website

Image Descriptions

When you insert a graphic or photo on your WordPress blog post, there are several keyword opportunities that come up.

Editable options for images in WordPress:
  • Title
  • Caption – visible text beneath image
  • Alt Text
  • Description – visible on image info page

All of these can be changed to maximize your keywords within your posts. You can use your main keywords for the title and different long-tail keyword phrase for the rest. It’s best not to repeat your phrases word for word, try to mix things up a bit and think of different ways someone would search for the same thing.

You don’t have to use all four spaces, but I highly recommend using the first 3 options where possible, and Title and Alt Text at the very least.

Post URL

Make sure your post URL contains your keywords or keyword phrase. In WordPress, the first thing you have to do is make sure your Permalink settings are set to Post Name. This is under Settings —> Permalinks.

Then when you first type out your post, you’ll notice that as soon as you finish typing out your title that the URL will automatically change to the title. You can, and oftentimes should, edit this, to remove superfluous words, especially stop-words to clean up your links.

Other SEO Tips
Outbound Links

Outbound links are links that link to other websites within your content. Now, you may ask, why would you want to link to other websites when you’re trying to grow your audience on your website? The reason is ranking in search engines. When you link to other high quality websites in your content, such as in giving examples or further reading, you’re giving your own website authority. If you link to low quality websites, then you’re telling search engines that your content is also low-quality. So, you should, when possible, have a few high quality links within your content to show the search engines that your content is also high quality.

Using outbound links within your content increases and improves your authority and search engine ranking. It may not always make sense, but that’s how it works.

Tip: I always have my outbound links open in a new tab so that it doesn’t actually take anyone completely away from my website and they can easily come back to it for further reading.

Learn More About Outbound Links Here.
Inbound Links

So, if outbound links take people away from your site – what are inbound links? Inbound links are links to your own content, also known as “backlinks”, from other websites. Now, if you’ve got your social media profiles right, as discussed in This Post, then you already have several inbound links from around the web. This is a great start, but not enough to really increase your traffic.

To get inbound links to your website you have to start with finding where your audience is hanging out. What types of blogs do they follow and what kind of online communities are they a part of? These are the places you also have to go and hang out.

While you’re there, add your comments on some posts, with a link to your author website. Now, this goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway, don’t post spam.

Spam looks like this: “Great post!” or “thanks for posting this!” just as much as this does: “I’m commenting just to get a link to my website on your blog!” or “buy viagra at the lowest prices” – it’s all the same.

Your comments need to add to the conversation or topic, basically adding your two-cents. The link is clickable on your name, and that’s enough. Sometimes you’ll get people who will click on your name and go to your website, but the main point to start with is to give your website quality inbound links.

This also goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. Your comments should be positive, polite, relevant, and not obnoxious, or this makes you look bad, and may even get your comment deleted, which defeats the entire purpose. People who do this are known as trolls. This can be a serious waste of your time and energy that could be spent in more positive pursuits. If you find you’re on a blog that you find too controversial, then find a different one that is more in line with you and your audience since you wouldn’t want to have your site linked to it anyway.

I’m not saying to avoid controversy, because some can be good and bring you a lot of traffic, you just want to be sure that it’s something you’re alright with having yourself associated with, possibly forever.

You also want to be sure you post comments regularly, but not in the same post. You don’t have to reply to someone just because they replied to you, but you can such as in the case of they asked you, personally, a question. Regularly would be a couple times a week per blog. If you find several blogs or online communities you may only want to post once a week at each one. Just try it out and see what works for you.

Blog Commenting Tips:
  • Find Where Your Audience Hangs Out
  • Post Relevant, Polite Comments
  • Add Value to the Topic or Conversation
  • Include Your Website Link
  • Use Your Author Name
  • Never Spam
  • Comment Regularly on Different Sites

Learning and putting all of these SEO tips into practice for your website will significantly improve your site structure, search engine listings, and increase your website traffic.

