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3 Ways Authors Can Use LinkedIn to Promote Books

LinkedIn

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great place to sell books … if you do it the right way. I’ve received several emails via LinkedIn over the years from newly self-published authors who were advertising their books, trying to convince me to buy them. If you’re one of these authors, I genuinely applaud you for taking that important step toward self-promotion. That said, I’d like to share with you a more effective approach that will bring you more success in the future.

As the largest business networking site in the world, and the 13th largest social media site overall, LinkedIn acts as an online resume where you can highlight your expertise within your field. It is also a fantastic place to showcase your book. Don’t push people too hard here, though. For example, unsolicited email requests to buy your book are a no-no on this site. Build your audience gradually with relevant and informative posts.

Use the Publications Section on LinkedIn

Using a section of LinkedIn called Publications, you can link your profile directly to your book’s ecommerce storefront on Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Kobo, or even Amazon to promote it in an unobtrusive way. This is a great way to appeal to the audience that is already interested in you and your book. They’ve already chosen to visit your profile on their own. So, why not provide a link to where they can buy your book?

Join Groups on LinkedIn

On LinkedIn, you can join groups that are related to your field. You can share book excerpts or blog entries with other members of these groups. It’s a great way to drive more traffic to your blog entries—traffic in the form of people who have already shown an interest in your topic by virtue of the LinkedIn group you met them in. They may send you a connection request and eventually buy your book via the Publications section on your profile page.

Be Interactive and Professional on LinkedIn

Build your audience gradually by posting relevant and informative blog entries twice a week to groups that are interested in your topic matter. Only occasionally post them as status updates directly from your profile page. Engage in conversations with those who post comments to your blog entries and status updates. Let your audience get to know you by replying to their posts and answering their questions. Then let the rest of it happen organically. Always be professional.

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The 4 Fundamentals of Modern Marketing

Modern marketing offers several opportunities that weren’t available even a decade ago. In this modern world of virtual office environments and cloud computing, you can sell just about anything online; this opens you and your company up to a worldwide audience, no matter where you’re starting from. The Internet is the great equalizer. Webpages are the new storefronts. Money is less necessary to make those storefronts appealing to potential customers than creativity is, but four fundamentals remain.

Modern marketing

Modern marketing

Modern Marketing Understands Top-of-Mind Awareness

Just as it is for businesses inside a traditional shopping mall, your target market is a fluid and ever-changing stream of old and new customers. You need to stay in front of them. Why? So that, when they’re ready to buy what you’re selling, they’ll recall your company ahead of all the others. In the world of advertising, sales, and marketing, this is known as creating top-of-mind awareness.

Some of the traditional ways that businesses create top-of-mind awareness are to place regular ads on television, radio, and billboards, or in print media outlets such as magazines and newspapers. Repetition is the key to success in any advertising campaign, and this can get pretty expensive in these traditional arenas. We’re talking hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars per month to run enough ads to achieve top-of-mind awareness with the general public, depending on how large a trading area you’re trying to reach. Luckily, there is a virtually free online alternative known as blogging that utilizes the power of keywords to draw people in from anywhere in the world that has Internet access; there is also the benefit of free social media websites to super-charge those blogging campaigns.

Modern Marketing is Cost-Effective and Unobtrusive

In addition to cost-effectiveness, possibly the greatest benefit to blogging and social media marketing is that these are unobtrusive forms of advertising. Traditional advertising methods (e.g., print media, television, radio, and billboards) try their best to “interrupt” customers into noticing them. Blogging appeals to the audience that is already in the market for your products and services. No need to try to interrupt anyone to gain his or her interest; if he or she is typing those keywords into a search engine to try to find you, it’s because he or she is already interested in what you have to offer. All you have to do is to be there in the top organic search engine results. And voilà! You’ve got your prospective customer’s attention and hopefully some new business to go with it.

Modern Marketing Uses an Attractive, Accessible Storefront

All your blogging and social media marketing efforts will be profitless unless you’re using those vehicles to consistently redirect people to the webpage where they can buy your product or service. We live in an “instant soup” society filled with customers that want quick and easy solutions to their problems. So, make it quick and easy for them to find the place to buy from you once they’ve read that compelling blog post or viewed that interesting tweet on Twitter. And make the page so attractive, they’ll want your book, product, or service even more.

