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Reading is one of the best ways to occupy your spare time. Reading books entertains you, and educates you. But have you ever wondered, once you get your hands on a book, what you could do with it, apart from reading and enjoying it?Well, one thing you could do is to write about that particular book. What I mean by that is to write a book review. The point is to let the world know about the good books you read so that other people will read them too. In return of that you will be rewarded in many ways. Let us think how you should write your book reviews. My suggestion is, write how you came across the book, who the author is, what the content is, and what your opinion about the book is. Try to make it sound like you are telling one of your friends about a book that you have read. Adopt your own style, be your self. You are not being a book critique here. A book critique uses many literary terms and refers to many scholarly theories of literature and addresses a very specific audience, while you just express how a particular book has impressed you, using your own simple terms, addressing reading enthusiasts in general. Being a book critique is great, but is very formidable. If you intend to become one, writing book reviews can be your first step towards that goal. Where could you publish your book reviews? My suggestion is to start a blog. A blog is a sort of simple website that has gained immense popularity, particularly for being easy for anyone with out any knowledge of web designing to set up and administrate. Try to include "book reviews" in the blog URL as well as blog title. Once you have set up the blog, post your book reviews on it regularly and frequently, at least once a week. Embedding author interview videos in to your blog posts will be a good idea too. Once you have your blog up and running, you need to tell the world about it. In other words, you need to generate traffic, targeted traffic at that, to the blog. There is a few ways you can do that. First of all search the web for other book review blogs, follow them, and comment on them, on a regular basis. A considerable number of them will return the favour. Also visit the websites of the authors of the books that you review, and express how you find their work, and let them know that you have reviewed their books on your blog, and provide the links. You need to take a very polite approach to this. Among other traffic generating methods are article marketing, forum marketing, search engine optimisation, social networking and book marking,
subscriber list building, and RSS. Do not feel intimidated by the big words, they are only some techniques that you can learn online all by yourself. Suppose you have a nice blog with a reasonable amount of traffic, what do you gain out of it. Well, it will improve your writing skills, and connect you with other like-minded people. It can even earn you some extra income too. You can implement pay-per-click advertising and affiliate marketing in to your blog to make it a source of extra income. Well, that was way too much in a nutshell, I will have to write a series of articles to tell you exactly how to accomplish all these things. But my intention here is to point out the mere possibility of making your hobby of reading more interesting and profitable. You can learn every practical aspect of setting up and running a good book review blog online all by your self, that is a fact.
At the mean time, why don't you drop in my book review blog, and try to get the feel of it?
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