What Are The Best Times to Post on Social Media

Have you ever wondered when you should be sharing your content on the social web?

Your visitors and followers prefer using social media sites during specific hours. So if you start sharing your content when your users are on these social sites, you’ll not only gain more shares, but you’ll also notice an increase in traffic.

So, when should you be sharing your content? Well, just follow the times in the infographic below.

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What Are The Best Times to Post on Social Media

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Conclusion

Don’t take my word for it—test the data above to see for yourself. You’ll be shocked with the results. I know I see an increase in social media traffic by up to 39% when I post during ideal times.

And it’s not just me… Bloggers like Dan Zarrella are seeing similar results. And companies like Buffer exist because they help you optimize when content should be shared in order for you to receive the most social traffic.

Do you share your content during the optimal times?

P.S. If you need help figuring out when you should post on social media go here.

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Comments

  1. Hello Sir,

    Thanks for the awesome infographic.

    Just looking for the best time for Twitter and Pinterest, Hope I’ll able to drive more traffic to my blog from these 2 popular social media. 🙂

  2. I read Thursdays and Fridays were the ideal times to post on FBK…I tried it for the first time sometime last year and it seemed true

  3. Amazing to see that there is a huge difference between Social Media Platforms (not only talking about LinkedIn).

    Which Social Media do you like best Neil? Or are you focusing all your attention on email?

  4. Thanks Neil that’s a great post

  5. Your numbers coincide with my experience, but I think timing only matters on one’s social media strategy.

    If you post 1 or a few posts per week, timing is important. However, many sites (including my niche sites) post 12 times per day. Yeah, I know that sounds like a lot, but it works really, really well. I’ve never had anyone say it’s too much.

    Posting multiple times per day drives a TON of traffic for free. I don’t post the same content every day… instead I post different images throughout the day sometimes promoting the same content.

    This strategy got me to 100,000 Facebook fans in well under 1 year for one niche. Now posting 12 times per day drives 300,000 page views per month… that’s all free traffic.

    • Jon, as with all things marketing related the numbers will be suggested rather than definitive. Each niche has its own rules. This data is what is generally true across all niches.

    • Jon, in this reply you’ve said “a TON of traffic for free”. But on your site you say “I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Facebook ads”. How does that equate to “free”? And where’s the magic in advising people to buy Facebook ads?

    • That is true.

      However, you can also leverage the optimal timings to post or repost your best performing content for each network during those times. In addition to the 12 posts a day.

      For example, sometimes I like to create viral social campaigns that can generate 1,000,000 views a week.

      And those campaigns are centered around just 1 post.

      However, it depends on the timing of when that 1 post is posted to spark the campaign.

      Even if I am posting 10 posts a day, I still want my “hero post” specifically to be posted or reposted at the optimal times for max traction.

  6. Thanks neil sir for the great infographic.
    I have noticed that if i share any link after 9:00 AM (Indian Time). I am getting more clicks or visitors then posting after 1 or 2 PM.
    As your infographic says that at 3:00 PM, we can get most clicks. I will try new time…
    THanks…..

  7. My god ! Never seen such a beautiful infographic. This is the best part i like about quicksprout – awesome infographics everywhere.

    How do you create them?

  8. What I find fascinating is that there’s no one good time to blast a message across all your social platforms. The fact that different social networks have different high-traffic periods speaks of either a.) different people using different networks at different times; b.) people following a hierarchy of social throughout the day (visiting sites in order of preference). Overall, a great read. I’ll be sharing it.

  9. What’s up Neil,

    Thanks for the infographic – This will join your others that are hung in the office… Thanks for including Instagram times too, most don’t… I really appreciate all your advice, it’s been a big help.

    Thanks,
    Kirk – vookee

  10. Great info – but – is there a way to have it in printed form so it can be printed out and referred to more easily? I don’t want to print the entire infographic!

  11. Another great beneficial read from Neil.

  12. Hello Sir,

    Thanks for this awesome and informative infographic. It’s really a helpful information for sharing content on social networking sites. Hope it will help me to increase the traffic for my blog. Thanks once again.

    Best regards,

    Moumita Ghosh

  13. This infographic hit my email in a very timely manner. I was just coming up with a schedule for social media marketing for the new year.
    Now I know when and where to focus my time and energy.
    Thanks!!

  14. Hi Neil,

    Just one word….”Awesome”!!!

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful information.