Modern Marketing Includes Convenient, User-friendly Purchase Options

Some people are more comfortable with online shopping than others are. One customer may want to pay for a purchase using PayPal. Another will prefer to pay via the credit card of their choice. And there are still those individuals who would really appreciate an old-fashioned “pay by cheque or money order” option. As such, the more purchase options you can provide, the more convenient and user-friendly your online storefront will appear. It’s the equivalent of casting a much wider net to catch a greater variety of fish.

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Organic Web Weaving: Modern Book Publishing, Sales and Marketing

Organic Web Weaving

Organic Web Weaving

Organic web weaving is every author’s road to book sales success. Writing is selling in the online world. Writers are natural online marketers. Polished Publishing Group (PPG) can show you how many of today’s top authors are selling thousands of books every year using some simple online techniques. Most of these techniques require effective writing.

The best way to sell books in today’s world is to utilize the power of search engine optimization (SEO). Effective digital publishing requires a little more finesse than simply combining traditional offline sales and marketing methods with modern online techniques. Doing so can actually be counterproductive. This is because traditional publishing takes time while digital publishing requires momentum. If you want to succeed at publishing and selling books nowadays, you can no longer “waste precious time” by publishing only one book per year or one blog entry per month. The Internet rewards speed and productivity, and the Internet is your greatest ally. Used right, it can help you stand out among the millions of books being published worldwide each year.

Organic Web Weaving Techniques That Work

"Rapid Release" Publishing

“Rapid Release” Publishing

1. Blogging: If you have published (or plan to publish) a book, you will need a website to promote it. That’s your starting point. You don’t need anything fancy or expensive; a simple blog will do. If you haven’t already done so, you can create one for yourself using either WordPress.org or Blogger.com. Just follow their user-friendly instructions along with the instructions I give you in the three books shown on this blog post.

2. “Rapid Release” Publishing: There is a form of online book sales and marketing known as “rapid release” publishing that many of today’s most successful authors are using. Many of these authors are selling thousands of books every year by publishing this way. Some of them are earning six- and seven-figure incomes from their growing fan bases. Even mainstream authors like James Patterson are jumping on this bandwagon. He publishes multiple books in short periods of time, too. He refers to his “rapid release” book series as his BookShots line.

Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing

3. Social Media Marketing: Did you know social media activity is one of the things Google rewards that can help to improve your SEO? Well, it is. And certain social media sites will earn you more points than others, so I’ve learned. For example, did you know YouTube is owned by Google? Now that you know, you may be more inclined to start posting more video content on a regular basis. I dedicated an entire book, titled Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors, to teaching authors how to utilize social media marketing as part of your online sales strategy. I strongly recommend you read it. Yes, it is possible to sell books using nothing more than a comfortable chair in your quiet writing room, a laptop, an Internet connection, and your own God-given talent for writing. Authors around the world are proving it every day. You can join the fleet.

Organic Web Weaving Services Through Polished Publishing Group (PPG)

You can do it all yourself by following the user-friendly tips in the above three books. You can also contact PPG here to learn more about how we can help you weave a powerful web. The sooner you get started, the faster you’ll see results.

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Why Social Media is the Perfect Platform for Introverted Authors to Promote Books

Perfect Platform

Perfect Platform

To understand why social media is the perfect platform for introverted authors, you must first understand introversion. Introversion is a somewhat nebulous characteristic as discussed in Carolyn Gregoire’s article from 2013 titled 23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert: “Think you can spot an introvert in a crowd? Think again,” she says. “Despite the growing conversation around introversion, it remains a frequently misunderstood personality trait.” Agreed. A common misconception is that all introverts are shy and anti-social; but “shyness” and “introversion” are, in fact, two very different things.

Quality Over Quantity is the Perfect Platform

Introversion is more about preferring quality over quantity in social interactions. It’s about where one derives their greatest source of energy to thrive. To clarify, extended periods of social interaction will energize an extrovert. The same set of circumstances will deplete an introvert who will then have to ‘recharge’ by spending a period of time alone afterward.

This is precisely the reason why social media is the perfect platform for introverts to promote their books. No need for forced interaction, small talk, or gregarious chatter. You don’t need to be the master networking champion of the office, or the center of the company cocktail party. If you’re an introvert and want to promote yourself and your book, all you need is an Internet connection and a plan.

