These share metrics are from one of my niche sites (not this blog).
If you want free traffic, publish content visitors share. It’s that simple.
While one of my niche blogs averages 3,500 to 4,500 daily organic search visitors, that’s a fraction of the traffic generated from social media ( especially Facebook).
Currently one of my niche sites gets 30,000 to 35,000 daily page views, much of it from social sharing. Check it out (and that’s not a one-off day; that’s a typical day for one niche site).
How do I get 600 to 800 ADDITIONAL social shares EACH day?
Keep in mind this is additional shares. It does not include the shares from my left-side floating sharing buttons and below-content sharing buttons. These are additional.
You’re going to love the answer because it’s so simple.
I use the SumoMe plugin for WordPress.
Specifically, I use the Image Sharer feature included with the SumoMe plugin.
Here’s the best part. SumoMe is FREE. Okay, you do need to pay $10 to remove the SumoMe branding; otherwise it’s free. I did pay the $10 because I hate third party branding on my site… but that $10 was one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
Other SumoMe Apps
I only use the image sharing app. But they offer several others and are rolling out new apps all the time. They offer opt in forms apps, including an exit intent option, contact forms, traditional share buttons and heatmap/analytics apps.
Since I only use the image sharer app, that will be my focus in this SumoMe review. The set up and settings and installation for other apps are pretty much the same. It’s a really simple plugin to use.
What does SumoMe Image Sharer do?
When a website visitor hovers over an image, 3 social media buttons show up. They are Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
While the hovering Pinterest button is nothing new, the Facebook hover button is, and it’s brilliant. I’d rather have 1 Facebook share than 20 Pins. For my site, Facebook traffic is far more plentiful and more valuable.
Go ahead – hover on any image on this page and look for the social sharing buttons that appear.
IMPORTANT: What makes the SumoMe sharing feature so powerful is that it shares the specific image instead of the entire URL. This way a visitor can share multiple images on a page resulting in a lot more shares. Moreover, visitors are more inclined to share a specific image than the general URL (in some instances).
This works particularly well with one type of content I publish quite a bit that attracts a lot of visitors.
How to set up and install SumoMe (specifically the Image Sharer)
You’ll need to download the plugin and upload it in the usual fashion.
Once the SumoMe plugin is uploaded to your site, take the following steps.
Step 1: Open Up SumoMe
Go to your website and there is a small blue icon in the top right. Hover over it with your cursor and a Crown icon will appear. Click that icon.
Sign up or log in.
Step 2: Badge Location
If you don’t pay $10, you’ll have to live with the badge on your site. You can choose the location.
Step 3: Hiding the SumoMe Badge/Logo
I chose to hide the badge. Therefore, I paid the $10. Upon doing so, the “Hidden” option appears for badge location.
Step 4: Selection the Sumo Store
Step 5: Select the Image Sharer App
FYI – you can use any and all of the SumoMe apps. They offer a good variety. Play around. For me, the image sharer is the best app.
Step 6: Install Image Sharer (or whatever apps you choose)
Step 7: Test It
Go to your website and hover over an image. If you see the 3 sharing buttons in the center, you have success.
How do you check your sharing stats?
Step 1: Open the SumoMe Badge
While on your website, open the SumoMe app by hovering your cursor in the top right of your site.
Step 2: Select the App in the Box for the stats you wish to see
Your stats and data will appear. It’s that simple. For the image sharer app, the analytics screen is as follows:
Image Sharer Settings
You can easily configure the image sharer app (and the other SumoMe apps).
Again, open the app on your website (hover top right).
Select the app you wish to configure.
Select the “Settings” interface.
The following are the image sharer settings options:
The following is exactly how I configure my SumoMe image sharing app.
How do I get 30,000+ page views per day (and earn $40K per month) from ONE niche blog?
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