Social Media Sites: Where Do You Network?

How many Social media accounts do you have?

Where all do you have it?

I have seen both bloggers single and multiple social media accounts. And I am just curious: Where should we put our most effort? Which social media sites should we focus on – when building our business and brand?

In this blog post, we will talk about where – which sites – you should put your most energy and effort into.

How Many Social Media Accounts?

Having social media accounts is important for marketing your content and gaining more exposure for your brand/blog/business.

For instance: One of my friends at College gets his most clients via Social media -Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Before I move further on, let me make it clear: I am not talking about having multiple IDs in a single site. I am talking about having single ID per site.

But, how many sites do you need to invest your time in?

Should you invest your time in Popular Social Media Sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn? Or should you go for local ones?

Well, it depends…

It depends upon your business. If you are doing business offline (and if you think your business has enough relevance in your area, then sure invest a little more time into working with local social media sites.

Or else, go popular 😀

But, there are many popular social media sites out there. Which one should you focus on?

Well, that’s my question too. Which one should you focus on? Let’s take a look:

Pros – Local Social Media Sites

  • Easier for you to network with and do business (since they are in your area).
  • If you can prove your business to be successful in your area, then it will be easier for you to take to the next level. Networking with local tweeps will help you (if your business has enough relevance in your area). For instance: If you are trying to sell luxury items to a rural town. It won’t work.
  • Not a lot of Competition

Cons – Local Social Media Sites

  • Not a lot of clients – Well, this depends upon your business.
  • Not a lot of exposure – When you talk about local social media sites, they are local.

Pros – Popular Social Media Sites

  • Lot of Exposure
  • Lots of Clients

Cons – Popular Social Media Accounts

  • Lot of Competition (It will be hard to compete when you are doing business across the world, but you can).
  • Takes lot more time and effort to get your business noticed

These social media accounts really take up a lot of time. Don’t you agree? Moreover, we need to decide on which sites we should put our energy into. We can’t just work on all sites, can we?

Which Sites Do You Put Your Energy Into?

Well, if I were you: I would experiment and do some research. Yes, experiment what works out for your business. Which social media site gets you more business(Ask your customers who referred them; use analytics to track your website online!)? Focus more of your energy into those sites. Also do some research to find out where your competitors are standing and what you need to do about it.

For Blogging?

As a blogger, I would recommend you to spend more time on Twitter and Google Plus (and also put effort into LinkedIn). Don’t worry much about Facebook. If you look online, you will see most bloggers (doing their blog work) on Twitter and Google Plus. So, put a lot more effort into those sites than others. Build your community outside your blog. Network and Just keep everything simple and awesome.

Be Happy.

Be Creative.

Just Network.

And Don’t worry 😉

Thanks for listening tweeps! Let me know of your comments 😀

Do You Keep A Blogging Journal?

It’s a rather simple question to ask: Do you keep a blogging journal?

Well, for those guys, who don’t know what I am talking about: Blogging Journal is where you write down all your blogging related ideas and decide to take action later.

Do you keep a journal?

That’s what I use my blogging journal for. Well, what do you use it for?

For those guys who don’t keep a blogging journal: If you were to have one, what would it for?

And why don’t you keep one?

This blog post takes a simple look at why I think you should keep a blogging journal. This post is solely based on my own experiences with my dear Blogging Journal.

I have been blogging for 2 and a half years now. And I can confidently tell you that the best posts that I have written so far came from my blogging journal. That’s my first reason.

Blogging Journal Helps You to Organize New Ideas

You never know when you are going to get a blogging related idea. And if you don’t write it down soon, you may even forget it (I have had a few cases of that). My blogging journal helped me to get ideas (When I have it in my hand, it motivates me to think of something that is related to blogging). And also helped me to retain them.

I use my old school agenda as my blogging journal. And it has really helped me. You see, I think it is a lot better to write down your ideas (rather than drafting it in your WP account or whatever).

And even my journal has given me different ideas. You see, the people who were responsible for the school agenda had this habit of including awesome quotes on every page of the agenda. I have had several scenarios in which I have framed a whole post based on the quote that I see on a page.

Blogging Journal Motivates You to Think More!

There is a strong motivation behind every human action. Having a Blogging Journal in your hand will motivate you to think about blogging (It has worked for me). For instance: I won’t feel satisfied until I think of at least one idea.

Note: Yes, I have several different ideas. But, as you can guess, I couldn’t write all of them since I didn’t have much to talk about. I only publish articles that I feel satisfied with – others, I throw them in the trash can 😀

Blogging Journal May Give You Confidence

Notice I said, may. That’s because it depends upon the person. If you are able to think of lot of new posts – while having your blogging journal in hand – it will increase your confidence. You see, there is a fear for all bloggers – called Writer’s block.

