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 Randall St. Germain

Thanks for the post. My blog is only about six months old and I need to focus more on incoming links. I need to better understand them too. So overwhelmed sometimes. I'll certainly check out your website for more information.

Dana Lynn Smith

Randall, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I wish you much success with your website and your books!

Marlene Wynn

Hi, Dana

I just found your blog, and I love it already! I'm going to have to do some serious reading! I do have a question though: I'm getting ready to self publish my fantasy book and I'm creating a website now. It should be ready to go when I'm at the publishing stage. However, I'm confused as to how to garner "incoming links" from other sites. Do I ask the site owner for the link, or do they find me and post my site link on theirs? I've already put Facebook and Twitter links on my website, but not sure how to get my link out there and get other links on my site. Help!

Thanks for the wonderful information! Have a great day!

Marlene Wynn

Dana Lynn Smith

Marlene, congrats on your new book! I'm glad you are enjoying the website. No, I would not rely on others to find you and link to your site. You will need to be proactive. In the article above I have made several suggestions on how to get incoming links. For example, you can locate other blogs that cater to your target audience and offer to do a guest article for them. At the end of the article, you would include an "about the author" paragraph that mentions the name of your book and a link to your website.

You said you have put Facebook and Twitter links on your website, but be sure to list your website in your Facebook and Twitter profiles so your friends/followers can click through to your website.

James Fouche

Hi Dana,

Loved the article and thanks for all the help.

I've spiced up my one booksite a number of times (www.jackhanger.com) but I'm having difficulty promoting it from SA.

Any advice?

James Fouche

Dana Lynn Smith

James, I am glad that you enjoyed the article. Another South African author that I know has told me that she has good success promoting her book in the U.S. market. To get some ideas for promotion, I suggest downloading my free book marketing plan outline at http://CreateYourBookMarketingPlan.com. And there are lots of how-to articles on this page: http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/learn-how-to-market-your-book-and-yourself.html
Good luck with your books!

Matthew D. Ryan

Good info. I just always feel overwhelmed. I'd rather write than haunt the Internet looking for new ways to exploit it. But I got to do both... every writer does.

Jamie Campbell

Great article, thank you for the tips.

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