bOOK pROMO: pART 2
What Works, wHAT DOESN'T WORK
Bookdaily is an e-mail newsletter site that boasts of 25,000 newsletters going out per day. They are similar to Wattpad in the respect that they allow you to open an account with a profile to your books, photo, bio, video, and books link-- as well as the ability to post an excerpt of 30,000 CHARACTERS. Forget about getting a whole chapter. Most likely the 10% on Amazon or 20% on Smashwords previews would be longer.
For $50 per month, you are supposedly emailed to 25,000 subscribers, and the site gives you the stats of how many people were mailed, how many opened the email, and how man actually clicked your profile/read your excerpt.
After checking out all of the comments on Goodreads, Publishers Weekly, and Absolute Write, I decided not to promote with them. The consensus seems to be that most authors were told they were sent out in 20,000 emails, 3400 were opened, 200 went to their page, and those who reported sales got between 1-4 sales. If 1-4 sales per month is worth $50 to you, then perhaps you might give it a try. One woman on Goodreads claimed to have tripled her sales while doing it for 4 months at $50 per month. However, she does not state how long she had been published. Did the site triple her says, or just four months of her being published and promoting?
Some say that any exposure, is better than no exposure. The site (in my opinion) appears to place Best Sellers and the $50 per month enrollees on the site to be found. It appears that unless someone is looking for my book, they will not find it. I posted my chapters on there free 18 months ago and have 17 views according to them. I suspect that their "mailing list" is made up of authors who have to supply their emails to sign up for the profile. On Goodreads, there were some complaints of not receiving the full amount of 20,000 emails. Others complained that the automatic enrollment was a hindrance to them.
PRO: The only real pro I could see is linking your website to Bookdaily. If the site does get any traffic, establishing the back links will increase your SEO and help your site crawl up the google search results for your keywords.
Awesomegang - $10
50,000 Facebook fans, 637 Google+ followers
I met the apparent admin of this site on Goodreads when he asked for authors to interview. I was new and jumped at the chance, put me everywhere!
For $10 you get: 2 day listing on their home page, listing on their "Feature Page", tweeted and Facebook posts. My interview is still listed from 18 months ago, and I do believe I paid the $10 promo back then. There were no sales gained from it. But I was unsure what to expect.
They do offer a free interview/profile, but I doubt there is much traffic there other than authors. They do have a list of sites they claim with promote your site for free. Click Here to read it.
Bookgoodies Free - $99
BookGoodie is a massive hub of a site. Scrolling through it made me seem very small. They give free interviews to authors -- and have 256 pages of them. They list authors alphabetically in another page that goes on and on. There are pages for Kindle Countdown Deals, Free giveaways, and so much more it made my head spin. At one point I laughed because they offer a service to evaluate YOUR site to determine how effective your site is. I questioned how reliable their information would be considering how confusing I found the site.
There are links to paid promotions, the highest being $99 which states they will put you on 8 - 10 sites. They state combined they have 65,000 Twitter Followers, 35,000 Facebook fans, and 5,000 "dedicated readers". There are various paid promotions on this site --- Perma free for $35 per month. It seems as though there is a lot of paid promotions on this site, but the effectiveness was lost on me because the site seemed to have so many pages/links.
bookblogs ning - Free
WARNING: You will get a TON of email notifications from this site. Every time someone posts in a group, a comment comes to you. Mostly buy my book posts.
I've posted free books for reviews, sales links, blog links and have never seen an increase in activity because of them. My blog tells me where the source of the traffic is, so I know nothing has come from that site when I post. I gave up. However, for SEO purposes, having my links to my site on there increases my Google rating and makes me easier to find. It is free, so worth a try, but don't get too involved or upset if things do not work out for you.