A few years back when I did Examiner.com, the writers were always talking about where is the best places to promote our work. I feel like once you use all your social media accounts, hit up any forums related to your topic, reddit, and network with people you know, you're really out of places to promote but that really isn't always putting you in front of the right audience or growing a following.
Let's all compare: where are you promoting your work and is that getting the following and audience you desire.
I don't really aim for a following, I aim to get a position in search engine results so that people find my articles through search. I've never been good at promotion, just not wired that way, but if I use social media to put my articles out there I only really use Pinterest; because on Pinterest, anyone on that site could possibly see your pin and go to it if they like the subject and image.
I generally don't like using my Facebook or Twitter for promotion because I consider it borderline spam. Once in awhile I'll share my own work on those sites, but very rarely.
I use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest for this site and others.
That said, it's important to look at the results. The type of content has a lot to do whether it gets a response from social media. Some content simply isn't worth the time and trouble to distribute to those sites.
I also use FB, Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus
you can make an fb page, share your content on it and then promote it in the cost of a few dollars for 1k to 2k traffic estimation
You have no guarantee of it going to the right audience. I paid $5 (now it is higher I think) and they sent my crochet post to 85% men. They were the ones that sent me the figure, so it must have been right. Most crocheters are women, so it was a total waste of money.
I use any social media I can. Mainly twitter and facebook
I use Pinterest, Twitter and Flipboard. I get the most traffic from Pinterest, very little from Twitter and Flipboard.
I'm not sure what flipboard is. I'll check it out
Pinterest does well for me. I also use Facebook and was doing flipboard until traffic from there dried up.
I've always found Pinterest and Facebook to be my top traffic-earners AFTER Google. Ideally, I create content that appeals to Google, but much of it is social-media shareable. I wasn't impressed with Flipbook and didn't bother with it.
I also find that the more content I create, the better my entire portfolio fares.
Doesn't really matter what your niche is, there are going to be groups on Facebook about that subject. In fact, there are going to be a hell of a lot of them. Facebook is gigantic. For what I'm doing here at present, I've found over one hundred Facebook groups perfect for me to share my work in.
Some of them have 50 thousand or more members. Others only a thousand or even less. I share my work in all of those groups, but I type out a nice header, and I only share a link once every two weeks or so. It is very rare someone suggests I'm doing spam.
Also, the more groups relevant to your work you join, the more you will find, as the 'group suggest' links start showing up on the right hand sidebar inside of whichever group your'e Facebook visiting. Groups grow and then die out, new ones are always being created. Just keep your eyes open and look, you will find them. Nowadays folks sometimes want you to answer questions before admitting you. Big whoop. Just do it.
I use Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest... but I don't always put my articles on all of those. My social media use is somewhat random.
Glenn, I'll definitely check it out! I probably didn't take enough time with it.
Some facebook interest pages have huge numbers of followers..I had a highly relevant page of 250 thousand plus followers sharing my stuff. It was lucrative. Huge readership, great interactive comments on threads..good read through rates the whole nine. I could get 10,000 hits a day plus on my articles and beyond..plus residual from shares as well. Problem is, some tabloid rag garbage site got control of the page and ruined it and won't share me now. It's a big bummer and kind of took the wind from my sails as far as writing. Sucks. Alot.
So anyway, as Wesman eluded to, big facebook groups can be a great way to grab viewers, as long as you are savvy and have good work and use tact. But, if you find an interest page with big followers related to your niche..can be very lucrative for you..good luck and cheers.
I don't even have a personal FB account but have been meaning to create one just for my writing.
I have always been skeptical about FB for their deceiving articles, fake news, and a slew of other issues.
I know content theft is a big problem as well, which makes me worry about sharing any of my articles in those FB groups.
I'd like to know more about people's experiences with FB and whether it's lucrative enough to promote content.
This thread has made me reconsider the use of social media for promoting articles; especially the use of groups and pages.
Facebook pages and groups can be very effective to build a following IF you have a speciality subject - just ask Agilitymach. However you have to add fresh content to the group constantly, and interact with your followers, so it's harder work than keeping your website up to date! The advertising works, too. I wouldn't be doing any of it for a HubPages account, though, because you do all that work to direct them to your HubPages account, then they're liable to read ONE of your Hubs and then they'll be off reading other people's stuff.
But again, just to emphasise for the benefit of other Hubbers - there's no point whatsoever in having a Facebook page or group if you don't have a specialist subject.
I wasn't referring to starting and running a group but finding groups where my articles might be relevant; this was the advice given on the thread, that there are groups where you can post your articles and bring in traffic. Chances are, you'll find some group relevant to an article you've written, seems to me.
You just have to be careful since many Facebook groups require you to get admin approval before you post a link - otherwise they may consider it overly promotional and delete your post and/or kick you out of the group.
Well, that's why I've avoided anything like it in the past. Just considering the possibilities, I'm well aware of the overall dislike of spam on the Internet.
The last thing I published was approved and ads appeared yesterday morning. Yesterday evening I promoted it in probably between 30-40 Facebook groups where it would fit perfectly. I got 500 views within the last 24 hours. I'll probably get another one to two hundred and fifty views out of the promotion.
Yeah, the views come hot and heavy the way I do it, and then drop off very fast. I think Google is looking at the activity though, and valuing the pages by how long the people stayed on the page. You know, did they read it or just click the heck out quickly.
But I know a lot of them read it from the comments. I'm only ever guessing about how my technique thing works or fails with the big G.
Pinterest has been pretty good to me in terms of traffic. I always make sure to pin my Hubs onto my own boards.
I sometimes post links to my Hubs in forums, like Reddit. Even Yahoo Answers every now and then.
by Srikanth R 16 months ago
Please share your experience.
by Audrey Hunt 3 years ago
Do you use social media to bring traffic to your hubs? What are your favorites?
by Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago
If we pump up our use of social media, i.e., marketing our articles more, will it help increase our traffic much? Or won't it make much difference because we are more dependent upon organic traffic? Something tells me we might have to wait out this drought. What say you?
by Don Bobbitt 23 months ago
I don't get into these fights and disagreements with what HP does on a regular basis. But I looked at my Hubs and I only saw the four sites; Flipboard, Pinterest, Facebook and email in my share icons over the past week or so. What happened to G+ ?????This one doesn't make sense to me considering...
by Louise Lately 5 years ago
Do you have an external blog that you link to your hubs? Do you write articles for an online magazine? And is it recommended to specialise in one or two areas - and connect a blog to these hub topics?I receive bursts of traffic when I promote my hubs on social media but I am looking into other ways...
by Sleepylog 4 years ago
I was wondering if anyone would be interested in sharing links to each other's hubs on social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest or anywhere else? This would be a reciprocal system so for example anyone who follows me on Pinterest, Twitter and Google+ who 'shares', 'likes', 'pins',...
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