Quick Tips for New Book Bloggers

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Are you a new book blogger looking for quick tips on how to grow your following and get involved with the community? Or maybe you’re a vet but you’re looking for something to share with a friend who is just starting out?

Below are a few tips and tricks I’ve gathered since I started blogging more than four years ago. In that time, my blog has changed quite a bit and I’ve learned a lot. I love sharing blogging advice and bookish advice with the community and so this week I’m sharing my top tips for new book bloggers.

Get involved

Get involved with the community. To get followers, you gotta be a follower too! Check out and follow other book bloggers and readers on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Engage, engage!

Take time to engage with your tribe and community. Frequently read other people’s posts through WordPress or Twitter and take the time to leave a comment. Always respond to comments on your blog. If somebody takes the time to read your blog and comment, you can spare a minute to respond!

Review books, of course

Review books on Goodreads and other sites that let you post reviews, such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It helps grow your following; the more people who follow your reviews, the more likely they are to check out your blog on a frequent basis.

Try your hand at ARCS

Consider signing up for NetGalley or Edelweiss to throw your hat in the ring for Advances Reader Copies. Many publishers offer ARCS of upcoming books to bloggers to help publicize the book in an effort to raise sales. By creating a profile on these sites, you’re indicating to publishers that you would like a free copy of the book in exchange for a review and honest opinion. Looking for advice on how to create a winning profile? Check out these posts:

Keep track of trends

Keep track of popular books, trending topics, and what everyone wants to read next. Review those books if they’re up your alley.

But stay true to you!

You only come across as authentic if you stay true to yourself and your interests. This reflects what books you read, how you write reviews and how often you write them. Stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to speak up if you have an unpopular opinion.

Fun Bonus Tips!

  • Scarves make great, colorful backgrounds for easy bookstagram photos.
  • Book Outlet and Book Depository are great sites for finding cheap as heck books.
  • Save money on books by loaning them from the library. You can still review them, but the cost is zilch!
  • Make sure you have a “Contact Me” page on your blog. Some publishers/authors reach out to bloggers directly this way.
  • Keep all your social pages similarly branded.
  • Pinterest tip! Use Canva to make one template for book reviews, and then easily edit it for each use. It’s a great way to drive traffic to your blog while keeping your brand recognizable. You can check out my blog post board on my Pinterest here to see what I mean!

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4 Comments

  1. January 30, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    Excellent tips. I ran a book blog for about 6 years before moving to my current blog and you are so right about all of these.Keeping up with reading trends is where I fell behind a lot because while everyone read the latest books I was reading older books because that’s what I wanted to read.

    • Cailin
      Author
      January 30, 2019 / 2:41 pm

      I’m a big fan of reading what you want to read. I enjoy some trendy books and others not so much. For example, I have a complicated relationship with Holly Black’s books. Even if it’s trendy, I put the book down if I’m not feeling it.

  2. January 30, 2019 / 6:20 pm

    Thank you for these tips. I really think it’s good advice for any book blogger (new and vet) who’s looking at ways to get involved in the book community.

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