The Best Social Networks For Cross-Promoting Your Blog Posts

The Best Social Networks For Cross-Promoting Your Blog Posts

How to gain more outreach for your blog by sharing your posts on social media

Cross-promoting your blog posts on social media will help to gain more outreach for your blog content and drive more traffic to your blog. So, what are the most important social networks for cross-promotion? Which networks are best to boost your outreach? And how can you best present your blog content the various networks? And how to cross-promote your content more efficiently across multiple networks?

We compared the most important social media with regard to their specific characteristics, current figures and criteria for blog marketing and cross-promotion.

Why promoting your blog on social media is so important

Blogs also play an important role in corporate communications. Blogs with relevant, helpful and entertaining content attract more targets, gains more leads and increase customer loyalty. Blogs with relevant content can also have a high impact on your ranking in the search engines. But publishing your blog posts on your blog only, is not enough. Only a fraction of potential readers will actually find their way directly to your blog site. Sharing the posts on social media is thus the best way to gain more outreach and increase your blog traffic.

Social media networks help you to reach more potential readers and allow various ways of interaction with your audience. Cross-posting and cross-promoting your blog posts across multiple social media is hence an important step to increase the outreach of your blog posts. By sharing your posts on multiple social networks, you can attract more interested readers and visitors to your blog or your company’s website.

We have done a bunch of research and collected data from a lot of reputable sources and bundled them together in a handy overview and infographic on the best social media and what works best for cross-promoting your blog posts.

The best social networks for cross-promoting your blog post

TwitterTwitter –  the short message social network

Even though Twitter is planning on stretching its 140-character limit soon, it will remain a short message service.

Twitter facts & figures:

  • 310 million people worldwide use Twitter and
  • visit the service 930 million times a day.
  • That is why it is important to always get right to the point when you tweet a message.

Tips for cross-promoting your blog posts on Twitter

  • The life time of a tweets is about 18 minutes. so it might be a good idea to share your blog post more than once on different days and at different times. Post it up to 4 times during the first 36 hours, then slow down on weekly frequency. Afterwards, you can post it as evergreen content (every 2-3 month), but always mix your posts with curated content and other relevant content and re-tweets.
  • Tweets with images get more reactions than tweets without images.
  • Tweets with images work best with 20 to 40 characters.
  • Most successful tweets are between 80 and 110 characters.
  • Tweets with links get more reactions.
  • Also adding up to 4 hashtags get more reactions, than Tweets without hashtags.
  • The best time to post on Twitter is in the morning between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., on midday between 11:00 a.m. and 13:00 p.m. at midday and in the evening between 16:00 p.m. and 19:00 p.m.

Example Tweet

Twitter Post
Twitter Post

facebookFacebook – the most popular social network

The premiere social network ranks among the most popular social networks worldwide.

Facebook facts & figures

  • Facebook has 1.654 million users worldwide and
  • 7,2 billion page visits a day
  • Facebook is primarily used for private conversions, but its also great for brand marketing in B2B and B2C communications.

Tipps for cross-promoting your blog post on Facebook

There is practically no limit for the length of a Facebook post. However, only the first 480 characters are displayed in the stream, the rest is hidden behind the “show more”-button. So make sure you put the essence of your message into these first 480 characters.

Facebook allows you to promote your blog post on your profile, your pages and in Facebook groups. Publishing your blog post along with a video or picture works best.

  • When you share a blog post on Facebook always add a personal and engaging comment on why your followers shall read, like or share your post. Encourage your readers to share their opinion.
  • Facebook posts with less than 50 characters are more engaging than longer posts
  • Questions and personal comments work best for interaction.
  • Posts without hashtags get more interaction, but they are more difficult to be found.
  • Engagement increases with more than one posts per day, but decreases with more than two posts.
  • Share your blog post on your profile as well as your page and in groups, but at different times and with different comments.
  • Re-share your evergreen content every 2-3, but only on your profile.
  • The best times to post on Facebook are on afternoons between 13:00 p.m. and 16:00 p.m. and in the evening between 18:00 p.m. and 22:00 p.m.

Example Post Facebook

Facebook Post
Facebook Post

googleplusGoogle+ – Google’s social network

Active profiles on Google+ have an impact on the ranking in Googles search engine, so it is definitely worth using it.

Google facts & figures

  • Google+has 300 million active users worldwide and
  • 100 million page visits a day.
  • The network serves primarily company communications and expert talk, so its most active users are communication experts, SEOs and bloggers.

Tips for cross-promoting your blog posts on Google+

As on Facebook, you can share your blog post on your personal profile, on your company’s page and on Google+ groups. The rules for posting are also similar to Facebook.

