7 Effective Ways To Increase Your Social Media Traffic and Conversions
7 Effective Ways To Increase Your Social Media Traffic and Conversions
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If you look at your blog’s traffic stats, social media is likely to be among the top three traffic sources. In fact, for many blogs, social media traffic is even more important than search engine and direct traffic. On the other hand, you’ll find many bloggers complain about the ineffectiveness of social media and how it’s just over-hyped.

In reality, however, the amount of traffic you manage to attract from social media and the level of engagement you manage to drive from it depends largely on how you structure your social media posts and the share worthiness your content.

To help you understand this better, here are some of the key points you need to keep in mind while creating a strategy for driving traffic and conversions from social media.

Use High Conversion Keywords

Strategy-PuzzleOn all social networks, certain keywords generate more engagement than others. They attract more clicks and get more exposure. Using them intelligently in your social media updates can increase the visibility and effectiveness of your posts.

Here are some of the high conversion keywords for leading social networks

  • Facebook – Where, When, Tell Us, Inspire, Submit, Deals, Discount, Warns, Amuses
  • Twitter ReTweet, Follow, Social Media, New Blog Post, Check Out, Help, Top,
  • LinkedIn Created, Improved, Increased, Developed, Reduced, Researched
  • Google+ Share, Promote, Increase, Create, Discover

You can find more of these words in this post

Expand Your Reach With Hashtags

You must’ve seen people use different hashtags with their social media posts and updates. Hashtags expand the reach of your posts beyond your immediate followers and help you reach new audiences. At the same time, they help you create social media discussions, chats and trends that can be used for wide ranging purposes.

Using 1 or 2 hashtags per post can significantly increase the effectiveness of your social media content and help you drive more traffic and conversions. Here’s a quick look at the optimal hashtag usage stats for the top social networks.

Twitter

  • Tweets with hashtags attract 2x more engagement (retweets, favorites, replies)
  • There’s 21% more engagement on Tweets with 1 to 2 hashtags.
  • If you increase the number of hashtags more than 2, the engagement levels fall by an average of 17%.
  • Almost 40% of Tweets with hashtags get Retweeted.

Facebook

  • Hashtags were not very effective when Facebook first started, but in the last couple of years hashtags have been an effective source of traffic and exposure.
  • Using 1-2 hashtags per post can get you an average of 593 interactions per post.
  • But if you increase the number of hashtags to 3-5, the average interactions fall down to 416 per post.

Google+

  • From its early days, Google+ has encouraged the use of hashtags.
  • Hashtags are automatically added to your posts based on the content but you can edit hashtags as well.
  • Google+ also shows a list of related hashtags that can be used to gauge the interests of your audience.

You can find much more about hashtag usage in Neil Patel’s Ultimate Guide to Hashtags.

Use Visual Content For More Engagement

Social media, by nature, is designed for visual content, and it’s no surprise that image based content attracts more engagement as compared to simple text based posts. So it’s important that you regularly include images, videos, vines, GIFs and other forms of visual content in your social media updates.

These stats show the impact of visual content on different social networks.

Facebook

Google+

  • Videos get 28% more engagement
  • Images receive 94% more +1s
  • Animated GIFs receive 39% more +1s.

LinkedIn

  • Images based posts attract 98% more comments.
  • Linking to YouTube videos results in 75% more shares.

Twitter

  • Including images, vines and videos can get you 200% more engagement as compared to simple text Tweets.

Use Short and Concise Updates

Against the common belief, shorter updates attract much more engagement on all social networks as compared to the longer ones. This is probably because social network users have very short attention spans and don’t usually have the time to read long and detailed posts.

Here’s the ideal character count for some of the leading social networks.

  1. Twitter Tweets shorter than 100 characters attract 17% more engagement.
  2. Facebook Surprisingly, Facebook posts with less than 40 characters received 80% more engagement than longer posts.
  3. Google+ If the headline of your Google+ posts is longer than 60 characters, the engagement levels fall by 18%.

Create Share Worthy Blog Content

Your social media engagement and conversion rates have a lot to do with the kind of blog content you create. If the quality of your content is low, then most of your optimization techniques will be ineffective.

In general, social media users prefer highly actionable and interesting content written in a fun way. Your headlines matter a lot as well. Just look at some of the headlines of Buzzfeed articles. Their articles and updates attract thousands of social shares every day because of their headlines and innovative content ideas. You can find some great blogging ideas in this post, or you can use MyBlogU to brainstorm new blogging ideas with other bloggers, create share worthy posts like interviews, and even hire quality freelance writers to help you create viral content.

Apart from high quality content, sharing free tools and resources also attracts increased engagement and social shares (for example tools this QR Code Generator or this SEO Audit Tool).