Whatever you tell, I won’t agree with you. Now and then, there will be times in which you can’t get any ideas. Even if you the great Einstein.

Thinking of ideas before hand decreases your fear and increases your confidence for blogging. An increase in confidence also means that you will perform better (At writing, at commenting, marketing or whatever you are doing).

Better Confidence also means you will have an optimistic attitude (we all know how important our attitude is, don’t we?).

Well, if you don’t, I will give you a quote:

If wealth is lost nothing is lost, if health is lost something is lost, if character [attitude] is lost everything is lost 😀

Well, I guessed that character also means your attitude.

So, Do you Keep a Blogging Journal?

Let me repeat the question again: Do you keep a Blogging Journal? Why? Why not? Has this post had any effect on your decision to keep/not keep a blogging journal?

Let me know of all your comments! Don’t forget to share. Thanks 😀

Your Best Blog Ideas for Guest Blogging?

I want to ask you a simple question. Do you guest blog? If so, do you keep your.

What’s your idea?

best blog post ideas for guest blogging?

If yes, why? If not, why?

In this blog post, we will discuss whether we should keep out best ideas for guest blogging or not.

Keeping Your Best Ideas for Guest Blogging?

Guest blogging is a means through which you get traffic, build links, build your newsletter and build relationships all at the same time. I always consider guest blogging as a form of commenting (there are only a few differences between an “excellent” comment and a good guest post). When writing comments, you could craft them to be thought provoking (this builds relationships). If the site has Comment Luv, Keyword Luv and Twitter link, then you could build links through that. Now, let’s get to today’s main topic:

Here is what I have done so far: I kept my best ideas for guest blogging. I invested a lot of time brainstorming ideas for other sites. And it was very useful for me: For building relationships with many prominent bloggers and building links to my blog (and I got traffic to my old blog).

Right now, I am just starting to pick back with Guest blogging (I am also spending lots of time on commenting; thanks to Brian’s blogs I frequent page, I am able to have a list of blogs that I should really comment on.

Here is what I am going to do in the future: Spend more time guest blogging and commenting. This is because I want to get more traffic and build even more links to my site (and at the same time, I will be writing articles for my own blog).

Now, let me tell you why I kept (and keeping on) my best ideas for guest blogging:

We all know that Guest blogging is when you write as guests for other sites. And when we it comes to effective guest blogging, most of us do select bigger blogs so that we can get better results with the guest blogging.

Now, in guest blogging, you are writing for a bigger audience (provided that you are writing for a blog bigger than yours). You need to have better quality content to get the best results. You would want to broadcast your blogging abilities to the audience right? For that, you need to have posts that are equal or higher in quality compared to your site (this is what I believe). Of course that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of articles that you write for your own blog.

It just means that you need to spend more time planning, researching and writing when you write blog posts for other blogs.

Guest blogging also helps with brand recognition. By writing for bigger blogs, you are exposing your brand/business to a bigger audience and interacting with your future friends, clients and/or subscribers.

What Do You Believe in?

I believe in guest blogging as an effective way to build traffic to my blog. As I mentioned earlier, it is also a great way to build links and other stuff. I believe in keeping my best ideas for guest blogging because when I guest blog, I only do at prominent blogs like CopyBlogger and Backlinko.

Do you believe in keeping best ideas for guest blogging? Do you guest blogging? Why? Why not?

Help me by sharing and commenting on this article. Thank you!

4 Techniques to Get Talking in Twitter: Twitter Networking!

Twitter is a great medium to network with your friends and clients (Yes, we all agree on that, right?). There are only a few ways to network via Twitter (like messaging and retweeting). So, it is very very important to use specific strategies to get the most out of Twitter networking. Networking via Twitter allows you to gain friends, clients, traffic and brand recognition. As I mentioned before, there is not many ways to network in Twitter. The success of twitter networking lies in your efforts and techniques. In this article, we will take a look at three ways through which you can gain traffic, friends and/or clients while building your brand.

#1: Answer Questions

Well, that seems obvious. This is one of the best ways to find new people and network with them. You could use it in two different ways. The first method is to use Twitter. Just search for the specific keyword (that belongs to your niche). Find people who have different problems and help them solve the issue. The second method involves using Hoot Suite (Thanks to Brankica from Bloglikeastar.com for her tip!).

Be sure to keep in touch with the person whom you helped (Consistency is the key). Answering questions is a great way to build traffic and reputation for your site (Especially if the person you helped solve the issue is interested in your niche – or if the issue is related to your niche).

