10 Smart Tips for Boosting Your Blog Traffic Using Automation

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Fiji's version of a roadblock. I make a neat analogy between our Savusavu traffic and automating....see below.

Fiji’s version of a roadblock. I make a neat analogy between our Savusavu traffic and automating….see below.

 

I travel.

Quite a bit.

To date, I’ve logged tens of thousands of travel miles around the world. I’ve done the New York City to Thailand bit – and back – 5 times. It’ll be 6 in November when we fly back home for Christmas.

As you may imagine I automate extensively – and effectively – to account for being in the air frequently. Or to account for being on a bus ride through India, or Cambodia, or Laos, or Costa Rica, or anywhere.

I devoted a full chapter of my new eBook to automating intelligently. Learning how to send out updates to the right people at the right time is critical if you’re changing time zones like most people change their mind, as I do.

By the way, pick up my new eBook Blogging from Paradise here.

Before I offer my tips let me give you a little background on my love/hate relationship with automating.

Bot Wars

 

As a REALLY green newbie I had a hate relationship with bots. I viewed automating as an evil and downright stupid means of marketing.

Boy did I learn a thing or 2 during my travels.

After I passed the International Date Line for the first time, during my first Southeast Asia trip, I did dumb stuff like staying up until 4 AM to tweet stuff at the right time, or to Facebook Share stuff at the right time.

I didn’t want to be one of those stupid automating folks, I thought.

I also manually copy and pasted my latest blog post to 50 or more Facebook Groups each time my new post went live.

I’m not kidding. I really did this stuff.

Fast forward through a few weary, sleep-deprived months. I learned my lesson. I became more intelligent. I woke up. Or did I go to sleep? Well whatever happened, I decided that automation was necessary to remain sane, and to succeed, blogging from paradise.

 

Benefits of Automation

 

Dwell on the benefits of automation. I did. My body and mind thanks me for this, too.

  • Have a life outside of business
  • Reach your target market at the perfect time
  • Sleep well
  • Wake at normal hours
  • Establish passive blogging income streams
  • You can chat with someone in NJ while sleeping in Fiji; if for but 1 engagement, until the later follow up
  • SAVE TIME

I saved myself 2-3 hour’s worth of work each day since using Hootsuite Pro to automate.  Gone were the days of copying and pasting to 30, 40 or 50 groups.

Now I share intelligently; I send updates to 20 or so groups at a time on Facebook or LinkedIn and add another 10 groups for a more powerful, staggered approach to social sharing.

You can’t buy more time on this earth. It’s one commodity which you run out of daily. You can make more money, to free up your time, because if you spend a few bucks on tools, and do things intelligently – following my tips below – you’ll save yourself time through automating.

Automating rocks if done intelligently. Being a bot-like, serial automator will only peeve off friends, followers and just about anybody who reads your blog or connects with you on social networks.

Engage. Automate.

On to the tips…

 

Engage

 

Engage frequently. Example; I just scanned my twitter @replies 10 minutes ago here in Fiji. I responded to my RTers with a few hearty, “Thank You’s”, but I scheduled these RTs for the following 2 mornings, East Coast Time.

Engaging does one of a few things. It detaches you from business outcomes, which makes you interesting. Engaging keeps things light. Engaging proves that you are listening. Not a bad thing for a blogger to prove….at least a blogger who wants to draw in a targeted, engaging audience.

(If you want to watch me chat from Fiji – and see our lil kitty cat Peggy Sue – click the play button….)


I’d send out at least 4 to 5 engagement type tweets each day. Just respond with a TY to folks who RTed your stuff and ask them how their day is going. People like this.

 

Less Links Please

 

Automating rocks. Engaging rocks. Responding to requests rocks. Peppering in links rocks. But if you go “link crazy” you’re bound to turn off your readers.

Who likes someone who posts all business links, all day long? Boring. When I set up my Hootsuite (click the link for the tool I suggest…yeah, Hootsuite) updates for the day I tweet or Facebook Share or G Plus Page Share a few links. I don’t go overboard.

 

Don't be a lazy pig. Automate and engage.

Don’t be a lazy pig. Automate and engage.

 

Links leading to blog posts, videos or sales pages do provide value for your following but people develop “link blindness” after a while.

