Blog Growth: How to Build a Mega-Following

Do you want to attract a bigger audience to your blog?

Are you wondering how you can write content that will generate more comments, shares and subscribers?

To learn how to grow a successful blog, I interview Syed Balkhi for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Syed Balkhi, founder of multiple popular websites, including WPBeginner and List25. He’s also the founder of OptinMonster.

Syed shares how he grew his very popular sites and provides actionable tips that you can employ to grow your own blog traffic.

You’ll learn about the different types of content that work best and some profitable choices for monetization.

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5 Creative Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts

social media how toDo you want more traffic to your blog?

Are you struggling to catch the attention of more readers?

Does this sound familiar? You write an amazing piece of content. You made sure to craft an attention-grabbing headline. You share the link on Twitter, Facebook, even Google+.

Then you wait in breathless anticipation for your share count to skyrocket. Except it doesn’t.

Never fear, in this article you’ll find fresh ideas to generate buzz and get your posts noticed.

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Use a two-pronged approach with a variety of platforms and different types of media to get your post shared. Image source: iStockPhoto.

Promote Your Article Across a “Wider” Variety of Platforms

Everyone is using Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn to promote their content. It’s tempting to focus only on these four networks because they have popularity and community numbers on their side.

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4 Tips for Increasing Pinterest Traffic to Your Blog

social media how toDo you want more traffic coming to your blog?

Getting lots of pins from your blog posts can increase engagement and drive traffic.

It can also help boost your performance on search engines because pins to your post are ‘do-follow’ links.

Pinterest’s recent growth has been unstoppable. According to comScore, Pinterest has grown by 4377% since May 2011. Many blogs are using Pinterest effectively to increase traffic and build engagement.

Below you will find 4 tips to get more traffic to your blog from Pinterest.

#1: Share a Lot of Content

One of the best ways to promote your blog is to pin a lot of images onto your boards.

You need to share both your own content and content from other people.

Aim to create content-rich boards where people come searching for articles on your particular topic.

If you have good boards that are followed by people who regularly view and share your pins, you can boost your blog traffic by pinning posts from your own blog.

Make sure you pin content from your blog and other blogs together on the same board so your pins will seem more credible and clickable.

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How to Use Pinterest to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog

social media how toAre you wondering how Pinterest could increase your blog readership?

Pinterest drives more traffic to websites than YouTube, Reddit, Google Plus and LinkedIn combined according to new research.

With this in mind, here are six easy steps for tapping the power of Pinterest to drive more traffic to your blog.

#1: Choose the Best Blog Posts to Pin

You don’t need to pin every blog post on Pinterest. You’ll get better results if you selectively pin your blog posts on subjects that already have an audience on Pinterest.

This means you need to do a little research on Pinterest to find if people are already pinning items on your blog post topics.

It’s easy to do research on Pinterest, and you don’t need an account to get started. Pinterest has a search feature that lets you find one or more keywords throughout the site.

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5 Tips for Creating Shareable Blog Content

social media how toIs your blog feeling a bit flat? Are you looking to attract more of the right kinds of people to your content?

If you struggle to attract a steady stream of quality readers to your blog, you’re not alone. The good news is that your blog isn’t a lost cause.

There are many smart strategies you can use to create compelling, bite-sized content your readers will devour—and share like crazy.

The secret is to tap into the power, speed and instant accessibility of social media. Here are 5 simple, foolproof ideas you can put into action TODAY:

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How to Grow Social Media Leads: New Research

social media researchHave you wondered, “How often should I post articles on my blog?” or “How does my social media reach impact lead generation and traffic?”

Two brand-new studies by HubSpot and Edison Research provide fresh insights on these important questions. Consider these five findings as you enhance your social media and blogging strategies.

#1: More frequent blog posts bring greater traffic and leads

C.C. Chapman and Ann Handley like to say that starting a blog is like having a baby. You can’t put it back and you have to keep feeding it. The question is how often do you need to feed your blog to get real results?

HubSpot found in their 2011 State of Inbound Marketing report that a vast majority of bloggers post once per week, with a significant 29% only posting monthly or less.

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10 Top Business Blogs and Why They Are Successful

social media reviewsDoes your business have a blog? Are you looking to generate engaging comments and new daily visitors? If so, look no further.

This article showcases 10 top blogs in multiple markets. Follow their lead to take your blog from good to great. And if you don’t have a business blog yet, now’s the perfect time to get in the game!

Each of these successful blog examples has incorporated unique features that have attracted thousands of readers. The great news is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel—just model the best. Take a look at these thriving blogs and apply the same success strategies to your own blog.

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8 Ways to Use Social Share Buttons on Your Blog

social media expert interviewAre you looking to maximize your social media exposure on your blog? Then be sure to watch this edition of Social Media Examiner TV with your host Mari Smith.

In this episode, Mari gives you some useful tips on how to increase your blog traffic with social media share buttons.

Social media share buttons are a great way to get your readers to share your content on their own social media profiles without leaving your website. Mari reviews the different social share buttons available today and gives her recommendations on how to use them on your blog or website.

Share your feedback, see the show notes and discover how you can be part of a future show below!

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5 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Outstanding

social media how toAre your blog posts just “okay”? Want to make them great? If so, keep reading.

A great blog post respects the needs of three distinct entities. It educates and informs your audience (your subscribers and visitors), optimizes for the search engines and sufficiently energizes you so that you do a good job creating it.

Every blog post should address the following five components to ensure it hits the mark for your audience, the search engines and you.

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