Free Blog Traffic Ideas In An Instant

Free Blog Traffic Ideas In An Instant

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Free blog traffic right? Yes Please!  Most businesses want to get out of paying for advertising where they can, especially new businesses that are fresh off the ground. So i wanted to give you a few ideas to get free traffic to your blog without paying a penny.

Now firstly, you do need to have some blog posts to share and i will recommend you blog weekly. Why? It keeps your website active and has keywords sewn in throughout the blog that are relevant to your market. Not to mention,  a well written blog will get people reading. If you’re unsure how to blog effectively, then please do reach out and let me teach you. Otherwise you will waste hours of your life blogging ineffectively.

What Should I Blog About?

Blog about your business and what’s going on in your niche. I help businesses with their social media marketing and blogging, so i write about what’s current, how great content can change your online marketing etc. So for example if you’re in the fashion industry, write about current trends, current colours etc. Make it interesting, ensure your graphics are good and your headlines stand out. Need help with this? Book a One Hour Consultation with me.

5 Free Blog Traffic Ideas

Here are my 5 free blog traffic ideas that you start implementing right away:

  1. Here is one people don’t do often but is still a great way to get eyes on your business: Join forums that are in your niche and help answer peoples queries. You put set yourself as an authority amongst groups this way. Then when the timing is right, they’ll ask for more info and you give them your link.
  2. Post your blogs on social media platforms. Twitter drives a ton of traffic my way. So ensure you’re posting your blog out there on popular social media sites.
  3. Blog commenting: Huh? It’s easy. Find other blogs to comment on and on almost every blog there is an option to add your URL, this creates free traffic.
  4. Write GREAT Blogs! Yes, it’s simple, ensure you have weekly blogs and make them great. Don’t forget to share the old ones too – Repurpose Your Content.
  5. Guest blogging. This isn’t something i do, but would love to start getting into. Find someone who is relevant to your niche and swap blog posts.

Those aren’t so difficult right? You can start implementing these right away and don’t forget, post daily (several times) on your social media platforms. This will drive free traffic to your blog and also show people you know what you’re talking about.

Social Media and The Best Times to Post

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Social Media and The Best Times to Post

Social media can be a bit of a jungle when using it for business, many businesses daily are fudging it, posting randomly and without any strategy in place. I came across a post by Social Media Marketing Group and found some interesting social media posting facts.

Social Media – When should i post?

Wondering when you should be posting on social media? Check out these super interesting statistics:

Post On Facebook, the data shows as follows:

Sunday: 32% higher engagement
Thursday: 18% higher engagement
Friday: 18% higher engagement
Saturday: 32% higher engagement
9 am
1 pm: Get the most shares
3 pm: Get the most clicks
On Twitter, however, it looks a bit different:

Wednesday is the best day to tweet.

The best times are 12 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm.
Posting on Wednesday and noon and between 5 and 6 pm is optimal, though to increase retweets and clickthroughs, you can also tweet right at noon and 3pm. You can safely experiment with 2-3 am, 6-7am, and 9-10 pm.

Use Pinterest? Take a look at this figures and facts:

Sunday: Best for Food
Monday: Best for Fitness
Tuesday: Best for Gadgets
Wednesday: Best for Quotes
Thursday: Best for Outfits
Friday: Best for GIFs
Saturday: Best for Travel
The best times to pin are 2 pm, 9 pm, and 2 am. Avoid Pinterest during work hours, and for best results, include a call to action, and try to match the best topics of the day.

LinkedIn then changes it up and the best days to post on there are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. The best time to post are either between 7-8am, then noon and then 5-6pm. The times when professionals aren’t sat at their desk.

The data for Instagram shows people are engaged throughout the week, however Mondays and Thursday tend to get a bit more attention.

I hope these facts and figures have given you something yo think about and maybe a new strategy is on the horizon for your business? This Blog Post on what content to post may help you too.  Let me know if these work for you.

Scheduling Tools and Why They Are Essential

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Scheduling Tools and Why They Are Essential In Business

Scheduling tools are my life line in business and they are in most entrepreneurs lives too. I for one cannot imagine posting live daily for every single post on each social platform i use. I’m currently use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram daily. I am adding Pinterest into my daily use as of 2017. Could i post on all these social media platforms live daily? Absolutely not! It’s all i would spend my time doing and i would never be able to switch off. I’d never find time to blog or create graphics, i’d basically be a walking mess.

