Drive Web Traffic with Facebook

At last count, there were 955 million users on Facebook. And if you have a Facebook Page, chances are some of those users have seen it – and even better – liked it. Now, how many of them have seen your website?

Most small business owners are aware that Facebook is a valuable tool for establishing a brand’s personality and engaging with customers. However, many administrators fall short of the next step of using their Facebook Page to drive traffic back to their main business hub – their website. Here are a few tips for making the most of your marketing efforts on Facebook:

1. Put your website front and center with a custom tab that either directs visitors to your website, or showcases your site right there in Facebook. (See How To Publish a Website on Facebook Fan Page)

2. Be sure your web address is included in your “About” information. Social Media expert Andrea Vahl also suggests making your website’s URL the first thing in the description of your company, since only a limited (and ever-changing) number of characters in this field are displayed under your cover photo.

3. Make the most of your Cover Photo. This expansive image, added when Facebook adopted the Timeline format, is a great place to reinforce your brand.  While Facebook frowns on inputting your web address in this space, it is the perfect place for your logo, tagline if you have one, and imagery that showcases what you’re all about. Not a graphic designer? Try Pagemodo’s new Cover Photo Designer to create a striking image for free with just a few clicks.

4. Get creative with content. One of the most effective ways to drive people from Facebook to your business website is with great, shareable content. Whether it’s posts from your blog, or links to specific products or services you offer. Not only will your fans be prompted to visit your website, they’ll also be able to share your information with their network.

5. Finally, consider creating special offers only available on Facebook. In addition to offering a great incentive for your fans to visit your website, it will also give them the feeling that they’re part of an exclusive community and ensure that they will stay part of your loyal fan base. Pagemodo’s Fan Coupon app is a great tool for this.

Final tip: Check out the great Insights feature available to page admins. You can use the interaction metrics to judge how effective the posts promoting your website have been!

How have you used your Facebook Page as a traffic source for your website? What kind of success have you had?

3 Responses

  1. Reply
    Danny
    Jan 02, 2013 - 09:40 PM

    Nice post, Sarah.

    FaceBook is said to be quite useful as a method of driving traffic to a website, and many people advice setting up a Facebook page for this reason…

    Though, on the other hand there has been a number of known site owners saying that using the social media avenue, through FaceBook, Twitter, etc does not really provide the “great website traffic potential” many people have been stating….

    The success of using Facebook to boost site traffic, may depend on the website itself and the niche(topic) they are in, as well as many other factors…..

    I do drive traffic to my site via Stumbleupon

    Though, as many people have already mentioned, this type of traffic is not really targeted traffic(does not convert well)…

  2. Reply
    Bradley Johnson
    Mar 28, 2013 - 02:09 AM

    Facebook is a great platform for promoting your business online and driving people to your website. However you should know how to use it right because the way you run your business/ website Facebook account should be different with the way you run your personal timeline. Here you should keep off those naughty and funny updates you post. You should also avoid all that jargon you use on your own wall at all costs.
    Apart from Facebook other social media platforms are also a great channel you can use to drive more traffic to your website.

  3. Reply
    Irad Eichler
    Aug 11, 2014 - 11:52 AM

    We used content games to drive traffic, we had a clear CTA at the end of the game that invited players to our website.
    A content game could be a personality game or a trivia quiz about something that interest your audience.

    You can find free tools to create games, for example http://www.wheeldo.com.

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