Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Blogging Promotion: Thou Shalt Hop

How do you spread the word about your blog? That's this week's Book Blogger Hop question. I'm interested too see how everyone goes about it. Do you actively promote your blog? Or, maybe you shared yours with friends and family, who've shared it with their friends and family. Maybe you don't promote much at all but are satisfied with the traffic you get?

At first, all I did for promotion was share my new posts with Facebook friends.

When I began blogging about books I had no idea how many other book bloggers there are - no idea. After I began my blog, I started Googling for other book blogs. I found a few of interest and visited the blogs on their blog rolls.

Eventually, I stumbled upon the Book Blogger Hop. I've found so many new book blogs this way as well as generated traffic to my blog. 

Following other blogger's advice, I  checked out Book Blogs Ning and eventually set up a Twitter account. Book Blogs Ning is great for getting questions answered. And Twitter is really a lot of fun. I've participated in online chats through Twitter for Armchair BEA (book expo of America) and others. I've won books using Twitter, too - just another reason to get tweeting!

I registered my blog with Technorati. I don't get much traffic from it but it's interesting to see how I'm ranked.

Another thing bloggers encouraged me to do was ping. I usually use Pingomatic or Blog Buzzer. I do think this helps.

In the end, commenting (not spamming!) on the Web is a real traffic producer. Staying active by commenting on other blogs and websites does bring in some visitors.

There's a few of my tricks. If this post has piqued your interest, check out my posts on marketing under Scribbles and Scrawls!


  1. Happy Hop! It's been through taking part of weekly meme's like the HOP that I've been able to visit other blogs and also gives me a chance to see what people are up to. My hope is by visiting others, they'll come by and visit back :)

    Come HOP by my blog and visit

  2. Hey! What a great blog you have here! (I just stumbled by via Friday memes).

    Please keep it up, I'm a follower of yours for sure. :D

    Best Wishes,
    ●▬▬▬๑۩Tina @ Book Couture۩๑▬▬▬●

  3. Hopping by to say Hi! I am already a follower.
    Have a great Weekend!
    My Book Blogger Hop

  4. Stopping by via the hop! This hop is a great way to promote your blog and it's helped me find a bunch of interesting blogs I now follow. And, as you said, intelligent comments are really the way to build a following!

  5. Hi!

    New follower here!

    I agree with you on meaningful posts, it's so much nicer when it's obvious the person has, at the very least, skimmed your answer.

    I, through this hop, have just found out about the Books Blog Ning and have joined up... so hopefully that will be helpful too! I'd never heard of it before.

    Check out my Blog Hop, Follow Friday and Giveaway!

  6. I don't really publicise my blog on any social network site. Happy blog hopping/folowing!

    Here is my post! I am a very serious eclectic reader. I follow blogs I like via google reader too!

  7. Hi,
    I'm stopping by your blog on the Blog Hop and for Follow Friday. I hope you have a beautiful weekend and get lots of reading done. :)

  8. Stopping by from the hop! I'm a new follower. Your blog seems coolio! I hope your weekend is great!

  9. Your review of Review: What a Professor Learned By Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan.

    That looks like a good read.

    Stopping by from the Blog Hop!

    Twice is Nice Blog! Visit Our blog for reviews, giveaways and fun!

  10. A follower stopping by on the Hop. I've read a lot of comments on how Twitter helps. Maybe I need to give it try. I have done pretty well participating in hops like this and memes and challenges and leaving comments.

  11. New the blog design and the book you are reading.

    Hopping by....

    Stop by my blog to see how I "advertise."

  12. Hi there,

    Stopping by as a part of the hop. How is Willa Cather treating you? Can't say I was a fan of that book when I read it for college.

  13. I have awarded you with the Versatile Blog Award.

    I am sending my awards to some new Bloggers I have discovered this weekend.

    1. The Prairie Library
    2. Life Happens While Books are Waiting
    3. The Reading Life
    4. Confessions & Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog

    Please send this award to some of your newly discovered blogs.

    Enjoy. Stop by my blog for the Versatile Blog Image to add to your site.

  14. You just gave me some new ideas to explore, since ping and technorati are both new to me. I'm stopping by on the hop, but I am already a follower, and do enjoy your blog. Have a great weekend!

  15. Just hopping by to say hi! Wow you've inspired me to get more into Twitter. I'm having issues understanding it, and think maybe I'd like it more if I had internet on my phone for "on the go" tweets, lol.
    Have a great weekend!

  16. Thanks for hopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I hope you do chose to read: but, enough about me... by Jancee Dunn. It is a great read! I just wanted you to know, I am following you back & looking forward to future posts!