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Virtual Book Tour Information

 

Definition of a Virtual Blog Tour  

      Simply, a virtual blog tour is a cyber “tour” which includes various blogs, websites, radio shows, newsletters etc. These sites usually have themes that are included in the book and are promoted on the tour. This “tour” gives authors the chance to reach many people as they travel the blog-o-sphere.

      A tour contains a set of blog, website interviews, reviews or guest posts etc that are posted on a series of sites during a set amount of time. Various blog owners host you and many ask you interview questions about your book or they may request that you write a piece about a specific part or element of your book.

      Virtual blog tours are a wonderful alternative to a “live” bookstore tour. A bookstore tour can be very expensive, consume a lot of your time, take you away from your family and job and there is no guarantee that it will be successful. A blog tour can be done from home and in your pajamas if that’s what you prefer.

In these days with sky rocketing gas and travel charges, is there a better and more eco-friendly way to promote our books, or other products and services? Each day we hear the price of gas has hit an “all time high”. Those words don't seem to mean much anymore. Unfortunately, any “all time high” will be obsolete within a day or two. We each battle the cost of driving and traveling every day. So, what is an author to do if they want to do a book tour to promote their book? The environmentally conscious answer is - a virtual book tour. There are many benefits to a virtual book tour over a brick and mortar store tour. These benefits include:

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·         Conserve gas

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·         Save money

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·         Stay home with family

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·         No need to leave job in order to tour

Benefits of a Blog

  1. Build credibility and increase visibility

  2. One of the key things people want to do with a blog tour is to generate sales

  3. Generate a buzz about your book

  4. Reach your target audience

  5. Get information about you and your books to many people in a short period of time

  6. Create additional links to your site

  7. Promote their book

  8. Let readers and potential readers to learn more about you and your books

  9. Help blog readers get to know the person behind the book or other product

  10. Search engines love blogs and your information gets to search engines immediately

  11. Give people the opportunity to communicate with you

  12. Comments can give you the chance to see what your blog readers are thinking

 

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Tour Options

These are the main tour options that I offer. Which is better for you? Or, we can definitely talk about other possibilities. I’m open to suggestions and love to brainstorm campaigns. I'd love to hear from you and discuss some options. There are always plenty of options. The "Grab the Platinum Ring" tour is the best deal and an all around promotional campaign that we highly recommend.

Bargain Tour – 2 Weeks or 4 Weeks  

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    Author visits 8-10 blogs

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    Tour is 2 weeks or 4 weeks

bullet Author receives "Insiders' Guide to Virtual Blog Tours"
bullet Each blog visit is promoted on various blogs & social sites
bullet Each tour stop is archived and you are given to link to share after the tour

The authors supply information about themselves, their books, guest posts and interviews for each blog visit. Your information will be posted by me on the tour site, sent to the blog owners that host you and promotions for your tour will be posted on a number of high traffic blogs and on social sites.

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Mentored Tour – 4 Weeks

bullet Author visits up to 20 blogs
bullet Tour is 4 weeks
bullet Author receives "Insiders' Guide to Virtual Blog Tours"
bullet Each blog visit is promoted on various blogs and social sites
bullet Each tour stop is archived and you are given to link to share after the tour

The author and I work hand in hand to coordinate, plan and promote the tour. This tour is a lot of work for the author and it is not right for everyone. However, the authors who choose this tour and apply themselves will learn a wealth of promotional information they can use long after the tour is over. This tour is a great way for authors to learn much more about tours and promotion. In this tour, I don’t coordinate the tour stops and the posting, but I am here to answer questions.

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5 Day Blog Blitz  

bullet Author visits 15-20 blogs
bullet Tour is 1 week (the time may be expanded in some cases)
bullet Each blog visit is promoted on various blogs and social sites
bullet Author receives "Insiders' Guide to Virtual Blog Tours"
bullet Author receives a customized tour promotional banner
bullet Press release will be written to promote the tour and distributed
bullet Each tour stop is archived and you are given to link to share after the tour

This is an intense campaign and can include 15-20 blogs. For this campaign, I need a wide variety of information from the author and the author needs to be available to work with me and to visit these blogs during that week. This can be especially useful with a timely topic or if you want to coordinate the tour with other promotional events. We can also discuss this tour option with more tour stops.

