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Increase Your Online Traffic with these 8 Social Media Sites

As a small business owner, you need to use the internet to bring traffic and potential customers to your website. If you want to explode your traffic, then you must uses these 8 social media sites…and they are free.

As well as getting free online traffic, you will also get:

  • Better search engine ranking
  • Build a name for yourself as an expert in your field
  • Maintain better customer relations
  • Get new ideas for growing your business!

We are talking about the internet’s most popular social media sites, where people meet to share information and build relationships. More importantly, as  a small business owner, they are great place to meet potential customers and business partners. As well as building a network of followers who will advertise you for free by raving about your product or services to their family and friends. The best type of advertising, word-of-mouth.

And if some of these loyal customers start linking to your site from their sites, that can help you get a serious boost in the search engine rankings.

So, here are the top 8 social media sites that your small business needs to know about:

  • Facebook: The world’s largest social networking site. Members look for other people who share the same interests or activities. As a small business owner, you need to build your own online profile and share different types of information with each other, such as videos, pictures, blog entries, and links to other sites with useful information. Creating a Facebook “Fan Page” is a great marketing strategy for your business and encourages your customers to join. With the “Fan Page” you can easily make them aware of any news, offers or updates about your business.
  • Twitter: A “micro-blogging” social network site. Members send each other short text-based posts of up to 140 characters. When you find members whose “tweets” you like, you can subscribe to their feed and be updated whenever they send a new message.
  • YouTube: The internet’s number one video-sharing site. Members share and comment on each other’s videos. You can post a link on your profile page which can direct other people to your site. Also, the videos you share can help establish your reputation as an expertin your industry. For example, you could share a “how-to” video that shows your market how to solve a common problem. You could also create your own video advert and put it across the internet, bringing more traffic. You do not even need high-end video equipment. You can create a short video with just a digital camera or a pocket video camera and a little know how . Video marketing for small businesses is a very powerful marketing tool. 
  • LinkedIn: The most popular business-oriented social networking site on the Web. Since May 2009, it has more than 400,000 registered users. It’s a great place to find potential business partners as well as people who may be interested in your products or services.
  • Digg: One of the internet’s most popular news-sharing websites. Members post links to their favorite news articles and then comment and vote on the ones they like best. If you get a good rating on an article that includes a link to your website, you could see a huge rush of traffic overnight.
  • Stumbleupon: Wikipedia calls this social networking site a “personalized recommendation engine.” Members can explore and rate Web pages, photos, and videos. When they hit the “Stumble!” button on the site’s toolbar, the results displayed are ranked based on your previous ratings as well as the ratings of friends and of members with similar interests. If Stumbleupon members give your site or blog a good ranking, your site will be showed in their results more often, which could lead to a surge of traffic to your site.
  • Yelp: A popular review site where members write reviews about local businesses. If you own a local business, this one’s for you!
  • Delicious: A bookmarking site that is very popular. Just like bookmarking your favourite website in your web browser, members save links to their favorite websites or articles and share those links with other people. Members can comment on each other’s links. Every comment you write links to your personal profile where you can include a link to your site. The more comments you make, the more people you encourage to visit your profile page — and the more traffic you’ll end up directing to your site.
  • By taking part in these social media sites you are are interacting with, and building relationships with possible future customers. If you can give useful information and helpful tips, people will come back to you time and again and they WILL become customers. They will also spread the word about you, your business and your site all over the Internet!

    A WORD OF WARNING:

    Just make sure you do not break  the number 1 unwritten rule of social media marketing:

    >>NO OVERT SALES PITCHES!<<

    You can’t just barge in and say, “Hey, everybody! I have a great product or service! You should buy it!” Imagine doing that at a dinner party — everybody would treat you like you had a contagious disease.

    The same is true on social media sites. As the name implies people go to social media sites to socialize, and not to listen to marketing pitches. If you want to become a respected member, as mentioned before, offer great value and help and engage with other members in things that matter to THEM. Be friendly, be interesting AND interested, and above all, be authentic. Fake intentions are obvious in a social space.

    If you follow the rules and create interesting and helpful content, you will be able to spread the word about your business to vast numbers of people. If they appreciate what you have to say, they will tell their friends, who will tell there friends and so on.

    … And before you know it, you just may have an army of loyal customers getting the word out about you — free of charge!

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    Original article by Marketingtips.com

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