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Increasing Your Blog Traffic with Social Media

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Whether you are a blogger for a company or just for yourself, you want as many people as possible to enjoy your content and benefit from your words of wisdom. However, with so many other bloggers out there in every niche, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. You may have some great content already on your site, but if you don’t take the time to promote it correctly through social media channels, you could be missing out on capturing valuable traffic.

Social media can be very useful when it comes to increasing your blog traffic (and increase sales), but simply posting a link to your blog article each day is not enough to drive your blog traffic higher. As a result, there are a few tips to get you started when it comes to increasing your blog traffic through social media platforms.

target the right audienceTarget the Right Audience – Depending on your blog and niche, you may need to target different social media platforms to drive traffic to your blog. Most big brands will aim to have a presence on all of the major social networking sites, however, this is not always cost effective and it can be time consuming for a one-man-band. As a result, successful bloggers aim to target the right audience on the right platform. By hunting down where people within their niche like to congregate, they can focus on building a strong community on a single social network. Think about the age, gender and possible professions of your potential readers. This will help you to figure out what and when to post on social networking sites, helping you reach the maximum amount of people with minimal effort.

Create Linkable Content – Linkable content, or linkbait, is a great startegy when it comes to driving traffic to your blog. High quality content can get you noticed on social media platforms and when people like something, they tend to share it with their friends who have similar interests. This helps extend your reach as a blogger. Post your blogs with a link back to your site to encourage followers and social media users to share it themselves or link to it from their own blog.

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When someone links to your blog from a high quality and relevant site within your niche, you are sure to receive some quality traffic from their site direct to your blog. Consequently, linkable content needs to be interesting and worth sharing within your niche. This can take many forms from slide presentations, infographics, images, articles to videos and interactive content on your site. Whatever it is, make your content engaging, useful, entertaining, actionable and educational when you can in order to increase the possibility your followers will repost, share and link to it. Don’t forget to use make use of “social sharing” plugins, widgets, etc., to make it easy for your audience to share your content.

Influence the Influencers

Google_+1_sharesWhen it comes to making the most of your social media accounts, it is important to spend the time finding and connecting with influencers within your industry or niche. They are likely to be highly influential when it comes to recommending something. If they like what they see on your blog, one tweet, +1 or post could be all it takes for thousands of their followers to check out what you have. The trouble is that it is notoriously difficult to influence the influencers who you do not already know. Getting them to even retweet a post of yours or give it a +1 can be a challenge when thousands of other bloggers just like you are attempting the same thing and big brands are probably paying them to give their opinion on a latest product.

As a result, you need to have something significant to bring to the conversation. Make it personal and make it count. Find out what their passions are and what really gets them talking. It may take months before you have them reply directly to you but once they do, you have already laid the groundwork for when you want to ask them what they think of your latest post. You could even make it about them. Stroke their egos and who knows, your blog could offer something back to them in the future.

Author Bio: Kira works for The WebMarketing Group, an internet marketing company specialising in social media optimisation and cutting edge SEO practices. To find out more about how your blog can benefit from SMO and specialist search strategies, you can find her on Twitter @webmktinggroup.

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1

Saqib Razzaq

July 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I think quality of content is the biggest weapon of any blogger to attract tons of traffic to his blog. But the ways you mentioned are also just too important and their importance cannot be neglected. Thanks for sharing this with us.

2 Emma July 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Content is really important. Only one retweet of your tweet by an influential expert can launch your traffic curve way up

3 PaulJoe July 31, 2013 at 9:22 am

SMO plays crucial role in promoting a blog as it is a very reliable medium to drive traffic to the site without losing too much time.

4

Martin

July 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Social media and guest posting is the best way to maximize blog traffic along with making backlinks with your anchor text also helps to increase blog traffic.thanks for sharing.

5 Tarkan July 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm

When i write an article i always send it to social bookmarks
There are some wordpress pluging about that,plugings do that automatically

6 Akash Agarwal August 1, 2013 at 6:49 am

Social media is the way to engage visitors to website, online business and your blog also. It helps to increase your blog traffic. Thanks for sharing.

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Ajay

August 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Now even Google counts the signals from social media for ranking factors. If your blog possess good social popularity then it will be plus point for you to rank better in SERP’s.

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Rey

August 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

I agree that the target audience and your content are the two most important things between your clients and business. If your content fails to create interest in the audience then your business will not get much attention. One should be very careful with the content they post.

9 Kaustav Banerjee August 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Hey,

This is a great post. I especially liked the linkbait concept. I didn’t know that. Great notes on social marketing. I’ll surely put that to use.

Thanks a lot!!

10 Adam Fletcher August 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for the content. I love how you have some people saying that social media is a waste. I have found just the opposite. Social media is becoming such a big player in marketing that it has forced companies to adopt an Social Media into their internet marketing strategies! When you know how to use the tools right, it will give a huge boost!

11

alex

August 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

now aday, social media is very important 😀
thanks for you post, very useful for newbie like me!

12

Becca

August 10, 2013 at 11:06 am

I like the helpful information you provide for your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I am quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff proper here! Best of luck for the following!

13 Plaban August 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Social media traffic is very important. We should create awesome contents which people will love to share on social networking sites.

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Irfan R

August 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

This is a great post.
I often use facebook and twitter to drag out reader quickly. Serious, social media is a powerful way to get traffic quickly.

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