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Friday, October 23, 2015

The First Impression - What Does a Good Blog Have? | Book Blogging Tips (#22)



Themes are something that really matters when discovering new blogs. But they aren't everything that can mess up the first impression of a blog.

Before I've even scrolled through your blog, a lot can go wrong. I typically determine within five seconds when I'm on a new site whether I want to follow them or not.

Here are my criteria.

1. I can easily find your follower button

This should really go without saying. Your blog can be brilliant and have a beautiful theme, but if I can't find your GFC widget (for Non-Blogger accounts social media icons), then I'm out.

I don't have time to add your blog manually, I'd rather go over to the next blog that makes it easier to keep updated and follow them.

2. No generic design

There are some themes that you just see on every other page. Especially the super white super clean ones. For some people that's their aesthetic, but I think it's boring to have the same theme as 32793729 other bloggers.
If you're not unique and original in terms of design, should I trust you to make good, original posts? Eh.

3. Organized review page

Who knows, maybe I came to your blog solely for a review that I saw in my feed. Maybe I want to check out more reviews and am looking for a specific one? Don't give me that /tagged stuff, make the effort to create an alphabetically sorted list.

4. Loads quickly

If your blog doesn't load within five seconds, I'll think it's a broken link and move on. Avoid many widgets or trailers and declutter your blog to make sure this doesn't happen.

5. Decent Commenting System

Essential. I'm a frequent commenter. I'm here to interact. If I can't comment easily, I won't even bother following. 

6. Comment Replies

Talk about comments - I like to talk to the bloggers I follow. Unless you're one of the biggest book bloggers out there and don't have the time to reply to all the hundreds of comments you get, I want to see some interaction.

If you can't manage to reply if your comments aren't even in the two-digits - nevermind. I don't think I want to follow you. It automatically contributes to making a person less sympathetic to me if they ignore their readers. Why waste your time on them if they can't spare a minute to you?

What are your criteria for a blog that you would follow?


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

How NOT to Advertise For Your Blog | Book Blogging Tips (#7)


Advertising your blog.

We all know, in order to get an audience, we have to make sure to get our names out there. 

Especially when you're new to blogging, it's essential to let everyone know that you're there. You can't get followers from scratch. So how do you do it?



There are four popular ways to advertise:

1. Comment on other people's blogs
2. Share your posts through all social media platforms you can find (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Tumblr, Google+, Goodreads etc.)
3. Ask popular bloggers to give you a shout-out
4. Leave your links all over forums and other people's blogs

Notice how two of these aren't like the others?

When advertising your blog, you have to be careful not to become a spammer. Because when people think you're spamming, there's no way they're going to click on your blog.
They might even report you for spam and that's when you're really going to have trouble building an audience.


When Does Advertising Stop and Spamming Begin?

When commenting on other blogs, some bloggers like to leave their links.

That's fine and all, but when you encounter the same person leaving the exact same comment on ten different blogs, it's starting to get a little fishy.

For 1 in 10 cases that technique might actually work, but I can say that I'm not fond of people commenting on my blog with a nonsense contribution like

"Cool Blog, Check Out Mine MyName @ Imspamming.blogspot.com"

Same goes for leaving your links everywhere - there are subtle ways of doing it, but in most of the cases the newbie bloggers I encounter that do this are not very subtle!

You have to be very careful not to be aggressive about your promotion, because the book community is smaller than you think. People will start to recognize you and remember your comments.


PLEASE DO:

  • Leave your signature or URL under a comment (IF that comment makes sense and you actually have something to contribute)
  • Collaborate for cross promotion with a blogger that has a similar reach
  • Ask for follow backs and promotion on platforms that are built for that purpose! (Book Blogging Archives, Follow Back Memes)
  • Share your posts everywhere (twitter, facebook, bloglovin etc.)

PLEASE DON'T:

  • Ignore the content of the post you're commenting on completely
  • Put the same generic comment under every post you encounter just for the sake of exposure
  • Message people on social media asking for follow backs if you've never spoken to them before
  • Ask people for shout outs that have no idea who you are
  • Ask bloggers with a completely different reach than yours for promotion 
  • @ and mention random people you've never talked to before on social media with the purpose of promoting your content



What's the best way to advertise?
Would you consider leaving your link spamming?


Come back next Thursday for another Book Blogging Tips post!

More Tips:
Book Blogging Tips (#3): How to Handle Inquiries from Publishers and Authors
Book Blogging Tips (#4): Pros and Cons of Book Blogging Memes
Book Blogging Tips (#5): Is It Possible To Have TOO MUCH Content?
Book Blogging Tips (#6): Should I Be Commenting Back?

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