Social media and how to navigate it was, again, a big issue in 2014. Which platform is best? How do we use it effectively? Are we still using Google Plus? Where did everyone on Twitter go? These are the answers we found…
1. 5 Ways to Promote Your Blog Without Relying on Google Traffic
As Darren has said before, putting all your eggs in the Google basket can be risky (and devastating – he almost lost his business). We learned how to boost our traffic without relying on the Google fallback.
2. How to Socialize Your Posts for Maximum Effect
What’s the point of promoting our blogs on social media if nobody is reading it? This Theme Week post had great tips on how to be effective across the board to drive traffic back to your site.
3. Facebook Theme Week: Boost Your Organic Reach with These Tips
2014 made one thing abundantly clear: not everyone wanted to pay to be seen on Facebook. In fact, some bloggers really resented it. We delved into what strategies are effective on Facebook to work with their algorithms instead of against them. We outlined the best ways to organically reach the majority of our audience with what we have to promote.
4. Facebook Theme Week: Case Studies of Popular Pages and What They’re Doing to Get Great Engagement
Another post in our week-long discussion about what the biggest Facebook pages in the world were doing to interact with their fans and drive up engagement. It turns out their strategies are very simple – and they’re all ones we can do, too.
5. A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful
An in-depth infographic that laid it all bare: What’s, right, what’s wrong, and what works? On what platform? You’ll find it very comprehensive.
What do you think? Do you struggle with Facebook too? Given up on G+?
Stacey is the Managing Editor of ProBlogger.net: a writer, blogger, and full-time word nerd balancing it all with being a stay-at-home mum. She writes about all this and more at Veggie Mama. Chat with her on Twitter @veggie_mama (cat pictures welcome!).
We haven’t given up Facebook yet, mostly because it’s a platform we like to spend time on :)
As for Google+, I’m looking at increasing my presence gradually in 2015, because I’m not doing a lot there at this time.
I think you speak for a lot of people!
This is wonderful. All the amazing social media related post of this 2004 is in one place.
I have read most of them and also missed some. But i found them and got a chance to read them again.
I hope you enjoyed them, Rabin.
This is a great way to sunrise posts you blog about earlier in 2014. Thank you for keeping us inspired about blogging and building a business from scratch by way of creating “lots and lots of content.” The transformation of building a business from scratch is truly inspiring. :-)
It’s our pleasure :)
Google + is the way forward for us next year too!! The engagement rate we get on Facebook is mostly non existent and I believe paying for the ads will only increase cost to the consumer!! Great post Stacey.
Don’t fail to include Google+ in your marketing efforts. It’s an integral part of Google’s ecosystem. You’ll lose some ranking signals if don’t include Google+ shares and pluses.
Pinterest still remains my best. I get tones and tones of traffic from it with little from facebook and very very few from twigged.