I know I do. I tune out links because all I see is links, all day long, through some social accounts.

Think about it; who in their right mind punctuates each conversation – offline – with a lead in to a blog post, or business page. You don’t. Offline link droppers would be deemed insane, or at best, greedy bastards.

Talk about the weather, the Knicks (please, please pick up a nice complement for Carmelo), or anything not related to business, once in a while.

Automate an update asking a question of your audience. Post a funny story from your life. Just ease up on the links, so you don’t encourage your social media followers to develop “link blindness”.

 

Pictures Please

 

As you might imagine my travel pictures are pretty popular on Facebook. I’m gaining some traction on G Plus – through my Page – and through Twitter, as you can automate on Hootsuite, picture-wise, through these 3 networks.

People love eye candy. Automate intelligently by posting eye candy. Share travel pictures, or images dressed up with inspirational quotes. Post stuff that makes folks forget the “hootsuite” link associated with the update, and keeps them focused on your breathtaking imagery.

If you can’t seem to find any good images just RT or Facebook Share one of my travel photos. I usually post 1 or 2 day, sometime between 8 AM and 10 AM in the morning and once in the early evening.

Automate some eye candy to endear yourself to your following.

 

Share at the Right Time

 

My target audience checks their feeds via desktop, laptop or mobile device between 8 AM and 10 AM during the week. Yep, they check in later in the day too, but I know how they work. Email, first thing in the day, followed by some tweeting and FBing.

Here in Fiji, I’d have to stay up until midnight to publish my post at 8:05 AM, EST, United States time. But with good old Hootsuite Pro I can share my latest post to twitter and my other social networks at 8:05 AM while fast asleep by the shores of Savusavu.

For YEARS I simply shared posts when I published new posts. Bad idea, because I spent much of my time in SE Asia, where I experienced a 12 hour time spread. Not many of my East Coast or US buddies for that matter trawl their social networks fervently at 9 PM or 10 PM, and I was publishing and sharing posts at 9 AM or 10 AM, Southeast Asia time.

Enter automation.

Sharing at the right time helps you maximize your blog traffic and it also boosts your engagement too. Think about when your readers are hopping online to check their social accounts. Schedule accordingly.

Automate to make your sharing campaign more convenient for you and your following.

 

Stagger Shares

 

Here’s another little secret that I use; share in a staggering fashion.

Example; I will publish this post on Monday at 8:05 AM. I will then automate sharing to send out this post on Google Plus (Page), Facebook (Page and Profile), and through Twitter on Tuesday morning at 8:05 AM.

I only publish blog posts on Monday Wednesday and Friday so this approach won’t work if you’re publishing daily but if you post 1 to 3 times weekly try this staggering technique.

Keep in mind that I’ll tweet this post at roughly 4 PM Monday for the first time as that’s when I wake here in Fiji, on Tuesday morning. Yep, I’m 16 hours ahead of EST. Anyway, I’ll tweet at this time and share on each social account to spread the word.

Fiji

The view from our deck in Savusavu, Fiji. Can the water be more blue?

 

Then I’ll follow up with automated, staggered sharing at the optimal time to boost traffic flow. Tweeting stuff a few times over the course of a few days staggers shares, and automated sharing on other networks draws in increased traffic through a variety of channels.

People check their social accounts at different times due to a variety of factors. You want the optimal times covered but these staggered follow ups help you reach folks who missed your post the first or second time around.

 

Automate Intelligently on Each Network

 

Twitter allows 140 characters.

Facebook allows a ton more characters. Google Plus, a bunch and LinkedIn, somewhere in between FB and G Plus, and Twitter.

Tailor each automated update to honor what works for each network. Twitter folk dig short and punchy titles. Facebook folks may prefer more in-depth updates, as do Google Plus folks.

Consider going heavy on your automated G Plus Page imagery; people really dig eye candy on that network.

Do not send out the same automated update to each network. Twitter-type updates will fall on deaf ears, Facebook-wise, and a long Facebook style share will be cut off on Twitter.

Hootsuite Pro indicates when you’re over the text limit for any social network. No worries, they got ya.

Smart automating requires you to note details, and to take a bit more time sending out multiple updates for a single post.

