In an earlier blog post, I mentioned that 100 subscribers will get you much further than 100 followers. I also went into detail about why social media buttons on a blog are overrated. Does that mean social media is overrated? Not at all. I’ve written too many blog posts about social media, and the last thing I want to hear is that it’s overrated 🙂
Social Media is the most powerful tool out there to allow more people to know about your presence on the web. Most of my blog’s traffic comes from social networks (Twitter in particular), and most of my blog’s success is because of my social networks. As my social media traffic rose, my search engine traffic rose as well. It’s not a coincidence.
Here’s the point where some people will wonder why they can’t make their social media buttons as big as they want on their blogs. If you are optimizing your social networks properly, chances are that most of the people who are visiting your blog are already following you on one of your social networks. Instead of telling people about your other social networks, you can create a page that displays all of your social networks. When someone is on your home page, you need them to subscribe to your blog.
The entire point of social media is to allow you to get more traffic. When you get that traffic, you need to design your blog in a way that gives you an extra connection with your visitor. Buttons that allow people to follow you without leaving your blog or opening up a new tab is a great start. Having a big subscription box that pushes everything else to the bottom of your sidebar is another great way to get subscribers.
Once someone visits your blog from a social networks, what happens next? That is what will allow you to see the best impact on your blog’s numbers because of social media.