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7 Most Popular Blog Posts 2011 – 2014

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Curious if we had already reached the 1-Million-reader mark, I was browsing through the statistics of our “old” WordPress blog – which has been moved to: http://SavvyBookWriters.com/blog over a year ago – and discovered this list of the seven most popular blog post between 2011 and 2014:
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46 Top Websites to Promote Your Book for FREE
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/18-top-websites-to-promote-your-book-for-free/

How to Start Your Own Book Publishing Business
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/how-to-start-your-own-book-publishing-business/

11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/9-websites-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs/

50 Web Links to Let Your Book Go Viral!
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/50-web-links-to-let-your-book-go-viral/

15 Million Reads Before Her Book Was Even Published
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/15-million-readers-before-her-book-was-even-published/

What is the Salary of an Editor, Reporter or Columnist?
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/what-is-the-salary-of-an-editor-reporter-or-columnist/

The Traps in Publishing Contracts
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/the-traps-in-publishing-contracts/

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Where did the Blog Traffic come from?
90% of the traffic to our blog came mostly from search engines, where people looked for advice and typed in certain keywords (see how important hashtags and keywords are!).  Research also shows that readers are fifteen times more likely to seek out and purchase a book from an author with a recognizable brand. And these authors can also charge more for their books. If a writer is trying to build a career as an author, this becomes crucial to success.
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The top three social media networks that send readers our way:
#1 Twitter,
#2 Facebook
#3 Google+

Also Google+ is mainly responsible for the overwhelming success of search engine traffic.   And the Independent Publisher blog who had just mentioned SavvyBookWriters in one single sentence, sent almost 900 readers to our blog.
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What surprised me was the fact that Pinterest brought more referrals than LinkedIn, even though only images were posted there, while on the other hand many useful articles went to LinkedIn. The reason might be the number of followers on Pinterest are double than those at LinkedIn?  Resolution for 2016: Being more active on Linkedin, following more people there.  Did you know: every article one writes on LinkedIn is emailed to all followers’ mailbox there.  It makes all the  difference if 200 people receive a message or 2.000 get it…
Blog posts on SavvyBookwriters contain usually between three and ten links.  The most-clicked and followed links in our blogs came from readers at Wattpad.com, Booktalk.org and Goodreads.com.

Last, but not least the countries where the most readers came from: USA (over 60%), United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, Philippines, South Africa, Germany, Singapore and Ireland. And amazingly even from countries such as Micronesia, Bhutan, Solomon Islands, Angola, Moldova, Paraguay, Uzbekistan, Cayman Islands, Burundi, Fidji and Cuba.  It’s just amazing how the Internet connects the world…

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Well, and 5,000 more readers TODAY, the first day of 2016, would make the 1.000.000 mark – please use the share buttons : ) and invite all your friends and followers to visit our blog.  THANKS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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How to Create Curated Content for Your Blog

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In an upcoming book, I listed content that bloggers can use without even writing much, such as info-graphics, videos, images and also “curated content”.  It prompted a question what curated content means.
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News aggregation websites, for example, have been curating content from other news websites and from the wire since online news reporting began, and even before that, at newspapers and TV media. Almost every non-fiction guidebook, how-to-guide, and self-help title is an accumulation of curated content.

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What is Content Curation?
Content curation is finding information relevant to your audience from a variety of sources and then sharing it via your blog, website, social media and other communication channels.  You write a post based on a given subject and within that post you add snippets from other bloggers posts written on the same subject.  In layman’s words: You write about what others write, you comment and you create a summary of their articles.
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Important: Linking
However, you have to give full accreditation in the form of one or more links back to their blog post and other important sites of these authors, e.g. “about”, “bio” or other posts they have written about similar topics.  Whether you’re recommending a blog post, article, video, social media update or another online resource, always use the permalink (permanent link) for the specific item, rather than the general website address.
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Any Content can be Curated
As long as you include a link to the author, you can curate any kind of content, for example, you can curate written content, any video material which is shareable and can be embedded, such as YouTube and Vimeo videos, any video images, news from aggregation sites. However, always be aware of copyright issues and check if you are not sure.  If you want to engage your visitors you need to find specific and relevant content, whether it is text or images, video or audio.
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Content curation doesn’t include creating totally new content – it’s more about discovering, compiling, and sharing existing content with your online followers (from your blog or social media).

