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BLOGS for Authors & Speakers
What is a BLOG? Blogging in its simplest term is like an online journal but much, much more powerful. BLOGS - short for Weblog - are a place where your visitors can get up-to-the-minute information on a specific topic.
Here are a few of our favorite BLOGS for Authors & Speakers.
Seth Godin's BLOG - Godin is author of ten books that have been bestsellers around the world and changed the way people think about marketing, change and work. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages, and his e-books are among the most popular ever published. He is responsible for many words in the marketer's vocabulary, including permission marketing, ideaviruses, purple cows, the dip and sneezers. His irrepressible speaking style and no-holds-barred blog have helped him create a large following around the world.
The Big Bad Book BLOG - This BLOG is the brainchild of Greenleaf Book Group's self-proclaimed Big Bad Book Nerds. It is a creative outlet for the Greenleaf team, designed to educate and entertain the writing and publishing community with useful insights and fun commentaries.
Mridu Khullar's BLOG - Mridu Khullar is an international freelance writer with over 200 articles in print and on the Web.
http://www.Blog.BookMarketing.com - A book marketing BLOG by Brian Jud. Info on special-sales and bookstore marketing.
http://www.PRSecrets.com/publicityblog.html - Susan Harrow's Public Relations, Publicity and Media Training Blog.
http://www.BookMarketingWorks.com/blog/ - A book marketing BLOG.
http://www.amarketingexpert.com/blog.html - A terrifc BLOG called, "Author Marketing Experts" by Penny C. Sansevieri.
http://BookSummit.blogspot.com/ - Dan Poynter, the country's leading expert on independent and self-publishing, is one of the Book Summit organizers.
WritersReaders.com BLOG - Learn how to become a successfully published author, discover what goes on behind the scenes that impacts your career as a writer. Jerry Simons, former executive with The Time Warner Book Group presents the inside scoop as to what goes on behind the scenes of publishing.
Book Marketing and Publicity BLOG - MarketAbility's book marketing and publicity update. Tips, strategies, techniques that help authors and publishers sell more books.
www.WritersReaders.com BLOG - Behind the scenes of the world's largest publishers, secrets writers need to know.
E-Mail Marketing BLOG - I use VerticalResponse.com to send my monthly eZINE. This BLOG is mostly about e-mail marketing and misc. marketing ideas.
www.BigBadBookBLOG.com - Excellent BLOG on lots of different tops of interest to authors and speakers.
Writer Beware BLOG - Devoted to exposing book publishing scams in all forms (from unscrupulous agents to vanity publishing pyramid schemes), this BLOG is an invaluable resource that helps speakers (or anyone else wanting to publish a book) avoid getting taken.
www.OpeningKeynote.com - Vital resources for meeting planners and meeting professionals by my friend, Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC.
Midpoint Trade Books Help Desk for Independent Publishers - Please take a moment to surf over to Gail Kump's latest entires on the Help Desk for Independent Publishers. Her entries include some new options for promoting your books.
Beyond the Binding - Use this BLOG to find out information about book networking on social networking sites and the internet. The easy parts and the tough parts. The trends. Site reviews. Pitfalls.
Book Cover Coaching - You'll fing BLOG topics on titles, subtitles, your back cover, "elevator speeches," market positioning, branding, series potential, and more
To find other writer's and author's BLOGS, click here. Some good, some not so good. You're on your own.
Search engines love BLOGS and RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication). BLOGS are great for exposure and Google loves BLOGS and will spider them like crazy which means a higher Google ranking for you. Journalists love blogs and will often contact experts via their BLOGS. You may want to consider starting a BLOG of your own.
Blogs get people excited. Or else they disturb and worry them. Some people distrust them. Others see them as the vanguard of a new information revolution. Because they allow and encourage ordinary people to speak up, they're tremendous tools of freedom of expression.
Download a PDF of "Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents" at Reporters Without Boarders. It explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicize it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles. You can read many of the topics online without downloading the PDF file.
www.AriPaparo.com provides a list of BLOG Directories (search engines) where you can list your blog.
Pingoat.com is a service that pings or notifies a number of services that keep track of weblogs (BLOGS) and publish them. By pinging, you let the services know that your blog has been updated and hence, they crawl and index your site, publishing your blog contents, thus increasing your blog's popularity. Simply type in the name of your BLOG, the URL and select ALL under the "General" catagory.
Read 21 Tactics to Increase BLOG Traffic by Rand Fishkin!
Your contribution to this page is welcome. If you know of a grrreat BLOG that might be of interest to our visitors, please send the URL to: BLOGS@AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com. We would love to hear from you.
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