Getting Noticed Online
The principle of selling anything on line is basically the same, so since my blog is about books: writing and selling them, I will use books – novels as my example. Having said that the big difference between selling most things on line is that if you are selling, say, bicycles on line, you want people to realise that your bikes are the best, whereas if someone wants to read my books, I don’t have to worry about other writers called Owen Jones. I just have to make sure that I am findable.
Which brings me to the point of this article. Since an author doesn’t need a website really, he or she only needs to be findable, he only needs something he can use to point to his author page which could be on Amazon or any of the other aggregators.
However, an Amazon author page is a little generic, even though it is customisable. It is better to have a page elsewhere that points to that Amazon page. If you don’t have the time to make your own blog popular, then you need to get on a site where someone else is doing that job for you.
There are plenty of options, but I am going to recommend my blog (this one), Megan Publishing Services (MPS), where there are many ways for authors to take advantage of its popularity with the search engines.
Here are some verifiable statistics. In January 2018, Google visited MPS every 15 seconds looking for fresh content!
Yes, the biggest, and therefore the most important search engine for buyers and sellers, the one that handles 86% of online searches – will discover your book, blog or Amazon Author Page within 15 seconds of it being mentioned on my blog.
All the others surf it too, although Bing gets there every six minutes and Yahoo every twelve, but I can live with that 🙂
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