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Optimize Goodreads’ Growth

Goodreads is growing exponentially and offers a prime opportunity to find new readers. Here are some tips to make the most of it.

Earlier this week, Goodreads founder Otis Chandler announced that 10 million users had joined the social networking site for readers.  That’s double the members in just 18 months. You can read the announcement here.

These members have added over 350 million books to their shelves, chat about books, can buy books from the site, leave reviews about books and there are even more than 20,000 book clubs on the site.

If you review or blog about books on your site, Girl Who Reads posted some helpful tips on how to maximize your time on Goodreads. Authors will also find this post helpful, plus she has links to three other tips on Goodreads posts at the end of the post. She shares

  • how to hyperlink your review instead of pasting the review into Goodreads to drive traffic back to your website
  • how to network within book clubs to meet new people
  • how to use Goodreads Events to promote giveaways (hint: sparingly!)
  • how to add an exclusive shelf to help organize your books
  • how to use the Goodreads smartphone app to save time

The Indie Exchange offers a post on readers using Goodreads to discover new authors. As an author, you need to make sure you new releases are added to the Goodreads database in a timely manner.  Author K.E. Saxon shared these tips for quickly adding your book.

  • Go to
  • Enter your book title in the search box.
  • If you book does not appear in the search results, look to the right sidebar for the link to Manually add a book.
  • Follow the instructions on that page. Be sure to add your cover art (option is in the right sidebar and can be easily missed).

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  1. Thanks for featuring my article about Goodreads. I thought you might be interested in my other article about Goodreads as it is focused on how authors can best use it.

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