I’ll Hootsuite share this post on Twitter using about 90 characters of text at 8:05 AM on Monday. I’ll then schedule the same post to pop up on my Facebook and Google Plus Page feeds at the same time, but with a more detailed, in-depth introduction.

Sure, it takes me 2 more minutes….but isn’t drawing in a bunch more interest and inspiring more folks to blog from paradise, all while I’m fast asleep in Fiji, worth it?

I think so.

 

Pay for Premium

 

In most cases you’ll unlock the true power of automating by paying for the premium version of the tool you’re using.

I upgraded to Hootsuite Pro quickly because I wanted to be able to send out updates to more than 5 accounts, or groups. It only costs me like $9 USD each month.

If I shared the blog revenue surge,  and traffic surge, I’ve experienced, based on this $9 monthly investment…..well, you’d never look at a $9 monthly investment the same way.

Pay for the premium version of the tools you’re using. Even if you’re bootstrapping I’m pretty sure you can drum up $80, or $100, or even $200 over the course of a year, right?

Don’t cheap out. Again, serious bloggers spend money to save time. Serious bloggers spend money to save themselves from boring, repetitive tasks, which frees up their schedule and allows their creative juices to flow.

I would not have written and published Blogging from Paradise – the eBook – in 3 weeks without automating effectively.

I wouldn’t be able to publish three, 2500-3000 word posts weekly and engage in an ambitious outreach campaign if I didn’t automate.

Automate folks. And if you’re going to automate, you may as well do it right.

If you don’t automate, and you want to become an island hopping, pro blogging, retired dynamo, either pay for virtual assistant or lose the dream of being an island hopping, pro blogging dynamo.

Make a tiny investment which reaps massive returns.

Go premium.

 

Don’t Stuff the Feed

 

I know how you feel.

Like a kid who just got his license, and your dad gave you the keys to a Ferrari.

You’re gonna take this sucker for a ride, pushing it to the limit!

Only one problem; you don’t even know how to drive a Hyundai yet so taking a Ferrari through its paces means almost certain death.

So you can imagine most people’s shock and disgust when, after sending out tweets every 5 minutes, for 24 hours, through automating, that 100’s of their twitter followers go bye-bye, unfollowing them quickly.

Same deal on Facebook. If you automate 5 or 10 updates daily you’ll lose friends and Facebook will likely suspend your account due to suspicious activity.

I know, I know, you want more traffic, and more updates seems more better to you (some serial automators have grammar issues). But sometimes it’s nice to send out an update or 2 and then, to follow up with a few hour’s worth of silence on twitter. Let people digest your updates. Let them click your sweet tweets.

Automate 2 or 3 updates to Facebook daily, max. 1 automated update works fine.

Think of my street here in Savusavu, Fiji. We might hear 5 cars drive by each hour, if that. During Sundays we may hear 1 car every hour, or every 2 hours.

I’m more likely to notice each car if I hear one an hour.  I can recognize the sound. If I’m back home in NJ, in the house where I grew up, I notice no cars, because I grew up on a busy street and some 10 to 50 to 70 cars drove by each minute.

All I hear is noise back in Plainfield, NJ. Here in Savusavu, I notice the traffic.

Be subtle. Don’t stuff the stream.

 

Use Tags

 

Automate to a targeted market.

In my former haste I stuffed streams, sending out many updates from a stupid space. I didn’t target with tags.

Now I send out more than a few updates with tags like, #bloggingfromparadise, or #travel, or #bloggingtips, because I want folks to find me and I also want to brand Blogging from Paradise, both my eBook and my blog.

This tip is short, because there’s nothing to it.

Use tags to automate intelligently. Just stay on topic, making sure the tags relate to your niche, and don’t tag every update. Tag maybe 4 out of 10, if that. Subtlety counts.

 

Do They Really Care? Automate to the Right Groups

 

Once I started Blogging from Paradise I stopped automating to many groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

People into network marketing may or may not be into blogging from paradise. Personal development themed groups may or may not be into blogging from paradise.

If I’m automating, I’m doing so to reach a target market while I’m sleeping, or while I’m walking into town, here in Fiji.

Me. On the front deck in Savusavu. Overlooking the bay.

