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Blogs, microblogs and websites

A lot of authors debate whether it’s better to have a blog or a website.  Men with Pens posts about the differences between the two (and points out that blogs today look pretty spiffy compared with blogs of yore).

For authors who want to delve into the world of social media, Mike Fruchter posts 35 step-by-step tips to establish a social media presence.  Although you need a basic understanding of terms like “domain name” and “blogroll,” the instructions are pretty easy to follow for relative novices.

But why blog in the first place?  To connect with readers, of course, but will that lead to increased sales?  According to bub.blicio.us, yes — loyal blog readers are swayed by posts when it comes to purchasing decisions.  (From personal experience, I can tell you I’ve bought many a product featured on Gizmodo, my favorite gadget blog, and the other day when Boing Boing featured one of my company’s backlist titles, the Amazon ranking shot up to about 500.)

And if you are thinking about a microblogging site like Twitter, GalleyCat points out that the keyword “book” is most frequently typed in between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

October 29, 2008 - Posted by | Blogs, Online Marketing | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Hello Yen,

    In my humble opinion, most templates for blogs are free, easy to set up, and require less maintenance than a professionally designed website.

    For emerging writers, a well written blog containing provocative content that engages its readers is an extremely effective, cost efficient way to market books.

    Yes, I’m a first-time visitor. Thank you for sharing.

    Manchild

    Comment by Manchild | November 6, 2008 | Reply


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