5 Social Media Mistakes To Avoid

When it comes to promoting your blog, especially a new one, social media can help more than anything. Why? Because social media sites can send traffic to your blog instantly, while other sources such as the search engines take time.

Using social media is not difficult, but it can be done incorrectly. Here are 5 mistakes new bloggers make when using social media to promote their blog.

1. They Spam The Networks

This is the most common mistake. Bloggers sign up for all the different social network sites and immediately start submitting their content. Each day, they do it all over again and submit their new posts.

Not only does this make you look like a spammer, but it can also hurt your results. Many social networks such as StumbleUpon start to ignore your account if you constantly submit the same URL. This is why over time, you will notice your traffic decreasing even though you are submitting your posts every day.

2. They Sign Up Only To Promote Their Blogs

Many bloggers sign up for the various social networks only to promote their blogs. This is the biggest mistake of all. The point in social media is to build networks and relationships with others. If your focus is promoting your blog, then you miss out on all the other benefits of social media.

3. They Talk But Don’t Listen

Much like mistake #1, many bloggers talk but don’t listen. In other words, they promote their stuff and talk about their own blogs without listening to others. They only time they sign in is to promote something, instead of seeing what others have to say and promote.

By spending time listening to others and interacting with the communities, you will build relationships and contacts you can use later on down the road.

4. They Never Finish Their Profiles

One of my favorite things about social media is the fact that most networks allow you to create profiles. A place where you can upload a picture, share some information about yourself, and place links to your blogs. It’s a great place to market yourself for others to see.

Unfortunately, many bloggers never get around to finishing their profiles. Every day I come across a few profiles that are either blank, or half done. I think this is a big mistake because it not only robs you of the marketing side of your profile, but also makes it look like you care more about promoting your stuff then yourself.

5. They Take More Than They Give

When first starting out in social media, the best way to win friends is by giving more than you receive. In other words, help others out and share peoples content for them before asking for favors. It’s a good way to built a positive image for yourself and show that you are their for more than promoting your stuff. Just remember, offer value first, then reap the rewards later…

Keep these 5 mistakes in mind when you start using social media as a means to promote your blog. Start building friends within the communities and before long, you will start to see some good amount of traffic from the various social networks.

Posted By: Justin Wright

This post was published by Justin Wright on December 14th, 2008.

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  1. Ashleigh Hansberger 6 January 2009 at 10:37 am permalink

    Thanks for this post, Justin. Some very helpful tips! Especially #3 – They talk but don’t listen. I find this to be very true.

  2. Jeremy @ Cool Garden Things 7 January 2009 at 12:59 am permalink

    This is a great post! Thanks…I just found it on Mixx ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ll have to give it another vote now that I’ve been here and read it and it does have value.

    Thanks again for these great tips and reminders.

  3. neelam agarwal 7 January 2009 at 2:17 am permalink

    what u said is correct..offer value first, then reap the rewards later…

  4. jassi09 12 January 2009 at 7:24 am permalink

    Listening and offering helpfull information (is the real spirit of the web many people totally ignore) instead of ignoring the rest of the community and talking about onself. Thanks a lot + thumb up!

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