Who has successfully used this site? How did you do it? I'm trying to avoid inundating my friends on FB and Twitter with "Hey, check out my site!" types of statuses (because I feel it's kind of rude), but I also am having a hard time figuring out what else to do in regards to promoting.
I used to try to push my stuff, now I only post on facebook if I think my friends will be interested. I pin on Pinterest, but that is about it. I think most of that time was really wasted. The best links are natural ones. I think the time is better spent creating new content.
Not that I am exactly successful, but things are looking up.
Promotion can always look pushy and creating new (related) content is the way to go but some kind of promotion is a must. If you have huge following on any social platform, share your stuff. This is why social platforms are made. Without that you can still drive traffic to your hubs but it can take more time.
I use Scoop.it, Facebook and Twitter. Scoop.it posts the links to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn at once.
I used a similar service for a while, but have stopped and disconnected any linked services other than my blog which posts to my favorite social platforms.
You really need content that matches for the platform like graphics for Tumblr. Most Tweets and Facebook posts are not appropriate for LinkedIn. If we're all spewing the same stuff to every social platform, then it's just self-promotion spam.
My twitter feed is a daily update from a third-party in our industry and then a weekly post from my blog. If you do the same approach with all social platforms, it definitely takes more time but you're infinitely more interesting and relevant (without constant self-promotion).
Facebook groups aren't too bad because you can post Hubs that are relevant and people may be interested (e.g Jazz music, TV Cop shows, Politics, whatever) Don't expect spectacular results though, unless other people share your Hub.
Create a Facebook Fan Page. This is NOT your personal page, but a "business" page for your writing. I have one with 1,200 followers who have joined specifically to be notified of when I post a new hub. They are there to read my work alone. I post on it about once a week with my latest hub or an older hub that my newer followers have never seen. It's where most of my traffic originates. I only very rarely post my hubs on my own personal page, so my friends aren't inundated with my work. If they want to follow me, they join my fan page.
I have a Facebook fan page for my HubPages articles. I also sometimes post the link to one of my hubs on StumbleUpon or Twitter.
You're right - you definitely don't want to promote your hubs to your family, friends or other hubbers (so many hubbers make this mistake and it's such a waste of time!). You can rely solely on search traffic, which is what I do, or if you want to attract social traffic as well you need to have a good long think about where your audience hangs out online and then learn the ins and outs of how to use those spaces properly. Start with one, e.g. facebook, learn that then move onto the next.
The other thing I should say, is that if your hubs are really good other people will promote them on social networks for you, saving you a lot of hassle!
Why is that rude? People want other people to read their posts, that is the whole point of Facebook. If they don't want to read it, they can choose to ignore it. But I do not think it is rude to say, "Check out my site."
Mayeb it is not rude, but it can be annoying if you get 5-6 of these posts
I want to keep in touch with the lives of people I friend on Facebook, learn about their opinions, joys, problems, concerns and experiences, not be subjected to constant advertisements for everything they publish.
I get very irritated if all I see is a long stream of links to people's articles, even more irritated than I get by all the endlessly regurgitated crap from Upworthy, Viranova and similar places.
I usually end up muting or unfriending people who do this to me.
I don't know about you, but if my friends start spamming me with stuff like that I stop following them. That is one reason why I use a pen name here and have separate social media accounts for that name. So anyone following "psyche" knows what they are getting into.
Like others are saying, a stream of advertisements to read stuff my friends or family wrote is irritating, and I will unfriend them if they spam me with it. It's bad enough already, with FB's new spam tactics, that I'm considering dropping FB even though I really do enjoy the contact with my close friends and family.
Very occasionally I will stick a link to a hub that I think most of my contacts would enjoy reading (and half the time it isn't mine). And honest opinion that they will like it, not an attempt to earn a penny or two. If they want more, they can always follow my HP account.
You might want to start a page on FB solely to promote your work, and ask if your friends wish to follow that page. Some time ago several hubbers promoted such an idea and I built a page for that. It never did much, if anything, for my hubs and I've let it languish, but you might look at this page and see if it is something you could work into your hub promotion.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Home-Imp … 660?ref=hl
Others have already suggested the two I use, but here goes anyways.
Pinterest, but I don't use it just for HP. I throw my hubs into various categories, but pin a lot of other images as well. It's worked out well. I have seen some hubbers use Pinterest just for their hubs, and it obviously looks like one, big ad. I try to mix it up so it doesn't look like that. Best part is that I actually enjoy pinning images.
StumbleUpon as well. It's easy to add, and can generate some hits. Plus it's a fun way to kill some time. I even made a list to hold all of my hubs, and it can get followers that way. I know it may seem a way to advertise, but it points people directly to the articles I write. Though people aren't focused on your profile as much on StumbleUpon.
Word of mouth works too. I talk to people I know about my writing. Instead of just referring them to my hubs. I tell them to go to hubpages and search for my name. I can advertise my hubs without being too pushy. Plus I like to talk about writing.
I don't use Facebook or Twitter. At all. If I did, it would be just for my hubs. I don't see the point at all.
I have just a few published Hubs and do no promotion at all, still I get a couple of views daily, most from Google.
From what I have understood, the more Hubs you publish, the more views your Hubs will get, so that's the way I choose. Seems to work!!
I post my articles to StumbleUpon and just started a Twitter so hopefully they'll bring in some traffic.
Yes, I didn't want to inundate my friends either. When other people try to post links like that on Facebook I don't like it. It seems like they just want to be friends so that they can promote their stuff, and send me their spam! I don't like to be used in that way.
If you write lots of good hubs then they will show up on Google searches, and then you will get traffic that way. From the experiences of others, links in Twitter, Facebook or other sites just provide temporary traffic, or not much at all.
I do nothing and 99% of visitors to my pages come from Google searches. Sometimes people find my articles and share them on Facebook, which is really cool and appreciated, but I don't advertise my articles myself.
You write on topics that people definitely search for, so with time I think you will get more hits from Google.
The new big thing in 2014 is Google+. By posting on Google+, you will add a little juice to your search ranking. Stumbleupon is a great site to get traffic. Just be reasonable when posting to FB and twitter...
We all know google owns google+ , so it should not come to as a surprise that google will push google+ accounts higher in the search results than say.... FB or Linkedin. I'm pretty sure Google could free fall for 3 years and not run out of capital,so the idea that something can gain as much spread as google -search-google+ is quite a far reach.
Once you get a grasp of authoring, you will then realize the full extent of what a google + page can do in the coming months. the whole look, feel and reach of FB will look like Child's play compared to the reach your G+ page will have.
History shows, If I'm wrong, google will roll it into something else, If I'm right then wouldn't you be glad you posted on it earlier that later?
net neutrality is crucial, but until then, run with the biggest dog in the park.
i use pinging services, youtube videos, other sites (such as ezine, although i havent yet, i was doing that when I was on squidoo), twitter, facebook, pinterest, Digg (you can submit sites to there and it will help) you can create a facebook page and then post stuff on there and have people like it as well.
As per my thinking the best way to promote our is to follow each other on hubpages that can get more preview to your hub and that preview can help you to promote your hubs on google and other powerful search engines.
I use twitter, pinterest and some groups/communities in Facebook and Google, I found this site that gives you followers for pinterest, and it works pretty well.....https://pinwoot.com/?r=6776 but like Psycheskinner said, I post social networks sparingly as I am not trying to annoy anyone.
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