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Why it’s so hard for writers to be discovered in the online world

28 Jul

Here are some amazing numbers that I know you will find interesting. Matt’s take on the ramifications to aspiring authors is equally insightful.

Matthew Wright

Ever wondered why you don’t get as much traffic as you’d like on your blog? Or why your book’s vanished without a trace of sales on Amazon? I did some checking. In this wired world, the web is one crowded place. Every second, people put:

23 posts on WordPress
463 posts on Tumblr
5700 tweets on Twitter
54,976 posts on Facebook
5757 +1’s on Google+
And over 3.4 million emails are sent.

Woah! That’s quite apart from the growth in those services over the same time-span. I only have figures for Twitter – which gains 11 new accounts a second. Doubtless some are bots, but that’s not the point. What this underscores, for me, is the key issue bedevilling activity on the internet – especially efforts by authors to get their cut of the 51 items sold in that same second by Amazon.

That issue is discovery. Being found…

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9 Comments

Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Other Strangeness

 

9 responses to “Why it’s so hard for writers to be discovered in the online world

  1. Charlotte Hoather

    July 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Dennis it’s interesting. I originally set up the blog to improve my writing and to act as a training log, it gave me back so much more than that 🙂

     
    • Dennis Langley

      July 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Matt has become a good friend though our blogs. He is a font of information on writing and other more unusual topics. I highly recommend following him.

       
  2. Charlotte Hoather

    July 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Yes I have read several of Matts posts, I missed this one though so I must have been meant to read it one way or another 🙂

     
  3. Matthew Wright

    August 3, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Aw shucks… 🙂 *blush*

     
  4. Kourtney Heintz

    August 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Great post! It’s amazing how hard it is to stand out online. I spend a great deal of time doing real world signings and I find that helps grow my audience. But it also takes lots of time to plan and execute an event.

     
    • Dennis Langley

      August 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Matt always has fun and insightful posts. There is nothing like face-to-face marketing.

       
  5. Pete Denton

    August 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Wow. They are scary numbers. Good to know though. Makes you more appreciative of the connections you do make.

     

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