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Blog Post Planning
Set the scene for your subject with a couple of paragraphs and try to include quotes or mention other authoritative bloggers or experts in that field, and introduce other relevant content. There are even tools, such as Zemanta a free WordPress plugin which scans your page as you type and suggests images and content for you to use.
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An example of curated blog content is my former post from Monday this week: “Amazon Book Reviews Worldwide?”
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/amazon-book-reviews-worldwide/
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Accreditation
Keep your quotes brief – one or two sentences – to adhere to fair use guidelines. Simply by placing a link to the original article and a mention of the author will suffice.  Images are more mostly covered by copyright, so use your own ones or get them at free photo sites.

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Commentary
Without an engaging commentary, content curation will be no more than taking someone’s content and placing it on your blog page.  Give the reader quality content which is relevant to their search, if you can give your own take on the subject and then inject the curated snippets and content into your own thread then you are getting the reader to engage with you on your own ideas.

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Find Great New Content
List the best posts before moving on to the curation process, and check the page rank of the post.  A higher page rank will help your own page to rank higher.  Choose a part which is interesting to build the story you are writing, copy and paste it into your article and link back to the article that you are taking the snippet from.

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Add a Commentary

In an article ContentMasteryGuide.com suggests:

  • Do you agree with the premise of the article? Why or why not?
  • How does the content relate to your specific audience?
  • What points do you think were missing from the article?
  • What is your unique way of presenting a similar message?
  • Are there examples from your life or business that illustrate points from the article?

This is your opportunity to demonstrate your expertise by drawing on great work others have published.  Explain why the content you are sharing is relevant to your audience. You could for example start with an introduction to the subject, followed by a snippet taken from another blog, followed by more of your own words, then insert a video from YouTube or an image from your own files.  The great thing about curation is that you can use anything as long as it doesn’t affect the copyright, you even could use some text from Twitter or explanations from Wikipedia.
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By designing new interfaces, and making information more accessible, innovative companies have just begun creating the “Curated Web”.  With Google recently stating that it favors sharing news and information, it can only enhance your web presence.
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Read More About Curated Content:

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/content-curation-tools

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-collis/6-powerful-tips-to-effect_b_5901856.html

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5 Reasons Why Blogging is Joy – and a Must

. Blogging . “At the very least, new authors should be blogging” – that’s what publishers and agents expect.  Blogs are an essential tool of any writer.  Not only does it get you writing on a regular schedule, it lubricates your writer’s brain, eases that fear of putting yourself out there in the world.  . 1. Top Authors are Blogging Top author blogs include those of fantasy authors Neil Gaiman or J.A. Konrath, spirituals Paulo Coelho, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra, and business authors Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell. They all have sold millions of copies, yet they still blog for fun and… Read more

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5 Reasons Why Blogging is Joy – and a Must

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“At the very least, new authors should be blogging” – that’s what publishers and agents expect.  Blogs are an essential tool of any writer.  Not only does it get you writing on a regular schedule, it lubricates your writer’s brain, eases that fear of putting yourself out there in the world. 
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1. Top Authors are Blogging
Top author blogs include those of fantasy authors Neil Gaiman or J.A. Konrath, spirituals Paulo Coelho, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra, and business authors Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell. They all have sold millions of copies, yet they still blog for fun and in order to sell their books, then we should definitely do the same!
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2. Blogging is Your Exercise in Writing
Every artist needs to practice, practice, practice… Musicians need to play hundreds – if not thousands – of pieces, before they can even think about playing in front of an audience. Same is true for any other kind of art, and also sport. Athletes who want to attend a competition, let alone the Olympics, need to exercise 40 to 80 hours a week (often beside their work or studies). Blogging is an authors “training”, actually an easy one, as the books content or experiences of their writing or new things they learned can go into their articles.

