As bloggers, we all need to face this big monster called as Social media. And when facing it, we need to tackle upon something called Social media addiction, which can be very bad, in terms of time, effort and motivation it can take away from you.
In this article, we will talk about taking that social media addiction and using it for the good of your blog (for marketing and driving more traffic to your blog).
Well, the thing is simple.
All you need to do is to spend your time on the right places. Yes, funnel add your addictive energy into something useful, such as networking, and use the relationships (you build through networking) to promote your blog even further (Relationship marketing).
This is a very effective method. From my personal experiences, I have funneled negative energy and thoughts (such as quitting blogging) into something useful such as writing a post or networking with my fellow bloggers. Funneling the negative energy into something useful will not only help you to get things done, but also help to make those positive acts (Such as writing) more enjoyable.
Social media addiction – spending time on the right places?
In social media, the best way to get new traffic (new visitors) is to engage and participate.
And you can do that through various means.
In twitter, participation comes in the form of twitter chats (generally, hash tags) and conversational tweets (Yes, participation also means sharing others’ content, but it is more about networking with others than sharing content).
In Facebook, you can do it through Facebook groups (Create and Join in groups, network, ask questions and discuss with others), Facebook pages (share awesome status updates in various media – text, photo etc, go participate in others’ pages, engage with your fans) and through Facebook status updates (this one is included with the former two).
In LinkedIn, you can do it through connecting with like minded folks (and conversing with them through the message system – ask them what they do, tell them what you do in your blog etc). LinkedIn groups are also a great way to participate.
In Google Plus, it is limited to status updates and Google plus Hangouts (which is an awesome feature). The best way to network in Google Plus is to create circles and put the most like minded folks in a circle (putting them in a circle helps you to focus on only them and not others).
In Skype, you can network by forming chat groups – in which you could discuss about issues you face and help others with issues they face.
With every social network, there is always some feature which you can use to participate and network with others. I am only going to mention these 5 sites because they are the most important social media/networking sites.
Instead of trying to fight it, you should always funnel the negative energy (addiction can be bad, most of the times) into something positive as networking. Use that energy. Trying to fight it is only going to cost you even more energy and it will end up in you being tired.
So, funnel the energy.
Use it for good.
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