Welcome to the last day of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I did in the last month. To check out previous tasks, go here.
Search for Yourself on the Internet
Use Google, Bing, Yahoo and whatever other search engine you can think of.
If you’ve never done this before, you’ll definitely be surprised at what you’ll find. This exercise gives you a good idea of what people will find when they search for you. You might be surprised at how many people share your name.
If there’s nothing there: don’t worry, it’s only been a couple of weeks since you’ve joined several social media networks, it takes a bit of time for SEO to kick in. (I still have search results from platforms that had shut down years ago.) You know that you’re working on building your online presence, so be patient, be consistent and great things will happen.
If you’re not happy with what you find: check out task 14 about SEO and make it work for you.
Make 3 New Connections
Today I want you to pick your social network of choice, find three people who share your interests and connect with them by either friending them/following them and sending them a message or by following them and replying to a tweet/pin/whatever they’ve posted.
Sometimes you have to send a request to friend someone, so make sure you make it good (who you are and a compelling reason for why you want to be friends) – don’t add anything like “check out my blog” or “follow me or else” or “buy my book” or whatever self-sabotaging nonsense you want to add because you have seen this weird phenomena where others send you such messages and you think it might work. It doesn’t do anything but annoy people.
If you follow this 3 new connections thing at least once a month, you’ll have plenty of friends in no time. You want these connections. You need these connections. Some of these connections can turn out to be your writing friends for life – which will only happen if you actually connect by sharing advice, commiserating, sharing your experiences, etc.
Some people have trouble with this part, because they’ve been listening to the wrong advice. Building your platform isn’t about pushing your information on others, it’s not about sell-sell-sell and it’s not about having huge numbers of followers on every site: it’s about making real connections with like-minded people. Sometimes you’ll help them and there’ll be times they’ll help you. Keep it real, keep it kind and, most important of all, keep it alive.
Leave a Comment
Remember task 16? Good. Today we’d like you to leave your thoughts about this challenge in the comments. What was your experience? Did you like it? Did you hate it? What did you get from participating? Do you feel you’re in a better place now than you were a month ago? Any and all feedback is welcome.
Well, that’s that. Anything you’d like to ask? Please tell us what you liked about today’s task and the challenge in general, we really want to know. All the best with growing your online presence.
Author: Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Ronel writes dark fantasy filled with mythology and folklore, some of which can be read on Wattpad and on her blog Ronel the Mythmaker. When not leading her Rottweiler pack or arguing with her characters, she’s writing award-winning fiction.