Do you use social media to bring traffic to your hubs? What are your favorites?
Minimally. I click on the FB and Twitter buttons and share on the FB groups I belong to (which is only two). In addition to that, I email people from my address book whom I think may be interested.
I don't use social media much. I know it's recommended, but I don't keep up with SM the way many others do. Maybe that's why I'm not rich. Ha ha! :-)
I've tried hard but Pinterest is the only source which gives a consistent trickle of traffic. Twitter should be a good way of promoting content if you have a lot of followers. Unfortunately your tweet can get lost in the constantly flowing stream and not be spotted, especially if your followers have lots of followers themselves. There are Twitter apps which will broadcast your tweets at regular intervals to increase the number of impressions and potential clicks. I think this is against Twitters TOS though. Its always wise to categorise your tweets with hashtags. That way your tweets have the potential to show up later if someone clicks on a tag and searches through the list.
I've had practically no traffic from Stumbleupon.
Google+ can give you a spike in traffic if your post is popular. Join relevant Google+ communities so that you can post links or photos which may be of interest to people with similar interests to yours...or setup your own community to promote your own material and invite others to share.
I haven't has any success with Facebook, still haven't figured out why.
Also try to interact positively with other users of social media by helping, commenting, retweeting and sharing etc. This may help you gain a reputation (a good one hopefully!)
LinkedIn doesn't do anything for you?
Nope, not that I know of unless they share for which they have the option to.
Only Pinterest. My experience with FB is that it gives a small surge that quickly dies off. It also irritates FB friends and family.
Yes, so true, FaceBook friends and family do not really care to be bombarded with hubs ...I do share my hubs when I first publish them on Pinterest, Twitter and G+. Plus, I share others' hubs on HP and all three other social media. Not sure how much traffic it brings but I have noticed some of others' hubs that I have shared do well on Pinterest. I think a part of belonging to this community, we should all share as much of others' hubs as possible on social media to show support for those who we love to read. I think that is the whole idea why we even have share buttons.
I agree with FB. Besides to be effective one needs a large following. Another sore spot is multiple times listing an article to FB friends does as you say irritate them with mention of spamming.
A little bit from Pinterest, which seems to be the most effective. I have shared on Facebook which brings some traffic. Interestingly, I do get a certain amount of social media traffic for articles I never shared; which is how this whole thing is supposed to work anyway.
Yep, not all Hubs work well with social media traffic but i do get about 500 views a day from Pinterest.
Pinterest gives the most consistent views for me. Stumbleupon.com gives a few views on the day you post. Google + can be useful for longer term views, and may help with link juice. Find groups that are interested in your topics and like a bunch of other people's stuff too.
I don't like twitter, so I can't comment on that. Facebook, there is a Hubpages account that gives a few views too. Search for Hubpages and you will find an account to post your articles to. It helps if you give a lead-in as to why you wrote the article.
I like to use social media when it's relative. For example, I wrote an article on the show 'Outlander' and I posted in the facebook group I am in with other Outlander fans. I also wrote an article on Wheaten Terriers and did the same.
I do use Facebook and Google+ to bring my article into other people's sight but it rarely leads to any traffic improvement. Just a day or two of traffic that's it. I am still not getting much traffic from Google and that might be because I am a newcomer.
I use Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, but Pinterest is the most successful for my articles.
I use Facebook to keep in touch with online and real-life friends and LinkedIn for work-related contacts. I would not dream of spamming either set of people with links to my hubs and web sites!
I also unfriend people who constantly spam me in that way.
As for Pinterest, I used it a few times. Then it started nagging me to register my business, or something like that. Since I do not fall for scams like that, I have pretty well stopped using the site.
I use Facebook and that's pretty much it. I don't Google+, I don't Tweet and I never had much luck with Pinterest so eventually I stopped trying.
I don't think I ever 'share' my writing with Facebook anymore. I do occasionally put a picture up and sometimes a product but I don't expect anyone to do anything, They might say cool - that would be nice.
I use Twitter but purely for being offensive to politicians and celebrities. Marketing on there seems a total dead loss.
I have started Pinning product again to Pinterest but I am not sure whether there is any point in it.
But sharing HubPages? Why would anyone want to be given a link to something I wrote? Doesn't make sense to me.
Because it's funny, and everyone could use a good laugh.
Ah OK, I asked for that. It was a bit obvious. More pleading tomorrow.
Sadly, most of my 'funny' content has moved on elsewhere and I can now report it made not a single shred of difference to performance. If anything it makes less money because HP Ads is pretty generous.
I have pinned a few of your funny pics to Pinterest, and I shared that "How to Remove Your Head From Your Ass" post on Facebook. I don't know how far it spread, but few of my friends and family were truly appreciative (they really needed that info.)
The a hole spammer above has been reported (and now deleted). I make that a record for me. Four minutes after he signed up I reported his forum posts and his profile.
These people and their spam make me sick. I guess they must still pull in some suckers who think you can make $8423 with no talent, no effort and a couple of hours work.
After five years I am still trying to get above a dollar a day. Yep. One lousy dollar.
I suspect that is the REALITY of internet writing for most truthful people.
