Monday, June 3, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: Participation Problems


Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that allows book bloggers to discuss issues unique to what we encounter in the blogging world. Hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Pam at Midnyte Reader,  a new question is posted the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month to answer, comment on, and discuss. 


This week's question:

Does participating in book tours/cover reveals and author guest posts drive traffic to your blog? What type of problems have you encountered when hosting them? (please keep it civil - no names or calling specific people out) As a blog follower, are you ever turned off by these kinds of posts? How much publicity is too much?


I've taken part in a few book tours, book blasts, and cover reveals, but they don't seem to bring any traffic to my blog. Sometimes they seem to reduce traffic, as even my regular readers don't stop by. It would be different if there was only a few participants, but when a blog tour covers the entire month, with 2-3 posts every day, it becomes off-putting.

It seems that the promoters aren't as selective as they used to be and my Reader is full of the same books being promoted. While I agree that publicity is important, inundating the blogosphere is more of a turnoff for me than peaking my interest. I've grown to really dislike book blasts especially, as they are nothing but annoying!

I've decided to cut back on my participation since there's no real benefit for me or my blog. Unless it's a title I'm dying to read or unable to resist, I can wait for the book to come out and buy myself a copy.

How about you? Do you think blog tours and cover reveals are worthwhile? Am I doing something wrong? Even when I visit the other participants, it still doesn't increase traffic. *sigh*

23 comments:

  1. Could it be that your regulars do stop by and just don't leave a comment?

    I know I sometimes get tired of leaving the same comment having seen the same cover revealed on several of the blogs I visit.

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    1. Good point! I do get tired of seeing the same cover reveal on several blogs and sometimes stop commenting. Thanks PW! :)

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  2. I haven't participated in a book tour for a really long time, and right now, I'm not inspired to get back into them. I don't mind reading posts from other bloggers who are participating, but I get bored when it's just the same post over and over again.

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    1. I think that's the main problem, in that so many of the tours are just the same excerpt/cover reveal over and over.

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  3. It doesn't help my traffic either - I just do them when it's an author I really like or a book I'm desperate to read, and then I enjoy participating far more too!

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    1. True! If it's an author I'm interested in, I'm more likely to read the post. But only the first few, as even if I love an author I won't read a zillion of the same post! :(

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  4. I don't ever get any traffic on my blog so don't worry about being the only one out there. Even when I join well known events nothing happens. I think sometime I'm joining the wrong events because of what I'm posting compare to the other participants. Even when I have giveaways there's nothing~ I mean come on, right, who doesn't want free books! Anyways, to answer the question, I do cover reveals. Most of the time it's for my own sharing and of those I'm personally anticipating. I do join some cover tours but not many and only for authors I love. But I don't do reveals for those I care less about and especially for those that I'll know will have a lot of participants.

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    1. I haven't had a huge amount of luck either, so don't feel bad! You would think that a giveaway would bring traffic at least, but I've never had the hundreds of entries I see on other blogs. Guess that's good for my regular readers, as they win the prizes! :)

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  5. I'm a bit on the outside of this topic. I'm an author and I've seen all these mentions about blog tours and cover reveals, but I haven't tried them yet. And now I'm not sure I ever will. Do you think it's better to just do random, original promotions with days or weeks in between rather than a huge promotional push at the same time?

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    1. I think that the huge PR campaigns can annoy people when there's a big blast and everyone is posting the same thing. Just my opinion of course, but I think the smaller campaigns work better. I'm partial to review tours because everyone has a different opinion, but the excerpts where one post leads to the next blogger's post can be fun too. Good luck with whatever you decide!

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  6. Sometimes when I post something for a book tour the silence is deafening!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one hearing crickets! *L*

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  7. My traffic usually goes way down with the tours. They also promise to help promote it but don't always follow through. I think the biggest problem though is that people can only read so much of the same thing.

    Petty mentioned in her comment that you can't keep commenting on the same thing all the time.

    Now I just go with what I personally enjoy so traffic and its aren't what it's about anymore.

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    1. I'm with you and try to limit the tours to books/authors I know I'll enjoy!

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  8. Quote: "Sometimes they seem to reduce traffic, as even my regular readers don't stop by [...] It seems that the promoters aren't as selective as they used to be".
    This is interesting - a complete backfire. Most bloggers stated that they don't usually see an increase in traffic, but you're first in underlining the usual-readers turnoff. Also, from the outside, I had the impression that there should be more selectivity...and you are actually saying it used to be. Let's hope the Powers-That-Be realize it soon...

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    1. Way back when, it seemed that the blog tours were on a smaller scale. Because they weren't on every single blog, they seemed more interesting. Now it's just too, too much.

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  9. I agree that it seems like some tours don't have a limited number of participants, which is why you see them everywhere. I agree that the month long tours are way to much and I get tired of seeing those posts.

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    1. Guess there IS such a thing as too much publicity! Hope that PR campaigns scale back in the future, but doubt it. :(

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  10. I'm a bit split on the deal myself plus it boxes in my reading time so I don't just have a month to read it but a "due by" date. Restricts some of my reading freedom. I myself have tried to cut back on them as well....sometimes I'm successful. ^_^

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    1. I still commit to too many and find myself resenting not being able to read what I want. I'm working on it though! :)

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  11. I've just come back from a hiatus so I've decided to take part in a few whilst I pick myself back up. Hopefully I can re-pump my blog haha.
    But I wouldn't say I noticed much of a impact when taking part before either.

    Lauren.

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    1. I've been tempted to join a few just to get back in the swing of things, but am going in with my eyes wide open this time. :)

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