Alexa’s Web site is built on the notion that timely and relevant information is essential to a vital web experience.
Alexa Site Information – Alexa has built an unparalleled database of information about sites that includes statistics, related links and more. All of this information can be found on Alexa’s Site Overview pages, Traffic Detail pages and Related Links pages. To access these pages, simply type the URL of any site into the Alexa Search box.
Alexa Top Sites – Alexa has lists of Top Sites available by country, language or in a category. You can download a free file of the global top million sites sorted by Alexa Traffic Rank.
Alexa Site Audit – Alexa will crawl and analyze your website to give you an in depth view of your site’s visibility to search engines, insights into optimization, monetization and overall health of your site.
2. Good Reads.com (Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 1,836)
Promote your book at Goodreads, which is a large community of readers and those in the writing profession.
Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. We have more than 4,100,000 members who have added more than 110,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in December 2006.
3. How Stuff Works (Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 804)
If you can connect with the audience for this site you may make many connections for your work.
From car engines to search engines, from cell phones to stem cells, and thousands of subjects in between, HowStuffWorks has it covered. No topic is too big or too small for our expert editorial staff to unmask … or for you to understand. In addition to comprehensive articles, our helpful graphics and informative videos walk you through every topic clearly, simply and objectively. Our premise is simple: Demystify the world and do it in a simple, clear-cut way that anyone can understand.
4. Self Growth.com is a good site to connect with if you have books about topics such as self growth, self-esteem, better lifestyles, etc. (Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 3,618)
Our company’s mission is to provide informative, quality Self Improvement and Natural Health information to help people improve their lives. We provide information ranging from Goal Setting and Stress Management to Natural Health and Alternative Medicine.
5. Prevention.com is good if you are into topics dealing with health, healthy eating, etc. (Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 10,643) http://www.prevention.com/health/
For 60 years, Prevention has delivered the kind of authoritative information, breaking news and energizing lifestyle advice that women can use today for a happier, healthier, stronger life tomorrow and beyond. With Prevention, she continuously discovers health, beauty, fitness and nutrition advice that makes her more inspired, more confident than ever before.
Industry acclaim, large and unwavering consumer demand and highly actionable, relevant content have changed the way these women see life: always fresh, always optimistic and always better with a dose of Prevention.
6. Huffingtonpost.com is a cool site for those “think tank” or news oriented type books or blogs
(Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 151) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
(II) We want the Huffington Post to be home to open, transparent conversations in which people connect, discuss, share ideas, and debate the issues.
On-line Literary Communities to join and/or become active in
1. Authors Den (Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 37,157)
AuthorsDen is focused on re-creating the historical face-to-face author and reader relationship where authors create, share, interact with each other and sell direct to their readers, but this time rather than taking place in a town square or temple it takes place online and throughout the world.
2. Red Room (Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 77,741)
Many Red Room authors and members have discovered the benefits of being part of our online literary community. According to Red Room author Jessica Barksdale Inclán:
“What Red Room has done for me is remind me that writers—in slightly different ways—think about the same things. We have idea issues, editing issues, reading issues. We all must face the market out there, those who buy our work. No matter if we write children’s books or nonfiction journalism, we have to find our way to the public. We have to all sit down one morning and start.”
In addition to camaraderie, Red Room can provide you with the resources you need to grow your personal audience—whether you’re looking for an audience of readers or book buyers.
3. Authonomy (Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 94,620)
Authonomy Writing Community. Get Read. Get Noticed. Get Published.
authonomyTM is a writing community site for writers, readers and publishers, conceived and developed by book editors at HarperCollins. We want to flush out the brightest, freshest new literature around – we’re glad you stopped by.
If you’re a writer, authonomy is the place to show your face – and show off your writing on the web. Whether you’re unpublished, self-published, looking to get published, or just getting started, all you need is a few chapters to start building your profile online, and start connecting with the authonomy writing community.
And if you’re a reader, blogger publisher or agent, authonomy is for you too. The book world is kept alive by those who search out, digest and spread the word about the best new books – authonomy invites you to join our community, champion the best new writing and build a personal profile that really reflects your tastes, opinions and talent-spotting skills.
4. Amazon Author Central (Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 15)
Welcome to Author Central (beta), a free service provided by Amazon to allow authors to reach more readers, promote books, and help build a better Amazon bookstore.
We love books, and books begin with authors. As an author, you are part of a special community at Amazon. At Author Central, you have the opportunity to share the most up-to-date information about yourself and your work with your readers — you can view and edit your bibliography, add a photo and biography to a personal profile, upload missing book cover images, and use a blog to connect with readers.
One example of how we share this information with customers can be seen in Author Pages. We created Author Pages as a simple way for customers to more easily find their favorite authors and discover new ones. (Take a look at Author Pages for Nora Roberts and Neil Gaiman.)
Author Central also helps you to enroll your books in programs like Search Inside the Book and Kindle so that they are readily available for any customer to browse and buy.
If you’re an author with a book listed in our catalog, you are eligible to join Author Central. You can use your Amazon.com customer account to get started (or create a new one if needed).
As you begin to use Author Central, please don’t hesitate to give us your feedback along the way. Our author service team is available to answer questions, accept suggestions and feedback, and provide any guidance you need.
5. Papercuts (Alexa Global Traffic Rank: 93)
About Paper Cuts
Paper Cuts is a blog about books and other forms of printed matter, written by the editors of the Book Review. Look here for book news and opinion, interviews with writers, regular raids on the Book Review’s archives, and other special features.
6. Scribd (60 million readers every month)
Scribd is the world’s largest social reading and publishing company. We’ve made it easy to share and discover entertaining, informative and original written content across the web and mobile devices. Our vision is to liberate the written word, to connect people with the information and ideas that matter most to them.
Then there is Google Blog Search
This is a search engine designed to find top ranked Blogs in your topic area. Take a look at the top five Blogs each time you conduct a search. If you find a post you like, read it and leave a comment. When you fill out the information for your comment, make sure to provide a link back to your Blog.
I suggest you leave one to five comments a day at five different Blogs.
|Start small. Select one of these sites and explore for about a week before moving on. Join if possible. Read and leave comments when you can. If the site allows you to leave original posts such as short stories, poetry, journalism, etc., do so. Once you have explored all of them, set up a schedule to drop by and visit regularly and leave content or comments. Always find a way to provide a way back to your Blog and/or Site without being too pushy.
On November 19, 2010, there were about 234 million global Websites and 151 million Blogs. Forty-seven million Websites were added in 2009. There are almost two billion Internet uses on the planet and YouTube serves more than one billion videos. In 2009, about 247 billion emails were sent and 81% were spam.
Sources: Blog Pulse at http://www.blogpulse.com/ and Hub Pages at http://hubpages.com/hub/internet-usage-statistics-global-net-users-number-growth-of-world-traffic-trend
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