October 31, 2014

Tag Archives: social media

How Much Attention Should Bloggers Give to Social Media?

Social media is a leading source of traffic to many blogs. Like any other traffic source (for example, search engines) the amount of traffic and the results can be influenced by the approach of the blogger. It’s pretty well accepted that website owners and bloggers should maximize their chances of getting search engine traffic by building a search engine-friendly site, ... Read More »

The Thrill Seeker vs. the Bookworm

Most bloggers now realize the value of creating content that is specifically intended to appeal to the average social media user. Creating a successful viral blog post is a skill that can be learned (and there are plenty of consultants and copywriters who are willing to do it for pay). While it’s fairly obvious that each social media site has ... Read More »

The Role of Social Media in a New Blog Launch

Launching a new blog should be an exciting time, but it can also be discouraging because of the challenges that are involved. Most new blogs struggle to get traffic, comments, links and subscribers as they have to work to build exposure. One proven method for quickly getting past this stage of very slow growth is to market your new blog ... Read More »

My StumbleUpon Wish List

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For about the last year I have been an active user of StumbleUpon. I quickly started using the site after it sent a rush of traffic to my primary blog shortly after it was launched. After using the site for a while and becoming a big fan of the service, there are a few things that I would like to ... Read More »

How Do You Feel About Submitting Your Own Content to Social Media?

Submitting your own content to social media sites is a bit of a controversial issue. Many bloggers primarily use social media for the purpose of driving traffic to their own site, as opposed to using social media to find interesting content from other blogs and websites. The feeling from some passionate social media users is that submitting your own content ... Read More »

The Characteristics of an Effective Social Media Website

There are hundreds or maybe even thousands of social media websites out there. Of course, you’re not going to be able to use them all to market your website(s) or the sites of your clients. Because of the limited time that is available, you will need to choose a few social media sites to target. The sites you choose to ... Read More »

3 Tips for Marketing More Effectively With Del.icio.us

Del.icio.us can be a great source of traffic, inbound links, and exposure, but most marketers (including myself) tend to not use it as effectively as possible. You’ve probably seen a number of articles about making posts that are attractive to del.icio.us users in order to increase the number of bookmarks that you receive, but here are 3 additional tips for ... Read More »

Getting Social Media Votes

Most bloggers hope to gain large volumes of traffic through social media, which of course requires getting votes from other social media users. There are a number of different ways to get votes, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. If you are hoping to have success with social media, you will have the best results if you have a plan and if you consider where those votes will be coming from. Read More »

Practical Tips for Targeting Social Media Users AND Satisfying Your Readers

Creating content that is specifically targeted towards social media users is a common approach for growing traffic and exposure for a blog. While this has proven to be effective, satisfying readers and subscribers is ultimately the most important task for any blogger that has aspirations of long-term blogging success. Taking the wrong approach with social media can potentially cost you some of your readers, so there is a delicate balance between targeting social media and providing subscribers with content that they enjoy. Read More »

5 Flaws of Social Media Traffic

Social media websites provide some of the best opportunities for free traffic generation. Unfortunately, there is also a downside to social media traffic. Here are a few of the flaws and a look at what you can do to overcome them. 1 - It's Temporary With most social media sites, success equals a burst of traffic for a day or two, and then it's back to life as normal. While the surge in traffic can be exciting, it can be equally depressing when things return to status quo. How to overcome it: It is possible to get steady traffic from social media. To increase your chances you can post frequently, develop high quality content, build a strong profile, and focus on sites like StumbleUpon that send lasting traffic rather than sites like Digg. Read More »