I would like to share with you a little about the social media platforms which I am using for my blog. I am not an expert on Social Media so instead of giving an in depth discussion about each profiles, I am going to share my comments about them at this early stage of my blogging efforts.
Blogs of others have taught me a lot and I often like, share or comment on them through social media. The social tool is an additional aid for SEO or search engine optimization. It is somewhat important to have them to open more opportunities especially for a blog’s online visibility. However, you can’t rely on them all the time for quality traffic.
I don’t really do SEO for my blog because I want it to grow as a complete “white hat project” or focused on the human audience rather than search engines. My blog also attempts to help me improve my writing and technical skills, and I’m using seven major social media platforms:
- Facebook – As one of the most popular social media platforms, I first made a Facebook page under the name Mindanao Advice where I primarily share my blog posts. It was easy to set up one under my personal account and I just invited my friends to like the page. Also, I get occasional page likes from people whom I don’t know. So, it’s also a good way to make friends after sending out thank you messages to them.
- Twitter – My Twitter profile is connected to my Facebook account so blog post notifications are also pushed in there. It shows neatly the title and the link of the blog post. I get some followers from time to time. Hopefully, it will grow in tandem with my writing skills. The nice thing I’ve observed was that most of these followers have a large number of following and are well-respected in their field. It actually gives me a little bit of a challenge on the side knowing that an expert on a topic discussed on my blog might be reading it.
- Instagram – This is my third social media favorite because it’s easy to use and has a wide reach. I post each new blog entry manually and in just a matter of seconds, it gets likes and sometimes, followers. I don’t have a very big following, but gradually I see it grows and it’s a good feeling.
- Pinterest – I have registered with Pinterest long before, but I did not really “pinned.” Recently, I have used it to utilize the footer area of my blog so that the layout looked more even. Surprisingly, my blog also received some attention from there.
- Google Plus – I am using my personal profile there on the blog. I am not really so keen on using it, but having one won’t hurt I guess. There is also an issue about duplicate content, but I have not found any slap about it. I believe that there’s no duplication when you just put in a link post going to your site. Other issues came about it being dead and obsolete compared to FB and Twitter dominating the social space. For me, it’s still one way to connect and add a bit of color to my social life online.
- LinkedIn – Same with Google Plus, I show my personal Linkedin account for this blog because I feel that the About Me portion isn’t enough for people to get to know who is behind the blog. Mine is a personal blog about my experiences in life so honesty about myself is the best foundation for blogging. On the other hand, it’s a great way to socialize with professionals through my profile there with a link going to my website.
- Youtube – I have just created the last of my platforms and Youtube’s value can never be underestimated. I have a few videos and will be making some more to develop my creativity. Who knows what might happen, and it would be interesting to see what I can do there with small resources 🙂
Through these 7 social media platforms, I hope to be able to connect more with my friends and new readers. The direction is still hazy for my blog, but I don’t want to live the rest of my life regretting that I didn’t share some of my life’s lessons when I had the opportunity.