So What Scheduling Tools Do I Use?

Easy, i use Hootesuite. I used to use it a few years back, but they became a little unreliable, so i moved over to sprout social, which is a paid scheduling tool, but i loved it. Then earlier this year i started hearing Hootesuite was all the rage again, so after a little research, i decided to start using it again and they haven’t let me down this year yet. So I left sprout social (saving $40 a month) and moved back over to Hootesuite (free). There are a ton of scheduling tools out there and it’s always a good idea to do a little research and test some out before deciding which one you want to stick to.

Why Are Scheduling Tools So Important?

Naturally, the obvious answer is that these scheduling tools are keeping your audience entertained whilst you are otherwise engaged. You can go about your day without thinking about posting. I schedule everything except Instagram, i post live on there 1-2 times a day. Then as well as all my scheduled posts on twitter, i post live a further 3-6 times a day too and of course interact.

What scheduling also allows for is consistent posting. It’s no good posting 3 days straight and then forget about posting for 2 days. People easily forget and believe me when i tell you, you want to stay in front of your audience daily and Not be forgotten. Plus you can spread out your posts. In one hour, you can schedule several days worth of posts (depending on how often you choose to post.) So it’s a massive time saver and gives you peace of mind that it’s working for you whilst you go to the gym, cook dinner, do the kids homework etc.

I’m interested to know which scheduling tool you use and why?

Generate Sales By Blogging

Generate Sales By Blogging

Generate sales, it’s basically why we’re predominantly in business right? To generate sales. Naturally you’ll want to be in business to help people too, otherwise you’re just going to sound greedy. For me, i am in business to help other businesses grow. I help businesses grow through social media, marketing and blogging. I also help businesses generate more sales by creating awesome content for their social media platforms and blog posts.

But how do i generate sales through blogging?

generate sales from blogging

Generate sales by writing about what you love.

Your first objective when blogging, is to help people. It should be at the forefront of your mind, not the fact that you want people to buy from you. My blog posts are written to help people, not predominantly make sales. That comes second. Yes i got into this business to generate sales and an income, but i want to help people too. Here are some basic steps to ensure you are blogging the most effectively:

  • You should be using WordPress as your platform. WordPress and Google work well together and WordPress has some great plug ins for SEO.
  • Ensure your tag lines are set up and your keywords are in the correct place. Need help? Contact Me.
  • Blog regularly (once a week) and use your keywords in the right places.
  • Use the Yoast plug in and leant how to use it.
  • Share all these great new blog posts on your social media platforms. Twitter is great for this and it is all free traffic to your site.
  • Don’t forget to share old blog posts too, don’t just write a blog, share it once and then forget about it.

Blogging is by far one of my most favourite things to do for clients. I can get totally lost in it and spend 2-3 hours happily blogging. If you’re not blogging effectively and using SEO, then you are wasting your valuable time.

How Can i Help?

You may want to outsource blogging or you may want a one hour consultation with me, i can show how to do it and then you can blog regularly. Contact me to find out more.

Using Facebook Live

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Using Facebook Live

Using Facebook live is just about a must for every business right now. Since this live feature was rolled out to every business page and even to groups, it has grown businesses massively and gotten a ton of organic reach. We all know that Facebook barely gives us any organic reach these days and it is only set to decline i’m afraid.

So here are some Tips on using Facebook live:
  • Be sure your lighting is good, also you don’t want a cluttered back ground.
  • No back ground noise, let your audience hear you clearly.
  • It’s ok if you get a little flustered, don’t let that discourage you. If anything it makes you more ‘real’.
  • Turn your phone onto airplane mode, it avoids any calls coming in whilst you are live.
  • When people ask you questions whilst you’re live, use their name when answering their question, people love to be acknowledged.
  • Play around with different times of using Facebook live and different lengths of times too. Try just a quick intro for 2 minutes and then go for longer next time.
  • Always use a call to action whilst live.
  • Ask  people to follow you when you are live, so that they get a message each time you’re live.

These are just a bunch of basic, but very useful tips for you to start your journey using Facebook live. I know for me, going live is waaaaay out of my comfort zone, but having just done it a few times recently for a client, i have found i am more confident and actually enjoy them. I used to dread it, but now look forward to it.

It’s ok to make a few notes and pop them near your phone, it’s easy to forget your main points once you go live.

