Lets face it, social media is very big amongst bloggers in the make money industry. I’m not saying that other bloggers don’t use social media. They are probably better users to be honest and I’ll explain why I think so.
Do You Join Social Media Sites for their Traffic Potential?
If you do, then the chances are very high that you fall into the category of social media abuser. Primarily social media is about connecting with others and not to self promote your content.
Unfortunately that is what many bloggers are doing every day. I used to be one of them too. But I have come to realize that self promotion is likely going to kick yourself in the bum after a while – so don’t do it! I’m not saying your shouldn’t submit any of your posts ever to social media, but rather keep the self promotion to an absolute minimum.
Wikipedia says: Social Media is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into content publishers. It is the shift from a broadcast mechanism to a many-to-many model, rooted in conversations between authors, people, and peers.
So how come we seem to think that social media is primarily here to serve our needs to attract a boat load of traffic?
Needless to say that as a blogger we want to be heard. Otherwise we wouldn’t bother writing. Personal experience has shown me to focus on helping others, rather than worrying about submitting your own content as a rule.
I’m still in my baby stages of getting the hang of social media networking. But what I have learned so far is encouraging me further to keep following this new found path.
Social Media is about:
- making new friends
What Social Media isn’t:
- shameless self promotion
- abusing others
- agreeing with everybody
- using solely for traffic influx
Genuine Social Media users:
- are those who stop thinking about their own benefits
- are those who submit other blog posts because they deem them worthy enough
- are those who care about networking and making new friends
- are those who give without expecting anything back in return
- are those who we should all aspire to be!
The downside of Social Media:
- time consuming, as to do it right does require a daily effort
- trying to cover too many social media sites (concentrate on fewer social media sites and become a good user)
- getting spammed
- getting abused
- not using it!
I have decided to focus on two social media sites and become a better contributor. It will help me to overcome my natural need to participate in too many social media parties and will help me to hon my skills.
Helping others with blogging karma is far more beneficial for any blogger in the long run. If we can manage to build up trust and friendship with other bloggers in the same niche they will feel more inclined to blog about us and mention us in some of their posts. This is ultimately a lot more beneficial to any blogger who wants targeted traffic.