11 responses to “Harry Potter and the best way to capitalize on a hit post?”

  1. Lisa Carter

    What a wonderful dilemma to have, Michelle! It just goes to show how SEO and keywords can boost your views!

    I think talking about the writing styles of other famous authors is a great idea. All writers can learn from that.

    As a side note, the English translator of The Millenium Trilogy (Steven Murray) has agreed to an interview on my site! I’m so looking forward to that and will keep you posted. Maybe it will boost my page views?!

  2. Anjuli

    Great problem!! :)

  3. Susan

    Two things:
    It is critical that people realize that when they take a picture from there smartphone and post it online, unless they have turned off their GPS locating, the picture and the location that you took it (your house? your work? your kids school?) can be identified by people that have a certain software from their own computers. Be careful about that!
    Secondly, Dreamtime is a pretty good, inexpensive source for zillions of cheap pictures, especially if you are looking for anything technical.

  4. Kerry Dexter

    Michelle,
    I think your take on lessons to be learned from other famous authors would be a good way to go — also, perhaps, new things you’ve learned from Harry Potter since your original posts, including, for example, the things you’ll learn from the questions you mention here.

    something I’d like to see you address (or point me to, if you have already) is the value of stumble upon traffic. I know it boosts numbers, and I know that’s useful when telling people about views and readership — I’ve had a few of those big hit days as well. What I find, though, is that stumbleupon traffic, in particular, comes in the form of people who spend very short amounts of time and do not return. I’d be interested to know your thoughts on the value of this sort of traffic and the best ways to use that value. just another thing for you to think about while you are sorting Harry Potter out…

  5. Julie

    What a wonderful problem to have! Obviously I’m too new to blogging to have had a dilemma such as this, but I, too, like the idea of talking about the writing styles of other famous writers. At the same time, why not also capitalize on the Harry Potter craze right now and maybe update the old Potter post? My thinking is that there is likely two types of people visiting your page from StumbleUpon. Those who love Harry Potter and who are searching around for possible clues into the upcoming announcement and those who are truly interested in J.K. Rowling’s writing. When the first group arrives on your page, I’d think that the only way to get them to stay is if there’s another post about Harry Potter for them to read…so maybe a link to a new Potter post on your home page would keep them around for a bit. The second group, I’d think, are the ones who have the potential to come back over and over again to see what you have to say about writing. They might be interested in the Stieg Larsson analysis. So, I’m thinking do both! And since you’re not finished with all the Larsson books right now to do a complete analysis on the writer, how about a quick contrast in writing styles (what you’re seeing so far) between Rowling and Larsson…kinda like a teaser. That’s my two cents.

  6. Susan Johnston

    I’d love to more posts in this author series. I couldn’t get into Stieg Larsson’s books, but who knows? Maybe you’ll change my mind. I actually have a post about Kathryn Stockett’s The Help appearing on my blog tomorrow morning. It was mostly inspired by how much I loved the novel but reading your experiences covering J.K. Rowling definitely helped motivate me to finish my post.

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