Is using social networks to increase my traffic against the Terms of Service on Hubpages and does it affect my HP Program in any negative way?
I don't think there's a way to put the link icon on your hubs so people won't be able to directly tweet or like. You'd have to read the terms but I don't see any reason why you shouldn't be allowed to create a buzz about your hubs on your own. I'm curious to know if anyone knows the best way to do this.
You most certainly can use social media to promote your posts. A great deal of my traffic comes from Facebook and Twitter.
Yeh. A lot of people want to use social networks to drive traffic to their sites/blogs but much of it is not useful right now for everyone. I look forward to the time when the social network owners figure it out better.
Nothing wrong in that !! you are most welcome to do that !
Yes. I do. In fact, i'm satisfied by it. I have such a feat I can be proud of. I've published only 2 hubs and in one night I've gained 1000 views. It's my hub about gaining followers in Tumblr. I used social network and people liked it i guess, so that's how I've gained my first accolade.
Without social network, i could have not done it.
Using Social Networks is not against the Terms Of Service for HubPages. Look at your own hubs and at the top, you will see buttons for Facebook and Twitter. These are for other readers to click and spread the word of your hubs.
No it will not negatively affect your HP Program or earnings.
But be aware that using social networks to gain traffic that will click eBay, Amazon and adSense ads are a VERY difficult nut to crack. Inherently, social traffic will not give two hoots about links to your hubs, or articles or web sites. Not unless you have a hot list of social friends who are actively looking for your information on your hubs.
I have not heard of people using social networks to get enough traffic let alone traffic that converts to purchasing products or clicking ads. I don't believe social network traffic is the right amount or type of traffic for one to use for hubs.
I like the trackers. It shows me where my traffic came from.
I believe if you use social networks that can relate or are about your subject matter can help with traffic. If there's a need they will visit or least find you
I've used Facebook for a little over a year now to promote my hubs and it's been one of the best things that I've ever done. Google search is still the primary way that people find my articles, but my Facebook account sends almost as many to HP.
At first, I tried to do this with my personal account - that didn't work so well. People got irritated that I kept posting links, and those few that did visit were doing it more out of being polite than anything. So, I figured I needed a better way.
What I did was this:
Since 99% of my hubs relate to Oklahoma, I started to brand myself as the "Oklahoma Traveler". I started a Facebook account under that name and started collecting "friends" from various places, including those who I have done work for in the past. Typically, I'll post small bits of interesting trivia about Oklahoma, or historic and interesting photos that I've collected over the years. Usually, about twice a week, I'll throw in a couple links to my hubs. On those days, I'll typically get over 100 views for each hub that I post. Along with that, others will "share" the hubs, which further increases exposure. Further, I go out of my way to find other writers who write about similar topics and make sure that my hubs get noticed by them. Many times, especially if they have an article that relates, then they will link back to my hubs.
By doing this, I have a pretty good control over the ups and downs of HP and Google traffic. When traffic starts to slow from Google then I'll place more links on my Facebook page. So far, with this strategy, I've reached payout every month now for over a year.
Hopefully this will give others ideas on how to use Facebook to promote their articles..
That's interesting up until now I haven't promoted my hubs through facebook as I didn't want to annoy family and friends. I didn't realise I could have two accounts with facebook.
Technically, it's not allowed.. My wife started one years ago and for awhile there I took it over for promoting my hubs. Personally, I had never thought much of Facebook but I started the Oklahoma account I've found a new respect for it.
Even with one account, you can have as many pages (versus profiles) as you would like. I set up a few pages for different things and they've helped out a lot. For example, I had a page set up for my Amazon store. Before Facebook changed the privacy settings, I was averaging over $100 in sales just from that. The nice thing about pages is that they are fully searchable - which is an added bonus for backlinks and such.
It's something to look in to - just remember though, it's a tool. It can become easy to let it turn into a time-sucker.
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