Whizbuzz Books passes 3,000 promoted books.
Update: Whizbuzz Books passed 3,000 book promotions recently. It seems so long ago now the Whizbuzz began with an unknown Blogger website that posted occasional posts to Twitter.
Today, it is attracting readers, writers, book bloggers, book reviewers, and publishers to its site. It is now promoting books on fourteen different social media accounts.
Three thousand books later, it must be doing something right.
A little history
In 2010 there was little opportunity for independent authors to promote their books.
When Whizbuzz Books was launched in that year, even Twitter was still struggling to find its feet.
Like a lot of ideas, Whizbuzz Books started from very small beginnings.
So small, in fact, that it was only ever envisaged to be a little site for a few of my fellow author friends.
It stayed that way for only a short time, though. After a few months, more authors asked if they could add their titles.
Within a year, the site had to be moved from the free Google Blogger platform to a self-hosted WordPress site to be able to gain more organic traffic – or, more precisely, more potential readers.
As that move required spending money on on-site development and hosting, the need to charge for book promotion became necessary.
Back at that time, however, free was the expected price for any book promotion, so the prospects for the site to break even were hardly optimistic.
But slowly, a steady stream of authors started using Whizbuzz as part of their book marketing, realizing the benefit of paying a little for long-term book promotion.
While the site lost money for the first two years, it finally managed to break even in its third year and has kept its head above water ever since.
Every year has required investment in new software, development, and functionality, and it will continue to do so.
But now all these years on, and over 3,000 books later.
Whizbuzz Books now has 3,000 titles on its site and around 2,500 authors listed on its author page.
Over 160,000 people are following Whizbuzz Books on Twitter alone. In total, it promotes books to over 600,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook, Flipboard, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Tumblr, WordPress, and Pinterest.
Organic search traffic to the site is still growing by the day. Whizbuzz has established itself with both readers and writers alike.
After years of hard work, I think it is reasonable to say that Whizbuzz Books is now an established site for economical long-term book promotion for independent authors.
Onward, to 5,000 books!