How To Attract More Visitors To Your Blog Posts From Social Networks

Posted By: Poketors - August 30, 2013
Every blogger has the motive to attract more and more visitors to their blog or website. But how about the way getting from social media shares? How about the people share your posts over social media? Sounds great! Are you sure that the posts from your blog when shared on social media network do have proper description with an image so that people can click on the link easily?  Well, you need to always control the images that accompany your posts when they appear in status updates on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ because it is more likely that visitors will click on the shared link and re-share it.

How They Look On Each Social Platform :

It is very essential that you examine the social snippet looks while sharing on Facebook or Google+.

Facebook Social Snippet

The Facebook social snippet is a combination of the page title and image
Google+ Social Snippet

The Google+ social snippet also has a title, domain and image.

Here we have shown how it looks on different social media platforms :

How To Manage Social Snippets Looks :

This can be fixed easily by adding tags into the HTML code of your document. Try to add the appropriate tags so links to your content will show the right image in any status update. If you are comfortable using HTML codes, then follow the below steps :

1.  Adding Title and Meta Description Tags :

Include these two page elements into your blog as these two elements are used to show your post into Social Media:
<meta name=”description” content=”…” />
2. Micro formatting : has some common set of rules for most of the search engines and used for all the social media networks. You can control your social snippets, you’ll only need these tags:
<body itemscope itemtype=””>
<h1 itemprop=”name”>Interesting Headline</h1>
<img itemprop=”image” src=”{image-url}” />
<p itemprop=”description”>Thought provoking description</p>

3. Add Open Graph Protocol Tags :

Most of the social media sites use Open Graph standards for tagging content. So you can add tags to set the image in status updates:
<meta property=”og:image” content=”/image.jpg” />
Open Graph tags can also be used to set the title and description.
<meta property=”og:title” content=”…” />
<meta property=”og:description” content=”…” />
4. Add Use Image_SRC Meta Tags :

It is very useful if you can add image_src meta tag between the <head> and </head> tags to manage the images in social snippets.
<link rel=”image_src” href=”” />
How Do You Manage These Tags ?

Here’s a quick guide showing how to put the tags into the right places :

If you are using WordPress then try the below plugins :

It provides the control over tags for social snippets and also make your search listings look better when you rank in search engines.

It also works like plugin and the tool will add all of the Open Graph meta tags automatically.

For images appearing in social networks, this one is the best tool.  Create the image_src tag and this plugin will force Facebook to use image what you choose.

Note : You install the plugin and manage the tags from within WordPress. If you face any issue with Facebook sharing and you can also clear your Facebook cache using the Facebook URL Debugger.

Hope this effort will have an impact how your content appears in social media streams when it’s shared and we are very much sure that it will be able to receive a lot of clicks and shares gradually.

We would welcome your comment and suggestions if you have something to share.

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