Social Network Sites – Which One is The Best for Traffic?

In this post I want to share with you some information and lessons learned from about three months of participating in some social network sites. The context of it is focused on traffic that means I’ll try to answer the question: ”Is your effort worth to participate in specific social network site for traffic purpose?

Article will be divided into four short parts:

What works for me?

What doesn’t work for me?

What should work for me in the future?

Your recommendations about social network sites

Let’s start with it:

What works for me?

Below there are the most important social networks which drive traffic to my blog.

Triberr.com

At this moment it’s the best social network (in my opinion it’s not a tool, but exactly SOCIAL NETWORK). There are a lot of bloggers, internet marketers, SEO and social media specialists which share their content (blog posts) on Twitter, Facebook and other social platforms. I spend about 15- 20 minutes a day to check what’s interesting and what I want to share with my followers.

You may be interested in reading: How to Use Triberr – Best Social Network for Bloggers?

Twitter

I get most traffic (except direct traffic and organic traffic from Google) from Twitter. Unfortunately visitors bounce rate is the highest and time spent by them on my website is almost the shortest…

You may be interested in reading: How to Use Twitter?

Facebook

Traffic from Facebook is very interesting. Amount of visitors from Facebook isn’t impressive (in last 30 days it was 148 visitors from Facebook), but average time which they spend on my site is the longest (6 minutes 17 seconds)

You may be interested in reading: How to Get More Likes on Facebook?

Traffic from Social Networks

Bloggers.com

Bloggers.com is a network of bloggers. You can get a lot of traffic from this source but you must be active on this platform. Especially when you will be one of three bloggers of the day (when I was featured I got 52 direct visits from this site only in two days) you can get some related traffic. What’s more, bounce rate is the smallest…

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon also drive some traffic to my blog. But this traffic, IMHO, is not very good – visitors spend about 0 minutes and 6 seconds on my site on average and it’s about 63 times less than visitors from bloggers.com

There are also some “sharing” services which I didn’t try at all, but they sent some traffic to my site and I want to mention them below:

http://inbound.org/

http://hootsuite.com/

http://www.scoop.it/

http://paper.li/

BizSugar

Some of my articles got many votes on this community and it’s driving traffic to NoPassiveIncome. There are some popular bloggers using this site and I definetely suggest you to try it.

This article is hot on BizSugar, see here.

 

What doesn’t work for me?

I don’t want to describe why it doesn’t work for me. Maybe it’s a problem of topics on my blog, maybe I don’t know how to use it. In any case – I tried following sites without effect for my site. Maybe you have other experience? If yes you can share it in comments at the end of this post.

Reddit

I got some traffic from this site. But it’s not so easy and in most cases they prefer videos, pictures or topics not related with blogging…

LinkReferral

I spent some time on visiting and even reviewing some sites they recommend. Unfortunately without any result… What’s more, I don’t want to link directly to this site because there are some links (a few, but there are) which neighborhood may be treated as bad…

Pinterest

Pinterest is only one site from this list which I want to give another chance. But at this moment I get only few visits a month from it…

 

What should work for me in the future?

In this year I plan to check how following social networks work (for traffic purpose). But you can connect with me even now (if you want of course :) )

Slideshare

I plan to be really active here. My goal is to create at least five presentations till the end of this year. So you can connect with me on Slideshare to see my results ;)

LinkedIn

I suppose links from LinkedIn are good not only for SEO purposes, but also for direct traffic and social proof. So don’t hesitate and connect with me on LinkedIn too.

Google+

I started to connect with some of my friends on G+ but unfortunately Google banned my personal account. I don’t know why and I’m still waiting for reconsideration. But you can connect with my website on Google+

You Tube

The last one network I plan to check this year is You Tube. At this moment I don’t know how I will find some time for creating videos, but I know that I must.

 

What is your recommendation about social network sites?

Okey, now it’s your turn. What works for you and what doesn’t work for you?

And what do you think about following social networks:

Blogengage

and

NetworkedBlogs

 

Please share your social network experience in comments below.

Comments

  1. MSI Sakib says


    Twitter:
    Hello Chris,
    You given traffic sources are mind blowing. I didn’t use triberr before. So, I was unknown about it’s power. But after reading your article I joined triberr immediately. I hope to have great traffic result like you. Thanks for you such contribution.
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  2. says


    Twitter:
    Hi Chris I like your way of explaining things it really helps the readers to take stuff according to their needs. I think twitter is giving enough traffic to websites which are tweeting pictures, links and more more great sharing stuff for one to get aware of and get acknowledge of.

  3. says

    Thanks for the post!

    I received a bunch from reddit. Although I’m not personally a member – even know I still get a trickle from a few weeks back. It was awesome to get so much traffic but because it was in a list of interesting articles, most people came, read and went. Mine made it to top of the list but I have to admit I got pulled in by all the others too! :0 Still super happy to have been submitted!
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  4. says


    Twitter:
    Hi, I am the CEO of BizSugar. Thanks for your feedback. We take all criticism and comments very seriously.

