Can You Really Get Blog Traffic From Twitter?
It has been said more than a few times that you can get blog traffic from twitter.
Whether you have tried it or are just wondering if it works you will want to read what I have found so far.
First of all, let me say that I am no expert on twitter and that I don’t use any automation or clever software to submit my tweets. I also don’t follow people and stop following them if they don’t follow me back. I think that there is a program for that too.
All I do with twitter is follow some people that I know and some that I think are worth following. Most of my followers decided to follow me first and I do follow them back sometimes but not automatically as some twitter user advisers seem to teach.
Since I follow about 600 people and have only about 600 twitter followers (to me that is more than enough to keep track of), I realize that I can’t expect to get much blog traffic from them.
To get a significant blog traffic from my own twitter followers I’d need tens of thousands of them.
But would I really get that much traffic from twitter to my blog even if that was the case?
It is my qualified opinion that I would not.
I say qualified opinion because I don’t have that many followers on twitter and therefore can’t be absolutely sure.
What I am sure of is that even with having some of my blog visitors who on occasion like what I have to say tweet or re-tweet some of my posts, the resulting blog traffic from that is more than pitiful.
Even if just 5 of those readers, who kindly want others to also read what I post about had each just 600 followers like me ( I know that some of them have thousands or even tens of thousands), tweeted my post then in theory 3,000 people would be notified and invited to my blog.
In such scenario, which is the worst case of what actually was taking place within the last 2 weeks, I should be justified in expecting at least 1% of the 3,000 twitter followers to show up on my blog and I should get blog traffic equaling 30 visitors from twitter.
According to Google Analytics, within the last month this is the blog traffic I got from twitter: full 3 visitors. (Update April 28, 2010: 4 more twitter visitors since this post was written – i.e. about one twitter visitor every 4 days).
Unless I’m doing something wrong, which anyone reading this is cordially invited to point out, (in fact I beg you to do that), the amount of blog traffic one can get from twitter is hardly worth the effort.
Anyone who blogs wants more traffic.
I have written several posts on this subject where as opposed to my twitter experience the methods I write about actually work very well.
You can read my Get Blog Traffic Increase with Comments which will give you a proven way to get traffic to your blog where previously there was none and that will also help you increase an already good existing traffic.
My blog so far has been getting most traffic this way.
There is even, arguably, a better free way to get blog traffic increase.
You can read about it in my post Earn Money Blogging, Get Traffic Without SEO?
The second best source of my blog traffic is the search engines and thus SEO.
It has brought me more than 17% of all traffic within the last 30 days according to Alexa and about 34% according to Google Analytics.
I choose to trust Google more because of the research that I’ve done on both.
But either way, SEO traffic plays a big and significant part in getting visitors to my blog. And I’m sure it will do that for your blog too.
I have heard a hugely successful blogger and online entrepreneur say “screw social media”.
I wouldn’t go that far but there is some truth in that saying for those of us that spend too much time trying to get blog traffic from twitter and other numerous social media platforms.
Again, I’m not here to knock down anything. If you get a lot of blog traffic from twitter I want to hear from you. Please voice your opinion and experience in the comments.
If, on the other hand, twitter underperforms for you as it has surely done for me then pay attention to what I wrote and for sure read my two posts mentioned here.
I want to hear from everybody.
So post your comment regarding your twitter and blog traffic experience.
Then bookmark and tweet it so others have the chance to contribute to the discussion as well.
Authored by Vance Sova
Filed under: Get Blog Traffic, Increase Blog Traffic
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