During this time of year I began compiling a list of fiction books written with a Christian worldview. One of my purposes for Christian Fiction Blog has always been to champion books written by Christian authors, who for whatever reason weren't published under the Christian Booksellers Association(CBA.) So every year I pull these books together for my readers and people like me who values a compelling and well-written story over any other read.
In the fall I compartmentalize these lists by genre, topic, subscriber feedback, candid book store manager chats and bookclub presidents polling. Some examples of my lists were:
- Lists are user friendly for your blog subscribers. Simply they are easy to read.
- Lists can be downloaded and printed for bookclub presidents and blog readers who need a good booklist before they began purchasing books as Christmas gifts.
- List's visual simplicity make it easy to read on a smartphone (Blackberry, Palm, iPhone.)
- Lists build blog credibility because it takes snapshots of your great blog content.
- Lists are media friendly. Media outlets can easily pull your lists for filler items for the publications.
- Lists can be used to bring unique visitor's to your site. I often take my lists and duplicate them on Amazon Lists. Here's an example: The Last Good Reads of the Summer. There a gazillion of other places online to post your lists.
- Lists can help decrease your bounce rate. If you embed links in your list that direct readers to other areas and posts on your blog readers will stick around longer and may become curious about what else you have on your blog.
- You can monetize your blog using lists. You can become an affiliate member of a bookstore or a book like 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.
- You can turn your blog into an industry source using links. My blog is a source not just for Christian book publishers, but literary publicists, authors, and agents. You may even see my content repackaged on other blogs...(we'll talk about that later.)
- You can use lists in your sidebar to showcase your favorite blogs or books. Check out the CFB sidebar.
For those of you who aren't members, if you have a great book list on your blog, please drop the link in our comments so that we can take a look at them.