5 Tips To Increase Your Blog Traffic Through Social Media

by derek on June 1, 2011 · 81 comments

Before digging deep into the topic, you should understand the fact that generating or redirecting traffic to any site, doesn’t happen overnight. There are millions of people who spend most of their time within their browsers searching for new things and learning about new stuff almost every day.
The Internet is not just about chatting and emailing anymore, it has now become an experience and an integral part of everyone’s day to day life. People nowadays are aware of what a shiny banner ad does and also know how to draw a line between the best and the worst.
As a blog owner, the era when people automated things to generate more traffic and revenue are long gone. The idea behind the top blogs of our age are very simple, all of them have excelled in reaching people on a personal level.
One way to get that personal touch is through social media. And it works great for traffic too. Here are five very important tips to draw traffic through social media.

Be a smart tweeter

That’s right, tweet meaningful things, tweet with proper tags, with proper links and proper photos, if needed. Let the tweets be human, do not let the tweets always contain some reference to your website. Encourage users to reply to your tweets, ask questions, reply to even the silliest of questions and do much more.
In general, you have to be a genuine participant in twitter and should contribute as much as you can to the twitter world. This will help you gain some genuine visitors to your blog in the long run.

YouTube needs creativity

Even if you are creating a simple video about your blog, make sure it is creative. You should also take great care in optimizing the title, description, tags and category to reach the maximum visitors possible.
Shoot the videos with a good quality camera; if it is about online presentations, make sure you do it very elegantly or hire someone to do it for you.
Respond to every user comment on YouTube, thank them if they have appreciated your work and always try to have your blog’s link in the description of the YouTube video and the replies you make to your viewers.

Facebook fan page, the ultimate promo way

One of the best promotional methods available today is to promote your blog through a Facebook fanpage. Add special widgets in your blog through which the visitors can become a fan; throw special events or run competitions every now and then on your Facebook fanpage to keep your fans happy.
Design the fan page properly with forms so that the fans can subscribe to your newsletter, which will help you to get regular visitors to your blog.

Organic keywords and optimization

Optimize every page of your blog with proper keywords, make sure that the traffic you get is organic, that is, traffic through search engines. Monitor your day to day traffic, know where your traffic is coming from and design future content for your blog accordingly.
Encourage people to comment on your post, encourage them to suggest them and even have a few as guest writers, if they are qualified enough. These practices will help you generate lot of genuine back links, which will raise the page rank of your blog in the long run.

Get Tweetdeck/Hootsuite/Market Me Suite

These applications help you to keep in touch with different social media accounts instantly. If you are a busy blogger (who isn’t?), you will not have much time to browse through all the tweets and the Facebook status updates. I am not going to give you a review or tell you which one of these is better; that is actually an entire post on its own.
I personally use Market Me Suite and I am so happy with it. You can choose any free or paid applications like these, that let you be somewhat organized with managing your social media accounts and your activity.
Using applications like these, which will help you keep track of almost all the social media updates through a single window, helps with better interaction and auto updating (or scheduling of updates) more effectively.
Have you tried these methods?
What more could you add?
Jane is a blogger, guest blogger and a freelance writer. She writes about Blogging Tips, Relationships and Self Improvement at her blog Find All Answers. She has some cool HostGator promo codes and easycgi promo codes to share with you.

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Online Opportunities June 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

Social media networks are becoming very important day by day for attracting visitors to your site so it’s very important to use them in the best possible way to get the most from them. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips…

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Devesh @ Blogging Tips June 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

Just found your guest post through Blokube.
These are excellent tips. I’m already using TweetDeck and it works awesome. I have heard many good things about MarketMeSuite but never tried it. Will going to try MMS, very soon.
Thanks for sharing this awesome post.
PS. It seems link to “Hostgator Promo codes” is broken.

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derek June 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

Devesh, thanks for the note about the link being broken. I notified the guest author and she resolved the issue with the link.
Thanks! 🙂

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Harvey@Cheap Mobiles June 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

Social media is a really good way to engage with readers, customers. Royal Mail use twitter quite well, they deal with customers complaints and queries and respond there and then. It allows customers to feel like they can connect with them easily.

