So you’ve finally done it. You’ve got a website! Now your scratching your head wondering, how does everyone make this work? Believe it or not, you are not alone. Here’s a quick 10 step guide that will aid you along your journey.
1. Use meta keywords
Meta keywords and meta descriptions are the way google picks up your site. These must be added separate from the body of your post via whatever format your site has. If you don’t add them, no one will know you are there. If you need technical help, get it!
2. Use permalinks
Use permalinks and slugs for the same reason. This is how google works.
3. Use plugins and widgets
Plugins and widgets can transform your site from something lame into something that really works. Once again, if you need technical help, get it!
4. Offer something for free
Alle Wells offeres indie book reviews on her site. A quick visit helps readers see what is good in the indie industry.
Melissa Foster offers author support and services. Of course she sells a lot of books. Everyone loves her. She helps them.
Lia London brings readers into the writing world. Readers become the writers. Many people have always wanted to do this,but were too intimidated to try on their own.
I admit that I’m an oddball in the mix. I offer free music education worksheets. That’s the point. Offer what you have. It’s also helpful is you offer something unique.
5. Don’t be sneaking
Sneaky and solicitation don’t mix. People are smart and sneaky almost always rubs the wrong way.
6. It’s just polite
If your site contains explicite material, don’t plaster it on the front page. Let people know in advance before they click. Some people don’t want to see it. Period.
7. This is your platform
Your website is a store front. Keep it positive. Keep it going.
8. Social media
Twitter is set up for making contacts and tweeting ideas. It’s also a great way connect with readers. But even on twitter be polite. Show a few manners. Don’t assume someone’s an idiot and will click on your website because you scammed them into it. Instead of scamming, offer something. Give people a reason to hit your site.
Facebook works for a lot of people. This is an area that I have chosen to keep personal. My facebook friends are people that I actually “know.” But a lot of authors have made facebook work for them. Give it a try.
There are a number of other social media. Make your presence on the web known. Pineterest, squido, linkedin, etc. There’s a million of them. Redirect everyone to your webpage.
9. Dare to Dream.
This is why you have a website. This is why you’re reading this article! Keep your dreams. Make them happen. They don’t happen without effort. That’s a given.
10. Never Give Up!
Be resourceful. Be creative. But most of all, NEVER GIVE UP!