Increase Social Media Shares

Social media sharing is a big aim for many businesses or marketers looking to build their brand, extend their reach, and generally make the most of their online marketing efforts. This is a great tool to use to gain more traffic or conversions for your business or website. However this is easier said than done because using social media to its potential can be challenging. Sometimes you might write a new post, you share it on your social media of choice and see your shares and likes on “0”. This can be very disappointing and discouraging because your content might be great but it’s still not getting the response you want. Getting massive social shares is something that most content marketers and bloggers want to accomplish because we all know it can play a big role in growing a website. Today, I want to share some strategies that can help maximize the number of social shares from social media.

 

  1. Install social sharing buttons:

The goal is to make social sharing as easy as possible for your visitors; they’re more likely to share your content if it only takes one click. Bright, colorful social sharing buttons are more likely to be clicked, just as certain download buttons are more likely to be clicked on landing pages.

  1. Post when your audience is most active:

Think carefully about when you post your content for optimal social sharing. Traditionally it’s been said that the best time to post content is mid-morning and mid-afternoon on weekdays, but it depends on your audience. For example, if your main market is working woman between the ages of 23-35 you might not want to post during the hours of eight to five because typically that’s work hours.

  1. Make your content visually attractive:

Add images, infographics, or quote-image overlays that are highly entertaining and fun to share. Blogs that include a nice image are way more likely to be shared.

  1. Rewrite That Headline:

I hate to say it but 99% of blog post headlines are accurate but extremely dull. This hurts the blog before anyone even reads the content.

  1. Post consistent:

Many industry influencers stay top of mind with their social media followers by curating valuable, unique or interesting content. In fact, they often won’t read whole posts before they share. If your post is not designed in a way that makes it easy to quickly grasp the key points, they won’t bother to skim it or share it. In addition, many of your regular readers don’t have time to dig into large blocks of text. Think bold headers and key points (2-3 sentences) for each versus dense paragraphs.

  1. Build Your Social Foundation:

In order to maximize sharing of your content, it helps if you have a large set of followers on one or more social platforms that make sense for your brand. Also don’t expect people to be jumping over each other to share your content if you’ve never comment on, like or share other people’s content. By building up some online goodwill, you’ll increase interaction with your content, including shares. Don’t forget to help others spread their great content well before you ask people to share your content!

  1. There’s a difference between begging and asking:

Begging makes you sound desperate. When you sound desperate when asking people to share your content, they’ll most likely ignore it. Often times, the reason people beg is because they feel that they haven’t measured up. In the context of online marketing, it could mean that your content isn’t helpful or inspiring.

  1. Automatic shares:

You can use tools such as Dlvr.it where you specify the source and the destination.  The source would be your site, and the destination would be their social media profile

 

It’s great to get your content shared but you do need to put the work in.  Always remember that social media is great for the discovery phase of the buying cycle, and people need to know about you before they can buy from you. I encourage anyone reading to not get discouraged and keep a positive mindset. If you try these ways I have listed or have found other ways to increase your social shares comments below and if you like this post, please share!

 

 

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About Jay Colby

Some would categorize me as an entrepreneur, life coach, son, friend and all of the above. I’m just another person trying to find my way in this world. Until recently, I was unsure what my path in this life would consist of. Like many others I was between I know what I want to do but not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I am currently finishing my degree in something that has nothing to do with becoming a writer or entrepreneur so automatically it qualifies me to become one right! Follow me as I go through this journey called life to impact and encourage one person at a time.
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35 Responses to Increase Social Media Shares

  1. Fabi Blogger says:

    I totally agree with you! Social media is a powerful tool for bloggers. However, it was a little hard for me to share this post as I would’ve wanted. I notice you don’t have a Twitter account, so I can’t include your Twitter handle when I press the share-on-Twitter button. A Pinterest-sized image would be nice too. I’m just a Twitter-Pinterest person 😉

    Liked by 5 people

  2. Are you a social media person? Meaning is that what u do for a living?

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Thank you for this post, great advice for me who is on the learning curve still. Great thanks again.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. lorigreer says:

    Hi, I enjoyed reading this post about making my blog posts better. Thank you!!

    Liked by 3 people

  5. great post man I will definitely have to try this, I notice we have somethings in common we are going to have to connect.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. iamioana says:

    The Dlvr.it tool is something new for me. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  7. rfmj2016 says:

    I was just trying to figure out other ways to create traffic, thanks Colby! I am going to look into the Dlvr.it.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Blank Canvas says:

    Reblogged this on Find Your Soundtrack and commented:
    This guy has amazing posts. If you don’t like wasting your time, use it here.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Donna Marie says:

    ty Colby i never heard of Dlvr.it i need to research try grt to try new things sorry i use twitter abrevation greatt work on your blog

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Hazel says:

    I’ve never considered starting a blog page, because it seemed threatening. Great read. I will definitely use your guidelines

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Sijie says:

    Thanks for visiting my site and sharing your ideas on growing traffic! I will be sure to come back and check out more posts as I think about getting a bigger following.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Wow. What a great post. Thanks Jay. I have been struggling with the social media stuff. I will keep doing it.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. These are really great tips! A little unrelated to your post, do you have any information about copyright laws regarding blog content and trademarks for branding and logos?

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Well I noticed that your blog is copyrighted at the bottom. I guess I am wondering what the process was to copyright your own work and business brand?

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Very helpful tips, Jay! Social Media growth is the trickiest! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  16. C. Mitchell says:

    Awesome post! Thank you for the info!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. 8ucky says:

    Nice post bro. ✌️

    Liked by 2 people

  18. I’m a social media lover but I’ve struggled with facebook in particular. I’ve recently decided to give it another go and I do believe that consistency is key and of course patience. 😉 Time will tell. 🙂

    I just found your blog today. I’m happy to be a new follower. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  19. jamesblog975 says:

    Great post with useful tips. Utilizing an automatic sharing service is an interesting way to build a following. It definitely can be useful to those who cannot generate a following organically. Again, nice post!

    Liked by 3 people

  20. John M says:

    Yes, posting at the time when my audience are active is really working for me. Good post.

    Liked by 3 people

  21. maryland321 says:

    From my view, social media is a great weapon in modern ages to tell your feelings

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Dreewrites says:

    Great post, thanks for the advise. I just started blogging and it sure more difficult to get viewers and “likers” than I initially thought!

    Liked by 3 people

  23. dawnwairimu says:

    these are great tips, thank you!

    Liked by 2 people

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