Blogging 101: Getting Started with Social Media in 8 Simple Steps ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blogging 101: Getting Started with Social Media in 8 Simple Steps


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Welcome back to another Blogging 101 post!  Today's post is all about getting started in the huge world of social media.

First of all, why do you need social media as a blogger?  Even if you view your blog as only a creative outlet, other readers, bloggers, and even brands will want to connect with you.  If you plan on running it as a small business, you will definitely need social media.

Once you are visible through social media, people will get to know your blog, your brand, and it can drive traffic back to your site.  All good things!


Blogging 101: Getting Started with Social Media in 8 Simple Steps


You may already be a whiz at social media with your personal accounts, but I have picked up a few tips that are specifically helpful for bloggers.  I also link to lots of tutorials below that will be beneficial to setting up your social media, so stick around even if you are already a hashtag expert/ power Instagrammer/ Facebook fiend!


Let's get started!


Blogging 101: Getting Started with Social Media in 8 Simple Steps



General Tips for Setting Up Your Accounts


1.  Create Social Media accounts separate from your personal accounts*

  • There are so many reasons that you need to do this!  Your in-real-life friends might not be interested in your crocheting posts, your blog readers might only want to see your food posts and skip the photos from your family Disneyland trip, and so on.  Keep it simple!  Also, for people who blog as a team, it makes sense to have an account that multiple people can access.
  • Also, your social media will be public, so if you want a bit of privacy, keep them separate!
Facebook & Google+ do not need a separate accounts, but you will need to set up new pages.  Tutorial links below!



2.  Create all the social media accounts you can!

  • You might not post on all of them right away, but it is a good idea to at set them up and bookmark them for later.  For example, I was not interested in Instagram at first.  Later when I got into it, I was so glad that I already had my account set up and ready to go.  Now it is one of my favorites!


Blogging 101: Getting Started with Social Media in 8 Simple Steps



3.  Choose the same username across all accounts, if possible.

  • It is SO much easier to remember one name, versus 5 different ones.  If someone uses a Also, it makes business cards so much simpler!
  • Choose a username that is either your blog name or blog address, if possible (like #4 from my previous post).
    • A Twitter handle of @randomwordsstrungtogether for Vintage Zest would not make sense!
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  • Alternatively, you can use your name, but make sure it is prominent on your blog so readers can connect the two together.  I don't know how many times I have seen a Twitter handle of someone's full name and realized that I have no idea which blog they belong to!
  • Already have different usernames set up?  See below for links to step-by-step instructions on how to change them!



4.  Change your page to redirect to a customized URL.  

  • Now that you chose a fancy new username, make sure that your page is easy to get to!
  • You only need this for Facebook and Google+, but it is definitely worth doing:
    • At first, your Facebook url is facebook.com/pages/111111111111111/vintagezest but you can shorten it to facebook.com/vintagezest.  Tutorial link below!
    • Google + looks like https://plus.google.com/111111111111111111111/about but you can change it https://plus.google.com/+yourname.  Tutorial link also below!



5.  Open a new e-mail account for your blog.

  • I should have mentioned it in the Starting Tips post, but it is a smart idea to open a new e-mail account to handle all blog traffic and social media.  It can get messy to sort out all of the blog-related from the personal e-mails.  Trust me!
    • Besides, the e-mail address you picked at the height of your crush on Jake Gyllenhaal probably won't make sense to readers interested in your travel blog or sound very professional.  I won't be using dianeluvsjake@notreally.com then...
  • If you are using a free e-mail service, use the same blog name, blog address, or social media username for simplicity's sake.  Mine is vintagezest (at) gmail (dot) com.  Surprise, surprise!



Blogging 101: Getting Started with Social Media in 8 Simple Steps



Social Media-Specific Tutorials
(relevant as of May 30, 2014)


Facebook


Twitter


Instagram


Pinterest


Google+


Blogging 101: Getting Started with Social Media in 8 Simple Steps



More Helpful Tips!

In a later post, I will explain in detail how I use social media to promote posts, connect with people, and some effective strategies for doing so.  In the meantime, here are the few last steps for setting up your social media!


6.  Place your social media account buttons somewhere easily visible at the top of your blog.  

  • You want visitors to be able to follow you easily.  Just do it!
  • To find some cute (and free) social media icons, click on this page, this page, or take a spin around the web.  There are lots of fun designs out there!


7.  Download the mobile apps

  • Since it is a good idea to post frequently, download the apps for all of your social media for quick posting on the go!
Note: You can post using web pages for everything except Instagram.


