Networking Your Writing - Part II

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The Second Part of Networking, the way you get visitors to your site

Recap

Once you are published your work begins. You must promote your writing or else no one will know it is there.

A number of sites exist for this purpose some are better than others.

Yes, it depends on what you write and which sites you use whether you get 100 or 1000 hits. It depends on how lazy you are and your attitude.

Some people have their writing published and outside of one or two sites leave their work virtually unpromoted. When they have writer's block, they dive onto their old articles, and begin networking like crazy. Although they can't write a shopping list at the moment, they are probably gaining more hits and more revenue then in their most productive state.

Pick & Choose

The graph above was taken from Compete.Com. This is one of those 'must bookmark' sites. You can compare anything, and the most useful for this article, are social networking sites.

As you can see, Digg gets more visitors than either Stumbleupon or Reddit.

Years ago, when Stumbleupon made having friends easier, one could have one hundred friends they could send the article to. These friends would be easily listed next to the stumble button so that one would go down the list.

As Stumble has changed its policy a bit, it has lost a lot of its market share. It is still one of those 'Must' sites, but Digg, if you can get a lot of 'followers' is clearly the leader.

Reddit

You'll read a lot about this site.
It seems good, has a large number of visitors and you might think, hey;
"I can get 1M views here!"

Think Again

This is one of the most tricky and treacherous social networking sites that exists.

Tricky, because it depends on the 'subreddit' , that is the category under which you post your article.

Some have moderators who are off their meds.

They have problems with particular sites, topics, or you.
They will mark your article as spam, they will limit your posts to one every
hour. They will become outraged if you Reddit your own stuff.

Most people join these sites to Reddit their own stuff.

Whether they wrote it, whether it expresses their personal politics, has been done
by a friend, it can never be objective. Unless one particularly likes something they aren't going to network it.

The only way to 'get around it' is to Reddit that cute puppy picture,
Reddit that article from the Daily Onion, Reddit your article.

This takes forty minutes of your life. (can't Reddit too quickly).

Further, there are a few 'black holes' at Reddit, the 'perfect' subreddit might
have one reader...YOU. (thinking of the 'domestic' subedit).

Reddit is treacherous in that there is a repulsion of trolls which infest it and have nothing at all whatsoever to do save 'thumbs down' your item.

Once you get 'thumbs down' your work is thrown in the toilet.
So there's absolutely no way anyone will ever see it.

Yes, once in awhile you'll get a slurry of hits from Reddit.
You can wait for the next blue moon if you want.

Bebo & Delicious Compared to Reddit

As you can see from the graph above, Bebo gets 1.5M to Reddit's 1.8 and Delicious 600k.

Considering that Bebo is virtually automatic and one can spend the hour clicking every second on the second, it works out to be far more 'economical'.

You can use compete.com to compare the thousands of networking sites so that you can select those which are the best for your work.

Secondary Sites

Shetoldme and Redgage are sites which allow you to link your work.

Further: You get views which earn money from adsense. Hence you get a 'double', paid by the site where your item is published, and paid by these sites when you use them as the 'gateway'.

Shetoldme has 64k visitors, Redgage 34k. However, people do use the site. On sites like Triond, which give you a breakdown of referrals, you'll notice that people have used them to enter, and considering you do get a few pennies here and there, it's certainly wise to use them to promote your work.

Fora/Fanboards/MBs et.al

One of the easiest ways to get hits is to find sites dedicate to a particular topic or person and write articles about them.

Sneakily, you join the site as Onename, then link; "I read a really strange article this morning about Ourtopic, at www.wikinut.com/article.ourtopic""

Of course, that article was written by you under Twoname.

The more outrageous the article the more hits, so it's useful to get the gelt for your Xmas shopping.

You can't be doing this more than once a month per forum or fansite, and you
can't let anyone know your are Twoname.

Of course, this gets spoiled by someone copying and pasting your article on that site. So it can be self defeating in that no one there needs to Google Ourtopic or view your work.

Yeah, there's more

There are other ways to network your writing, of course.
These are just the canapes.

However, the point is, unless you get hits you make no cash.
Unless you get hits, no one knows what you wrote.
You need hits.
You need to market your work to get them.

If you are not willing to market you are slightly better off than leaving your stuff
on your computer.

Tags

Bebo, Delicious, Digg, Message Boards, Reddit, Stumbleupon

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
22nd Nov 2010 (#)

Networking is important. So many people write an article then get mad at the site they published on because they are not making money.
People do not realized the work they must do.
THis applies to me too, when I first started writing I thought it would be not as much of the networking and more easy money.

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author avatar kaylar
22nd Nov 2010 (#)

Or one thinks the 'site' or the 'friends' on the site get you the hits.

I find networking when you have writer's block probably the most useful way to 'break it'.

Firstly, you are not sitting and doing nothing.

Secondly...

hey...I feel an article coming on

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Nov 2010 (#)

Great advice, once again.
I have just started to network.
I had to re-do a lot of my older articles first.
I still have a few more to go but, it is now time to get out there.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar kaylar
23rd Nov 2010 (#)

You're welcome...redgage & shetoldme pay adsense, so they are the best

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author avatar Emgee
11th Dec 2010 (#)

very detailed. thanks

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author avatar kaylar
11th Dec 2010 (#)

You're welcome emgee

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
11th Aug 2011 (#)

Wonderful advice.

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author avatar kaylar
18th Jan 2012 (#)

You're very welcome, I'm trying to be helpful to other writers

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