Is that what YOU do?

Of the 500+ authors I’ve had the honour and pleasure to host at my treehouse blog and the (literally) thousands of visitors, only a few have actually used more than one of the many share buttons available under the articles to send them into the ethers of the Internet …..

The most used button?


This I can understand because you don’t have to think up any catchy phrases or do any thinking about what to say – all you need to do is click it and the article heading is sent out to all your Twitterati (SHOULD be a word)

(My little Twittersphere currently has 5000+ followers who receive notification of all my blog and re-blog posts!)

The second most used button?


This is usually an author who wants to share their article, but only to their own Timeline – they tend to forget to send it also to all their FB Groups!

(Currently, I have 1100+ FB friends who can see my blog and re-blog posts.

The other buttons for Google+, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Pinterest, Pocket and Tumblr are almost never used.

So I ask myself why are they not being used and why do WordPress make them available?

Maybe authors and visitors don’t know how useful these other types of media may be, let me try (in my stumbling, bumbling ape-like way) to help.


It may not, by now, surprise you to know that every post you see on my blog, including re-blogs, are automatically and manually sent out to the Public at large PLUS my G+ Followers, connections and circles.

What is the result?  Well, currently I have 1900+ followers plus 2000+ other connections there in my circles and my page has had almost 2,000,000+ views to date – that’s a LOT of publicity for authors.


This is not just a site for ‘Professionals’ to promote themselves, it can also be used by Authors (published or aspiring) to promote themselves as well and Readers who are looking for new authors, reading groups, etc!

(Currently I have 5000+ contacts who receive my posts automatically.


This is a great way to show folks your interests in all manner of things.

My 31 boards are viewed regularly by 1300+ followers who often either like, or re-pin things they like, or even leave comments against them!

Two of my boards are dedicated to Authors Photos and their Book Covers and they are looked at often too – MORE publicity for authors!


This is a great way to get my blog posts out into the wider world and have had many blog visitors almost every day calling by through an article posted there.


I must be honest and am still trying to figure this one out – it seems a little restrictive, however it does seem to bring visitors into my blog.


I don’t really know much about this or how it’s supposed to work, but I post my authors articles there and do get visitors from it as well 🙂


You can use this to save articles you want to keep for reading later or re-reading (e.g., informative, advice, editing tips, etc)


Thank goodness I hear you say – thought he was NEVER going to shut up!)

All the above followers and connections and views are on top of my SRA blog’s 5000+ followers and 1,000,000+ views to date!

SO – my message is:

Use ALL the share buttons you can – (for best results, share them directly from the blog article – this was advice given to me by Moderators of several groups)

Use some of them MORE THAN ONCE, like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and StumbleUpon (but DO NOT SPAM)

Share with your online groups in Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, etc, (again, for best results, share them directly from the blog article).

REMEMBER it’s never too late to share your article around – even if it’s months old – it will still be of interest to people, especially those who didn’t see it when it was first published!

GO ON – you KNOW you WANT to 😀

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Stats updated 12 March 2017


48 thoughts on “READS, TWEETS AND LEAVES!

  1. I have many social media accounts but I tend to be more involved and share more on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook. Occasionally, I do share on Tumbler, LinkedIn and StumbleUpon. I’ll try to do it more often. 🙂

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  2. In all fairness, it is very difficult to share everything, everywhere without being accused of spamming. I try to share frequently those blogs I like, and want to share, on the sites I am active on. I think that is the best that can be expected of us. I do the best I can to help as many authors as I can given the amount of time I have to spend on social media but as I write this I come to realize how very few, if any (other than Tina Frisco and Susan Toy) ever share my guest blogs. But that’s cool, that’s the way it is. .

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  3. I am one of those authors who use Twitter and Facebook primarily. I also use Tumblr quite frequently and I’ve recently begun to use Google+ on a regular basis. While I am on Pinterest, I never think to use it and I’m afraid it is quite neglected. My Linkedin is devoted to my day time job, so rarely do I share anything there. The important thing is to share! And, like you said, don’t spam!

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  4. Reblogged this on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing and commented:
    Here are some great thoughts (and encouragement to pay back) from our very own Great Ape, Chris The Story Reading Ape! Are you following through after you read a great blog post and sharing that post in every way you can? This is how you can help all bloggers get their messages out in front of, and reach, many more interested and engaged readers.

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  5. I’ve always just shared other bloggers’ posts on FB and tweeted on Twitter because these are the two social media sites where I am most active and where the majority of my followers and friends congregate. I do reblog important (to me) blog posts quite regularly, and while I may not have massive numbers of blog readers as other bloggers do, especially those of the ape persuasion, they are a loyal bunch who tend to read, like and comment on – and even share further – whatever I reblog.

    I thought you were going to be commenting here about the authors you’ve promoted on your blog who you never hear from again after their promotion runs … which is a current bugbear of mine over at Reading Recommendations, where I will be making some changes in the not-too-distant future. 😡 😤

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  6. I DO neglect to use all of the social media buttons. It’s not something I’ve thought about. I usually just tweet the link and that’s it. What a waste!

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  7. I reblogged and shared a couple of buttons (Linkedin and Google+) but my posts go automatically to Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter so I don’t have to do them. Yeay, I’m learning at last.


  8. Vèry good advice SRA! I am VERY guilty of not utilising social media to its full advantage…certain sites work well for me so I tend to concentrate on those. Resharing old posts…great idea! Sounds daft but I never thought of that! I dont have many followers as yet so there must be TONS of peeps out there who never saw them first time round…cheers!


    • I also save up blog posts by others if they give good advice or tips for authors, or makes me laugh, then re-blog them later – this gets the information to my followers and visitors AND renews interest in the originators blog 😀


  9. I clearly have a lot to learn. I just haven’t begun to learn how to use these things, even the FB and G+ accounts I actually have (all the rest are deep mysteries to me, and several you mention I haven’t even heard of!).



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