Want to go viral? Make your message easy to share
Frustrated that news of your book hasn’t gone viral? If you want people to share your message you have to keep it simple for them. Even if they are willing to, you should never expect them to shorten your links or read through your entire book blurb and come up with a catchy phrase to sell your book. There have been plenty of times I wanted to share info about someone’s book, but I just didn’t have the time to do the work for them. Nor did I have the understanding about their book to come up with a catchy phrase.
If you aren’t familiar with the websites that shorten urls, there are a few out there that are free and very easy to use. I use bitly.com (https://bitly.com/a/bitlinks). I like that they track the number of clicks on your link, show you when people clicked so you can get an idea of the best time to share as well as what kind of message gets the most engagement. They even allow you to create bundles so you can share links to your book series with one shortened url. I’ve even experienced great response from their support department when I was having an issue. Very unusual for a free site.
When preparing a message, think Twitter. Even if you don’t use it, others do and they may only share your message if it can be copied and pasted into 140 characters or less. Also, talk in third person, no “I” or “my” statements. Something like:
Jeff’s sister calls him KING OF BAD, but is he bad enough for Super Villain Academy? http://amzn.to/I0uwpc #yalit #fantasy #SuperHeroes
That message works for Twitter as well as Facebook. All the person has to do is copy it from here, paste it there, and hit send. Go ahead and try it! And if you click on that 21 character link, it takes you to the Amazon page. Look at the length of the original url! No one has that kind of room in their feed.
Even with a catchy tagline and a shortened url there is no guarantee your message will go viral, but the chances are stronger that if you say, “Hey, can you help me spread the word?” and then provide a pre-crafted message, more people will share it. Here I'll test the theory - Can you help me spread the word?
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There is a lot I don’t know about promoting books, but I do know for a fact it’s far more engaging for readers when other people share your book than when you are sharing it again and again. So make the sharing easy.