Where Do You Post Your Reviews?

August 22, 2015 Discussions 21

Now that I’m getting closer to my 1-year blogging anniversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I do things. Up until this past week, I only ever posted my reviews on my blog, and on Amazon. I’d tweet about them on Twitter too. But I didn’t post them on GoodReads. I vaguely remember way back when I started blogging, reading some post about how posting your reviews too many places was bad for Google Search. That you were penalized by having the same review in multiple places.

And that if you only put a small blurb out on GoodReads, people didn’t like having to click to your website to read the full thing. So they’d skip the review. So other than my blog, I only posted on Amazon. Plus it was kind of a pain copy/pasting the review in too many different places.

BUT. I’m a huge fan of all things NoseGraze has made for book bloggers. Most especially her Tweak Me Theme, and the UBB plugin. It used to take me FOREVER to do book reviews when I had to do all the coding myself. But with UBB, I just have to fill in the fields and I’m done! (I’m sure you all know this and love it too!)

Earlier this week I went browsing through her shop, and noticed an add-on to UBB. It’s called the UBB Review to Goodreads Add-On. And it sends your reviews to GoodReads for you automatically! You can set it up to not send them at all, send immediately, or send once the post is published instead of just scheduled. And so I’ve been going back through my reviews and sending 3 a day to GoodReads.

Don’t want to spam anyone who’s following me there with ‘updates’, so I’m sticking with 3 or so a day. And starting with ARC reviews. I may go back and do others later, but I have almost an entire YEARS worth, so that’s unlikely.

And doing all this made me wonder: Where do you all post your reviews? Why do you post those places? Why DON’T you post them places? And if you do post to all and sundry, have you noticed if it affects your site in a good way? A bad way? No obvious traffic changes at all?

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21 Responses to “Where Do You Post Your Reviews?”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Blog and Goodreads are my main ones, though I also post to LibraryThing as a way for me to track which books I’ve written reviews for (because my reviews don’t go up immediately and sometimes my scattered brain loses track) 🙂
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  2. Karen Blue

    I always post my full review on Amazon as well as my blog. I have been getting in the habit lately on Goodreads of just posting a snippet of my review with the rank and a link to my post on my site. I find myself clicking a lot of the links that people leave on their reviews on Goodreads, so that was my motivation. I noticed that from Nosegraze, but I have been manually adding them for so long it is no big deal to me anymore. I have all the links to it on Amazon, Barenes and Noble, and Goodreads on each review so mine as well just click and leave a review there too.
    Great post!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I don’t link on B&N, but I have noticed I get some traffic from my reviews on Amazon. I tend to put a note that the review has been cross-posted to my blog at the bottom of the review on Amazon. And some people will then go to my profile there and click through to my blog.

      Curious as to if I’ll get any traffic from GoodReads. Good to know you only do blurbs there, but still get clicks!

  3. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I post my reviews to my blog and Goodreads. I usually try to eventually add them to LibraryThing, and some reviews I add to Amazon, but not often. I have the UBB plugin, but didn’t realize she had an add-on that will send reviews to Goodreads! I may need to look into that (though I often post a shortened version of my reviews, sometimes I think the people looking at Goodreads don’t want to read as long of a review as I post on my blog). But automated is easier, and easier is better! 🙂
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    • SilvaraWilde

      There’s a separate check box in the add-on that lets you make a text area just for GoodReads. So instead of sending the entire review, you can post a blurb, or whatever you want. I haven’t tried that out yet, I might do it for the non-ARC reviews…

  4. Lola

    I would like to post my reviews on different sites, but usually I only post on goodreads and my blog and if I remember amazon as well. I kinda like to code my reviews from scratch, I know I am weird.

    The reason why I don’t always post my review on other sites is often because I forget and oh Kobo has this annoying word limit and I always have to cut an alinea or two, which just ruins my review. So I only post there if the author asks me or the review is short and I think of posting there.

    I hardly see a different in trafic because of it, although I have received a few review request because I post reviews on amazon and an author found me there.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I’m horrible about remembering to post the review on Amazon. Usually because I post the review a week or two in advance. And then I forget what the release date was. So sometimes I don’t remember until like a month or so after the book has been published, that I haven’t cross-posted the review!

      I didn’t realize Kobo had a review section, though it makes total sense.

  5. Elizabeth the Evil Overlord

    I post to Amazon and GR in addition to my blog. They are usually shorter in other places. I got this idea from another blog, I forget who, and give a link to my full review. It has actually given me more traffic. I’ve tried posting to B&N, but always have problems with them. Sometimes I re-blog my reviews at Blogher, which I should do more. It has brought some traffic.
    I write all my reviews in a google doc, so copying and pasting, and making small changes for different sites isn’t a big deal.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Good to know about Edelweiss. I avoided it at first because I didn’t want to request too many books at once. But if there are issues with it, I’ll not bother signing up.

      Will have to try doing a blurb with a link. I already have links on my reviews on GoodReads, but no new traffic. Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. Rindis

    Way, way back when, I wrote a few reviews on Amazon.

    These days, I write the review for my blog, and then repost on Goodreads. No links, no blurbs, just the review. 😛

    If it’s a history book, I also post it to the current military history reading thread over on BoardGameGeek.
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  7. Terri M., the Directory

    I post to GoodReads (automatically using Nosegraze’s plugin), Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Almost) Every Saturday morning, I double check to make sure the review made it over to GoodReads, copy it and paste it over to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Not as many books are available at BN, but I at least try. I created a Google spreadsheet to track this kind of thing. Oh, and if it was a NetGalley book, of course, I post it there as well. 🙂

    I also try and make a point of participating in the Saturday Situation over at Candace’s Book Blog. It’s just a matter of adding to the link-up. I’ve noticed some traffic bumps from that. Not so much so from the other sites, but I am nervous about mentioning the cross posting to my blog on Amazon. I started to strip some details out of my reviews over there especially if I was given the book by an author. I’m concerned about the review getting pulled because I’m “friends” with the author.

    I tried LibraryThing a few years ago. I had a bad run in with an author and cancelled my account and haven’t looked back.

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I just heard about the Amazon thing! That’s kinda crazy how closely they look into things.

      I’ve been cross-linking to Candace’s Saturday link-ups for a few weeks now. I have seen traffic from there so I’ll most likely be continuing.

      You are totally more organized than I am. Spreadsheets are totally something I wouldn’t have thought to do (and most likely still won’t do! *laughs*) But I’m glad they work for you!

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