Sunday, October 16, 2011
Why I Became a Blog Tour Host- (And if it's right for your blog!)
After Paradise 21 came out, I decided to do a bunch of blog tours for promotion. I used a lot of different tour sites, including Bewitching Book Tours through my publicist, Enchanted Book Tours, and Kismet Book touring. All great companies to tour with. (Or to host with)
I noticed how many followers these tour hosts had, and how much traffic it drove to their blog. And, I loved the whole process. I got to meet a lot of new readers, and the tour hosts were very nice.
I thought about making my blog into a hosting blog for book tours for a long time. I didn't want it to turn into an advertisement everyday, and I didn't want to promote books that I didn't like, or that didn't fit with the theme of my blog. I was also afraid of losing followers.
When you sign up with a touring company, you get to choose which books you host on your blog, and you even get to choose a range of dates. You can have a guest post, which is always nice because you don't have to post that day, do a interview, or do a review. If you do decide to review the book, you get it for free! -Another bonus. You don't have to host every week. Some sites ask if you'd like to host once a month, once a week, or more frequently.
So, here's the advantages to being a tour host:
-Increased traffic to your site
-Meet new authors
The work that comes with it it relatively easy. But you do need to be organized.
The big question is: have my hits gone up since being a blog tour host?
The answer: YES. Even though the comments don't show it, my hits went up on tour host days by about 50-100 visitors.
There you have it! Now, who else is thinking about being a book blog tour host?