Me. On the front deck in Savusavu. Overlooking the bay.

 

I’m not automating to reach people who may be interested in my blog, I’m automating to reach people who want to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.

This means automating only to groups who would appreciate receiving blogging tips.

Some travel-themed groups may dig my blog because I’ve talked to travel bloggers who are struggling to make their exploits a full time gig. They’re trying to crack the income code, so they don’t need to go back home and work a job for 3 or 6 months to fund their travels.

So I’ll share to these groups, and skip the rest, because automating intelligently is all about automating effectively, or automating to connect with folks who you KNOW want to hear what you have to offer.

Automate to targeted groups. Lose the others. Save yourself even more time.

 

Your Turn

 

First off, I just know you’ve heard about my new eBook, Blogging from Paradise.

Did you know that New York Times bestselling author Chris Brogan endorsed me with a sweet tweet? Or that million-dollar earner and internet lifestyle coach/guru Yaro Starak heartily endorsed the eBook?

Click Here to see what they say, and to pick it up of course.

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56 Comments

  1. Kerry Russell

    Hey Ryan.

    First up, LOVED your eBook. I’d like to write a review for you, so let me know where to send it, okay?

    And secondly, you read my mind! :) I’ve just upgraded to Hootsuite Pro about an hour before you published this post.

    Just like anything new, I’m trying to work out how to use it effectively, so thank you for the tips!

    I’m based in the UK and most of my audience are in the US. So when I wake at 5am, they’ve not long gone to bed.

    Up until now I purposely left my networking tasks and social media updates until later in the day when my readers and followers are up and active online – now I can schedule some of it – whoop whoop :)

    Anyways, I’ve figured out Twitter but I do have a question if you could be so kind…

    Most Facebook groups I’m a member of don’t let you post in their groups. I know you can on G+ and LinkedIn (I’m new to LinkedIn)…

    So, I’m guessing you don’t do as much automation on Facebook, compared to the other two?

    I don’t want to be spamming anyone :)

    Thanks!
    Kerry

    P.S Here’s something else I’ve learned to do from you as well…

    I’ll tweet a little later LOL :)
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Wow, thanks Kerry! Please send your review to ryan_biddulph@hotmail.com, I so appreciate it. Yep HSP does rock for sure. I’m able to auto share to many blogging groups on FB – which allow it – so I don’t run into the problem as much. However, I do a bunch more automating on twitter, because the network lends itself to automation, and yep, a bit more on LI these days too. Aha, yep that’s what I do Kerry ;) Automation = a little later….hahaha….being in Fiji ya gotta do it. Thanks so much….

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  2. Siraj Wahid

    Hey Ryan,

    I was involved in social media automation few months ago and to be honest it works perfectly. You don’t have to care about updates you just have to select a time and automation do everything.

    And the best thing is; the traffic increases rapidly, you can target almost all the traffic generating time zones with the help of automation.

    -Siraj Wahid
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Siraj, that’s a great point. Hitting up time zones in group helps you boost your traffic. I automate for my US and African and European buddies but do live updates during the day here in Fiji, to reach my South Pacific and Asian buddies. I’m still working on boosting my South American traffic ;) Thanks so much and enjoy your weekend Siraj.

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  3. kelli

    Hey Ryan
    Amazing tips as always. Like you note, it is important to still make time for engaging in real time and making sure people know you are an actual human being. When it comes to running a successful online venture, certain areas will benefit more from time than money, like building genuine relationships that are beneficial to both parties, but then there are things where spending the money rather than your time is the smart move, and you made a good case for that here, especially using a tool like HootsuitePro which costs pennies a day.

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      KC, well said, and the pennies a day comment really hits home. Think about the daily return on the pennies a day you’re investing and you’ll never look at automating the same again. The challenge lies in getting through the silly financial blocks folks sometimes develop. Pennies a day to make your brand explode, globally? Works for me. Thanks again KC, appreciate it.

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  4. kelli

    Forgot to add…good use of the pig picture.
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      I had to get that pig in, I had no choice. Too much branding potential…thanks ;)

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  5. Don Purdum

    Hi Ryan,

    First off, I will be getting your ebook in the next couple of days. So much I’m working through right now!

