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nicola
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:48:38 PM

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As our site is becoming more and more popular with authors and surfers alike, it doesn't take long for new stories to get shunted off our main page.

This system is fair to authors who submit new stories, but means once it happens, your story is less likely to get read by casual surfers who typically hit our main page first, or head to the first page of the category of their choice.

As an author, you obviously want as many people to view your stories as possible, to vote and comment on them, and send you feedback. How can you increase the visibility of your stories therefore? Here is a quick guide to hopefully point you in the right direction.

If anyone has any helpful suggestions, please feel free to add them to the following.


1. Promote your story or profile page (http://www.lushstories.com/username e.g. http://www.lushstories.com/nicola) on other sites / web pages you have.

This could include your own blogs, other web sites, myspace page, youtube page, other social networking sites etc.

If you don't have a blog, set one up! Start writing your own blog - see this excellent blogger article on blog promotion.

Recommended free blog hosts: blogger.com / wordpress.com / bloglines.com

Social Networking sites: Myspace.com / Facebook.com / Friendster.com / bebo.com / habbo.com - click here for a comprehensive list of social networking sites which suit your country / interests.

You could add story snippets to your blog / web sites, and a link to your lush pages to read more of the story. Or simply add a link to us.

You then need to promote your blog / myspace etc pages in as many places as you can.

2. Do you have any friends / colleagues who would be interested in reading your stories? Choose them wisely though (!) and email them a link. Of course if you want to get an objective view of what independent voters / surfers think, then it's best to avoid this technique, as it will bias results.

3. Other Forums - if you are active in other forums online, add a link to your lushstories.com profile page in your signature / profile area.

4. Article submissions - submit an article with a link to your lushstories.com profile page in it - this can be one of your stories, or another article you have written. there are thousands of article submission sites you can submit to.


If you know of any other useful ways to get more eyeballs on your stories and wish to help other authors, please add to this thread thumbright
teninchstoryteller
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2008 1:46:42 PM

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I want to thank lush for posting this forum, I am new at writing and have found only the tip of the icefurg, so to speak. I will follw the guidelines set forth in the initial post here, and see where it takes me from there. I have only been writing since late November 2007, so I am in much need to learn the tricks of being viewed and voted on. I think I'm doing OK, so far, as one of the top ranked authors here on lush, there are now a few loyal readers of the tales I spin, and true stories I write about, but as you guys said, if you're not on the first page (which is sometimes for ony minutes) then the casual passer by probably won't get to see.

Agaion, thanks for the tips, I will try them. BTW, I love the site, it has been a blessing for me as a struggling newbie to the task.

Gerald coffee
nicola
Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 6:55:25 PM

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Thanks Gerald.

You're doing well - our readers appreciate your stories book Keep at it thumbright
freddymays
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 3:27:32 AM

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Im really impressed and grateful for the site, its quite therapeutic releasing ones fantasies, and being able to realise that (because Im such an uptight prig lol) that they arent dirty, or nasty, but just an expression of sexuality.

I hope to really sharpen my writing skills and my creativity here, and Im really glad to meet you all.
Guest
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 5:33:18 PM

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Hi, Freddy, welcome to the Forum. Yes, as long as people abide by the rules and use good punctuation and grammar, the sky is the limit in expressing their sexuality on here. Far better than other sites!
nicola
Posted: Monday, February 18, 2008 1:34:44 AM

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Thank you for the kind words freddy. We try and keep this place as open and helpful as possible study
Guest
Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 7:49:23 PM

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Hello...
These are some great tips.
nicola
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 5:34:49 PM

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One of our top authors has been experimenting with podcasts recently and his story views have shot up - bravo Knightofpassion for your creativity!
nicola
Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2008 3:57:23 PM

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Here is a great list of the Top 30 social bookmarking sites.

If you bookmark your own story page / profile in places like stumbleupon and del.icio.us, it should help your stories get more widely read: http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/social30
sweet_escape
Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008 9:17:15 PM

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Another way to increase views of your work is to read and comment on other members' stories. If someone reads my work and leaves a comment (with their username), I return the favour by visiting their profile to check out their writing. I've noticed a few authors do this. It's a great way to support each other, too.
nicola
Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008 9:32:47 PM

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Very good point sweet_escape.

It also holds true for authors who introduce themselves in the forum here, people are more likely to read your stories if they know a little about you.
SweetHoney000
Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 1:29:38 PM

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hiya Jackoffjecht what a great line, it really does make you sit and think.
Guest
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 7:09:26 PM

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sweet_escape wrote:
Another way to increase views of your work is to read and comment on other members' stories. If someone reads my work and leaves a comment (with their username), I return the favour by visiting their profile to check out their writing. I've noticed a few authors do this. It's a great way to support each other, too.


