Happy New Year! In this installment of Web Design Relief Links Roundup, we’re featuring articles on the how-tos of being expert Twitter and Google+ users, automating your social media networks correctly, and creating sharable content. You’ll also find information about tools for making your writing time more productive. Whether you create (or have created) your own author website or we create one for you, we want to give you the best tools possible to build an effective online author platform and get your writing out there for all the world to read. Start the year off right with these great tips for boosting your online promotion techniques.
10 Essential Non-Writing Tools to Help Writers Write via PBS — Writers just want to write, but they are often forced to spend time putting food on the table and interacting with the rest of society. To help make the writing process easier and more accessible from various devices and environments, Sarah Juckes has compiled 10 essential tools for writers in the 21st century.
The Seven Secret Habits of Twitter Power Users via KISSmetrics — You’ve heard it before: Twitter is a social media powerhouse, and if you’re looking to spread the word about your writing, Twitter is a great place to do it. When you’re ready to jump on the Twitter marketing bandwagon, be sure that you are tweeting correctly. You might as well hit the ground running! Wendy Kirwan discusses the best practices for using Twitter like a power user!
Four Ways Google+ Communities Help Authors Build Their Platforms via Kristen Lamb’s Blog — If you’re just getting the hang of Google+ and are trying to understand how to boost your activity and readership for your writing, then Marcy Kennedy of WANA International has the solution for you! Mary explains how Google+ communities can really help your networking efforts. Whatever your writing genre, your work and personal interests will most likely have communities on Google+ just waiting for you to join.
Social Media Automation Guide Part 1: Finding a Balance Between Automation and Conversation via Hootsuite — Juggling life, family, a career, a social calendar, and writing is hard enough as it is, but now you have to promote your writing. We all wish there were more hours in the day, but a few minutes of daily the social networking can go a long way. And, of course, there are always tools to help you out! Clayton Lainsbury, the Founder and CEO at Crowd Content, explains how to automate your social media promotion while continuing to interact with your followers. If you only have a few spare moments a day to dedicate to social media, then you have to make those moments count!
The Science & Psychology Of Social Media via Marketing Land — You have an author website, you’re dealing with social media like a champ, and you may even be connecting with other writers and guest blogging to promote your writing on other online venues. Awesome work! So how can you take your online book promotion to the next level? Jordan Kasteler recommends understanding the science of social media and viral content. His article may be geared toward marketing products, but his analysis of why we share online content can help you plan your next book marketing campaign.
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