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Jeffrey@Inexpensive Hosting June 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

You covered all the best ways to increase traffic with the power of social media. I would just like to add that Tweeting, posting on Facebook, and making YouTube videos about coupons is a great way to catch peoples attention. Let them know that you have the coupons they are looking for and lead them to your website with a link where you can convert them into buyers.

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Jane | Find All Answers June 20, 2011 at 12:26 am

That is a great tip. Many thanks Jeff.
Jane.

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 Gold Star June 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I have to agree with human touch in each tweet. I always tend to unfollow those who tweets robotically. It’s as if they make Twitter their ad board. 🙂

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Nimita Rao June 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

exclusive! it is really work.
I want to follow your suggestion. thanks.

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fred@finally fast June 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I might add that posting somewhat “controversial” opinions or articles, as long as they are honest, will drive traffic to your site. Don’t shy away from comments that are critical of you, or disagree with you. There’s nothing the internet loves more than arguing! I’ve noticed so many bloggers are trigger-happy with the delete button when it comes to critical comments or disagreements. Don’t be scared of critical conversations in the blogosphere!
fred

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Jane@Find All Answers June 20, 2011 at 1:05 am

Hi Fred,
I agree with what you are saying about controversial comments. They do gain attention and become viral. Just be careful with the information and always double check things when you criticize someone or something.
Otherwise, yes that is a great way to stand out from the crowd.
Cheers,
Jane.

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formica countertops June 4, 2011 at 12:24 am

A very informative post, Now i have another tips to promote my site and drive more traffic through social media… Readers gonna like this valuable post… thanks, a lot of knowledge you’ve shared to me..

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rian@Northumberland houses for rent June 4, 2011 at 3:02 am

With the rise of social media users, it is a must to do marketing campaigns over social media networks especially the ones you’ve enumerated above. Very informative post Derek. Thanks!

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John@cash renegade June 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Social Media is most effective way to get some quick traffic. I’m big fan of video marketing as it accounts nearly 70% of my traffic. Youtube traffic converts best for me.
TweetDeck is great software to send updates to twitter and facebook and most importantly its free. Facebook pages and twitter are very useful to build huge list.

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Jane@Find All Answers June 20, 2011 at 1:00 am

Hey John,
Agree with everything you say. I am a fan of TweetDeck too. Just love the way it makes it simple to post in all my Twitter and FB accounts (you can also update your buzz and LinkedIn profiles).
Youtube is certainly a giant when it comes to traffic.
Cheers,
Jane.

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irwan June 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Thank you for the tips. Yes, i think social media is effective for increase blog traffic, and i have proved it.

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Trudy June 5, 2011 at 12:35 am

I noticed you are using Google +1 ! Any feedback on that? I know that it has the promise of being yet another popular social media outlet, so tell me what you think about it!

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derek June 6, 2011 at 9:36 am

I just installed the Google +1 the other day so there hasn’t been much of a sampling to see how it works just yet. Once it has been on the site for awhile and more posts get the + votes, we’ll have a better idea on how it impacts traffic.

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Kevin@Dog Training June 6, 2011 at 6:35 am

I feel that Small and Mid Sized blogger cannot increase traffic through Social Media because Social Media is only for Big Fishes of Blogging World.

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PHP Books June 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

Building Followers list is important if you consider getting a decent traffic on your website through Social Media.

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return address June 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Great article Derek! You have confirmed my beliefs to date. In addition to what you have already suggested here I would also suggest the addition of adding long tail keywords over time.

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mariusguitar June 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

This is solid advice for anyone looking for basic advice about Increasing traffic
on social media for beginning bloggers. It covers all the basics without getting too in-depth about any one thing… great article!

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Noel@Computer Recycling June 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

Nice article. You’ve provided simple and logical explanation on each of the areas you mentioned and I couldn’t agree more especially with tweets. While it is true that followers want updates from you, it doesn’t mean almost every hour of every day. The key is moderation and yes, meaningful tweets. That’s why they are called tweets because you tweet and not spam.

