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Thursday, May 26, 2016

10 Dramatic Changes I Made that Ended up Improving My Blog | Book Blogging Tips (#41)




Sometimes you've gotta make tough decisions blogging-wise. Here are the decisions I had to make that ended up being for the better.

This is only to give you an idea of what you CAN do, you don't have to use any of my tips for your own blog, but feel free to do so if you like!



#10: Crossposting
There's no way around crossposting. Everyone of us probably has one social media platform that's doing a little better than the others. Use that to your advantage and pitch your posts there. Of course don't go overboard so people won't think you're spamming!

#9: Original posts!
Hard to believe, but I used to be a meme and review-only blog. It ended up improving my blog (for myself) a lot I think.

#8: Having a set post structure
Gosh, I can't even look back at the old reviews I wrote. I used to NOT format at all. For chatty and discussion posts that MIGHT work and you can get away with it, but you can't just publish a block of text review. This is never okay. Find your style, come up with something you're comfortable with and stick to that structure.

#7: Making graphics for each post
Before I made original posts much at all, I never had a reason to make any kind of graphics. Now I make them for every single post that isn't a review. It brightened up my blog a lot and I think they're quite eye-catching and pretty.

#6: Reviewing for NetGalley
This is such an essential part of my blogging experience now, I can't believe I never used it. NetGalley can be overwhelming at first, but reviewing new releases is a GREAT way to attract new viewers to your blog. Go on, make a NetGalley account!

#5: Deleting Old Posts
Sometimes you just gotta say goodbye to posts that neither have done well, not are up to your current standards, nor are anything that you think would attract any more readers. I used to do so many memes back when I first started (and not very well and very half-heartedly). Don't be afraid to delete crappy stuff!

#4: Ditching the open post archive
+guiltless reader, remember last year during Bloggiesta when you said to me to ditch that stupid open post archive? I was so upset about changing it because I liked it so much to have all my posts displayed there, but I'm so glad I listened.

Prime example why you should always, always listen to other bloggers' advice! I can't imagine having anything other than a drop down archive on my blog now!

#3: Working more with catchy headlines
I used to not really hashtag or try to make the headlines of my posts go into the clickbait direction, but I think I've gotten a little better at it now.
Try to give out as much info about your post in the headline, this is the prime ground where you advertise for your posts! Use it!

#2: Starting to recommend more!
I used to only have the little section of five star reviews in my header and that was it. I can't imagine my blog without themed recommendations now! If you love them and would like to see a specific theme, head over to my tumblr and send me a quick message, I'll make a post for it on a topic of your choice. Always open for requests!

#1: Linking within posts
Seriously, how did I never do this? If you write a lot of personal or discussion posts, this is such an essential thing to do. Link similar topics below or in the post so people who might be interested can find them. Such a great way to build more traffic.


Have you ever had to make dramatic changes to your blog?


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

6 Reasons Why You Got Declined to Review A Book on #NetGalley and How to Fix This | Emergency Help






So I finally started using NetGalley a couple of months ago, and I am absolutely addicted to this site. 

I love the convenience of ordering review copies without having to write up pesky emails and talking to actual people *yuck*


But sometimes NetGalley decides to break all our hearts by declining us for review copies. And I say US because I am fairly certain this doesn't only happen to me but to a lot of people, even bloggers that have been blogging for longer than I have and have biiiiiiiiig blogs with lots of followers. Shocking but true

I don't know about you guys, but my heart breaks a little every time I apply to review a book I want to read very badly and THEN, a couple of days later, I get declined. I did some research (lots of research) and tried to find out why publishers and authors sometimes decline us poor reviewers who are just trying their best and just want to read books. 

Here are the most common reasons to get declined (according to the internet people)

#1: Wrong Continent/ Region

Next to some books there are little icons of countries or continents. Some publishers only have a license to give out review copies in a special region. They politely say "users from X preferred" instead of "Don't even think about requesting this book if you're not from X"

PRO TIP: Do gamble on this. Sometimes it really does mean preferred and not exclusively for X region people. Request that book!

#2: Catastrophic Feedback Rate 

When you click on your profile it says how many books you have been approved for and how many books you've sent feedback for (meaning reviews or a note why you didn't review it). Publishers see this. A feedback rate of 80% is recommended and yeah... stick to that. Try to keep it at 80% or more at all times.

