Day 7 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge
Hey all, this blog post covers day 7 & 8. On day 7, was all about setting up social media. If you guys are like me in any way, you probably have used social media for anything but pictures on Facebook. I’m attempting to give you only an overview of each of the identified social media outlets, but there is so much to learn. (please refer to www.30dayblogchallenge.com for proper instructions). This will take several hours to complete (closer to 4-5) to make sure you’ve updated and linked everything properly. You may miss things, but then again, it’s all about learning. As you go through you will be instructed on how to insert various social media sites into your blog. Placement is up to you. So take your time, set it up, and get everything linked together to ensure your media speaks to one another.
Today we were to set up the following 3 social media sites:
Instagram – Photo sharing site. This can be used to promote your blog with excellent photos represented on your site.
Twitter- Sharing messages with the world at light speed.
Twitter takes quite a bit of time get to going and acquire an audience. You can select and follow up to 2,000 followers and then it blocks you (until followers and following are almost equal). If people follow you back, great, and if not you are stuck for some time. Depending on how active you are, it may some time to get your followership up. So far it has taken 3 weeks (about 15-20 new followers a day) to get up to the 700 follower mark. At this point Twitter has stopped me from following others until my followership rises (sorry all, I will start following you guys when I can)! The next important step in this process is to ensure you are providing excellent content. Without good content, you won’t be able to build a solid audience or convince individuals to follow you. With great content (don’t forget memorable pictures), on each post, you are far more likely to gain followers.
Facebook-Fan page or business page (aka blog page) in addition to your own personal site that you probably already have. This page sets up and attaches to your own personal site. You can easily invite your current friends to like your business page. You can post your page updates and also interlink to all of your other sites. You can post pictures/articles and drive people to your blog.
Day 8 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge
Bloglovin– Blog sharing website that can be used to help get your name out
Bloglovin’s site recommends placement at the top of the page. At this point I haven’t seen much of an impact from this, but then again, it is very early on. I installed it a few days ago and am watching taking my time to see how it impacts advertising. I receive the daily update of blogs I’ve subscribed to and can get a feel for what is out there. It’s a pretty cool site, so you may want to check it out even if you don’t end up starting your own blog.
The other social media sites I already head set up, Pintrest, Linkedin, Google+, and YouTube so I placed them on my page just for fun and get ahead of the curve.
I hope this gives you a good idea of what you need to do. Enjoy & check back with me tomorrow.
Have a great night!