SEO, slowly but surely I’m figuring it out. I’m also learning why it’s so important for writers to know it and how to use it too. For the past two years I’ve just assumed that it was for techy people to use to make their high tech jobs even more high tech. Little did I know, it actually has more to do with me and my wee little blog than a techy programmer squirreled away in his cubical.
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is what makes a person’s blog or website findable by the big Internet names like Google and Yahoo!. If the big Internet names can’t find your writer’s blog or website, then it’s very likely that no one can. If no one can find you or your website on the Internet, then your site probably isn’t doing you a whole lot of good.
But how does an indie writer improve their search engine find-ability? Well, there are actually lots of different ways. The most common way is to include highly trending words into your blog or website heading. You find these words by going to a website that lists the day’s most heavily searched words. I investigated a little bit and I found quite a few different sites that offered a list of trending words. Unfortunately most of them wanted me to sign-up and pay them a fee. I guess they didn’t understand that writer=poor. I did find one site that offered the top 20 search words for the day for free! That was Google Trends.
It’s quick and easy to give it a check, the page is very simplistic so you won’t get lost in a ton of techy jargon, and there isn’t so much information that you can’t sift through it to get what you want. Today’s most important word is Dallas Green. I’m not really sure how I would use it in a blog post, but it would make me easier to find by more people.
A quick word of warning, don’t over do it with the trending words, or you might get in trouble with the big Internet names and they may block your blog or website from their search engines.
I’m playing catch-up with the promotion of my latest book, It’s a stony road through hell, and I’m making some changes to my normal promoting system this time around. I included the book on my Chapter One page and my Novels page, but I decided to not include it on my Characters page.
Shameless book promotion!
I had to think long and hard about this, but I finally decided that my third novel wouldn’t be a good fit for that web page. A major reason for this is that It’s a stony road through hell is my first horror novel. Lots of bad things happen in the story, people die, so I thought maybe it would be better if readers didn’t get too attached to the characters. Another reason is that the story very heavily focuses on the main character, Jina, and her journey through hell. There just isn’t a whole lot of other characters in this book. And the last reason is because this is an action focused book not a character focused book, so I thought it would be a little awkward to write character bios for this story.
Now all I have to do is get this baby on Goodreads, and my first wave of book promotion should be done!
I love getting free stuff! Free cookies from my local bakery. Free donuts from my local donut shop (Hmm, maybe I should shop at those two a little less.) Free shampoo samples from my local hair salon. The best things in life are free. And of course, the very best free thing is books!
Why do you think writers love libraries so much. It’s because a library is a place a writer can go to be surrounded by books that are totally and completely free! They can take books home by the bucket load and not pay a dime.
In honor of free books and all their joys, I am happy to announce that my latest book “It’s a stony road through hell” will be available on Amazon for free starting March 11th through March 15th. Click on the links below to get started on this spine chilling adventure and get the whole story right now!