‘Does social media help my SEO?’ This is the question almost every blogger at a particular point tends to ask themselves. Even while it has been very tricky for one to easily conclude, the answer remains yes. ‘Yes!!! it definitely helps SEO’.
There is no doubt of the fact that we now live in a social media driven world, so ignoring the capability of social media to enhance and also advance your blog is a dangerous oversight. I often hear from webmasters and also, I read it on SEO blogs; it is true, content is the king but failure to utilize social media can also limit your reach, no matter how good your contents. It not only increases your traffic but also adds more advantages to your blog e.g. it serves as a marketing tool helping you get noticed, connects you to like-minded people around the globe who are eager to hear what you say on your blog, it also enhances your SEO and so many other advantages to mention a few.
Why should you be using hello bar?
The main purpose of hello bar is to improve the effectiveness of your website. With hello bar you can;
- Drive traffic to a particular page on your blog
- Grow your mailing list – if you’re into email marketing
- Increase social media interaction
- Make sales to your products/service – a useful tool for affiliate marketers
We’re not so interested in the first, second and fourth option, so we’ll be talking about increasing our social media reach.
#1. Firstly, sign up for hello bar, add your blog url install hello bar on your Blogspot or WordPress blog. Once you’re done with the installation you’ll get an interface like the screenshot below to start creating your hello bar.
#2. On clicking on create hello bar, you’ll get a new page consisting of all the goals you can set on your blog using hello bar and a custom option(other) just in case you’d like to create a different set of goal. Now select get Facebook likes.
#3. After you must have selected get Facebook likes as your goal, you’ll get another prompt to input the url of your Facebook page, but if you’re not concerned about growing your Facebook page but other social media. Just leave the default option and click continue.
#4. Now, you must have landed in the style section of your campaign. I used my Facebook page to set up and you can see in the preview section a hello bar to get more likes to my Facebook page. To change your hello bar action for a different social media account, click on goal right above the style.
The style section contains two other customization option.  change the type of hello bar to show  change the default theme. Play around the options and find what suits you best. But keep it simple.
Note: whatever type of bar you choose differs in other customization and elements options.
#5. We want to change what actions our blog readers perform when presented with hello bar. So we’re just going to click the cancel button on the current social media.
#6. In the screenshot below, you’re going to see a number of social media and how you can make use of them with hello bar. Pick any social media of your choice and input the URL of that social media to proceed to the next step. See example in the screenshot.
#8. Once you click next, you’re going to find yourself in the design and content segment where you modify how your hello bar looks. You have 3 tabs on this segment; the colours, image(to add pictures, logo or background) and the text). Let’s talk a bit more about the text. Continue reading…
#9. It’s always a good idea to know what your readers feel about your blog, so you can enable the boots conversions option and input your preferences.
#10. On the final stage of our campaign is the targeting, this options allows us to control who is seeing our hello bar and where it is also displayed. Also, you have the other option if you wish to target a different set of audience.
Just below the targeting options is the cookie. You’ll find two different cookie option to play with. The first cookie duration is used to tell hello bar the number of days it should display again once a reader exits your campaign and the success cookie duration tells hello to delay the number of days your campaign will be displayed when a user successfully opts in. To prevent changes to the cookie, leave it at the default value
Once, you’re done with all the above phases of creating your campaign, click the publish button and your campaign will automatically be displayed on your blog. And you can monitor the progress of each campaign you’ve created on your hello bar dashboard.
So, I guess you’ll find this site add-on useful and more specifically, it would be a good option for beginners. Another free and popular site add-on is addthis, although there is a variety of similar site add-on you can try.
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