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Monday, July 11, 2011

Search Engine Optimisation. SEO

Hello fellow Self-Published Authors and anybody else who has stumbled onto this blog.

This post is aimed at all Self-Published authors with their own website. (WHAT DO YOU MEAN, YOU DON’T HAVE A WEBSITE???)

As you all probably know there are a few ways to get your website noticed. One is via social media, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter etc, etc.  These however depend on the number of friends or contacts you have. You can ask them all to pass on the details of your website to all their friend and contacts and so on down the line, potentially giving you hundreds if not thousands of people visiting your website. That’s the theory, in practise I believe very few people will pass on the details of your website unless it is something that they are interested in themselves. I believe all us Self-Published authors do pass on details, at the end of the day it is in all our best interests to do so. The more we all get seen and known about, then the better chance we all have to sell our books, which at the end of the day is what it is all about.

Another way to get noticed is with a high ranking in the major search engines, Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. Not so easy when the subject of your website is as popular as “Books.” I’ve just typed books into Google and there are 3,170 million pages, wow.

What to do next? S.E.O. is the answer but type that into Google and you come up with 126 million results. So how do you choose a good company that will get your website onto page 1, a very good question to which I don’t know the answer? There are all sorts of guarantees out there being offered but there is inevitably a cost to have your website at the top. I personally can’t afford to throw away money that will give dubious results and therefore I choose to do it myself. I’ve looked at lots of websites that offer S.E.O. advice and one of the best that I’ve come across recently is:-

The website offers 50 FREE lessons to help you on your way to optimise your own website. I’m going through the lessons slowly but surely to push www.booksandnovelstoread.com up the rankings to get it seen by the book purchasing public so that more of us can sell our books and novels to turn us all into a commercial success. I believe it is worth having a look at.

1 comment:

Terry said...

This is just a test by Terry to resolve the problem of people not being able to post a comment.