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Frugal Upstate:
I always manually post to Facebook.  That way you can customize your status update to draw more people in, or use a photo etc (sometimes the auto plugin things will draw a picture from your sidebar instead of the post etc.). If you want tone able to schedule things look into hoot suite-it's a free program that can be used not only to monitor multiple accts (FB, Twitter, Linked in etc) but you can also schedule updates for the future.  So if you wrote a couple if days posts ahead of time you could set up all the status updates ahead of time.

I do use an auto tweet plug in, but with the new and very specific FTC guidelines for disclosing sponsorship in tweets I need to uninstall it and start doing it manually.  Sigh.

livinitup0:

--- Quote from: Frugal Upstate on April 11, 2013, 04:24:19 AM ---I always manually post to Facebook.  That way you can customize your status update to draw more people in, or use a photo etc (sometimes the auto plugin things will draw a picture from your sidebar instead of the post etc.). If you want tone able to schedule things look into hoot suite-it's a free program that can be used not only to monitor multiple accts (FB, Twitter, Linked in etc) but you can also schedule updates for the future.  So if you wrote a couple if days posts ahead of time you could set up all the status updates ahead of time.

I do use an auto tweet plug in, but with the new and very specific FTC guidelines for disclosing sponsorship in tweets I need to uninstall it and start doing it manually.  Sigh.

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I ended up taking off the social integration stuff. I'm manually posting to FB now. It's just easier in the long run. Plus, I've subscribed to a lot of FB prepper groups and am posting links there. Im averaging about 40 visitors a day now through various traffic sources and even have a few organic uniques from google already. SEO is something I really need to start focusing more heavily on moving forward. Posting links on FB and forums is great and all but I dont ever want to walk that line of being too spammy and I really need to focus on getting a decent traffic flow without having to go out an actively "solicit" it.

Still trying to add content daily, which is proving tougher than I thought it would be..just need to get into a schedule to do it, which is tough with the 2 little ones and family time. So far, im definitely happy seeing the initial results im getting and im really looking forward to getting enough daily traffic to take a real shot at monetizing the site.

livinitup0:
Just giving an update if anyone was interested in this.

stalled out on making content for about 2 weeks but am still going strong with about 50 uniques a day. Adsense has started to make a couple bucks and ive set up twitter, tumblr and pinterest accounts for the site and have began sharing my daily content on there. Pinterest, surprisingly, gave me a few uniques within a couple hours of setting up my account there so im pretty excited to see how all these social sites together do traffic-wise.

I think ive got a pretty decent system set up now. find a topic I want to write about, research low competition/high monthly search keywords, create content using those keywords, post a link to the content to 4 related and active facebook groups, post on twitter, tumblr and pinterest. Im hoping this new strategy can get me to my 1st goal of 100 uniques a day. Organic Google traffic takes time, and I only recently started paying close attention to SEO so im hoping that will start bringing in some more traffic there. For anyone thats curious, facebook has been the source of about 80% of my visitors.

Once im at that 100 uniques a day mark im going to release a digital product ive been working on for the site and try to recruit some affiliates, which will hopefully start driving more good traffic to the site. Might be able to then approach some vendors for some swag to do a giveaway contest...which should help me get more direct likes to my fanpage so I dont have to use outside groups to post links on anymore. I'm definitely trying to stay away from paid advertising, which, along with me being lazy the last 2 weeks has stalled the growth. Im not really prepared to do paid advertising until I determine a realistic cost per visitor.

as always, any critiques, comments or suggestions are more than welcome!

thanks!

Breal191:
Loved the presentation and quality of your blog! Great job!


--- Quote from: AllYouNeedIsLove on April 09, 2013, 08:53:21 PM ---Awesome site presentation! I'm very impressed. My google blog is lookin' kind of crappy in comparison ;)

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Frugal Upstate:
Glad to see an update and that it's going well for you!

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