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.
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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.
Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?
Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.
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The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.
Birds of a feather flock together.
You have heard that one, right?
I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:
- face your fears
- serve humanity
- be a bright light for people to follow
- live your deepest, wildest dreams
Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.
Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.
Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.
Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.
Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.
Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.
Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.
Who Do You Hang With?
Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.
For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.
Surround yourself only with bloggers who:
- have posture
- have authority
- charge top dollar
- profit freely
- prosper freely
- exude confidence
- have a highly developed prosperity consciousness
You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.
But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.
Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.
Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.
Just your blogging success at stake.
Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?
My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.
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All of our power resides in the moment.
None of our power resides in the future or past because neither exists.
Time is illusion.
Only Now is real.
Look at that brilliant featured image. I snapped it from the front porch during our trip to Fiji. Sweet things happen when you are in the moment, focusing all power on the present.
This marks my 796th blog post on Blogging Tips. I feel grateful to Zac for the opportunity to serve you. Plus I feel grateful for all success that flowed to me through these guest posts.
How in the heck did I write and publish nearly 800 guest posts on one blog?
I am in the moment, mostly. I am present. Plus I never, never, ever chase the flavor of the month.
Bruce Lee and Blogging
Being patient, persistent and present helps you tap into immense powers, including the power of being creative *and* prolific. See my 800 blog posts on Blogging Tips as evidence of such power. Toss in my 2,008 articles (between posts and pages) on Blogging From Paradise and you understand: focusing on one core task, or core purpose, in the present, leads to amazing things.
Bruce Lee spoke of fearing not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but he did fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times. He embodied this mindset in his genius, Renaissance Man type ways.
Lee’s wisdom and physical prowess are both timeless because he understood and lived this great truth: do 1 thing so frequently, with a focused energy, being in the moment, that you do it incredibly well. He understood the truth of how I live my life: where your attention and energy goes, grows.
The Flavor of the Month
Most bloggers struggle because they practice 10,000 kicks once, chasing hot niches, running after trends, and choosing to blog today, and podcast tomorrow, because everybody runs a podcast these days. Wait a second; live video reigns supreme? Time to become a live video expert. Meanwhile, as you jump from niche to niche, and from blogging to podcasting to live videos, I just wrote and published 800 posts on Blogging Tips alone. Plus I wrote and published 1,000 more guest posts on other blogs.
While most bloggers chase hot trends, profitable niches and the latest game changing opportunity, guys like Alonzo and I thrive by doing one thing alone so we do it incredibly well.
Success is yours, but success is not an overnight or week-long endeavor.
Stop chasing hot niches. Visualize your dreams in detail. Focus on your blogging wins. Invest in coaching and courses from top bloggers. Surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.
Write, publish and connect with top bloggers by helping top bloggers.
Success Finds Specialists
I took a nap this afternoon. A calm, peaceful breeze kisses my face right now as I write and enjoy the day.
Imagine if you could work from home every day? Visualize that fun and freedom.
Specialists are the only folks who work from home full time. People who do 1 thing persistently, practicing this skill, so they become super skilled in a single, specialized niche.
I gave all of my professional energy to being a blogger for the past 10 years. I became really skilled at blogging because I never chased the flavor of the month.
Avoid program hopping, niche hopping and all forms of flavor-chasing.
Do one thing. Do it well.
What Is the Incredibly Easiest Way to Drive Blog Traffic?
Drive traffic to other blogs.
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Give what you want.
Help people get what they want and people help you get what you want.
I have found this to be the easiest way to drive traffic to my blog because friends I made through cross-promotion promote me around the clock, 24-7, 365. Easy peasy.
I checked my Twitter a few moments ago. During the past 3 hours I noticed 11 mentions, engagements and retweets collectively. 3 hours, 11 engagements, more blog traffic.
I drive a heavy amount of traffic to my blog by driving a heavy amount of traffic to fellow bloggers who drive a heavy amount of traffic to Blogging From Paradise every day, all day long.
The more you give, the more you get.
The hardest way to drive blog traffic is to try to do it solo. Imagine publishing one post and hitting social share buttons. Even if I do a fine job writing the post, gaining traction solo is tough because successful bloggers know: 1000 is better than 1. 1000 blogging buddies promoting you 24-7, 365 beats you promoting yourself or you trying to write and publish 5 to 10 or more posts daily.
I used to publish 60 posts daily between 2 blogs. Short videos and short posts created the bulk of the content. I had a difficult time succeeding because you can only do so much solo. I published 60 posts in a cyber cave. Nobody listened to me because I did not listen to anybody. But making friends by driving traffic to other blogs made blogging easier and easier for me.
My blogging buddies – who appreciate me promoting them – freely:
- link to me on their blogs
- retweet my posts
- share my posts on Facebook
- share my posts on LinkedIn
- send my blog posts to their email list
That my friends is a lot of traffic flowing to my blog easily, freely and exponentially.
Every time a blogging buddy promotes you to their tribe you gain exposure to one more large, targeted audience. Imagine when you gain exposure in front of 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 or more audiences daily? This is serious traffic! Plus it is easy traffic because your prime duties of reading posts and tapping social share buttons, or, linking to fellow bloggers on your blog, are quite easy.
How to Drive Traffic to other Blogs
I spent a fair chunk of today driving traffic to other blogs.
I promoted some of my blog posts linking to my blogging buddies. I also retweeted and Facebook shared posts from other bloggers.
Each share lays the foundation for new blogging friendships and fortifies old blogging friendships. Every time I promote Donna Merrill or Alonzo Pichardo, we bond more deeply. Easy way to keep friendships strong and to grow your blog traffic exponentially.
You Will Run out of Time Solo But You Never Run out of Friends
Eventually, I ran out of time each day trying to do it all by myself. No human is super human. No human can be in a billion places at once, by their own steam.
But you never run out of friends if you are generous. During a reasonable lifetime, no blogger will befriend all 7 billion humans. You will however keep meeting friends every day if you drive traffic to other blogs every day.
As more folks befriend you, more folks promote you. What an easy way to increase traffic to your blog. Your ever expanding friend network does much of the legwork for you and also drives traffic to your blog:
- when you sleep
- when you travel
- when you spend time offline with family and friends
Sounds sweet, right?
Drive traffic to your blog easily.
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