Do you look at your referral traffic?
I noticed I was getting many hits from a link I didn’t recognize.
The cause: Sniply.
Are you familiar with Sniply? The premise behind the site is innovative.
You add your Call to Action and link to someone else’s article in your blogging niche, and Sniply gives you a new link. When the new link is clicked, you and the blogger who wrote the article both get page views!
Confused? No problem, guest author Benjamin Carter-Riley is here with a tutorial to explain how we can use Sniply to increase page views, social shares, and subscribers.
Benjamin, take it away.
Getting traffic is essential for having a successful blog or website.
And as a blogger, it’s a must have to share other bloggers’ content (as this helps build relationships and can let you share valuable content).
So as you can see, sharing content and getting blog traffic is very important.
And with Sniply, you can share content and get blog traffic from other people’s content at the same time!
Now let’s see how Sniply can help you grow your blog by driving traffic!
How Sniply works
So how does Sniply drive traffic to your blog (while sharing content on social media)?
Sniply shortens the link to the content that you want to share. And from the shortened link, it then allows you to create CTAs (Call to Actions) that can link back to your blog, website, or social media profile(s).
This is great if you want to promote an eBook, or promote a particular article on your blog.
Sniply also works really well for blogger or influencer outreach. Because if you share the bloggers’ content, and they reshare it, then their followers will see the reshared content (with your Sniply link). And if they click on the Sniply link, then they will see the article (that you shared) but with your Sniply CTA included.
Take a look at the picture below (arrow pointing at Sniply CTA).
Example of Sniply CTA’s – Article in picture by Copyblogger[Admin Blogger’s Commentary: Note– Benjamin overlayed his Call to Action and link onto CopyBlogger’s article.]
Sign up for Sniply
Now that you know how Sniply works, you can now follow these steps to setup your first Sniply account!
Don’t worry, it’s very easy and straight forward. 🙂
- First things first, lets head over to Snip.ly.
- Then click the “Sign up” button on the homepage.
- You’ll be greeted with a pop-up box (and can sign up with Twitter, Facebook, or your email of choice).
- Pick one of the sign-up options and follow the given instructions.
- After this, you have successfully created your Sniply account (yes, it’s that easy)!
Now we are going to find out how to create your first Sniply “Snip” for our traffic-driving CTA.
Create Your First Snip
After signing up, you will be prompted to create your first Snip. Click the “Create My First Snip” button to start.
Now you need to setup your brand, this brand will be used in all of your Snips.
Now create your CTA by including your Message, Button Text, and Button URL (you will see a preview of your button on the right).
The button URL is the link to your eBook, Blog, Article, Lead page etc.
Now you can include a page that you want to Snip.
Success! You have created your first Snip! You can copy your Sniply link, or quickly share your link via social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, Buffer, Google+ or LinkedIn).
Yes, it’s just that easy to create your Sniply links with your own CTA on nearly any page!
Now let’s go to the Sniply dashboard for an overview of Sniply settings. You can visit the dashboard after creating your first Snip by clicking the “Dashboard” button.
Tweaking Your Settings
After going to your Dashboard you will see an overview of how your Snips are performing.
Let’s go over some of the settings that come with Sniply.
If you ever need to change your brand profile, you can do so by clicking “Brand Profiles” from the toolbar [highlighted in green below].
- Then click on the “gear”
- Click “Edit”.
You will then see a popup of your brand profile, you can change your brand photo, brand name, and your URL of choice (this is the URL that people get directed to when clicking your brand photo or brand name).
Publisher Tools (Add Sniply tracking to site)
You can track who has Snipped your site and shared your content with Sniply’s Publisher Tools by adding it to your site.
You can also see the person who Snipped your sites message, and clicks/traffic Sniply is sending to your website.
With 25 integrations, you can use Sniply with some of your favorite tools. Sniply supports:
- Facebook (using browser extension)
- Twitter (using browser extension)
- Zapier & IFTTT (that allow you to integrate more apps with Sniply)
- And more!
You can Snip entire feeds with Sniply and automatically share it with your chosen CTA.
It’s a great feature if you use RSS feed readers, and it’s easy to setup. You can check out Sniply’s post on How can I use Sniply with RSS feeds? for more information on setting up RSS with Feedly.
You can find the RSS Feed tool under Integrations > RSS Feeds
Embed on Website
Not only can you add Sniply yo your site to track Snips to it, but you can also add it to optimize it for your site!
Here are some of the settings:
- Use Your Domain instead of Sniply domains. (Call-To-Actions will still work .)
- Outbound Links: Add your Call-To-Action to every outbound link on your site. Example
- Always On: Add a Sniply CTA on all of your web pages.
This article by Sniply: How can I embed Sniply into my Website or Blog? will give you more insight on this particular feature.
Since most people use Chrome (I like to use Chrome), I will cover the steps to install the Chrome extension (the process should be similar for Firefox).
- First of all, go to your dashboard.
- After that, you should see a box (on the right) to install the Chrome extension (will say Firefox extension if you’re using the Firefox browser).
- Click “Install Chrome Extension”.
- You will then see a pop-up asking you to install the Chrome extension.
- Click “Add Extension”
- After that, your extension will be installed. 🙂
You will see it’s an icon in your toolbar, visit any page that you’d like to Snip, then click the Sniply icon.
Once you click the icon, a box will pop-up and you’ll be able to create your Snip like before.
It’s that easy!
Once installed, you can use it with Facebook and Twitter (it integrates almost seamlessly).
As you can see, Sniply is great for driving traffic back to your site by sharing content via social media.
It’s also great for sharing influencers’ content because they may reshare (or retweet for Twitter) your post with your Sniply link! And if their followers click your Sniply link, then they’ll see your CTA which they might click on to convert over to your website or blog.
Sniply is a great tool that is easy to setup and has lots of great features like
- RSS Feed Integration
- 3rd Party App Integration
- Official Browser Extensions
- Site Embedding
- And a lot more!
There are also paid plans for premium Sniply upgrades if you are interested in additional features.
I’d love to hear to hear your thoughts on this tool, make sure to try it out for yourself. Please leave your feedback in the comments section below! Thank you. 🙂
Admin Blogger’s Commentary:
Do you like win-win situations?
Using Sniply is a win for both you and the blogger of the original article when people click your Sniply link.
Most importantly, your Call to Action can be anything. It doesn’t just have to be to go to your blog. You can tell readers to share or sign up for your blog in order to receive similar content.
When Benjamin put his link on my article, when the link to the article was clicked, I received traffic. We both did. This explains what I wrote in the introduction– I was getting traffic from a Sniply link.
The Call to Action is so helpful in getting blog traffic and conversions to subscribers, Blogmaqtoob.com recommends Sniply to all content creators.
Sniply is easy. It’s simply a matter of dragging and dropping the original link to your Snip.ly account. That’s where you can add your call to action and a link to your site.
The best part– Sniply is free to use.
Readers, please share so other bloggers can discover Sniply and the increased traffic it brings to both you and the author of the blog post you are snipping.
What is your opinion? Do you think you might try Sniply? Have you already tried it? Would you recommend it to others? I look forward to your views in the comment section.
After commenting, go visit today’s guest author Benjamin Carter-Riley at his site Success Promotions.
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