Is your first book coming out soon? Get your author website ready for your adoring public before you announce the release date. Whether you plan to sell your self-published ebook through your site or want a fabulous landing page for your traditionally published novel, WordPress is the best platform. There are hundreds of plugins out there and we’ve combed through the best ones to make sure you don’t miss any of our favorites.
- Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO will help your author website in the search rankings. It has two versions, free and premium. The free version provides an easy interface to add meta descriptions and check single keyword usage to improve your search engine optimization (SEO). You can add unique snippets of posts for Twitter and for Facebook. With the premium version, you can track multiple focus keywords and have more control over the social media previews.
- Post Promoter Pro
Post Promoter Pro is a clean, simple social media scheduler that is easy to use and well worth the $50/year price tag. Take some of the stress of being heard on social media off your plate. You can schedule posts to be shared to most of your social media accounts and can set the posts on repeat to drive more traffic over time to your writer website.
- Click to Tweet
Click to Tweet provides an easy link that makes it easy for website visitors to share your blog posts. Customize a pre-generated Tweet for your readers to share. This is a great opportunity to define a custom hashtag for your audience.
- Easy Digital Downloads
Easy Digital Downloads is a great way to sell your ebook directly from your site. You can sync with your PayPal or Stripe account for payment and Easy Digital Downloads. The basic plugin is free but the integrations will be part of add-on packages.
- Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms creates beautiful forms you can insert into your website. Every author site needs a good contact page and this could be a great way for you to encourage journalists or movie producers to reach out to you for your big break. Read more about what we think of Gravity Forms here.
CoSchedule is the perfect editorial calendar for writers. Whether you have one blog or seven, CoSchedule can help you keep everything organized and make sure that your posts go out when you intend. It even integrates with WordPress, Evernote, Google Docs, and Google Analytics as well as with social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages. Read more about our love for CoSchedule here.
- Starbox – Author Box
Show off your fabulous headshot and an interesting bio underneath every post. This is a good place to pop in links to the social media accounts where you want your audience to connect with you. Let your readers get to know the real you.
SumoMe has many features to make your website better. Our favorite feature is their pop-up box to capture visitor email addresses. We like their integration with MailChimp, AWeber and Constant Contact, among others, to attract subscribers to your mailing list.
Want your website to stand out from the crowd? Custom design and a professional development team can make your website work harder to help you book speaking engagements and sell more books. Contact our team today to let us create the best site to help you reach your goals.