    I was very concerned about your feedback and wondering what we had done wrong.

    However, after an investigation I’m now confused. You see, numerous articles from this URL are included on BizSugar. You can do a search for the domain name and see for yourself.

    In fact, articles authored by you, Chris, are included on the site. For example, your article about Triberr is one of the ones included on BizSugar.

    This article itself, in which you make incorrect claims about BizSugar, is on BizSugar with 24 votes. We certainly accepted it.

    You wrote us an email claiming that your articles had been removed. We wrote you back saying we would be happy to investigate – tell us which articles. We never heard from you with specifics.

    We welcome constructive criticism. We know we are not perfect, and we know there is lots we can improve. We try hard. But you have to give us a chance — and you have to get the facts right.

    Thanks

    PS, I will leave this same comment over at the posting on BizSugar, also.
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    • Erik says


      Twitter:
      Hi Anita,
      thanks for stopping by and for your comment.
      Chris is the founder and previous owner of this site.
      He managed the blog from the beginning of last year until November.
      Since December 2012 I am the proud owner of No Passive Income.

      It seems that during last year Chris tried to submit some articles to BizSugar and never get one approved (Chris did not wrote negative reviews about Bizsugar, he just stated that he never got one submission approved).
      I am now promoting some of his old content, because I think it can bring high value to Bizsugar users.

      If you feel, however, this is against Bizsugar guidelines, I will be happy to remove them, and leave just the articles authored by myself, Erik Emanuelli.

      Thank you.

      • says


        Twitter:
        Hi Erik, We welcome and value you as a member at BizSugar. We have no problem with your activity at BizSugar. We hope you will continue participating. :)

        The only problem we have is with the statement in this article, that pertains to BizSugar. That is why I had to speak up.

        Articles from this site are being accepted at BizSugar. There are more than 10 articles on BizSugar right now.

        For anyone having trouble submitting, we actually read our emails and respond. Heather and the rest of the team will be happy to assist you.

        Thanks!

        • Erik says


          Twitter:
          Hi Anita,
          I share your point of view and decided to modify the article.

          It seems there was a little issue from Chris while submitting some links to BizSugar.

          From my part I have never got any trouble.
          I am a happy user and member of your community and satisfied to have some old articles from NoPassiveIncome written by Chris approved and even made hot at BizSugar.
          You can see a small positive review on the article, as above, which naturally reflects the reality.

          I definetely suggest Bizsugar ! :-)

  5. Lee says

    Hi Chris
    I have loads of images on my site and have just opened an account on pinterest. I have only been on there a couple of times and still trying to get my head around it. And how to utilise it properly hope it works as it should be the best social site to compliment my site.

    Great info lee
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  6. vasudevan says


    Twitter:
    Thanks for sharing this informative article.Because i am a new blogger your post about “Social Network Sites” is really helpful for me and also other bloggers..i hope from here i got some valuable thing about Triber.com..Sure i suggest this information with my friends….Really thank u a lot:)
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  7. Felicia says

    Hi Chris,
    These are certainly a lot of social networking sites. In fact, I haven’t even heard some of them. Personally, twitter and facebook does magic for me since I was able to form a huge but good network. I have not tried pinterest as of yet but I heard it is also capable of generating a lot of traffic. Hopefully when I try it, it will be able to deliver the same way I’ve read about it.
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  8. says


    Twitter:
    Hi Chris,

    I am going to check out on Tribber!

    It is really unfortunate that Google blocked your personal account. One of my friends had the same issue and he was using gmail as his main email and all his financial accounts, insurances, whatever you can think of was connected to it. Well, he mentioned all that and in the appeal and got his account back in 2 days.

    You will definitely love Google+. G+ will bring your writings a lot of attention in the Google search results.
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  9. says


    Twitter:
    Hi Chris,

    You make some interesting points. I have to agree with Matt Smith on this with LinkedIn, this is where i get the most traffic from social media sites. But – this may change, I plan to use more of YouTube and Pinterest (although i am not convinced the IM niche is really suited for it)

    Alternatives like Flickrr, SlideShare, and Tumblr can also bring in some dribs and drabs. I actually think they all should form part of the jigsaw as they all have the potential of the ‘pebble in the pond’ effect……

    Regards,
    John

  10. says


    Twitter:
    Hi Chris. Great post! Nice to see what works and what doesn’t work for other bloggers.

    Personally, my best social media site that sends me the most traffic is LinkedIn. This has been my best referrer since I started the site. I also use Twitter, Facebook Google+, Pinterest and a few bookmarking sites including StumbleUpon & Digg. They all send traffic, but LinkedIn is BY FAR the best for me.

