diberry - 5:27 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
michaelsitver, I have one blog that gets a good bit more than 100k monthly page views. After giving it some good content, I just made it easy for visitors to share it in social media by placing share buttons near each post. It hit the front page of Digg back when that meant something, LOL, and now Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, etc., keep the momentum going. Google also fell in line and decided to give it high rankings for lots of good terms.
Social media is better for some niches than others, but for blogs I think it's generally an excellent tool. It builds genuine human traffic, and over time I do believe Google picks up that traffic as a quality signal for your site and ranks it accordingly.