This Will Make You Get More Blog Traffic at These Social Media Sites

By: | April 17, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Get Blog Traffic at Social Media SitesIf you had to name one aspect of blogging that you consider the best, what would it be?

Many bloggers would name community.

Consider this comment from a reader:

Blogging is cool… you comment and someone is usually nice and friendly…alas energy spin has me fighting logic thinking where’s the catch? But…there isn’t one… people here are cool… I’ve met some neat people…. very, very neat people ?

He is right.

My posts have consistently insisted networking is the way to grow blog traffic.

However, if you are looking to network for the purpose of growing blog traffic, there are some social media sites that are preferential to others.

According to Stephanie Frasco, a vice president of social media, you should network with people who post on social media. According to Stephanie, etiquette insists you reply to their posts and notifications.

Blogging is about social media. I agree with Stephanie. You should be social. Wouldn’t a nice perk of networking on social media sites be an increase in blog traffic?

According to Ashley from NoseGraze.com, you should network with like-minded bloggers in order to engage interested readers who will comment and return for more.

Let’s play a game I like to call “Yes, No, Maybe So.”

Can you predict on which social media sites it is preferential to network with like-minded bloggers in order to increase blog traffic?

I am defining like-minded bloggers as bloggers within your blogging niche.

11 Free Social Networking Sites That Will Increase Your Blog Traffic

Yes

StumbleUpon

Recently, I was consistently getting 150+ page views a day from StumbleUpon. I decided to push the envelope and shoot for the moon (and the sun and the stars as well).

If I became even more active on StumbleUpon, I could get even higher hits from StumbleUpon, I reasoned. The problem is you can’t post your own links on StumbleUpon if you want to get massive page views from it.

The answer– I joined two Facebook StumbleUpon groups. The purpose is we stumble each other’s links, so are links are getting stumbled, but not by us.

Did my hits from StumbleUpon reach the sun, the moon, or the stars? No. My page views from StumbleUpon tanked.

Confused, I Googled the question, and blogging guru Neil Patel had the answer. You have to stumble like-minded bloggers’ links, he explained, in order to get high page views from StumbleUpon. The people in the group with me were “Mommy Bloggers”. I am not a Mommy Blogger.

My case study post, This Will Make You See 566 Page Views in 12 Hours explains how a like-minded blogger, Bob Barocas, who also blogs about blogging, stumbled my link, and I received 566 page views that day, a large amount from StumbleUpon.

Instagram

The power of Instagram lies in the hashtag. If I post a blog photo to Instagram with the hashtag “blogging,” I might be found by blogging-tips bloggers there who also use the hashtag “blogging” on Instagram.

Once you search the hashtag of your blogging niche, follow Instagram users with the most followers. They will learn about you. If they like your photos, you have the potential to get discovered by others in your blogging niche on this popular social media site.

Flipboard

I have many magazines at Flipboard. All of them are subtopics in my umbrella niche, blogging. People who search those subtopics are interested in what I am interested in– topics related to blogging. By searching my subtopics, like-minded Flipboard users (flippers) find me.

Google+

Google+’s Communities are all based on your interests. I am a member of SEO, social media, and blogging communities, so like-minded bloggers can find me. I receive consistent traffic from Google+, and subscribers as well.

LinkedIn

I joined a blogging forum at LinkedIn and met people who became readers, subscribers, and eventually friends off the blog from LinkedIn. There are many forums there like the one I joined.

I even posted an original blogging-tips article to LinkedIn, so like-minded readers could find me.

Twitter

Like Instagram, Twitter’s power for bloggers lies in the hashtag. Sites exist just for the sole purpose of advising bloggers which hashtags to use, so they can be found by like-minded bloggers. Hashtagify.me is one of them.

No

Pinterest

Recent Pinterest articles all point to the same answer to getting blog traffic. Due to Pinterest’s recent algorithm changes, the solution is commenting on other pinners’ pins.

Comment on any pins. They don’t have to be in your niche. If people who made them comment on your pins, your visibility, and therefore your traffic, will increase.

