Make Marketing Easier Tip #2 – Fiverr

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5 dollars2 Make Marketing Easier Tip #2   FiverrWhat would you do for $5? Evidently a whole lot of people would do a lot! This site Fiverr.com has some fluff and a few odd posts (“I will send you 7 hours, 53 minutes of vacuum cleaner sounds for $5″) and scary (“I will check the Chinese characters on your tattoo for $5″), or just not a good thing like “I will call and be your excuse to get out of work for $5″).

But with that disclaimer in mind, I hired someone the first day to have him install code I didn’t understand to get my web site posts to automatically post to my Facebook Fan Page (now called a “like” page). There were lots of easy instructions online about how to have them post to your personal page, but not your Fan page. At some point, when Facebook changed from Fan to Like it stopped working, but for 5 bucks I just hired the guy again. No big deal.

Now I did have to give him my password and username, so I sat and waited while he did it and then I changed it immediately. He also said he’d refund my money if I was not comfortable with it. So “buyer beware.”

I recently just hired someone who had the post, “I will promote your Youtube Channel to 85+ RSS Search Engines for $5.”

Here are some of the categories:

Be careful about people who say they will write 200 comments on blogs with your link, etc. A lot of these are spammers and your reputation is on the line, but there are  a lot of legitimate looking ones like, “I will create a 30 second movie advertising your website for $5.” For people who know how to do this and have the software, it can be a 5-10 minute job.

But go browse around see what people really will do for $5. Times are tough. Maybe there is something you’d do?

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Does Your Time Spent Online Help Book Sales?

A recent Publishers Weekly article looked at the breakdown of bookselling and the influence an online campaign might have on sales.

Consider this:

Their research cites that online marketing is especially important to fiction titles. According to this study, 21% of book buyers said they learned of books they wanted to buy from online promotion. This vs. 13% who learned of these titles through other means (i.e. reviews, etc.).

Regarding the importance of an author’s platform: a whopping 28% of readers said they chose a book because of the author, while only 9% of readers bought because of subject. (Publishers Weekly, July 20, 2009)

Reprinted from “The Book Marketing Expert newsletter,” a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques. http://www.amarketingexpert.com


 Does Your Time Spent Online Help Book Sales?

Let’s Tweet

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Back in February when I started using Twitter I wasn’t sure if it would be a helpful tool or one more thing to distract me from everything else or just a fad. I’ve decided it is all three to some extent.

In planning for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, I’ve found it the most useful too. I also have it set up with ping.fm and hootsuite.com to post to Facebook. This combination of interacting with people has been a refreshing addition to my internet experience.

I have spent endless hours visiting web sites, following links and reading blogs, but Twitter has quickly introduced me to some amazing people in the illness/health field that I never may have found otherwise.

Not only can I scan a profile description quickly and click to visit a person’s web site, but by seeing what kinds of things they Tweet and ReTweet, I can see what they value, what kind of information they think is important to share, and yes, even hear about the fact that their 2-year-old just threw a tantrum or they are off to have a picnic. The combination of information is about the person makes them just that… a person, not a company or a PR representative.

I’ve connected with some women in ministry and authors that I have long admired, but would have had to go through “their people” to connect with them in any other way other than Twitter.

I’ve found a group of people who I am excited to work with and they are excited to work with me. It goes beyond “networking” and far surpasses the (someone cold) term of “joint venture.” It’s just friends, sharing their resources, great finds, and each other’s “stuff.”

I began with @lisajcopen and that’s my main Twitter for anything illness, health, personal and ministry. Some tweets have nothing to do with illness, but they are just part of something I think people may be interested in. I moved on setting up @invisibleillwk for people who wanted illness related information and also Invisibel Illness Week updates (but not all my personal stuff).

Next, I started building relationships in the adoption community because of my web site ScrapbookMyAdoption.com so I began @scrapbkadoption.

