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2.3 Get traffic from social network sites

Did you know that Facebook has overtaken Google to become the most visited site on the Web?

2.3.1 Create a google+ page

Sign up for Google+ and then “create a google+ page” for your site.  Link your site and your Google+ page with each other.  When you publish a new article share share it on Google+.  At the moment there is no way to automate this, but automated tools are likely to arrive in the near future.

2.3.2 Create a facebook page

Facebook is now the most visited site in the world.  Many of your friends probably think that Facebook IS the internet.  To help your content get noticed share it to Facebook automatically.  You will need a Facebook “page”, and the SharePress plugin to automate the process.

2.3.3 Create a twitter account

Whilst google+ and facebook are the main “social networking” sites you’ll want to focus on, you want people to discover your content in as many ways as possible.  If you set up a twitter account you can automatically tweet the excerpts of your articles to twitter.  You can also automate tweets for comments.  The Simple Twitter Status Update plugin will sort this out for you.

2.3.4 Get listed on blog catalogs

There are quite a few blog catalogs out there which you should sign up and get listed on.  This is another way of getting incoming links and getting your site noticed.  Technorati is one of the biggest, so start there and add more when you have time.

2.3.5 Autoshare to other social sites

Whilst we’ve covered the main places you can pick up traffic, there are yet more social sites out there that might generate you some traffic.  You might, for example, want to share to Del.icio.us. As always there are various plugin options which can automate this.  We recommend starting with the plugin WPing.FM and the free ping.fm service.  TightMixBlog has a detailed article on using WPing and ping.fm to autoshare your content to over 30 social sites!

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