Getting Social in a Professional Way is the Perfect Platform

We can talk about Twitter and Facebook. But if you’re in it for business and networking, LinkedIn is still a safe bet. Build your audience gradually. Post relevant and informative blog entries twice a week to groups that are interested in your topic matter. Once you have connections and an audience, don’t push people too hard. Don’t, for example, send people unsolicited email requests to buy your products.

Engage in conversations with those who post comments to your blog entries and status updates. Let your audience get to know you by replying to their posts and answering their questions. Again, this is gold for the introvert. You can have meaningful conversations in a controlled environment, all while enjoying the comfort of your private office.

Utilizing the Power of Key Words is the Perfect Platform

A keyword is a phrase that someone might type into a search engine such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo to try to find something they’re looking for. For example, the author of a holiday cookbook may write a blog entry containing keywords such as “best cheesecake recipes in the world” and “holiday treats” and then link them to the ecommerce site where the book is sold.

The idea is to write several of these keyword-rich articles. Then share those articles with others via email and social media websites. The ultimate goal is for your articles to show up in the top five search results on page one of a search engine because this will dramatically improve the chances of people clicking on them to read them. Obviously, the more articles that are posted online on a regular basis, the better it will work because people will be able to find you via more and more keyword variations.

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Why Authors Need Blogs to Sell Books

Why Authors Need Blogs to Sell Books

Why Authors Need Blogs to Sell Books

Why authors need blogs to sell books … the reason is simple. Think of your blog as the primary web address where you can promote everything related to your authorship: books; upcoming book signings and speaking events; videos; podcasts; photography or sketches; questions and answers for your fans; et cetera. And this is important. Because when you focus on increasing your blog’s ranking on search engines like Google, you not only drive more traffic to the blog itself. You also drive more traffic to each published book that you promote through your blog. More traffic equates to more chances for sales.

There are 12 fairly simple things writers can do to help this process along as discussed in this book shown to the right. Do some of these things on a regular basis, and you’ll begin to see an increase in your blog traffic which will most likely result in some extra book sales for you. Do all these things on a consistent basis, and the end result will be a significant increase to your blog traffic, readership, and book sales over time. Below are two great tips to start with…

Why Authors Need Blogs to Impress Google

Recent SEO book by Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke recently published a book about effective search engine optimization (SEO) through Google. Basically, Google wants to keep its user base happy through these three search quality factors: expertise, authority, trust (EAT). What does this mean to authors? It means that if you maintain a consistent reputation of publishing relevant and helpful content that shows your expertise, authority, and trustworthiness within your genre, you’ll rank higher and higher in Google’s search results over time. You prove your expertise online by means of digital (downloadable) books and other relevant information that is published regularly and often on ecommerce sites such as Amazon and Kobo, your own blog, and other appropriate websites. Your authority is eventually proven by the number of book reviews, backlinks, and social media followers, likes, and shares that you accumulate over time due to these publishing activities.

Why Authors Need Blogs to Attract Other Authors

When other authors post relevant and original content to your blog, everyone benefits. Guest posts enable you to provide your subscribers with more value without spending more time writing. And I’ll let you in on a couple secrets as to why I allow my guest bloggers to post links to the ecommerce sites where their own books are sold. One, I can attach affiliate links to their books that allow me to earn a commission from their sales. And two, doing so increases the chances of people clicking on both my book(s) and their book(s) on an ecommerce site. This increases the chances of those books appearing on each other’s ecommerce webpages under the “customers who viewed this item also viewed” and/or “frequently bought together” sections. This is one sneaky way you can make an algorithm work in your favour to increase both your sales.

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What is the Best Affiliate Marketing Program for a Blog?

In my opinion, the best affiliate marketing program for a blog is Amazon Associates. Why? In a word: choices. Through this program, people can sell everything and anything Amazon has to offer—not only books.

The Best Affiliate Marketing Program for a Blog

Best affiliate marketing program: Amazon Associates

Best affiliate marketing program: Amazon Associates

Want a great way to keep your readers engaged? Show them how to register as affiliates with the top ecommerce merchant where your books are sold: Amazon. Once their affiliate profiles are approved by Amazon, they can share their customized links to your books with their social media followers. They are paid a commision for all sales that come from their links as described on the Acceleration Partners® blog:

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Essentially affiliate marketing involves a merchant paying a commission to other online entities, known as affiliates, for referring new business to the merchant’s website. Affiliate marketing is performance-based, which means affiliates only get paid when their promotional efforts actually result in a transaction. (AccelerationPartners®, 2014)

As the book’s author, you don’t have to track or pay for anything at all. These transactions are between the affiliate and the online merchant they registered with. At the end of the day, you’ll still get paid whatever royalty percentage you would normally be paid for the sale of your books, and the affiliate commissions will be taken care of for you in the background. It’s a win-win-win scenario for you, the affiliate marketer, and the ecommerce site.

