Blogging Cool Tool of the Week – Snip.ly

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Unless you are a Blogging machine you probably find that a lot of your Social Media activity consists of sharing 3rd party articles and opinions. This is a great way to associate yourself and your business with quality content on the web and reinforce yourself as the “go to” guy in your industry.

What Snip.ly does

I can drive traffic to my blog when sharing great 3rd party content.

However, what if you could share quality 3rd party content on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter etc. and drive traffic to your blog posts at the same time?

That would be a amazing right? Well great news- There is a tool to do just that and it can be used for FREE. Check out  Snip.ly (affiliate link).

The brilliant Snip.ly allows you to create a customised banner on the bottom left hand side of the page with your Image, your chosen text and a call to action button which directs the reader to your chosen url.

Once you have set up your message and banner Snip.ly will generate a unique link that you can cut and paste into your Tweet, Facebook update etc.

How to create your Snip url

How to create your Snip.ly url

There is also a cool plugin on Chrome and Firefox that will allow you to generate “Snips” directly from your browser.

Click on the plugin to instantly create a Snip.ly url

Click on the plugin to instantly create a Snip.ly url

Okay, what is the catch? Is it really FREE? You can use free for up to 1,000 clicks monthly. This in a nutshell means that you can generate 1,000 clicks to sites or articles. These are the 3rd party sites which will have your snip.ly banner displayed on them. So if 10% of readers convert to your site your Free account will drive an additional 100 visitors/visits to your blog. Like any blogging tool I would suggest that you try it out on some rather than all your Social Media updates first and measure your success first.

Oh and did I mention Snip.ly also gives you analytics so you can monitor and track your clicks and conversions.

Use the Analytics section to see how many conversions you are getting to your site.

Use the Analytics section to see how many of the Snip.ly links are actually converting traffic to your site.

Need more clicks? There are paid accounts starting at $25 a month going up to $125 per month.

Give Snip.ly a go and let me know how you get on.

Do you use similar tools and if so which ones are your favourite?

Watch Greg’s video tour of Snip.ly recorded at 2am in Dublin.

 

Greg Fry

Greg Fry

An International Social Media trainer delivering regular LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Social Business Strategy training and workshops for institutions such as the Digital Marketing Institute, Sure Skills and the Digital Skills Academy. In 2014 I have worked with top multinationals including: Ulster Bank, Microsoft, UPC and Coca Cola Hellenic. Alongside training I work as a Social Business Consultant. I believe that in order to make social media work for your business you must have a clear business goal, a clearly defined strategy and make sure that everything you do is measurable.

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  • Eileen McCabe

    Thanks for a great overview of Snip.ly Greg!

  • http://www.ahaingroup.com/ Niall Devitt

    Hi Greg, thank you for the introduction to Snip.ly – it sounds like a interesting concept. I wonder if there is any data available on conversion rates?

    • http://www.contentplan.co/ Content Plan

      No public data, but i would imagine conversion rates would vary drastically depending on how related the 3rd party article is to the blog post you want to send the reader to Like so many great tools that only work well if the user uses them in a savvy way.

  • markgdub

    Excellent article Greg, very clear and concise with excellent examples of how it all Works!

    • http://www.contentplan.co/ Content Plan

      Many thanks for the kind words Mark.

  • Facundo

    Quite interesting way to share content while reminding people that it was you :) Looks like it may become useful for people with a lot of following who are asked to regularly share third party stuff.

    • http://www.contentplan.co/ Content Plan

      Thanks for the comment Facundo.

  • http://www.cgonlinemarketing.com/ Christina Giliberti

    Hey Geg….loving snip.ly…..have you noticed an upsurge in referral traffic and are the sources positive?

    • http://www.contentplan.co/ Content Plan

      Simple answer. Is yes in the fact that there is additional traffic coming to the site via snip.ly. (not vast, but significant). Traffic is relevant traffic.

      PS. Thanks a million for commenting Christina:)

  • http://www.snapjervis.ie/ Austin Mann

    Hi Greg, Well done, you expained it better than an article I read last week, so much so that I’ve signed up!

    • http://www.contentplan.co/ Content Plan

      Cheers Austin. Glad you liked the post. Hope Snip.ly performs well for you.

  • Kieran

    Looks good Greg. I’ll be giving this a try. Useful video too

    • http://www.contentplan.co/ Content Plan

      Cheers Kieran. Glad you liked the post. Let me know how you get on.