Maintaining your social media profiles ensures that the face you put forward is your best, and most up-to-date. When others come across your social media profiles, they will rather promptly determine whether or not you are worth their time. Encourage new readers and audience members by keeping a pristine social media presence.
Lately I’ve been mentioning a number of ways you can save time when it comes to creating, organizing and publishing content for your blog. Now I’d like to mention a few ways in which you can utilize your new found downtime to manage your social media presence. In an era where you’re held accountable for your online actions and content, it’s difficult to escape regret. Whether you’re aiming for a more mature audience or you would simply like to make the best first impression, you can benefit from some regular social media cleaning.
Here are a few relatively minor tasks you can do if you have a few extra minutes. Completing a task or so every month or so can keep your social media profiles in top condition.
Unfollow Unnecessary Twitter Accounts
It’s easier than ever to get followers and follow other users on Twitter. After a while, it may seem like an unrewarding endeavor. Trim the Twitter fat to get rid of the spam content and unwanted updates so you can better focus on the relationships that will benefit you and your blog. Go through the Twitter users you’re following and see which ones are unecessary. Don’t feel badly about unfollowing another user–it’s not as personal of an action anymore.
Update Your Facebook Privacy Settings
Update your Facebook Groups
Keeping separate lives on Facebook is common practice these days. A profile for your personal life, another for your business colleagues and yet another for your own blog may be three types of lives your juggling. Whether you’re pulling this off with one or several Facebook accounts, creating Groups is a great way to manage the content your friends have access to.
Particularly important for those that are using one account for multiple purposes, creating and managing groups is becoming a necessity. Take a few minutes to update your Facebook Groups. Add and remove individual friends as you deem necessary. Think about the relationships your friends have with each other, or with additional people outside of your immediate network to ensure that you’re assigning friends to their proper Groups.
Mature Your Content
If you find yourself older and wiser than you were a couple of years ago or a couple of weeks ago, reflect these changes in your social media profiles. Photos, updates and notes that may have seemed like a great idea at the time may not be so great anymore. Untag yourself in unwanted photos from others, and remove your own content that you’ve grown beyond. With certain networks such as Facebook, some reassignment via Groups and privacy settings will allow you to limit or grant access to more personal information, if you’re not entirely ready to delete those party pictures all together.
Update Third Party Apps
Using third party applications makes your job as a blogger a whole lot easier, espeically if you use apps to help streamline the time spent managing your social media profiles. For your social media cleansing, it’s important to update these third party applications as well. Make sure that your passwords are up to date, so that they are still in sync with your main social media accounts.
Make any other changes necessary; perhaps you no longer want to auto-follow new Twitter users that follow you. This is also a good time to file away the account info for the third party app itself–keep an email or document with a list of all the third party apps you use so that the next time you find a few minutes to update your settings, you’ll have all the websites at hand.
Go Through Shared Bookmarks
You bookmarked them for a reason. Take some time to go back through your bookmarks to see why you shared them in the first place. Delete any unnecessary bookmarks, or move them to a private folder or account. Depending on the type of shared bookmarking service, you can also use this time to manage some of your friendships on the site. See what new sharing options you have, add and remove friends as necessary and send a few personalized messages to maintain correspondence with others. These people in particular can help you spread your blog content through shared bookmarking services and other social media sites.
Go Through Recommended Content
Depending on the service, many networks have content that can be shared and recommended to you by others. While this is something we’d ideally like to do on a daily basis, it may not always top our priority lists. If you find yourself with some down time, go through this recommended content so you can respond to other users accordingly. Maintaining this correspondence will help your social media presence in the end.
Reply to Comments
As implied above, correspondence with others is vital to your social media survival. It is social, after all. For your blog in particular, replying to comments is important. Taking some time to go through comments, reply individually and connect with others beyond your blog can really boost your readership and support from existing readers. Replying to comments on other social media profiles has a similar effect, and can be accomplished relatively quickly if you break up the associated tasks.
Tweak Your Profiles
Something that may take a little more time but is still a necessity is redoing your profiles. Even a tweak here and there can help you maintain your presence and your sanity. Update your profile picture and your basic information on one day, and your work information and favorite quotes on another day. Some networks allow you to change your privacy settings around particular profile information. These privacy settings would be good to check out as well.
Update About Me
Similar to redoing your profile, updating your About Me section is important as well. I’m speaking primarily of your blog, but updating your About Me sections across all your social media profiles is also helpful. Have you accomplished anything recently that you’d like to add to the About Me section? Perhaps you’d just like to tweak the wording of a particular sentence, or change a link you’ve included here.
Stop Complaining and Turn it into a Blog Post
I spent the prior 10 seconds scrolling through my Instagram comments.
After reading a “This looks good” comment in response to a grainy video – obvious spam, intended for an eye-popping image – I chose to create a video and write this post. 2 pieces of blog content. Versus minutes of silly complaining.
