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Friday, March 17, 2017

Goodreads Goodness #3: PROMOTING YOUR BLOG

In part 3 of my Goodreads Goodness series I take the opportunity to point out how Goodreads can help an author promote her or his blog. No matter how many followers by email or RSS reader you as a blogger may have, it is always nice to have as many avenues for getting your personal blog (and also your name and book titles) before the eyes of your readers.

One way is to set up your Goodreads author account so that it features your blog:

When you do, anyone who visits your author page--and every author should make an effort to steer readers to their author page--has the opportunity to read your most current post to your blog.

But wait! There's more.

Convince your readers and visitors to follow your author page, and they may receive a weekly email with links to all the blogs on all the Goodreads author pages they follow:

If your reader clicks on that link automatically generated by Goodreads, it takes them directly to your blog post right on your Goodreads author page:

And I don't mean just a snippet, either. The whole post is there:

 Is there any guarantee they will click on that link to read your blog post? Of course not. However, even if they don't, it is another opportunity to get your name in front of their eyes and remind them that they really enjoy reading your books. It may prompt them to look for your most recent release:

If you are an author and don't have your Goodreads author page set up to connect with your blog, consider doing so today. Then, be sure to invite your friends, readers, fans or anyone who is just plain curious about the books you write to follow you on Goodreads.



  1. For those interested in a Goodreads account, your article is quite interesting and helpful. There are so many promotional options out there--the good, the bad, and the ugly--that it's a juggling act for authors to choose which ones are worth the time and effort to expend precious time on. I've found if I don't connect in a personal "I feel good about spending my time on XYZ promotional site", I simply don't utilize it even though I have an account, and I know it would be worth my time/effort to promote there. Yes, I'm persnickety and probably my own worst enemy, as the saying goes. *grin*

  2. I've heard good and bad things about Goodreads. I am a member, but honestly, I've never been very good at using it. You mentioned some things here that I might need to consider. Thank you for your informative article, Zina.

  3. I went to my profile on Goodreads, but I can't seem to figure out how to make the adjustment. Can you help me?