    I haven’t used Triberr before, but I guess I should give it a try. Sounds like you have had some good results from using it.
    Matt Smith recommend you to read:LinkedIn ReDesign – Taking A Closer LookMy Profile

    • says


      Twitter:
      Hi Matt,
      thanks for stopping by. You are first person which has most traffic from LinkedIn. I must try it too. About Triberr – it really works, you must try it. I’m the ruler of one Tribe on Triberr so if you want you can join it – please let me know about it.
      BR, Chris

    • says


      Twitter:
      Hi Ishan, thanks for sharing your experience with us. For me search engines and direct visits are the most important sources of traffic, but as I wrote in the post, Twitter, Facebook and Triberr are the best sources from social networks :)

  11. says


    Twitter:
    Hi Chris

    I must admit I had a look at Triberr when Adrienne mentioned it but I got lost on the site. I’d better take another look at it and see if I can figure out in my head what I should be doing with it.

    Most of my traffic is organic or direct at the moment, although increasingly Twitter is bringing some decent traffic my way. I’m trying to get up to speed with Facebook and Google+ as well.

    I tried Pinterest, didn’t like it, couldn’t really see how it was any use for me personally and left it at that.

    I’ve explored a couple of the others such as Reddit and StumbleUpon but it gets to the stage where it’s overload and I can’t keep up with every social media site out there!

    Thanks for this post, it’s been really helpful. I will check out Triberr again for sure.

    Tim
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    • says


      Twitter:
      Hi Tim, thanks for your insights. I only want to mention one more thing about triberr – don’t give up with it to early. It’s not intuitive, and at the beginning you may be little bit confused with it (I was). But it’s worth to try it.
      Chris

  12. says


    Twitter:
    Stumbleupon has been good for me. I never realised that Slideshare could be useful, I am going to explore this in more detail. All in all Facebook has been pretty effective. To be honest this is the first time I have heard of Triberr so I need to look into this. Seems very promising indeed.
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  13. says


    Twitter:
    Hey Chris, Thanks for sharing your insights on social media.

    The social media sites which worked for are:
    1. Facebook
    2. Twitter
    3. Google+
    4. StumbleUpon.

    The social media sites which doesn’t work for me are:
    1. Reddit
    2. LinkReferral
    3. BlogEngage (I hate this one!)
    4. Delicious

    And the other ones like Bloggers.com and Pinterest etc are fine. I’m also planning to start video tutorials on Youtube.
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    • says


      Twitter:
      Hi Norbert, thanks for stopping by. StumbleUpon give us only a “shot” – I think I’ll not invest my time into it anymore.
      And give Triberr a try – it’s really worth it :)

  14. says

    Hi Chris!!
    All the networking sites are just great. Off all, I must say that I like to use Facebook and Twitter. I have been using Facebook as well as Twitter for a long time and it is so far the best social networking sites. I really like reading your post. Thanks for the share!!

  15. says

    Nice share Chris. What I think is that Facebook would “attract” quality traffic because people click the links not only to check out the original thing….but to read it. While as you mentioned above, twitter is something where people will visit the link and leave it within seconds…While from facebook, people could already see the featured image and the title-description of the post.

    And about Blog Engage…it works more …if i engage more! As simple as that :)
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  16. says


    Twitter:
    Hi Chris…..
    Thanks for sharing your experience…
    I am also having almost similar experience with Social Bookmarking and networking sites.
    I got decent traffic from Facebook but i am not getting any traffic from twitter.

    I am working towards that and in August month i am mainly focussing on traffic from social networking sites.

    Thanks for your article it will help me to make my decision.
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  17. says


    Twitter:
    I love Triberr as you may know Chris and it’s one of my sources of traffic as well along with Facebook and Twitter. I still show that the majority of my traffic remains on my site for a little over three minutes, sometimes longer so I’ll take that any day.

    I have other sources of traffic that I use that aren’t on my top ten list but they’re still bringing me traffic so I’m not going to complain at all.

    I love that you shared what works for you and what hasn’t at least so far. I know others will find this helpful too.

    ~Adrienne
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  18. Warren says

    Hey Chris, LinkedIn, Triberr, Facebook, and Twitter are all working for me.

    Slideshare, Google+, Youtube are all areas I’ve neglected though, but see tons of potential in. (I’ve never made a single video) Gasp! LOL :)

    Don’t worry, it’s on my list of things to do.

    Have a great day buddy, and I appreciated the comments on my site.
    Cheers!
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      • Warren says

        You know buddy in our industry video is kind of important!
        We better get on it before they’ve all been made! LOL

        I was actually playing around with Camtasia yesterday (screen capture software)
        Doesn’t look so hard.

        I’ll just have to come up with the topic and get it done.
        One of my biggest challenges was adding too much to my “List” and stretching myself too thin. I’m now trying to focus on a few projects at a time rather than twenty! :)
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  19. says

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m not a blogger so don’t have Triberr but find Twitter and Facebook near the top. My top is RebelMouse as it totally exceeds all others.

  20. Christine Brady says


    Twitter:
    Hi Chris,

    This is a great lesson in tracking!

    I keep a close eye on these numbers too.

    I do use Hootsuite and it is wonderful. The bounce rate is low and time on page is high. I highly recommend it.

    I don’t use Blogengage, so curious as to what others have to say about it.

    Reminds me I need to check my numbers today!

    Thanks Chris!

    ~Christine
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