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5.27.2010

Book Bloggin 101 - Social Networking? Huh?


Spawned from the Big Sis, Little Blog program, Book Blogging 101 was born. Do you have a question? Leave it in the comments section or email me parajunkee at gmail dot com

The main basis for blogging is interaction with your peers. To start your initial blog, the first step in getting followers is a follow you/follow me trade off. You have to network with other bloggers out there, introduce yourself and solicit for a follow.  It is a very social sport.

To get you started here are a few social sites that you should get onto with your blogger name, or real name (your preference).

  • Get a fan page on Facebook
  • Get on the Facebook application Networked Blogs (search Networked Blogs on Facebooks)
  • Get on Twitter
  • Join bookblogs.ning.com
  • Join Goodreads, Shelfari, Library Thing, etc. take your pic (my preference is Goodreads)
Making Friends

The art of commenting.

Go forth and search the web. Find blogs that are similar to yours, with topics that you enjoy.  Follow them, leave a comment saying "Hi there!" Let them know that you like there blog and then make a discrete comment like, I'm your latest follower, would you mind following me back...here is my link:

http://www.yourlink.com

XOXO - your name

Don't just follow and get, because sometimes when you start getting more and more followers you can't track the "new" followers. I know personally I can't, so I like to prompt people to say Hi in my comments and leave their URLs.  Don't expect people to click on your blogger profile and try to find your blog url. Leave that URL in the comments section, for easy user friendly access. You want to make a follow as easy as pie for people.



    And for some shameless social networking... you can see everything I'm socially networked to in my navigation bar and the wibiya bar at the bottom.  I would love some more facebook fans! XOXO







    More Questions & Chime Ins from the Big Sis, Little Blog program Ning Site:

    Chime In (Thanks Tina!)

    Similar to Goodreads, joining Library Thing has helped with publishing/author connections. They also host The Early Reviewer, which gives selected members ARC's that you can review. These are not guaranteed arcs so don’t get crazy...if you’re in the blogging business for free books- you'll be disappointed!

    Q. How do you get a fan page on facebook? Also, how do you get that google friend thing where all you have to do is click follow?

    A. There is a step by step guide on facebook, you just need a facebook account:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

    Friend Connect: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-friend-connect-integration/

    13 comments:

    Patti said...

    I'd been thinking about doing it anyway, so I set up on facebook, except now I can't find it. Is it because 9 people haven't confirmed me yet? I need to hire a full-time IT person.

    ParaJunkee said...

    @Patti are you talking about Networked Blogs or Fan page?

    For Networked blogs you need I think 20 or 25 people to network with you. Fan pages are the same. I don't know why they are so stingy.

    Patti said...

    Uh, oh - I don't know....I think I did networked blogs...whoops.

    James Garcia Jr said...

    Thanks so much for the tips. Since my crossover horror/Christian vampire novel, "Dance on Fire", came out this past February, I have been learning a lot of this stuff on my own. It was nice of you to take the time to tutor me. ;)
    Thanks.

    http://jamesgarciajr.blogspot.com/

    cynthial11 said...

    I always love these posts! They're so helpful for newbies like me, thanks so much for doing this!

    Lily Child said...

    I can not tell you how much I agree! It's important to find blogs that you like and have tastes and such in common with! I definitely don't have a ton of followers, so I may not be a total expert. However, I do follow certain blogs and feel as if I have gotten close to certain bloggers *cough*parajunkee*cough* It's a bond that builds over time through interests, reviews, and comments. It really makes the blogging experience a rich one! :)

    ParaJunkee said...

    I'm glad everyone likes these posts, I'm going to hitting my head against a wall when I run out of topics. (Like next week) LOL. I know what you mean Lily - met a few friends along the way during this bloggy ride, right? The commenting thing I myself have to work on, I read but I feel if I don't have anything like deeply meaningful to say, I don't comment. I feel like a spaz saying, great review, but I still don't really want to read that book...;)

    KelseyAnne said...

    Hey I love your site. It's been extremely helpful in getting my Blog up and running! I don't know what I would have done without you =D. Anyway I'm one of your newest followers do you mind following me? (see what I did there lol)
    http://kelseyannesbookblog.blogspot.com/

    KelseyAnne x

    Paranormal Opinion said...

    Thank you so much for all of these tips. I'm so glad I found your blog! I just started mine this past week and would love to have some followers :)
    http://paranormalopinion.blogspot.com/

    Fireflywishes said...

    I also want to thank you so much for all of this time and energy you have put in making all of these blogging tips. I have a fairly new blog and I am just learning the ropes, some of the information you have I already knew but all of it is valueable and VERY appreciated!

    nook nest

    Grace Fonseca said...

    This is a great feature for new bloggers such as myself that are learning the blogging industry. There are things that I didn't know.

    Lisa said...

    I love your site, such helpful advise. I'm on your site often, always learning.I'm taking your advise and introducing myself, I'm one of your newest followers. I'm looking for more paranormal romance followers:)
    Thanks again for all the great tips.
    http://bookaddictclub.com

    Lisa

    Kim @ Book Munchies said...

    I really love all your Book Bloggin' 101 guides. They're so helpful with trying to get my blog really going and it inspires me to persevere.

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