Hi de Hi campers! Well, platformers anyway. I hope that you are enjoying the series. This week we are focusing on commenting, freebies, subscribing and Google Alerts.
Number 17 is commenting. Comment on blogs. Simple. We all know how hard it can be to get comments on our blogs, so try commenting on those that you follow. Ask a question, thank them for their blog post, especially if it touched you in some way, provide them with feedback. Let them know you are following them.
I have two regular commenters – Zee and Cassie. They are wonderful people who provide me with feedback. Thanks guys. I try and get out there and post comments on other peoples blogs. The more comments you make, the more people will visit your own site, especially if it is insightful.
Create a freebie is No 18. People don’t like handing over their email address for nothing. So, give them something. Give them a teaser, a taste of what you have to offer. Make it something worthwhile for the subscriber, like a one of a kind story, only subscribers will get to see – helps them to spread the word when you do start getting a following.
Subscribe – get yourself on the email lists of other writers. This is something that I have done, and I receive updates from Melissa Pearl, Nalini Singh and T G Ayer on a regular basis. I also follow WPbeginner for tips and hints on wordpress, Your Writer Platform for information on author ideas and tips and hints, and Fiction University for a series of emails on writing problems. I love being parts of these lists, because I get useful information, or first hand information – cover reveals, ARC’s, ideas and solutions to problems I might have encountered.
No 20 – Set up Google Alerts. This is new to me, because I haven’t done anything like this before. Google Alert is a free service that allows you to specify keywords or phrases that relate to writing, or romance writing and forwards the results through to you. I set mine up for Romance, NZ romance writing, Catherine Mede. Will be interesting to see what it comes up with.
Next week, to continue building our platform, we will focus on becoming an expert in our field, signing up to help out a reporter, following up on breaking news and pillar posts.