  • Posts with #hashtags work better on Google+ than on Facebook.
  • There is no limit for the length of your post to characters and on Google+ longer introductions for your post work best for engagement: tell your followers why they should read and share.
  • The more you post, the more engagement you get. Three posts a day work best for engagement.
  • Share your blog post on your profile as well as your page and in groups, but at different times and with different comments.
  • Re-share your evergreen content every 2-3, but only on your profile.
  • The best times to post on Google+ are between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in the morning and between 14:00 p.m. and 15:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

Example Post Google+

Example Post on Googleplus

linkedinLinkedIn – the international business network

LinkedIn facts & figures

LinkedIn is the biggest international business network. The network mainly serves the purpose of contacting and networking with business contacts, recruiting high potentials and communicating business news and developments.

  • LinkedIn has 433 million members worldwide and
  • 820 million page visits a day.

Tips for promoting your blog posts on LinkedIn

LinkedIn allows you to post on your profile, on business- and focus pages and on LinkedIn groups. You cam also re-publish your blog post on LinkedIns Content Network LinkedInPulse.

  • A LinkedIn post should not be longer than 600 characters.
  • On pages, only the first 463 characters are displayed.
  • Updates in your stream show your post along with the first 238 characters of your comment.
  • Sharing your blog post along with an image and link to your post works best.
  • Share your blog post on your profile, as well as on your business page and focus page at different times and with different comments.
  • Make your comments personal and engaging: ask questions or make your statement to encourage engagement with your post.
  • People are most likely to read your post in the early morning hours before work and after work in the late afternoon. Remember the time difference when you post for international clients.
  • The best times to post on LinkedIn are in the morning between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and between in the afternoon 16:00 p.m. and 18:00 p.m.

Example Post LinkedIn

LinkedIn Post in your timeline
LinkedIn Post in your timeline

 

A picture is worth a thousand words

Visual content is increasingly important for blogging as well as for posting on social networks. Posts with images or videos are more likely to get attention than bare test.

Sharing your images successively will extent the lifetime of your posts and will also have an impact on your visibility in the search engines. Shared images with links will provide more possible search hits and backlinks to your blog. So, sharing your blog post images on social networks such as Pinterst, Instagram or Flickr can gain more outreach for your blog.

 

pinterestPinterest – the branding network

Pinterest facts & figures

  • Pinterest has 100 million active users worldwide and
  • gets up to 300 million page views a day.

Tips for cross-promoting your blog posts on Pinterest

On Pinterest, you can organize your images on specific pinboards, which helps you to create a visual brand identity. Everything visual from photos, screenshots, infographics to posters is allowed.

You may describe and comment your images in 500 characters. Post the featured image for your blog post on Pinterest with a link to your original blog post.

  • Also share other sharable images from your post gallery successively to re-share your post on Pinterest.
  • Add focus keywords in form of #hashtag in your comment, so that your images are easier to find.
  • The best times to post on Pinterest are at midday between 12:00 p.m. and 14:00 p.m. and in the evening between 19:00 p.m. and 22:00 p.m.

Example Post Pinterest

Pinterest Post
Pinterest Post

instagramInstagram – photo sharing in real time

Instagram facts & figures

  • 400 million users worldwide use Instagram each month and
  • the network is visited 770 million times per day.

Whereas Pinterest is focused on brand communication, Instagram is real time communication with images. Unlike Pinterest, Instagram provides a unique square size for all images, which is 1080 px in width by 1080 px in height. Especially food, lifestyle and fashion bloggers use Instagram for sharing and networking. However, the network is also suitable for corporate communications.

Tips for cross-promoting your blog posts on Instagram

Whereas on Pinterest, images are organized in albums on pinwalls, Instagram displays all images in a single stream.

The lifetime of an image post on Instagram is much shorter than on Pinterest. Most interaction takes place within the first few hours after posting. Despite the focus on hashtags, images on Instagram fall much faster into oblivion than pins on Pinterest.

  • Comments can be up to 2200 characters, of which only the first three lines are displayed in the feed. #Hashtags are very important on Instagram, so many comments consist of #hashtags only. Be sure to add your focus keywords in your comments.
  • Share your featured image on Instagram, but also share other sharable images from your post gallery to re-share your post successively on Instagram.
  • Use the key words of your blog post as hashtags, so that as many Instagram users as possible will find your picture.
  • The best time to post on Instagram is in the evening between 17:00 p.m. and 20:00 p.m.

Example Post Instagram

Instagram Post
Instagram Post

flickrFlickr – Yahoo’s photo-sharing site

Flickr is one of the oldest photo-sharing communities and is directly integrated into Yahoo’s online services, but Flickr can still reach a lot of people.

