All authors need a website, and blogging can be a powerful tool for authors to develop a following, build their expert status, and promote their books. I recommend that most authors create a combined website/blog on a single site.
On this page you'll find resources help you create your author blog or website, develop compelling content, promote your site and track your success.
WordPress.org is the most powerful platform but also has the highest learning curve.
Note that WordPress.com is a different platform and it's not recommended due to some limitations, including problems with installing an opt-in form for creating an email list.
TypePad is a good compromise between ease of use and features. This website is built in Typepad.
Blogger is the easiest to set up, but also has some limitations that make it a poor choice for most authors.
How-To Guides, Classes and Articles
Articles about Author Blogs and Websites
BlogAid - Classes and instruction guides for creating websites on WordPress.org, by MaAnna Stephenson. Highly recommended.
TypePad for Dummies by Melanie Nelson and Shannon Lowe
SEO Fast Start - This free ebook by Dan Thies tells you everything you need to know about search engine optimization.
Opt-in Mailing List/Autoresponder Providers
About the Experts
Dana Lynn Smith is a book marketing coach with 19 years of publishing experience. She specializes in developing book marketing plans for nonfiction books and helping authors learn how to promote their books online. Get free book marketing tips on her Savvy Book Marketer blog and check out her other Savvy Book Marketing Guides.
MaAnna Stephenson, owner of BlogAid.net, is a geek who can still speak in plain English and mashes up her background in both the techie and artsy worlds to teach non-geeks, small businesses, solopreneurs, authors, artists, and other creative folks the ways of WordPress.
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