Amazon Associates

Affiliate Marketing: Learn How to Make $10,000+ Each Month on Autopilot

Affiliate Marketing: Learn How to Make $10,000+ Each Month on Autopilot

Amazon’s affiliate program is called Amazon Associates. They’ve recently implemented a new strategy they call OneLink that allows you to combine all their sites together (e.g., Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, et cetera) as one. This is such a blessing! Before OneLink, if you only included an Amazon.com affiliate link on your blog, it would only work for the American buyers who made a purchase through that link. It wouldn’t register as an affiliate sale for any of your other buyers outside the United States because, when they clicked on the link to buy the item, they would be redirected to the Amazon site in their own regions. To earn a commission from all the Amazon markets around the world, affiliates had to display separate affiliate links for every single market—and there are several so that was a royal pain in the butt. Luckily, OneLink has resolved this issue. Now affiliates only need to add one main Amazon.com link to their sites. All the other international sales will be taken care of through that link. That’s what makes Amazon Associates the best affiliate marketing program for a blog, in my opinion—that and all the choices.

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[PAPERBACK] The Art of Organic Web Weaving: Why Writers are Natural Online Marketers

The Art of Organic Web Weaving: Why Writers are Natural Online Marketers

Coming soon! The Art of Organic Web Weaving: Why Writers are Natural Online Marketers

COMING SOON TO BOOKSTORES (OCTOBER 31, 2018)

Non-fiction (Business Self-Help)

The Art of Organic Web Weaving: Why Writers are Natural Online Marketers
Kindle (.MOBI) Ebook ASIN: B07G7H7H1G
KOBO and E-Sentral (.EPUB) Ebook 978-1-988971-28-5
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-988971-27-8
Copyright 2018 Kim Staflund, All Rights Reserved

It takes the patience of a spider to weave an intricate web that can repeatedly attract—and catch—her prey. Spiderwebs are true miracles of organic engineering, and online marketing works in much the same way. You can grow your readership using various search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, and almost all of them include effective writing.

“Search engine optimization (SEO) is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.” (Moz, n.d.)

What constitutes quality traffic? It is relevant visitors to your website—people who are looking for the types of books and information that you offer. What is an organic search engine result? It is a search result that you didn’t pay for—a result that occurred naturally through an intricate web weaving process.

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Some Striking Statistics in Favour of Video Marketing [An Excerpt]

Video Marketing

Enjoy this excerpt about video marketing from the upcoming seventh installment of the T-Shaped Marketing for Authors mini ebook series. Coming soon to an e-reader near you…

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I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t done nearly enough video marketing—partly because I don’t enjoy listening to my own voice or seeing myself on camera (which is a necessary part of proofing and editing one’s videos), and partly because I’m a novice with cameras, lighting, and video editing software (I have a funny story to share with you in this regard). Like most people, I tend to focus on the marketing skills I’m good at while avoiding the others. But then it came time to research and begin writing this mini ebook. When I came across all the compelling statistics in favour of video marketing, I realized my procrastination must come to an end. It’s time to ramp up my video marketing game. Now. (Well, maybe after I’m done writing this book.)

As part of my research, I came across a Forbes article by Matt Bowman, titled “Video Marketing: The Future Of Content Marketing,” that I highly recommend you read in full. Here’s a short excerpt from it to whet your appetite:

Here are a few statistics to help you understand exactly how popular video marketing has become in recent years, according to news shared by HubSpot:
● Video is projected to claim more than 80% of all web traffic by 2019.
● Adding a video to marketing emails can boost click-through rates by 200-300%.
● Embedding videos in landing pages can increase conversion rates by 80%.
(Bowman, 2017)

In the most recent T-Shaped ebook, titled Search Engine Optimization (SEO), we looked at how important click-through traffic is to the SEO of a website. When people visit just one page of your site and then leave, that’s considered a bounce; whereas, if they click on one of your links to visit another webpage on your site, that’s considered a click-through. Since click-throughs are what improve your SEO in the eyes of Google, and conversions (e.g., views of your book descriptions that lead to sales) are what earn you an income, these statistics are highly motivating.

