Category Archives: Author Platform Resources

January 2019 Links Roundup | Web Design Relief

Welcome to Web Design Relief’s first Links Roundup for the new year! We’re starting things off with an interview with a Google webmaster; how to meet your writing resolution goals in 2019, preparing for a great new year of blogging; and more. Whether you create your own author website or we create one for you, we want to give you the best possible tools to build an effective online author platform and get your writing out there for the world to read.

3 Big Lessons from Interviewing John Mueller at SearchLove Londonvia Moz – Will Critchlow from Moz interviews John Mueller, a webmaster relations manager for Google, who shares his best advice on SEO, “domain authority,” subdomains vs. subfolders, and more!

Using BookBub Ads to Support Your Book Marketing – via Jane Friedman – Anne Janzer discusses the challenges of advertising your book, and how BookBub ads can make marketing your book much easier.

13 Key Ways to Lower Your Blog’s Bounce Rate (and Why it Matters) – via ProBlogger – Darren Rowse of ProBlogger explains what a “bounce rate” is, why you might actually want people to bounce, and how you can lower your blog’s bounce rate.

How To Smash Your 2019 Writing Resolution – via Prolifiko – Are you making a resolution to write more in 2019? Chris Smith from Prolifiko offers nine tips on how to get motivated to write—and stay motivated to write.

How To Prepare For A New Year Of Blogging – via BloggingWizard – Adam Connell of BloggingWizard reviews the best ways to prepare your blog for 2019: updating and redesigning your blog, running a content audit, and removing unnecessary clutter are just a few ways to get started!

December Links Roundup | Web Design Relief

Welcome to December’s Links Roundup! This holiday season, we are gifting you with tips and tidbits from all over the Internet! There’s something for everyone: tips to improve your SEO this holiday season; WordPress formatting advice to make your blog posts more readable; and much more! Whether you create your own author website or Web Design Relief creates one for you, we want to give you the best possible tools to build an effective online author platform and get your writing out there for the world to read.

Unpublished Writers and Websites: Should You Have One and What Should It Say? – via Jane Friedman – Even if you’re an unpublished author, it’s still smart to have an author website. Jane Friedman offers tips about what unpublished authors should put on their websites, how to structure a home page, and what platform to use.

62 Essential Blogging Tips – via Writers Write – Amanda Patterson provides not ten, not twenty, but sixty-two essential blogging tips! Learn about creating content, craft, headlines, technical tips, and the basics of starting an amazing blog!

The Local SEO Holiday Checklist – via Moz – The holidays are busy, but you still shouldn’t forget to improve and tweak your SEO! Miriam Ellis provides a list for you to check twice—or thrice!—as you work to improve your SEO this holiday season.

4 WordPress Formatting Tips to Make Your Posts More Readable – via ProBlogger – In addition to creating quality blog posts for your blog or website, it’s important that your posts are readable. Pro Blogger Ali Luke discusses WordPress formatting advice that will make your blog posts easier to read for your audience.



November Links Roundup | Web Design Relief

Welcome to November’s Links Roundup—and just like Thanksgiving dinner, this Roundup is stuffed! Our Web Design Relief research experts have found something for everyone: how an online community can lead to a book deal; a five-day plan to accomplish your blogging goals; and much more! Whether you create your own author website or we create one for you, we want to give you the best possible tools to build an effective online author platform and get your writing out there for the world to read.

What’s More Important: Author Websites or Social Media? via Jane Friedman – Nowadays, authors who are serious about their writing career use social media. Additionally, many writers have author websites. Jane Friedman explains which is more important to have for authors trying to make their way in today’s publishing market.

How Building an Online Community for Introverts Led to My First Book Deal via The Write Life – Writing is often considered a solo activity for introverts. But Jenn Granneman tells us how starting a blog for introverts eventually became an online community, which led to her first book deal. In addition to writing engaging content, Granneman discusses social media promotion and carving out time to work on her blog.

Do We Still Need Web Designers? via Blog Tyrant – In the age of Wix, WordPress, and other website platforms, it may seem superfluous to hire a web designer. Blog Tyrant discusses the history of web designers, their changing roles in today’s Internet, and whether you need a web designer for your website.

How To Smash Your Blogging Goals In Just Five Days via ProBlogger – Do you often find yourself procrastinating? Does the idea of starting a blog feel intimidating? Ellen Jackson details five steps to becoming a stronger blogger by focusing on “one day” goals, including knowing exactly what you want to achieve, taking conscious action, and more!


Your Author Website Vs. Your Social Media Profiles | Web Design Relief

It’s a question many writers ask: how to best use the time spent supporting an online presence. Should you focus on your author website, or spend your precious free time posting on social media? Web Design Relief has the answers you need. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn have their unique advantages… Continue Reading

The #1 Thing Most Writers Miss When Building An Author Platform | Web Design Relief

If you’ve been working hard to create an effective marketing and promotion campaign, then you’ve no doubt spent a meaningful amount of time on the essential elements an author must have to build a strong reputation: quality writing, great branding, networking, social media presence, author website, promotional items (like mailers, writing conference goodies, and other materials), and more! But… Continue Reading

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