  15. Yea, I too share at similar peak times. Actually it’s not me, it is buffer who does all these for me. But now I can challenge buffer tool and see whether they need any changes.

    Thanks for sharing !

  16. Another awesome sharing Neil, I just damn learnt the art of driving traffic from Social Media and yeah I am going to share it on my blog too before it gets old.

    Thanks and Keep writing!

  17. Hey Neil,

    I have browsed so many websites for best time to post on social media sites. But, I didn’t find the right solution and I posted every 2 hours. This infographic gave me a clear picture of what time & when to post on social media sites.

    It’s a great infographic, thanks for the share….

  18. Word advice on this one go to bufferapp.com and get your account setup for free. Then incorporate these ideal times into your scheduling then start sharing content and it will automatically go out on these ideal times. Saves you huge amounts of time and work!

  19. Hi Neil sir,

    I tried this, it work good….. really a nice post and to helpful in social traffic.

    Thanks you.

  20. Social media is a very effective marketing tool that requires a good amount of time. Your information on the best times to post in order to get the maximum benefit is very helpful. I have shared it on my sites to help others. Thanks for posting.

  21. Facebook Insights tell you exactly which days and times are best to postfor the fans of each particular page. I manage pages for several businesses and the best times and days are different for every one of them.

    • Kim, as I mentioned in some of the other comments it’s all about your industry at the end of the day. I just wanted to provide my findings across multiple verticals.

  22. Unique information indeed! I have read so many articles and blogs to know the secret of how to use social media, but don’t know when to do activities on social media. Thank-you very much for this unique, relevant and fantastic information…

  23. Nice infographics and timetable. I will definitely useful for newbie like me to kick off social media marketing in the right way. I will consider above timetable while posting content on social media.

    Thanks Neil for taking time and sharing with readers!

  24. I have found time between 1:00 to 3:00 PM is getting more clicks and view compare to other time. Earlier I used to post content in the night but not getting expected clicks, likes and views. However Its all depend on target market and audience. Above timetable will definitely help us out.

    Thanks Neil for taking time and sharing with readers!

  25. Hey Neil, I’m Neil too 🙂

    Anyway, this is one of those things that makes me feel like a complete idiot. I just never thought of timing my releases before. I am always up super late finishing things off and usually issue some content to social media around midnight, thinking I will get up in the morning and check all the replies.
    Needless to say, there never is an awesome response…this is certainly one of the reasons. I will kindly share this great visual infographic! Cheers

  26. Some of these social stats are great to know. A lot of the specifics such as times/days may be different depending on industry. Great post.

  27. I’ve come across other posts like this before, including one from Buffer. I’ve not really implemented a specific posting strategy in the past, but I think I’m going to try and experiment using these optimal times in 2015.

    Wording Well has been experiencing more success as of late, and so to improve my busienss even more, this surely will help.

    Thanks for keeping me motivated, Neil! 🙂

  28. Thanks Neil! This is excellent! I’ve seen a few of these posts on other blogs; these help me explain to clients that scheduling posts is worthwhile. Which tools do you recommend for automating this or setting reminders? So far I’ve just been putting these into a shared Exchange / Google calendar (as a reminder to create the content and push it out) and Hootsuite/Buffer to schedule and publish content that already exists.

  29. Just Amazing info And Infographic too good!

    Thanks for sharing this great info.

  30. Hey Neil!

    I just printed this infographic out and hung it on the wall by my desk. I can’t wait to implement some changes and I expect some good results. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Neil, I guess the same habits apply to Europeans as well. If you don’t mind, I’ll translate some of the info you’re sharing here for my German blogging community. Thanks anyway for posting it.

  32. I really loved this timely infographic. I am pretty good about varying my posting times, but I never really looked at numbers this closely. I’m sharing this on my blog next week and issuing a challenge to my readers to test the times and see how it works. Thank you for always having great content.

  33. Hi Neil,

    Great infograhic.

    Just What I need.
    Now recently I join stumble upon and LinkedIn. Hope this two social networks may work as good for me, as other three works.

    Lets checkup these time factors, Hope this helps me more.

    Thanks,
    Hamim

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  35. Neil, good day to you and thank you very much for the post. Hope you’re having a great day!

  36. Hi Neil,

    Great infographic, in terms of both content and design. Will share it on my site.

  37. Awesome info graphic sir. Got just the exact information I was looking for. Tremendous info to boost up my shares and social media presence, Thanks a lot for sharing.

