If you’ve been blogging for a while, you might’ve stumbled across various blog hops. You might’ve even checked them out even if you didn’t participate. It might’ve seemed too scary to sign up for something where everyone will read what you wrote. I’m here to tell you that blog hops are great for you, despite being a bit intimidating. Reasons Blog Hops are Good Networking. The secret to success is NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. Some think this an ugly word, but the only way to meet others in the same industry is to hang out where they do. Thankfully you don’t […]
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 […]
Welcome to day 19 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. We’re almost done with #AuthorOPChal. If you’re just joining us, catch up on tasks here. The point of your author online presence is to reach out to your target audience (your thousands of online followers, book buyers and adoring fans around the world) and to connect with other writers, experts, editors, publishers, agents, book sellers, librarians, etc. How do you do that, exactly? Through guest posts and interviews. The Value of Guest Posts and Interviews You want to be interviewed when your book comes out (blog tours are […]
Welcome to day 17 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. Check out previous tasks here. You’ve probably figured out that everything is connected, that each task does something for another. Today’s task will be impossible if you didn’t join Twitter, join Facebook, join Google+, join Pinterest (or your choice of a visual platform), and write a blog post or two. Publicise Your Blog Post You’ve probably already linked your blog to all of your social media networks under the publicise feature. That means you’ve already shared your blog post the moment it went live. But that doesn’t mean […]
Welcome to day 16 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. Can you believe it’s been three weeks? To catch up on previous tasks, go here. Read a Blog Post and Comment on it Before we get to that, first set up your Gravatar. That way, each time you comment your author photo automatically appears as well as a link to your blog. If you have a WordPress.com blog, you already have a Gravatar. Everyone else should go to https://en.gravatar.com/ and create your avatar. What Is Gravatar? An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that […]
Welcome to day 15 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. For previous tasks, go here. Today’s post is about blogging, so make sure you did Task 1: Set up your Author Blog. Write a Blog Post and Include a Call to Action A call to action can be a lot of things. Though, the pop-up is a favourite among some. A lot of people will tell you to add a huge pop-up on your blog to attract subscribers. I’ve been on blogs where the pop-up covers all the text with no way to close it except filling in […]
Having To-Do Lists with your priorities marked is one of the finest ways of improving your productivity. In today’s challenge we ask you to make one.
Pictures are a great part of good articles. When reading on screens gets tiring, mix up some photos and enrich the story you are telling.
Welcome to the first day of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. We’ll be covering everything an author needs to be visible – and memorable – online. Today we will start with your online home: your author blog.