There are three more important SEO ranking factors that video marketing can help you with: posting relevant content on a consistent basis, building up relevant backlinks to your website, and making your website mobile-friendly. Every time you post a video on YouTube that contains a link to your website in the description area, you’ve posted relevant content and created a relevant backlink to your website. Better yet, when you embed that video into your home webpage for others to view, you’ve just made that webpage more mobile-friendly:

Today, one of the biggest trends driving the digital marketing world is responsive design. When a company’s content doesn’t perform well on a given device or browser system, the business behind it loses traffic and suffers decreased conversions as a result. Fortunately, video content is fit for consumption on all devices, ranging from computers to mobile phones. This expands video’s reach and makes it more user-friendly and consumer-focused. (Bowman, 2017)

If you’re feeling resistant or overwhelmed by the idea of producing regular video content for yourself—maybe because you think it will be complicated or expensive—then you’ll be pleased to learn about one of the top “Video Marketing Trends for 2018” according to Epic Productions, LLC: creating quick, live videos (like the ones you post on Facebook) to announce a new book signing or launch event. All you must do to “go live” on social media is record yourself on your smartphone and then post it to your account. Done. When you go live, all your social media friends and followers will be notified immediately, and their curiosity at seeing you live on video is likely to make them click on the link.

That’s one quick idea on how to utilize video marketing to your advantage this coming year. Throughout this book, I’ll share a few more with you from the expensive to the cost-effective. This will provide you with a great start and some helpful resources.

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I hope you enjoyed this little excerpt. Watch for the book this coming month on Amazon, Kobo, and E-Sentral.



My Winding Road from Traditional Publishing to Digital Publishing

How to Publish a Book in Canada … and Sell Enough Copies to Make a Profit! © 2013

I started Polished Publishing Group (PPG) as a “digital publishing” company in November 2009. In retrospect, I didn’t fully understand effective digital publishing at that time. Nine years later, I can confidently say I do, and the way I run my company is evolving as a result.

Like many others in my generation and older, I come from a traditional publishing background. I cut my teeth on paperbacks, hardcovers, and offset printing at a small literary press back in 1993. We put all our authors’ books through a thorough, substantive editing process followed by an even more fastidious graphic design and proofreading regimen to polish them to perfection. Then we “sold” (and I use that word loosely) our books by mailing out printed press releases and review copies to all the relevant media in our area, entering some books into contests, arranging the occasional breakfast launch or evening wine and cheese reading event for others, and shipping part of our inventory to various Canadian distributors to house for us. Other than that, we relied on standing orders and word of mouth to “sell” our books to the masses. Once the next season of frontlist titles came out six months later, the latter became part of the dust-collecting backlist.

An Early Education in Traditional and Digital Publishing

It was an eye-opening experience for someone like me who took this job straight out of college thinking I was going to learn what it takes to become a bestselling author from the inside out. (Even just writing that sentence makes me chuckle now.) As detailed in the introduction of How to Publish a Book in Canada … and Sell Enough Copies to Make a Profit!, I quickly learned the realities of this industry. I came to see that our top authors were the ones who bought wholesale copies of their books from us and worked tirelessly to sell them out. They saw themselves as entrepreneurs, and they treated their books as their businesses.

Small Canadian presses aren’t alone in this. Far from it. In fact, the “Big Five” international trade publishers—Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster—also admit to focusing primarily on their frontlist titles for only a short period of time. Once those books fall to the back list, the responsibility of continued promotion falls to their authors as detailed in this excerpt from Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century by John B. Thompson (16-Mar-2012) Paperback:

As soon as a book shows signs that it’s going to take off, the sales, marketing and publicity operations mobilize behind it and look for ways to support it with extra advertising, trying to get more radio and TV appearances, extending the author’s tour or putting together a new tour to cities where the book is doing particularly well, and so on. … the sales, marketing and publicity operations are geared and resourced in such a way that, when they see that a fire is starting to ignite, they are able to pour generous quantities of fuel on the flames. … But if further appeals fall on deaf ears and sales fail to pick up, then the marketing and publicity effort will be wound up pretty quickly – ‘In two to three weeks we might pull the plug,’ … So how long does a book have out there in the marketplace to show signs of life? How many weeks before it becomes a dead fish that will be left to float downstream? … I would say the life of a book today is about six weeks. And quite frankly it’s even shorter than that, but you probably have six weeks and that’s it. (Thompson, 2012)

How to Publish a Bestselling Book … and Sell It Worldwide Based on Value, Not Price! © 2014

Unless you’re selling it yourselves, authors. Sell it yourself and your book will have a much longer shelf life. As long as you stay focused on selling on any book, it will remain a frontlist title for you. That’s a fact.

