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What Social Media should I be using?


Browsing through my WordPress and Twitter feeds (where I have most followers and interactivity) I see a lot of people questioning; “what social media should I be using?”. It would seem that, even though people want to get their content (blog, website etc.) out there, they’re either A) reluctant to join dozens of social media sites, or B) just don’t have the time.

Personally, I am a member of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and, of course, WordPress!! This may seem a bit unnecessary to some people, while other people may also be members of these social networking sites. HOWEVER, and this (to me) is the most important part, even though I am a member of all these different social media sites, I have 3 primary ‘go-to’ sites – 3 sites which I will ALWAYS update (whether it be asking a question or posting a newly published blog post).

My ‘go-to’ sites consist of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook as I (personally) have found these create the most traffic to my blog! These are the 3 sites which work best for me…it may not be that way for you, though. If this isn’t the way you do it, how do you manage your social networking sites? Do you have 3 (maybe more, maybe less) ‘go-to’ sites? I’d love to know how you manage your social media sites.

Basically, if you’re new to blogging, or are just getting into integrating your social media; find out what works best for YOU. Maybe you’ll find posting a link to a couple of your blog posts every 3-4 hours (or whenever you feel is necessary) on 2 different social media platforms is enough. If that works best for you then I say go for it. It’s entirely dependent on yourself; how much time you have, and so..

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to connect with me, after all I’m on enough social media for you to reach me!Alternatively, you can contact me here (via email).

Thank you for reading, I’ll see you in my next post.

How do I make my LinkedIn Profile Anonymous?


If you use LinkedIn then you’ll know that when people view your profile you’re able to see just who viewed your profile, like so;

LinkedIn - Profile - Views - Social MediaUnless, of course, you have changed your settings to make yourself anonymous. Do you want to make your profile anonymous, so people don’t know you’ve viewed their profile? Keep reading to find out how…

Making your profile anonymous when viewing somebody else’s LinkedIn profile

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Go to privacy & settings > profile

When you’re at the following screen:

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click “Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile

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The box above then gives you the options to remain as a visible profile, be anonymous or appear as somebody from your organisation/school/workplace etc.

Don’t hesitate to ask me any further questions below in the comments or via. Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn

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Why should you use LinkedIn?


Since publishing the blog post; ‘What is LinkedIn Used For?‘ I have seen questions online (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc), and have also had questions asked like; how to use LinkedIn, what it’s for, why you should use it and so on. So, I thought I would go into why you should use LinkedIn; not only for business purposes, but to market yourself (if you like).

With more than 270 million users, and the majority of those being professionals, LinkedIn is a great platform if you’re looking to network, engage and even to share your own experiences, skills etc. It’s also a great platform, much more so than the likes of Facebook and Twitter, for opportunity. LinkedIn also allows you to connect with people you could potentially work with/for; so enabling you to connect with people in the industry you’re involved in.

I don’t want to overload this post with a load of statistics and numbers because that doesn’t help solve ‘why you should use LinkedIn’, instead I’m going to use my own experience to tell you why you should use LinkedIn.

I know I haven’t been blogging for that long (compared to bloggers who have been blogging years), but I feel like I have learnt a lot in a couple of months. Since using LinkedIn I’ve learnt:

  • LinkedIn helps you to gain opportunities (if used correctly).
  • Fill in all required fields, as best you can, on LinkedIn and this will help increase your connections; it will enable people in the same field as you, i.e. media, to find you.
  • If, like me, you blog as well as use different social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.) then you’ll know that keeping on top of it all can be a handful. However, I have found that just by posting, for example, a new (or existing) blog post to LinkedIn this increases my traffic quite  vastly; i.e. posting as an update or on different groups you’re a member of.
  • BECOME A MEMBER OF DIFFERENT GROUPS!! Make sure these groups are related to the field you’re in or want to be involved in.
  • Interact with your connections, don’t just rely on them interacting with you. It’s as simple as thanking somebody for adding you to their network when you’ve accepted their request to connect.

In my opinion the above points are reason enough to join LinkedIn, after all if you maintain a professional appearance and do your best to connect with like-minded people, what have you got to lose?

The use of social media is a personal opinion, but if you are wanting to join ONE social media site then (especially if you’re starting out in an industry) that site should be….LinkedIn. It has helped me to gain opportunities which I didn’t have before, such as connecting with like-minded people, people in the industry (media) I want to be involved in and it has also helped me to gain exposure for my blog.

I am by no means an expert in LinkedIn, or any social media, however I enjoy sharing my thoughts and experiences with you. So, if you have any further questions feel free to hit me up:

LinkedIn   |     Twitter      |      Facebook

Here are a few groups you should join if you’re interested in media, or are in the media industry:

So  feel free to…

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Blogging for beginners


I didn’t start this blog that long ago, however I feel like, for those who may be thinking about setting up a blog (whatever the subject may be), it would be useful for them to get some ‘top tips’. I also thought that I could share some insight and expand on why people start blogs (generic points), did I adhere to the generic points stated, why did I start this blog, etc. etc.

