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Self-Promotion the Friendly Way

Have a book to sell? Always sending out tweets asking people to buy your book? You’re probably being ignored.

After a couple years of using social media to promote this blog, I have seen a trend. I have more than 3,000 followers on Twitter, and I get maybe two or three views per day from Twitter. That’s it. Promoting on Twitter doesn’t work. I have only 62 followers on my Facebook page, and more than 200 friends on my personal account, and I get up to ten views per day from Facebook. Much better percentage, but not amazing. I get nothing from Google+, nothing from Pinterest (except my Happy Little Cloud post keeps getting repinned), and very little from LinkedIn. So, why do people always say to market ourselves via social media? Well, I also see them say to tweet your blog posts multiple times per day, which to me is just spammy.

Where do I get most of my views? Through WordPress and Google search. My followers read my posts. I have a great group of followers who return all the time to read what I have to say and to interact with me. I think that’s one of the most important things. Interaction. Be real. Be friendly. Be yourself. If you are a genuinely friendly person who gives back and responds to comments, those followers will keep returning. I like to give back to those people with Commentition. Check out my last one.

With Google, I just make sure I tag my posts appropriately, use descriptive titles, and link to any post or website I reference (this helps increase search rankings).

But what about new readers? This is where you have to do a bit of reading and commenting. Go to other blogs and comment. Engage in conversation with the blogger and other commenters. They will likely visit your blog and follow yours. You’ve got another person who may comment. This is probably my weak point. I haven’t been doing this enough, and I really should. I keep telling myself to do it, but find that time is a major issue. But it’s something I will constantly work on.

So, what you need to do is to stop acting like an impersonal advertiser or marketer and start acting like a real person who interacts with everyone. Don’t just advertise on Twitter, talk to people there. Don’t just write posts that sound like essays or articles, write about what you think and feel. Don’t worry so much about making it sound polished. Just be you. If people like you, they’ll stick around and return often.

This is what works for me, and I’ve found I’m not alone. Many others say the same thing. What about you? What have you done that works for you?

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A Year of Commentition: A Retrospective

On August 12, 2014, I started this little thing called Commentition, where I looked at my top six commenters and checked out their latest blog post. Well, it’s been a year since I did that, and I have now done it thirteen times. So, I thought I’d take a look back at the top six for each month and do a new ranking: the number of times they’ve been in the top six. And I’ll check out their latest posts, too. Let’s look at each month.

August 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Winter Bayne
  3. Tracey Lynn Tobin
  4. Linda G. Hill
  5. Tara Southwell
  6. H. Anthe Davis

September 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. Winter Bayne
  4. Peggy
  5. thepaperbutterfly
  6. Caren Rich

October 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. Peggy
  4. Winter Bayne
  5. thepaperbutterfly
  6. Caren Rich

November 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. Peggy
  4. H. Anthe Davis
  5. Caren Rich
  6. thepaperbutterfly

December 2014

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. Peggy
  4. H. Anthe Davis
  5. D. T. Nova

January 2015

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. H. Anthe Davis
  4. D. T. Nova
  5. Thomas Weaver
  6. Peggy

February 2015

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. Linda G. Hill
  3. H. Anthe Davis
  4. Thomas Weaver
  5. D. T. Nova
  6. Caren Rich

March 2015

  1. S. R. Carrillo
  2. stomperdad
  3. H. Anthe Davis
  4. Linda G. Hill
  5. Thomas Weaver
  6. Caren Rich

April 2015

  1. stomperdad
  2. S. R. Carrillo
  3. Thomas Weaver
  4. Linda G. Hill
  5. Tracey Lynn Tobin
  6. H. Anthe Davis

May 2015

  1. stomperdad
  2. Thomas Weaver
  3. S. R. Carrillo
  4. H. Anthe Davis
  5. SD Gates
  6. Joanne Corey

June 2015

  1. stomperdad
  2. Joanne Corey
  3. Thomas Weaver
  4. SD Gates
  5. H. Anthe Davis
  6. miusho

July 2015

  1. stomperdad
  2. Joanne Corey
  3. S. R. Carrillo
  4. Thomas Weaver
  5. H. Anthe Davis
  6. Tracey Lynn Tobin

August 2015

  1. Joanne Corey
  2. stomperdad
  3. S. R. Carrillo
  4. Thomas Weaver
  5. H. Anthe Davis
  6. Tracey Lynn Tobin

So, here is the ranking for most times appearing in the top six. Maximum possible is 13 times.

  1. S. R. Carrillo with 12 times. Latest blog post: Return
  2. H. Anthe Davis with 11 times. Latest blog post: Authors Answer 41 – The Big Moment. Published!
  3. Linda G. Hill with 9 times. Latest blog post: The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS August 15/15
  4. Thomas Weaver with 8 times. Latest blog post: Authors Answer 41 – The Big Moment. Published!
  5. stomperdad with 6 times. Latest blog post: Our Triumphant Travels (Days 1, 2, and 3)
  6. Peggy with 5 times. Latest blog post: Evening Walk Interrupted
  7. Caren Rich with 5 times. Latest blog post: Summer in the South
  8. Tracey Lynn Tobin with 4 times. Latest blog post: Night Terrors
  9. Joanne Corey with 4 times. Latest blog post: How many read your blog today?
  10. Winter Bayne with 3 times. Latest blog post: The Dragon Tempest
  11. thepaperbutterfly with 3 times. Latest blog post: Poetry: “Remembrance of You”
  12. D. T. Nova with 3 times. Latest blog post: Authors Answer 41 – The Big Moment. Published!
  13. SD Gates with 2 times. Latest blog post: Entourage
  14. Tara Southwell with 1 time. Latest blog post: What Will You Write? 6
  15. miusho with 1 time. Latest blog post: Weekly recap (27/07 – 02/08/2015)

To all of you who made the list, thank you for commenting over the past year. You’ve all been wonderful! I’ll try this again next August.

