Posts Tagged ‘marketing’

Social Media Mogul

12 Mar

Klout AwardA while back I received a notification from saying that according to their metrics, I am ranked in the top 10% as an influencer in social media.  That caused an eyebrow to jump up my forehead: “Who?  Me?  No way!”  But who am I to argue with social media metrics?

What is

For those who don’t know, is a utility that you can sign up with to track and measure your influence across all your social media accounts.  You tell it which media outlets you use and it tracks how much influence you have by watching how many of your posts generate how much interest.  Exactly how they do that is a closely guarded secret – and it seems to have changed several times over the past couple of years — but I suspect it has something to do with reading tea leaves.   Read the rest of this entry »


Making Sense of Your Web Site Statistics

16 Aug

We’ve all seen the ballyhoo about how all authors should have a web site to use in promoting their books.  There has been a lot of talk about adding a blog, what to show on your web site, selling from your web site, what kind of content to provide and how often it should be updated.  But one thing that hasn’t been mentioned much is how to determine if the web site is doing you any good. Statistics will tell you this.

Aside from an increase in book sales, it’s hard to know if a web site is helping you.  If you’re trying different types of campaigns which ones work, which ones don’t?  The answers often lay in the traffic reports that are available from your web host.  That usually looks something like this: Read the rest of this entry »


Boosting Your Blog’s SEO in WordPress

30 Jan

SEO, blog, spiders, I’ve never cared much for all the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) machinations that many of the top bloggers say everyone must do to become really popular.  So I’m not going to talk about those.  There are some basic things that we should all do to grab a reasonable amount of search engine spider attention.  And if you want a really quick way to learn to improve your blogs SEO – and if you have a self-hosted WordPress blog – snag the WordPress SEO by Yoast plug-in and install it.  If you have a blog, it appears you can not use plugins at all.

Plug It In

No, no… don’t panic, it’s really easy to do.  Read the rest of this entry »


Follow, Follow, Follow the Twitter Brick Road

13 Sep

If you’ve been around the Internet for very long – more than a day or so – you will have encountered the advice that social media is a great way to promote what you’re selling.  In our case, books we’ve written.  And among social media, Twitter is a favorite.  Some of the marketing gurus make a case for following anyone and everyone you can find so they will follow you back, and you will develop a huge “audience” very quickly.  They often make it out to be a simple matter of follow, follow, follow the tritter brick road to riches.

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Jedi Mind Twits: Follow Limit on Twitter

25 Aug

Photo by tychay

It’s like running a race; you’re hitting your stride, settled in and making good time.  Suddenly out of nowhere, a block pops up out of the track, you trip over it and end up stumbling and twisting all around trying not to end up face down in the dirt.

On Twitter you’ve been tweeting good stuff about you and your work, sharing interesting links, retweeting things for others and your following has been steadily building up.  You found another great person to follow and clicked the button.  But suddenly a window pops up and says “Looks like you’ve hit a limit” and it won’t let you follow this great tweep.  Why NOT!?  Read the rest of this entry »