I work full time, I author three blogs, I’m building a home-based business, I have a boyfriend (best guy ever), three dogs, two cats, and friends that I’d like to say “hey” to every now and then. So I don’t have a lot of time for social networking, but I’ve learned to make time.
I wanted to share social networking strategy with you – it seems to be working really well. My goal is to write quality content, keep on top of my SEO, promote my blog, and connect with people who share the same interests while still maintaining a life. I’m crossing my fingers that Google will allow auto posting to Google Plus soon. Currently, my blogs automatically feed to my Facebook pages and to Twitter.
photo credit: Mukumbura
Social Networking Strategy – Monday through Friday
I commute to and from work on the train; I get 50 minutes to work on my blogs. This work is updating Google Adsense codes, promoting affiliate links, or scheduling posts (that have already been written).
I’m a member of a few Tribes on Triberr and I sign in to share their posts on Twitter. If a posts peeks my interest (something about blogging or dogs) then I go in and leave a comment and I Stumble the post as well. What I love about Triberr is that several people are sharing my blog posts steadily, which brings in more traffic to my sites.
I’m also a member of Blog Engage and although it’s a paid membership it’s fantastic exposure and worth the $10/month that I pay. I get a lot of traffic from my blogs from this site. I sign in each morning to see what everyone has shared. What I love is that most of the blogs are about blogging and making money with our blogs so I find a lot of interesting things to read, comment on, and share.
Since Google Plus isn’t allowing auto posting (that I know of, I Google it weekly), I manually share my posts over on Google Plus. I don’t spend a lot of time on Google Plus, because most of my followers are on Facebook and I interact with my fellow bloggers through commenting and we’re in forums together.
One thing I did was bought the domain gpluskimberly.com, because I needed something easy to remember until Google offers vanity URLs. Now that I have it, I might keep it.
I only have time to catch up on my reader a couple times a week, but I make that time count! I scroll through, make comments where I can, and share using the Buffer App – which is really helpful and free and you can load it up from your Google Reader.
LinkedIn Groups / Facebook Groups
If you haven’t done so already, get involved in forums. I’ve made some great connections here and they’ll email you automatically when something new is posted so I can keep on top of the conversations.
Social Networking Strategy – The Evenings
I try not to work too much during the evening, because I want to spend time with my family. I may log in to finish something up really quickly, but that time is for them.
Social Networking Strategy – Saturdays and Sundays
I spend a few hours on Saturday and a few hours on Sunday working. Sunday is my writing day – I draft up the week’s blog posts and schedule them out. I also spend the day catching up on blog reading. I’m able to get a lot of work done on the weekends, because my boyfriend also has a home-based business; I work when he works.
That’s my social networking schedule. The tools I use to keep it all flowing are:
Hootsuite – because I can post to multiple pages (Twitter, Facebook page, Facebook profile, LinkedIn). The free version works great for me and I love being able to schedule posts.
Triberr - when you join Triberr, it’s tempting to join every Tribe that will have you. Don’t! It’s important to consider the posts they’re sharing and your Twitter followers. I won’t join Giveaway, Mystery Writer, or Erotica tribes, because this isn’t what I write about; my people follow me for photography, dogs, and blogging.
Google Alerts – this allows me to be notified of mentions of myself, my business/blogging interests, and it helps me make connections with new people.
Smart phone!!! – My Blackberry allows me to stay in touch with all my social networking sites without working on my blogs at my day job (frowned upon).
A Spiral Notebook – this helps me make notes of things I need to do, blog post ideas, and whatever else comes to mind. You should see me panic when I think I’ve forgotten it – but I never forget it!