Today I’m delighted to feature one of my fave online marketing gurus, Dana Lynn Smith. I’ve known Dana for a few years and we met through social media. Ever since, she has been my go-to person for online marketing info, tips, tricks, and tools. One of the things I appreciate most about Dana is that she walks her talk and provides great advice that is truly effective. Enjoy!
Here are some ideas for using blogging in social and interactive ways:
1. Encourage your readers to share your content with others.
Make it easy for readers to share your content by adding “share” buttons from Share This or Add This. Then ask readers to share by including text at the end of your best posts such as: “Do you know someone who might benefit from these tips? Just click the Share This button below to send a link by email or recommend this post on your favorite social site.”
2. Actively solicit comments.
Get readers engaged by including a sentence at the end of some posts inviting comments. You can even write a post designed to elicit comments. Thank each commenter and make a further comment based on what they said.
3. Make comments on other blogs.
Making insightful comments on related blogs is a terrific way to boost your visibility and create links and traffic to your site. Subscribe to the top blogs related to your book’s topic or audience and watch for posts that you can comment on. Comments should be helpful and relevant, not self-promotional.
4. Write guest posts for other blogs.
Contact other bloggers that cater to your audience and offer to write a guest article. Include a brief bio and a low-resolution photo. Google Blog Search is a good place to search for relevant blogs.
5. Create a feed for your blog.
RSS feeds allow your blog posts to be automatically delivered to your subscribers by email or through a feed reader. Receiving your blog posts regularly engages readers more. To create a feed for your blog, go Feedburner.
6. Do a virtual book tour
Make guest appearances on blogs, ezines, podcasts or other forums to promote your book. Provide unique content to each host on your tour. Content can include interviews, how-to articles, book excerpts, videos, book reviews, or an article about how you developed the plot or characters for a novel.
(Note from MaAnna: Ebooks are a great way to promote any kind of business. Even if you’re not an author by trade, an ebook and a virtual book tour can help spread your message far and wide online and allow you to gain access to audiences that you couldn’t get any other way. Dana has great tips on ebooks and self-publishing too!)
7. Join a blog carnival.
Blog carnivals are a collection of links pointing to blog posts on a particular topic, or topics of interest to a particular group of people. Learn more and search for relevant carnivals Blog Carnival.
8. Hold a contest or drawing on your blog.
Use the blog comment feature to hold contests. For example, post a question and award a prize to the first person who leaves a comment with the correct answer. Or, write a blog post stating that everyone who leaves a comment on the post by a specific date (allow five to seven days) will be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of your book. Promote the contest on your social networks.
Excerpted from The Savvy Book Marketer’s Guide to Successful Social Marketing, by book marketing coach Dana Lynn Smith. For free book marketing tips, follow @BookMarketer on Twitter and get your free Top Book Marketing Tips ebook on Dana’s blog.