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Dec 14 2009

A few tips for writers looking to network online…

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I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

There are three main ways your site can get new viewers: referrals (links), search engines, and ads.  I’ll focus on getting referrals here because ads are probably not cost-effective for authors and search engines can have a low payoff. 

1.  Have content worth sharing.  If your material is good and plentiful, spreading it will be a lot easier. 

2.  Make it easy for your users to share your content.  For example, SN gets a free 50-100 readers a day from StumbleUpon, probably because several of our popular articles end with a link asking readers to Stumble SN.  Adding those links only took me about 30 minutes. 

3.  Hit-and-run selflinks don’t really help very much.  If you insert a comments like “See my webpage!” onto people’s sites apropos of nothing, people are just going to scroll past them.  Interact with prospective readers!  Work your website into a conversation where it fits naturally.  For example, if somebody had a question about male characters, linking a story where you did a male protagonist well would feel very natural and helpful.  (Or, if you’re into nonfiction, you might have an article on writing male characters lying around).  Interacting is critical because it gives people a reason to look. 

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