 

 

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3. A Blog is Not Only Pure Writing
New blog posts do not necessarily be a written articles, as explained in: Why Blogging Sells Your Book.

  • Photos, Videos, Podcasts,
  • Snippets from your book
  • Slide-Shares, Info-Graphics, Lists
  • Polls / Surveys
  • Re-blogging, Curating other blog articles
  • Guest posts
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4. Your Blog: A Marketing Essential
Your blog, along with a newsletter and website, are the best ways to build a list of online followers, you can introduce your work to an ever-widening circle of readers. Not only is blogging great for updating contacts about new events and what you are currently writing, but they are also perfect for helping your website rank higher.
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5. More Visitors With New Content
With constantly updated content, you will for sure receive more visitors to your blog than a website. These visitors can easily be lead to visit your actual website with a link at the top left “Visit my Author Site”. Blogging increases excitement about your forthcoming books, and enlists “raving fans” to help spread the word.

Last, but not least: Blogging is a huge part of what your posts and tweets on Social Media are. Your blog facilitates networking with your peers and readers, and makes you focus on your author brand and how you want your work to be known.

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3 Simple Changes to Improve Your Articles

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Not really happy with the response to your blogs?  Try these three changes for your blog posts, website or article writing. It will make a huge difference between articles being read or going viral.  Implementing these tips only half-heartily - starting with better headlines - I already gained more than 300,000 blog visitors in the last year.
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# 1 The Secret to Writing Great Headlines
Studies have shown that you can increase your conversion rate on a blog article, tweet or link by 73% if you use a great headline. People read blog posts because the title catches their attention. Create headlines that will captivate readers. Posts don’t go viral, but headlines do. It’s the headline that people share on Social Media.

Use Promises
Readers will click on headlines that promise a reward, such as a solution to their problem or a sure path way to success. The most popular headlines are starting with numbers, such as “How to” or “Tips for”.
You have seen lots of titles like: “99 Top Websites to Show Your Book“……… “77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected” ….. or “The Benefit on Using Google+” ……

Use Celebrity Names
All the top tweets feature celebrities, such as Obama or Oprah. For example: ”Oprah uses this visualization technique. Should you?”

Use “New”
Your headline should promise something new.
“How a New App is Changing the Way we Edit Books.” or ”5 Social Media Trends You Need to Know.”

Use Best and Worst 
Jeff Bullas, writing at the same topic, not only suggests to use new, celebrity, promises or numbers, but also best and worst: “Top 10 Google+ Posts or 2013.” or ”Biggest Social Media Mistakes of 2013.”
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# 2 Quote an Expert – or Several
If you take a look at most of our blog posts, you will notice that they have quite a few outbound links. People take you seriously when they know your information comes from a specialist in this field.

Theoretically, one can compile blog posts together on subjects you know absolutely nothing about. As long as you know how to quote and cite the right people, you will be taken seriously. Compile expert knowledge. This is how journalists make money with their articles (and thorough research about the topics).
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# 3 Tell Stories or Write About Learning Experiences
Point to your own experiences and stories of companies or individuals that had done what you recommended, and how it worked for them. We like to listen to real stories. Which are much more likely to go viral than mere information.
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If you change only one thing about the blog content itself, this one should be it: Sprinkle a few stories and examples into your blog posts to justify what you are saying.
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Last but not least: don’t get discouraged. Many bloggers write a couple of posts, don’t see much traffic, and give up. Building a readership takes time and experience. It takes effort to find ways to get your particular audience to visit, comment on your posts, and recommend you to others – but it’s worth it.!  Read More Blog Posting Tips

http://writetodone.com/3-secrets-to-writing-blog-posts-that-go-viral/

http://www.startupbros.com/32-ways-to-make-your-blog-post-go-viral/

http://mycrazygoodlife.com/5-ways-im-making-my-blog-content-go-viral/

http://blog.crazyegg.com/2013/06/24/get-more-retweets/

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Or visit http://www.e-book-pr.com/book-promo/
to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

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Thanks a lot for following:

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http://www.111publishing.com

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3 Simple Changes to Improve Your Articles

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Ice-on-Trees.