I knew that much nine years ago. I had also learned how to sell after leaving my job at that literary press to begin a lifelong career in corporate sales with some of the most prominent industry leaders in print media, office supplies, and multi-function digital and offset printing. I had a strong grasp on digital communications and how easy it now is to communicate and do business with people all over the world so long as each party has a proper WIFI connection. So, in my mind, I was a “digital publisher” because I operated in a virtual office environment, and because I not only had the experience and expertise to help authors produce trade-quality books; I could also teach them how to sell their books worldwide both offline and online.

But Here’s the Problem With That

I now know effective digital publishing requires a little more finesse than simply intermingling yesterday’s offline sales and marketing methodologies with today’s online techniques. Doing so can actually be counterproductive because the latter requires patience while the former requires momentum. In the traditional offline world, authors must appeal to the interests of people such as agents, booksellers, reviewers, and publicists to help you move more books on their schedules; but, in the online world, you’re working with impartial algorithms and search engine optimization (SEO) tactics to increase your exposure as detailed here: https://blog.polishedpublishinggroup.com/2018/06/a-shortlist-of-googles-top-ranking-factors-an-excerpt-from-search-engine-optimization-seo/. In other words, if you want to succeed at selling books in this day and age, you can no longer “waste precious time” by publishing only one book per year or one blog entry per week and promoting it on someone else’s timeline. The Internet rewards speed and productivity, and the Internet is your greatest sales tool.

How to Publish a Book in the East That Your Can Sell in the West © 2018

How much speed and productivity are we talking about? There are literally millions of new books published around the world every year now. The playing field has drastically changed from when my publishing career began 25 years ago. It is far more competitive and nearly impossible to stand out among the crowd if you’re doing things the traditional way. I’ve come to see that my approach has to change with the times if I’m to survive in this new digital arena and all my authors—myself included—are to thrive. More and more, I’ve also come to see that it’s necessary to embrace a digital revolution known as “rapid release” publishing, as discussed in my latest book titled How to Publish a Book in the East That You Can Sell in the West. You can reach people worldwide now, but there is a right way to do it that will improve your odds of success. This is the new publishing model I’m now developing for PPG’s upcoming authors.

How do I know this works? I’ve watched the PPG Publisher’s Blog increase from a mere 1,000 registered users in early 2017 to over 5,000 a short year later (and still growing) by doing all the things I recommend to you in my new book. I’ve also seen downloads of my backlist books on Amazon, Kobo, and E-Sentral collectively increase from under 5 books per month to over 300 per month on average (and still growing) within the same time period. That’s my firsthand experience with this to date, but that’s nothing. You’re sure to be inspired by many even greater success stories contained within the book. And once I’ve grown my own numbers to a “respectable” level by today’s North American corporate standards, I plan to package the program to help you achieve the same effective digital publishing results with a dedicated team by your side.

For those of you who are public speakers and business professionals selling your books at trade shows and conferences, the traditional publishing methods still apply. You’ll find the first two books mentioned above are still helpful. For everyone else, stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.  

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A Shortlist of Google’s Top Ranking Factors … an Excerpt from Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Enjoy this excerpt from the upcoming sixth installment of the T-Shaped Marketing for Authors mini ebook series. Coming soon to an e-reader near you…

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Throughout this T-shaped marketing ebook series, in several of my past blog posts, and in many of my other books, I’ve referenced the following six ranking factors that will help you to improve your website’s SEO. Improving your SEO is crucial to your success as an author because it will help you to attract more readers and sell more books. How do I know these things work when applied with a consistent focus? Because I’ve watched the PPG Publisher’s Blog increase from a mere 1,000 registered users in early 2017 to over 5,000 a short year later (and still growing) by doing all the things I recommend to you. I’ve also seen downloads of my backlist books on ecommerce sites such as Amazon, Kobo, and E-Sentral collectively increase from under 5 books per month to over 300 per month on average (and still growing) within the same time period. That’s my firsthand experience with this to date. I also regularly read the research published by SEO industry leaders, such as Moz, which has guided me in building my book business so I can guide authors like you in doing the same. In short, this stuff works!