    Automation – what touchy subject for me. I had a partner a few years ago that would create tons of posts and spread them out. It was really smart. Until one day the account got hacked and porn went everywhere. LOL…

    Now that could happen on any one platform at any one time. What was disturbing is that it happened on ten or eleven different platforms and because it wasn’t seen for eight hours the damage was done.

    So, I personally like to check the ones I’m on manually. Call me old school, lol…

    I don’t have a need right now like you do and I’m really not afraid of what happened a few years ago happening again.

    I’m local and don’t plan to travel outside the US anytime soon. There is a lot right here for me to see and do right now. One day in a few years, that is going to change and my wife and I definitely want to travel more.

    By then I expect my team will be in place and my business won’t need me like it does today. We’ll see, right? But, that’s how I’m trying to build it from the start.

    Great discussion around automation Ryan. It’s definitely something for me to keep in mind. The beauty for me is right now there is no right or wrong, just preference.

    ~ Don Purdum
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Wow thanks so much Don, I appreciate it ;) Automating can help someone who’s on the road quite a bit but seeing your level of success, and knowing that you’re working from home, it may not be as important because what you’re doing is working quite nicely. I like that; moving forward being aligned with your preference is the way to go, and as I noted you’re see great success using a more manual approach. Thanks Don, have a great week.

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  6. The Guy

    Hey Ryan,

    Great work although I’m surprised that it is only now that you are automating things! You’ve had good success before this so now is an even great opportunity!

    I’ve used Hootsuite for a while but you blew me away with posting to 50+ groups! How do you do that?

    I find Hootsuite great in that you can auto schedule so your post hits at relatively peak time for your followers/likers. I must admit that I don’t add enough content to Hootsuite so I need to be proactive more.

    I generally check in on social media once/twice a day (well there is only so much time in the day). So to be efficient it is best to do everything in one go as you suggest. I just can’t reply/thank everyone who has shared my blog post, there are so many – I wouldn’t have time for anything else. I do thank a few each time so eventually everyone knows they are appreciated, which they are.

    Automating is great. My blog posts auto post from my blog as well as my setting them manually. As someone who is not fully time blogging this is a God send.

    Also with the great Triberr I’m able to schedule the sharing of other great content, such as this from yours truly :-)

    Ryan man, respect! Shout outs from Chris Ducker and Yaro Stark!!! Those are big names my friend.

    If you get Pat Flynn to shout out for you then I couldn’t be anymore in awe.

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      TG, thanks much! Automating through Triberr and other tools rocks….actually these days, I’m doing 10 or 15 groups at a time on Facebook. When you have the Pro version of Hootsuite you can add as many groups as you like through a drop down box. I’d suggest that you do 10 or 15 at a time to stagger out your updates as I suggest up top. Thanks so much again TG, and maybe I’ll ask Pat soon ;)

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  7. Andrew

    Hey Ryan,

    Great post. I understand the points and the benefits of automation that you laid out in the post but I sure didn’t consider it before though. The stuff you were talking about with sharing at specific times is really interesting and I completely understand that point. And because of that, I would consider automation of that specific benefit.

    But based on the points you made, I’ll have to seriously consider it to see if it works for me and if it’ll help me save time … because it is time consuming sometimes doing things the regular way.

    The best form of automation I use right now is Triberr… with it being able to delay the posts that I like and want to share.

    Great post here RYan and yea I picked up the eBook. Great read.

    Hope you have a great rest of the week.

    – Andrew
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Andrew, thanks for picking up my eBook!! Triberr is a fine automating tool too. I think with traveling, automation is a must, but even if you’re not on the road as much it can help you a bunch. Seeing the depth of both your blog posts and comments Andrew, and with your publishing business, I can definitely see automating freeing up your sked a bit. Thanks so much again and you too Andrew.

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  8. donna merrill

    Hi Ryan,

    Automation…that love/hate thing of mine! But here you make perfect sense. You cannot buy time! Lately, since we moved to the beach, we are enjoying our time there and poking around the deep woods of Maine.

    Since my work load has gone crazy, I need crazy me time! I was at the edge of making a decision about automating things, that will require another learning curve, but this is something I MUST do….not later…now! You have given me that push I needed.