For those of you who are reading this and notice a few of the latest posts happen to be the same title as my second most previous post, well, they’re reblogs of that. Go to their blogs anyway and check them out!

Commentition: The September 2014 Edition

It’s time to show off my best commenters again.  This time, I’m going to do something a bit different.  I’m going to highlight the most recent post they’ve written on their own blogs.

So, the top six commenters, based on the last 1000 comments, have actually changed a lot.  Some are no longer on the list, while others have made their debut. Of the last 1000 comments, 489 were mine.  I don’t count.  But these six people count.  Check all of them out:

1. The top commenter once again is Sierra, or now S. R. Carillo.  She leads the pack with 69 comments.  On her blog, Permashift, she reviewed season 2 of Pretty Little Liars.

2. In second place with 40 comments is Linda G. Hill.  She moved up from fourth place.  Her self-named blog’s most recent post is One-Liner Wednesday – Insignificant.

3. In third place with 31 comments is Winter Bayne, down from second place.  Her most recent post on her blog is a steamy one, Bliss an Erotic Flash.  Yes, it’s erotic, just so you’re warned.

4. Fourth place goes to a newcomer to this list, silverliningsanddustbunnies (Peggy) with 27 comments.  Check out her blog’s most recent post, Busy Last Days of Summer!

5. The fifth place commenter is also a newcomer with 24 comments, thepaperbutterfly.  Her most recent post is Weekend Warriors #7.

6. And finally in sixth place is someone I’ve noticed in the top 6 before, carenksr (C. K. Rich/Caren) with 23 comments. Her most recent post is A Cry to Action.

I look forward to seeing how next month looks.  Will there be anyone new? Anyone returning?  Will anyone pass Sierra with her big lead?  We’ll see!  Thank you to all who comment.

Commentition: My Super Commenters

Commentition: Comment competition.  I just made up that word.  I think comments are a very important part of blogging, and I’m thankful for a good number of regular commenters.  They help drive me to post, and they give me a big smile when I see the new comment notification when I’m on WordPress.

So, I thought I’d thank my top 6 commenters publically, and I’ll not only do it now, but I think I’ll do it every month.  That’s where the competition comes in.  Whoever comments a lot will get free publicity!  You have to love that, right?

The rankings are based on the last 1000 comments, so it doesn’t just include the past month, but includes the past 3 months, approximately.  Just so you know, I have commented 483 times on this blog, but I don’t count.  It’s my blog.

So, here are the top 6 commenters!

1. The top commenter with a total of 78 comments is Sierra!  She has a great blog and also has a book published.  Like me, she’s started vlogging.  Check out her blog here.

2. In second place with 57 comments is winterbayne! She’s been a wonderful commenter, and is a fellow INTJ.  She’s also getting a couple of her stories published soon.  Congrats! Check out her blog here.

3. Third place with 39 comments is Tracey Lynn Tobin! She was the first winner of What Will You Write?  She’s also working on a zombie apocalypse novel.  Take a look at her blog.

4. In fourth place with 34 comments is Linda G. Hill.  She writes, she parents, she even does poetry.  Check it all out here!

5. In fifth place is my sole non-Wordpress commenter, with 24 comments, winner of 2 What Will You Write? contests, and the judge of the current round.  It’s Tara Southwell!  Check out her blog here.

6. In sixth place, we have a person with 20 comments.  That’s H. Anthe Davis.  She has 2 published books with a third coming, all in a fantasy series.  Check out her blog here.

Interesting that all 6 of my top commenters are women.  Hey, men, where are you?  Well, we’ll see how it goes next month.  As for you top 6, thank you very much for being such great commenters!  You make it a lot more fun.

Who are you?

I often wonder who my readers are.  I wonder what you’re like.  I wonder where you’re from, what you do, what you enjoy reading.  Why did you come here?

I can answer only one of those questions using WordPress’s country stats, which they started using this year.  In the past 7 days, my readers are mostly from Japan and the USA with some from Canada and Australia.  And then there are the countries with very few visitors, such as Brazil, Greece, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, UK, and Norway.  But that’s only a week.  Here are my top 10 countries since February:

  1. United States
  2. Japan
  3. Canada
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Australia
  6. Germany
  7. India
  8. Norway
  9. Ireland
  10. Poland

And then I look way down at the bottom.  These are the countries with only 1 single visitor: Colombia, Croatia, Finland, Nigeria, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belarus, Jordan, Argentina, Belgium, Kenya, Moldova, Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Venezuela, and Barbados.

It’s all very interesting to see where I’m popular in.  Of course, my target audience is the English speaking world, so it’s no surprise that USA is number 1. I’m from Canada, so a lot of my Canadian readers would be friends and family.  UK and Australia are also a big target.  But number 2 is Japan.  I live in Japan, and I know that many other expats living in Japan read this blog, as well as my Japan blog.

But who are you?  I want to get to know my readers.  Let’s talk.  I’m very curious about everyone.

So, here is my challenge to you.  It’s very simple.  Leave a comment on this post with the following information:

  1. Which country are you from?
  2. Are you male or female?
  3. What’s your favourite book genre?
  4. Where are you reading this blog from? Home? Library? On your smartphone in the bus? Where?
  5. What brought you to this blog?
  6. And finally, do you have a blog or website?

Of course, you can add anything else you like.  I look forward to reading your comments!