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Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers
Well, I’ve only been doing this for about 6 months, so I still consider myself a new book blogger. I guess this is more of a Top Ten List of things I’ve learned in the last 6 months.
1. Be patient. Followers will come, slowly, but surely.
2. Remove CAPTCHA. Do you even know that it’s on? I thought I had turned it off, only to discover that it was still on, and no one told me. Word verification is automatically set to “yes” when you start your blog. Blogger has finally made it easy to turn it off so head on over to your blog, go to settings, then posts and comments, scroll down and select “no” for word verification. Commenters definitely appreciate this. (Please note that if you go back to your settings and check, your word verification box will change back to “yes’’, it’s some kind of blogger glitch, but I promise you, it’s still off – you can always have someone else test it for you too)
3. Google it. When I became more serious about blogging Google became my best friend. Need a progress bar? Google. Drop down label menu? Google. Social Media Icon? Google. Most of the tutorials that I found were pretty easy to use, even if you don’t have any html knowledge.
4. Use memes, but don’t go crazy. Memes help spread the word about your blog. I’ve gotten quite a few new followers from them. But don’t go all crazy with them either. You don’t need to do every meme or have a meme each day of the week.
5. Don’t be afraid to write a negative review. Just make sure you’re talking about the book, not the author.
6. Leave good comments. The fellow bloggers that I’ve developed relationships with are because of good commenting. Especially in reviews. There’s a lot more that can be said then “Nice review”.
7. Say Hi! Book bloggers are nice people. Don’t be afraid to get out there and say Hi! It’s even easier when you find other blogs that are new, because they are looking for people too.
8. Make sure your blog is readable. Dark backgrounds and light colored font are harder to read than light colored backgrounds and darker font.
9. Participate in events. This is another way to get your name out there without being all “in your face” about it. Do readathon, bloggiesta, reading challenges. whatever. It’s a great way to meet other readers.
10. Have Fun! Blogging is supposed to be fun! Don’t commit to more than you can handle. There is no rule that says you have to do X amount of reviews a week or post every day. Do however much you want!
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