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Jane@Find All Answers June 20, 2011 at 12:39 am

Hi Noel,
That’s why I insist on tweeting 60% others stuff and 40% yours. Providing value and then promoting is always good and noticed.
Jane.

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Brandon Luke@Common Pests June 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Great post. You were able to pinpoint the most common mistakes of people when utilizing Social Media especially for business purposes.

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Automation Components June 8, 2011 at 9:09 am

An easy way to start building up an online social media presence is to start with your existing networks. Using connections that you already have, get them to view your blog / site and to get them to spread your details across.

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Eddy@beef jerky June 9, 2011 at 4:46 am

I believe in social media one should always be sure to be genuine and share great content to your followers. Maybe even snippets of your best content for free. This to let them know you care and showing you offer value!

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winona mining resumes June 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm

When you are promoting your website, you should always have a plan. As a quote says “He who fails to plan plans to fail” we should always have a targeted weekly task in order to maintain quality trafic.

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formica countertops June 10, 2011 at 2:09 am

Yes its true you need to plan when your promoting your site..I believe in social media one should always be sure to be genuine and share great content to your followers. thanks this is a great share.

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Bill June 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

You could do a podcast. Its relatively cheap and if you like to talk and have a topic you care about….its a good fit. Currently my favorite is a tech podcast called Techzing.

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Rob @ Diving Computer June 11, 2011 at 3:56 am

Very well said, couldn’t agree more, people don’t want automated rubbish they want to feel like they are cared about and also know that they will get a response if they need any help of have any queries.

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 Gold Star June 13, 2011 at 12:16 am

Twitter and Facebook may not give your site do follow links for a high PR but it will surely drive a huge amount of traffic.

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Victor Jacobs@Cadouri June 15, 2011 at 1:42 am

Hi,
Increasing a blog’s traffic through Social Media is like a chess game. You always need to be on your positions, and create a lot of strategies. Social Media is something unsteady so you need to be on your positions anytime. The tips mentioned here are the best I’ve read about this topic and I got to say that it helped me very much reading this now. Thank you very much!
Keep up the good work!
Victor

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Ronald Redito @ Making Money Online Philippines June 15, 2011 at 5:18 am

Twitter, Facebook and Youtube are the most useful social media platforms that are giving me free traffic. LinkedIn also gives me some traffic.

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Online Opportunities June 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

All these social media networks can drive tons of traffic to a site if you used them the right way especially Linkedin can give you a lot quality visitors!

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TV Rockstars June 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I get all my traffic through Twitter. I use different hashtags for each tv show and it works great.

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Alex @ New Parent Gear June 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Great tips. Its too bad I’m boycotting Facebook because I believe they’re trying to take over the world (just kidding). But their privacy issue ticks me off too much…. Twitter is okay though 😉 Your spot on about actually “using” it rather than using it just as a platform to tweet your latest posts; I’ve had to delete a few people from my list because of that… it’s just kind of annoying.

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kirst June 17, 2011 at 12:35 am

very interesting tips! very helpful too thanks!
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Tomek@8 Pack Abs June 17, 2011 at 3:46 am

I understood social media traffic does not convert too well. However, I’m focusing at the moment on providing valuable information to my readers. So I will put this tips to work, thanks!
Tomek

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Joe@LeadingLocksmith June 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’ve recently started uploading YouTube videos in addition to my Twitter and Facebook presence and the response so far from YouTube has been largely positive. The problem with YouTube is that it takes a lot of time and effort to create, edit and upload a video to get any traction, whereas with Facebook or Twitter all you have to do is type a few things into your phone and hit send…

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Victor Jacobs@Cadouri June 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Hi,
It’s really cool to increase the traffic through social media, but God knows it’s very hard.. I tried a lot of time to learn at least the basics of social media promoting and got a hang of it but not too much. I’m a beginner but I got some good results, I drove 400 unique visitors from a Facebook ‘share’ and that’s something awesome for me. Thanks for sharing those tips!
Victor

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Jane@Find All Answers June 20, 2011 at 12:41 am

Victor,
You seem to be doing really great. Yes, social media promotion does take quite some time. But it is all about consistency. You have to set aside specific amount of time everyday for social promotion.
This way you are organized and have very less chance to get distracted.
Cheers,
Jane.