And this last week I realized that I have so much book promotion stuff sitting around waiting to be put into the next ebook, and I really wanted to start sharing it now! So I began @youcansellbooks . If you are wondering how I keep track of all of these, it’s easy with hootsuite.com

I think I am about done now with setting up accounts, because all of my passions (or “niches”) are covered.  And I found myself setting them up not really because I was out to start adding numbers to a new list, but because there were so many people I wanted to follow and I wanted them somewhat organized so my brain could process all the information. (Some of you have written and said, “You aren’t following me…” but I am, just on a different account than maybe I Twittered from. If I don’t use hootesuite.com sometimes sending a message to a certain person means I have to sign out of one Twitter account and sign in to another.)

So, what does all of this mean to you? I hope it will be helpful that I can push more information I have out to you faster. Running 8 blogs isn’t easy, and I starting to like that 140 character limit of Twitter.

At some point this weekend, I am determined to put all busy work aside and actually work on a book I am writing. So, instead of blogging for hours, I hope to “tweet” and “write.”

I’ve also invited some guest bloggers to come and share their book marketing tips, tricks, and helpful articles. I hope you find this helpful as well.

If you have a book… and you are NOT yet on Twitter, go and sign up. I don’t know how long Twitter may last as this popular form of communication, but you need to at least jump on the wave in order to ride it. Start following people in your niche area, and when/if you are ready in a month or two to become more active, you will understand it better and be ready to participate. If you are an author with a book you cannot afford to ignore Twitter!

And if you Twitter about anything illness-related check out my new social network Illness Twitters. You may want to consider starting your own social network for people who Twitter on your subject material, to bring them all to one place, to help each other, share information and be readily available when the media come looking for book reviews, product reviews, blog comments, etc. The “mother” of all this is (in my opinion) Twitter Moms which has nearly 18,000 members!

So… go sign up to follow me @youcansellbooks and let’s get ready to kick our sharing up a notch. I look forward to getting to know you (and even what you had for dinner last night) soon.

Lisa

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More Marketing Resources

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In the world of all these social networks I can hardly keep up with what is the best information to share and what is not worth your time.

But I have found Tony Eldridge’s web site Marketing for Authors to be very helpful and I am sure you will find lots of tips here.

One post in particular that has some great resources is Marketing Tips Around The Net

Here we go with another quick trip around the net with some great marketing tips from others who know their stuff. Bookmark ‘em, file ‘em, or just come back here often to look ‘em up when you need them. And if you leave a comment, tell them that your friend Tony Eldridge over at Marketing Tips For Authors sent you by to say “Hey.”   >read more

Lisa

 More Marketing Resources

Blogs Versus Web Sites – Which One is for You?

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womenoncomputer Blogs Versus Web Sites   Which One is for You?As I finished writing a colleague privately, I realized this may be helpful for some of you. Forgive me for all the self-promotion as I shared my ideas and comparisons. When people explain things to me I like something tangible to look at!

Lisa Copen

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Do you use it as your sole website or do you also maintain a static website in addition to your WordPress blog? And why? Also can anyone send info or a link (offline) for how to make your WordPress blog url be your personal domain name.

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POINTING YOUR URL TO THE BLOG

I have about 8 blogs for different things and all have their own URL. I use godaddy.com and when you buy a URL you have the option to forward it anywhere. So for example, www.hopeendures.wordpress.com is now www.hopeenduresradio.com It’s much easier to give out on the podcast, etc. With godaddy.com the forwarding is free, URLs are about $6-9. I own over 100 of them that I’ve bought over the years. If you plan to spend a lot of money there they have a discount plan; I also use ebates.com and godaddy is one of the companies that is listed so you get a bit of money back with purchases (Disclaimer: If you click my ebates link we both get $5. Vistaprint if anyone uses this print company! I’ve gotten back almost $600 in a few years from ebates.com.)

