what seperates a writer from a speaker, accountant, or maybe a movie star? there is a compelling urge to have our written words read by someone else, appreciated or at least our opinions seen. so, i think we need to get the word out there, and not be bashful about it. we can completely ignore the whiners and negative tweets we've heard about NOT posting our link more than once per day. alot of those comments come from people who are not writers, and don't have anything to lose from taking that kind of position. i don't mean that we should be obnoxious, and we certainly don't want to spam our wall or timeline ( spam, by my definition is the constantly repeated tweet or post, without any deviation in order to gain hits, or push a page up the SEO rankings )
a simple hit counter is useful, but look at your stats. if your blog provider does not offer stats, then back up your blog on a provider that does. hit counters only total numbers, giving you no analysis.
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so my suggestions are simple:
1. tweet me your post, i'll get the message out. use http://tinyURL.com to shorten the link, don't use the "Tweet Button" which takes up more characters than TinyURL.
2. collaborate with influencers, folks you know will retweet your link. my twitter attorney, @PiperBayard get's hits from me. (you can hire her, but she charges me two pop tart wrappers, just for a consult, and my heart breaks losing even one shiny object ) i can't say how many hits she gets as I am not privy to her statistics, but i have posted her links on my Facebook, G+ account, and all over Twitter. the idea is that i do this for many, many people. God has blessed me with followers, and i take my blessings seriously, it is my duty to inform others of good writers, so i do. another is @MuseInks when i had very few followers, i would tweet her writing tips. she probably got all kinds of nuts and whack jobs tweeting her, i attract a rather demented crowd. she's a screenwriter and great person to follow. these are but two examples, i cannot list all of the collaborations i have here.
3. cross market on Facebook, Twitter and Google +, although I have found that Twitter yields the greatest number of hits.
4. be generous, keep planting and sowing, don't stop to look at the row you planted to see if a seed popped up, just keep planting and sowing. meaning of course, keep putting other people's links out there. when the time comes, tweet those people your link. they'll retweet it.
5. tweet between 4pm and 4:50 pm Eastern Standard Time, research, analysis, and reports have indicated time and again that this is the single best time to get your message out, because more people are on the internet. ( just one report by way of example: http://tinyurl.com/5tl82jd The Best Time to Tweet by Bit Rebels ) the east coast of the U.S. is still at work, and there is a mad rush for many of the end users to "get their tweet on"
6. don't be modest or shy. people cannot read your mind, they don't have crystal balls, most are not telepathic. there is no way for them to know you have recently written the greatest blog post since Mashable went to a blogger conference and conspired to be the go to blog for tech... readers have no way of knowing, if you don't tell them.
7. stay at it, not all blog posts are groovy, some suck, don't let the sucky ones get you down. if thomas edison had given up after only 1,000 attempts, we'd all be striking two sticks together.... writers are not quitters, and all else being equal, persistence is the one single factor that yeilds success.
in conclusion, do you know of any great masseuses? i am looking for.... ooops, wrong post..... i have to go make some tea, and wake up, these early sunday morning posts are brutal on my schedule.
i tweet at @Samuel_Clemons and my Facebook? http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001986473242