Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Why You Absolutely Need an Author Website as Part of Your Book Marketing

Before I get into why you absolutely need a website as part of your book marketing strategy, according to, the definition of a website is:
A Website, or Web site, is not the same thing as a Web page. Though the two terms are often used interchangeably, they should not be. So what's the difference? To put it simply, a Web site is a collection of Web pages. For example, is a Web site, but there are millions of Web pages that make up the site. describes a website as a “virtual location” that’s accessible via unique URLs and an internet connection.

It's kind of like your house. It has a street address that people can find using roadways. If they have a GPS, they simply plug in the address and are given a direct path to your house.

Your website is your virtual home. Rather, it’s your virtual place of business and must be ‘findable’ and accessible. The URL is your address. And, rather than physical streets, people find you through virtual roadways in cyberspace. And, they find you within seconds.

The website is a critical part of every online platform. In fact, it’s fundamental to your platform and your content marketing (and inbound marketing) strategy.

Because of this, you need to generate visibility and traffic to that site.


Well, there’s so much ‘noise’ (competition) in cyberspace it’s very, very, very difficult to cut through it.

To give you an idea of the magnitude and power of the internet, here are several statistics:

•    Worldwide internets users have reached 3,035,749.340, as of June 2014

*Source: Internet World Stats
•    1.8 Billions are on Social Networks
•    North America has 81% Internet Penetration
•    Top Social Networks added 135 Million users in 2013
•    Facebook now has 1.184 Billion Users
•    There are 6.5 Billion Mobile Subscriptions globally

*Source: The 2014 Global Digital Statistics, Stats & Facts SlideShare presentation from the guys at We Are Social

•    There are over one billion active websites (1)
•    There are 347 WordPress blog posts added each minute (2)
•    Google processes over 40,000 global searches EVERY SECOND (1)
•    Google processes over 3.5 BILLION global searches EACH DAY (1)
•    81% of businesses consider their blogs an important asset (3)
•    Of all internet users, 82.6% use search (3)
•    Studies found that online searchers are more likely to buy


The internet is teeming with websites, information, and searches and these statistics are OLD. And, if you’re promoting or offering anything, you must have an optimized platform that includes an optimized website. There is no way around this fundamental fact.

To get your home business or small business moving in the right direction, you also need to take advantage of marketing strategies that will bring people to your website. You need to know the basics of website optimization (easy to do stuff), blogging, email marketing, and social media marketing.


Karen Cioffi is an award-winning children’s author and children’s ghostwriter/ rewriter, and coach. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Writers on the Move and author online platform instructor with WOW! Women on Writing.

If you’d like more writing tips or help with your children’s story, check out: Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi.

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Linda Wilson said...

Thanks for such terrific information, Karen. I haven't taken the leap yet but will ASAP. I'm sure this information will be extremely helpful.

Karen Cioffi said...

Linda, I'm glad it's helpful. I know it sounds like a lot to do, but once you get started, it becomes easier. The key is to find one or two strategies that work for you. And, it all begins with a website. :)

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

The strategy that I found worked for me, is to get good training in Website building from an expert--training meaning that eventually you can build a basic page and add content to it yourself. At least that!

Karen Cioffi said...

Carolyn, that's one of the best strategies. You shouldn't have to pay someone else to add your own blog posts or tweak your site. With simple training, using a CMS like WordPress is easy.

Anne Duguid Knol said...

I'm in a good mood--just added a new right hand column with widgets to my new site. A bit of an effort but Karen, thanks to you, I gritted my teeth and did it. Woohoo!

Anne Duguid Knol said...
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Karen Cioffi said...

Annie, great for you! I'm glad I provided some motivation.

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