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Old 05-04-2014, 02:04 AM   #1
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Blog Tour Experience Stories?

Hello everyone,

I wanted to understand the idea and effectiveness of blog tours for book promotions. I searched the forum, but could not find a recent thread about it.

Could you share your experiences of blog tour? Specifically how did you go about organizing them and how effective they were?

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Old 05-04-2014, 02:55 PM   #2
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I have not done one yet, but from what I can tell from talking with fellow authors they do not seem to effective.

If you decide to try one, There are plenty of companies out there that will run tours for you and have all the contacts in place. For example, I have been told this one is good:

Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours
http://readingaddictionvbt.blogspot.com/

Still considering trying one just because I have not yet. I do not see how they could HURT that is for sure.
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Still considering trying one just because I have not yet. I do not see how they could HURT that is for sure.
It could waste a lot of time that you'd otherwise spend more productively.
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I have not done one yet, but from what I can tell from talking with fellow authors they do not seem to effective.

If you decide to try one, There are plenty of companies out there that will run tours for you and have all the contacts in place. For example, I have been told this one is good:

Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours
http://readingaddictionvbt.blogspot.com/

Still considering trying one just because I have not yet. I do not see how they could HURT that is for sure.
Thanks a lot for answering. If you try, please do share your experiences.
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It could waste a lot of time that you'd otherwise spend more productively.
Did you find it unproductive, then?
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Not something I've personally done. Just responding to Vincent's comment that he couldn't see any down-sides to it.
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It could waste a lot of time that you'd otherwise spend more productively.
Well - I would see it as an experiment. Even a failure teaches you and you get value out of it.

But in all likelihood I probably won't bother since I have very little reason to believe it will be a positive experience.
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:27 PM   #8
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:22 AM   #9
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I'm in the middle of a very long Orangeberry book tour (Jan. though Aug.). I won't know until I get to the end of it if I got anything out of it, but if I had to answer you today I'd say no.

My guest posts are showing up on the various blogs in timely fashion, but this is material generated by me, not the bloggers.

I have been told reviews will be posted at the very end of the tour, so I'm hoping this will make a difference. The promotion has been running for five months, and as far as I can tell, there hasn't been a single tour-related sale.

I'll try to remember this thread and chime in again come August, after the book reviews go up.

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Old 08-25-2014, 03:21 PM   #10
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I haven't forgetten about this thread. It's just that my Orangeberry Blog tour is still running. I don't know why. If I remember correctly was scheduled to end at the beginning of August. When I went back to my online blog tour itinerary a few weeks ago, I noticed it was changed to August 28th. Between now and then another blog tour stop has been added to the end of the list without explanation and there's no date given. A delay tactic? Maybe. None of my reviews are up yet. Now I'm going, hmmmm. Maybe my memory is fuzzy, but I don't think so. Thus far the long tour hasn't helped me with sales, but I do have a sliver of hope that the reviews will help pull in a few new readers.

Stay tuned...
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Old 09-07-2014, 02:20 AM   #11
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If you were selling your book from your own blog then you could set up google analytics on it and you could measure the effectiveness of the tour. You could easily see how much traffic the tour was generating to your blog and where that traffic was coming from. I think it's an awesome idea.
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I've toured a few of my books at http://fireandicebooktours.wordpress.com/

I've found the touring process to be very simple, at least on my end of it. I've gotten quite a bit of promotion, and I have noticed an increase in sales during the touring period. I've found touring to be a very positive experience.
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