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Friday, November 8, 2013

Increase Blog Traffic With This One Magic Item (and a giveaway winner!)


*The winner of Jenny Goebel's Grave Images is listed below*

Okay, so I haven't been the best at leaving comments lately, and I know I've missed out on some great posts by you all. Part of that is due to juggling two little ones at home, which has significantly cut down on my computer time.


Time Bandit #1
Time Bandit #2

Part of that is also because I don't check Blogger every day to scroll through posts. And if I miss a day or two of doing that, chances are, I won't go through enough of them to see older items (kind of like when you follow a ton of people on Twitter, it's easy to miss a tweet here or there).

Now, what I DO check every day is my email. I love, love, love when bloggers have an easy-to-find FOLLOW BY EMAIL button (which is exactly the reason I added one to my own blog a month ago). That way, post titles show up in my email box. Even if I don't have time that day (or even that week) I tend to save posts that catch my eye and read them when I have time to play catch-up.

My big suggestion (and it might be a no-brainer to some of you savvy bloggers out there, but it's a new revelation to me) to increase blog traffic is:

*Add a FOLLOW BY EMAIL button to your blog if you don't already have one
*Put it somewhere highly visible on your blog
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BOOK WINNER


Thanks again to Jenny Goebel for her wonderful interview on book launches! Via Random.org, the winner of her debut novel, Grave Images, is...

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Leandra Wallace!! 
Congrats Leanda! Please send me an email with your address so I can pass it along to Jenny.

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Next Friday: The amazing Anne Ursu, author of The Cronus Cronus Chronicles, Breadcrumbs, and 2013 National Book Award Longlist title The Real Boy, will be on the blog to talk about character development in middle grade literature! 

25 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Leandra! And your two little time bandits are just adorable.

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  2. I've got the follow by email button on my website but haven't done it for my blog. So funny that you call them "time bandits." LOL.

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    1. I swear they have planned meetings on how to take different nap times so I don't get any personal time in~ that said, I am gloriously in love with my children and their cuteness usually overrides any frustration :)

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  3. I have one of those buttons, don't I? I think I do?
    Darn, now I can't remember!

    Your time bandits are so cute. I've heard they're re-making that movie, by the way.

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    1. Yes! You have a button, I just looked--and I wasn't following you by email before (yours is one of the blogs that sticks in my head to check), but I am now.

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    2. Ooh... I feel all special now :)

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  4. Thanks for doing the giveaway! The follow by email button is a great one! It was the first one I had on my blog b4 figuring out how to do friends connect. And following by email does mean you miss less that way!

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    1. Thanks, Leandra~ glad you're excited about Jenny's book!

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  5. Your little ones are so cute!

    What a great idea to follow by email. Congrats to Leandra on the book giveaway!

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  6. Your kids are so cute. We do let people follow by e-mail. Good to know that it works for you and others.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie~ they're my loves, even if they suck up my computer time ;)

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  7. I had to run back to my blog and scour it for a "Follow by Email" button. Found it! (It's buried at the end, though.) Congrats to Leandra! :-)

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    1. Glad to hear that you already had the button, you savvy blogger you :)

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  8. I follow you by email :) And your bandits are adorable!

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  9. Thanks for the suggestion :) and congrats to Leandra.

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  10. Thank you for the Follow by Email advice. I've added that to my blog.

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