Written by Michael LaRocca

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Another example. If you wrote a book which is full of action scenes on snowmobiles, put up a snowmobiling website. Don't put up a site that says "I'm Michael LaRocca. Buy my snowmobile novel." Who logs onto a search engine and specifically looks for Michael LaRocca? Nobody. If they knew who I was, I wouldn't have this marketing problem. No, bring inrepparttar snowmobilers. Createrepparttar 125193 ultimate source of snowmobile info,repparttar 125194 kind of place that everyone who owns a snowmobile or is thinking of getting one will want to visit. Then slip inrepparttar 125195 mention of your book. Easy to see, but not overpowering. Do it right, and sales will take care of themselves.

What you'll have, if you can pull this off, is a website that's highly placed inrepparttar 125196 search engines every time someone logs into one and looks for snowmobile stuff. If all THOSE people visit your site, that'srepparttar 125197 kind of exposure you want.


This is my new pet theory. The Internet is overwhelmingly large. Nobody can take it all in. Nobody hasrepparttar 125198 time orrepparttar 125199 desire. So what they do is form little "communities." Authors hang out over here, dog lovers over there, etc. We have our little address books, and we spam everyone on our list with tired jokes or "Hey guess what I did today" or whatever. We use little pieces ofrepparttar 125200 Internet. If you've been to my site, odds are you're a writer. We have our community as well.

All writers visit Inscriptions, all writers visit their publishers' egroups, etc. But let's pretend you sell your book to everyone in your community, which you won't. What next? There aren't enough people in your community to make it worthwhile. I'm always looking for ways to getrepparttar 125201 word out to new communities.

As in, fire up a search engine and look for snowmobile sites. Go sign their guestbooks. Again, not with "visit my site!" Sign them with real comments and real content, and slip in that URL. Heck, sign guestbooks that have absolutely nothing to do with anything connected with your writing.

Ideally, you'll make it into word-of-mouth advertising. That's where some total stranger likes what you're doing so much that he tells his buddies, who tell their buddies, and so on. Shall we mention Mahir? That'srepparttar 125202 Turkish fellow who you may have seen playing ping-pong on David Letterman in red Speedos. Word-of mouth advertising made his siterepparttar 125203 success that it is today, and if we can be honest his site stinks.


Having said all that, there are some writer groups you must visit. http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com isrepparttar 125204 first. Subscribe to it forrepparttar 125205 advice you'll receive. When you're published, mention that to them. It's free, and over 5000 subscribers will read your little blurb.

If you're an epublished author, EPIC and EPPRO come to mind next. Writer communities, but extremely helpful ones. You'll sell some books there, perhaps, but mainly you're in it forrepparttar 125206 advice. EPPRO is free. EPIC is $30/year. (Yes, I know I said "free" before, but I made an exception for EPIC.) The addresses are http://eppro.homestead.com/ and http://www.eclectics.com/epic/


You've got a newsletter, and I've got a newsletter. If I post a brief ad for your newsletter in mine, you post a brief ad for my newsletter in yours. That's an ad swap. Quick, painless, free. My readers can visit you or blow you off. They can join or not.

When I had 80 subscribers,repparttar 125207 guys with 250 refused to swap ads because I was too small. I call them geeberheads. I've got 421 and I just swapped ads with a guy who has eight.

Anyway, look for ad swaps. Try not to put more than two per issue-- nobody wants to read dozens of ads. If you want to swap ads with me, I'm at laroccamichael@hotmail.com


Log onto any search engine and look for this phrase, and you'll be amazed. I used a lot. Some are legit and others are FFA (Free-For- All) places where everybody onrepparttar 125208 site will spam you with their own classified. The biggest fish inrepparttar 125209 pond is http://classified.yahoo.com and it's certainly worth a visit. Advertise both your site and your newsletter. Renew your ads whenever Yahoo automatically tells you that you should do it.


Back to my "community" theory. If you have a website, and it wins an award,repparttar 125210 site that gave you that award will put you in its winner list. Now that's outside your community. Odds are it's full of award-seekers who will never visit your site, but I figure it can't hurt.

Banner ads stink. How many banners have you paid attention to lately? But awards may be different. When a search engine evaluates your site, it looks at how many other sites link to you, and how many other sites you link to. So I figure, why not award sites?

Award graphics take forever to load. So on my website is a link to my "Awards Page." I don't care if no one ever sees that page. It's just my way to display those awards. It also contains a list of over 800 awards. If you want to apply for some,repparttar 125211 address is http://readers.freeservers.com/awards.html


There is a form on http://readers.freeservers.com/authors.html that allows authors to list their websites. There is a form on http://readers.freeservers.com/writingnewsletters.html that allows people to list their newsletters. I don't know if it'll help your traffic, but it can't hurt.

Michael LaRocca laroccamichael@hotmail.com

How-to use Holiday Events For Extra Promotion

Written by Pamela Heywood

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The affiliate scheme at, http://www.wotch.com/ have a free mini- browsers and mini-books that you can give away and they have them for most events. You'll get 10 cents for each browser activated, plus your link in it and they are useful as well as decorative little programs for your visitors.

=> You could also add eCards, which visitors can send free and this promotes your site to others. 123Greetings offers their Interface Program http://www.123greetings.com There's Echelon Cardshop http://web.eesite.com/cards or All-Yours Digital Postcards http://www.all-yours.net/postcard/

=> Add a lottery and announce that there's stuff to win in your promotion. There are many onrepparttar net and sponsorship is an inexpensive way to get an influx of visitors for your event.

=> Make sure you take email addresses. Have your newsletter sign- up box in a prominent position or combine this with win a computer at ComputerDrawing.com http://www.computerdrawing.com/contest.htm?A=2922

You can probably be reasonably confident that someone who is playingrepparttar 125192 lottery might also register to win a computer andrepparttar 125193 beauty of this system is that it is a lead generator: you are sent a copy of allrepparttar 125194 user's details, name, location, even their interests, so you will be able to target offers to them later. They do haverepparttar 125195 option to say no to further information, which you must respect, but it will collect a good number of email addresses from this traffic boost. Then it is up to you.

As well as promoting externally to get new visitors, you have something new and topical to promote to your current contacts, your mailing list and in your newsletter, which gives them a reason to come back to your site.

Pamela Heywood is webmistress of http://www.tucats-design.com - Building Your Online Business Instinctively. Subscribe to the weekly TuCats Mewsletter (sic) mailto:subscribe@tucats-design.com and get regular FREE hints, tips, articles and resources.

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