#2: Reply to Retweets and Shares

Another method is to reply to Retweets and shares that you get. I am not telling you to tweet a standard old boring reply that reads Thank you for the RT. Instead, make it unique. Try something like: Hey, Thanks for the thumbs up. By the way, How are you? How is your blog/project/work going? Try to be more interesting with your replies. Write replies that can motivate others to reply. It would be easier for you to write better replies if you know more about the person you are replying to (Check out their Twitter stream, blog and other places to see what’s going on). Now, another important thing to mention here is that you need to be active in reading blogs and sharing others’ content, to use this technique. Like many other networking techniques, consistency and uniqueness are the key elements that help this technique to work effectively.

#3: Start a Casual Conversation

Another way to network is just to start a casual conversation. It is easier for you a start a casual conversation if you know a lot about the person. For instance: If you know that the person is working on a new blog, you could check it out, see what’s going on and ask him/her about the progress they have made so far. Casual conversations are easy to start, if you are in touch with the person (consistency).

Tip: Direct Messages

Well, you don’t always have to use Twitter mention feature to network with someone. You could use the direct messaging feature, instead. Another tip: Here is how I would look onto it. I would use the mentions feature to answer questions and other stuff. And I would use the direct messaging feature to have casual conversations. This is a great way to keep casual conversations apart from other replies and mentions.

#4: Twitter Hashtag Chat

The Hash tag chat is a great way to network with a group of people (while discussing over some topic that is related to your niche). Hash tag chat is easy to start (the only problem is that you have to be consistent with it). If I were to start one, I would probably set a schedule, inform my readers, conduct the first chat (to make sure everything is alright) and then keep on doing it (conducting the chat according to the schedule). It would be also wise to inform my readers about each week’s topic (If I were to run a weekly chat) before the actual chat. The Twitter hash tag chat is a great way to network not only with you friends, but also with your readers 🙂

Conclusion

All of the techniques mentioned above are not that new. Most of the bloggers today know about it. The only problem is that either they don’t have the time (consistency) or they just don’t care. The key to Twitter networking success, as I have already mentioned, is Consistency. Be consistent. Be Unique. Be Yourself. Simply put, Just Network.

Blog Networking: Networking at its best!

Blog networking is just as important as networking (socializing) in real life. To understand the relevance of blog networking, one must first understand the importance of networking in real life. Networking (or socialization) is the act of communicating with others. This act allows us to work, enjoy and play together. What exactly does networking/socialization do to your life? Socialization allows you to gain skills and habits that are important to participation within our society. It helps us with a lot of us. In a way, Networking defines us. Blog networking is similar to real life networking. This article takes a brief look at the basics of blog networking and its impact on blogging as a whole. Let’s start with the basics:

Blog Networking Basics

How do you define Blog Networking? Well, Blog Networking is act of communicating with your friends, followers and clients through 21st century innovations like Social Media, Blog and other online services (At least, that’s how I would define it). For bloggers, networking allows them to think, act, have fun and boost their (and their blog’s) reputation. Allow me to give you specific examples:

Blog Networking Provokes Ideas

Ideas are important, whether you are a blogger or not. When I say Ideas, I mean innovative steps, processes, acts, techniques that you can do or apply to your blog, blogging style and/or to your blogging career. Ideas range from blog posts to new ways to improve your conversion rates. Blog networking simply provokes great ideas. Let me give you a real example to illustrate my point:

You won’t get much ideas from the first time you see it. But, when you analyze closely, ideas will pour out like water from a jug.

Here is a few ideas that I got:

Time Management, Scheduling Posts on Vacation, How to enjoy your vacation (and blog at the same time!), What are some things that delay you – Things that Eat your time? And So On.

The ideas that you get will differ upon each tweet. Some tweets are casual. Casual tweets are more likely to give you ideas about blog post, techniques and so on. There is also another way that you can get ideas through – By checking Twitter profiles. You can learn a lot from others. Let just take the example of Twitter once more:

One of your new followers shared your content. After you thank them for doing so, you check their profile to see if they are worthy to be followed. Now, you look at the Timeline. The Timeline consists of all your tweets – whether they are casual mentions, shares or whatever. Let me explain:

A person with high number of casual mentions and conversational tweets can be classified as a great talker/networker. A person with high number of their own tweets can be classified as ” ” (place them in whatever groups you want). Likewise, most twitterers can be classified into different groups (Too bad that Twitter has not introduced a circle like feature yet. But, you could make a private circle to group people as you may like).

