Hello, everyone! I’m here with a set of tips and tricks on blogging, ARCs and social media. I was a bit hesitant towards making such a post because I’ve been blogging for only five months now and that’s not quite a long period – I wouldn’t be called an experienced blogger traditionally. But a few people asked me for this post and I would love to share what worked for me. I’m sure this post could help, at least, the newbies. So, here I am!
Tips for blogging
- I hate to say this, but design is important – make your blog look beautiful and welcoming. Don’t go overboard with it, but have a nice banner and some graphics. That’s what people will notice first – some people will not even read your content if they don’t like the overall look of it. I tend to put more importance on content, but liking what you see doesn’t hurt either.
- When starting out, it’s important to engage with other people in the book community. I know it might be hard, at first, and you might feel disoriented, but search the WordPress Reader for book bloggers with similar tastes as yours and comment on their posts. Most of the time, they will comment back and you will start making friends.
- Try not to comment with things like ‘I’m a new blogger, can you check my blog post here’ or something among these lines instead read their posts and give a genuine, interested comment. Most of the time, the bloggers will comment back.
- Write posts about things you love – I know this might sounds like a cliche advice, but it actually works. I love writing discussion posts and people have noticed and complimented me on them. They are also the most popular posts, so write things that interest you.
- Also try to write posts on subjects that are actual. For example, I got a lot of traffic when I wrote the post about Netgalley and Goodreads (x) – I didn’t write it with this in mind, but it got a lot of traffic because people were as frustrated as me, many of them wanted to express their opinions in a safe place, others wanted to know more about it and what happened. So, writing about things that are important to this community will help you grow as a blogger and will help you know more and more people within the community.
Tips for Social Media
- For this one, I don’t have many tips – it’s just a trick that works a lot when it comes to starting your blog. If you want to start a blog, you should join the social media and promote your posts there, too.
- I would definitely recommend Twitter as a great platform for meeting fellow bookworms. It’s the one that helped me the most with getting an audience, I also met lovely people who I’m glad to call my friends.
- I also use Goodreads from time to time, link my review from the blog on Goodreads, which usually brings some views.
- I know lots of people use Instagram as a way of promoting their blogs, but it’s not really for me. I’m not much of a photographer and Instagram inspires me the pressure to always have perfect pictures and I sadly don’t have the patience, nor the time for that. But you can try it if it’s a platform you like!
- Any site where you can meet fellow bookworms is a good site to use for promoting your blog.
- Don’t be ashamed to do some self-promotion, I do it, we all do it. It’s the only way people will ever see your posts.
- Get involved in groups, challenges and chats.
- Tweet random bookish things. Lol. Okay, that’s just me.
Tips for ARCs
- Don’t be afraid to request ARCs even if you’re an international blogger, I promise you that it’s not as difficult as it seems.
- First of all, don’t listen to people who say you should have a certain number of followers or have been blogging for years in order to get ARCs. Some publishers are very flexible about these things, some aren’t. For example, I got my first ARCs when I have been blogging for three months and had 300+ followers. I didn’t try to request physical ARCs before having 300 followers, but I’m sure there are publishers/authors who would send you books for fewer followers.
- Try to understand the fact that some publishers won’t accept your request or even ignore you. It’s not personal, they just have a limited number of galleys and can’t give it to everyone. That’s why you can try to request less known books first.
- Lia from lostinastory has a list with emails for publishers (it’s for international bloggers) : here.
- Things to always include in your mail : your shipping address (don’t forget it, some publishers won’t answer to your email, but send you the books anyway. so it’s better to include it), reason why you’re requesting the books – I try to include why the blurb made me interested in the book, if I read another books from the same author or if there’s a certain theme/subject that makes that book especially interesting to me, your links to everything (blog, social media, every place you talk about books) – always include your stats (of the previous month) and followers for every platform you’re including in the email.
- Be formal, but don’t overdo it!
- Request only the books you want and the ones you know you’ll like to review. Of course, it’s totally okay if you can’t finish them – you can explain that. But not request a bunch of books you don’t want to read just for the sake of getting ARCs.
- Also, indie authors will contact you more and more as you progress in the blogging world if you make yourself available – which means you have a contact form on your blog or your email address visible on either Goodreads, blog or Twitter.
I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that blogging is an easy thing – it takes up a lot of time and dedication. You have to work your way into this bookish world, but people are usually very kind and welcoming.
If you’re looking for reasons to start a blog – you can check my other post about Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog.
I hope some of the tricks and tips were helpful and that you enjoyed this post, if you have any other suggestions, you can comment down below!