Thursday, January 27, 2011

Useful content for our readers

Murder by 4 is one of the favorite mystery/suspense sites on the Internet. We've earned a couple of good awards and have hosted a number of best-selling authors.

How did we do it? And how can you replicate our efforts to get traffic to your own site?

Well, first we bring to you, the reader, new, useful content. We have limited the posts to things writers and readers need and use, in hopes this will keep you coming back. So far it has been working! If you want to generate a buzz, make it something discussion-worthy.

Also, we keep posting regularly, so you always have new fresh content to digest. It is never a challenge because our weekly posts average around 350 words. That allows you time to zip in and fill up and surf away without a lot of commitment. But on Mondays and Fridays we allow our guests a wee bit more posting room as much as 1500 words, and that's always a truly inspiring post where you get inside a published author's world. For your own blog, you could do interviews with your favorite authors. Believe me, people will come!

Some of the things we have had on Mb4 have included articles, and character sketches, and links to fun sites. Well, I am happy to say that in 2011 we will be bringing you a lot of other fun things too like short stories, and word games to tweak your muse, and serialized posts that will have you bouncing back to us to get the information! Be sure to tell your friends, won't you?

We know that our readers like to get to know us too, so there is a good deal of info in our sidebar on where you can go out and seek us in cyberspace. We all have websites, personal blogs, and of course we are on Facebook!

If you haven't followed the Mb4 gang, go out and do that, won't you?

A few other things that you can do for your own site that we don't do here due to lack of time and space, is have a forum on your site where you can build a fan base. Writer's forums are a great way to make friends and influence people. And also, there are always people looking for free things. Give away something! Free content rules!

Above all, have fun and connect with your readers. I just did!


Marta Stephens said...

Yup! Lots of changes coming up in 2011. All will be revealed next month. ;)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

You guys are doing a great job. MB4 is one of my all-time favourite hideouts.

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

I'm looking forward eagerly to some of our new features this year - can't wait to get started!