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Book Marketing Part 3—More Online Play
By Rachelle Christensen
Previously we talked about the big names in social media. If you’re going to be anywhere, be in those places. But once you’re comfortable, go ahead and expand. The World Wide Web is just bursting with places to promote your books. Here are a few other marketing outlets you should take a look at.
Pinterest—Pinterest is growing fast, and is #36 as of August 2013 for all websites worldwide. It would be wise to create an account, but do NOT do so for the sole purpose of marketing. This platform is tons of fun and offers another way for readers/writers to connect with you, but if you’re only going to be pinning images of your books, it won’t be helpful. Consider creating a “Writing Board” and a board for one of your “Books in Progress,” as well as another board that might tie into your characters. You can have a lot of fun with Pinterest—and do great research for your books as well.
Facebook—Previously we talked about getting an author page. If you have a personal page, keep it that way and utilize your author page for connecting with your readers. Facebook is #2 as of August 2013 for all websites worldwide.
Twitter—You can use autofeed to post material from your blog and/or Facebook to Twitter. If you’re a Twitter user you may not want to autopost to FB, since reposted Twitter addresses aren’t meaningful on FB. Also, be aware that hashtags are still new to FB and not all your readers may be comfortable with them yet.
Blogs—Make your blog about your reader, not about you or your book. Engage with readers to build a dedicated audience. You can use Blogger to make a blog through Google services—or a lot of people also like WordPress.com. Here’s a handy guide with pictures showing how to start up on Blogger. You can easily search the Internet to find out more. Surf the net to find blogs that resonate with you and then ask why. Here are some of my favorite blogs:
Make sure to register your blog/website on Alexa so that you can get ranking information.
YouTube—Do you like to make videos, provide instruction, etc? If so, create your own YouTube channel and start gathering subscribers. If you have valuable content, this is another good forum.
Wikipedia—Consider registering yourself on Wikipedia. I’m sure you’ve heard the old joke that Wikipedia is the last place you want find “facts,” but depending on the online presence you may have, it’s smart place to go so that you can get your own facts right.
LinkedIn—This is fast and easy to set up and you’ll connect with hundreds of people fairly quickly. It’s a good idea to set up your profile before someone else with your same/similar name sets one up.
Instagram—Lots of people love sharing photos and connecting this way. If you enjoy this, then hop on board.
Flickr—This is an excellent way to share images online. They also have free storage for your photos. Some people like to connect their Flickr account to their website/blog.
Tumblr—Yet another avenue of social media you can use to link all of your sites for other Tumblr users.
There are many, many more social outlets out there. Make sure you don’t spread yourself too thin. Many writers fall into the trap of losing their writing time to social media. I certainly could stand to improve in all of the outlets I’ve discussed, but at this point in my life, with young children, I choose to spend my tiny bit of spare time writing.
I hope these tips will help you get started and on the pathway to successful marketing that is enjoyable and effective! Next up will be offline marketing and other fun ideas. So watch for that!
Do This Now
- Make a list of all the social media sites you belong to. Now decide which ones will give you the most traffic (see Alexa and analyze where your type of reader is hanging out).
- If you’re not already on the top six services check them out and sign up. (And here are all our promotion posts.)
- One of the best ways to get traffic to come to you is to go to them. Find sites you like and comment (be nice, helpful, insightful). If people like what you have to say, they may check you out. Just be sure to identify yourself in a way that makes it easy to find you.
Share with us your marketing worries or success stories. What marketing tips would you like to see from us in the future?
Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of four who writes suspense and enjoys online marketing. She has organized blog tours and book blasts, and is frequently sought out for her secrets on low-cost Internet marketing. Her clients include a multimillion-dollar worldwide company, publishers, and dozens of authors, including New York Times Bestseller David Farland and celebrity Merrill Osmond. Visit her website or Facebook.