    Your Ebook? Yikes.I gotta run right over there and get it! Thanks for the reminder and keep on blogging from Paradise!

    -Donna
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  9. Ken Kai

    Hell yeah!

    I just started using hootsuite. Not the pro version yet as I’m still working my way around it, but I’d say an upgrade is on the way.

    No more do I have to have 20-30 tabs open to track the progress of things. Nope. One place, one screen. This is what I need. This is what everyone needs.

    And yeah, I’m over in Australia at the moment while you’re over in Fiji. I understand what you mean about the time differences. At 12-1 AM here, the traffic starts to pick up because that’s when America has reached day light.

    Great little tool, seriously!

    Giving it a tweet my friend,

    Ken
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Ken, do I ever year you. That time difference thingee makes using tools a must for us. From Bali, Fiji and Australia, we’d go nuts if we needed to stay away to share on social sites. We need sleep, and tools like Hootsuite give us the ability to speak to multiple time zones while fast asleep in the Far East. Thanks Ken, appreciate it!

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  10. Harleena Singh

    Hi Ryan,

    Yet another awesome post from you! I wonder how you find the time to sit and write such long ones, every alternate days! Kelli doesn’t trouble you? ;)

    Jokes apart, you do need to automate as much as you can to have an online presence as you certainly cannot be all over, all the time. I haven’t yet gone in for the pro version of Hootsuite, though I’ve heard it’s good. I didn’t know you could share the post on various groups through it too, but I think the image doesn’t go through, it’s just the shortlink, is it?

    You know I spend a LOT of time on blog promotion, though I am presently conducting an experiment where I am just not sharing my posts on the FB groups nor the G+ communities, both places that take lots of time, if you really do them well and use a large variation of tags in each community etc. I’d be soon writing about it in one of my posts – but I know for sure, it does ease your life a great deal.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hahaha Harleena ;) No she’s pretty busy writing her own too, on Monday-Wed-Friday :) Actually, you can share images on multiple groups – at least from my experience – although at times it doesn’t work. I agree on G Plus Communities; I share here and there, but a few times a week, and as for FB Groups I do it all through automation, and spend my time commenting on authority blogs. Thanks so much Harleena, you too :)

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  11. Robin Yearsley

    Hi Ryan,

    I LOVE Automation. You get more done, in less time. Sure, you can occasionally sacrifice relevance and some quality, but overall the volumes you can curate, share and publish means wider and more frequent engagement.

    Cheers,
    Robin.
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Robin, Agreed on that. We don’t do ads here so I had to erase most of your comment. Next time, no selling, just connecting. Appreciate it :)

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      1. Robin Yearsley

        Understood! Thanks for the comment. ;-)
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        1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

          No worries Robin, my pleasure :)

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  12. Jens-Petter Berget

    Hi Ryan,

    Great tips. I don’t travel as much as you, but I am right there with you when it comes to automation. I don’t use it that much, but I’m using Buffer and Aweber and CoSchedule, and I’m not using Twitter more than ever with Meshfire. This way I can automate some, but I’m always looking for ways to improve. It’s important to be personal for me, and I would never use a VA to do the communication for me, but I need the tools.

    -Jens

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Jens, automating plays a chief role in having a life outside of business for me. Traveling or not it helps me reach so many times zones, at the click of a button. We really do have a global audience in most cases. Thanks so much for reading and sharing Jens.

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  13. Akshit Wadhwa

    Thanks a lot for sharing this tip. But Ryan I want to know why you were using your images in articles. Is there any secret behind this.
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      My pleasure Akshit, thanks for reading. I use my images in my articles because my readers enjoy seeing me blogging from paradise. It’s my brand, and it’s the dream I sell. Heck, if you’re blogging at all, I’d suggest posting images of yourself throughout your blog to add a nice, personalized, human touch to your work. Appreciate it Akshit, see you soon.

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      1. Akshit Wadhwa

        Ok Thanks for Suggesting this.
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        1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

          Sure Akshit.

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  14. Catherine Holt

    I do automate my posts, but not as much as I should. I have struggled with the concern of loosing the ‘personal touch’, but like you say, you can still do this.