If you have any questions regarding these SEO tips, please don’t hesitate to contact me – I’m more than happy to answer your questions and help you in any way I can.

Have an awesome day & the best success!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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SEO Tips for Getting More Traffic to Your Author Website

First of all, you may be asking, what is SEO and what does it matter to me? I’m just putting my website up so that people can go there and see my stuff – right? Yes, it matters a lot, just as much as grammar and punctuation matters to writing. Here are some tips to get you started.

Tips to Get More Traffic to Your Author Website

Related: How to Rock SEO on your Author Website

These are your basic areas to focus on for a well-rounded SEO strategy for your author website. Focus on all of these areas and you’ll have a secure foundation for all your traffic sources.

Keywords

Keywords are the essential building blocks of your SEO strategy. To compare with writing, they would be your plot, and everyone knows you need a good strong plot to make great writing.

It works like this:
  1. You have your blog post. What is the plot for your post?
  2. Then you come up with a great headline that captures the main idea.
  3. You take your headline and break it down so that you capture the plot in just 2-3 words.

Those are your main keywords.

Long-tail Keywords

A long-tail keyword is a keyword phrase where instead of saying “kangaroo” as your keyword you would use “children’s Australia book about kangaroos”. Long-tail keywords are more specific and when trying to come up with them it’s best to try and think of the phrase you would type in if you were looking for your book.

Always try to be specific with your phrase, but don’t use common words, such as pronouns and articles, as these are considered ‘stop-words’ and search engines are programmed to ignore them. So instead of saying “a children’s book about kangaroos” in your keyword phrase, you would simply say “children’s kangaroo book” and leave out the unnecessary stop-words.

Post Categories

When you’ve written a few blog posts on your site, chances are you’ll be able to categorize them according to topic. This is a great time to look at the common themes and make sure you put them into relevant categories. When you title your categories use keywords that describe your site’s main content.

Back to the kangaroos book, you could have some categories like this:
  • Children’s Kangaroo Crafts
  • Kid’s Australian Recipes
  • Australian Nature Tidbits
  • Kangaroo Books

When titling your categories also try to avoid using stop-words. Instead of writing “Australian Recipes for Kids” I dropped the “for” and switched the words around so that it still makes sense. It takes practice, but, as you know, all good writing does.

Post Tags

With every post that you write you should add a few post tags so that you can further maximize your SEO. Post tags are usually 1-2 keywords that you choose to describe your post without them having to be structured for readability.

For example:
  • Post title: Australian Wildlife Facts About Kangaroos
  • Category: Australian Nature Tidbits
  • Tags: wildlife, australia, kangaroos

With tags, the words don’t have to be capitalized or any such thing either. They show up as separate links at the bottom of your post. When a visitor clicks on the word “kangaroo” it will take them to every post that you’ve written about kangaroos.

Tips to Getting More Traffic to Your Author Website

Image Descriptions

When you insert a graphic or photo on your WordPress blog post, there are several keyword opportunities that come up.

Editable options for images in WordPress:
  • Title
  • Caption – visible text beneath image
  • Alt Text
  • Description – visible on image info page

All of these can be changed to maximize your keywords within your posts. You can use your main keywords for the title and different long-tail keyword phrase for the rest. It’s best not to repeat your phrases word for word, try to mix things up a bit and think of different ways someone would search for the same thing.

You don’t have to use all four spaces, but I highly recommend using the first 3 options where possible, and Title and Alt Text at the very least.

Post URL

Make sure your post URL contains your keywords or keyword phrase. In WordPress, the first thing you have to do is make sure your Permalink settings are set to Post Name. This is under Settings —> Permalinks.

Then when you first type out your post, you’ll notice that as soon as you finish typing out your title that the URL will automatically change to the title. You can, and oftentimes should, edit this, to remove superfluous words, especially stop-words to clean up your links.

