Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pimping yourself

I'm throwing out a few questions to the writers:

If you have a blog and a website, which do you update more often? If you track your stats, which receives more traffic?

I have a blog and a myspace account, but I don't have my own website. I have enough trouble updating my blog (I will get better at that). I'm wondering if I even need a website. If you're a professional writer, do you need a website? I know that seems like a rhetorical question, but I'd like to know what you think.


Imp said...

I have a website, a blog, and a MySpace. I update the blog & MySpace more frequently, but the site still gets the most hits.

What I lack is a means to link sales to any of them, 'cause they each have book links on them.

veinglory said...

Hmm. Let's see. In terms of unique visitors:

My blogs--LJ get 50-100 hits a day although I update it no more than weekly, myspace gets about 1 hit week. I guess I suck at myspace use because some people do well with it.

My total fixed website gets 450-650 hits a day but that includes EREC and PODPeople, my personal front page gets only 50-100 of those.

This blog gets 40-60 a day so far.

veinglory said...

p.s. You don't necessarily need a website but it probably helps as a fixed site to post your backlist and some teasers and samples.

Kis Lee said...

thanks for the responses. :)

Jules Jones said...

I would at the very least buy the website domain name if it's available, even if you don't want to use it yet. It stops other people buying it.

I don't get a huge amount of traffic through my website, but people do wander through reading the excerpts and short stories. I'm fairly sure that in some cases that turns into sales -- it's the ebook equivalent of being able to read a few sample pages in the shop before buying.

Anne D said...

Blog, website (that has a blog front but I don't use it in that manner), myspace (but I don't do anything there).

The most hits I have are to my blog usually 40-70 hits a day, though its increasing, my website a little less than that, but I publicize the blog more, and thats what I update every day or two. 40-60 hits on the main site isn't too bad considering its high in new browsers, the hits to the blog are a lot of return visitors.

I find webrings do very little, a few hits a month at most, blogtopsites is excellent for referral, and links with other authors/authorsites (like EREC) garner 1-2 hits a day sometimes a few more.

Kis Lee said...

jules, yep, i'm planning to do that today or tomorrow.

anne, thanks for the numbers.

Anne D said...

I know my numbers aren't great compared to some, but I'm finally seeing some results from all my listing with blog sites, advertising etc.

Amanda Young said...

I have all of the above (lol) and I think so far my blog and myspace site have way more traffic than the website. Of course, those pages are frequently updated too, whereas the website might be updated once a month. Majority of the new hits come from blogtopsites and the like.