Website Load Time: 7 Things You Should Know

“What’s my website load time?” … “Why is my site so slow?” … “How can I speed it up?” These are questions I frequently get asked by clients whose author websites take a while to load. To help you figure these things out, here are seven things you need to know …

Author Website Technology: 5 Must-Have Features

Just like everything else, author website technology is changing rapidly. So what are the latest must-haves on your author website? Whether you’re just building your site, or you have an older site that needs some updating, here are five features that we highly recommend for authors. Author Website Technology Musts …

What Do My Analytics Really Mean?

You’re an author. You have a website. And (if you’ve been properly advised) you have Google Analytics that allow you to regularly review your site traffic. But like many authors, you may be asking: “What do my analytics really mean?” After all, when you log into Google Analytics, you’re likely …

5 Things You’ll Want to Add to Your Book Website by 2017

We’re only halfway through 2016. And yet, everyone’s eyes are on the future already. Based on all the conversations going on in the publishing and marketing worlds, here are five things that I hear each book website should have in the new year… Book Website Technology Musts for 2017 Podcasts. …

Authors: SEO Blog Posts in 3 Easy Steps

I’ve written many, many times about why authors should be blogging. One of the main reasons? Search engine optimization. Let me explain. Authors — especially nonfiction authors — should be regularly posting blog entries. Each one of those entries should be optimized for the proper search term — something that …

E-mail Tips for Authors: Building and Using Your E-mail Lists

Some people think email is soooo 2000s. After all, isn’t everyone communicating via Facetime, Snapchat, Twitter and such… now? Not necessarily! Email can still be extremely useful as an author marketing tool. Here are some basic e-mail tips for authors … from collecting email addresses to using your lists wisely. Step by …

10 Things About Author Websites That Might Surprise You

Over the last decade, we have built websites for hundreds and hundreds of authors. And since we do this for a living, we tend to know the ins and outs of author websites like the back of our hands. But, surprisingly, there are some basic facts that I’ve found that …

Should I Be Blogging, Posting on Social, Or Both?

Authors have limited time on their hands. In today’s busy world, who doesn’t? So I frequently have authors who are wondering where they should invest what little marketing time they have. If you’ve ever asked the question, “Should I be blogging or investing my time in building a following on …

Do You Have a Mobile Friendly Author Website?

What makes a site mobile friendly? And what’s the problem if yours isn’t? How do you even know if your author website is mobile friendly? Today, we break down these questions and help you better understand the hows and whys of a mobile friendly author website. What Does Mobile-Friendly Mean? …

6 Steps to Building an Author Website

This seems like such a simple concept for a blog post. After all, I’ve been blogging about everything having to do with building an author website for more than five years now. It’s kind of shocking that I have never simply laid out all the steps to getting there, since I’ve …