I join the Pinterest game every week with many hostesses. I also have a commenting buddy. All these people regularly comment on my pins who are not in my blogging niche, and my visibility is rising.

Quora

It doesn’t matter who asks you questions at Quora. By answering users’ questions, you will establish yourself as an expert in your niche. This could lead to more subscribers. Also, you can leave links to articles relevant to your answers which will lead to increased readership.

Maybe So

Facebook

According to blogging guru Neil Patel, users aren’t on Facebook to read blogs.

Then, why isn’t the answer a “no”?

It depends on who your Facebook friends are. If they blog in your niche, the answer is “yes”. If they don’t blog or don’t blog in your niche, the answer is “no,” so the answer is… “maybe”.

My Facebook friends don’t blog or don’t blog in my niche, so I post my articles to my Facebook page.

BizSugar.com

BizSugar, as the name says, is for business bloggers. However, they have so many threads that have nothing to do with business, this can go either way. You can leave links to your productivity posts, and social media posts in addition to marketing or SEO articles or anything else business related.

WordPress.com

I’m not sure if WordPress.com counts as a social media site, but it’s a great place to network.

Why “Maybe So”? Blogger Danny Ray advocates searching using tags. By using the tag of his blogging niche, he has boosted his growth up to more than nine thousand followers!

On the other hand, I have searched at WordPress.com using blogging, the tag of my niche, as well as many other tags. I am happy to say I have increased my growth by searching many tags, not just the tag of my niche.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I am not trying to make you or anyone into a cliquey blogger. One of the many joys of blogging is networking. Many of my closest blogging friends are not in my niche. I am fortunate to know them.

That said, enjoy the community networking brings, wherever you network. However, if you want a perk of networking to be blog traffic growth, follow the advice in this post.

Readers, please share, so other bloggers know networking strategy.

Readers, what do you consider the best social media site to network on? If you only had time to network on one site, which would it be? Which site will bring the greatest return of visitors from your time invested? I look forward to your views.

Related Posts and Pages

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89 of the Best Free Blogging Tools That Will Save You Time Blogging

How to Get Swarms of Free Blog Traffic with Flipboard

This Will Make You See 566 Page Views in 12 Hours (Relates to StumbleUpon)

This is the Way to See Staggeringly High Blog Traffic– StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon Group

How to Get Tremendous Blog Traffic from Instagram

How to Get Blog Tremendous Blog Traffic From Instagram Part II

7 Ways You Can Increase Your Blog Traffic Using Google (Relates to Google+)

8 Ways to Attract Hoards of New Blog Traffic Using LinkedIn

How to Quickly Tweet Your Way to Blog Traffic

How to Increase Blog Traffic with Quora

5 Ways to Get Massive Traffic with No Extra Effort [Pinterest Group Boards] 

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  1. Gary Jefferies

    That reader quote sounds so much like something I’d say…which is good, because I did and I stick by it. Hiding in all corners of the blogosphere are loads of fabulous folk waiting for me to discover them. That’s what’s so fascinating about this medium. People from all over the globe just getting on, enjoying the community and, well, getting on. It’s refreshing given my news stations tell me the opposite and that globally we aren’t… Well I have news for them…we are so go get your facts right and drop politics….soap box in danger of appearing…

    Moving on…blog traffic…newbie realisation…OK, I an a Twit, have a Google Plus and unused linked in profile but apart from my Facebook author page which can be accessed from here..

    https://fictionisfood.wordpress.com/contact-me/

    I’m pretty clueless, #idiot in fact. But that’s ok…I was on the facebok author page in January and for some reason it’s found a home in Spain…no idea why but that proves my point…nice folk..all over the world wanting to be nice…although I’ve found out the translation software embedded is rubbish with Catalan. Good job my publicans are Spanish then…I digress.

    Thank you Janice, not only for quoting me but also for a most informative article. I feel rather humbled by knowing so little about this aspect of growth. I will raise it at my next CEO board meeting of Author Me…members one, or two if I host them in front of a mirror.

