It’s called Social Media, but sometimes the people who use social media are not social at all. You put a lot of work in setting up your profiles on social media sites, making sure that you include all the relevant information, contact numbers, email address, great looking photo, update it regularly and then – Nothing!! that’s because you do not introduce yourself or work the room. Ahh, have I got your attention with that comment?, you have just entered the biggest conference or social event in the world and if you stand in the corner and do nothing, that is what you will get out of all of your efforts.
Get out and create the handshake, that’s one of the secrets of networking yourself on social media sites. You are not stalking other users, they are there to network just like you and get information from like minded people on all kinds of interests and passions. The more you network or meet people on the web, the more followers you will generate. One of the things that I notice when I talk to people, is they can talk passionately about the subject that is closest to them when they are face to face, but as soon as they get in front of a computer, they become totally different people.
Twitter, Facebook, Blogs are all big social events and you need to get out and create traffic by inviting and following other users. Start conversations with them, invite them to connect with you and network. This way you will start to build a following and this in turn creates more followers, as like minded people will find you and your sites. Take Twitter as an example, by using Twitter Grader you can find other Twitter users in your area, or better still look at their profiles and follow them, chat with them, share your information or expertise with them and they will respond. Check out my post The Green Green Grass of Home- Try Twitter Grader for a refresh on this. Update often, but make your updates relevant, don’t waste their time when they start to follow you, for instance, I made a decision when I started this blog, not to include gossip or to criticise other portals when I post, this blog has always been there to provide you with helpful and useful information on technology and internet marketing, and I’ve stuck to that theme. I only update or post when I have something to say that is relevant to you, my readers.
This networking also applies to your listings, they way you write, structure your content etc, all impacts on the way your listings will be viewed. So get out there, meet and network these social media users, introduce yourself and create conversations. Here’s a great video that will help you get to terms with how to work the room.
Good luck and please let me know your thoughts on this post and wether you found the information helpful.
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