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Search for Yourself: Day 20 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Before we get into today's task, I want to invite you to join another #platchal chat on Twitter today starting at 1 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time). That would be noon Central, 11 a.m. Mountain, and 10 a.m. on the West Coast. Everywhere else, you can probably Google it. Speaking of which...

Search for Yourself

Today's platform-building task is to perform a search on yourself. Use Google, Bing, and Yahoo. If you want extra credit, try other search engines as well.

If you've never done this before, this exercise is enlightening as far as what people will find when they search out your name. For some, there may be nothing there (a void to fill); others may be shocked at who else shares their name; and still others may be pleasantly surprised at how well represented they are.

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Get the Most Out of Google+!

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Learn how to get the most out of Google+ for your writing platform with The Google+ Advantage: Writer’s Digest Conference Session, presented by social media expert Kiffer Brown.

In this digital download, writers will learn how to:

  • Set up a Google+ Profile Page
  • Integrate Google+ Authorship in your Author Platform
  • Incorporate Google+ Author Rank
  • And so much more!

Click to continue.

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What If I Don't Like What I Find?

Later this month, we'll be covering SEO (or Search Engine Optimization), and it will include some advice on how to raise your site and blog rankings when people search for keywords (including your name) related to your writing platform.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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Catch up on the first three days of the Platform Challenge here:

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 588

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a last poem.

The Differences in Writing a Memoir vs. a Novel

The Differences in Writing a Memoir vs. a Novel

Where fiction writing is about concealing emotional truth for interpretation, memoir is about exposing it for what it is. Writer Jenna Blum discusses the differences she experienced in writing a memoir vs. a novel.

17 Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

17 Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

When choosing your publishing journey, it's important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks in order to make the right decision for you and your work. Author Rick Lauber lays out 17 pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

Spooky Season

Scary Season

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write something that has to do with the scary season!

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Christopher Parker: On Learning to Let Go in the Publishing Process

Author Christopher Parker discusses how he celebrated small victories in writing his debut novel, The Lighthouse.

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Writer's Digest November/December 2021 Cover Reveal

Revealing the November/December 2021 issue of Writer's Digest: Magical Writing. Featuring advice from R.F. Kuang, Alix E. Harrow, Maggie Stiefvater, Tobias Buckell, Ran Walker, and many more.

The Lane Report: Market Spotlight

The Lane Report: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at The Lane Report, the business publication of Kentucky.

Exercise vs. Exorcise (Grammar Rules)

Exercise vs. Exorcise (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between exercise and exorcise with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Your Story #115

Your Story #115

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.