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Saturday, July 11, 2015

HOW TO GET A MILLION HITS ON YOUR BLOG (And, yes, it involves SEX)


HOW TO GET A MILLION HITS ON YOUR BLOG?
{No, I haven't quite made it all the way there yet -- but I can dream, right?}

You get them just like you get a million readers for your book.

You get them one at a time -- like you write your book one word at a time.

And you get them by giving them what they want to read, what they can get at no other source.

{I will, indeed, tell you how to get a million hits on your blog further on down in my post.}

Talking about giving readers what they want to read ...

What do writers want to read on a blog on writing?

HOW TO SUCCEED AS A WRITER.

I. KNOW IT IS ATTITUDE OVER TALENT.

     A. What key factor will you find in every successful writer?

           It's a desire to succeed as a writer  mixed with the
           right attitude.

          You have to pick yourself up and keep going. Because
          you know in your heart
          you're on the right path and you won't allow those
          nasty people derail you.

     B.  YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO.

           Each day your butt should be in the chair and
           your fingers typing.

           If not, you're a dreamer not a writer.

II.  Failure Shows You How To Get Better

     A.  CASE STUDY:
Bob Dylan was booed off the stage in 1967 when he went electric.

He was booed off the stage in 1974 when he went Gospel.

He’s been booed off the stage since then and yet he still fills theaters.

The Monkeys, on the other hand, have never been booed off the stage and they’re just an oldies act. Being booed off the stage is a key part of being an artist.
     B.   Don't write to please everyone. If you do that
            you'll please no one, starting with yourself.

           Write authentically.  Write honestly.

III.     Now about how to get a million hits on your blog ...

      A. Some writers work smart.  Some writers work
           hard.  Others are lucky.

           I can't help you with the luck ... but with the smart
           and hard --

      B. Write stuff people might want to read, doing so
           with humor and kindness; and
          
Compulsively e-mail your posts to bloggers who
           might possibly consider linking  you.

      C. If somebody's throwing you traffic, you should either
          (a) give them a link-back update, or at a minimum
          (b) keep them in mind for future linkage.

      D. Aye, Matey, I'll be showing ye where the treasure
           be buried!

           The easiest place to find blog fodder is Memeorandum,
           which has an algorithmic formula that
           automatically updates to tell you
           what the hot topics are in the 'sphere.
           Along with http://www.wesmirch.com/

     E.  SEX SELLS -

          Once upon a time Stacy McCain was blogging
          in promotion of the book, DONKEY CONS.

          Because the subtitle of the book was "Sex, Crime,
          and Corruption in the Democratic Party,"
          he got lots of traffic from people Googling
          donkey+sex.  Sex sells.

    F. A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME and other hints --

          One: have a cool name. Something
          memorable. Something different.

          Two: make lots of friends. Pretty self explanatory.
          Friends link you. Friends click over to read you. 
          Friends put you in their blogrolls.

          Three: post about celebrities. Preferably the
           good-looking female kind.  
           People google-searching for Megan Fox may
          very well come here because of her photo.

          Four: Enjoy yourself.
             This is the most important thing. A blog can eat
             your life.
             Blogging can become addictive.
             If you’re going to do it, you’d better do it in some
             way that you enjoy.

           Elizabeth Craig spotlighted my post on how to get your book to go viral yesterday on Twitter.  Thanks very much, Elizabeth!!

13 comments:

  1. Many good points are given. I especially liked the part about Dylan being booed off stage. It takes a bit of a risk to be an individual no matter how old you get.

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    1. When you know your own worth, you can walk tall as long as you stay true to yourself.

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  2. Good old Bob Dylan. He was never afraid of being himself. But we all remember him. 'To your own self be true' is a fine dictum which sums up your post Roland. :-)

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  3. That gives me even more respect for Bob Dylan. I admire anyone whose skin is that thick and self-confidence that solid.

    I find it more disturbing than funny that pairing donkey with sex turns one into an overnight success.

    Glad to see you here, Roland. I hope this means things are looking up for you.

    Hugs!

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    1. Yes, Bob Dylan is a true inspiration. Yes, that donkey sex fact is a bit jarring. My computer is still dead ... I,m writ.ing by Kindle Fire ... a real pain! Thanks for caring!

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  4. Bob Dylan kept evolving. He showed us how to stay afloat and how to keep people wondering what he'd do next. How is the computer problem going?

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    1. Sadly, my computer is dead ... all the work on my new novels in progress, all the research documents, all the images for the yet to be covers ... gone. I want to cry.

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  5. Intriguing thoughts, I have been testing "titles" and when ever you put words like "cute" puppies or cats in them people come from everywhere. I am sadly coming to a blogging end, I have lost that drive and I have not been able to keep up with even my friends sites. Letting people down lately is not something I like to do, so not sure when... though I can say "there are good people still out there"... like you brother.

    So back on track, some great advice and truths in the post... look for titles like "sexy cat" coming... :)

    Jeremy

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    1. Thanks, Jeremy. Perhaps do a M-W-F schedule for your blog. With my computer dead, I am down to writing on my Kindle Fire HD -- which is slow and painful!!!

      Sexy Cat sounds like a winner. :-)

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  6. I hope to have my own blog up before summer is over--I'm taking a much longer hiatus than I'd planned. But I'm getting more writing done (novel and screenplay). Thanks to you, I know to use the word cute, cat, sexy, and celebrity names in my posts. We'll see if that makes a difference.

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    1. Oops. I meant like chicken soup, it couldn't,t hurt!

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