Yeah….blogging is considered social media. As a matter of fact, it kind of started the whole thing way before MySpace or Friendster ever hit the scene. Remember those?
Blogs and all the other social networking sites really encourage people to interact with each other. But this post isn’t just about blogs, it’s really about social media in general. About the mistakes people are making and they might not even be aware of them.
Here Are Some Common Mistakes
Gosh, I sure hope you aren’t making any of these but if you are I’m here to help.
Just as a quick reminder, think about the definition of the word social. Social means community, relations with others, companionship. Do you see selling or promoting in there anywhere?
The subject of relationships is something I seem to have mastered if I say so myself so be sure and grab my free report if you need some help in that area. I spill the beans. Okay, sorry about that now where was I. Oh yeah!! Common mistakes we make so moving on…
That Horrible Spam
Don’t spam me with your link, don’t send me a message about the latest and greatest money making machine. I don’t want to hear it and I don’t care if it’s the best thing since slice bread.
Want to know why? Because I don’t know who the hell you are so why would I listen to you! Seriously, when you connect with anyone on any social platform make those personal connections first. Learn more about them, what do they do for fun, what do they do for a living, do they have a family, what are their hobbies, etc. People love to talk about themselves so let them. You’ll learn a lot about that person during that one conversation.
If you go around leading with whatever you’re doing you’re going to fall flat on your face. Why? Because these people don’t have a clue who you are. It’s like you’ve come to my house, knocked on my door, I open it to see what you want and you barge right in and start on about what you have. Who the hell cares! Stop it!!!
If you keep that up you’re going to be the one screaming from the top of your lungs that this online stuff doesn’t work. Well hell no it doesn’t work, not if that’s the way you’re doing it.
Don’t believe me? Empower Network was banned from Facebook just last week because of this same issue. People were spamming others with their links without even taking the time to get to know them. Don’t let that be you.
Okay, let’s move on.
Remember, It’s Named Social Media For A Reason
If you want me to be friends with you on Facebook, send me an email and let me know why. You heard me. Don’t just send me a friend request on Facebook and expect me to accept you. Now I might recognize you from blogging but do you know how many friend requests I get?
If you don’t send me a personal message and let me know why you want to connect with me then I’m just going to ignore you. That’s right, I pay no attention to any friend request unless they send me a message. Why? Because I’m here to build relationships and if you’re not interested in that then I’m not interested in connecting with you. It’s really that simple.
If you’re on Twitter and you want me to follow you then you better send me a tweet and let me know. I swear, I can’t keep up with everyone so I’m not trying to be rude. You just have to let me know.
Also, don’t just share content on Twitter. Start some conversations, ask some of your friends what they’re up to, it’s welcomed trust me! Remember that social thing I’ve been harping on!
Well, they want conversations remember! It’s social networking… So it’s only 140 characters, you’ll come up with something trust me.
Who Are You Again
You mean you don’t have your gravatar set up yet? What are you waiting for! Always set your gravatar up before you start commenting and be sure you have a good head shot. You want people to remember you across all the other social sites.
I have the same picture and although I’m sick and tired of looking at it, people recognize me when they see me. If I have a different picture for all my sites it might take them awhile to recognize me. You want people to connect with you so let’s make it easy for them. Remember, you are your brand.
It’s Not Hard Being Nice
Always be polite and be appreciative of others. People don’t have to take the time to visit your blog, read it all the way through and then comment. You better thank them for visiting because that will go a long way. They can always go someplace else ya know.
Also be sure and reply to ALL comments left on your blog. People want to be heard and they want to know you listened to what they had to say. Granted, if they are spammers then you should block them permanently but for those wonderful comments left at your place, respond to them all. You will stick out about all the rest if you do.
That one small gesture will take you a very long way.
Build Those Relationship
Take the time to build relationships with others. It might be more time consuming and you may think a waste of time but those will be the people who will value your opinion and come back to you for assistance.
That’s exactly the types of relationships you want and if they never buy anything from you or join you in your business, I can almost guarantee they’ll recommend you to others. Trust goes a very long way in this industry.
I know I sound like a broken record on this subject but you do see me everywhere right! You do see all the comments I get on my posts right! You do see all the interaction going right! That’s because I take the time to build those relationships. I take the time to stop by their place, to connect with them on other social networking sites and to learn more about them as human beings, not just about what they do online.
I’ll repeat myself again because I am the Queen of the Broken Record when it comes to this topic but if you don’t have my free report boy are you missing out. Trust me, it will be the best read of the summer so opt-in to my list and grab it now. Start implementing what I share and you’ll see a huge difference.
Wow, That Was A Bunch
Okay, I’m sure I’m leaving some things out but like my last post I just had some things I wanted to get off my chest. I see these mistakes happening more often then not and if you are a regular reader of my blog then you know I’m going to help you with any issues you may be having if at all possible.
Maybe you aren’t aware of some of these things or that they can take you much further then where you are now. Maybe you’re stuck and can’t seem to understand why people aren’t connecting with you more. I sure hope some of what I shared here was helpful.
Now it’s time to hear from you. Did this help at all? Have you made any of these mistakes? Can you see any room for improvement? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and let’s have a genuine conversation about this shall we!
I would appreciate it if you’d share this post with your friends too. Spread it all over the place and let’s help some other people that maybe aren’t aware that they’re making some of these mistakes. Either way, they’ll love you for it. I know I sure will.
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