Last time you learned about submitting your articles to article directories and certain social media content-sharing sites to drive traffic to your blog.
This time you’ll learn how to use social bookmarking and social networking sites to get traffic. Read on.
Get Traffic Using Social Networking
The biggest social networking site around is Facebook.com. Maybe you already use it for personal reasons, such as keeping in contact with friends and family. Whether you’re already using it or not, you should start using it to stay in touch with business connections and prospects.
If you don’t want to mix business with personal contacts, then open up a Facebook “Fan” page. You can do this by registering for an account on Facebook.com (or logging into your existing account) and then going to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php.
Once you’ve created your account and/or your page, then you can start posting your articles. You can also post article “teasers” – this is where you post part of an article and then point your readers towards your blog to read more.
Tip: You can cross-promote your Facebook Fan Page by linking to it on your blog. Doing so gives you just one more way to connect with your prospects on a regular basis. You can also use Facebook’s pay-per-click advertising to advertise your Fan page.
Drive Traffic Using Social Bookmarking
Another way to drive traffic to your site using social media is by using social bookmarking sites. Some of the top sites include:
When you post an article on your blog, you can then “bookmark” the post using the above sites. Here are a few tips to make it more effective:
- Bookmark share-worthy content. Rants, controversial posts or highly useful posts are the best types of content to share on bookmarking sites. That’s because people are more likely to follow your lead and share this content with their social networks.
- Encourage others to bookmark and share your content. An easy way to do this is by installing a social bookmarking plugin on your blog, like this: http://blogplay.com/plugin/.
- Get involved on the sites. These aren’t just bookmarking sites – they’re social bookmarking. And that means you should spend time finding and befriending others on the sites who share your interests. Be sure to bookmark and comment on their content, too.
Today’s task: Choose one of your most share-worthy articles, post it on your blog and start bookmarking it using the sites above.
Tomorrow you’ll discover a unique way to get more traffic – for free!