Authors: 5 Ways to Blog With Purpose

This post was inspired by another piece I came across this morning on BookClubReading.com. The article coined a new term, “scatterblog,” defined as taking a scatter gun approach to your blog—writing about every topic under the sun in an attempt to sell readers on your clever wit and creative writing …

5 Secrets to Driving Traffic to Author Websites

“If you build it, they will come.” That may be a great slogan when it comes to baseball fields, but it’s definitely not true when it comes to websites. In fact, I’ve worked with a multitude of authors who have launched author websites, expected to see thousands of visitors, and …

Is An Author’s Platform Now A Prerequisite?

I chimed in to a discussion on LinkedIn last week with this very same title: Is An Author’s Platform Now A Prerequisite? Little did I know just how much commentary there was going to end up being. A few people had commented before I found the post, saying that they …

Time to Sign up for Google Authorship!

It’s 2013! And whether or not you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolutions, here’s a way that you can seriously improve your standing for the upcoming year. Sign up for Google Authorship! We all know that Google has completely taken over everything related to searches on the web. Which means …

9 Elements Your Author Website Must Have

I was reading my trusty “Internet and Marketing Report” this past weekend, and came across an article about 9 “can’t-afford-to-forget” elements on any website looking to sell something. An author website is no exception. With that in mind, here’s what they had listed, along with my author-slanted twist on each …

4 Ways to Use Google Alerts to Your Advantage

I’m a huge fan of Google Alerts. And, apparently, I’m not the only one. For those of you who are not familiar with Google Alerts, it’s a handy-dandy system that Google offers, through which you can receive email notifications whenever a particular search term is used on a website. So, …

4 Ways to Create Compelling Content

I came across an article in my trusted Internet and Marketing Report magazine. In it, the manager of Brand Marketing for Gap clothing, Samantha Willems, was asked how to create good Facebook content and boost engagement. Her answers were good, but what struck me was that they’re relevant to far …

Why Do People Visit Author Websites?

You know that you need an author website. Everyone has told you that you need one. But what exactly should be on that author website? Why do people visit author websites at all? This is a common question. And it’s a question that is very helpful to know the answer …

5 Common Author Website Mistakes

Just about every author thinks that they book they’ve written is a wonderful piece of work. Sometimes they’re right. Sometimes, they’re not. But that’s for another day. Unless the author website reflects the quality of the book, an author is shooting himself in the foot. With that in mind, here …