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What to use Pages for, and How To Promote Your Page

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Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:54 am
Nate says...



If you haven't already, go and check out the new Pages system.

Now that you've checked it out, why don't we go over what you can use them for? And then after that, lets talk about how we can promote our Pages.

What to use Pages for

Thus far, most of the Pages created by users are geared toward interests and hobbies; just like on Facebook. But, I'm going to make a bet and say that the novelty of that will fade away. Instead, I think Pages will really succeed in the following areas:

Promoting Yourself
Honestly, don't be afraid to create a Page dedicated to yourself. If worse comes to worse, you're the only person who ends up joining, which is no big deal.

See, one of the cool things about Pages is the ability to send a PM newsletter. This way, if you're looking for help on a portion of your story or novel, you could send out a newsletter to those people who have subscribed through your Page. Or, you could send out announcements whenever you post a new work, or set up discussion topics on your Page about specific works.


Running a Storybook
Don't like how in the storybooks area anyone can join? Then create a Page, set it to hidden, and start up a new storybook. And unlike the storybooks area, you can have dozens of topics in the discussions area. So that way, you can even create different areas of the world you're creating with others.


Creating a Group
Most groups eventually die off. But the most successful ones are writing groups and/or reviewing groups. Set up a Page, tell your YWS friends about it, and you have an instant community of writers.


Running a contest
After you create a contest thread in the contests forum, you could create a Page where people have to go to submit their work (that is, they post it as a new topic in the discussions area). This way, people can easily comment on individual entries and you don't have to worry about getting entries in the thread, your PM inbox, or your e-mail inbox (or as is the case whenever I run a contest, all three).


So those are just some ideas. Now, what about promoting?

Promoting your group


Create a thread in The Lounge
So, one person just created a Coca-Cola Page. To get more followers, they could go to The Lounge, start a discussion topic about Coca-Cola while including a link back to the Page.

Let your YWS Friends know
Once you create a Page, why not paste a link to it in your feed? Or if you just want certain people to join, why not send a PM to those people?

Include it in your signature
Just like it says: leave a link to your Page in your signature.

Storybook?
If it's a storybook, there is a storybook adverts forum.

Group?
If it's a group, there is a groups advert forum.
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Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:58 am
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So... what not to make a page for? :)
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Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:34 pm
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Juniper wrote:So... what not to make a page for? :)


No pages against the site rules. ;)
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Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:11 pm
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Snoink wrote:
Juniper wrote:So... what not to make a page for? :)


No pages against the site rules. ;)



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Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:13 pm
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where is this pages located? I can't seem to find it..
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Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:15 pm
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DramaLlama wrote:where is this pages located? I can't seem to find it..


They're called Clubs now.
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Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:17 pm
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oh... Lol... :)
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