Parajunkee.com ran a short post on how to draw traffic to your book blog this week. Her top ten ways to bring more readers to your book blog were:
- Resource dump
- Cheat Sheets
- Challenge/Project Posts
- Event Post/Participation Post
- Personal Stories
I refuse to run tutorials because I teach for a living so I’m not going to give it away. I’m not sure what a resource dump is-sounds messy. Is is a list of links? I’ve run several of those. I’ve no idea what she means by cheat sheets but I do know that cheating is wrong. If I catch you at you’re going to get a referral.
But did you notice that none of the top ten ways to attract readers to your book blog included anything to do with writing better reviews. In fact, you could do all ten of the items of Parajunkee’s list without even mentioning books.
It’s been this way since the beginning. Last year I ran a post on comment worthy book blog posts in which I listed what sorts of posts get the most comments. Here’s my list:
- Posts about dramatic personal news get the most comments. Good dramatic news like an engagement or the birth of a baby (human child, puppy or kitten) get the most. This is followed by new jobs, graduations, promotions, moves to new towns, and children who win sporting events. Bad dramatic news comes close behind.
- Post about blogging topics come next. Wondering how to treat Advanced Review Copies, whether or not to publish negative reviews, should you change your blog’s layout design again? Just about everyone who keeps a book blog has an opinion to share. A post about comments usually does fairly well.
- Participants in weekly topics can do very well. Sunday Salon still thrives on comments. Booking Through Thursday still has a base of fans though Top-Ten Tuesday seems to be the current favorite.
- Post about general publishing issues and book world controversies come next. Posts about Young Adult book controversies always do very well.
- Pictures of pretty scenery and cute pets. Cute babies trump both, however. (See #1 above.)
- Reviews of current popular books/authors. Reviews of a popular author’s newest book will get more comments than a review of the same authors previous books will. Positive reviews tend to get more comments than negative reviews do. I you loved The Goldfinch, then you have lots of freinds out there just dying to tell you how much they also loved The Goldfinch.
- Reviews of classic literature that is still widely read, especially if a new movie adaptation of the book has recently come out.
- Reviews of books people have heard of but not many people have read. Comments will increase if the book is a classic people feel they really should have read at some point.
- Reviews of obscure books by well known authors.
- Obscure books by little known authors get the least number of comments.
While I basically match up with Parajunkee.com, I do include book reviews in my list because I am old school, Dawg.
That post, by the way, got 15 comments which was darn good for my old blog. Since it met three of Parajunkee.com’s top-ten because it was a list, a rant and a comedy piece, it also increased traffic to Ready When You Are, C.B. I can’t remember for sure because it was several years ago and I’m old, fifty and a half in fact, but I think I even gained a follower. It was pretty popular post.
So here we are, on this new WordPress.com blog where I post mostly book reviews and don’t get all that much traffic. You can sit there, wherever you are, and tell me you don’t care about traffic, but I don’t believe you. You’re keeping a book blog, you want people to read it.
So do I.
So, to help drive traffic to this post which is already a list, a rant, and an attempt at a comedy piece, I’m going to give you a challenge that you can participate in as well. Go out into the world, well, into cyber-space, and read a book review today. After reading it, leave a comment.
If you’d like to participate, you can sign up in a comment below. After you have completed the challenge you can include the cool button I made on your blog. You’re not required to tag five friends, but if you want to, I’m not going to stop you. How could I?
And who doesn’t love a good game of tag?
And watch out for traffic.