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Norman @ article box June 20, 2011 at 6:13 am

When it comes to business, whatever it is. it takes time to achieve our goal…
We can’t have high pr in just 1 click… but social media does really help.

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Alison Barrows@Whole Body Cleanse June 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I have just manage to master the very basics of SEO and it seems I have another battle ahead – social media. Thinking about it, it is just an artificial separation, SEO, PPC, Social Media – what we really need to think is consumers, readers….In the end they are people and they are active across multiple touch-points…
Alison

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nanm June 21, 2011 at 2:51 am

Social Media sites like Twitter and Facebook are very useful but only when you use it properly, as given here the tips – using twitter in such way can work a lot for promoting your site and these are the best methods to use twitter and Facebook.

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Tom Worrall June 21, 2011 at 6:49 am

The benefits of social media are undeniable, but to manage it effectively I find is a full time job, and takes me away from the other parts of my daily life.
A good post though, I’ve read numerous articles across the web to get the information you’ve listed here clearly.

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Firmenadressen kaufen June 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

The only problem with social media is that you have continuously to fill it with content and pet your users and that kills many hours of work. What do you think about the major work I should spend when I’m able to take care of social media for half a hour per day.
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cargo shipping June 27, 2011 at 5:39 am

Really a nice post to go through. I have seen that the youtube thing works quite well and people are quite happy with results that they gain from it, although other ways of SEO are also very helpful in gaining top ranking in Search Engines.

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Monday June 29, 2011 at 1:42 am

Thanks for the great tips.I follow those now.Thanks for your sharing

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yela June 30, 2011 at 12:55 am

This is a sure way of increasing topic. facebook plays a vital role especially if you have great number of friends of course..You just have to be good…and nice…just like a store owner…for them to keep coming back..see what’s new.

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John@Restaurant Recipes June 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I think social media is the fastest way to reach targeted users these days. There is Facebook with it’s huge number of users that are waiting to get interesting stuff. So if you have something interesting in your blog it’s very easy to spread “the word” from “wall to wall”. And the best part is that the users will make the promotion for you, and then their friends, and their friends…
But for that you need some quality and interesting articles to offer. So quality stuff is still needed for both traditional SEO and social media.

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matildatill July 4, 2011 at 9:47 am

Yeah I agree with John up there…facebook can do wonders!!..use your wall, use their wall, they wouldn’t mind at all…after all they can change their settings…

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 James K. Trent July 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Facebook is one of the most popular networking sites today…It can help a lot in many things like communication, marketing and businesses too…

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Trish Jones July 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Social media, I know can help us in our business…I know some businessman who are using it to market their product…

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Slaapkamer Ideeen July 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Never have used social media such as Facebook and Twitter. I think it will cost me a too much time. But I also think it’s a good opportunity to find a lot of visitors. Thanks for your view.

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jtk May 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Anyone else getting 732 backlinks from Dereks website from a previous comment? Is this because I checked ‘comment Luv?’

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Gold Star July 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm

There is a new ebook released that compiles all the social media experts and what they have to say about the said topic. The good thing is it’s free. I failed to remember the topic. I thought this can be helpful to all of us. I’ll be back for the title. 🙂

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wisdom Jobs July 28, 2011 at 3:36 am

Now the leading position is took by GOOGLE + . Facebook and Twitter are little down according to survey after launching the Google +.

