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With millions of blogs on the internet these days, it can be hard to get yours in front of readers’ eyes. Thankfully, social media can put even an upstart blog on a potential reader’s radar. But there’s only one problem.
Between liking, commenting, and finding new accounts to follow and interact with, social media takes time. Lots of it. And with everything else you have to do as a blogger, how are you supposed to avoid overwhelm?
By automating certain functions, you can save dozens of hours every month chasing your tail in the social media game and still see an uptick in traffic. More time to spend working on your blog instead of in your blog.
With that, here are my 9 favorite tools to easily and quickly promote your blog for effortless traffic boosts.
Pinterest is quickly becoming the go-to social media channel for bloggers. From food to DIY to travel and more, this popular social media channel can get you nearly overnight traffic if it suits your niche and you do it right. Many people recommend posting 10 – 50 times per day, so I’d suggest scheduling your posts with a service such as Tailwind or Boardbooster. Try to join several group boards to dramatically increase your visibility and traffic.
Buffer is a fantastic service that allows you to schedule posts in advance. With the ability to schedule up to ten posts across Instagram, Google +, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for the free plan, Buffer is a lifesaver for the busy blogger. And for just $10 a month, you can schedule up to 100 posts per social account, including Pinterest.
This popular social bookmarking site allows you to bookmark sites for users to, well, stumble upon on the app. If you’re looking for an instant boon in traffic, submitting your best blog pages to this site is the way to go. Be sure to submit other useful pages too, as the site penalizes users who only promote their own content.
Are you a big Pinterest user? If so, you know just how much time has to go into creating graphics, pinning them, and contributing to group boards. Especially if you pin several times a day, it can easily get overwhelming. Tailwind makes it easy by allowing you to schedule your pins in advance, as well as giving you fantastic insights into user engagement and progress over time, making your Pinterest strategy a breeze.
Crowdfire is a powerful web and smartphone app that makes social media growth a no-brainer. It helps you track follower growth and share valuable content with your audience, encouraging an even greater following. Win-win! However, the free plan is extremely limited. I’d highly recommend upgrading to the $10/month plan to really benefit from this service.
With ViralContentBee, users can generate real attention for their content by utilizing each other’s social media standing. This means more organic social reach, which means even more love from search engines.
Much like Tailwind, BoardBooster allows you to schedule pins in advance. With a different layout and “feel” to it than Tailwind, many people opt to use both to boost their Pinterest strategy. Plus, you can get your first 100 pins for free, after which it is just a penny per pin. It even gives you analytics on your best-performing pins and boards so you can create a strategy that works.
With the ability to integrate up to 150 apps and manage up to 3 social profiles, Hootsuite is one-stop shopping for your social media management. Throw in its excellent analytics, and this top-tier social media management tool is one you won’t want to miss.
9. If This Then That (IFTTT)
As its name would imply, If This Then That makes certain monotonous tasks automatic. So if you publish a new post on your blog, it can automatically tweet out the news or post a Facebook notification about it. But it’s not just limited there! You can create certain “recipes” that will finally let you kiss those annoying to-dos goodbye.
What are your favorite social media apps? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!