7 Tricks for Increasing Traffic from Social Media

Social media is huge, and doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. People love hanging out in groups where others just like themselves congregate. The atmosphere is usually casual and easy-going, which means you can engage your target audience when they are receptive to your message. The following 7 tricks, tips and techniques are proven to increase the amount of traffic you get from Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and the other social media sites.

1 – Automate the Process

Automated social media engagement is possible through websites like Buffer and HootSuite. They put your social media marketing on autopilot, and when you are consistently in the face of your social media audience, your traffic improves.

2 – Ask for the Share, Like, Retweet

Give your followers a call to action. If someone enjoys some content you share on Facebook or Twitter, they will be very receptive to sharing that content. Tell them exactly what to do, and you enjoy a greater possibility of improved traffic from Shares, Likes, Retweets, Repins, etc..

3 – Make Social Media Sharing Simple

Your blog or website should provide a simple means of sharing your content. This means adding social media sharing buttons and plug-ins to all of your web properties, guaranteeing it is simple and quick for your readers to spread the word.

4 – Fill Out Your Profiles Completely

This may seem like common sense. However, many online business owners and entrepreneurs have incomplete social media profiles. Wherever you have the chance, tell people about yourself and your business, providing plenty of links back to your website or blog.

5 – Run a Contest or Giveaway

KingSumo is one company that will help you create and manage a successful giveaway or contest on social media websites. This single traffic driving strategy can result in significantly higher numbers of visitors to your site.

6 – Share Again!

Just because you share a blog post or new piece of content on Facebook doesn’t mean you can’t share it again later. Your prospects and followers on social media are not always logged in at the same time. This means that your content should be shared on all of the social media websites multiple times.

7 – Be Everywhere, and Be Consistent

Sign up for all of the largest social media sites, and those most relevant to your niche or market. Be everywhere, instead of just concentrating on Facebook and Twitter. You also need to provide consistent engagement and content. There are a lot of competitors out there, so you need prospects and followers to see you regularly providing information and engagement.

5 Ways to Increase Your Self-Confidence

We all know them. You know the ones, those self-confident individuals who always seem to be in control. They make snap decisions, appear to be more successful than most people, and possess an inner strength that is almost visible.

You admire their self-assurance and firmness of opinion. Such characteristics arise from inner beliefs in one’s ability. If you would like to be more self-assured, practice the following tips which can help you formulate a strong, healthy self-image, full of conviction and self-confidence.

1 – Understand Your Strengths… and Weaknesses

Self-confident people know what they are good at, and what they are not very good at. Confidence definitely means feeling good about your ability to do certain things. However, it also means understanding those areas where you need to improve. A confident person readily accepts they are not the best at everything.

2 – Look On the Positive Side

Bad things happen all the time. You need look no further than your daily news broadcast to see that the world has a lot of problems. Self-assured individuals understand this. However, they do not focus on the negative side of life. They can always find the silver lining in every cloud, and a positive spin on a negative event.

3 – Don’t Let Failure Stop You

A failure is an event, it is not you are. The most successful, self-assured individuals with true conviction in their beliefs and abilities have failed hundreds and even thousands of times. They are not scared of a failure, and certainly don’t let it keep them from succeeding in the future. Norman Bernard Larsen invented WD-40 on his 40th try. The world would not benefit from this all-in-one miracle household product today if Larson had given up on his 10th, or 20th, or 39th attempt.

4 – Spend Time with Positive People

Confident people surround themselves with other confident people. These people tend to be positive as opposed to negative in nature. Their self-belief is contagious, and makes people want to be around them. Negative people want to bring others down to their level, and positive, self-assured individuals spend time with confident believers in self-convictions that push them to be more of who they are.

5 – Use the Right Body Language
You can “trick” your mind into believing that you are self-confident. This will lead to confident, assured actions and behaviors. Pull your shoulders back. Stand erect. Look people in the eye. Practice good posture. Don’t slouch. Shake hands firmly. Smile more often. Speak slowly and clearly. These are all traits of self-confident people, and simply by adopting these postures and confidence boosting tips, you will begin to feel more self-assured.

Wood Stork In Flight

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I almost never get a Wood Stork in flight this close.

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This is how you see Wood Storks (below).

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The fact we were having these fly by’s should have told us there were large flocks in the area.

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I was so busy with Roseate Spoonbills I grabbed the Wood Stork photographs and didn’t give it any more thought.

Later on we stumbled on a huge flock, maybe 100 +, but those need to be finished yet.

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Thursday photo prompt – Flight – #writephoto

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Use the image below to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT)  Wednesday 5th July and link back to this post with a pingback. Please make sure that the pingback works and if not, copy and paste your link into the comments section of this post.

Don’t forget to use the #writephoto hashtag in your title so your posts can be found.

You can find all last week’s entries in the round-up. Please visit and read the stories and poems and explore the sites of their writers.

I will feature as many entries as I can on the blog during the week, but given the volume of contributions we are getting every week, that will not be all of them! All posts will be included in a round up on Thursday 6th July.

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