Flickr facts & figures

  • the Flickr photo community has 75 million users worldwide and
  • gets 76 million times page visits a day

Tips for cross-promoting your blog posts on Flickr

There is no limit of characters for your post. Use your keywords as #hashtags, so that your images can be found more easily on Flickr.

  • Share the featured image of your blog post on Flickr with a link to your blog post, and share all other blog post images successively.
  • Use your keywords as #hashtags to increase the visibility of images.
  • The best times to post on Flickr are in the morning between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and in the evening between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Example Post Flickr

Flickr Post
Flickr Post

tumblr Tumblr – Yahoo’s blogging platform

Tumblr facts & figures

Tumblr is the most popular blogging community where users publish and share texts, images, quotations, links and videos. Tumblr provides the complete functionality of a blog.

  • the blogging network has 282 million active users worldwide and
  • up to 440 million page visits a day.
  • The network is particularly used by younger folks. But it is also suitable for blogs and corporate blogs for re-publishing blog content to reach more potential readers.

Tips for cross-promoting your blog post on Tumblr

There is no character-limit for your posts. You can choose the HTML format for your blog post.

  • You can re-publish your entire blog post on Tumblr.
  • Use keywords as tags in order to attract more interested readers to your post.
  • The best time to post on Tumblr is late afternoon and in the evening between 16:00 p.m. and 22:00 p.m.

Example Post Tumblr

Example Post on Tumblr

mediumMedium – the editorial network

Medium is an editorial network for social journalism,  focusing on the exchange of ideas, articles and stories. The network is known for its committed and interactive readership.

  • Medium currently has 625.000 users and
  • gets visited 26 million times a day.

Like Tumblr, Medium provides users with entire blog functionalities.

Tips for cross-promoting your blog posts on Medium

  • Re-publish your entire blog post on Medium and add a link to the original post, as well as related posts on your blog.
  • You can customized headings and subheadings, add key words and insert your links and pictures directly in the text.
  • The best time to post on Medium is between 6:00 a.m. and 15:00 p.m.

Example Post Medium

Example Post on Medium

diigoDiigo, Delicious, Digg – the social bookmarking networks

Social bookmarking networks are great for save, organize and share links to all kinds of online resources easily. Always be sure to save your blog posts as links to your collection and share them with your followers and friends.

  • Diigo has 3 million pages views per day

Tips for cross-promoting your blog posts on Social bookmarting networks

  • Publish your post with #hashtags and a link to your blog post.

Example Post Diigo

Example Post on Diigo

 

There is a wide range of social networks giving you various options to promote your blog post. However, manually promoting your post on every single network is painstaking and time consuming. Automating this process may sound like a good option. There are several cross-posting plugins and tools on the market that promise to do all the work for you. However, there are pros and cons of automation and there are certain rules you should stick to in order to make your automation strategy a success for your content.

Cross-sharing automation: pros and cons

Let’s take a look at the pros first:

Automating cross-posting to multiple networks:

  • saves time for posting on each network manually
  • provides your networks with a consistent stream of valuable content for your readers
  • leaves you with more time and space to engage with your community and active networking

So what are the cons?

Blasting out robot-like the same message to all of your networks:

  • lack the human touch that otherwise makes your posts personal and engaging
  • will be recognized by your followers as robotic content
  • may annoy your followers if posting frequency gets too tight

Therefore, a lot of things have to be considered when setting up an automation process and choosing a suitable tool.

  • Don’t use tools that only broadcast your blog post to all of your channels, without promoting it
  • Don’t use tools that don’t offer customizing your posts for each network and add personal comments.
  • Use tools that help you to choose the best times to post on each network

How Blog2Social can help

The WordPress Plugin Blog2Social automatically turns your blog post into the optimum format for every network. The plugin allows you to customize each post for each network individually with personal comments, hashtags or handles on a one-page preview page for all networks. You can also schedule your post on network-level or use the best time scheduler to  share your posts automatically at the best time to post on each network. You can schedule your post on a one-time or recurring basis.

Blog2Social cross-shares your posts on Facebook (profiles, pages), Twitter, Google+ (profiles, pages, groups), LinkedIn (profiles, pages), XING (profiles, pages, groups), Diigo, Delicious, to Tumblr, Medium, Torial for re-publishing your post, as well as your images on Instagram, Flickr and Pinterest.

It’s free to use it for crossposting, cross-promoting and customizing your posts and there is a Premium upgrade for elaborate sharing and scheduling features.
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Melanie Tamblé
Co-Founder & CEO at ADENION GmbH
Melanie Tamblé is co-founder and co-CEO of ADENION GmbH. She is an experienced expert for Content Marketing, Online PR and Social Media.
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