Saturday, August 1, 2015

How to Create a Google Plus Business Page




















Google plus is the best professional social media platform. If you have a business and need to expand, Google plus is the way to go. It is very easy to create a Google plus page for your business or company. Please follow the steps below.

The first thing is to create a Google account if you do not already have it.


How to Create a Google or Gmail Account


Go to Google home page at https://accounts.google.com/signup?hl=en


  • Fill in the name,username, password, password confirmation, email, birthday, gender, phone number and location.
  • Click on the "next step" button.
  •  Accept the "Privacy and Terms" agreement by clicking on the "I Agree" button.
  • Verify your account by filling in the code Google sent you through either "SMS" or "voice call" depending on what you chose.
  • Press continue to Google "welcome" page.
  • Go to the right corner of the welcome page and click on the apps and choose Google plus app.
  • It will take you to a "Google+ welcome" page.
  • Then select "join Google+" button on the top left of the page.
  • Set up a profile.
  • Complete your personal information-name,gender,birthday then click "create a profile" button.
  •  Add photo and tagline.
  • Now you can start sending requests  and engaging your audience  by sharing content thus promoting your page.

Friday, July 31, 2015

7 Ways to Drive Traffic to your Blog Using Google+




Social Media is the buzz in the digital world. Among several sites Google+ is one of the best social media websites that will generate traffic to your website or blog. Go to this page if you want to learn how to open a G+ page.

There are more than 2 billion users of G+.Google provides marketers and bloggers a huge chance to interact with their viewers through other channels such as YouTube, AdWords, Feedburner, Blogger etc thus bringing in more traffic. For this traffic to be generated to your blog or site, this is what you have to do;


1. #Include eye catching headlines 


Always include eye catching headlines on every post as it will be displayed in Google search results. The eye catching headlines will attract readers, make them to get engaged and come back to your blog. You can make your posts text bold, italic, highlights or even use bullets to do so. Make sure you do keyword research first.



2. #Join Google+ communities

                      


Join Google plus communities of your blog or website niche.Make sure you join the communities with thousands of
members for exposure. Post or share your content on them.
Some members will most likely share your posts if you have
great and interesting content. Also interact with other members.
They will trust you and share your content. Remember never to
spam as they may block you.


3. #Use images and videos


Use images and videos because most readers are visual. They tend to prefer content with visuals more. Doing this will increase engagement as images and videos are very effective. YouTube, a product of Google is the most visited video website in the world. Billions of people watch YouTube videos daily. Always share links to your post using images and or videos and enjoy watching your traffic grow. 

4. #Add your URL link in the text or video or image



                        

Don't forget to include your blog or website link to the URL in the text or video or image that you will be sharing. It makes it easier for your readers to click and visit your site. Share your video/image/text across all social media platforms. 

5. #Use targeted sharing

          

I was one of the people who thought that when they post their content on "public”, it meant more exposure thus more traffic for them. But experts suggest that you should do "targeted" sharing, at the same time making sure that you click "send emails to your cycles" as well.


6. #Use #hashtags


Use #hashtags at the end or in the body of each post for more traffic. Google by default adds #hashtags to articles with enough text to put in order content topic.

7. #Embed Google+ comments


Embed Google+ comments on your website so that when visitors leave a comment, they will also share your post to their Google+ followers. The below diagram is for blogger platform users only. Other platforms such as WordPress do have their own plugins available.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Use LinkedIn to Drive Traffic to you Blog or Website



LinkedIn is professional social website. It is one of the most powerful social networks for growing visibility and traffic especially for entrepreneurs or business owners.

 I am a blogger and LinkedIn was one of the very first social networks I used. By publishing valuable and real content on LinkedIn, you will be able to increase traffic and lead conversions from LinkedIn social network. Visit this page to learn how to sign up for LinkedIn account.


#1. Grow your LinkedIn network.