    I definitely want to up my automation, but more precisely to use it more efficiently. I have been hit and miss on Hootsuite, which is something I need to rectify.

    Automation will give me back that time to do all the other things I need to do!!
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Catherine that’s been my greatest revelation. My creativity took off, and I had more free time, when I decided to automate with Hootsuite Pro, and with other tools too. I too felt that personal touch limiter but got through it, when I started sleeping better ;) Thanks Catherine.

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  15. supreeth bharadwaj

    hi ryan
    well automation is a good way to save time too,but can we increase quality of the traffic we receive by any way, like its almost like a spam, so i prefer manual things, by using things like hootsuit and netwrked blogs we cannnot recieve direct traffic(it creates an iframe you can check it
    is their any other alternative which gets direct automation
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Supreeth, If you do automation properly it’s not like spam. I mean, check out my blog, my comments and my supportive audience; they definitely don’t feel like I’m spamming them ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and reading.

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  16. Kim Lavigne

    Hi Ryan…wonderful post, lots of valuable info here….I too enjoy automation, but a balance is crucial for sure..and difficult to achieve at times! Keep up the great work; I’ve been really enjoying your posts!
    Thanks!

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Kim thanks so much….the balance is key. Personalize through manual updates and personal through automation. That 1-2 punch works so well. I appreciate it.

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  17. Indigo

    So you manage to schedule Triberr shares? I haven’t figured out how to. I use Hootsuite, but only with original content I upload. I haven’t figured out how to combine the scheduling power of HS with the content finding power of Triberr. Can you explain more about how you’re doing this?

    Also, when I use HS to tweet a photo I upload, it converts the photo into a link. So people just see text when they look at my Tweet profile, even though I upload a lot of images. It seems to only show the image when I directly upload to Twitter without using HS.

    Thanks for your blog. Glad you’re getting to do it from paradise.
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      Hi Indigo. What you do is go to your Settings tab, and space out shares. Options run from 15 minutes to days. Also, you can find content by joining relevant tribes. Run a search – using the search bar on Triberr – to find tribes relevant to you niche. Then you can join or follow these tribes, and share based on either Triberr, or you can tweet the actual post out, then hootsuite share it at optimal times. Thanks so much Indigo for reading and sharing; see you soon.

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      1. Indigo

        Thanks, Ryan! I’m in some good tribes, but hadn’t been able to get the share spacing setting to work. I’m in the free Triberr, so maybe it only works in the paid one. I do like the idea of directly sharing, then retweeting on a schedule with Hootsuite.
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          Hi Indigo, nope, I’m a free Triberr user and it works fine. Actually, when you rollover that green Share button, it will cue up depending on what you chose in your Settings. If you have nothing share or cued up, your first update goes out automatically, but if you share something within 15 minutes or 1 hour, or whatever settings you chose, it’ll cue up nicely for you. Glad you’re Tribing it up ;)

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      2. Indigo

        … actually, I just figured out what I was doing wrong. On Triberr, if you click the little links below the post then pick how you want to share, it sends immediately no matter what you have in settings. If you want the share spacing to work, you have to hit the big green “share” button. Then it says, “scheduled.”

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  18. Rohan Bhardwaj

    Automation is indeed the key to success, one can get a lot of free time and then focus on the real work. You are amazing, Ryan.

    I am bit reluctant on using automation, but not anymore.

    You say the wisest think in simplest manner. Great buddy.
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      Hi Rohan, a bit of automating saved me so much time, so I’ll spread the word to make all blogger’s jobs easier ;) Thanks dude, you rock.

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  19. Takis

    Excellent post Ryan. I’m a big believer of automation, if properly done. But I think you need an initial time for good planning before you employ it and a lot of thought of what you automate or not. Thank you for sharing your excellent thoughts, Ryan.
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      Thanks so much Takis. It’s s delicate dance for sure. Careful planning is the way to go, thinking through who you want to reach and how you want to reach them. Thanks so much for sharing and reading :)

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  20. Adrienne

    Hey Ryan,

    I do believe in automation because I cannot be everywhere all the time even though I am based in the US as is most of my readers.

