Be generous with your time and talents. Be kind. Give away oodles of free information to increase your skills and exposure. Business flows your way. But be super generous with your time and energy as far as engagement, too. Social media is a human being focused endeavor. Thank people. Talk to people. Answer questions. Respond to comments. I swear; virtually all success I’ve had through social media hinges on me talking to other human beings 1 to 1 through Twitter and Facebook. Do that and you will be golden. Ignore at your own peril. Being generous is quite fun. Feels good to give freely.
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#1 involves being active on social media. Being active means sharing helpful content and talking to people 1 to 1 at least a few times every single day. No need to be glued to your phone. Stop by Twitter for 10 minutes, one to two times daily. Engage people 1 to 1. That’s it. That is social media. BUT…you need be patient and persistent to see the journey through. Traffic and money flow to patient, persistent, generous bloggers.
Be super patient. Do not panic. Most bloggers see diminished results on social after weeks or months, panic, and honor their fears. Bad move. Honoring your fears and panicking instantly triggers a lack of generosity, a flat out stinginess, and if you are stingy, you fail on social media. Patient, generous bloggers see the journey through without panicking when their fears arise. This is the only way to go to be active on social and to be successful on social. Every social media icon like Gary Vee serves as a model of patience. He still engages folks 1 to 1 some 10 years after diving into social media. Dude is the model of generosity, patience and persistence. Gain trust by being generous and patient.
Now we get to good old fashioned persistence. I am REALLY GOOD at being persistent with blogging and social media.
So you are generous, giving and kind. Good. Patience? Check. Now it is time to be super duper persistent, to grow on people, to earn credibility, and to gain their trust, in order to experience increased traffic and profits through social media. I found persisting simply is a matter of being highly uncomfortable in moments, then, proceeding. Keep going. Keep persisting. Keep at it, even if you want to be stingy and impatient, because your silly ego panics and protests.
Focus on why you work social media. Hold this fun, freeing intent. Everything grows and you keep going if you know why you are working social, why you blog and what drives you. Make your fun, freedom and service to humanity big drivers and you will never lack the juice to persist through thick and thin. Being persistent simply allows people to buy into you and to buy into your blogging message. Nothing happens overnight. Remember that as you work your social media campaign.