Marketers generally create landing pages for pay-per-click campaigns or other advertising campaigns. So, why not create them for social media sites? Granted, it may seem impossible because it is hard to change the layout of your blog or website just for visitors from like Digg, Netscape, and StumbleUpon. However, you can make it so that if a visitor came from a social site, they would see a different design.
Let’s take Search Engine Land as an example to explore this possibility. Here are things from the current design that you might remove for any visitor coming from a social media site:
Visitors from social media sites generally hate advertisements. They usually aren’t going to click on them either, so there is no point in having them unless you have CPM-based advertisements. By not showing ads to social media visitors, it will also seem like you aren’t making money, which is usually good, because many of these visitors don’t like websites making money off of “their” traffic.
All the items in the sidebar should be removed because it can cause users to navigate your whole site or other sites that you link to. The last thing you want these visitors to do is navigate your site and possibly find something they don’t like, which would decrease the chances of your site doing well on social sites. You also don’t want to link to other sites because they may leave your site and then forget to vote for your story.
3. Social Media Buttons
There is nothing wrong with placing social media buttons on your site so your visitors vote for your stories, but you don’t want to show them off to visitors that come to your site from a social site. Some may feel you only care for traffic, or that you may care for other social sites and not the one they use. A lot of these visitors are loyal and don’t like social sites that they don’t use.
4. Sponsored Links
The Social Media Visitor-Friendly Site
Here’s a screenshot of new design just for social media visitors:
All of the marked boxes in the first screenshot were removed form this screenshot, plus I added one more element, marked 6, and outlined in red.
This element has pictures of the Macintosh and Firefox logos because many social site users love these products and services. By adding them, you are appealing to them, which may cause them to vote on your story.
You don’t want to necessarily use the social media design for all of your visitors, but if you really want to maximize your website for visitors from social websites, you may want to display a different design for them. Test it out; you will see a world of difference. I am not advocating that you deceive your visitors. You should just find ways to make them feel comfortable, and ultimately your content speaks for itself.
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