1. Make Your Internet Presence Known. Once you've got your blog up and running get corresponding social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Book Bloggers on Ning, Pinterest, etc. Then, make sure that all of these accounts link back to your blog - it's a great way to get more traffic.
2. Comments!! Make thoughtful comments on blogs that share similar tastes to yours...it's a great way to make blogger friends :)
3. Join in some blogger hops/memes. They can be giveaways or content but it's a good way to promote your blog and get new followers. Also, be sure to do some giveaways that aren't hops to reward your loyal followers!
- Some favorite giveaway hops:
- The Literary Giveaway Hop hosted by Leeswammes' Blog
- One of the zillion hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.
- Some favorite memes:
5. Some tips on how to make Pinterest work for your blog:
- Have bookish Pinboards (i.e. "My TBR" or "My Favorite Books")
- Pin book covers from reviews on your blog (this can direct traffic straight to your blog)
- Want to find out who's pinning what from your site? Type in your browser: pinterest.com/source/your blog url (for example: pinterest.com/source/nopageleftbehind.blogspot.com/)
- When you have bookish content that isn't a giveaway/review, create a cool icon or photo. The icon should have text describing your post - making it perfect for pinning. There's a Top Ten Tuesday example that I made at the top of this post (feel free to pin it)!
- Goodreads, LibraryThing, Amazon (copy and paste your reviews to these sites)
- Lori at Pure Imagination's "Saturday Situation" link-up
- Link to other reviews, it helps you and your blog friends get more notice from search engines!
- Sign your Facebook page up with Networked Blogs. This will automatically import your blog posts to your Fbook page - woot!
- Try to add other content to your page besides your blog posts (it gives people more reasons to follow you on Facebook).
- Be sure to update your page with a great cover photo now that Facebook has converted everything to Timeline view.
9. Make sure to have your own niche. There are a lot of book bloggers out there so it's tough to make yourself stand out. Have something unique about your blog. It could be design, review style, reading tastes or a mix of all three!
10. Have fun! In the end, this is a hobby...it's such a blast for me to chat about books with other readers, get great reading suggestions, and just generally nerd-out! Don't let this be a chore or you'll quickly run out of steam.
If anyone has any questions about any of these tips feel free to leave a comment and I'll try to get back to you!