Most of my traffic originates from Pinterest, through organic pins (not my own marketing)
Give the masses what they want. Do they want a link to your article? If so, give it to them. If not, don't. It's my belief (and has been for some time) that Google's algorithm frowns on views that don't result in reader satisfaction (how does Google know? Dunno, it just does).
Take the hub that went viral recently. I don't know if it was originally self-promoted but it doesn't matter. It was what people wanted to see at that time. Timing and content are everything on the internet. That's why I had predicted a couple years ago that Mark Ewbie would hit the jackpot at some point. His material is likely to hit people at the right time and potentially go viral. It's still very possible.
There are so many factors involved but what I feel Twitter is useful for is to get a gauge of what is trending. What if stickmen were trending and Ewbie self-promoted. Jackpot. What if someone found a profoundly useful ingredient in a certain type of apple and you just happened to have the only exceptional content on that apple in your portfolio. Jackpot. Timing and content are everything on the internet.
I'm beginning to appreciate the power of Pinterest. Although I don't hang out there, I get a number of pins a few times a week that sometimes result in red arrows. I wish I had time to be more active with it. I use Twitter as well but it doesn't result in much views. But I get new followers.
Just Pinterest and Google+ once in awhile Twitter. Facebook never works for me.
I do not get much traffic from FB or Twitter. I have +1000 views on my 15 hubs.
Non - hubpage views come from:
I am working on reviewing/updating my Pinterest boards. I added some other hubpage pins my boards that are similar in topic to mine - hope that helps some other hub authors.. !
I wouldn't dare inundate my friends and family on FB with all my hubs, but Twitter, Pinterest and Google + might be fair game. Currently, I'm taking a course on Lynda.com for "How to Rock Social Media for Business." I'm institute some of what I'mlearning and then post in the forums about my progress (or lack thereof).
We will be interested to see what they suggest and, what works!
My experience of using social media with hubpages is not good. It is because Hubpages seems to ignore social media traffic. I once had thousands of views for one of my hub from facebook. But i got same earning as the previous day.
Pinterest is amazing. I love it. It has helped me reach such a large audience.
I'm trying to figure out how people benefit the most from Pinterest. Is it just by sharing pins of your hubs or do you pin and comment a lot on others pins?
You have to be an active participant with great boards. Pinterest boards themselves often rank very high in Google Search results, plus, if you have fantastic boards with a very tight theme with a lot of great content (only a fraction of that should be your own or you'll be seen as a spammer) people will follow and repin.
I've had way over a half a million page views to my hubs from Pinterest.
Twitter sucks, Facebook is merely "ok" and if you know what you are doing and you invest some time in it Pinterest is not only extremely fun, it brings a lot of traffic. I pin things from all my sites not just HubPages. I love Pinterest though. I am a visual person - so I use boards for everything and it keeps me organized.
Most of the time my hubs are pinned organically without me promoting them much at all. Great images, amazing content and remembering your reader when you write the hub. They want you to teach them something, solve a problem or entertain them... if you do those things succinctly and well and have a great image that catches the eye, you can get a lot of Pinterest traffic even without marketing your hubs yourself.
I have tried several social networks but the only one I have found that really brings in any traffic is Pinterest. I pin a photo from each hub and add the title.
Share my pins
Share other pins. Do not really comment much.
I've had some limited success with Pinterest but I think it depends on your niche really and where your visitors are.
Pinterest seems to be popular among majority of the hubbers. This is what I could make out from this discussion. The traffic from Pinterest really depends on what kind of images you pin. Not every image is visually appealing. Another important factor is the niche that you select. Helpful info from you all
Pinterest - 100% the easiest one to use IMO. If you use a high quality MFP image, people will pin it direct from your hub.
I used to be obsessed with Facebook and Twitter when I was a musician - I kidded myself that I was posting only in order to promote my musical wares. However, I got totally sucked in to the minutiae of other peoples lives, to the point where I felt miserable about my own. I cut those social media ties in 2011 and haven't looked back! I have a Google+ page, but don't see that as social networking - no ones seems to interact at all on there! Or perhaps it's just me they don't talk to I do pop my Hubs on there, but I don't get any feedback/interaction about them.
I don't share the hubs on my profile but I send the links to those of my friends whom I think might be interested in a particular hub. And I also post the occasional link to my groups if it is relevant.
Pinterest wins in my opinion.
As I was reading the comment on this thread, I was thinking about how exciting it would be to have a hub go viral on any of the social sharing sites.
posting the hub link to twitter also helps in getting some retweets
Fb does not really works for me. Fb "friends" only liked but don´t really bother to check the hub. I think the most traffic I got is from pinterest and Google+.
Pinterest is AWESOME.
I got 27,000 pins to one of my hubs and it landed over 150,000 views for me just from Pinterest alone.
Looks like the MFP's are working!
I use Facebook. I have a lot of hubs on varied subjects so I find Facebook pages according to the subjects and post my relevant links on them. Seems to help with traffic.
It is the only way I was able to get traffic to my hubs. Once I figured out that I could send traffic to a page, I didn't see any point in sharing the revenue. G+ works for me more than FB, or pinterest.
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