Starting a blog; 10 reasons

  1. To create a “voice” – somewhere you can express your thoughts and opinions with like-minded people. This is an obvious reason to set up a blog, but it’s probably also one of the best reasons, because if you start a blog about something you have an interest and passion in it will spur you on to continue the blog and keep up with daily/weekly (whatever you decided) posts!
  2. To market or promote something – blogs are a great way to market yourself, a product, business or even a service.
  3. To help people – informative blog posts may help people to learn new things, for example a post which I published “Marketing Your Posts” which aims to help others market their posts effectively.
  4. To establish yourself – blogs are a useful platform for bloggers to launch themselves and get themselves established in the field or topic in which they’re blogging about; blogging helps you get noticed by more and more people!
  5. To connect – blogs allow you to connect to other social media platforms, i.e. posting your blog posts onto Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. immediately after you’ve published them. Blogs also allow you to interact with like-minded people, exchanging comments, sharing opinions and also enabling you to follow people with similar blogs for inspiration.
  6. To make a difference – many blogs involve posts discussing issues, this means the blogger could be trying to sway their viewers into thinking a certain way. However, blogging isn’t just about making people think the same as you, it’s all about sharing each others ideas because two heads are better than one..right?
  7. To stay active or knowledgeable in a field or topic – since the key to a successful blog is blogging frequently, interacting with your viewers and providing up to date (and knowledgeable) information, it’s a perfect way for bloggers to stay up to date in their field and up to date with events which may be happening in the specific field or topic. It enables the bloggers knowledge to continue expanding, and so will be able to give their viewers more insight into the topic!
  8. Stay connected with family and friends – the internet is an ever growing place, so blogs allow you to share pictures, stories etc. with family and friends which you may not see often. Blogs are a great tool to keep you connected with others.
  9. To make money – although not a lot of bloggers make a lot of money out of blogging it is a possibility. However, one of the keys to ensuring your blog will become successful is making sure that you’re passionate about the field or topic you decide to blog about; if you’re not motivated to write a blog post, and it becomes a chore, then why are you doing it? Through practice and patience it’s possible to make money from blogging via. advertising and activities on your blog which generate incomes, i.e. widgets which allow people to donate to your blog or a store,i.e if you’re running a fashion blog and want to create your own brand (or something like that).
  10. Finally and most importantly – Be creative and have fun with blogging – if you don’t enjoy the topic you’re blogging about, find something else..blogging should be something you enjoy, something you look forward to doing; it shouldn’t be like work!!!

When I began my blog I seriously didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I do, but media is something which I am really passionate about and so enjoy blogging about it.

However, no matter how passionate you are it can still (sometimes) be tricky to come up with something that hasn’t been done before, something original that will captivate people.

I try my best to create original content, content which can be re-used and people will find useful! I really like how my blog has become a sort of social media “hub” for me, as I have all of my social networks connected/linked to my blog.

I am aware of how long this blog post has become so I will answer “why did I start my blog” in a separate post, if you’d like? (let me know in the comments). Although, I have an “about” page which tells you briefly about me and my blog, so check that out!!

Let me know what you think about this blog post in the comments section below. I would also like to know, in the comments, what you did to start your blog off; how did you market your blog? Why did you start your blog? etc. Alternatively, you could create a blog post in response and ping me, I’d love to read those.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments or via. my “contact me” page, you can also contact me/follow me on Twitter.

I look forward to all of your comments and interacting with you.

You can also connect with me;
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Best free social media monitoring tools


What are ‘social media monitoring tools’?

Social media monitoring tools allow you to do just that, monitor your social media sites. If you aren’t sure what I mean here’s an example; take a popular tool ‘hootsuite’ which allows you to post to multiple social networks, i.e. posting the same post to Facebook and Twitter at the same time. Thus, social media monitoring tools allow you to post across many platforms quickly, they also (usually) allow you to schedule posts; which is useful because it makes you appear active on your social networks even when you’re busy.

According to overtone.com social media monitoring tools are:

Generally software, hosted or installed, that enables brands, products, and other topics to be identified in social media content

Popular social media monitoring tools

I discussed popular social media tools here and just wanted this post to be you sharing your favourite social media management/monitoring tools..I’d love to know what you use, I think it’d be helpful for us to learn from each other. Do social media management tools work for you better than managing your social media yourself? Do you use social media management tools for yourself or for a business?

Social media management tools OUTSIDE of business

Are social media management tools just there to be used by businesses? No, they’re not tools which can only be used by businesses; they can be used by anybody who has multiple social media accounts. There are lots of different social media management tools (see “Social Media Management Tools”) which can be used to help you/your businesses manage multiple social media accounts; not only saving time, but also increasing the traffic. Traffic is increased because, for example, if you didn’t use a social media management tool and just left your accounts dormant for a couple of days this would discourage your followers, maybe they’d unfollow you..who know’s? But if you were to use a social media management tool you could, when you were free, schedule a post for particular days you know you’re busy, thus making your accounts look active and so driving more traffic to your site with your content. I have found the scheduling tool very useful as it makes you seem c0nsistent with your posts on all your social media accounts, and so making more people want to follow you and discouraging your followers from unfollowing!

