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Top 12 Blog Posts in 2013

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12-Top-Blogs

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Approaching 400,000 readers …

We do not only use FavStar  – which shows us the most popular and most re-tweeted posts, but also a handful of other online tools e.g. Bit.ly to learn about our most popular / viral going blog articles and at what time they received the most tweets. 

Timing of posts and tweets plays a huge factor, as well as the practical value of blog posts for the reader.

Free book marketing tools and Social Media in general seem to get the most readers and responses:
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46 Top Websites to Promote Your Book for FREE

Writing is an Art – Publishing is a Business!

7 Top Reasons for Writers to Be on Goodreads

Twitter or Facebook? What’s Better For Authors?

11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

Less than Minimum Wage for Authors?

5 Tips to Improve your Amazon Author Page & Sell More Books

Smart Authors Get Paid for Marketing Their Books!

11 Tips How to Create Web Content WITHOUT even Writing

9 Things Authors Should Never Do on Twitter

99 Top Forums/Blogs to Post Your Book for FREE

Why You Should Have a Print Book Too & POD

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We are very grateful for so many readers, subscribers and comments at our blogs 

http://SavvyBookWriters.com and http://SavvyBookWriters.wordpress.com, as well as on http://www.e-book-PR.com and http://www.international-ebooks.com

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Or visit http://www.e-book-pr.com/book-promo/
to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

Please check out all previous posts of this blog (there are more than 970 of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it. There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and StumpleUpon.
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Guest Blogging Etiquette

Guest blogging brings lots of benefits, from building authority to generating back-links to your book sales site and attracting new readers on your own blog.  However, before you start offering guest blogs, your own blog should be around at least  for a year, with a minimum of between one and  two-hundred entries.

Make sure your own blog or website is ready for the new readers that you will get by guest blogging. You need to ensure that your blog/website has the following traits: marvelous design, quality writing, share buttons and a subscription field – in short: you blog should show professionalism.

Where and how to search for guest blogger opportunities.
To get the most of your guest blogging, look for a blog with an audience that’s similar to yours. Guest posting on a blog with a similar subject as you can greatly increase the number of your visitors.

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  • Check out comments from others on your blog
  • Study your favorite blogs’ blogrolls
  • Google for terms such as “guest post” or “guest bloggers”

Read as many posts on these blogs to become familiar with the blog’s writing style and to understand the most sought after topics. Subscribe to their newsletter, follow them on Twitter, visit their Facebook or Google+ page.  Leave your comments where you see it appropriate, however, useful and valuable comments.  Doing this will present yourself as an active blog reader competent in the subject the blog deals with.  You will be recognizable by the blog’s owner and other readers. This increases the chance to have your guest post accepted by the blogger and published.

Strictly follow the instructions the host blogger has provided in his invitation. Look for signals of interest in guest bloggers before making your offer. Has the blogger made any indication they are open to guest blogging? Always do your homework before you start offering a guest blog.

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Write Your Guest Post
Congratulations, you are invited to write a guest post! Now, don’t wait a months or so to send it in. You are expected to have your article submitted within the next 2-3 days. On the other hand, give the blog owner at least a week or two time to post your guest blog. They might have lined up other posts before yours came in, or have to squezze in something unexpected. It happened to me the other day that an impatient guest blogger posted the article (which she had emailed me 5 days earlier) on her own blog, without ever contacting me, because she found it too long until her guest blog appeared on my site. Will I ever offer her a guest blog again? Go figure!

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Make sure the content matches the audience and the goals of the host blog.
When you have a good feel for the style and posts on the blog, write a guest post specifically for that blog. Never copy and paste one of your old blog posts or a guest post that you have already posted on another blog. Write the best copy ever, refine, spell-check, fact-check and produce a high-quality guest blog, your host will remember and invite you for future writings. This way you will gather more readers who click on your link and visit your own blog.

Your guest post must be of interest to the blog’s target audience, and most importantly, it must be a specific topic the blogger hasn’t written about before. Your post should add value to the host’s blog and be written for the host blog’s audience. Photos and links for your article add additional an additional bonus to your guest blog.

Include a link or two to a post on your own blog or website. The anchor text of the links should have a search engine friendly key word. Never write: click here. Always use specific key words from your own articles.

If your blog post gets approved on one of the top blogs in your niche, your content was intriguing and you get traffic over to your blog. When this happens, make sure your blog is ready to make the most of this new found traffic.
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If you enjoyed this blog post, please feel free to check out all previous posts (there are more than 500 of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it. There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest,Google+, Twitter, Tumblr and StumpleUpon.

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And don’t forget to spread the word on other social networking sites of your choice for other writers who might also enjoy this blog and find it useful.

Thanks, Doris

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10 Commandments for Bloggers

For your blog to be successful and to draw in lots of engaged readers, try to stick to these 10 rules:

The best posts are about your readers’ problems, needs or concerns.
Ask yourself: “What is in for my reader?”
Unless you are a celebrity, readers don’t care much about you. Not really. They care about themselves. They want to know what’s in it for THEM, especially the younger audience.

Try to blog every day.
There is a direct correlation between frequency and traffic. The more you post—within reason—the greater your traffic. You cannot build solid traffic without frequent posts.

The trick is to find your frequency sweet spot.
You post too often. Yes, this is possible, too. I don’t need to hear from anyone more than once a day.

Avoid having far too long blog posts.
You can get away with this if your posts are “scan-able”- if you use of subheads, lists, and other devices that keep people moving through your content. If a post starts getting too long, consider breaking it up into several posts.

Try to end every post with a question.
The posts that generate the most engagement are those that are controversial, transparent and open-ended.

Use shorter paragraphs and subheads.
Readers have shorter attention spans, they are reading differently. They are just scanning content, looking for items that interest them. When you use subheads, lists of bullets or numbers, it draws readers in.

Your headlines are the most important thing you write.
On average, 8 out of 10 people will read the headline, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest…

Just get to the point – grab their attention and hang onto it.
Your first paragraph is critical. You must use the first paragraph to pull readers into the rest of your blog post.

Find an editorial focus and stick to it.
If you are trying to build traffic, you need a tighter focus, which in turn leads to higher traffic. Don’t post off-brand.

Participate in the conversation!
People want to have a conversation—with YOU. When bloggers don’t participate in conversation by responding to their readers, it is considered odd or rude.

 

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Carters Beach, South Shore Nova Scotia

 

I just read an article at contently.com  whats-the-best-day-and-time-to-publish-content/

“So when should bloggers publish?

According to an analysis of 170,000 blog posts by Hubspot, the best days to publish for maximum views and links appear to be Monday and Thursday, and mornings are better than evenings.

However, Saturdays and Sundays are much higher for commenting (which makes sense, more people have time to engage, without looking over their shoulder for their boss).”

Just wondering how many comments for my past blogs will come in today… while I am on the beach.

 

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