Spend time each daily on growing your LinkedIn network.
Network with clients, prospects, business advocates, industry peers, industry influencers, local community etc. 
Check out the "People You May Know" section to see whom it will be appropriate for you to send an invitation to.
Connect with mutual group members.
Conduct advanced searches.
Look for “connections in common” with the LinkedIn members who come up in your search results.
Look at the connections of your 1st degree connections and send invitations to whomever you feel is conducive to send to.
Send personalized invitations to people with LinkedIn accounts.

#2. Update your profile

LinkedIn profile can be used as a referral to your blog thus increasing your traffic.
LinkedIn keep tabs of how many people viewed your profile per week. Make sure you become very active so as to make your viewers click your profile.

#3. Post a status update.

Updating your status time and again when you have great content will definitely generate  traffic to your blog or website.
Do not forget to add your links. Make them eye catching and creative and you will see how many clicks you will get.

#4. Add your blog or website link to your profile.

Make sure you add your blog or website link to your LinkedIn profile.

Make the topics to your links eye catching and very creative so that high chances of your profile viewers clicking your links may arise.

#5. Create own bio section at the end of your posts with embedded links.

If someone likes your original content, they are most likely to click the link you’ve embedded in your bio section to learn and increase traffic to your blog .

#6. Become active in LinkedIn Activities.

Make sure that you become very active as some of your updates may even show in the "Network Update" that is being sent to LinkedIn members every week.

Also do not hesitate to participate on the social network's activities.

#7. Participate in a group discussions.

Make sure that you find time to  participate in group discussions at the same time answering questions in LinkedIn Answers.
Also  post comments on the updates of your connections for connecting with your audience and earning their trust then they will always come back to your blog or social network page.

#8. Comment on someone’s status update.

Commenting on someone's status whenever is one of the good ways to gain exposure to your second- and third-degree connections while engaging in conversation.

Answer questions in LinkedIn Answers.
If your audience has a  question to ask, please always make sure you answer so as to grow visibility.

#9. "LinkedIn on  the Go" is the way to go.

"LinkedIn on the go" is the LinkedIn app used on mobile devices or smart phone.

It makes networking easier as you can use it any time and any place for your convenience thus bringing traffic to your website or blog.

#10. Post during "high traffic" periods.

Lunch times and afternoons are usually the best times to post.

#11. Take advantage of LinkedIn blog applications. 

Use LinkedIn blog applications such as WordPress to enhance your page thus it will help in traffic generation.
Do not hesitate to try the apps, you will be surprised as at how much traffic they will generate for your blog or website.

#12. Take advantage of the "share" buttons.

Using the LinkedIn Share button will  help you get your posts shared on LinkedIn by blog visitors and increase your page views.
Share buttons  turn will drive views to your profile and new traffic to your blog as well.

#13. Repurpose your status updates.

Friday, June 12, 2015

10 Ways to Drive Traffic to your Blog or Website Using Reddit

Social media is the latest and easiest way of bringing traffic to your website or blog nowadays. If you can figure out how to use it as a tool in your SEO toolbox you can drive massive traffic to your site.

Reddit is one of the powerful social media sites that could bring massive traffic to your blog if used the right way. Reddit has over 2 million page views in a month.

If you have great content that relates to your brand then you won’t have a problem driving traffic to your website or blog through Reddit.

How to Create a Reddit Account

  • Choose a user name.
  • Choose a password.
  • Verify your password.
  • Fill in your email then click on "sign up" and you will be automatically logged on.
How to Submit to Reddit

  • Click on the "submit a new link" button on the right side of the window.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Put the  link you want to submit on the "URL" slot.Provide the actual “link” without shortening it.
  • Choose a file or image.
  • Create a “title” that stands out.
  • Choose a subreddit. 
  • Choose the one with over 20,000 readers.
  • Click the "CAPTCHA" button.
  • Lastly click the "submit" button.
Remember!!!

-Don’t use auto-submit forms. Just do it manually.
-Do not post spam.
-Use infographics.
-Embed educational and humorous videos.
-Always ask interesting questions.
-Include comments to your posts.
-Buy traffic if possible. It is worth it. It will bring traffic to your page and clicks to your blog as well.