MAIN WEB SITES VS BLOGS SITES

I use Dreamweaver for my main site www.restministries.org – I have had a web site I’ve built since 1997, and it’s just grown. But I have found blogs great to set up for things like daily devotionals, my own blog chronicillnesssupport.com, radio show, etc. to give it a feed, let it be a widget, etc.

You can easily make anything on your blog be in a Widget at widgetbox.com and then anyone can post it to their web site. We have a lot of people who put our daily devotionals on their own blogs or sites this way.

OTHER SITES

If you have unrelated passions, blogs are great. For example, I also have youcansellmorebooks.com and scrapbookmyadoptionblog.com which leads people back to scrapbookmyadoption.com - that way I don’t have to have it use up any space or reside on my ministry’s web site and confuse people.

BLOGS TO CREATE INTERACTION

If you want people to be able to comment with ease, etc. blogs are the way to go. For Invisible Illness week last sept, I used a blog. I had had the main site for years, invisibleillness.com but I wanted it to be more interactive, daily articles, etc. and be able to post ideas of ways to help promote the week without me having the stress of doing a newsletter. I put all the main information on the main web site and then used the blog. www.invisibleillnessblog.com for all the ways to get involved, guest bloggers, etc. I didn’t have to take time out to write a newsletter, and I could get people info 1-3 times a day. After the week, we’ve used it to post about 1 article a week or so to keep it active and soon I will start posting more. Which reminds me…

POSTING IN ADVANCE AND SCHEDULING IT

With just about all of the different blog software now you can post things in advance and schedule when they display which I LOVE. I blog a lot for everything when I have time and then just fill in the gaps as things come up. I am signed up for tons of Google alerts and I weed through those for newsworthy ideas to blog on. Or for our radio show for example, I can write up all the guest’s info when I have time and then have it post 2 weeks before their show. It’s great to focus for 3 days on 2 months worth of blogs, say, 2 per week and then write more as things come up. But at least that way if “life happens” you still have some activity going on with your blog.

It’s also nice if you run across something interesting that is time related to just be able to “do it now.” I have a great Father’s Day video I found that I blogged on last month and set the date to post before Father’s Day. Better than adding one more thing to my to do list!

TEMPLATES

When choosing a template, look at different features you may want. With wordpress you can click around and “try them on” and see what they feel like. I always want a “custom header” so I can do what I want. If you click on my blogs above, you’ll see they still fit in with my themes quite a bit. And a header and a few custom graphics can make it much more yours! When I updated my blog I decided to go more girly with some scrapbooking looks at chronicillnesssupport.com . You can see 1 template with 2 very different looks I have with www.chronicillnesssupport.com and www.youcansellmorebooks.com – just because of the different header and a few graphics I added. You can pay fees and have more templates, etc. I’ve not gone that route yet.

PAGES

Most blogs have pages so you can add them for things like “about the book” “buy the book” “about the author” etc. When looking at template, see where these “page tabs or links” show up. For example, on my main blog www.chronicillnesssupport.com it was important that I had obvious big buttons so I chose a template that had that. For www.hopeenduresradio.com the big buttons weren’t as important; it just has links on the right hand side.

PINGING, etc.

Once you have your blog set up go to www.feedburner.com and weed through it. Pining is part of most blog software’s features, which means whenever it’s updated, your blog let’s all the internet “crawlers” know it’s updated. If you blog consistently you will get into the google alerts for blogs, which is great.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

One feature everyone should have on their blog is the ability to let people sign up to get the blog updates via email. You can find this feature under “promotion” at feedburner. You will get a code of html, and then you will want to go to a text area of your blog and put that in there. I have this on all my blogs; with my audience, most people still don’t have RSS readers, and you want to make sure they can get updates!

WHO DO I USE FOR BLOGS?

My preference is simply WordPress for ease, but since they don’t allow Javascript, a lot of people love blogspot. I didn’t use blogspot a few years ago when I started because every site had a “next blog” button that would take you to anyone’s blog and I found some scary stuff when I tested some church blogs, and hit the “next” button. Now it looks like wordpress has “related themes” which isn’t necessarily good, but at least I hope they won’t think wicca is ever related to my blogs, etc.