I would definitely recommend, if you haven’t already, to look at my linked article and choose a social media management tool you think you’d prefer; just use trial and error to begin with; i.e. scheduling similar posts at different times of the day to see when your followers are more active.

I often use ‘tweetdeck’ as it’s useful to make sure you stay engaged with your followers and make sure your followers don’t ‘forget’ about you by posting at least 2/3 times a day (most of the time)!!

Do you use social media management tools? If so, how many tools do you use? And how often do you use them?

Let me know what social media management tools you all like to use in the comments below or tweet me

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me via. my “contact me” page, you can also contact me/follow me on Twitter.

I look forward to all of your comments and interacting with you.

You can also connect with me;
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How to Craft The Most Retweetable Tweets – Heidi Cohen


Want to expand your Twitter reach?

I enjoyed reading this post, so thought I’d share it with you all.

ENJOY!!

How to Craft The Most Retweetable Tweets – Heidi Cohen.

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Marketing your posts


Want to know effective ways to promote and market your blog posts? Because writing the content for your blog is one thing, but the next step is marketing your content. What’s the point in writing the content if nobody is ever going to see it? Here are a few ways in which you can market and promote your blog posts effectively and easily:

Lets begin with some social media marketing tips and tricks

  • Facebook – don’t forget Facebook is a useful marketing tool. It allows you to post status’ and share posts/links which you like/think will be relevant to your friends. You can also use Facebook to write engaging statuses including the link to your article; this will help you to engage your audience/friends etc. and encourage them to click on your link.
  • Twitter – when you hit the publish button on your most recent post don’t forget to post to Twitter – as blogs (i.e. WordPress) allow you to automatically post your blog post this would be an easy, slightly obvious, marketing tip..but one many people forget about.
  • Google+ – add as many relevant people as possible to your friends list; this will encourage people to add you back and ‘+1’ your posts as well as share them.
  • Pinterest – create many relevant boards on your profile; this way you can share to your boards and these images will include links to all your recent posts.
  • LinkedIn – creating many connections would be an obvious tip, however an even more effect tip to marketing on LinkedIn is posting the links to your posts on groups. Make sure you are a member of relevant groups; create a discussion, ask questions first DON’T just jump right into promoting your link..ask a question relevant to your blog post AND THEN include the link to the bottom of your discussion. This way you’re not only encouraging people to click your link you’re also engaging people in conversation..getting people to talk about your topic, thus your blog post.
  • Forums – search for forums relevant to your niche, i.e. social media forums. When posting in a forum, or creating a thread/discussion, don’t forget to include the link to your post/blog in your ‘signature’; as this will post every time you post in the forum. Thus, enabling more people to see it; post at least 5 times a day for effective promotion.
  • VISUAL! – make your promotions visual, for example use a ‘please share’ graphic – something that will make people want to share your link and encourage more people to view your link.

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  • Guest posting – write a new blog post or use an existing article, which was popular on your blog, to contribute to a blog targeted to the same niche as yours. You could also collaborate with other bloggers who may have a similar niche on their blog to yours; this will help to increase the traffic to your blog.
  • RSS directories – post your blogs RSS feed to the top RSS directories, for example blogcatalog, this will also help you to market your blog and its posts..see your published article published on other blogs!

Those are just a few ways to market your posts. I find that they are effective and I’m also still trying new ways to market my WordPress blog and posts (as I’m new to this!). Let me know your favourite ways to market your posts in the comments.

Don’t forget to like and share this post if you like it.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me via. my “contact me” page, you can also contact me/follow me on Twitter.

I look forward to all of your comments.

5 USEFUL TIPS TO A SUCCESSFUL BLOG


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When creating your blog, whether you want it to be a money maker or just a place to express yourself, making your blog a published piece of writing that has the reach it deserves can be influenced by yourself.

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Here are five of many tips to help your blog succeed:

1) Keep an online active presence – make sure you are updating you blog as often as possible or simply replying to any comments whenever you have the available time.

2) Share Share Share – use the other social platforms available to you, post your blog links on those platforms making the blog post more view-able.

3) Plan your content – Don’t expect to be able to just make up good quality content. Know what you’re going to post in advance.

4) Use tagging and categorising – use the right selection of words when tagging posts and categorise posts suitably…

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What are the 10 Secret Benefits of Blogging?


#1. You will become a better writer

Just the discipline of sitting down and writing will improve your writing skills. Thinking and planning doesn’t cut it…action and doing does!

Read the full article here:

What are the 10 Secret Benefits of Blogging?.