Don’t get all Mr Angry Pants on me, but most people who visit your blog are wasting their time.
I am not saying your blog is a pile of rotting fish guts, but the chances are that you are doing a pretty crappy job at selling your self-published book on your blog.
Here let me explain…
I am betting that at least 80% of the people that visit your blog are paying so little attention that they are leaving within five seconds.
Think I am lying?
Well, below is the screenshot from Google Analytics of last Monday’s traffic on the BubbleCow blog.
If you look at the figures on the left hand side you will see one called Bounce Rate. This is the number of visitors that leave the site within 5 seconds. You will see that nearly 85% of the people going to our blog legged it almost immediately.
Now, before I move on, I am going to spoil your day even more… There’s one other little gem that will come like a kick in the privates. Take a look at the pie chart on the right — only about 15% of visits are from returning people, the rest (a huge 80 odd percent) are coming to the site for the first (and probably last) time.
So what’s this all got to do with selling books?
Well, you need to get your head around the idea that the typical visitor to your site is a one time Charley and will flit pretty quick.
This means that you must build your site to capture the precious visitor who is actually paying you some attention. You are like a Ninja with a magic net of entanglement and must kidnap visitors before they have chance to escape.
The way you do this is staring you in the face. Look closely at this blog post and see how many email capture forms you can see.
… go on count them!
One at the top right, one at the bottom of the post and, if you are a first time visitor, which you probably are, one at the very top of the blog post (this is done using this WordPress plugin).
You see, even though BubbleCow makes money providing copy editing to writers, I want visitors to this blog to do just one thing — give me their email address. That’s it.
You see, no one will buy your book just because they have read one blog post. To convince someone to part with their hard earned cash takes time and effort. You need to build trust and you are not going to do that with one blog post.
The answer, is email.
Email is a very very very powerful tool. The problem with blog posts is that I am relying on you taking the time to turn up and read my post. It’s all on your terms. That’s a bit crappy for me. You see I want to speak to you when I am ready. The best way to do this is via email.
So to put all this in perspective. The goal of your blog is to sell your self published book. To do this you need to build trust and the best way to prove you are the real deal is via email.
How To Set Up Email Capture
OK — I am hoping I have convinced you that you need email capture. Only once you have an email mailing list will you be able to effectively promote and sell your book. Of course, if you intend to collect emails and send out crappy brain pickling spam crap then this approach is a HUGE waste of time. However, if you intend to send out well crafted emails that will make readers do a virtual high five whenever your email drops into their inbox, then you will win and become the ruler of self publishing land.
To set up an email capture:
Go over to Mail Chimp and set up a free account.
What you need to do is two things. One is to create a LIST and the second is to create a SIGN UP FORM. Let me say this now, it is fairly easy but does require a bit of work to get the whole thing up and running. But it is worth it.
Anyway, to help you out, here’s a video that will give you step-by-step instructions:
Now if you have got this far and found this blog helpful AND would like more super interesting tips to help with your writing and publishing, then stick your email in one of those sign up boxes.