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Which Comes First:
A Facebook Author Page Or An Author Website?
In a perfect world, an online author platform would include both a website and a lively social media presence.
But in a practical world, sometimes a writer has to make a choice:
Should you build a website or a Facebook Author page?
Scroll down to learn more.
Know Your Goals
Before you can decide whether a Facebook Author page or an author website would be best for you, you need to consider what you want to accomplish.
Do you want to…
Grow your fan base?
Be “findable” when readers, editors, and agents turn to the Internet to learn more about you and your writing?
Foster daily interactions with readers?
Use connections within your immediate circles of colleagues and friends to make further connections to a larger audience?
Advertise on a budget to a demographic of your choice?
Brand yourself as friendly and approachable?
Your best choice is a Facebook Author Page. For a Web presence that’s vibrantly social and allows for daily updates and plenty of informal interaction, Facebook is the right answer!
You might not gain a thousand fans overnight, but the good news is that industry influencers prioritize the quality of your fans over the quantity.
And with our Virtual Assistant program, Writer’s Relief can handle all of the posting, updating, and page maintenance for you.
If your goals indicate that a Facebook Author Page is a good choice for you, here are some of the bonus advantages you’ll enjoy!
A free, easy-to-use interface.
The ability to keep up with trends.
The capability to network with agents, editors, and other writers online.
Do you want to…
Offer visitors a highly professional hub so they can Google you, find out more about you, and possibly contact you?
Share excerpts of your writing in an easy-to-read format?
Maintain an Internet presence without daily involvement?
Have control over your content (so no one else can post things on your site unless you want them to)?
Guide new visitors directly to the information that you want them to see or take the action that you want them to take?
Then your best choice is an author website. Once your author website is up and running, it will require little maintenance (and if you use Web Design Relief’s Hosting Care Package, we’ll handle the monthly maintenance for you).
Your website will be the cornerstone of your career where agents, editors, colleagues, and readers can learn more about you. An author website is the mark of a “serious” writer, a standard of professionalism in the industry. (It’s today’s “business card.”)
If your goals indicate that an author website is a good choice for you, here are some of the bonus advantages you’ll enjoy!
Ability to share your author website URL on your business cards and in your author bio.
A captive audience: Once a visitor is on your site, there are no online distractions or intrusive ads.
Unlimited space with no restrictions on content or customization. You’re limited only by your imagination!
Still Not Sure Which Choice Is Best For You?
If you’re still undecided about whether to focus on Facebook or an author website, contact us today. We’ll be happy to talk with you about our services and your options.