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Thursday, July 15, 2010

10 ways to drive Social Media Traffic to your Page

Social media has revolutionized the way the internet runs. People now have the opportunity to communicate with others in an unlimited amount of ways. So how do we as online business owners take advantage of this momentous trend to make money for our websites?
I have listed my 10 favourite ways to drive social media traffic to your website:
1. Start a viral Facebook Group
Facebook has become the dominating force in the social media space. It’s known for its viral nature and ability to captivate a large audience in a short period of time. One of the most viral components and most successful traffic generating sources is a Facebook group.
2.    Upload your blog to Facebook
Facebook gives you the ability as a blog owner to upload your blog to your page. This gives your users the ability to automatically see new blog posts you submit on your Facebook page. You can find instructions on how to do it here.
3.    Use Social Bookmarker on all of your Blog Posts
Socialmarker.com has a free tool called ‘Social Marker’. This free tool gives you the ability to social bookmark URLs from your website in a short space of time. Within 15 minutes you can have your new blog post link placed on 50 of the top social bookmarking websites gathering traffic.
4.    Upload a Video to Tubemogul.com
Video marketing has become on of the internets most popular features. With YouTube’s popularity and the boom of video-based websites, the convergence of both gives you new ways to drive traffic back to your website. Tubemogul is a service that allows you to upload your video to 15 of the top video-sharing websites within minutes.
5.    Post on Social Blogging Websites
In recent years there have been two social blogging websites which have risen above the rest, both in benefit-per-post and ease of use. The websites I am talking about are Squidoo.com and HubPages.com. Write a blog about your website on these blogging sites in order to drive traffic from them. This is utilizing their user popularity and ability to rank you naturally in the search engines.
6.    Tweet your way to Traffic
Twitter has been deemed the second most popular social networking website on the internet today. You can utilize Twitter’s popularity by starting up a Twitter account for your business and tweeting recommendations to sources your followers have an interest in. If you are able to learn to use Twitter correctly then it can be a powerful turnkey way to drive traffic back to your website in just 160 characters.
7.    Buy a Link on a Popular YouTube Channel
YouTube has become a great source of traffic for a number of businesses. If you don’t yet have a big enough YouTube following to be able to drive traffic to your website, you may want to consider buying a link on another popular related YouTube page. So when visitors visit their YouTube page, they will see your link and click on it.
8.    Post Attractive Images on Photo-Sharing Sites
Photo-sharing websites have boomed on the internet in recent years. Now there are some really well established websites that control a large amount of traffic. Post related photos and images to your website on these with your link and an enticing website description, they will be compelled to pay you a visit. This technique will work well as long as you can find appropriate photos that will appeal to the target audience.
9.    Comment on others’ Social Media Content
With an unlimited amount of users utilizing social media and the increasing amount of social media websites, it becomes one of the easiest ways to drive traffic from others. Submit useful, informative comments on their page with your link. If the owner of the post likes what you have to say then the link will be posted in the comments section and everyone who visits that page has the opportunity to see your comment and click the link to your website.
10.    Drive traffic through Social Media from Google
All the social media websites you use to drive traffic or communicate through now show up on Google. Make sure that you use basic Search Engine Optimization techniques to add the correct keywords and content so your social media posts will show in Google and generate even more free traffic.
Don’t just limit yourself to these 10 sources of social media traffic. There are a number of different websites, all with different ways to use in order to produce a stream of traffic for your site. Be inventive; test and find which ones work for you and your website. If you can do this then you will find great success using social media to drive traffic.





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