Use Reddit in conjunction with other social media websites such as Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn and Pinterest. You will see wonders.

14 Simple Ways to Drive Traffic to your Blog or Website using FaceBook




What is Facebook?




Facebook is one of the most popular social networks that lets you sign up, create a profile,upload photos and videos,send messages to friends,colleagues and family as well as market and promote your businesses.


Driving traffic to your blog is essential and social media is a new and popular way of bringing traffic to your website or blog. Facebook makes it easier and fun too.

First of all you will need to have a Facebook account. it is free and real easy to sign up.If you don't have a Facebook account yet, go to this page and learn how to sign up for Facebook.

1.First of all add images or pictures to your Facebook updates.

Make sure that are they are very visible, pleasant and appealing thus will get your blogs more “likes”, “shares” and “comments”.

2.Put links to your blog post in your text update.

Make sure that you use a shortened link such as a bit.ly and Google link shorter to keep your post text looking cleaner.

3.Updates should be short, teaser update and one sentence if possible.

Facebook updates should be under 140 characters.

4.Ask intriguing questions in your post.

Questions usually cite a response thus bringing response from fans.The questions should relate to your blog posts.

5.Give your Fans a taste of your blog post.

Include an intriguing quote from your article and your readers will “like”, “comment” and or share your update thus you will have a chance of having clicks through to your site as well.

6.Use quotes always.

Make sure those quotes will cite controversy to bring engagement on your Facebook Page, as well as getting you more clicks to your blog or website. Include the face of the author or whoever you will be interviewing.

7.Delete the link in your text before you post it.

The image and summary of your article is clickable directly to your blog article and very enough.

8.Share your lifestyle or “how to” or “DIY”, “recipe” blog article on your Facebook Page. 

Your readers will come back for more.

9.Generate traffic to your blog by publishing interactive content, like contests.

Then promote your contest by posting and sharing it on your Facebook Page. Make sure you put appealing pictures or images.

10.Every Friday, make a blog post compiling your best articles of the week. Share it on Facebook. This will likely increase weekend shopping or clicks or views.

11.Include video is possible.

By doing this,your readers will get a taste of what your article is about  visually without leaving the sit thus engaging with your post, and clicking through to your blog article. Some readers really prepare visuals that reading.

12.While it may seem counter intuitive,sharing other people’s content is actually a brilliant strategy in driving more traffic to your blog or website.

13.Put a “Facebook” icon for easy sharing and clicking.


14.Buy Facebook traffic.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Use Stumble Upon to Drive Traffic to your Website


Stumble Upon is one of the best traffic generators among the top social media sites. Stumble Upon has over 20 million users worldwide.
When a user likes, or stumbles, a page, it is placed onto the Stumble Upon line up. As other Stumble Upon readers start searching for content on a certain topic using buttons on SU toolbar, pages in the lineup for that searched for topic will be displayed.

1.      First you have to have great content.
         In your content make sure you include images, videos, tutorials, and info graphics as well as for you to attract traffic.
2.      Sign up for SU, log on your account. You can link your SU account with FaceBook.
3.      Enter a URL to shorten with the Su.pr system.
4.      SU has brand channels, lists and a "Stumble Upon DNA" that makes the site more social and customizable.
5.      Stumble new pages by clicking the dark orange "Stumble" button.
6.      Like a page by hitting the “thumbs up” button.
7.      Add a page to one of your lists by selecting the “plus” sign.
8.      Dislike a page with the thumbs down.
9.      Add Stumble Upon badge to your website content
10. Used “paid discovery” to buy traffic if you want.

Ways to Successfully Drive Traffic to your Site or Blog Using Pinterest

Social media is a great way to bring traffic to your blog. Out of a lot of social media websites, Pinterest is among a very good traffic driving social websites. So let’s see how you can use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog.


What is Pinterest?


