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7 More Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Author Website

Friday, September 15th, 2017

As erotica writers, it’s not enough to be able to tell a compelling sex story. We must be master marketers as well. Unless you and Oprah are BFFs, marketing yourself is the only way you are going to attract readers and get them to buy your books. Internet marketing is an excellent way to promote yourself. But having a website is not enough. You also need to know how to drive traffic to your website.

In a previous article, I detailed seven ways you can get more website traffic to your blog or author website. Here are seven additional ideas for getting people to notice you.

Increase Website Traffic with a Contest

People love to win things. I think it has something to do with our natural competitiveness and the ego boost we get at beating out everyone else for the prize. Hosting a contest is a fun way to drive traffic to your website. The thing about hosting a contest, though, is that the amount of buzz and participation directly correlates to what kind of prize you are offering. A big screen television is likely to attract more people to your website than say a DVD movie.

But you should work with what you have even if it’s only free advertising on your website. Make sure to have a clear set of rules and guidelines for the contest and a backup plan in the event of a tie or few people participate.

Get Viral

No, I’m not talking about catching a disease. Viral marketing is the art of using social networks to get other people to pass your message around. Most people think getting their website on the front page of Digg or getting a lot of views on YouTube is what viral marketing is about but those are only the benefits of this type of campaign.

Viral marketing is creating content so compelling, people can’t resist sharing it with others in their social network. It can be anything from an awesome article that hits a nerve to a funny video to a fun flash game. It’s a challenge to come up with this type of content. The effort is worth it, though, because you’ll gain a torrent of free website traffic from it.

Ping All the Aggregate Services

There are several websites on the internet that gather together all of the newest content posted on the internet. Syndic8, Technorati and Weblogs are a few examples. The main purpose is to provide their users with the latest news about the topics they are interested in. By pinging these sites, you can disseminate your content and drive traffic to your website.

WordPress users can set their blog so that it automatically pings the most popular aggregators. You can find instructions for this on the official WordPress website. If you are using any other blog service, use a ping service like Pingoat or Blogflux Pinger to notify the web that you’ve just updated your blog.

Podcast Your Posts and Offer Free Downloads

The world is becoming increasingly mobile and what better way to tap into the content-on-the-go market than to record an excerpt of your stories and submit them for download to podcast directories. Not only can you give potential book buyers a taste of what is in store for them, if the excerpt is good enough it has the potential to go viral and increase your website traffic exponentially.

Create a Video of Your Story

Along the same lines as the previous tip, take an excerpt from your story and make a video out of it. You have to be careful here especially when it comes to adult material. Many video sharing sites, like YouTube, do not allow X-rated content. Pick a non-sexual part, create a skit, and video tape it. If you have animation skills, create an animated video of the story. This is a particularly create way to generate targeted website traffic for your author blog.

Ask for Book Reviews

Connect to book reviewers who blog and ask them to review your book or some of the stories on your website. In addition to finding out what your target audience thinks of your stories, you will receive free website traffic from the people who read their blog. Be prepared, though. Review bloggers are often inundated with requests so you will need to be patient, diplomatic, and persistent. Additionally, they will be reviewing your work so don’t expect aces across the board. If you can’t handle criticism then avoid this marketing tactic.

Engage in Offline Marketing

Don’t underestimate the value of offline marketing. Take out an ad in the paper, do radio spots, advertise on television, network with other writers, or sponsor fundraisers. These are just a few offline marketing venues that you can take advantage of to draw people to your website.

These are but a few alternative methods of marketing your website. Use one or use them all to drive traffic to your website.

How to Write Erotica (Especially for Erotica Podcasts)

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Before I clue you in on how to write erotica, you must know what an erotica is before I go into the nitty gritty details of writing one. For starters, an erotica is an account of a sexual experience, whether fictional or factual. It is intended to arouse the reader sexually and allow him or her to explore his or her deepest, darkest and naughtiest sexual fantasies. Contrary to pornographic materials available on video or even in writing, erotica explores the different aspects involved in a person’s sexual experience: the attraction and sexual tension between the characters, the passion and the emotions experienced during the sex act. If you find writing an erotica a very interesting hobby but just don’t have a clue on how to start one, read on to learn more on how to write erotica.

Know your audience

Just like any forms of literature, you must know who your target readers are. Or listeners if we’re talking about erotica podcasts. Are you geared towards writing for women or men? As you know, different types of audiences have different responses to sexual stimuli. Hence, your approach on writing an erotica must depend on who your readers are. Case in point, when you’re writing an erotica targeted towards women readers, a more romantic and delicate and ambient approach towards retelling a sexual experience has more appeal to women. In the same way, gay and lesbian romance writings has more focus on the sexual tensions, attractions, the teasing and the passion rather than the act itself. On the other hand, erotic stories geared towards men have a lesser artistic approach as most (if not all) respond more to explicit details of the sex act as well as the female character’s anatomy, much the same way as they respond to a porn flick.

Gather inspiration for erotica podcasts

A good writer knows that practice and a little bit of research goes a long way. Keep reading and gaining inspiration from a multitude of stories and poems. Keep listening to podcasts so you understand the difference between writing to be spoken and normal prose. And I’m not talking about those that chronicle the sexual escapades of the Hobbits of Shire, or how Snape lures Harry into the chamber of secrets for a quickie. While I’m not particularly against erotic fan fiction, it is much better to look for inspiration from the likes of Charles Carrington or Anais Nin.