  38. Hello Neil, This is surely a great guide for newbies like me, I was wondering if you have any guides related to “Facebook Ads success strategy” and What type of stuff people like on Social media like on Twitter and Facebook ?
    I have read it many times that it should be compelling, emotional, great information and so on, but I have not found any example of such material which has all the qualities.

    it would ba nice if you are kind enough to enlighten us on these topics too…

    Regards.

  39. Hello Neil this is great post. I always wanted to know the best time to post on facebook. Keep it up bro.

  40. What time zone is this based on? Does East Coast differ from West Coast?

  41. Thanks for Sharing Nice Information ..

  42. Hey.

    Where do you have the stats about facebook from?
    The one with more clicks and more shares.

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  44. Really great information! I just set up my Buffer to post to Twitter guided by this info. We will see how it goes! Thanks.

  45. Hi Neil,

    It’s first time that I am here. I really like your Infographic as well as post. Great work. I want to know that for which country is your collected information? Is it for US or any other country. Please let me know.

  46. Dear Sir, Thanks For ur Nice co-operation,

  47. Hello Neil, This is surely a great guide for newbies like me, I was wondering if you have any guides related to “Facebook Ads success strategy” and What type of stuff people like on Social media like on Twitter and Facebook ?
    I have read it many times that it should be compelling, emotional, great information and so on, but I have not found any example of such material which has all the qualities.

    it would ba nice if you are kind enough to enlighten us on these topics too… 🙂

  48. Hi Neil,

    Great article. I am in Los Angeles and I would like to know which time zone you are referring to when you give the best times to post.

    Thank you
    Jason Christopher

    • Los Angeles as well 🙂

      • Hey Neil,

        Super thanks for this post. 😀 I’ve been using it as a guide for our social media activities, and I actually tested this on Pinterest, and hot damn, it doubled our following in just one weekend! xD

        I based it on EST, then I thought I’d check where you’re from, and while I wanted to facepalm myself that you’re on PST, I figured, why don’t I rotate on different days? xD

        Like, target EST Mondays, CST Tuesdays, MST Wednesdays, PST Thursdays, and so on and so forth, but augh. xD

        I might do something saner, such as EST M/T, PST F/S/Sun, as the West Coast people seem to be more laid back, and MST/CST W-Th. xD

        Gad. The stats and the data. Makes my head spin. But THANK YOU for giving an absolutely helpful guide. 🙂

        Lorie

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  50. When I share my post after 6PM IST on Flipboard i receive most of the traffic. Now i will try to share around noon..

    thanks

  51. Hi Neil,

    Great Infograhic.
    It was compelling enough to consider while posting content on social media. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  52. Awesome article ! I’ve been thinking about looking for info about best times to do social media work and I landed in your page. Very nice work!

  53. Thanks for sharing. It’s usefull 🙂

  54. Awesome post! I had been looking for an article like this for some time. While I found a few, none of them presents the information in a simple and concise way as this article does. Thank you for this wonderful read.

  55. Nice tips, please let me have it in my email.

  56. Hi Sir
    Another great post. Thanks for sharing this information!

  57. Hi Niel,

    Sorry if this is a stupid question but are these times for GMT?

  58. Thanks a lot Neil. Very informative post…so till today I’ve done my fb posting all wrong…I’ll try what you suggested.
    Thanks again. Keep up the excellent work

  59. Neil,

    Why didn’t you included Stumbleupon? I think that sends traffic immediately as you submit the update there, few days back I had my google analytics real time graph opened in one tab and in other tab stumbleupon for sharing the articles, as soon as I published the article there I could traffic to my blog instantly, I thought that was a co-incidence so submitted another post but for my different site and from different account, the same result with that. According to India it was around 00:30-1:00 a.m. I would love to hear your suggestions over this.

    Regards,
    Karan

    • Karan, I’ve mentioned it on a number of posts in the past — I think it’s a vital tool but not necessarily something that was top of mind when crafting this post. I will surely write an article again on SU. I would focus on your local time and cater things based on the insights you get from Facebook and Twitter analytics.

  60. Very True! I have followed some of these timings mentioned abouve, surprisingly i have seen gradual change in increase in traffic. I thought it ain’t gonna workout but truly Results were Amazing and Satisfactory. Thanks a lot Bro for this valuable stuff. Hope we keep hearing more Valuable stuff from your Side.