8.  Start following people and engage with them!

  • Follow your favorite bloggers (maybe me?) and comment on their posts.  Say hello if you become a new follower, and lots of people will follow you back!

    



Blogging 101: Getting Started with Social Media in 8 Simple Steps



Now that you are all set up for your social media, you are all probably excited to get started.  As I said, in a later post, I will talk about strategies for effective social media, but in the meantime definitely start posting and connecting with other people.  Get out there and have fun!


Are you a social media newbie or are you already hooked?  :)




33 comments:

  1. Great post and information that I needed to learn. Thank you!

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  2. Great tips and for once I feel like I'm actually on top of something, LOL

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  3. Thanks for the times. I was able to quickly change my Twitter and G+ names. Visiting form Kathe with an E.

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  4. Very good tips! Thanks! <333

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  5. Great tips! Although I'm of the mindset that I keep my personal Twitter about everything (including my blog), but I know it can be important to keep them separate. I already run another Twitter account for work, so I don't really have the time/patience to make another just for my blog. My biggest goal this month is to get back in the saddle and start engaging with people more instead of just reading! :)

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  6. I'm not a newbie to my personal social media but I am a newbie to blogging social media. I am trying to figure this thing out.

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  7. I'm a reluctant social media user. I've hooked up with Pinterest, Facebook and Google+


    www.momfever.com

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  8. Very informative. And another reminder of how much I have to learn. I'm starting my second blog though and I am much more on the ball with setting up social media accounts correctly this time. When I started my first blog it was just a place to write for me and then I tried to jump on board with social media networking. Found you through the create with joy linkup.
    Angela @ Time with A & N and The PACI Fund Project

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  9. Great article! It can be overwhelming in the beginning.

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  10. I'm loving this series, Diane!
    Quick question: are you really active on ALL forms of social media? I don't think I have time to do that effectively!
    I've been hesitant to join G+ because of privacy concerns. I didn't realize they have a business page option as most bloggers I've looked at seem to do a personal page, and like you I'd like to keep things private. I'll have to check out the option for just setting up the page.

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  11. Wow, someone as detail-oriented as me! Hello from Show & Tell Saturday.

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  12. Great information! I'm sending this to a friend who is starting her first blog! Thanks! I'm also posting to sverve!!

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  13. Another great tips post!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

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  14. Thanks for the tips. I've pinned it, but will have to work on my blog more later. I have not yet separated my pinterest accounts. I currently just pin off topic things to private boards. I guess that will have to wait for another day :)

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  15. Some great tips here! Thank you. #PigAndDac

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  16. Awesome! Thanks and I hope you stick around! :)

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  17. Yay! That's always a good feeling, right? :)

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  18. Great! I'm happy that this was helpful. :)

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  19. Thanks! :) For extra points, you could always share this on your social media, right? But for real, I'm happy that you liked my tips. Thanks!

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  20. Oh dear! Three Twitter accounts would be difficult to deal with... Maybe you can take advantage of one of those dashboards to schedule out the blog tweets?

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  21. Hope this helps, and thanks for visiting!

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  22. Omg, I LOVE Instagram now! It can be annoying if I want to Instagram something from my computer to grab my phone instead, but I definitely get more interaction and I think it is more fun to scroll through pictures in my feed instead of words. :)

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  23. I totally feel you, and sometimes it feels like I am a hamster on a wheel trying to churn out the social media, BUT it is so fun when you can get actual interaction back!

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  24. Oh nice! It is always so much better to start off on the right foot than trying to go back and correct it. Hopefully the rest of the series is helpful to you! :)

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  25. Thanks! Totally agreed with you, except for that I think it is overwhelming even after the beginning!

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  26. Well, I'm not sure what you consider active, but I at least promote my own posts and tag people when I mention something of theirs that I like. Occasionally I will comment on posts in my feed, but not all the time. I love Google Plus, but privacy was not a concern for me because it was connected to my blog e-mail address. Hopefully the business page option works for you!

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  27. Yep, you should see my filing system... :) Thanks for visiting and I hope you stick around!

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  28. Thanks so much! I'm sure she will find it helpful, and thanks for posting it as well. :)

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  29. I actually have the same Pinterest account for personal because I'm not pinning anything TOO weird! I like it this way personally and I do have a couple of private boards for my sister's wedding, etc. but that's also just because she doesn't want to give all the plans away! :)

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  30. Thanks! I hope you stick around for the rest of the series! :)

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  31. So happy that you find them helpful! :)

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  32. Thanks for this list.
    http://weelii.com/

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