How to Get Traffic Through Social Media

Submitted by: Cliff Posey Jr

If you haven't begun using social media applications as part of your Internet marketing campaign, you're missing out on a golden opportunity. Social media has become one of the most effective ways to submit articles and get traffic to a web site.

What is Social Media?

Social media is a term given to the Internet tools people use to submit articles and share electronic information. Some of the forms social media can take on include blogs, forums, bookmarking sites, and news sites. Most social media sites actively encourage users to submit articles, photos, links, and other content. They want to get traffic to their site and don't mind if you get traffic to your web site in return.

How to Get Traffic

It is possible to get traffic--a lot of traffic--through social media ma


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rketing. However, you need to make sure you do everything just right if you want to make the most of your marketing efforts. You can't submit articles to just anyone and hope for the best. You need to choose the right social media outlet.

To start, it must be popular. If the social media site doesn't get traffic, your site won't get traffic either. Choosing a social media application that openly encourages users to bookmark or submit articles is important as well. It is also a good idea to select a site that makes it easy to submit articles and get traffic. Social media can be valuable to an Internet marketing campaign, but it is only one part and shouldn't take up too much of your time.

Choosing a Social Media Site

Social media tag sites and news sites that work well include: Yahoo! Buzz, Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Fark, Slashdot, Ebaum's World, Delicious, and Propeller. Yahoo! Buzz is probably the best place to submit articles and get traffic. Webmasters who have a top page story on this social media site report getting an average of 500,000 to 1,000,000 unique visitors in a 24 hour period.

How to Submit Articles to Social Media Sites

Every social media site has different rules for users who want to submit articles. It is essential that you follow these rules when you submit articles or other content. Social media sites are sticklers. They don't care if you are trying to get traffic--if you don't follow the rules you will not be allowed to submit articles and you may have your account banned.

There are a few other rules you will want to keep in mind in addition to site rules. To start, you should only submit articles that are high quality and interesting to the people who frequent social media sites. If an article is poorly written or geared towards the wrong crowd, you will not get traffic. You should also try to submit articles from other sites beside your own and participate in the community whenever possible. While your ultimate goal is to get traffic, you shouldn't make it obvious to social media users.


About the Author: Cliff Posey, owner of CRP Marketing, owns and operates Cliff has also operated several other successful web businesses including Love Song Cards and Radio Career Consultants.