  61. I love your post. Keep writing!

  62. Thanks so much Neil sir to give that option to embed the Infographic. I just created a post for almost newbie blogger on topic “HOW TO SHARE POST ON FACEBOOK”. Thanks so much.

  63. hi neel, I read monday and tuesday were the ideal times to post on FBK…I tried it for the first time sometime last year and it seemed true

  64. Hi, thank you so much for that information. I would to know about the time of reference for that research and the sample size. Thank you, again.

  65. Sanjana Pandey :

    Imformative article!!!

  66. Thank you Neil for sharing this i trying to figure out best time to share on social network.

  67. Well you have covered each and every point, thanks for sharing such an informative article.

  68. Thank you Neil for the great information. I’ve been struggling with LinkedIn engagement lately. I am going to try the advice listed above and see what happens. I can’t wait to share this information with others too.

  69. Thank you sir. I was searching for this on the whole internet. This was a very helpful information for me.

  70. Social Media has become an important part of marketing ! Promoting websites has become cheap or free and EASY for any start up website/company to reach targeted customer.
    I really liked this post and embedded the inforgraphics in my website ! Thanks a lot !

  71. Great infografics and information provided, you are slowly but surely going ahead of all others with similar interests including moz. I’ve been following you from last 6 months or so, I have become a great fan of your work after this one.

  72. Hi,

    Great post I guess, well social media is indeed a great strategy for promoting our stuff.

  73. Great information. Thanks for posting Neil. It’s Thursday and i’m going to try posting on the specified timings, lets see 🙂

  74. Hi Neil,

    Thanks for sharing this amazing infographic!

    I wanted to create a quick cheatsheet version for easy reference.

    So I thought I’d share it here as well. Hope someone finds it helpful!

    =========
    FACEBOOK
    =========

    Best Days: Thursday, Friday
    Worst Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

    ( Note: Friday = +10% Happiness Spike )

    Best Time: Early Afternoon

    Most Shares: 1pm
    Most Clicks: 3pm

    Recommended Tool: Fanpage Karma

    ========
    TWITTER
    ========

    Best Days for B2B: Monday to Friday
    Best Days for B2C: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

    Best Time: Lunch Breaks, Commutes

    Most Retweets: 5 pm
    Most Clicks: 12 pm, 6 pm

    Recommended Tool: Followerwonk

    ========
    LINKEDIN
    ========

    Best Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    Worst Days: Monday, Friday

    Best Time: 7 am – 8 am, 5 pm – 6 pm

    Most Clicks: Tuesday, 10 am – 11 am
    Most Shares: Tuesday, 10 am – 11 am

    =========
    PINTEREST
    =========

    Best Days: Saturday

    Best Time Overall: 8 – 11 pm

    Best Time According To Fannit: Saturday, 2 am – 4 am, 8 pm – 11 pm
    Best Time According To SEJ: 9 pm
    Best Time According To 10Alik: 2 pm – 4 pm EST, 8 pm – 1 am EST

    Best Time For Fashion & Retail: Friday, 3 pm

    ========
    INSTAGRAM
    ========

    Best Days: Monday
    Worst Days: Sunday

    ( Pretty consistent throughout the week )

    Best Time: Off Work Hours

    ========
    GOOGLE+
    ========

    Best Days: Monday To Friday

    Best Time: 9 am – 11 am

    Most Engagement: Wednesday, 9 am

    Recommended Tool: Timing+

    ===============

  75. Wonderful post I guess, you have shared really awesome tips for social sharing.

  76. Thank you

  77. I have been looking all around the internet for this information. Thank you.

  78. Hey Nick, can you tell me how can i found some social bookmarking websites from the search engines like google, yahoo, etc. Please let me know if you have something…

  79. Exactly what I was looking for, Neil!

    I only get traffic from facebook and twitter and will keep these timing in mind to get some great results.

  80. Kumaresh Biswas :

    My target audience in india.So what time flowing??

  81. Awesome post I must, I’ve been doing social media promotion these days and this post is really helpful.

  82. Thanks NEIL PATEL. I’m pretty new to this social media marketing. Your article has helped me to get some knowledge on best time to post on social media.

  83. Thanks Neil for this great post indeed, you always come up with informational post.

  84. great post, I need to start implementing these points

  85. Thanks for this info. I will surely try it out to increase my social media engagements.

  86. Thankx for this information

  87. Hi Neil,
    Thanks for this secret infographic :D, timing matters a lot especially in digital marketing. I have doubt, should I share my website content on social media on those specific days or can I do it on other days as well.

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