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Mike@how to get rid of a hickey August 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

i think fb is one of the easiest ways to promote..i am specially very fond of groups and events instead of fan pages 🙂

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Kostas@Online Opportunities August 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

In the past facebook groups where better that fan pages because you could send messages to all members, now you cannot do that so fan pages are much better and looking more professional

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igor August 23, 2011 at 6:15 am

some of tips, i already used =)

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Kathy@Social Media and Internet Marketing September 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Derek,
You have posted some good tips & I am happy I was able to find your post. I think the thing that we all need to remember is that nothing happens overnight! Knowing this in the beginning can be a helpful tool in building your business “the right way”…for the long run!
Kathy

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Jared Broker@How to Research Keywords September 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

As for Youtube optimization, one of the best channels I have found is called VidiSEO. That guy knows his stuff. A tip from there is to upload a keyword rich mini article for the subtitles. Brilliant!

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walruspunch September 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Hello Sir,
I was wondering how I reached your site but I am really looking for some tips on how I can optimized my brand new site since I am also new to the webmaster world. So sad to hear that I have done some wrong move regarding linking my site to twitter and thus making tweets that always pertaining directly to my website. Thank you for such a wonderful tips that you have post. Now, I am preparing for some youtube and facebook promotional method inspired by what you have shared. More power to you and expect me to keep coming on your website for your updates.

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Simon @project management training September 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

Here is how I select Keywords:
1 – Use Google’s trends tool to find highly searched terms
2 – Use Google’s keyword tool to cross-referrence the terms found, above, with low competition terms.
It may seem simple, but within 10 minutes you can have a list of highly searched keywords with low competition 🙂
Obviously, as you suggest, using tools like Tweetdeck and services such as YouTube is still vital to help your brands propergation and engagement!

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Steve@Electric Cig September 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Great stuff here! Facebook and twitter are really great techniques to increase your site traffic. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. You’ll get tons of traffic and at the same time build your reputation online. Also, Both sites are a great source to look for potential customers and interact with them.

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Floyd Andrews@SEO resellers October 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

If you’re going to upload videos on Youtube, you can post the transcript of the video or further details about its contents in your blog. Add a link in the description of the video. That way, you can answer a lot of questions that may pop up in the video’s comments section.

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Rebecca@moneyoffcoupon October 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Common tips but it is really effective if you do it right…The other strategies to increase traffic to your site is obtaining the sites backlinks.

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Lisa October 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Very nice Post!!

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Jawed@make money online October 25, 2011 at 4:12 am

Hi Jane,
Nice post and all 5 practical tips to receive traffic to your website. Social Networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are great ways to receive traffic to your website. I have thousands of visitors each month alone from these networks.

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Maja@fantastic sams November 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Social media play vital role to make a product viral and in achieving appreciable traffic but links from all of these sites do not help for ranking of a site except twitter and Facebook.

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florist glasgow November 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I agree I prefer to use fan page.

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Property Marbella December 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

Several good tips that I have not thought of, I have to rethink my strategy….

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Jesse@West Bay Club homes December 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Another good way to increase blog traffic through social media sites. It’s been gaining a lot of users for a couple of months now and yo need to add a +1 button in your blogs in order for this to work. The concept is somewhat similar to Facebook wherein you need to gain a lot of followers and make a page for your site.

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David @ build lean muscle January 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Jane,
Great post – do you have a view on which one is the best of the social media management programs that you listed, as I’d like to know more. Are all these paid programs, or are there some decent free ones about too?

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Janice@Playstation 4 February 23, 2012 at 7:14 am

I’m not much into social media… Haven’t really ever used any of the sites (myspace, facebook, twitter, etc). I work on a computer all day long, try and do some of my own sites so I’m on the computer at night… Last thing I want to do is spend MORE time talking with people I wouldn’t call… As a natural avoidance of social media, I find it very hard to get myself to effectively use the tools for affiliate marketing.

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timeturner February 27, 2012 at 6:24 am

i am new to twitter marketing ..can u tell me how to gain more followers ?
Thanks

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Settlement Purchaser April 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

I have found the best results with youtube, if done right it really can help in the social aspect of traffic.

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Danai@freelancer May 14, 2012 at 6:43 am

For me, the best social network for promoting your work is facebook.. I think that it’s important to have a direct connection with your target group, and the best way to achieve this, is through facebook..

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Cameron June 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

Thanks for the info. Will use this to promote my blog. Thanks.

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