Live video is only going to get bigger as time goes on, so expect to see more and more streams appearing on your feed. So go have fun with it and make it part of your marketing strategy.

Content Marketing Trends

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Content Marketing Trends

Content marketing trends that have been trending through 2016 and don’t appear to be changing. As we approach the end of 2016, content marketing is as competitive as ever and you’re just going to have to get even better at it in 2017 or hire someone to help you. Here are some the trends that have made people a ton of money this year and can be taken into 2017 to help You make a bunch of money too:

  1. Quality over quantity ALWAYS

With newsfeeds being as chaotic as ever and free reach on Facebook being almost non existent compared to say 4 years ago, competition is certainly growing. Pretty much anyone can create a meme these days, but it’s all about the Quality of that meme. A true content marketer spends time on their graphics and creates beautiful pieces that are eye catching and what their audience wants to see. Instead of just throwing any old content out there, spend time creating GOOD content. People want to see new things.

2. Video Marketing

Video marketing has taken over 2016 and it will continue to grow. I must admit, i have not been very active in any form of video marketing and i know i need to get so much better at it. It will be one of my goals in 2017 to do at least one video a week. How often do you do a Facebook live or jump on periscope? Will it be one of your 2017 goals?

3. Instagram is Rising

Business owners are finding Instagram is a great way to get eyes on your content, i for one have found it is working a treat. I create great graphics for IG, post 2-3 times a day and every post has real value. People are interested, they are interacting. It’s fabulous. It’s one of my favourite places to hang out with my clients. One of my biggest tips on using Instagram, ensure you are using the correct size graphics and make them pop. If you’re no good at creating graphics or they take you hours a week, consider outsourcing this task whilst you concentrate on the rest of your business. You’ll soon find you’re making your money by making this small investment.

4. Storytelling – Keeping content marketing real

People like to talk, people also like real people and will relate to businesses who keep it real. Tell a story every now and then whilst posting on social media, let people see there is a real person behind your business. Not someone who is just trying to sell to them every chance they get.

Let’s make 2017 fabulous

These marketing trends are going nowhere fast and will only get even more competitive as the years go on. So sit down, plan what content you want to share next year, decide what your message is. Don’t forget to make a great graphic for all those fantastic blog posts you’re going to write and all those posts on social media that you’re going to share. Don’t be afraid of new things. When we step out of our comfort zones, great things happen. I know video marketing is where it will begin to happen for me, i just need to get ready and get it done, no excuses! It’s so easy to tell yourself you can’t, or maybe next week… STOP! Make 2017 happen for you.

You got into business because you didn’t want the 9-5, you didn’t want the commute and you wanted to be your own boss. I wanted financial freedom and to be there for the kids, do the school runs daily. So let’s do this, let’s make 2017 amazing. Get out your diary and start making notes on the things you’re going to do to make 2017 a much better year for you and your business.

Content Marketing Distributing Tips You Can Take On Straight Away

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Content Marketing Distribution Tips You Can Can Start Implementing Straight Away

Content marketing is a key point of any business in this day and age. Just about any business knows that and if you don’t, you need to get up to speed and quickly.

Let me give you a little example about content distribution. Last week I talked about blogging regularly. So you’ve spent the last week perfecting your latest blog post, finally post it and then what? How do you distribute it after that?

Content Marketing ~ How best to distribute your content.

Personally for my business, i have found that posting my blog posts on Twitter has really helped generate more traffic. At social success with Sonya, we don’t just post the new blogs, we post the old ones too, because they are blog posts of value to my audience. I do post them on Facebook too, but i find they get more interaction on Twitter. How do you distribute your blog posts?

A big mistake that businesses make, is spending 99% of their time crafting their content, and 1% of their time focused on content distribution. It’s not just about writing great content and creating pretty graphics, it’s about getting it out there for people to see too.

Another key point in content marketing and how to distribute it: NEVER rely on just one stream of distribution. Use various social media platforms effectively, use your email list and any other way you can think of. Consistent content marketing is absolutely essential in small and large businesses. Don’t get slack, get creating and get your content out there.

Quick Content and Marketing Checklist:
  • Blog weekly and then deliver that blog post via social media platforms regularly and potentially through your email list too.
  • Always deliver the goods, if you say you’re going to do something, then do it.
  • Design great graphics for your posts, blog and non blog posts too.
  • Create different graphics to use on Twitter, even for the same blog post, it will catch more peoples attention.
  • Spend more time disturbing your content, not just creating it.