Pinterest is a social  network that allows you to save a lot of stuff from the internet. You can save stuff like food recipes, style,DIY ideas,fashion, wedding stuff,house decoration ideas etc. when you find cool stuff in the net, you could save or pin it on the same place(board) and come back later to view it.To learn how to open a Pinterest account click here.



1.    Always create different Board for your articles. 

Create a blog for specific blog articles to make it easier for your followers. Make sure when you name your board you use relevant keywords so that your blog may show in search engines.

2.   Always “Pin”your posts to your blog board after writing your posts or articles.

Do not forget to include a brief summary, picture as well as a direct link from your article.

    3.    Put nice images.

Pinterest is all about great and standing out visuals.Images or pictures will appeal to most pinners. Readers will click through your pictures and then get connected to your blog thus bringing traffic.

4.    Pin original content.

5.    Follow your followers as well.

6.    Re-Pin popular industry leaders and big shots of same content as yours of course.
7.    Don’t forget to use #hashtags.

8.    Create “contest” pin boards as well.

Contests boards are engaging will bring pinners back to your blog as well  as drive a lot of traffic to your blog.

      9.   Engage with your Pinners.

The more you engage with people on Pinterest, the more likely they’ll also want to connect with you on your blog and other sites thus bringing more traffic to your blogs.

10 Include a “Pin it” button on your blog or site.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Can Twitter Really Help to Drive Traffic to your Blog?


What is Twitter?


Twitter is a social network which is free to sign up. You will be allowed to create a profile,upload a picture,follow friends,family and celebrities. The posts are called tweets and not long as the ones for other platforms such as Facebook. They are about 140 words that you are allowed to post.Unlike other social media platforms, anyone can publicly follow you without your approval. You can use #hashtags with your keyword on Tweeter. 

There are over 500 million Twitter users. That makes Twitter one of the great traffic driver social websites. So if you use it well, twitter can bring your blog or website heavy traffic.

People think it is very easy. You really need to be active, creative and have lots of quality content to make your readers want to keep on coming back for more.



Ways to use Twitter to Bring Traffic to your Blog

1. Make sure to put in a picture or logo.

2. Place your website in your "bio" description.

3. Choose a username that is the same as your website name.

4. Make a habit of tweeting at least once a day, if not more.

5. Start following people, developing a community and posting daily for  about 2 months since your account will be new and without followers. Now you can start looking for followers.

    6. Follow people with lots of followers.

    7.Try building 20 followers in a week from community post and discussion forums.

8. Now you can start tweeting.

9. Make short and interesting Tweets.

10. Get creative with ‘links” as you tweet them.

11. Give your followers a taste of your content by including a little quote of your content.

12. If your followers like your “quote”, always retweet it.

13. Use #Hash tags all the time. If anyone tweets using your hashtag, it will show up in the feed for that #hash tag search thus generating more interest in your blog or website and more traffic as well.

14. Use @mentions to send a tweet directly to followers, customers, or anyone else on Twitter. If your blog post comments on well-known or popular bloggers, website masters, companies or customers, mention them in a tweet that links back to your post, you might get lucky and your tweet will be retweeted to their followers as well.

15. If you also mention the author or name of the blog post or, maybe a guest blogger on your blog or site try to mention them in a tweet that links back to their post, you might get lucky and get a retweet to their followers.

16. If someone mentions your blog or website content on their Twitter, make sure you retweet their tweet.

17. Asking for a retweet (or RT) is a fab way of getting your blog related tweets retweeted. So make it a habit of asking your followers to retweet, or RT your update.

18. A cool and attractive picture or image in your blog post tweet will definitely attract traffic to your site. Just make sure that it coordinates with your post.

19. Always ask a “question” that could arouse curiosity or make readers instantly make a click in your tweet as well as can generating lots of engagement thus making you get more clicks to your site.

20. Set up a contest, sweepstake and competition on your website or blog to give the new readers a reason to visit.


Always remember that the more appealing, exciting and attractive your tweets are, the more your followers will click on them, and the more they will drive traffic back to your blog.