PRO TIP: Don't request any more books if your rate is below 80%. Publishers do also see how many books you have been declined for and will be like "hmmm, if they got declined 60 times out of 70 there's probably a reason, let's decline them."

#3: You Mainly Review a Different Genre

If you run a book blog dedicated to crime books, why did you just request a young adult romance? Publishers do check out your blog and your preferences. You have to keep in mind what audience your blog caters to.

PRO TIP: If you really want the book, gamble on this. Request it, especially with small publishers you might have luck.


#4: Your Bio is Horrible

You have to have statistics in your bio and you have to have a profile picture, and you have to say a little about yourself. If you didn't bother filling it in, there's the reason why you get declined.

PRO TIP: Check the publishers preferences to get an idea about what people want to see.


#5: You're too late

Believe it or not, there is a limited amount of ecopies available.

PRO TIP: Request books as quickly as you know you want to read them and have the time to read them!!!

#6: Too few followers

Even though everyone says that followings don't matter, on NetGalley they absolutely do. Many big publishers state clearly that there is no chance you even get a shot at reviewing their books if you don't have more than 1,000 followers and long-windedly explain how they know it's a lot and not fair to everyone, but they're in the business of selling books. We get it.

A way to find out whether you're just wasting your time requesting a book from a publisher is to just click on their name next to the book title and click on their approval preferences.

PRO TIP: Don't gamble on this. If you have fewer than 1,000 followers and the preference states clearly that you have no chance, don't even try.


One last PRO TIP:

Don't get discouraged if you got declined for a book. It happens to the best of us. Just request another to numb the pain!


Have you gotten declined before? How do you deal with the pain?

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

HELP! Blogger Is Ruining My Blog And Making Me Contemplate to Quit Blogging Forever





Hey, have you ever woken up to check your website that you've spent hours, blood, sweat, and tears on to customize, and seen that it looks like complete and utter shit? That's my life every 2 months since I've had this blog. I honestly don’t even remember the times when I was satisfied with Blogger.

200I’m not sure whether I should start screaming or crying or just quit this blog because I’m so frustrated with this. I just can’t handle this crap anymore.

People told me I should to WordPress pretty much from the moment I started talking to other bloggers. I have no idea why I didn’t listen. I thought I had this mess under control, but I really haven’t.

My blog formatting is completely messed up, all my pictures are gone and have been replaced by those annoying circles and I have 250+ posts to re-edit. Honestly? It seems easier to just quit.

I tried fixing the posts on my home page, but if you go to my older posts, you can see the tremendous damage this horrible platform has done.

PROS of Blogger

- It’s very easy to manage for beginners. I know how to work Blogger perfectly. I’m a pro at this.

- Google Friend Connect

The biggest reason why I didn’t want to switch to WordPress is GFC to me. I don’t have a lot of followers and it breaks my heart to even think about losing 130+ of the little following I have. It took me so long to build this. I don’t want to lose it.

CONS of Blogger

- My site looks like crappy every 2 months because something suddenly decides to act up. Pick a problem, I bet I’ve had it before. From ridiculous formatting issues to PICTURES SUDDENLY GOING MISSING BECAUSE …. YEA WHY EXACTLY?!

- I don’t get notified for new comments and have to check everything manually because Blogger does not sync to DISQUS for me anymore, for god knows what reasons (It just stopped working one day. Ha.)

- I have to go to ridiculous lengths to format my posts so that they will look absolutely HORRIBLE the second I change my theme

- I have to use Windows Live Writer to upload pictures because Blogger decided a week ago to just display an error message instead of actually letting me put pictures in my posts

- My LinkWithin decided to break. Sometimes it displays lists, sometimes pictures like it's supposed to. Sometimes it even displays deleted posts and incorrect headlines.


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This isn't the first time I've had major issues with this god-awful platform. I'll try to get things fixed so that my site looks halfway decent, but I feel like screaming. 

I feel like I can’t do this and I just strongly suggest to everyone who is still using Blogger: 




Quit while your site still looks okay!!!!!!

Quit while your data isn’t being manipulated or deleted. Because honestly, there’s nothing worse. I’m so angry and upset, and sad. I don’t know what to do.

See ya never, Blogger. I’ll switch. I don’t know how, but I’ll do it. Either that, or I’m quitting.
In the meantime, I'd be super grateful for your advice.

Have you switched from Blogger to Wordpress before? I hardly know what I'm doing. Everything just seems confusing and weird.

I'll be happy for all kinds of advice, I honestly don't know what to do.

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