  1. Publish relevant content on a consistent basis:
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    Blogging is one of the best ways for you to stay engaged with your current and prospective readership; and, the more often you post something new online, the more points Google will award to your blog site thus improving its SEO. But you should know that Google is far from being the only search engine that rewards new content. Amazon and Kobo do, too, as mentioned in this book. Want to dramatically increase your SEO over the next year? Start posting relevant content on a consistent basis that pleases all these search engines.
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  2. Build a high number of relevant backlinks to your website:
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    In addition to blogging, I’ve also mentioned how legitimate book reviews, guest blogging, and content syndication can be used to increase the number of relevant backlinks to your website. This, too, is worthy of a higher ranking in Google’s eyes thus improving your SEO.
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  3. Protect and improve your SEO with proper HTML coding (REL=CANONICAL and META NOINDEX tags):
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    While guest blogging and content syndication are both fantastic ways to improve your own website’s SEO, they can also cause duplicate content issues if too much of the same copy is being reused on different sites without due care. This is where implementing REL=CANONICAL and META NOINDEX tags can come in really handy as discussed in the HTML Coding for Beginners T-shaped ebook.
  4. Attract regular click-through traffic to your website:
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    It stands to reason that the more content you post, the more backlinks that redirect to your site, and the higher your SEO ranking grows, the more traffic will find its way to your website and click on it. You want these people to stay there as long as possible. If they only click once and then leave, that’s called a bounce; but, if they click on a few different pages and stay there for a while to read things over, that’s called a click-through. A high bounce rate may affect your SEO negatively while you’ll garner more SEO points via an increased click-through rate—all the more reason to ensure your website contains relative and enticing content people will want to stay there and view.
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  5. Encourage more social media activity and shares (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube):
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    I dedicated an entire book, titled Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors, to teaching authors how to utilize social media marketing as part of your online sales strategy. Did you know social media activity is one of the things Google rewards that can help to improve your SEO? Well, it is. And certain social media sites will earn you more points than others, so I’ve learned. For example, did you know YouTube is owned by Google? Now that you know, you may be more inclined to start posting more video content on a regular basis.
     
  6. Make sure your website is mobile-friendly:
     
    On March 26, 2018, Google went live with its new Mobile-First Index. According to Google, “Mobile-first indexing means Google will predominantly use the mobile version of the content for indexing and ranking. Historically, the index primarily used the desktop version of a page’s content when evaluating the relevance of a page to a user’s query. Since the majority of users now access Google via a mobile device, the index will primarily use the mobile version of a page’s content going forward. We aren’t creating a separate mobile-first index. We continue to use only one index.” If you want to know how to ensure your own website is mobile-friendly, be sure to pick up a copy of the Mobile Marketing T-shaped marketing ebook for some great tips.

Although I’ve written and spoken about the above six SEO ranking factors before, I’ve never discussed the below six. We’re going to review them in this book because, according to Searchmetrics Ranking Factors, they are some of the strongest factors that were found in all the sites surveyed that ranked in the top 10 Google search results:

  1. Protect your website’s security with HTTPS (SSL security certificates).
  2. Include attractive images and easy-to-read fonts in your website’s main content area to encourage more time on the site.
  3. Increase Pinterest activity.
  4. Increase Google+1 activity.
  5. Ensure you have a strong local SEO (e.g., free listings in business directories such as Google My Business, White Page, Yellow Pages, Yelp).
  6. Answer industry-related questions on your blog to encourage featured snippets inclusion (as briefly mentioned in the Pay-per-click (PPC) Advertising T-Shaped ebook).

As you can see, there are even more things you can do to improve your SEO that will be covered in this latest T-Shaped Marketing for Authors mini ebook. Do all these things, and the end result will surely be an increased readership and more book sales for you. Now, let’s dive in a little deeper to learn more….

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I hope you enjoyed that little excerpt. Watch for the book this coming month on Amazon, and a couple of months later on both Kobo and E-Sentral.