Other SEO Tips
Outbound Links

Outbound links are links that link to other websites within your content. Now, you may ask, why would you want to link to other websites when you’re trying to grow your audience on your website? The reason is ranking in search engines. When you link to other high quality websites in your content, such as in giving examples or further reading, you’re giving your own website authority. If you link to low quality websites, then you’re telling search engines that your content is also low-quality. So, you should, when possible, have a few high quality links within your content to show the search engines that your content is also high quality.

Using outbound links within your content increases and improves your authority and search engine ranking. It may not always make sense, but that’s how it works.

Tip: I always have my outbound links open in a new tab so that it doesn’t actually take anyone completely away from my website and they can easily come back to it for further reading.

Learn More About Outbound Links Here.
Inbound Links

So, if outbound links take people away from your site – what are inbound links? Inbound links are links to your own content, also known as “backlinks”, from other websites. Now, if you’ve got your social media profiles right, as discussed in This Post, then you already have several inbound links from around the web. This is a great start, but not enough to really increase your traffic.

To get inbound links to your website you have to start with finding where your audience is hanging out. What types of blogs do they follow and what kind of online communities are they a part of? These are the places you also have to go and hang out.

While you’re there, add your comments on some posts, with a link to your author website. Now, this goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway, don’t post spam.

Spam looks like this: “Great post!” or “thanks for posting this!” just as much as this does: “I’m commenting just to get a link to my website on your blog!” or “buy viagra at the lowest prices” – it’s all the same.

Your comments need to add to the conversation or topic, basically adding your two-cents. The link is clickable on your name, and that’s enough. Sometimes you’ll get people who will click on your name and go to your website, but the main point to start with is to give your website quality inbound links.

This also goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. Your comments should be positive, polite, relevant, and not obnoxious, or this makes you look bad, and may even get your comment deleted, which defeats the entire purpose. People who do this are known as trolls. This can be a serious waste of your time and energy that could be spent in more positive pursuits. If you find you’re on a blog that you find too controversial, then find a different one that is more in line with you and your audience since you wouldn’t want to have your site linked to it anyway.

I’m not saying to avoid controversy, because some can be good and bring you a lot of traffic, you just want to be sure that it’s something you’re alright with having yourself associated with, possibly forever.

You also want to be sure you post comments regularly, but not in the same post. You don’t have to reply to someone just because they replied to you, but you can such as in the case of they asked you, personally, a question. Regularly would be a couple times a week per blog. If you find several blogs or online communities you may only want to post once a week at each one. Just try it out and see what works for you.

Blog Commenting Tips:
  • Find Where Your Audience Hangs Out
  • Post Relevant, Polite Comments
  • Add Value to the Topic or Conversation
  • Include Your Website Link
  • Use Your Author Name
  • Never Spam
  • Comment Regularly on Different Sites

Learning and putting all of these SEO tips into practice for your website will significantly improve your site structure, search engine listings, and increase your website traffic.

If you have any questions regarding these SEO tips, please don’t hesitate to contact me – I’m more than happy to answer your questions and help you in any way I can.

Have an awesome day & the best success!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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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

How often should I post on Social Media?

Twitter:

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:

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.

LinkedIn:

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.

LinkedIn has specific guidelines for posting articles which can be found here.
Instagram:

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:

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.

What is the best number for you to post on social media?

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!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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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

How often should I post on Social Media?

Twitter:

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:

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.

LinkedIn:

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.

LinkedIn has specific guidelines for posting articles which can be found here.
Instagram:

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:

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.

What is the best number for you to post on social media?

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!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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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.

How to Build, Manage, and Maintain Your Author Social Media

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

Which Platform?

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:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn – primarily a business network
Choose what you enjoy the most and have fun with it!

Author Tips for Social Media

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.

Scheduling Content

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 – ReadAuthor 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!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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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.

How to Build, Manage, and Maintain Your Author Social Media

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

Which Platform?

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:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn – primarily a business network
Choose what you enjoy the most and have fun with it!

Author Tips for Social Media

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.

Scheduling Content

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 – ReadAuthor 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!

Galadriel Grace Writing and Editing Tips for Authors and Business

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