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Free Social Media Marketing Tips

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.

Twitter

The first one is Twitter, and I say that because after trying everything, that’s what I found works the best for me, although it also could be because that’s what I decided to concentrate on.Free Marketing Tips For Twitter

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.

You Tube

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. Tips For Marketing On You Tube

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.

Facebook

Sometimes I think that Facebook isn’t really helping me all that much, although my Facebook page is outranking my site for a search on the title, affordable social media marketing services.Social Media Marketing Tips On Facebook Free

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.

Stumble Upon

I’m not entirely sure how Stumble Upon works, and I’m meant to be a bit of an expert at it, or I’ve been active on the site for many years. Stumble Upon Marketing Tips

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.

Linked In

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. Marketing On Linked In

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.

Google Plus

Google Plus is still the fastest growing site in the world as far as I know, and Google have made an attempt on this one to make it fairly integrated with everything.Google Plus Free Tips

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.

Yahoo Answers

I have had two Yahoo Answers accounts suspended now, and on the second one, I tried real hard to do things in the right way.How To Use Yahoo Answers For Marketing

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

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.Free Pinterest Tips

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.

Forums

Some would say that a forum isn’t social media, but I view it as being a type of social media, as it’s socializing with people who share your interests.Forum Marketing Tips

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.

Google

I probably left out some sites from this top ten list, but what I shouldn’t leave out is Google, even though it’s not a social site. Social Media Marketing On Google

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.

Social Media Consultant

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My name is Rowan Casey from Australia, and I am a social media consultant, or another word for it is a social media marketing manager.Social Media Consultant

What I do is take a look at the specific needs of the business or website that a client sends me, and give them advice on what they need to do to make a return on investment, or drive real, targeted traffic to their site and turn those people into customers, or return visitors.

My history is in writing, and by that I mean I started out as a blogger a few years ago. I read other people’s articles, learned what they were doing to improve their search rankings and get traffic, and what I learned over those few years led me to build this site.

What I found was that for the average person, social media promotion provides the largest amount of targeted traffic for the money or time that you put into it.

Article marketing is not dead, but you can get more traffic to your articles if you tweet them to 50,000 people than if you just hope they end up on a Google search with 100 exact match searches a month worldwide.

My Qualifications As A Social Media Marketing Consultant

I know what I’m talking about, I’ve been working on traffic building and making money online through various methods all day long, every day, for the last few years, and I know about all the changes in the algorithms of Google, and especially, how to drive traffic through social media.

Some internet marketers tell me that I should have been building my email list over the last few years, which I haven’t barely done at all.

That’s one way to go about it, but I view my list of social connections as almost as good, and I have tens of thousands of them, almost 100,000 followers on different sites, which is something I probably couldn’t have done with an email list as quickly, and with such a small amount of money to put in.

I think I had fifty email subscribers when I gave up on that idea, and didn’t make a cent from them, but I’m not saying you shouldn’t do that as well.

What I am saying is that no matter what you’re doing, you should be on You Tube, with dozens of high quality videos with different keyword phrase titles that are driving traffic back to your site.

You should pick up all of the likes and followers on all the major social swapping sites, just to be sure that all the good people on those sites are following you.

That’s pretty much what I do, (or one of many things I do), get real random likes and followers for people. Visit the home page, or send me a message via the contact page for more details about my services.

You should have a Facebook page, or multiple Facebook pages that are aiming to rank on not just a Facebook search, but also a Google search, and I can help you with making that happen.

You should know how Linked In works, and Stumble Upon, and Yahoo Answers, Google Plus, Google Local, Fiverr, or alternatively, you should know how I work, because I do know all of these things.

Why You Should Hire Me As Your Social Media Manager

I work for somewhere in the region of ten US dollars an hour. That’s not because my services aren’t worth more, it’s just that I’m competing against people in India, as that’s the nature of the internet.

I know how the internet works, and how to get things done cheaply that really work. I know all the best Fiverr gigs, and other micro job sites, and people who can make you content, voiceovers, website design, music, etc.

Basically, my main benefit as a social media consultant is that if you come to my site through a search like buy Facebook page likes, or buy You Tube video views, (assuming that I’m ranking for those phrases on Google), then I won’t just sell them to you, I’ll try to explain how it works.

For example, I would tell people that the main benefit of buying random Facebook page likes from a social swapping site is that it can help you with social proof, and SEO, if the title of your page is a keyword phrase that people will type in on Facebook, or Google, assuming that search doesn’t have huge competition.

I would let you know that to get targeted likes, the only way is through a managed Facebook Ads campaign, which I can do as well if you have the money.

For the You Tube views, I would tell you that you cannot simply buy You Tube views and have it work, except perhaps through Google Adwords.

You have to buy the things which are going to get you engaged views from people who are really interested, (not robots), and that’s why I charge more than other people for things like social sharing of your video.

For these reasons, I am a social media consultant with integrity, who offers quality advice and services which actually work, based on my own experiences in internet marketing, over the past few years.

To find out more, send me a message, my email is in the sidebar. Include a link to your site, and perhaps your Facebook page, your Twitter account, your You Tube channel, and I’ll do my best to suggest the best possible social media marketing strategy.

 

 

What Works In SEO These Days?

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I’m writing this article in early 2013, and that’s quite important to understand in terms of how up to date this information is in terms of what works for SEO and Google rankings.What Works In SEO Today?

