It’s been a great year on To Become A Writer. I’ve written a lot of posts, grown the blog, and had some wonderful comments from you folks out in cyberspace. I am grateful to all of you who visit the site and support me. As the year winds down, I thought I’d share the Top 5 Posts of 2012…with a reflection here and there…
Top 5 Posts of 2012 – Number 5
I fully expected to see either my indie author posts, or the Writers Workshop posts on this list. I did not think I’d see Nephilim, Anunnaki and Nibiru at the number 5 spot. But when I looked at what search terms are leading people to my blog, nephilim skeletons, nephilim bones and anunnaki and nephilim are high on the list. If you don’t think keyword research is important when writing your blog posts, think again…
Top 5 Posts of 2012 – Number 4
Number 4 is a post about Twitter, Twitter For Authors – Your Profile – Don’t Do That, Do This!. I’ve enjoyed writing the Twitter posts and I’m glad to see that these posts get some views. I will be curious to see what happens with Twitter in the coming years (see below), but my assessment right now is that it’s not the social media platform for indie authors that it once was. Early adopters of any new social media or marketing strategy benefit the most, and I think Twitter has past its prime, at least in terms of being a great way to sell books. Right now, it gets you exposure and connects you with others…a good thing, no doubt, but the authors who still tout it as a way to make you a bestseller aren’t up-to-date…
Top 5 Posts of 2012 – Number 3
I was surprised to see For Indie Authors – How To Write A Book Press Release as the third most popular post. I personally haven’t seen a lot of merit for writing book press releases, other than that they can be very helpful for a website’s SEO. But since I don’t think many indie authors think about SEO, I wouldn’t have thought this post would’ve received so many hits. Was I wrong. You never know what people might find helpful, or what they want to learn about…
Top 5 Posts of 2012 – Number 2
The second-most popular post in 2012 was another one with a Twitter focus, Twitter For Authors – Retweet Do’s And Don’ts. Since this is the second time Twitter is on this short little list (and my other Twitter posts get a lot of hits), we can assume people want to know how to effectively use Twitter. It will be interesting to see what happens with Twitter in the future. I’m not sold on Twitter as a marketing tool. Like I said above, it gets you some exposure, but like any other social media platform, it doesn’t sell books. And with so many other indie authors using Twitter as well, I wonder if it’s lost all effectiveness. I’m also waiting to see how Twitter is going to monetize themselves (let’s face it, they can’t run on investor money forever), and then we’ll see what that impact will be on indie authors.
Top 5 Posts of 2012 – Number 1
It’s no secret that Amazon’s changing review policies has been very concerning for indie authors. I first wrote about Amazon removing reviews in a post in July called Indie Authors And Amazon Removing Reviews. This definitely hit a nerve, as this post has been viewed 3,782 to date. The post was seen over 800 times on the first day I posted it.
The issue of Amazon removing reviews continues to be in the spotlight (see this post about UK authors and their concerns), and I hope Amazon will look at what they’re doing and consider revising their policies.
Here are a few other posts that were very popular:
I was also pleased to see that my Best of Film Noir posts get quite a number of views. I’ve grown to love film noir even more as I research the films for this blog, and writing the posts have been a lot of fun. I try to make thoem somewhat educational for writers, but I’ve often wondered if anyone reads them. Apparently they do :).
I love working on this blog and I appreciate everyone who visits, and thanks to all of you who take the time to comment. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
One last time, thanks for your support!