Identify and Amplify Top Performing Content

Driving traffic and conversions from social media is not just about using random and isolated techniques. It’s equally important to identify the right channels that are sending you social media traffic, the content that is attracting the highest engagement, and the pages on your website/blog that can be used to amplify such content for even more social engagement.

I’ve personally found TrenDemon as a great tool to get all these insights. You can integrate it with your Google Analytics account to get real time stats on your best converting social content and the channels that can be used to amplify it (learn more about Google Analytics integration in this post).

You can use this information to promote your existing and new blog content and attract increased social media love.

Use a Social Media Friendly Website Structure

Just like your content quality, the structure of your website also has a direct impact on the number of shares and social media followers you manage to attract. Most of the times, visitors find you either through your social media updates or from Google search results. You need to have a website structure that encourages these visitors to share your content and follow you social media.

Here are few things you can do to achieve this

  • Enable Twitter Cards: Twitter cards display additional information about your links, blog posts or products. Thy also increase the engagement levels on your Tweets.
  • Use Facebook Open Graph: Add the Open Graph meta-tags to your blog so that your featured image is always displayed. You can find detailed instructions on using Open Graph in this post.
  • Add Social Media Sharing Widget: I recommend using AddThis or DiggDigg to add social media sharing and follow widgets.

Wrapping it Up

Driving conversions and traffic from social media requires a combination of tweaks to your posts, and some structural changes to your website and blog. At the same time, you need to keep a close eye on your social media stats to understand which content is performing well and how you can leverage it to increase your overall social media engagement. If you can get this combination right, you can create sustainable stream of high converting social media traffic to your blog or website.

Have you tried any of these techniques in your social media strategy? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

About the Author

Jawad Khan
Jawad Khan is a digital marketing expert and a certified inbound marketer with almost a decade of work experience with tech and ecommerce startups. He’s also a professional blogger and a freelance writer who contributes regularly to a number of leading blogs in the internet marketing, WordPress and web design niches. Follow him on his blog, WritingMyDestiny, Google+ and Twitter.
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  • Gradesben

    Hi Jawad Khan,
    Really useful information. I want to reason why updated with 3 to 5 hashtags in Facebook gets less reach?
    and also i need some suggestion, for my website i have created blog in Blogspot and WordPress, whenever i post in blog i will share the content in social media. For that post i used get good likes, Re-tweets, shares, My blog traffic has increased but website traffic is not getting any changes. How to get traffic to my website with social media.

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  • Great article. I want to add one more thing, now a days animated videos can also help in increasing engagement rate and share on different social media networks.

  • Hey great post as usual. I found its all about promotion, sharing in different time zones, influencers, outbound links, changing titles, photos and some more secret sauce. Thanks for sharing great info.

  • Prakash Kumar

    Nice post, useful information provided related to high converting keywords. Here is a nice article related to social media marketing tips

  • Window Square

    Good to read this useful article..thank you for sharing with us…

  • Subhankar Sarkar

    Thanks man for those lovely tips

  • Rizwan

    Nice Article.
    I want to ask that my keyword is struck on 6. I have done all the offpage activities as well as onpage but no effect. Can you help me to sort out this?

  • There are two different ways to increase social traffic:
    – Doing magic on social media
    – Doing magic on your website (entice your readers to share your content).

    I recently wrote an article on how to increase social traffic without doing anything on social media. It is really interesting to see that if you want to get more traffic from social you should start with your website (and content) first by making sure it is optimised for sharing.

    • Rizwan

      How to increase social traffic without doing nothing?

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  • Kimberly Edwards

    Social media marketing is the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites.

    Social media marketing programs usually center on efforts to create content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it across their social networks. The resulting electronic word of mouth (eWoM) refers to any statement consumers share via the Internet (e.g., web sites, social networks, instant messages, news feeds) about an event, product, service, brand or company. When the underlying message spreads from user to user and presumably resonates because it appears to come from a trusted, third-party source, as opposed to the brand or company itself, this form of marketing results in earned media rather than paid media.

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  • Suzan

    Thank you Jawad for write this article! :) Once I did, the traffic started coming in. There are always new strategies and trends that come about in social marketing. And while adding any/all of these new strategies to your SM plan may not make sense, you wouldn’t know that until you evaluate.

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  • ABlack

    This is a great post. I always wondered which posts get the most reaction. I learned from here to include more hashtags, images, and certain words. This can reach more people, especially if I want to post something that I want to touch a lot of people.

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  • Personally, I usually stay away from the tweets and posts that are shorter. I understand that this is a good method to entice people to want learn more, but I have always wanted to know what I was getting into before I started clicking on links. It is good to know that my behavior is more of anomaly and that I should start thinking more about what my audience likes and not what I find attractive. I never would have guessed that shorter tweets and posts perform so much better. Thanks for the insights.

    • Hey Amy,

      While researching for this post, I was surprised myself with some of the stats :)

      Glad you liked the post.