    Enlightening as always and one must start engaging this Google plus thing…it resides under used and auto posted to from here. Rather like a small plant stunted by under watering and no food.

    Have a great day bloggers everywhere…you are all very very neat people ?

    • Melinda Mitchell

      Gary, you’re a Twit?? That’s funny! Isn’t it so wonderful when Janice quotes you?? It makes me feel like a rock star!
      BBFFJ, 11 social media sites?? YIKES!
      I keep hearing about this Instagram thing….
      I am on google plus, (I think). And yay! FB and WP!!
      I’m doing 3 outta 11, I’m impressed with myself!
      Much better than 3 outta 89!

      • Gary Jefferies

        Sorry Melinda I totally went shhh for a few days book editing…well staring… Yes it is brilliant…especially as I have, by comparison, no idea what I’m doing…yet….I say yet…one day…. And yes, absolutely I’m a Twit…quite proud of that having an account and no idea what’s going on….I sense a common thread here ?

        Going to check out your blog now too !!!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gary,
      So glad you appreciated my quoting you. I actually am planning (another) Google+ article and may quote you again. I loved your under water plant analogy.
      If it will help, here is my article on Google+ communities.
      Thanks for your comments– always entertaining even when not potential for new article introductions =).
      Janice

      • Gary Jefferies

        Hi Janet,

        Too right I did…lowly newbie me…being quoted…bit surreal ?

        Feel free to quote anything….well not anything or you will likely look quite mad…I suggest selectively anything instead…that way there will be far less eye rolling.

        I must schedule some serious time to investigate these tools and posts and traffic boosters. And maybe even list some content too…I suspect this is quite important in terms of entertainment and continued interest ?

    • Janice Wald

      Found your quote! Linking to you both Saturday and Sunday this weekend! That is a first for me!!
      Janice

      • Gary Jefferies

        Good because I’ve entirely forgotten what it was….which is not unusual….who are you again? ?

        OMG…both Saturday and Sunday?? That is raising my pressure levels for the future….and breathe….a first though? Seriously? I think that is something of an accolade….I..feel…very humbled indeed ?

        Thank you so much Janice for all the advice….at some point I may even figure out how to use most of it ?

  2. John Doe

    You have always maintained social media is the key to blog traffic. Great post

  3. Jeanette Hall

    I already use all the sites you suggested every single post, except I do not use Instagram.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jeanette,
      Thanks for writing. Great to see you. Which site do you feel brings you the most traffic as far as engaged readers? For me, it’s Facebook consistently. SU, I get many page views, but the engagement is less.

  4. Sandy KS

    I use a few of those social media sites to promote my blogs. I love stumbleupon.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sandy,
      I love StumbleUpon too and will be writing about it again this Sunday. Thanks for writing to let me know.
      Question: Does your SU button show social shares? If yes, is it above a certain number? Thanks!
      Janice

  5. Carolann

    I’ve been blogging for over two years now and dealing with social media is one of the trying parts of blogging for sure. I am always astute when it comes to sharing and networking and yet, I still struggle with getting the views I “think” I should. My page views are growing but not fast enough for me. In the end, I think you get what you pay for, especially when it comes so sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You’ve got to pay to the exposure you desire. Every time I paid to boost a post in FB it always worked. Anyway, thanks much for sharing this info. You always manage to hit the nail on the head with your awesome info!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carolann,
      What kind words; I really appreciate them.
      I wondered if you went to the BAM Conference last weekend. I did not go.
      Thanks for the tip that it does pay to boost a post. I have not tried that. It’s pay per click right? What if people just start frantically clicking?
      I did install the plugin you suggested but I guess it takes time to start tweeting old posts. Thanks for writing and visiting me last weekend.
      Janice

  6. Susan Langer

    One you missed is Bloglovin. It is very easy to set up on your blog with a Bloglovin widget and other people who go to Bloglovin regularly to read articles find you and start following your blog regularly. It automatically received each new blog you post by feed so there is little to do once it is set up.

