Last night I was reading a report by Digital Book World called What Authors Want: A Survey of Authors to Understand Their Priorities in the Self-Publishing Era – in which they surveyed nearly 5,000 authors-aspiring, self-published, traditionally published and those who have done both or “hybrids”. One of the facts that jumped out at me was only 57% of the authors surveyed had profiles on Goodreads. I couldn’t believe it. Of all the places not to be engaging readers, Goodreads is a huge miss in the discoverability web. I know there are authors who don’t know how to make goodreads work for them, but not having a profile is inexcusable – it takes minutes to create (and is FREE) and has a long lasting impact on author discovery.
Creating author profiles across the web on the RIGHT websites does 3 important things:
- It boosts your off-page Search Engine Optimization by giving your website (you do have a website right?) back links from high traffic sites.
- So your name and book names show up higher and with more frequency in keyword searches linked to your topic and genre.
- And therefore increases the chances of you being discovered by readers as they search online.
With that said, here are the 12 sites where you need to have an author profile:
What other author profile sights are out there that you would recommend?