Google has been changing the way their algorithms work since they first started, and the trend has been that they’ve tried to move away from rewarding spam tactics or black hat SEO.

When the site first started, it had a very simple algorithm. Every site had a certain amount of page rank, and when it linked to another site, a bit of that page rank got passed on.

So, the pages that had the largest amount of link weight leading to them got the highest page rank, and that was seen as an important ranking factor.

As soon as everyone found out about this algorithm, they created literally billions of sites that were designed for no other purpose than to manipulate this algorithm, for better rankings.

What Happened To SEO?

To cut a long story short, most of the things which used to work don’t work anymore, or don’t work as effectively.

Things such as multiple social bookmarking links, blog comments, forum signatures, directory submissions, spun articles on auto-approve sites, low quality paid blog reviews, profile links, etc.

Some of these things still work a little bit, but only if they look like they were made in a natural way.

What Google is really looking for is the links that look like they were created by other people, for example social media shares.

If a site is extremely valuable and popular, or entertaining and important, then one of the first natural signs you will see is a regular amount of shares of that site by different people to their Facebook friends, Twitter followers, Google Plus followers, etc.

Another thing they might do is link to the site from blog posts and articles, but most people don’t write on the lower quality sites, so there are only some blogs and article writing sites which manage to keep any authority in the eyes of Google.

That’s pretty much it, you will want a few links from the description of You Tube videos, links from a Facebook page or two, from multiple Twitter accounts, maybe a Linked In share, or a few Stumble Upon likes.

You might want multiple articles leading back to the page you’re trying to rank, and links leading to those pages as well, to form a link pyramid.

Social media links are no follow, which means they do not pass on page rank, but they are far from useless, in fact they are completely essential in creating the natural looking link profile that Google is looking for.

Therefore, what works in SEO today is writing, having people write about you, and sharing a lot on social media, and encouraging social sharing.

Some companies spend all their time trying to create viral content such as funny You Tube videos, as if it works, it can beat ranking at the top of a huge Google search.

Nothing works better than having a page spread through word of mouth, but even if you don’t go viral, social media is still an essential part of SEO these days.

For some help with any and all of these things, send me a message, my email is in the sidebar. I’m pretty sure I can help you with SEO if you’re trying to rank a site, and I can especially help with the social media side of it.

Are Social Media Shares Important For SEO?

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Are social media shares important?
People have been talking in recent months, (or recent years) about the massive changes in the state of SEO.

Google is systematically trying to punish sites who use spam techniques such as syndicated article directory submission, spam blog comments, mass directory submissions, mass social bookmarking submissions etc, and reward sites who have a link profile of high quality pages.

The only back links which count anymore are those which appear natural to Google, and look as they would if a person was building links to their site themselves through the normal channels, and also getting people linking to the site because it was worth sharing.

The sort of links which offer real value are original articles written on sites with some sort of moderation of what gets published, such as eHow, Yahoo Voices, Ezine, etc, guest posts, and social media.

The key to this is that it is not a formula that you can put your finger on. The whole idea is that Google seem to be changing the formula, so as to get people to focus on quality, and not so much on quantity.

It’s only by creating links as though Google was looking over your shoulder that you can expect that it will help your rankings.

My personal strategy is just to keep writing blog posts on my site, and write the occasional guest post or article, but for the most part just share it in a natural but aggressive way on multiple social media accounts.

Is this strategy working for me, and do I even really care anymore about Google rankings for small searches with a few hundred exact match searches worldwide per month?

My Personal Results From Social Media

My site is doing well, and I only use social media and the odd article
or social bookmarking back link to make links to most of my new blog posts.

I spent a lot of time when I first set up the site making back links to the home page and important pages, but I found that the only thing I could really be certain of was that I ranked better the more I wrote on the site.

A link from a site like Facebook, Twitter or You Tube is no follow, but that is part of the natural link profile that Google is looking for to determine that it is a good site.

Page rank has nothing to do with it anymore, and it’s not really about anything else but giving Google the signals that you did things in a white hat way, and that people responded by sharing your site with their friends and writing about it, because it was good.

Google themselves say that they are paying more attention to social media
signals, and even punishing sites who use social bookmarking, blog
commenting, forum signatures, directory links, profile links, spam
syndicated articles etc in an unnatural looking way.

A site that actually is good and popular will have lots of shares on social
media, especially by high authority social media profiles.

The key is not to stop link building, but to do the things that they would
expect you to have to do, and to imitate the things they would expect others
to do, if other people were linking to you because they liked your site.

Social sharing is not just an important part of SEO, it’s actually the way I get most of my traffic on a daily basis.

It took me almost a year to build up a steady hundred views a day from Google, but I can get double or triple that on any particular day in a few hours by tweeting a lot.

To be honest, the searches I am trying to rank for do not produce enough traffic for me to spend too much time on ranking for them, so I don’t spend a lot of my time making back links, even though I probably should.

The way people used to make back links is not working anymore, and I haven’t got the patience to stay up to date with all the new changes.

I spend my time mostly adding to my list of social connections, with my most successful traffic source being my Twitter followers, and writing on my site, when I’m not filling orders.

For those who still have the mindset of making a dozen back links every day from directories, social bookmarking sites, blog comments, etc, I don’t think you are really spending your time as effectively as you could be, not anymore.

If you do require some help or advice in doing any of these sorts of things, send me a message, my email is in the sidebar. There are Pay Pal buttons on the site, or I can invoice you.