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Social Media Links
I know the Muse Monday is intended for writing craft articles and blog posts, but I’ve spent some time this weekend doing a few blog hops and came across something that I see as a trend among writer blogs. While this may not be about craft, it is certainly about marketing.
I cannot easily find how to follow many writers on social media. I can find links to everywhere on the planet to find a book, but I can’t find social media links.
I’ve spent over three years blogging at Hallee the Homemaker and interacting with other homemaking blogs. For some reason, a typical homemaking/mommy/marketing blog is full of links in the sidebar or in every post for “follow me”. I think they’re so obvious, because sponsors and advertisers for those kind of blogs want to see numbers – stat numbers, follower numbers, Facebook and Twitter friends. The more obvious the “FOLLOW ME!” signs are, the more likely people will add their name to the numbers.
But in pursuing writers’ blogs, I have noticed that many of them do not have ANY obvious “follow me” signs. I have to hunt and search for Facebook links,Twitter handles, and Google+ pages, and often I can’t find them. I’ve had to go so far as to search for their names in Facebook or Twitter and then make guesses as to whether I’ve found the right person or not.
Here is my advice to you, my writer colleagues: Make it obvious. I you look on the left of your screen, you’ll see my big “Follow Me” banner – which will open up to provide you my links. On Hallee the Homemaker, near the top of my sidebar, all of my social media links can be found. At the bottom of each blog post, under my signature, a host of links are available.
I want people to follow me and I’m sure you do, too. This is an easy and instant way to communicate with our fans. Make it easy for them to find you. Make it easy for ME to find you.
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