Do you sometimes feel the gigantic sucking sound of social media taking years away from your life? Most people spend too much time social networking, because they have no clue what their social media goals are. Imagine spending 15-30 minutes daily on each platform. That could easily amount to 4-5 hours every day just social networking. That in turn leads to a whole lot of nothing happening in your business, since there is little time left to do any actual work. Here are some tips and tools to keep you on track.
When long time blogging friend Mitch Mitchell of I’m Just Sharing asked me to sit down and chat with him via a Google+ Hangout On Air, I was more than happy to do so. It seems I’ve been spending a great deal of time in Hang Outs lately so there was relatively little fuss involved with getting things set up for the recording.
Google Plus is a platform above all others. It’s micro-blogging aspects makes the social update stand out to your follower when done in the right way. Google Plus can single-handedly bring your blog to the forefront of social marketing, however, you have to understand what to do in order to make this happen. Here’s how you will be successful with your social media marketing on Google Plus. Relationship marketing in a new form of success!
With the 140 character limitation of Twitter, it’s important that we shorten the links we share in order to save space, yet Bit.ly actually does more than just shorten links. Bitly allows you to edit the shortened links you create so that you can customize them and make them more appealing. You also get stats for all of the links you create with Bitly that keep track of the number of shares and clicks coming from Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo have crafted what just might be the perfect social sharing community on Triberr. That says a lot coming from a self-proclaimed Social Media Diva like myself. I’m not going to go into a lot about why I didn’t embrace Triberr when they first launched the site back in 2011 because that’s old news and honestly – who cares about that. It’s water under the bridge and this isn’t about about the history of Triberr and how it has developed into the killer social media app that it is today. But, here’s what I do want to talk about. The state of Triberr today, as I see it and how can it benefit you as a blogger, podcaster, or content marketer.
Twitter is one of the world’s biggest social networks and it’s a powerful platform that can be leveraged to send your blog a lot of highly targeted traffic. But there’s always been a limitation of using only 140 characters in your Tweets. The 140 character limit doesn’t give enough of the space we often need to promote our blog posts. You can only enter a line or two and a link to promote your content. We are allowed a lot more characters for Facebook, and Google+, to share a longer snippet of our content which provides a lot more information to our potential readers. Twitter users have needed more space for a long time and now Twitter has finally responded by introducing Twitter Cards.
I want to share with you today about choosing the correct target audience between the users on Facebook and Google+.I am the owner of That Gaming Critic. My niche would be somewhere along the lines of electronics and gaming. I’ve been trying to find where my correct target audience hangs out on different social media networks. I wanted to find out what types of people are using these social media platforms and how I can benefit my business by gearing my time by focusing on one platform.
If you go to the search engine and type in your personal name what are you going to find? Hopefully a ton of results for YOU and your site properties. Of course this might be easier said than done depending on what your name is. If you have the same name as a celebrity or other well known figure it might not be so easy, but you still want to rank as much as you can.
Social networking is no different from the offline networking. All of us have done, or are still doing, offline networking – it’s just that we never call it networking. It had always been like being with a bunch of friends! Be it the old school times, or high school friends circle, your co-workers, the neighborhood and so on. The very same principles do apply with online social media as well; we just need to figure it out based on our needs and tastes.
Most of us know that link building has played a major part of search engine optimization for many years. The truth is though, that we need to understand that they aren’t as important as they used to be. In fact, according to the study, they are now on a par with other social signals such as Facebook shares and comments. Google +1’s are NOT just a margin ahead of other social channels when it comes to importance, they are quite a leap ahead!
RebelMouse works hard so you don’t have to. This is how to use RebelMouse. It’s a great place to showcase all of your blog posts and social shares. You may also curate more content right on the RebelMouse dashboard. You may tweet or share the content right from inside of RebelMouse. Overall, they make it very easy for you to use RebelMouse. They have just celebrated their 1st anniversary back in April.
You probably don’t need convincing that posts with images stand out more than those without images. This little bit of eye candy can mean the difference between your post standing out on a social site like Facebook or getting lost in the crowd. You may have noticed sometimes when pasting a link into a Facebook post that Facebook will automatically grab an image, title and description from your link. This little bit of behind the scenes work that Facebook does helps your post stand out by displaying visual elements such as an image and bolded title. If your blog has the meta data Facebook is looking for, any blog link pasted from your site will look great on Facebook.
Did you ever have a problem and wish the perfect solution would come along? Let me put it this way – ever feel like you’re waiting for a “sign” before making a decision about something? Well some might call it procrastination and maybe it is just a little bit. But this kind of stuff happens to me all the time. I feel like there are little voices in my head saying “not yet” or “just give it another couple of days before you make a move”.And then all of a sudden…BAM!! It seems to appear out of the blue and the answer falls right into my lap! Well that is what happened to me earlier today when I decided to install Google+ Comments here on Basic Blog Tips.
If you want to be successful online, then building a social media following should be one of your top priorities. But there is a misconceptions some bloggers have, that success can be determined solely by the numbers. For example, in email marketing, they say the more subscribers you have, the better your chances are at selling more products. In blog readership, you get more traffic because you have that many more people that are subscribed to your RSS feed when you publish a post, therefore helping you gain more attention. Why have 10,000 fans on Facebook if only 5-15 people interact with you on every update? I would rather have 1,000 engaged fans than 10,000 non-engaging one’s.