Top 10 Socially Sorted Blog Posts in 2016

It’s that time of year when we share the Top 10 Socially Sorted Blog Posts of the year!  

This year there have been some stand out favourites. 

In this post, I round them all up for you and share our top visual social media and content strategy posts of the year!  

Top 10 Socially Sorted Blog Posts 2016
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It’s always hard to pick your favourites blog posts!    Especially when each blog post is a labour of love.

I have a complicated technical process for choosing our Top 10 Socially Sorted Blog Posts (can you tell that I’m kidding?).

It’s not rocket science, but it’s based loosely on 3 factors:

1  The number of shares.

2  The number of comments.

3  The reaction I got from you, my community, in terms of comments on social media, emails to me about the content and general excitedness.

So, are you ready for the top posts? Let’s jump in:

 

The Crème de la Crème of Socially Sorted Blog Posts

#1  50 Shortcuts to Create Visual Content for Social Media

50 Shortcuts to Create Visuals for Social Media
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Time is something we all want more of.   This post will help you to fast-track your visual content creation so you can free up more time.

I share 50 shortcuts to Create Visual Content for Social Media including tools, strategies and apps that work to save you HOURS of time every month.

This post is huge but trust me, it’s a resource you can “dip in to” for years to come.

The tools and strategies in this post are my “kit bag” of strategies, tools and tricks for creating visual content quickly and easily.

Bookmark it. Refer to it.  Download the cheat sheet so you have easy access to all the tools I mention, and more.

Enjoy!

 

#2  7 Creative Ways to Get More Instagram Followers

7 Creative Ways to Increase Followers on Instagram
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If you are on Instagram and struggling to increase your followers, then this post is for you.

I asked Sue B Zimmerman (Instagram Expert) to share some creative ways to increase your followers on Instagram, and she delivered.  Listen up!

 

#3   5 Ways to Get Started with Short Video… Even if it Freaks You Out

5 Ways to Get Started with Short Video even if the idea of it freaks you out
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Video is huge. It’s engaging. It grabs attention. It attracts reach and drives traffic.

But for many of us the idea of video, and being on video, FREAKS US OUT.  Where do you start?

In this post, I share 5 easy ways to “dance with the fear” and get started with short video… even if it freaks you out!

 

#4  6 Powerful Lessons from Tourism that will Boost Your Brand

6 Powerful Social Media Lessons from Tourism - that will Boost Your Brand

I have spent a lot of time with the Tourism Industry in the past 3 years, both as a speaker and trainer and working with clients.

I’ve also been fortunate to work with some of the leading tourism brands and state tourism bodies in Australia.

In doing so I have learned that the Toursim Industry can teach us MANY Lessons about using Social Media – big operators and small operators alike are doing some innovative things that we can all learn from.

So this is, without-a-doubt, one of my favourite Socially Sorted Blog Posts, as I got to share 6 Powerful Social Media Lessons from Tourism that you can implement in your business to boost your brand!

And it’s also one of the favourites for my audience – you guys shared it and sent me lots of great feedback about it. So if you missed it, read it here!

#5    10 Super Easy Ways to Get More Traffic and Leads on Instagram

10 Super Easy Ways to Use Instagram for More Traffic & Leads
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This post was all about getting more traffic and leads on Instagram.  Many of my readers are using Instagram but unsure how to go about building their following, driving more leads and making actual money.

If this is you, then read this post.

I share 10 Instagram posts from the Pro users of Instagram – that show you how to get more traffic and leads on Instagram.  Easy!

 

#6    6 Social Media Lessons from a Car Dealer

6 Smart Social Media Lessons for Small Business from a Car Dealer
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A while ago, a single tweet caught my attention.

It was from a car dealership in Portland, Oregon.

Find out what it was, and how I decided to find out more about what this car dealer was doing with social media in this post.

Because trust me, this car dealer is doing things RIGHT.  And I wanted to share what they are doing with YOU!

I share the simple strategies that the card dealer and their staff are using to drive engagement and traffic on social media.

The best part? You can use these strategies too… no matter what your business is!

 

#7    7 Ways to Effortlessly Drive More Blog Readers with Visuals

7 Ways to Effortlessly Drive More Traffic to Your Blog with Visuals
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One of the things that has helped my blog do so well is visuals.  And it occurred to me that I had never wrapped up all the strategies I was using in the one blog post for you.

So this was it.   Want to attract more eyeballs on your blog post? Read this post.

This article got a lot of great feedback including stories about how some of my community have used it to get an instant increase in traffic and readers to their blog.

If you want to get more eyeballs on your next blog post, try some of these strategies.  There are 7 of them in all – 7 Ways to Effortlessly Drive More Blog Readers….with Visuals.

Hint:  Some of these tips require others to do the hard work for you!  How cool is that!

