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Traffic For Book Reviews and Authors

  1. paperfacets profile image92
    paperfacetsposted 9 months ago

    I am preparing a Hub for LetterPile about an author, and if I see traffic improvement, I will add some established and new book reviews of his titles.

    I would like some feedback on your experience in the new Vertical for books. I did see good results in Dengarden, traffic of over 200 views a day and adsense earnings up.

    Delishably, traffic the same but earnings up a bit.

    FeltMagnet, traffic the same.

    Has anybody received higher earnings for authors and book Hubs when moved to LetterPile?

    1. Garry Reed profile image95
      Garry Reedposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Almost done writing a book review now and will be posting it in a couple of days.

  2. Glenn Stok profile image100
    Glenn Stokposted 8 months ago

    I just found your question here while browsing old forum threads. I have several hubs in Letterpile. They are mostly writing and publishing educational hubs for authors. None of them are book reviews, which is what you're asking about.

    By the way, Letterpile is not just about books. It's about anything dealing with creative writing, writing advice, essays, fiction and poetry.

    The traffic from Letterpile from my experience isn't anything great to speak of. But other results can vary, I'm sure.

    As for reviews, I used to have a couple of book reviews many years ago. I deleted those hubs when Penguin was introduced in 2012 because they were not getting any decent traffic. The Penguin algorithm penalized us for having poorly performing content, so removing certain hubs helped improve my overall traffic throughout the Penguin period.

    Now that we have Letterpile as a niche site, you got me wondering if book reviews might do well today. The fact that no one answered you in seven weeks indicates that there is no interest in this market. That should answer the question.

  3. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 months ago

    If i wanted to get a book review I'd go to Goodreads.  I think Goodreads and Amazon are so universally known, I wonder how much mileage there would be in writing reviews anywhere else.

    I do know someone who used to do well with a blog specialising in book reviews.  She posted partial reviews on Goodreads and said "read the rest on my blog" with a link.  Other Goodreads members would follow the link to the blog, and some of those readers would discover the blogger had similar tastes to their own - so those readers followed the blog, and the blog built up a following. She issued a regular newsletter with recommendations for new releases and news about favourite authors.  I think the book recommendations were linked to Book Depository so she earned commission on sales. I've lost touch with her so I don't know how the blog is doing these days.

  4. paperfacets profile image92
    paperfacetsposted 8 months ago

    Thanks for these replies.Having read every book of a favorite author, I am wondering if book reviews on them would be worth the time. I have one Hub in Letterpile under books and so far it has not bumped in visits in over a month.

    Thanks for the feedback. Marisa and Glen.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      I realise I forgot to get to the point on my post!  The point is, her blog worked because it was her own blog.   It took time for people to find and start following her, and it was mainly through posting partial reviews on Goodreads with a link that she built up that audience.  She didn't make any money from individual reviews.

      1. paperfacets profile image92
        paperfacetsposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        I have two websites for blogging that are not earning. I am hoping that Letterpile will bump those articles about authors and books up. I will give them about a year. It takes a long time.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          What are your websites about?

  5. paperfacets profile image92
    paperfacetsposted 8 months ago

    One is about a paper craft called flat unit origami or tea bag folding and the second one is succulent gardening. Thanks for asking.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      OK.   It's good that they are specialist blogs.  I'm just wondering if "tea bag folding" is confusing Google, since it could be construed to be about tea.  I think it would be worth changing the title to "Flat Unit Origami" (you don't need to change the URL of the blog, that's fine).  Give it a few months and see if it helps.

  6. paperfacets profile image92
    paperfacetsposted 8 months ago

    Thank you Marisa. It is an come and go craft like quilling. Quilling is big at the moment