Use the Social Media Power of Facebook and Twitter
I started out writing fan-fiction stories at FanFiction.net way back in seventh-grade and to increase the number of readers, I survived by imitating the techniques of a desperate PR agent, creating links to any sites that is quite related to the genre of my story. Well, it did paid off--a bit. But that was a long time ago, and I could only thank the heavens (or perhaps Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Noah Glass) for creating the big social media sites FaceBook and Twitter to help me in advertising not only my stories but my contents as well.
Now that I'm working as an online content writer for a blog and contributor for several technology and green-living blogs, social media presents not only a way of sharing to my contents to my friends, but as well to my subscribers and followers, and possibly by retweeting or reposting my posts, can gather the attention of a wider community. And you could ask many online writers if you question the effectiveness of this tip.
Using Facebook to Share Contents
Facebook was reported to have a billion active users by October 2012. Founded by Mark Zuckerberg along with his collegues Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Connecting people around the globe and letting you share photos, videos and events in your life. The best part about Facebook is it also lets you share links of the latest articles or posts you have read.
This can work as well when your promoting your own content. Just copy the URL and paste it in the status box then wait for the linkbox to appear. Post it to "Public" and ask your friends to share it if possible. You can see this like a network pyramid in some sense.
- The Use of Tag (@)
The @-tag works if you want to promote the source site of your article who also have its official Facebook Fan Page or tag that Facebook Fan Page on your article for its fans or followers to see the content you created related to it. Such post can lead the followers of that Fan Page to your site and increase your site's traffic, and luckily, following readers as well.
Using Twitter to ReTweet Your Contents
Twitter is an online social networking service similar to Facebook which also acts as a micro-blogging service that "enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". It is founded by Jack Dorsey of Noah Glass and Evan Williams of Biz Stone.
The best thing about Twitter, unlike Facebook, is it lets you share anything to anyone even those you don't know or unacquianted too as long as you're following the same account and that account apparently re-tweeted your tweet. Twitter is a much massive and wider social network than Facebook. It refers more traffic as well.
- The Use of HashTags (#)
Hashtags and # are basically what you SEO specialists may connote as something similar to link building. Twitter users use hashtags for topics and to gain trending spots in Twitter. I use hashtags every time I re-tweet my contents.
Hashtags increase the possibilities of other twitter users reading your article/post if ever it appears when they type in the same keyword as your hashtag in the searchbox thus giving you the opportunity to increase your site's traffic as well.