 

#8  How to Use SlideShare to Attract 650k Views of Your Content

How to Use SlideShare to Attract 650k views of your content
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What a ride this post has had!  It was first published in January, 2016 and at the time was titled “How to use SlideShare to Attract 450k Views of Your Content”.

Then something happened….

While only posting 2 more slide decks, my content views went from 450k to 650k in just 10 months.

Without. Doing. Much. At. All.

Which is why I want you to read this post. Even if you don’t have a following, SlideShare can bring quality views of your content ….and it happens organically.

But of course there are a few tips and trickst to getting results out of SlideShare, and I have wrapped them up in this post.

Read the post and please, promise me you will consider adding SlideShare to your marketing mix!

 

#9  The Secret Sauce to Shareable Visual Content Your Audience will Devour

Secret Sauce to Shareable Visual Content
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This post is one of my favourite Socially Sorted Blog Posts.

After writing about and speaking about visual content around the world over a number of years, I started to see patterns, as to what gets shared and what doesn’t – I came up with 5 Key Elements that contribute to shareable visuals.

I was even interviewed about the 5 Key elements for Entrepreneur.com.

In this post, I break down those 5 elements or “Secret Sauce” Ingredients even more, including some examples of businesses using each one.

Now YOU can go and create engaging, shareable visual content too.

Even if you use just one or two of these elements in your images or video, it will help your content to get shared.

#10  5 Super Easy Tips for Instagram Engagement to Get the Party Started

5 Super Easy Tips for Instagram Engagement to Get the Party Started

If you are struggling to get Instagram Engagement then this post is for you.  It’s not about just getting eyeballs on your content but actually having people like and comment on your posts!

In this post, I shared 5 Super Easy Tips for Instagram Engagement… so what are you waiting for?  Check it out and get the party started!

 

Bonus Post:  5 Social Media Tactics that Need to be Trashed

I chose one last blog post that really struck a chord with my community… it’s had a lot of comments, I’ve received loads of emails about it and a ton of social comments.

I know when a post is popular from shares, but I know when something is truly important to my community when it comes to quality comments.

This post fired you up as much as it fired me up.

And the message I received was that you have had enough about these 5 bad social media tactics… as much as I have.

I hope that as a community, we can start to demand change (or lead by example) in terms of what I have shared in this article.  Here it is:

5 Social Media Tactics that Need to be Trashed
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Over to You

Phew!  Thanks for helping me choose our Top 10 this year with all of your amazing comments, shares and engagement.  

I am truly grateful.  

Now tell me… what was your favourite Socially Sorted Blog Post of 2016?  

Leave a comment below.  I’d love to know!

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, a Top 10 Social Media Blog Winner in 2015 & 2016, and winner of the 2014 Best Australian Blogs Competition (Business Category). Donna helps businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs use visual social media and content strategy to get more traffic, shares and sales in their business. She is a contributor to Entrepreneur Online and Social Media Examiner and has been featured in Forbes, NBC, Yahoo, the Huffington Pos, Entrepreneur and Problogger.
  • All that posts are so interesting and helpful. I have read your post that how to increase instagram followers. Because now instagram is a great social platform to generate leads and promote other products.

    Thanks
    Sarah

    • Glad to hear you liked them Sarah – enjoy and have a great 2017!

  • Sounds great. I think your suggestion is to create a niche blog instead of lifestyle blog?

    • Hey there… not sure what suggestion you are referring to, but I recommend, when it comes to blogging to get started. I definitely recommend niching your blog if you can but sometimes we don’t know what that niche will be straight up. I see so many people “stuck” about blogging because they are waiting for the perfect niche… just start… sometimes you need to write a little and ask your audience, see what they respond to, what you love writing about… find the sweet spot… and THEN you will know the right niche.

      Saying that, if you have a hunch, go for it, but just be prepared to watch and listen to what your readers love… sometimes it’s a big sign you have to pivot your content. I did that with visual content a few years back and it changed my business completely. Hope that helps. This post will explain it more: http://sociallysorted.com.au/11-awesome-blogging-mantras/

  • Andree

    All of these 10 articles (and the rest in 2016) have been super helpful. This recap is a great reminder for me to revisit some of these strategies in 2017. Thanks again!

    • You’re very welcome Andree – glad to hear you are starting out 2017 well! Have a great year!

  • Simon Zaku

    Nice post, Donna!

    My best? #7 🙂

    Learnt about pinterest Images. Never thought about creating pinterest optimized images seperately for my blog (upcoming) and attaching it at the end of every post to remind users.

    Another great way to bring more eyeballs to your blog is by creating an image that is optimized for twitter header photo that speaks to your target audience. A great example is your twitter header photo urging people to sign up for your free training.

    Thanks once more, Donna!

    Cheers!
    Simon Zaku

    • Glad you liked 7 Simon – it’s one of my favourites too! Glad to hear you will be adding more shareable images to your posts. And totally agree re the Twitter header! Thanks Simon!

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