2022 Support Book Bloggers Challenge: April Check-In

In an effort to support and promote book bloggers further in 2022, Pages Unbound is hosting a (very casual) “Support Book Bloggers” Challenge. The idea is simple: we will work together to read blog posts, share them, comment on them, and boost book bloggers in other ways. To learn more about the challenge and the 12 prompts involved, visit the original post here(The above banner was created by Pages Unbound.)

If you decide to join in on the fun, the social media hashtag to use is #BookBloggerSupport22.

Here are my responses to the previous prompts:

Without further ado, keep reading for April’s prompt.

4. WRITE A POST SUPPORTING BOOK BLOGGERS

Ideas include:

  • A round-up of blog links you enjoyed reading in the past week or month
  • A post about why you enjoy reading book blogs in general
  • A post about how other people can support book blogs
  • A list of bloggers with affiliate links or ko-fi accounts that people can support

For this prompt I decided to focus on how other people can support book blogs. I’ve randomly come across these types of discussion posts in the past. But I decided to toss my hat into the fray.

Share, share, share

In my short experience, the most helpful thing to raise awareness of someone’s blog is to share their posts. I get the most traffic to my blog this way. When a book blogger posts their latest review or any content you like, share it. This can be a retweet or by visiting their blog and clicking the “share” button to a specified social media platform. One retweet can go a long way, especially if someone with a lot of followers shares something they like.

It should go without saying to share posts you enjoy. But I also recommend sharing posts of book bloggers that have a smaller following. This may be an unpopular anecdotal observation of mine (and I’m not trying to start trouble here), but it seems like those with larger followings share each others’ posts often, thereby causing a waterfall of attention in the algorithm. Of course there’s nothing inherently wrong with this; it’s your blog and social media platform and your right to do what you want with it. (And yes, I’m probably projecting here.) However, if you happen to have a larger social media following, sharing posts you enjoyed written by smaller bloggers can go a long way to increasing recognition and support. Branch out and look for posts to share outside of the regular bloggers you boost. The algorithm sucks for smaller book bloggers, so a simple RT can go a long way.

Backlink

A backlink is a link from one website to another website. I usually see these in connection with book tags, book memes, and readathons where the original creator is backlinked. Sometimes a blogger will backlink to a book review within their own review of the same book. This could be to share a review that focuses on other aspects of the book that your review didn’t; that has a similar reaction; or that has a different viewpoint from your own (as suggested by John at Tales from Absurdia).

Backlinking to the original content creator not only credits them, but also directs potential curious readers to their blog. Once that blogger (or non-blogger) finds a new-to-them blog, they could become a new, frequent reader, thereby increasing audience reach and potential shares.

Following

If you enjoy the content a particular book blogger shares, follow them. I haven’t done any research on this whatsoever, so this is based on a nice healthy hunch here. But it makes sense to me that a book blogger with a larger following will look more attractive to publishers for ARC acquisition purposes. (If that book blogger’s goal is to read and review ARCs.) There are other factors that go into attracting attention from publishers, such as posting ARC reviews on time. But a book blogger with a larger following will generally have more reach and influence–particularly if that person is active on their platform. Following also means clicking that follow button on a book bloggers blog in addition to their social media platform. Trust me, it makes a book blogger’s day when you follow their blog and not just their social media account.

6 thoughts on “2022 Support Book Bloggers Challenge: April Check-In

  1. This is all great advice! When I first started blogging (which wasn’t all that long ago, haha), I found that a lot of info about book blogging tips and how to support others often went unwritten. For example, seeing posts that talked about backlinks but which never defined what they meant!

    1. Thanks for reading! I definitely understand what you mean–it can be frustrating when the author of a blog post doesn’t first define the very thing they’re discussing. Sometimes the most simple step is accidentally overlooked (oops!).

  2. This is a great post about supporting bloggers. I always forget about sharing posts and will definitely try to do this more often. I’ll start with this one 😃

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my post! 🙂 Yes, sharing is the most important thing, in my opinion. As a small book blogger, that’s where most of my visits come from: social media traffic.

    1. Thanks, Briana! That’s also a good point about backlinks being good for SEO. To be honest, SEO is something I probably should dive more into and learn about, but I just can’t be bothered because I don’t have enough time! I also considered adding “Commenting on posts” to this list, but in so far as my experience, I find it to be more of a moral boost for the blogger rather than a tactic that will spread awareness about someone’s blog. BUT I’m still new to all this and I could absolutely be wrong.

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