Social Media Blogging Tips
Writing or creating a blog post is one thing. Driving traffic to your site via different sources is another thing. Interacting with readers that arrive at the content is another thing. This last “thing” called interacting, is not just comments my friends. Creating interactions and engaging readers can be done very easily with these social media blogging tips to power your blog posts.
One thing that is very important to mention regarding social media powered blog posts, and another pro to them, is that it is “evergreen” content, that is always fresh and readable today, and a year from today.
Share your favorite tweets of the day or week on your blog. This does not necessarily have to be a post dedicated only to that, rather tweets that either inspired and/or were helpful to you during the writing and brainstorming stages. Sharing a tweet from Twitter can be done intelligently through embedding, or just taking a screenshot and adding it your post. If you know what your next post is going to be about, then start asking around on Twitter to get others’ opinion. Wouldn’t it be great if your response to one of my tweets appeared below? Yes it would. By sharing tweets of your followers, you are able to create an interaction via the said blog post inside of the blog and in your social media circle. This small gesture can create more motivation for followers and colleagues to interact with us via social media sites.
Ever had copyright issues on images? On Pinterest you can find an image for any event and subject. Do you need permission to embed on your site? Maybe, but when Mr. X follows your board, or comments on your blog on a weekly basis, most likely adding one of his images to your post, with a link back to the board or the name of the pinner, Mr. X will not mind. Again, like adding another person’s tweet to the post, adding a pin is a great way to interact on your blog. Sharing is caring and creates a win-win situation!
Audience Engagement Tools: Not social media, but it just fit..
Does every reader comment? Not even close. Some content publishers are able to bring out more comments than others, but at the end of the day, so many people don’t get to share their opinions. Now there are those publishers that will say that if someone does not comment, then why pay attention to their thoughts. That is one route; the other though is a little more mature and professional. Route 2 says that if you want to create content that is king, you need to collaborate and know what as many people as possible think. If you could collect the opinions of more readers than now, why not try it? Go the extra mile for readers.
There is no need to go into great depth on the subject, as it is quite straight-forward. When a reader comments, stop and read what he/she wrote, and respond in an intellectual manner that might either get the person thinking, or coming back to re-comment to what you wrote. There are many bloggers that do this fabulously, so check out how they do it:
Giving Due Credit:
It’s a competitive world in every field of work today, but morals and being a good person should not be thrown out the window. I was on Facebook the other day, and a guy was getting thrown under the bus for “stealing” someone else’s status without giving credit. There was a full Facebook clash on that person. Now, if that person had taken the status and given credit, maybe he would not be considered to be the biggest genius but the pros of sharing credit outweigh the cons every time.
The social media side: I am going to go through this with Linkedin->you are part of a group and brainstorming ideas by asking a simple question. Give credit to your helpers, not because you have to rather because you want to. Now you have also strengthened your relationship and shown yourself as a true net-worker.
Are those all the social media blogging tips I recommend? No way, and not all of them are true “social media”. A run down is coming sooner rather than later, but for now this is what you should take with you:
- Embed or take screen shots from social media sites
- Uses images from your followers’ Pinterest boards
- Give credit where it’s due, even if it was just an open discussion in a social media group
- Comments=appreciation and discussion! Comments should be returned on the blog and on social media sites.
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”—Nelson Mandela
How will you make a move to create more interactions with readers? Are you going to use Social Media?