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Creating a blog
Free sites such as Blogger.com and WordPress.com offer easy-to-set-up blog templates and hosting tools. However, if you’re seeking a blog with more professional features—including graphical/multimedia layouts, built-in SEO, a comprehensive widget library, and in-depth tracking stats—check out TypePad.com. TypePad has a low monthly fee, but it offers authors more options so they can scale blogs to meet evolving personal brand and business needs.
Frequency of posts
While you may not have the time to post content on a daily basis, try to post content on a weekly basis to provide timely and relevant information to readers. Additionally, creating a steady stream of fresh content gives search engines more text to index, which improves your rankings within Google and Yahoo. Blog posts and comments by visitors both count as new content.
It’s important that your blog provide value and information, not just serve as a promotional tool. Focus on sharing tips, strategies, news, events, reviews, and interviews with other important people in your genre. Be sure to allow opportunity for discussion and feedback to drive reader engagement.
What are your best tips for authors who blog?
Rochelle Carter is the President/CEO of Ellechor Publishing House. Ellechor is a publisher of Inspirational Christian books, including Adventure and Romantic fiction, and non-fiction/devotionals dealing with Relationships, Suicide Prevention and General Self-Help.
Hello. Great article. I use Wordpress for my Writers Blog and have had good results. I'm still getting used to the technical bells and whistles and there is still a lot for me to learn but at least I have a presence for my work. Like you stated I also put other things on my blog besides my poetry and the occasional short story. I include social commentary, essays and book reviews. That way visitors to my site get flavor and variety.
Grace, Peace & Blessings,
This is a great tip. I use blogger to host my book and I take certain discussion from my first novel "Sinful Traits" and post it on my blog to get other people views as well as discussion. One part of my book, The mother was raped but she was trying to past her child onto him. The husband of course knows better and leave her. check out my article: He Thinks It's His Child
Agree that creating a blog is a great way to gain more exposure for your books and yourself as an author. However, you may have to create and submit regular blog posts to keep your blog members connected. But if you love to write this should be fun!
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