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“Golden Ticket” Tour  

bullet Author visits 15-20 blogs
bullet Tour is 4 weeks
bullet Each blog visit is promoted on various blogs and social sites
bullet Author receives "Insiders' Guide to Virtual Blog Tours"
bullet Author receives a customized tour promotional banner
bullet Press release will be written to promote the tour and distributed
bullet Each tour stop is archived and you are given to link to share after the tour

The authors supply information about themselves, their books, guest posts and interviews for each blog visit. Your information will be posted by me on the tour site, sent to the blog owners that host you and promotions for your tour will be posted on a number of high traffic blogs and on social sites.

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“Reach for the Platinum Ring” Tour

This is an all around campaign which provides a virtual tour, some promotional training, a promotional e-book and banner to use in your promotional long after the tour is over, we can also help you build some promotional relationships, for non fiction authors, there are many ways to help increase your credibility and to establish you as an expert in your field. The podcast recording from my radio show can also be used to promote your book, in addition I post the podcast on a variety of sites to gain extra exposure for you.

bullet 4 week tour where the author visits 15-20 sites, blogs, radio shows, etc that target your target audience
bullet or 5-7 day tour where the author visits 15-20 sites, blogs, radio shows etc that target your target audience usually used to promote a special event, class, teleseminar etc
bullet Each blog visit is promoted on various blogs and social sites
bullet Author receives "Insiders' Guide to Virtual Blog Tours"
bullet Press release written and distributed to promote the tour
bullet 10-20 page promotional e-book in PDF form to use to promote your book
bullet One month of promotional posts created for the author to post on their blog, social networks, www.booktour.com and recommendations for other online places to post
bullet Customized banner created to promote your tour and your book - can be used anywhere to promote and at any time.
bullet One hour personalized radio show interview with Nikki Leigh to promote your book
bullet Press release written and distributed for radio show appearance
bullet Recommendations throughout the month to help you make the most of your tour
bullet Review by Nikki Leigh, posted on her review site, on Amazon and on EvanCarmichael.com (high traffic business site) if the book is business related
bullet Complete archive of your tour is created and posted on a website which is easily accessible and which you can direct people to after the tour is over. This allows you to "recylce" the articles and interviews that were compiled for the tour.

The authors supply information about themselves, their books, guest posts and interviews for each blog visit or radio show that you visit. Your information will be posted by me on the tour site, sent to the blog owners that host you and promotions for your tour will be posted on a number of high traffic blogs and on social sites.

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2 Month "Golden Ticket" Blog Tour - 8 Weeks

bullet Author visits 30-40 blogs
bullet Tour is 8 weeks
bullet Each blog visit is promoted on various blogs and social sites
bullet Author receives "Insiders' Guide to Virtual Blog Tours"
bullet Author receives a customized tour promotional banner
bullet Press release is written to promote the tour and distributed
bullet Each tour stop is archived and you are given to link to share after the tour

The authors supply information about themselves, their books, guest posts and interviews for each blog visit. Your information will be posted by me on the archive site, sent to the blog owners that host you and promotions for your tour will be posted on a number of high traffic blogs and on social sites.

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Around the Cyber World Book Tour - 6 Month Tour

bullet Author visits 80-100 blogs
bullet Tour is 6 months
bullet Each blog visit is promoted on various blogs and social sites
bullet Author receives "Insiders' Guide to Virtual Blog Tours"
bullet Author receives a customized tour promotional banner
bullet Press release is written to promote the tour and distributed
bullet Each tour stop is archived and you are given to link to share after the tour

The authors supply information about themselves, their books, guest posts and interviews for each blog visit. Your information will be posted by me on the tour site, sent to the blog owners that host you and promotions for your tour will be posted on a number of high traffic blogs and on social sites.

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Customized Tour Options - If you would like a customized tour, we can discuss the options that are best for you. My goal is to be flexible and to make a virtual blog the most effective for YOU and YOUR BOOK.

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I look forward to the chance to talk with you about the possibilities. For much more information, to discuss options and prices, contact Nikki Leigh at: nikki@nikkileigh.com

 

If you prefer to tour longer or to visit more blogs, contact me and we’ll talk about a timeframe and prices. Also remember that the tour site will archive all of your tour sites and these posts will continue to show up on search engines and people can visit the site to learn more about you at any time during or after your tour. One of the things I really like about the virtual tour site is that all of your tour interviews and guest posts are in one central location for people to learn so much about you in one place. This is beneficial for you during your tour and after the tour is over. All tours are currently being archived at http://virtualblogtour.ning.com/groups

These are links to tour pages for some authors who toured on the site –

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 Last modified: 08/06/10