Social media is a bane and a blessing for bloggers. It’s the number one way to grow your stats and connect with readers and an amazing way to network with other bloggers! Today I’m going to address which social medias you should be on and how networking with others can lead to amazing opportunities! Oh, if you want to see more of my Beginner Blogger series, make sure to check out the Beginner Blogger page (linked here and at the top of the page). It outlines all of the topics I cover and when they’ll be live on the blog!
In case you haven’t figured out, social media and networking is of very high importance in the blogging world. If you’re only posting on your blog and not promoting on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc., it’s going to be a lot harder for people to find your content. Even if you’re still in the ‘no views some days’ stage, get yourself out there and start working on social media and connecting with other bloggers!
Social media is extremely helpful to bloggers, but it can also be the bane of our existence. Trying to stay active on so many different sites can be a lot for one person to handle, so you really have to tailor it to your life! Do not feel like you need to go out and register for an account on every single one of these platforms right away. It takes time.
I created my Facebook page after a good two months in the blogging world. It took me at least four months to join Twitter for my blog. And I just joined Instagram in the spring of 2016. So again, don’t feel like you’re required to join them all at once.
WHICH SOCIAL MEDIAS SHOULD I JOIN?
When I say be on the social medias, I’m talking about:
- Twitter – personally connect and chat with bloggers and readers
- Instagram – display your artsy photography side to connect with readers
- Facebook page – keep up to date with most recent posts & other updates
- Pinterest – allow others to share your posts (important!)
- Bloglovin’ – connect with and follow other blogs
- Google+ – kind of the same idea as a Facebook page
- YouTube – show your personality in a visual way instead of just through words
- Snapchat – post behind the scenes and a look at your life
Granted that’s a long list of social media platforms, but that’s just the beginning. I actually just got a Snapchat for my blog (go follow me @livingthegray)! It’s a great platform to share behind the scenes about how you work on your blog (like I just shared how I edit my photos) and the stuff you enjoy doing in your free time.
Why should I join social media as a blogger?
It not only allows you to gain an audience, it creates yet another platform for you to connect and communicate with your followers. Social media is such a valuable tool to show your personality in another way! You can use social media to promote your posts, give a behind the scenes look at what goes into your blog posts, express your thoughts, and share other people’s posts.
If you’re wanting to join the bare minimum of social media platforms, I would suggest Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, and a Facebook page. You don’t really have to do any work on Bloglovin’ and Pinterest kind of works on their own. So the only three you really have to work on are Twitter, Instagram, and a Facebook page. And yes, even though they’re all achieve the same goal, which is sharing posts and interacting with others, they all offer a slightly different way of doing so.
But why do I need a Facebook page? Not that anyone really uses Facebook for anything anymore, it’s good to have one! It’s just an essential. Granted a lot of us struggle with keeping it updated, but we still have it which means that’s yet another place for people to discover our blogs. It’s all about getting your name out there in as many places as possible.
Can I have a personal and blog account?
Of course! In fact, a good percentage of us do! Now that Twitter and Instagram offer a way to easily switch between accounts, it makes the whole situation easier.
I have a separate Twitter and Instagram. My personal accounts are kept private because I don’t want all of my blog followers to see my older pictures with friends on my Insta. It’s not that they’re bad pictures, but those people may not want their face all over the Internet. My Facebook account is kept to the highest security settings, allowing only friends to see my stuff. Just be careful with what you let be public because you may not want the rest of the world seeing your awkward middle school dance pictures.
Yay networking! This sounds like a really professional business term, but it’s not that scary. Networking in the blogging work consists of a few things:
- Twitter chats
- E-mailing other bloggers
- Collaborating with other bloggers
- Joining and participating in Facebook groups
- Subscribing to other bloggers’ newsletters
The more you start taking the initiative and talking with other bloggers, the sooner your name will get out there. Bloggers are notorious for posting “10 College Bloggers to Follow” type posts where they feature other bloggers they love. If you get your name in one of those, you’ll get new people visiting your site! This also goes the other way around. Writing a post like that is a great way to tweet out to and email other bloggers letting them know you featured them in a post.
Twitter chats are a big part of the college blogging community and the blogging community as a whole. Partaking in Twitter chats will, again, get your name out there and get more people looking at your site. The two Twitter chats I religiously participate in are #BloggingCollege (bi-weekly on Sundays at 8 pm EST) and #GalPalChat (bi-weekly on Saturdays at 11 am EST).
PINTEREST GROUP BOARDS
Don’t know what Pinterest group boards are? Well it’s a collaborative board where select members can all pin to the same board. There are so many to choose from, and you can even start your own! I have one specifically for college lifestyle. If you want to be a part of it, send your email associated with your Pinterest account and your blog name and I’ll add you!
It’s a great way to share your content and interact with other bloggers. Group boards tend to have more followers than regular boards just because they offer a bunch of different content that’s constantly being updated.
GUEST POSTING & COLLABORATIONS
Collaborations are when two bloggers come together to write posts on an agreed topic. Usually each blogger will write a post on their blog about a topic they agreed to. They’ll link to each other’s sites and social medias. For example, you could do a spring outfit and makeup collaboration. One blogger would write a post on the fashion and the other would write a makeup tutorial.
Guest posting is when you volunteer to write a post for someone else’s blog. Bloggers will typically share in a Facebook group or tweet out that they’re looking for someone to guest post on their blog. They might give you free reign to talk about whatever you want, or they may suggest that you write about a certain topic. Either way, you’ll get credit for that post and they’ll typically link back to your site and to all of your social media accounts.
I just launched my newsletter on May 4th of this year, and it’s by far one of the best moves I’ve made for my blog. I like to think of a newsletter of kind of an elite group of readers who get the inside scoop on what’s coming up on the blog and what’s been going on in my life.
If you want to start a newsletter as a beginner, go for it! I use MailChimp, and there’s really nothing bad about it. You create a template (if you want), create a campaign, fill in the info, and send it off or schedule it! It’s really simple. The hardest part about a newsletter is growing that e-mail list. Don’t get down on yourself if your subscriber numbers are low. Even if you have one newsletter subscriber, that’s still more than zero!
In case you were wondering what my newsletter looks like, here’s a picture of it! I write a segment on what’s been going on in my life, I link to my three most recent posts, then I include a look at what’s going to be on the blog in the next few weeks. It’s just another, more personal way of keeping up with your readers!
CONTACTING OTHER BLOGGERS
Every blogger loves when readers contact them! I can attest to this one. Every time I get an e-mail from a reader asking for advice or just wanting to say, it seriously makes my week. A lot of bloggers are really awesome at responding to e-mails, so never hesitate to shoot someone an e-mail and ask them a question. It doesn’t matter what the question is or how ridiculous you think it is, send it anyways. It never hurts to ask!
If you can’t find their e-mail address anywhere on their blog (it’s usually under their about page or contact page) or they don’t have a contact form, try getting in touch with them over social media. Send them a Tweet or a direct message on Twitter. Leave a comment on their Instagram post. Or, even leave a comment on their latest post! By contacting someone via e-mail or social media, you’re establishing a connection with them. If you keep in touch, you can turn that connection into a guest post or collaboration!
Here are some of my faves:
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