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It’s overwhelming.

But I want to help. I work in content marketing, which is pretty much blogging and social media. I spend 50+ hours a week with Twitter, WordPress, and more. I studied this stuff in school. And I don’t want to keep what I learned to myself.

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Book Blogging

  • How to Organize Your Book Blog with Trello – Between reading ARCs, posting promos, and all your other posts, keeping organized is a must for book blogging. Here’s how I have a “visual to-do list” set up in Trello. Plus, download a free template to create your own book blogging Trello board!
  • Google Chrome Plugins for Book Bloggers – Creating graphics. Scheduling social media posts. Sending emails. And logging into a thousand different platforms. If you’re using Google Chrome, it’s actually not all that hard to manage.
  • Goodreads 101 for Book Bloggers – Goodreads is a mecca for bookworms. Therefore, it’s a great way to get your book blog’s name out there. Here are tips for building connections, getting noticed by authors, and driving traffic to your blog.
  • What to Include in Your Book Blog’s Newsletter – Want to start sending a weekly or monthly newsletter to your faithful readers, but not sure what to include? Here are a bunch of ideas specifically for book bloggers! 🙂
  • How to Beat Book Blogger Burnout – Between email, promos, reading, and reviewing, it’s easy to get burnt out on blogging. I don’t know of a book blogger who hasn’t experienced it at one point or another, but here’s how to see it coming and stop it before it hits you full-force.
  • 10 Email Templates for Book Bloggers – Download copy-and-paste email templates for requesting ARCs, communicating with blog tour companies, and emailing giveaway winners. Plus, learn how to create your own templates to save time on email.
  • 9 Ways to Write More Creative Book Reviews – One way to beat book blogger burnout? Change things up. Instead of writing a regular review, try one of these to make things more interesting for both you and your blog’s readers.
  • Why It’s Okay to Have a High Average Book Rating – A lot of bloggers and readers are hating on writing positive reviews. But while sucking up to authors is always bad, there are a lot of reasons a high average rating is completely acceptable.
  • How to Improve SEO for Book Reviews – Want to build traffic passively? Search engines are the way to do it. Learn how to optimize your book reviews so that they rank well, and download a checklist for optimizing your posts.
  • 4 Ways to Build a Book Review Backlog – Want to build a “rainy day bucket” for when you need to post but don’t want to write a new review? Or in case of a blogging emergency? Here are tips for organizing it and getting the work done.

Blogging

  • 3 Reasons to Use Post Excerpts on Your Blog – Does your blog homepage and archives display entire posts? Here’s why that’s a no good, very bad idea and how to fix it.
  • 37 WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts to Save Time Blogging – If you use WordPress, you probably know you can do things like press CTR+B to make something bold. But there are a lot more of those shortcuts than you think, and they can save you a lot of time. 🙂
  • My Blogging Toolkit – The apps, tools, and plugins I use for book blogging. This covers everything from email, to taking notes, to marketing my blog.
  • My Blogging Workflow – From signing up for a blog tour or requesting an ARC through to promoting a post on social media, here is my whole blogging process!
  • What’s a Blogging Schedule? – Learn how to coordinate ARC reading, your editorial calendar, social media, and everything else into one big blogging calendar!
  • How to Create a Blogging Schedule – Tips for planning out your blogging schedule and how to keep track of everything.
  • 5 Editorial Calendar Tools worth Trying – Your editorial calendar is the most important part of keeping your blog organized, so you better make sure it’s a good one. Here are 5 that I like and recommend.
  • 3 Tips for Sticking to a Blogging Schedule – What good is a schedule or a to-do list if you don’t follow it? Building good blogging habits is hard (I’m still working on it!), but here are a few ways to keep momentum going.
  • Categories vs. Tags: What’s the Difference? – How organized is your blog’s post hierarchy? Your tags and categories – are they clear? Helpful? Redundant? A hot mess? The first step into making them work is understanding the difference and when to use each.
  • How to Edit WordPress Categories in Bulk – Once you understand when to use categories and how to use them, you’ll probably have a lot of edits to do. Here’s how to make it fast.
  • How to Keep Tags and Categories Organized – Doing major blog cleanups is awesome, but it’s even more awesome to not need them in the first place. Here are tips for keeping categories and tags organized as you go along.
  • How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas – Blogger’s block. #TheStruggle is real! Omg, and it’s the worst. But it’s helpful to have backup ideas to fall back on when inspiration just won’t strike. So create an “idea bucket.” 🙂

Social Media

  • How to Grow Your Email List with Twitter Lead Gen Cards – Did you know that with most email marketing providers, your followers can subscribe with just one click, without ever leaving Twitter? And it’s not that hard at all to set up, even for non-techies. Here’s a step-by-step-walkthrough to creating your first card.
  • Goodreads 101 for Book Bloggers – Goodreads is a mecca for bookworms. Therefore, it’s a great way to get your book blog’s name out there. Here are tips for building connections, getting noticed by authors, and driving traffic to your blog.
  • Stop Complaining About Facebook and Read This – Facebook is not the enemy. At least, not when you’re marketing your blog the right way. If your reach sucks, it’s not Mark Zuckerberg’s fault. Plus, complaining won’t increase your reach.
  • Facebook Doesn’t Hate You – A lot of bloggers think Mark Zuckerberg personally has a vendetta against small book blogs. Sorry, but he has bigger fish to fry. Stop blaming him for your bad traffic and understand why.
  • The Truth About Social Media Reach – Facebook is hated for its algorithm. But most bloggers don’t understand that they’re hardly the only network where only a fraction of your followers see your posts.
  • Quick Tip: Stop Building on Rented Land – The best way to react to a big change in a social network? Prevent the next one from impacting you. Learn how to grow your brand on owned properties, where only you control their fate.

Email Marketing

  • How to Grow Your Email List with Twitter Lead Gen Cards – Did you know that with most email marketing providers, your followers can subscribe with just one click, without ever leaving Twitter? And it’s not that hard at all to set up, even for non-techies. Here’s a step-by-step-walkthrough to creating your first card.
  • 5 Reasons Book Bloggers Should Care About Email Marketing – Email is pretty underrated in the book blogging world, compared to other blogging niches. Since it’s actually more effective at driving traffic to your blog than any social network, here is why book blogger should care.
  • How to Set Up an Email Marketing Account – Want to start sending newsletters and new blog posts to your followers? Here’s how to get set up with a MailChimp account.
  • How to Create an RSS-to-Email Campaign – Here’s a tutorial for creating an automated email marketing campaign to send your subscribers any new blog post.
  • What to Include in Your Book Blog’s Newsletter – So, you started a MailChimp account and have an RSS campaign going, but you want more. Good for you! Here are things your monthly or weekly newsletter can have in it.
  • How to Grow Your Blog’s Email List – Setting up email campaigns is awesome, but of course you want as many people as possible to read them. That means optimizing your blog to grow your email list.
  • All About Lead Magnets – One of the best ways to grow your email list is by providing a freebie, like a guide or PDF or checklist. Here’s how to get started with one.
  • How to Optimize Your Blog for Email Signups – Want the best conversion rate on your email marketing signup forms? Here’s where to set up your opt-in forms.

 

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