Posting Book Reviews On Multiple Sites

I’ve been going back and forth about posting reviews to other sites. I typically post my reviews on my blog and then also on Goodreads. I’ve posted a few reviews on Amazon but find myself putting it off…mostly because I have other things to do.  I want to be helpful..if I loved a book I really want to promote that on Amazon or Barnes and Noble by adding my review. The books I was “meh” about always end up getting on the backburner. It seems like authors and publishers really find it helpful for you to post them in multiple sites and I understand that.

However, aside from my own laziness, I have been hesitant to post my review elsewhere because of duplicate content issues. I don’t want it to have an effect on my SEO. I’ve been learning a little bit about how duplicate content works and how it affects your SEO but I’m still unsure how it effects my blog–particularly because sometimes I end up posting reviews on The Broke and the Bookish as well as Goodreads and sometimes Amazon.

So, what about you? Do you post to any other sites? Why or why not? And for those of you who are marketing savvy (I’m looking at you PAM!)..what is your thought about the duplicate content issue?

*I’m sorry to all my readers who aren’t bloggers…I try to limit my “blogging issues” posts.

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Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. Colin Matthew (TheBookPirate.com) says:

    I normally don't unless

    1) I REALLY liked the book.
    Just last week I finished a book and posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, and my blog.

    or

    2) I know the author
    If I know them then I want to help encourage sales of their book so I will go all out to promote it.

  2. Chachic says:

    I cross-post my reviews in Goodreads and I post links in the blog's Facebook page. I used to cross-post in Livejournal but I got tired of doing that manually so I stopped.

    I had no idea that multiple posts can affect SEO. I don't really know much about SEO.

  3. obsidiantears83 says:

    I tend to limit my reviews to my blog and Goodreads. I used to cross-post everywhere, but my internet behaviour changed when I started putting in 50 weeks at work. I down sized, left a number of book networking sites (I am looking at you Librarything, Shelfari, Booktagger, Listal, etc.) and decided to concentrate on the most streamlined of the sites I was a member of. I also stopped trying to review every book and now I just review those that impress me or those that raise social questions I wish to explore (you should have seen my review of The Chrysalids!). I just can’t justify spreading myself thin any more. Added to my choice to downsize, most of my online friends are members of all of the same sites I was and had to see half a dozen cut and pasted reviews. I know that frustrates me, so it probably frustrated them as well. I chose to concentrate on the book networking sites which was the most easy for me to navigate, were I had the most personal friends and which had a great import feature. I still guest review from time to time, but generally, I concentrate on my book blog and Goodreads. I have to admit though, with my current workload at the office, I am enjoying reading for pleasure and not worrying about the need to write my thoughts down. I do have some review copies and ARCs waiting to be reviewed, so I guess I’ll be getting back on the review or die wagon soon.

  4. obsidiantears83 says:

    *50 hour weeks.

  5. Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) says:

    Taht's a really good question. I used to post the full review on GoodReads & Library Thing, but am now just putting a partial review with a link to my blog for the entire review. I've also been pretty lazy about posting to Amazon. The SEO thing has me curious, I've emailed a friend who knows a lot more about it than I. I'll share once he replies.

  6. Tahleen says:

    I post on my personal blog (and TB&TB of course), and then on GoodReads when I remember. But I usually don't post on other sites; I only did this once, at the request of the author.

  7. ComaCalm says:

    I usually post reviews on:

    Shelfari
    Goodreads
    My Blog (of course)
    Amazon
    Revish
    BookJetty
    BookRabbit

    Just to name a few.

  8. Jillian says:

    I did this for a while back but got tired of it. Posting on my blog itself can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, and with goodreads and Amazon too? It gets crazy.

    I also personally don't like Amazon, simply because I am not a fan of the book reviewing community there, for some reason. It's a bit different than the book blogging community – who are more helpful and supportive for sure.

  9. GoddessLibrarian says:

    I'll post on amazon when I think the author could use it and there aren't many other reviews. I had the same concerns with my examiner articles–I don't know if I'll be writing there forever and when people search for a book I'd rather them find my blog than the examiner. So what I've been doing there is just doing a snippet of the review, usually just the summary of the book, and then linking to my blog for the full review. I ultimately want people to get to my blog.

  10. Bethany says:

    I post all the reviews on my blog to Goodreads. But on the flip side, I sometimes write review on Goodreads that I don't post to my blog.

    I typically don't post to Amazon or to booksellers sites because I find that SO MANY PEOPLE are already posting there, that my review will just get lost in the shuffle, or that no one will read it unless it has 5 stars or 1 star.