Being human, I may feel slightly annoyed after reading my 5th spam comment in a row, this morning. But after a quick vent, I create helpful content, to teach bloggers what not to do, in order to succeed online.
Check out this eBook:
I wrote the eBook to address a pressing problem among bloggers. We all have a right to vent for a bit but sustained complaining:
- wastes your creative energies
- sullies your brand image
- damages your online reputation
I wrote the eBook to help you turn your complaints, sometimes in the form of rough blogging criticism, into blogging profits. Converting a complaint into content is 1 easy way to prosper in such fashion.
Help yourself. Help your readers.
Watch this short Instagram video:
I gained a few quick views on Instagram. Benefits me. I promoted my eBook at the end of the video, offering myself eBook exposure. I help my readers by showing them what works on Instagram; being genuine, being honest and being authentic. I also explain what not to do, to help folks avoid wasting their time with spammy, low quality, non genuine comments.
I turned a potential complaint into a creation. I converted a low energy situation into a high energy situation. I likely gained blog traffic and maybe boost my blogging profits, too.
I also align with grateful, high energy bloggers like Sue-Ann Bubacz Mapping Megan and Mike Allton by raising my energy. Complaining routinely moves you lower in blogging circles. Being grateful, creative and helpful moves you higher in blogging circles.
The next time you feel an urge to complain about something, turn the complaint into a creation.
- write a blog post
- write a guest post
- record a podcast
- record a video
- broadcast live on Facebook
- write a bite-sized eBook
Your readers will thank you. Plus, you will thank yourself.
We know complaints can sprout from all corners of the web. Here are common occurrences which tend to trigger complaints:
- spam comments on your blog
- spam comments on social media
- spam emails
- spam social media messages
- bloggers pitching you their products and services without building relationships first
- cheapie bloggers or business owners who want to place sponsored posts on your blog for 5 or 10 USD
- unhappy, unclear folks who post terrible reviews on your eBooks based on their misery
I recall the last bullet point experience goaded me to write my eBook. A few listeners of my audio books and eBook readers posted sarcastic, biting reviews of both audio books and eBooks I self-published. Rather than complain or whine about the feedback I saw the criticism for what it was; the projection of an unhappy person who spoke 100% about self and 0% about me. All of my creations are clearly me, and what I did to co-create this life of island hopping through smart blogging. If anybody is insane enough to post a negative review on my clear, genuine creations, it is like saying:
“Hey Ryan, I was there every step of the way, watching you in paradise, stalking you behind your laptop, and you did a terrible job sharing your real experience!”
The only person on earth who could post a somewhat honest review is my wife Kelli; even she was not in my head or watching every one of my steps as I co-created this life with my readers. She was too busy building her own thriving business. No human was there to record everything, save me, and since I share it all in a genuine, clear way, any negative reviewer is deluded, and somewhat insane.
Few bloggers have this clarity or authenticity in what they do because they either are filled with fear and doubt, or hold back what they know. I have no such problems.
These are a few potential triggers, guys. I share to alert you to potential rants or sustained complaints before the negative energy seems to run away with your attention for a few minutes, hours or days.
Vent wholly, quickly and completely. Then convert the complaint into blog content. Everybody wins. Even the spammer.
What Is the Mushroom Service Effect and How Does it Increases Profits?
Service leads to sales.
Every eBook I sell is the effect of a service cause. Many of my eBook customers received my direct help. Maybe I commented genuinely on their blog. Perhaps I mentioned them on my blog or on Blogging Tips. Maybe I retweeted their post. Or maybe I helped these people for weeks or months without asking for anything in return.
Some of these bloggers purchase my eBooks. I see increased blogging profits. Some promote my eBooks to their readers, leading to increased blogging profits. Some of those readers promote the eBook to their readers; can you see the mushroom service effect in action? I keep helping people in various ways, expect nothing, and my generous service reverberates, mushrooming into increased sales.
What happens as I help more folks by creating content and by promoting fellow bloggers? More bloggers promote me, link to me, boost my backlink juice, and Blogging From Paradise becomes more prominent on Google. Search engine traffic increases my blogging profits. More mushrooming.
You never go wrong helping people generously because every creative act prospers you and others, now, next week or 3 years down the road.
My friend Alonzo Pichardo helps people generously and gives little thought to content once he publishes posts, videos and podcasts. He lets the content do what it does. His profits keep increasing but even more than that, he keeps moving higher and higher in networking circles as his generosity increases his influence. More mushrooming.
Imagine a still pond. Now imagine dropping a tiny pebble into a still pond. Waves reverberate as far as the water reaches. 10 inches, or 10,000 miles, literally, nothing can stop the waves from traveling outward, even if the waves are faint, or are barely detectable, after traveling for a while.
