Goodreads is the go-to web site for book lovers, but even avid users are often discovering new features. Are you using Goodreads as effectively as possible?
If you’re using Goodreads for anything other than creating a personal record of your reading, you’re probably interested in having other people read your reviews. But what’s the best way to do that?
make new friends
The more Goodreads friends you have, the more people will see your reviews. Your reviews will appear in your friends’ home feeds, and when they go to a particular book’s page for a novel you’ve also read, you review will be “featured.” Even more importantly, friends are more likely to comment on and “like” your reviews, and these signs of popularity will drive your reviews to the top of the list, so that even more Goodreads users can discover them. (Of course, you should always friend judiciously and connect with people whose reviews you are actually interested in, rather than friending for the sole purpose of increasing your own popularity.)
Post Your Full Review
Some people advocate posting just an excerpt of your review and linking to your blog so people can read the rest…but stop and think for a moment. Have you ever clicked through to someone’s blog for a full review, or do you just keep skimming the reviews already available on Goodreads? If you post full reviews, people will read them. And if people like your content (because they can easily see your content), they are more likely to friend-request you on Goodreads or to become a follower of your blog.
Link Back to Your Blog
Always link back to your blog! Make sure you have a link in your Goodreads profile, and provide a link in every review you post. If people like your reviews, they’ll check out your blog. The links are also good for your blog SEO.