    • Janice Wald

      A widget? I didn’t know. Sounds easy. I will Email you about it. Thanks for the tip.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Susan,
      I Emailed you and invited you to guest post about BlogLovin. I hope you will. If not, where would I find this widget? If I already get traffic from it, do I need the widget?
      Thanks,
      Janice

  7. GiGi Eats

    I’ve had accounts with Quora & Flipboard for awhile but I haven’t really explored them. Must go check them out deeper today!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Debby,
      You are so kind. I saw you promoting my articles yesterday. Much appreciated! I received traffic from Google+ although I didn’t promote there. I assume it was your promotion. Thank you! I also saw you promoting my article on Twitter as well. Thank you, and thanks for the nice comments on my social media article.
      Janice

  8. Mohinder Paul Verma

    Hi Janice

    I have used most of the above suggested social media and getting huge traffic towards my different blogs on different niches. But I don’t know how to use stumbleupon and flipboard to maximize my blog traffic.

    Do you have any best way to use these particularly 2 tools for increasing blog traffic.

    Sorry if you have already written on these because I am new to your subscriber list , so it may be possible that I missed those.

    Thanks for sharing these valuable tips for using these tools.

    Mohinder Paul Verma
    Admin
    BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

  9. Charlotte

    Thank you for the helpful information. I am working on growing my traffic and want to learn more about growing.
    I did not know about all these different Social Media platforms – thank you for sharing!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Charlotte,
      Thanks for your comments. I am glad you found my social media post helpful. I just came from your site. I love to write about social media, specifically StumbleUpon and Pinterest. I am stepping up my Twitter game and will be blogging more about Twitter as well soon.
      Janice

  10. Victoria

    Love the way you broke this down. It’s so easy (for a newbie like myself) to get overwhelmed by SM as well as try to master them all. While Pinterest is big for a DIY/crafty blog like mine, it’s good to hear Instagram is where I should be focusing more effort. Visiting from Saturday Sharefest.

  11. Lori

    This is very helpful. I am not on StumbleUpon however I will be sure to sign up for it now. Thanks!!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lori,
      Thanks for writing and visiting me. I used to think Pinterest was my favorite social media site to write about, but it could be StumbleUpon. I am writing about it again tomorrow! If you are not a subscriber, I hope you will consider it. Otherwise, drop in tomorrow for StumbleUpon directions and strategy.
      Janice

  12. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    Hi Janice, this interesting post was among the most clicked in the Blogger’s Pit Stop. Be looking for a feature on Friday. Well done.

  13. Cathy Lawdanski

    I am amazed at the amount of traffic I get from StumbleUpon. Interesting about stumbling in your niche! Thanks for an in depth post on getting more blog traffic.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Cathy,
      Great to see you. Thanks for writing and giving us a testimonial about the power of StumbleUpon. I am glad you liked the article. I am always happy to help. I appreciate you writing to tell me.
      Janice

  14. Susan Langer

    Very interesting summary of Social Media and gaining traffic from them. I agree with what you’ve said and learned some things as well from some site I don’t market to such as Instagram and Quora. I’ve learned the key with LinkedIn is not in groups because posting to groups is frowned upon, but it is in growing the number of members that are in your similar niche/niches and by regularly posting your blogs on their site,not just linking to your website. Twitter is in the numbers. Them more followers you have and the more people retweeting for you, the more traffic you receive. Facebook is somewhere in the middle but groups get my vote but I keep my groups small and manageable and pay for marketing there cause it is affordable.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Susan,
      I appreciate you commenting on my article (and my pins!). Do you feel Facebook is worth the money? I know you said it is affordable, but do you find it is effective? Would you recommend paying for it? Do you see results? I don’t think I have seen you at Facebook groups that I recall, and I am a member of many. If there are any you’d recommend with share threads, please send me the link. Thanks.
      Janice

      • Janice Wald

        I actually have another summary of social media updates coming out soon.
        Janice

    • Janice Wald

      I wanted you to know I agree with your assessments of the social media sites you wrote in your comments. It’s why I keep posting about how to grow Twitter followers.
      Janice

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