Now imagine dropping 100 tiny pebbles over a few weeks. Wow. You really see waves kicking at that point. Subtle, slow and controlled, but super noticeable.
The pond is your blogging niche. The stillness of the pond is your calm, peaceful, generous, detached intent, your energy, your relaxed mindset. The pebbles are pieces of content, aka, service. Plus, one pebble can represent:
- every time you promote another blogger through a blog post on your blog
- every time you promote another blogger through a guest post
- every time you retweet another blogger
- every time you share another blogger’s post on Facebook
The waves are your influence, your service, and, this is the mushrooming effect leading to greater blogging profits.
Guys; expect nothing. I promote valued blogging resources like the talented, generous and heart-centered Tanyi at Blog Tools Corner to give, not to get. The less I expect anything to happen, the more good things and awesome people flow to me.
Give freely, persistently, receive easily.
Enstine Muki provides you with generous tips to make money online, via his blog. He helps bloggers freely. Of course his blogging profits mushroom through his generous service, increasing through his friend network, through Google and through mentions on my blog, on Blogging Tips and in thousands of other spots.
Keep helping people freely. Expect nothing. Eventually, over time, if you are patient, your traffic and profits begin to mushroom exponentially.
Look at Tim Ferriss’ latest blog post. He is a multi millionaire and one of the most famous entrepreneurs on earth because he serves people generously. Note how many backlinks he gives to other bloggers and entrepreneurs through his latest post; that’s generosity! That’s an abundance mindset in action. Most bloggers feel terrified to give out a single backlink to another blogger for fear of losing profits, wrongly believing people will click on the other blogger’s link and not click on their business links. Tim links out to 20, 30 or 40 people or resources for every blog post.
Any wonder why the dude is so incredibly successful and prospering?
He employs the mushroom service effect like few entrepreneurs on earth.
4 Ways to Become More Detached from Blogging Outcomes
See that throwback featured image of me in Phuket, Thailand?
I became a globe trotting pro blogger in part through the power of detachment.
Blogging outcomes weigh you down and slow your blogging growth, if you are not careful.
Many bloggers mean well but are so obsessed with every view, Like, comment, share and dollar that they either struggle horribly or hold back stunning blogging success. How could I write over 100 eBooks if I obsessed with sales from my first eBook? How could I write 600 posts on Blogging Tips alone if I obsessed over metrics?
Eye-popping success finds largely detached, generous bloggers.
Follow these tips to become more detached from blogging outcomes.
1: Help More Ask Less
If you want blog comments, comment on other blogs.
Want blog traffic? Promote other bloggers.
Help bloggers to detach from your needs and to see greater success. Ask less and less for shares, comments and views, to detach from outcomes. Success finds generous bloggers.
2: Mention 2-5 Successful Bloggers Via All Posts
I recall focusing heavily on blogging profits early during my career. I linked to an ad or affiliate product once per post and linked to nothing else, obsessing over sales, attaching to outcomes. I gradually promoted other bloggers over years. Now I promote 2 to 5 bloggers virtually every post. I think more of helping them and less of helping me.
3: Manage Your Energy
Attachment is fear. Managing your energy helps you:
- face fear
- feel fear
- release fear
- dissolve attachments
I do 80 minutes of deep yin yoga daily. Plus I jog or walk for 45-60 minutes daily. Meditating helps too.
Managing your energy rocks because so many bloggers cling deeply to fear-attachments, to stats and money and to clients and blogging buddies, and need a daily ritual to unearth and release these attachments. I strongly suggest deep yin yoga because it helps you become comfortable. Big time quality developed by all generous, pretty darn detached, bloggers.
4: BE with Your Fear
I vividly recall sitting and BEING with my fear each time I checked my blogging inbox. I felt a general not enough energy pervade my being. Panic then ran through my body. Anger. Pain. Grief, at time lost. All fears reflected heavy attachments to:
- list subscribers
I totally believed I should have been further along at these points during my blogging career. Turns out, I was at the perfect place and time to feel deep fears, to dissolve attachments and to proceed from a generous, genuine, pretty detached, patient and persistent space.
Fighting fear only makes attachments grow. Not checking email for weeks because you feel terrified to check email makes the fear and attachment grow. But checking email hourly because you feel terrified that you:
- will miss out on clients
- are not making enough money, and need to check and see if you are making any aka enough money, yet
reflects your attachment to you. Ya know; “How am I doing-itis.” Check stats, check email, all the time, because you fear to see how you are doing.
Feel fear behind any strategy driven by fear. Let the fear go. Dissolve the attachment.
I check email here and there, never being attached to it. Email is not the source of my blogging success.
Treat blogging outcomes like mile markers on a highway, when you whiz by at 80 MPH. Note the stat for a few seconds and either move in a different direction or charge forward, based on how you feel about the stat, and what the feeling suggests to you.
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