5 Ways To Get More Friends On Goodreads

5 Ways To Get More Friends On Goodreads

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Goodreads is the answer to all avid readers who love social media and reading. However, there isn’t much literature on the Internet about how to make the most of your Goodreads profile and on how to expand your virtual literary community.

So, how do you get more friends on Goodreads? This is where optimization and networking come into play.

First, add me as a friend. Then, read how I continue to grow my friends list on Goodreads.

Optimize Your Profile

How to get more friends on Goodreads Step 1

This is how the editing My Account should look. More criteria to help you get more friends on Goodreads when you scroll further down the page.

Think of your Goodreads profile as the handshake that starts your virtual friendship. By filling out your profile in full, you are more likely to gain the trust of the Goodreads community.

  • Tap the drop-down arrow in the top right corner of the screen next to you profile pictures.
  • Select Edit Profile.
  • Within the Profile tab, fill out all tabs that will help current friends or those with like reading interests find your profile, including:
    • First and last name
    • Username
    • My Website
    • My Interests
    • What Kind of Books Do You Like to Read?
    • About Me
  • Make sure to select an option for the following:
    • Show my last name to
    • Location Viewable By
  • Don’t forget to upload a photo of yourself. This will assure future friends that your profile isn’t a fake account and that you’re a regular user of Goodreads.

Remember: When filling out My Interests, What Kind of Books Do You Like to Read? and About Me, try weaving in words that users would use to search for friends. For example, if you are an avid reader of science fiction, make sure to add keywords like “science fiction” and “sci-fi” as well as key science fiction authors and book titles to these sections.

Invite Your Own Friends

How to get more friends on Goodreads Step 2

Before searching for new friends on Goodreads, connect with your current group of friends on this social media platform.

  • Tap the drop-down arrow in the top right corner of the screen next to you profile pictures.
  • Select Friends.
  • Underneath Find Friends From, you can find your existing friends by selecting the following social media or email account for Goodreads to search:
    • Gmail
    • Yahoo
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Friends of friends (on Goodreads)
  • Fill in the search box with your friend’s name or email address found below Find Friends From to find friends you’re not connected with in the above way. Then, click search members.

Add Books to Your Bookshelves

A bookshelf is Goodreads’ equivalent to a book list. To get more friends on Goodreads, you must show that you’re an avid reader. Not having any books on your lists gives a warning that your profile may not be active or that it’s not managed by a real person. Start by filling out the default bookshelves:

  • Read: What books have you read in the past?
  • Currently Reading: What books are you reading now?
  • To-Read: What books are on your bucket list?

I chose not to add books to my Read bookshelf until I finished the book from my Currently Reading list because I wanted to keep track of how much I was reading since I created my Goodreads profile. Many of my Goodreads friends chose to update their Read bookshelf with books they’ve read years before they created their Goodreads account. It’s all about preference.

You can also create a bookshelf that best fits your profile style or brand.

Promote Your Goodreads Profile On Your Websites

How to get more friends on Goodreads Step 4

Here’s how my Goodreads widget looks on my website.

Give a shoutout to your Goodreads profile on your other social media websites. Send a tweet, post your Goodreads profile link in a Facebook post, or mention it in a blog post.

Have a website? You can add widget that previews the books you’ve recently finished reading. This encourages your website readers to be your friend on Goodreads.

  • Tap the dropdown arrow in the top right corner of the screen next to you profile pictures.
  • Select Edit Profile.
  • Within the Widgets tab, a preview of what you widget will look like appears. You can customize what shows on your widget by updating the information below Customize Your Widget
  • Copy the HTML code and paste it onto your website. For WordPress users, there is a Goodreads widget that allows you to enter your profile information without the need to copy and paste the HTML code.

Join Groups and Book Talk Discussions

How to get more friends on Goodreads Step 5

You can choose which Book Talk discussions to join.

Want to talk about your latest read? Simply have a question to ask about your current novel?

Welcome to your virtual book club. A variety of conversations, from authors and specific books to genres and book events, can be easily found within Groups and Book Talk Discussions. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Start your own group or discussion.

Groups and Book Talk Discussions are a great way to introduce yourself to this literary community. Once you have a presence and engaged in thoughtful conversation, you can add friends you have made through these outlets.

There’s even a discussion about getting more friends on Goodreads!

How do you get more friends on Goodreads? Share your strategies below.

Writing in the 21st Century


My name is Kaitlyn and I’m a writer.  Usually when I say this, silence enters the conversation.

“You’re a journalist?” my stranger or family member will finally ask.

“Not quite,” I say.

“So you write books.”

“I’m trying,” I’ll confess.

This is where the conversation gets awkward and trickles into talk about the spinach dip at the party or the hot or cold or rainy or windy weather outside.

It is still a misconception that journalist and author are the only careers for writers (or, at least, a way to make money).  And this is quite surprising because, now with technology rapidly advancing, the application of words surrounds us.  We read blogs, social media posts, websites, emails, catalogs, billboards, manuals, brochures, posters, recipes, travel guides, print and (whether we want to or not) online ads–the list is almost endless.

And who wrote those?  It was a writer.

Today, with these ever-changing advancements, writers disguise themselves behind different names, such as marketing manager or communications coordinator or social media specialist or filmmaker or publisher or professor or tutor or translator or agent or publicist or columnist or critic.  These professions may not allow the writer to write 100% of the time, but the writer is still writing about something important to an audience that has a demand for it.

And doesn’t the writer love an audience!

I surely didn’t understand this when I was eighteen.  My plan was to write a novel while I studied creative writing at college, believing that I would have a publishing contract and book tour waiting for me on the other side of the graduation stage.  But when I barely could crank out five chapters by the end of my senior year, I was relieved that I got accepted into an M.F.A. program.  I thought for sure that, after three grueling years of perfecting my craft, my graduate thesis would be the polished manuscript every publishing house wanted.

Let’s just say that things didn’t go as planned.

I had my aha! moment when I got my first office job as a marketing assistant at Columbia College Chicago.  I found it strange that the marketing department wanted someone with creative writing experience, but after the copywriting and campaigning and event planning and social media-ing, it made sense.  Marketing depends on accurate research, creative problem solving, understanding the target audience, seeing the big picture and scrutinizing over miniscule details, and (of course) immaculate writing skills.  This is exactly what the writer in me loves to do, but I was so fixated on my one goal to be an author that I had closed my eyes for a long time to the other numerous possibilities of fulfillment in writing field.

I am a writer.  I’m still searching (longer than I’d like to admit) for that full-time career in any writing guise, but I’m always writing.  I’m writing my novel-in-progress, sketches for plays, cover letters, queries, and now–a blog.