I just moved my blog from typepad to wordpress to have them all in one place. Plus even with the $8.mo fee for Typepad it had a mind of it’s own and wasn’t very user friendly. All the blogging software (I believe) have the ability to export your files and import them into a new blogging software. It’s not seamless, but if you end up with software you don’t prefer, you do have the ability to move your posts.

WHAT IS MY FEED?

Even if you have your url be something like MyNewBooks.com your “feed” address will still have wordpress in it. It would be http://mynewbook.wordpress.com/feed – if you sign up for widgetbox.com or you have a site for example at ning.com and it asks for your “RSS” that’s the address you would put in. You can use this then all over, for example if you do a Squidoo.com page. (Which you should – they rank high in traffic for keywords for the amount of time it will take to do one.) You can see one of mine here for invisible illness week that has a bunch of feeds. http://www.squidoo.com/invisible_illness_awareness – this is another advantage to having a blog instead of just a web site. All these kinds of pages can have your feeds and then you won’t have to update the info, it does it automatically each time you update your web site.

I could keep writing, but these are some basics. Hope this helps!

Lisa

Who is Talking About You?

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twitter Who is Talking About You?In my quest to organize information overload, I found this. We should all have our book titles, names, etc. in it just like we do for Google Alerts (do you have Google alerts set up for these right?)

Tweet Beep: http://www.tweetbeep.com — This service will alert you via email anytime your name, book title, company, or other keyword is tweeted about. You can set up similar alerts using TweetLater. A

You may also be interested inTwitter Search: http://search.twitter.com — Use this Twitter service to search for tweets. I put in “invisible illness” and then sent replies to people who tweeted on this topic to let them know about Invisible Illness Awareness Week.

Lisa

Blog Posts to Twitter

I’m trying to combine some of my efforts so I can concentrate more on content and less on posting it all over. I’ve been testing out some different things to do with Twitter and here is a link to Twitterfeed that seems to be working. It takes about 5 minutes to jump through the hoops to sign up, but after that you can sign up to have your blog posts post (title and brief description) to Twitter. Wanted to pass it along to save you a but of time too!

Anyone have any Twitter tools they want to share for us non-tech people?

Lisa

Everything You’d Ever Need for Twitter

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I am a twitter novice and learning to find the balance between being interesting, being honest and also using it as a marketing tool. But this week John Kremer (book marketing EXPERT) struck again by providing us with a wealth of resources for everything you’d ever want for Twitter.

Posting in advance, tweeting your blog, social networks for Twitter, and a list of media outlets that twitter (good to know!)

I’m going to work my way through all of these applications and decide what I really need to use first, but can’t wait to start. Let me know how you use Twitter, specifically to get people to your site or to sell more books.

 Everything Youd Ever Need for Twitter

Feb 9th is "Doing Business in Your Bathrobe Day"

I just saw this and thought I would pass it along to you!

Web Momz has detail on prizes you can win and how to bring recognition to your business. They list”4 Great Ways to Celebrate Doing Business in Your Bathrobe Day!”

Writing for Your Audience – For Example, How Do Moms Use the Internet?

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mom Writing for Your Audience   For Example, How Do Moms Use the Internet?Whenever we are writing or it’s vital to know our audience. And we should always be thinking of our marketing plan as we are writing as well. Book marketing is as simple as remembering to ask yourself, “What do people want to read and how can I get it into their hands?” at all times you are writing.

It’s a good idea to start a blog, a social network, or get involved in a social network with your own grop (such as a group on Ning.com) to build your readership before the book is even released.

Marketing Charts has a special article base on a study called Gen X and Gen Y Moms Use Internet Differently.

Some findings include Gen Y Moms spend more time reading blogs, participating in an online community of moms, and creating and sharing their own videos. Meanwhile, Gen X prefers to shop online and upload photos.

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