The biggest way I have promoted my site is through Facebook and Twitter. Every time I add new work, I’ll add a link to my piece so that people can view what I have done. For the most part, this has been the most effective way to showcase my work and draw an audience. I’ll usually use bit.ly to shorten or personalize my links.
I have noticed a significant impact in the amount of viewers to my site when I use these social media tools. On a normal day when I don’t promote my work or provide direct links, I’ll get around 1-2 viewers, whereas, when I do provide links, I will receive some 10 or more visits. This is clearly seen in the chart, which shows that on April 24, I only had 4 page views and it wasn’t until I posted a direct link on Facebook on April 28th, that my I had 51 page views. The same thing occurred April 19th with 41 page views. Most people spent about 5 minutes on my site and the majority (56%) came in through direct traffic, only 4% visited via a search engine.