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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 Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of search engine optimization (SEO). The term refers to the various techniques people can use to improve (optimize) their respective webpages’ standings on search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Baidu.

As an author, the “webpages” you’re trying to promote online may be your online articles, blog posts, the e-commerce site where you sell your book(s), or even the home page of your website. It’s crucial to your success to improve each one’s SEO.

How Does it Work?

Think, for a minute, about when you use a search engine to find something. Where is the first place you look when the search results come up? The top and centre of the page? In addition, how many links are you willing to click through to find what you’re looking for? Maybe five or six at the most? Maybe your eye will scan down that first page for something interesting; or, if you have the time, maybe you’ll dig a little deeper and look through the second or third page to see what comes up there. This is what SEO is all about. Statistically, most people will stay on the first page, and that is why it’s crucial to make sure you and your book appear on that first page for as many of the major keywords that are associated with your topic matter as possible. Regular and consistent online writing (blogging) is one way to help you achieve this level of SEO.




Find Keywords

The first thing you will want to do is find specific keywords related to your book’s topic. How do you do this? It’s easy! Pull up the search engine of your choice in your browser, such as Google. Think about what combinations of words your readers will be typing into that search engine when they’re looking for your book. Type them in to test them out and see what comes up. Find as many variations as you can. The more, the better because it will give you more topic matter to create even more content over time.

Create Content

Writing blog posts and online articles that are informative and helpful will bring you more readers—but only if they contain the keywords we just talked about. Repeating a specific keyword at least twice per every 100 words will improve the SEO of that content for that keyword. Then you must share those pieces with others via email marketing, social media marketing, et cetera. Why share it? Because the SEO of that article will further increase and improve with every unique click from every new person who views it.

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Three Ways an Author Central Page Can Spike Your Ranking on Amazon

Kim Staflund’s Author Central page can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-Staflund/e/B0733M2PZV/

You may have been browsing Amazon.com’s bookstore recently, and you may have come across author pages that group together all of an author’s books in one place along with his or her photo(s) and biography. If you’re wondering how you can set up a page like this for yourself and how it can help to spike your overall ranking on Amazon, keep reading. Here’s what you need to know.

You Must Create Your Own Author Central Page and “Claim” Your Books to That Page

Whether you have a publisher (such as PPG) that is publishing your books worldwide for you or you’re self-publishing your own ebooks to Amazon’s Kindle by yourself, Amazon won’t automatically group all your books together—nor will Amazon allow your publisher to do it on your behalf because the company prefers to work directly with individual authors. What you must do is sign up to create your own Author Central Page; and, once that process is complete, you must contact them again to “claim” each of the books you want added to your page by sending them a list of the ISBNs (or ASINs) and titles of those books.

Your Author Ranking is Important to Your Overall Success Online

In many ways, online book sales and marketing works differently than traditional book sales and marketing does. In the traditional world, you’re trying to appeal to people (e.g., publicists, book reviewers, booksellers) to help you promote your book(s) to the masses. But, in the online world, you’re goal is to get your webpage indexed via computerized processes—algorithms. It’s all about effectively “pinging” a search engine’s algorithm in order to rank higher and higher in its search results which, much like a successful publicity campaign, will increase your page’s exposure. More exposure generally equates to more sales over time. It’s a numbers game.




Each one of your books on Amazon’s website has its own individual webpage ranking, and that ranking is based primarily on how many copies of the book have been sold. But there are other factors that can affect ranking such as publishing frequency, association with other bestselling books via the “Customers who bought this item also bought” section of the page, and one’s Author Central page … to name only three (algorithms are elusive creatures).

Three Ways an Author Central Page Can Spike Your Ranking on Amazon

Once your page is officially set up (which should only take a day or two … they’re pretty fast), the fun begins! Now you can create an author bio for yourself, upload author photos and promotional videos, include your upcoming events, and add the really simple syndication (RSS) feed from your WordPress blog to share teasers of your latest blog posts with an extended audience. Doing so can help to spike your ranking on Amazon in these three ways:

1. The very act of creating an Author Central page—and adding those first one or two books, author photos, events, and/or videos—automatically spikes your overall author ranking on Amazon. I found it to be quite a significant spike (400,000+ points on the author ranking scale!), so they’ve obviously built this into their algorithm to encourage more and more authors to do it.

2. Each subsequent update of any kind pings Amazon’s algorithm and increases your ranking again; albeit, in my experience, it’s not as significant a boost in ranking as the first time around. But here’s some great news: much like it is with all blogs and online publications, each time your RSS feed adds another entry to your author page, it not only pings Amazon. It also tells other search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Bing, Baidu) that this particular Amazon page has received another relevant update which gets it re-indexed with all of them. (It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that an RSS backlink like this on a high-traffic website such as Amazon is also great for your blog’s SEO.)

3. Last but not least, a high-ranking Author Central page can help to boost the ranking of every book associated with it. If someone buys one of your books and really likes it, he or she won’t have to go far to find all the other books published by you. They will all be listed together, making it much easier to find and buy. The more books people buy and subsequently review for you on Amazon, the higher up your overall ranking will go.




The key is to maintain this pace. Keep it going. Keep updating your Author Central page in various ways … new books, new pictures, new events, new videos, new posts via your RSS feed. You can build on the last increase in your ranking by adding a new update quickly. But if you stop for extended periods of time, it will all slide back down again. Pretty soon, you’ll be so low on the totem pole that it will take a lot of work to climb back up to the top. So, be sure to keep your momentum going by continually updating your page at least once per week if not more. That’s the key to success in the world of algorithms and online selling.

Not All Amazon Regions Currently Offer Author Central Pages … and the Ones That Do Don’t Offer All the Same Features as Amazon.com

As of today’s date, there are only five regions in the world that offer Author Central pages and you must set up each one separately from the rest: the USA, UK, Germany, France, and Japan. I’ve also found that only the USA page allows for links to RSS feeds, but I’m hopeful the other regions will begin to see the benefit of this and add it to their platforms over time.

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