“What’s the easiest or best way to become involved in blog tours?” – Rachel
Great question, Rachel! There are many websites out there who offer blog tour services to authors and who are constantly looking for blog tour hosts. Usually, the only requirement is that you have a blog that you regularly update. Some of them approve you right away and some of them look at your statistics (the number of unique visitors you get each day, how long you’ve been blogging, how many people follow you, etc) first, it depends. Here’s some websites you might want to check out:
- Novel Publicity: Novel Publicity doesn’t have any rules in terms of the length of time you’ve been blogging for, but we do look at bloggers’ statistics.
- Kismet Book Touring: Even though they are not interested in the number of your followers or your statistics, they require that you have been blogging for at least 3 months before you sign up as a tour host.
- Bewitching Book Tours
- Enchanted Book Tours: They are not concerned about how many followers you have or how long you’ve been blogging. Their only requirement is that you have a blog that you regularly update.
- PJV Tours
- AtomR Book Blog Tours: Their requirement is that you have at least 300 followers and you’re actively posting on your blog.
To be honest, I’ve never taken part in their tours except for the ones organised by Novel Publicity but I think they’re worth a try. I’ve heard great things about Kismet and BBT so I’m sure they’re cool. As for how you get involved in blog tours with publishers, I did some research for you and apparently, first you need to get on the publisher’s mailing list. If you’ve been reviewing their books for a while, you might be contacted by their PR people and asked to join an upcoming tour but it definitely takes a lot of time and effort.
Hello, thanks for helping us out! I was wondering, how do you get followers? I know a blog isn’t going to get popular overnight, but I’m not sure how to get a following. I’ve made my blog look nice and post regularly, but still nada. Do they just come across your blog, or do you have to get things like a Facebook page, etc? Thanks again! – Linny
Well, first off: gaining followers requires patience. I absolutely agree with you, it’s impossible to get popular overnight. It’s important to keep in mind that it takes time and a lot of effort. Mind you, I don’t think there’s a good answer to this question. 😀 I’m just going to mention the things that worked for me personally or the things I’m trying to work on.
1. Network, network, network: Yes, getting a Facebook page definitely helps. For me personally, Twitter worked much better though. The key is to interact with your followers and other book bloggers, even if they’re not following you yet. Twitter is a fantastic way to find new bookish friends so make sure to use it as much as you can. Also, make sure to tweet about your latest blog posts so that people can check it out and use some relevant hashtags too.
2. Goodreads: Goodreads is another great way to get more followers. You might want to join some groups and take part in their discussions – believe me, it works. Some groups (e.g. Blogger Lift) even have discussions about getting followers. You can take part in these “I’ll follow you if you follow me” discussions – it works because there are lots of people out there who are in the same situation and who are also looking for followers. It’s a win-win.
3. Make your blog stand out: Try to be as original as you can. If you post original content, people will come back to your blog. If we post what other people do then why would we stand out? Why would people want to follow another blogger who posts the same stuff the other 600+ people do? We’d be just one in a million.
4. Giveaways: I think the “most popular” way for getting followers is doing a giveaway. You can even sign up for some giveaway hops to increase your chances of being spotted, such as hops run by I Am a Reader Not a Writer.
5. Book Blogs network: This is where I started out. I’m sure you’ve heard about Book Blogs before – if not then it’s a great time to sign up. Just like Goodreads, there are many groups you can join here. And once again, they have follow me and I’ll follow you groups too.
6. Comments: Make sure to go out there and visit other people. People won’t come to you unless you go to them first. Visit other people’s blogs and leave meaningful comments on their posts. My experience is that most people will visit you back. Again, it’s a win-win situation and it’s a great way to find blogger friends too. Just make sure to do it as often as you can. Here, I need to mention the fact that out of all these things commenting is the one that worked for me the best. My theory is that you can do as many giveaways you want (i.e spend a lot of money) but it still doesn’t guarantee that people will actually visit your blog. I’ve seen many people with 2000+ followers and barely any comments before and as I said before, I would rather have a smaller readership who actually like what I post and visit me regularly than have a great amount of followers who only stick with me because they have to (i.e. because they want to win your giveaways).
I hope it helps Linny!
Do you guys have any tips for gaining followers? What are the things that worked for you? Feel free to share your tips and ideas below, we’d love to hear them!