    Anyway, even if the duplicate content sometimes hurts the traffic to my blog, I figure that people are looking at what I'm saying, and my Goodreads profile does link to the blog, so if they like my writing and reviewing, hopefully they'll click. If not, then hopefully someone enjoyed the review! πŸ™‚

  11. lisa :) says:

    I think it depends on the book and the timing of my review. If it's a lesser known work or an early review I generally post it wherever I think will benefit potential readers and/or the author. Usually this means my blog, LibraryThing, GoodReads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble (the latter two because, like it or not that's where the majority of book buying takes place these days).

    I've never really concerned myself with this type of cross posting affecting my blog because I'd much rather gain site traffic from people that are genuinely interested in my thoughts and views than from the random readers that stop by once via a random google hit.

  12. Lisa– I definitely agree with you that I care more about my readers compared to a random search..which is why this is always where I'll be posting my reviews. However, I do know that some readers have found my blog from searching a review on a book and stuck around because they saw things they liked. So in that regard, I do care about where I am in the searches so that people who could potentially become readers of my blog can find me. I know that is how I found many book blogs..before I started blogging myself.

  13. Jenni Elyse says:

    I post my reviews on my blog, Shelfari, and Goodreads. I sometimes, but very rarely, post a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Borders.

    I've never worried about the duplicate content issue. I don't think it's a problem, but I'm not sure. I'll ask my husband since he's SEO savvy.

  14. Annette says:

    Once is enough for me. I just can't keep up, it really just has to do with that. I do post on NetGalley, LibraryThing, RandomBuzzers, etc. IF I received the book from that place. If I have an email, I'll email the publisher or agent or whatever. But I do as little as possible. Just writing the thing is enough — I need to get back to reading!

  15. I usually try to re-post my reviews on goodreads and librarything, though I'm usually not very prompt about it. I'll go ahead and admit that I had to google SEO to find out what that even meant. πŸ™‚

  16. interesting…I hadn't even thought about the duplication issue for SEO but I generally do simultaneously post on my blog, goodreads, librarything, shelfari and amazon (if I remember). Mainly because I have friends in each location who don't generally frequent all of the others.

    I haven't really been too worried about SEO as I'm not really trying to drive a ton of traffic, but it's an intriguing thought. I'll be interested to see if the SEO expert says it'll have an adverse effect.

  17. Cat the Librarian says:

    I almost never do. If I really like/hate the book, I'll post a mini blurb on other sites, but I save full reviews for my blog and almost never take the time to copy them anywhere else. No good reason, just laziness.

  18. I almost always repost to GR w/ a link to my blog at the beginning. I've considered only posting a partial review, but am seriously too lazy to figure out a good place to break it off.

    Other than that, I don't post anywhere else unless asked by the author/publisher. Although, I've been considering adding my positive reviews to B&N and Amazon for books that don't have very many reviews. If I really liked the book I want to help the author sell them.

  19. I had to look up SEO, so obviously that was never a concern for me. Although, as a newish blogger, I have to say I'm interested in learning more about it.

    I do cross post my blog reviews to both Goodreads and Library Thing. But, I do have a collection of books and novellas which, when reviewed, I will probably only post to Goodreads and Librarything. Not that I think novellas are somehow less than books and therefor unworthy of getting reviewed on my site, but I'll probably only write a small blurb about 50 pages of text; it's the small blurb that seems like a waste of space. I don't want to clutter up people's Feeds with that, but I do still want to offer an opinion of the piece. Does that make sense?

  20. Michelle says:

    I cross post and don't fear for my SEO or traffic. In fact I view the cross posting as an opportunity to generate new readers. If someone finds what I have to say on Amazon consistently worthwhile they might be inclined to visit my blog for recommendations prior to making other purchases.

  21. Kate {The Parchment Girl} says:

    I post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, but I'm also concerned about the SEO issue. From what I can tell Amazon & Goodreads reviews aren't google searchable, but that doesn't necessarily mean Google doesn't crawl them… so I really don't know what to do. But for now I'm going to keep posting them on all 3 sites.

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  23. I know this is an old post, but I found it through Google while searching for an answer to the question of whether posting on Goodreads and Amazon counts as duplicate content. So you must be doing something right SEO-wise πŸ™‚

    Did you ever find an answer about whether cross-posting harms your search engine rankings? I’ve always posted on my blog, Goodreads, LibraryThing and sometimes Amazon, but am not sure whether I’ve been harming my search engine visibility by doing so…

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