Well, when you check their profiles, you might also see some articles, quotes, tidbits they wrote or shared. These things are more than necessary to give you enough ideas to improve your blogging career.

The same thing applies to Facebook or Google Plus. Checking the timeline and/or profiles will give you different ideas. In G+ and Facebook, comments/messages replace the retweets and Direct messages. These also (can) contribute towards the act – of thinking of ideas. Now, let’s take a look at the second portion of networking: act.

Blog Networking motivates you to take action

Yes (well, it depends upon the scenario). Blog networking motivates us to take action. It would be be better if I give you examples. So, Here are some examples to illustrate my point:

Scenario #1: One of your buddies tells you about how they finished their eBook in 30 days.

Action: You might get motivated to start writing an eBook and spend some time each day to finish it within 30 days.

Scenario #2: You see a blog post – via your buddies’ profile – about increasing conversion rates.

Action: You decide to implement those techniques to your own blog.

Scenarios and actions are endless. You could be motivated by just about anything (an example for this occasion: at the time of writing this post, the font – Trebuchet MS – and the look of the post, motivated me to write more and more. Just because Trebuchet MS is one of my favorite fonts). And Motivation is one among the several things that forms the foundation of both our lives and our blogging career. Now, let us take move on to the next little thing that is called “Having Fun”.

Having Fun

Having fun is also an important part of blogging. Whatever you might be doing, you should have fun with it. Or else, it will start to get “boring”. Well, it is not exactly easy to have fun. Think for instance like a full time worker. He works 9-5 and hates both his condition and his boss. Now, it is not easy for him to have fun at work. But, if he were to have fun, then his productivity and self esteem would increase, by a lot. Now, Having fun doesn’t mean that you should do only the things that you enjoy. Instead, what I am implying, is that you should make things that you hate to be fun and exciting. Aside the small talk about having fun, let’s get back to main topic:

Networking is also about having fun. Having a conversation with someone can solve even your biggest and worst problems (well, partially, if the person whom you are talking to gives you good advice that you can apply – let’s just assume that the solution works -, then yes, wholly). I really don’t know how I can explain the fun part of socialization to you. Just think of it. We talk to others for several different reasons. Blog networking may allow you to have casual/professional and healthy discussions with your friends/clients and others. And that is what I call fun (At least sometimes, it is fun). Or try to make it fun.

Boost your blog’s reputation

As you become more and more active in Social media and networking more, your reputation will increase (People who actively engage and participate in blog networking are all time influencers). An increase in reputation is going to benefit you in long term marketing. For a blog networker, it is much easier to market his/her content because of her/his connections. For example: a person would be more willing to share you content if you seem more socialized (especially in blogging).

Key Point

The key point of this post is to realize the importance of Blog Networking and change your blogging plans according to it. If you are ready to learn, then I am ready to teach. Over the next few weeks, we will be looking over specific techniques to improve your networking influence on specific social networking sites (we are going to start with networking and marketing on Twitter).

By the way, I thank you for investing your time and effort to read my post. I would greatly appreciate if you let me know what your opinion is.

  • What do you think of this post?
  • Did I miss any important points?
  • Do you agree with me?
  • How much time do you keep aside for networking?

Welcome to Blog Networking 101

Hello Everyone!

I welcome you all to my new site: Blog Networking 101.

Unlike my other site, this site is going to focus on a specific aspect of blogging: Networking (and Marketing). I started this new site with one goal in mind:

To build up a “great” site that provides the user with quality information related to Networking, Marketing and other aspects of blogging.
For those guys, who are familiar with me or my site, here is a little background information.

My Blogging Expertise

I started blogging, back in 2009, when I had the urge to start a new website. At that time, I had decided to go with Technology as my niche. But, as time moved on, I realized that I had a “stronger” motivation to blog about blogging – achieving success with blogging through effective Online Marketing and Networking.

About Jeevan Jacob John

I am a young, enthusiastic blogger who blogs about achieving blogging success. I am also a passionate follower of Medical Sciences. My experiences range from volunteering to experimental science to blogging.

As a volunteer, I have worked with several different churches in India and in US. I have helped to organize events such as Sunday School classes.

As a student, I have always been passionate to explore, to learn and to conquer new heights that no one has before. I have also worked with the Science and Nature Club.

My school experience has helped me to gain expertise in different fields. For instance, Music Club has helped me to become a good singer, pianist and a thambala (a drum like instrument) artist.

My experiences of blogging for over 2 years has helped me to improve my communication skills and to increase my confidence. Blogging has also helped me to gain expertise in marketing and networking with local businesses.