OK, the reason why you are here is to get some free social media marketing tips, and I do my best to help, so these are my top ten tips on how to get traffic to your site from social media, for free.
These are not really arranged in order of importance, or the amount of traffic they get me, and people will have different results if they are promoting themselves in a different way, with a different product.
Send me a message if you want to get some free advice on which social media marketing method might work the best. My email is in the sidebar.
I get my Twitter followers from Twiends, and let me just explain what that means. They are the largest site that does this sort of swapping of a follow for a follow, and there are hundreds of thousands of people on the site, or who have accounts.
I would view a Twiends follower as being a hundred times less valuable than a targeted follower who followed you for no other reason than because they wanted to see your tweets, and a thousand times easier to get.
For me, this means that due to the sheer volume of followers you can get, it’s ten times more effective than following people through a Twitter search, and hoping they follow back.
It’s free, but it does require some work, or you can pay for help with the work, and back it up with seeds to get Twitter followers faster.
I’m rather new to You Tube, and I’m still learning how to use the site, and how to impress people with my videos, but there is no question that You Tube is amazing for getting traffic if you make good videos.
That’s the number one thing to keep in mind, you’re not making videos for the search engines, it has a lot to do with engagement and things like the bounce rate, and whether people watch a video.
Google can’t tell much about how good a video is except by how long people stick around to watch it, and if you don’t make good videos, they won’t watch, and it won’t be shown as suggestions in other videos, and probably won’t rank on Google.
I’ve heard people say that back links help, and embedding it all over the place, and that views help get more views, but what it comes down to is that the views have to be from interested viewers, who actually want to watch.
I make some pretty basic videos for people, or I think they’re pretty good, but the main benefit I offer is the price, and you can find other people offering cheap video production services on sites like Fiverr.
I also have dozens of other Facebook pages, although due to the way the timeline works, many of them have aren’t up to date, or I don’t have the time to maintain them with regular updates of content.
Still, I am ranking on Facebook searches and Google searches for various low competition phrases, and often the people who like my page will see a post, and I would recommend that you get some Facebook page likes, whether targeted, (Facebook Ads), or random, if you even want to have a chance of having any of these things work.
I use various different social swapping sites, I’ve tested many of them, but stick to the top three that work the best and produce quality likes and followers from real people that stick.
Another way to do things on Facebook is making friends, or joining groups that share your interests. If you have very specific interests, it may be hard to find the right people, but you can do things like look at public posts that mention a keyword, see who posted it, and send them a friend request.
How it works for me, is I got a bunch of followers through following people, and talking to them, and I ask them to vote up all my shares from the red numbers on their toolbars.
In exchange, I vote up all the shares to the red numbers on my toolbar. You can download the toolbar as a browser add on for Firefox, or Google Chrome, and I use Firefox.
I get about twenty votes up on the pages I share, and that gives it a chance of getting into the random surf of a category, where if people like it, it will get more votes up.
One of my pages got 15,000 views, and that was a video on my blog Video Mobster of a six foot centipede fighting a snake. It has to be viral content for it to go viral, and it’s hard work just maintaining it.
I can share your site with all my social connections, including my Stumble Upon followers, and I offer that on one of my Fiverr gigs, and it’s really popular. I also offer that on the social sharing page here.
Stumble Upon works for getting traffic, but if you’re not active, then it can be a waste of time, and you might be better off thinking of Stumble Upon Ads to get results faster.
I nearly forgot about Linked In, which is another really good source of traffic to this site. I join the groups there that are relevant, and every now and then I share things with the group that are worth sharing.
You can’t spam the group, or some people do, but it’s not worth doing, and might get you thrown out anyway. It’s good for chatting to people, getting connected, and getting traffic.
The friend requests and your profile, that’s not all that important, although you should have a full profile. The thing to do is find groups with lots of people or even make your own group, and use it wisely. I use Add This to click a button to bring up the Linked In share page easily.
By everything I mean Google own Google, Blogger, You Tube, and dozens of other sites, and you really do have to learn how Google Plus works.
It’s a good idea to get followers by following people who share your interests, and not just hope they follow back, but plus one and share their stuff, so that they think it’s a good idea to return the favor, and they will often follow you back.
I can get you Google Plus followers through that method with your log in details, or there are other ways of swapping a follow for a follow without needing your password.
It’s still a new site, and not everyone has caught onto how important it’s going to be yet. The reason is that Google does give better rankings to those who establish authorship of a page, like this one has a rich snippets picture of me on Google because I have set up the rel=”author” tag in the right way.
You can’t just continually link to yourself, but you have to put a link in that is relevant to the answer, like a blog post.
It’s not that good for SEO, as it’s no follow, and the links are from the URL text, but it can get you some traffic, especially if your answer gets chosen on a question that then ranks on the first page of a popular Google search.
You can’t be seen to be using it in a dodgy way, or you may get reported, and if they decide you look like a low quality spammer, then you lose the account.
It takes you a lot of answers to get to a level two, where you can post live links, and you need that so people can click on it. I just like hanging out there answering questions, so I don’t link in every answer.
Pinterest is so new, I can’t really say how good it is, or whether it is really any good at all. Given that I’m a member of all of these other sites, I haven’t had the time to work it out, although I do have about 500 followers.
I don’t really understand how they see the things that I pin, like are they looking at their dashboard when they do pins?
I don’t understand how it works, and I wouldn’t recommend it for that reason, but I do also sell Pinterest followers if anyone wants them, for four cents each.
Some people say that they have figured it out, and I’ve seen a number of e-books and reports that claim that people can get hundreds of views a day from Pinterest, although I assume from what I’ve seen that whatever lets you do that is spam.
You could do the same thing on a Facebook group, or even a video hangout on Google Plus, but it’s just chatting about things, and that’s why it’s social.
I hang out on the Warrior Forum to get information about SEO and stuff, although people don’t regularly chat about social media there. Maybe I need to find another good social media marketing forum.
The reason is that Google indexes almost all of these social pages, and with a bit of work and a good knowledge of SEO, you can rank your social pages on Google for keyword phrases as well as get traffic to them from the social sites.
I’ve been learning SEO for for years, and I’m not an expert, and a lot of the people offering SEO services are not experts either.
It costs big money to hire someone good to rank for a big phrase with lots of competition, but you can do simple things like write high quality articles and blog posts and guest posts to help the ranking of your social pages.
I also offer an article writing service for ten dollars each, and that gets you my best work, published on one of my article writing accounts, or given to you to publish on your site.
So that was some free social media marketing tips, with some affordable social media marketing services thrown in there.
If you want to talk to me about helping you do the thousands of hours of work that it takes to do all of this, then send me a message, my email is in the sidebar.