I do this frequently. I will try posting this site on myspace instead of copying my stories on there, I've been duplicating my work.
Jason_NYC
Posted: Friday, May 08, 2009 11:39:16 AM

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In a word: Titles

...As in better story titles. Many of the tiles I see seem to be tacked on as an afterthought.

I'm most intrigued by stories with good titles--which usually means the title is original and suggestive. Erotically suggestive, for sure. But also clever enough to convey a sense that the story is well considered and intelligently written, and hence, worth reading.

Also, I found that in the Authors menu, you can click on Ratings and getting a global listing ranked from highest to lowest. I've been reading the highest rated authors, looking for techniques that might improve my own stories.

This assumes, of course, that better written stories actually attract more readers.

::passes soapbox::
DonAbdul
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 10:37:16 AM

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hello1 happy1 Thanks for sharing these useful tips!

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Catnip
Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 2:34:06 AM

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Just one thing...
Nicola, by writing www.lushstories.com/catnip you do not get to my page. You did miss the members part of it all.
I just realised, I havent really been interested in looking this thread up since I know aslong as people read my work even if it's just a few I am happy.
though I have been sending links to my profile pretty much anyhow so it should be www.lushstories.com/members/catnip.aspx

Keep on posting everyone and don't forget the members and the aspx at the end of your links.

nicola
Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2009 11:40:02 AM

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@ Catnip - good idea, it would make it easier for people to remember their profile pages. I think Gav is going to make it happen icon_smile
Catnip
Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 11:08:30 AM

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I'm after all a sensation.
*smiles*

RumpleForeskin
Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 6:49:07 PM

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This is sort of a, "chicken soup," suggestion in that it may not be of much help, but it can't hurt.

Add a link to your latest Lush story in your signature line. I've done that for my Festive contest entry (see below).

Rumple Foreskin rr

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DirtyMartini
Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 4:28:43 PM

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Another thing, basically a variation on the above, is posting your stories on other sites. If someone likes your stories on another site, tell them about Lush. I know effectively it does not really get your stories more views since they have been already viewed on the other site, but it will add to your total votes/comments here. I find it is usually not hard to get people on other sites to join Lush once I tell them about it, because Lush is really much more user friendly and feature packed than most of the other story sites, especially the older ones. There are a few people on Lush because I either liked their stuff or they liked mine on other sites...they are happy to be here once they join...OK, so far3601
Sorry, I like that smiley...Hey I should get a commission for all the people I brought over...
toast
Oh, I like that one too...
Later,
Alan.


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redhotmommacita
Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 7:24:33 PM

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Exakta66 wrote:
Another thing, basically a variation on the above, is posting your stories on other sites. If someone likes your stories on another site, tell them about Lush. I know effectively it does not really get your stories more views since they have been already viewed on the other site, but it will add to your total votes/comments here. I find it is usually not hard to get people on other sites to join Lush once I tell them about it, because Lush is really much more user friendly and feature packed than most of the other story sites, especially the older ones. There are a few people on Lush because I either liked their stuff or they liked mine on other sites...they are happy to be here once they join...OK, so far3601
Sorry, I like that smiley...Hey I should get a commission for all the people I brought over...
toast
Oh, I like that one too...
Later,
Alan.


yes thanks to xbob & Alan they brought me over here from another site and I have mainly stayed here because of the quality of the site and user friendly. and I am always telling friends on other sites about lush.



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nicola
Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 10:14:25 PM

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Thanks guys, word of mouth is one of the best forms of promotion.
ChelleLaBelle
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:58:15 AM

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iceman
Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:58:06 AM

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I had my first story, My Daughter Tina, posted in December. So far I've received a score of 48 and has been viewed by 15606 visits, which I want to take this time to thank each and every member/visitor/reader. In addition to sending a PM to all on your friends list, I went to the chat rooms and told everyone there. I don't know if that helped, but it sure doesn't hurt any.
RumpleForeskin
Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2010 4:55:37 PM

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Incest stories tend to be in a world of their own when it comes to views, votes, and comments. However, using chat and PM's to your friends probably helped.

Rumple Foreskin rr

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords. - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Feels So Right, It Can't Be WrongMore steamy, seductive, straight step-sibling sex, 2-3

FROM:
Becky -- FOR: Matt -- With Love:
a Festive contest winner – honest

HOW HUMANS DO IT: a fish-eye view of sex an Editor's Pick - no kidding
DirtyMartini
Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2010 5:49:02 PM

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Of course, there is always the old standby...bribing your friends...


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DirtyMartini
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 1:05:49 AM

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I had to post this because here is another method that I know works...it came to me because another author on this site is writing a story and putting members in the story...
YES...put your friends in your stories...it is a guaranteed way to get them to read them...I know, I have been doing it for some time...
I'd list them all, but it would take too long...

occasion5


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nicola
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:57:31 AM

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Friends reading your work is a given.

This thread is primarily aimed at getting people from outside of Lush circles to discover your work. The more places you link in to your profile pages, the more likely you are to get people viewing your work icon_smile
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