Scribd (see the left side of the image on the cover of this document). Wherewere all those millions of readers?The truth is that for most authors, gathering reads on Scribd will be a slow process (as it was for me). Unless your documents are somehow visible tothe readers, they will not get read much. So how do you make them visible?That is the question. Here I will review various strategies based on myexperience.
Give and take
Scribd is not only about you, it is also about others. I have observed that,unless you are a celebrity, or are carrying over a following from another place, authors who are not interested in or have no time to read the work of others, do not get many reads. You have to care for what others write. If youhelp others they will help you. This is not to say I am admonishing you to bea hypocrite. If you find that you don't care for the work of another personthen don't pretend otherwise. However, I have found that the work of someauthors is an acquired taste. The first time I read it my reaction was notfavorable. However, as I read more of their documents I understood the howand why of what they were writing and I became more interested in their work.Taking an interest in someone's work means not just reading but also leavinga comment, rating the document, and readcasting it. I also go a step further and sometimes I contact the author with a message about a typo or asuggestion about their story. This is part of building a relationship with your