Guess what i am off to do right now? Go and create more graphics for my blog posts and schedule some on my Twitter profile.

Preparing For Outsourcing

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 Preparing for Outsourcing

Preparing For Outsourcing

Are you preparing for outsourcing but not sure which steps to take first? Over loaded with work? Not enough hours in the day? Then i am guessing you have been thinking about outsourcing but may not be sure where to start? Let me just say that is completely normal.

Here is what i need you to do: Go and grab a piece of paper and maybe a coffee or tea to keep you company. Then let’s go through a few steps to help you decide which part of your business you’d like to outsource.

Outsourcing Steps – Let’s Write A List (I do love a good list)

  1. Firstly, outsourcing is an exciting time, it means you’re serious and ready to take that next step. So let’s get everything on paper that takes up a bunch of your time. Is it content creation? Scheduling on your social media platforms? Let’s write down all the points that take up several hours of your day/week and that maybe you don’t particularly enjoy.
  2. Now let’s prioritise that list into what you like doing, to what you like doing the least. Beside each item, put how many hours a week you spend doing that project/task.
  3. Now let’s decide if these tasks are something Only you can do or can somebody else jump in and help? For instance, content creation can easily be outsourced, as well as blogging, scheduling and interacting with people over on your social media platforms. Then there may be things like replying to emails that maybe you’d like to do only because you have a specialised niche.
  4. Lastly but not least and an important part, let’s think about what you can afford to pay monthly to outsource. Outsourcing isn’t always cheap (not if you want it done properly anyway) Sometimes you need to build up or save to start outsourcing but once you see how many hours a week you are saving, therefore enabling you to expand your business and also spend time with your family, you will see that outsourcing was worth every penny and you’ll find yourself outsourcing more.
What else can a good VA do?

Most virtual assistants are happy to cater and work out a specific package just for you and your business, dependant on your budget. So don’t be afraid to ask. But also do remember that a good VA won’t do anything for free (or close to free) they value their time and expertise and they have families to feed too.

Welcome to the world of out sourcing, where your journey is about to step up to a new level.

 

Using Instagram For Business

Using Instagram For Business

Are you using Instagram for business? Not sure what you’re doing on there or how to use it? Instagram is a little different from posting on Facebook and Twitter. Read on to find out how to use Instagram for business effectively.

Tips On Using Instagram For Business 

Instagram sure is different than posting on Facebook or Twitter. On Facebook you need to be consistent and posting at least 6-8 times a day to ensure your fans are seeing your posts. On twitter you should be posting at least 12+ times a day and then some, to get seen. It’s a massively fast moving platform over there.

Instagram only needs maybe 2 posts a day at the most, otherwise you’ll bombard peoples new feeds on there and they’ll get fed up.

Instagram for business

Get Creative On Social Media

Your Instagram Bio

First of all your Instagram bio needs to look appealing and let people know what it is you actually do. You don’t get many characters in which do so, so be clever. Here is my IG account if you’d like to take a look at how i have done it – GO HERE.

Hashtags and How Often To Post on Instagram.

Don’t forget the hashtags. Instagram is all about the hashtags and using them correctly. Use the hashtags at the end of your message rather than not within your message. It doesn’t make for easy reading if you hashtag stack within your message.

Do not just post sale posts, this is the rule for Facebook and Twitter too, people just don’t want to see it. Post valuable content and nice meme’s. What goes down even better is if you create your own posts, so that it makes it more authentic and professional. It is all abut building relationships with your audience.

Ensure the images are the correct size for Instagram, you don’t want text running off the page, it doesn’t look good. The same goes for your other social media platforms.

Be consistent. Don’t post and then disappear for days, you will soon be forgotten and people will move on. You need to get serious about how much you are posting and engaging with your audience, it should be several times a day, no excuses!

If time management is an issue for you or your business, read my blog post on Time Management Here and get your schedule in order.

These are all basic tips that will help any business grow on social media. If you need help setting up your Instagram account, then contact me for a quote to get your Instagram Bio looking great. It will include a kick butt bio too.

Most of all, have fun on there, have fun on all your business platforms. Now go and create some relationships and let’s make some money. At Social Success with Sonya, it’s all about both fun and success. YES BOTH!