Is Your Blog Mobile Friendly?

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Can your visitors read your blogged book on their mobile devices? If it isn’t “mobile-friendly,” you will lose readers—in more ways than one. Readers click away from your site, and, as of today, Google will make it harder for them to show up on your site at all if it’s too difficult to access via […]

Why Your Blog Needs a Privacy Policy

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You’ve probably received privacy policy notices at your doctor’s offices. Did you know that your blog needs one as well? I’m just about to add this legal notice to all four of my sites. In this guest post Helen Sedwick (@HelenSedwick) explains why you need a privacy policy and how to create one. Today’s writers […]

Copyright: How to Protect Your Blogs and Blogged Books

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I frequently get asked legal questions, such as “If someone blogs a book—actually composes it in the form of blog posts they publish on the Internet—do they need to worry about a copyright issues?” Or “Is my blog content safe from copyright infringement?” Well, I am not an attorney—let alone an intellectual property attorney—so I […]

Essential Plugins and Widgets for Blogs and Blogged Books

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A blog comes with the essentials. You might call these the basics—some widgets and plugins.  To make your blog run smoothly and efficiently with less work on your part, add plugins. If you are blogging a book, also  install specific plugins to help your visitors read the book. Plugins add features to your site […]

Why You Need to Own Your Blog Site


Over and over again I repeat the same advice: Own your blog site. Let me explain what I mean by this statement and why this is so important. How to Own Your Blog You own your blog by purchasing a URL, paying for hosting and using a blogging platform like, which is technology (or […]

6 Steps to Create a Blog Site


You want to begin blogging your book, but your resources are limited. You feel like you can’t get started, since you know the best avenue is to begin with a self-hosted blog. You’re not super techie, though, which means you don’t think you can set up your site by yourself.  But you don’t have […]

6 Reasons You Don’t Want a Free Blog

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If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, heard me speak at an event, or read my book, you know I recommend self-hosted blog sites over hosted blog sites (or any other type of sites). Given that I get asked about this so frequently, I thought I’d offer a detailed explanation. What’s […]

Do Subscribers Really Matter?

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Most bloggers primarily focus on subscribers. One they get traffic to their sites, they want them to subscribe to the blog. But do subscribers really matter? Should this be your primarily focus, especially if you are a published or aspiring author or an author building a business around your book? Not necessarily. Subscribers represent a […]

Pressbooks: An Option for Blogging Books and Booking Blogs from Start to Finish


I’m always on the look out for ways writers and bloggers can easily blog their books or book their blogs. For some time now I have been aware of, but I haven’t had the time to try producing a book using their technology. Thus, I was hesitant to recommend the service. I’ll be trying […]

Increase Page Views by Helping Readers Read Your Blogged Book

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Blogging Basics for Aspiring Authors: Lesson 22 When readers come to your blogged book site, they typically find the last piece you published first. They may or may not want to start reading your book from the end. If you’ve provided them with a way to navigate to the beginning of the book, such as […]

Look Professional by Improving the Visual Appeal of Your Blogged Book

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Blogging Basics for Aspiring Authors: Lesson 21 When you first set up our blog so you can begin blogging your book, I recommend not getting too hung up on blog design. As time goes on and you begin to attract readers, you want to consider the visual appeal of your blog so you and your […]

Point Readers to Your Blogged Book with an “About This Book” Page

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Blogging Basics for Aspiring Authors: Lesson 20 Most blogs commonly include an “About” page. Typically, this page describes the blog, the blogger or both. When you blog a book, however, consider including an “About This Book” page. The content you provide on this page alerts your readers to the fact you actually are blogging a […]

Implement a Way to Effectively Contact Blogged Book Readers

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Blogging Basics for Aspiring Authors: Lesson 19 When your blogged book (or blog) begins to attract readers, you don’t want them to just read one post and go away…possibly never to come back. You want to provide a way for them to opt into staying in touch with you and your blog—so you can stay […]