Not really happy with the response to your blogs?  Try these three changes for your blog posts, website or article writing. It will make a huge difference between articles being read or going viral.  Implementing these tips only half-heartily - starting with better headlines - I already gained almost 300,000 blog visitors in the last year.
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# 1 The Secret to Writing Great Headlines
Studies have shown that you can increase your conversion rate on a blog article, tweet or link by 73% if you use a great headline. People read blog posts because the title catches their attention. Create headlines that will captivate readers. Posts don’t go viral, but headlines do. It’s the headline that people share on Social Media.

  • Use Promises
    Readers will click on headlines that promise a reward, such as a solution to their problem or a sure path way to success. The most popular headlines are starting with numbers, such as “How to” or “Tips for”. You have seen lots of titles like: “99 Top Websites to Show Your Book“……… “77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected” ….. or “The Benefit on Using Google+” ……
  • Use Celebrity Names
    All the top tweets feature celebrities, such as Obama or Oprah. For example: ”Oprah uses this visualization technique. Should you?”
  • Use “New”
    Your headline should promise something new. ”How a New App is Changing the Way we Edit Books.” or ”5 Social Media Trends You Need to Know.”
  • Use Best and Worst
    Jeff Bullas, writing at the same topic, not only suggests to use new, celebrity, promises or numbers, but also best and worst: “Top 10 Google+ Posts or 2013.” or ”Biggest Social Media Mistakes of 2013.”

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# 2 Quote an Expert – or Several
If you read the most popular blogs on the Internet, you will notice that they have quite a few outbound links. People take you seriously when they know your information comes from an insider or a specialist in a certain field.
Theoretically, one can compile blog posts together on subjects she or he knows absolutely nothing about. As long as one knows how to quote and cite the right people, one will be taken seriously. Gather expert knowledge. This is how journalists make money with their articles (after thoroughly researching the topics).

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# 3 Tell Stories or Write About Your Learning Experiences
Point to your own mistakes / experiences or to stories of companies or individuals that had done what you recommended, and how it worked for them. Readers like to listen to real stories. Which are much more likely to go viral than just blank information.
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If you change only one thing about your blog content, this one should be it: Sprinkle a few stories and examples into your blog posts to justify what you are saying.
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Last but not least: don’t get discouraged. Many bloggers write a couple of posts, don’t see much traffic, and give up. Building a readership takes time and experience. It takes effort to find ways to get your particular audience to visit, comment on your posts, and recommend you to others – but it’s worth it.!  Read More Blog Posting Tips:

http://writetodone.com/3-secrets-to-writing-blog-posts-that-go-viral/

http://www.startupbros.com/32-ways-to-make-your-blog-post-go-viral/

http://mycrazygoodlife.com/5-ways-im-making-my-blog-content-go-viral/

http://blog.crazyegg.com/2013/06/24/get-more-retweets/

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If you would like to get more support in all things publishing, have your book intensively promoted and learn how to navigate social media sites – or to learn how you can make yourself a name as an author through content writing: We offer all this and more for only $159 for three months! Learn more about this individual book marketing help: http://www.111Publishing.com/Seminars
Or visit http://www.e-book-pr.com/book-promo/
to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

Please check out all previous posts of this blog (there are more than 970 of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it. There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and StumpleUpon.
Thanks a lot for following:

@111publishing

http://www.111publishing.com

http://www.e-Book-PR.com/

http://www.international-ebooks.com/

http://bit.ly/VmtVAS 111Publishing @ Google+

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