    I don’t use Hootsuite but I do have the paid version of Buffer. So I automate everything on Twitter but that’s the only site I do that for and it’s spread out throughout the day. I even load my Triberr feeds up in Buffer too because I want everything to go out so I know my audience will have a much better chance of seeing it.

    I don’t automate Facebook or Google+ unless like you, I’m traveling and I’m not going to be online. The smart thing to do though just like you’ve mentioned is to be social. Get on these sites and chat with people, be personable so they’ll know you show up.

    Automating just to get your content out and not showing up to converse with people will end up not doing you much good. You know the drill, you know how it’s done and it’s working beautifully for you.

    Great share and as you know I think the book is fabulous and I hope you’ve made a lot of sales from it. I’m sure you have.

    You and Kelli enjoy your weekend.

    ~Adrienne
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Adrienne, thanks so much for sharing, and yep, sales are going nicely so far in large part to your support :) Agreed on the social side of things. When folks see we’re a live body, that’s what’s most important. Show up, chat, and connect through the network. Especially on Facebook and Google plus. Twitter is a bit more forgiving on the automating end so we can use more tools there but like you said, keep on chatting. Thanks Adrienne, have a fun weekend.

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  21. Steven Lucas

    Hi Ryan,
    I never knew so much was available with using a virtual assistant – or even a real one! Using automation like this is a real eye opener to the one-man-show that is many marketers lifestyle. Especially if they still have a full time job too. Hey! We can’t all make it to Fiji!
    Thank you for introducing me to the concept and rest assured I’m going to start making gradual use of it.
    I guess to one downside is the instant reaction to a global event, but if it’s that important there’s always the manual override facility.
    Thank you once again.
    regards,

    Steven Lucas
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Steven, You make a wonderful point. I recall trading forex when I was a full time security guard. I had to automate somewhat, placing limits on my orders, because I needed to sell when the currency hit a certain point and sometimes that point occurred in the middle of a workday. Thanks Steve much for reading and sharing.

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  22. Eva

    Hi, Ryan!
    I was quite involved into your automation blogging tips. Yeah, I love the way you are writing. I love your attitude. When I am reading your posts I want to read them more and more. I support the ideas to publish articles at certain days. For example, I am trying to stick to Monday and Friday. Yeah, I know it is not so easy as I need to do a bunch of other extra work but the idea with staggering fashion is what I really love. Like sharing 2-3 tweets, posts in FB and Googles plus once a day. I hate when bloggers share posts one-by-one as I have no time to digest what I read as bloggers tear down a portion of fresh news. Thanks, Ryan, for great ideas!

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Eva, That’s awesome. Yep I’ve found that publishing articles at a set time on set days conditions people to make room for your posts. Continuity rocks, as it programs folks to set aside time to read, comment on and share your latest offering. Automation helps you to do all of these things. Thank YOU Eva for stopping by and sharing :) Enjoy your weekend.

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  23. Deb Lee

    Hootsuite and Buffer are my favorite automation friends! =) I love that you share the benefits of automating AND also encourage engagement. Sharing content for the sake of sharing — without jumping into a conversation — is not fruitful. And, no fun either. Thanks for the great tips. =)
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Deb, Super point here. Conversations are the seeds which grow the best blogging and business fruit. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing…and yep, they’re my 2 faves too.

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  25. Lash

    Hey Ryan,

    Thanks for another great post.

    I’ve been using HootSuite almost since I started my blog 3 years ago and scheduling the Tw-s at various times throughout the day to target my audiences in SEAsia, USA and, more recently, Europe too. As you’ve pointed out so well, this works great!

    One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that automated updates to FB do very, very poorly. As in, maybe 30-50 people on FB actually see the post! So I quickly gave up using Hootsuite for FB and always just go live on FB once a day for about an hour. That way my posts are seen by WAYYY more people.

    Haven’t you found that issue if automating on FB?

    Thanks for the idea about posting to several different groups on FB. NEver thought of that, but it makes so much sense. Like, duh! I’ll check into it.

    I’ll also go check out Triberrr.

    Thanks, as usual, for all the great tips and info, mate.

    cheers, Lash

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Yep Lash, Facebook hates automation. They bury Hootsuite and other posts at times but I still share there – once automated, once manually – to maximize my traffic. Thanks so much :)

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