February 6, 2014

13 Tips for Sharing Links @vickibatman #RLFblog #authortips

Bug Stuff... and Other Stories 
As authors, we write or create something, and we want to share with the BIG WIDE WORLD. But how?

I've collected a few tips to ease your way:

1. In each blog, there should be buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+ and more to click on. When you do, an automatically generated blurb appears. Use this! Send our happy camper to Facebook (you can send to multiple pages, too). And remember on Facebook to intrigue readers by beginning your post with a question. That gets more visibility.

Don't forget to use other buttons and forward our camper to Google+ , LinkedIn, Stumble Upon, Twitter, and a whole variety of others.

Author and fellow Plotting Princess, Michelle Miles, recommends a Jetpack plugin called "Publicize" to have it go out to Google+, Twitter, and Facebook when it's published.

2. Copy your post with link on your Facebook page. In most cases, a picture from the blog will appear as well--which makes your post more desirable. Again, remember to begin the post with that all important question.

On Facebook, you can share on other pages you are an administrator on. This is very desirable. Click share, find pages you manage from the drop down menu, click on the appropriate page, and post.

3. Take that just posted text, which includes the link and copy, and paste onto your writer group pages on Facebook. You do belong to other groups—right? They want to know your good news, and in a lot of cases, they might share the link with their friends. Sharing is a good thing.

4. Do you belong to a Tribe in Triberr? Consider signing up and have your RSS feed automatically networked (check Networked Blogs) to the tribes where your mates will share the twitter post.

5. Do you have a Twitter manager like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite? If so, create an @mentionyourname column. You can edit and retweet your tweets throughout the day. Easy peasy. Just avoid being spammy.

Have you considered setting up columns for your friends and other organizations? Do it! You can retweet from there, too. And I'm betting a lot will reciprocate. And while we're at it, try saying thank you to a new follower or someone who tweeted your tweet. Nice is always appreciated.

One note about tweets: try to tie it to reader emotion. You want the reader to respond to your tweet. A generic tweet is ignored.

6. Still using Yahoo groups? I do, and whenever I blog, I share the post and the relevant link with those groups. After all, you do want some commentors!

It does help to begin your subject line with your name and an intriguing title for your post. Even a post ending in a question can hook someone. Be fun and playful.

7. Create a tweet and ask your friends to tweet for you. Be sure to include relevant hashtags ( # ). Just don't overdo.

8. Join a tweet group which posts daily tweets and retweets for each other. And if you do, abide by the rules.

For example: via @VickiBatman Hate to squish bugs? Bug Stuff and other stories coming soon. http://vickibatman.blogspot.com #agroup #amwriting #indie #ebook.

Remember: 140 character limit. So you might want to sign up with Bitly (https://bitly.com/ ) and make that link smaller, thus having more characters for the tweet.

Aside: I just tweaked the above tweet and added my Bug Stuff cover and it looks fantastic!!!

9. Are you a member of Google+ ? It's becoming the newest thang! In Google+ you group your friends. Alisha Paige, writer and Plotting Princess, says to remember to use the Public button so your post goes out to new friends.

10. Are you on Goodreads? If so, your blog can be RSS fed to your page.

11. Are you on Author Central? If so, your blog can be linked to your page.

12. Lots of your sites will allow you to set up your twitter stream. Go to Unstoppable Heroes to see Kayelle Allen's: http://kayelleallen.com/blog/

13. Join Marketing for Romance Writers and use their street team. It's free to members!

The cyber world changes constantly, and just when you think you have it down, something new will pop up. Perhaps, these tips will prove useful to you.

Do you have any tips you'd like to share? 

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Bug Stuff... and Other Stories
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Vicki Batman has three men in the house and often muses why God did that to her.

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21 comments:

  1. Oh my. A wealth of info. When do you ever get the time to write?

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    1. That can be an issue, Rayne. :)

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    2. Hi, Rayne! Well, it's sorta a science and a time management thingy. Mostly, I do a lot of this when I have a new release or something important to share. I certainly don't do on the weekend because I hang with Handsome. Start small and grow bit by by. BTW, you've done quite a few interviews lately.

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  2. Hi Vicki,
    I joined the group, but I'm not sure how to get a street team to help me.

    Thank you for this post.

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    1. Sandy, if you joined MFRW, you'll get a promo sheet in email that tells you a lot of things you can do. Visit the group's files and look at the promo info there, and check the calendar too. Every week, a reminder email comes out about the different opportunities.

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    2. Hi, Sandy! The Plotting Princesses' marketing team (PPMKT) formed a team. We have a secret group on FB and put posts and pictures there and ask them to share. Even if one person shares, that's one more than what I had. And several times a year, we party with the group too.

      I'm not in the MFRW team because of my other one. However, you cannot go wrong with the MFRW. Give it a go. If something doesn't work for you, it's okay to back away.

      Hugs!

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    1. Hi, Lani! And thank you. I hope you can give some a try and let me know if you have any issues. Hugs.

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  4. These tips are so helpful, thank you so much.

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    1. Hi, Judy! I'm so glad you found them helpful. I've had personal emails from people saying so, too. I by no means an expert. Just what I've cobbled together. :)

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  5. Great post! You are amazing!!

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    1. Ah, Angela, sometimes, I didn't even realize I did these things and in the middle of the night, shower, workout, I'd go oh yeah. Hugs,

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  6. Great advice! I loved how easy it was. And I really enjoyed seeing that there were some things I already was going to promote. :) A Nice Pat on my Back to feel good!

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  7. Thanks for the wealth of info, Vicki. Social networking is a maze...a like your attitude of making it fun and interesting to readers. I think it's important to offer a variety of messages, as well. Comes off as creative, befitting an author!

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  8. Vicki, I see you everywhere and now I know why! ;) I need to be more savvy but feel like all the social media is a blur. Thank you for the helpful information.

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  9. This was great. I made a note of a few things new to me. Thanks. I'd like to re-blog this if it's okay.

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    1. I thought I'd pop in and check for other comments. Hi, Melissa! I'm glad it was helpful. Hi, Rolynn: Social media is a maze and wow, does it take a lot to keep up with. Hi, Paty! I'm so happy we finally met at RomCon last year. Glad I could help you. Hi, Paloma! share away. Hugs.

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    2. I thought I'd check back and am glad I did so. I'm happy my little ol' tips help you. And Paloma, share away. Hugs

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  10. These are great tips. I'm saving this post. Thanks, Vicki.

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  11. Wow, Vicki, you really know your social network stuff. I shared on fb. ;-)

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  12. Wow, Vicki, you really know your social networking stuff. I shared on fb. ;-)

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