Social Media: 7 Ways to Have a Successful Profile Online

I’m continuing with my social media posts like these ones about foodies & twitter, and your twitter goals.
Now, I want to show 7 helpful points to develop your social profile online and if you’re a blogger, to improve your social networking as well.

Social Media and Social Networking for Food Bloggers & Foodies
I was twittering with Rebecca of Chow and Chatter and she changed her avatar recently. This is a good measure if you feel that the new one is better for you. It came to my mind several aspects related, namely:

1. Monitor Your “Brand”
Your presence in diverse platforms is your social profile online, a brand of you (not only companies should have brands) Every movement you do online is registered and stay for a long time. You can monitor your name and possible reactions to it with services like Google Alerts.

2. Don’t Change Your Username Often
Take a moment and think twice before registering in some site and have some coherence if you’ve other names. The most benefit situation is to have a unique username in every social site. Completely different names can be so confusing.

3. Don’t Change Your Avatar Often
Your avatar is your “brand”, changing it frequently can damage your online visibility because lot of people cannot recognize you, even can ignore you, due to the fact that they didn’t know that you’re the same person behind this new one artistic photo, pet or logo.

4. Own Your Domain
If it’s your desire to have a long term run into blogging, it’s a good idea to have your own domain; the investment is minimal. Also you’d be seen in a better angle from other bloggers and if you want sponsors, this will be an extra bonus.
Some examples that bought a domain lately could be Deeba, ♥peachkins♥, Rebecca, Joanne and Susan.

5. More Active More Success
In my experience, the more active (in a constructive way) you’re in a social site, the more influence & people will notice you. Buzzing a lot can bring you new friends and find interesting persons in the cyberspace.

6. Make Easier Your Social Experience
Social networking can be time-consuming (and an addiction too), so it can be done intelligently. According to the type of community perhaps there’re applications that can be turn on your social experience easier. For example we’ve:
TweetDeck that integrates several platforms like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace all together.
Digsby you can chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber more – Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn accounts.
– Yoono is a Firefox sidebar which helps you to stay connected with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, Yahoo IM, AIM and many more, all in one place.
– Flock the social web browser, support between others: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Youtube, Gmail, Digg, Flickr, Delicious, Yahoo IM, WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, etc.

7. You Aren’t the Center of the Universe
As in real life, if you call many times to a friend and you don’t have an answer at all, but you see interacting this person with other people, this is a not good signal for you, something wrong is happening between both.
Technology can translate this type of socializing to the cyberspace and more specific to the blogger stream.
Unless you’re an A-top-blogger in your niche (overflowed with emails and comments), it is pretty hard that this blogger can answer and comment on other blogs, but may be this isn’t your case. You’d have certainly this returning-feedback with your fellow bloggers.
In other words, if you’ve readers that come to your blog and visit you, when you’ve a bit of time, return the action, making them a visit, commenting, voting for the articles of this blogger, retweeting on twitter worthy articles.
Get you the idea? The blogging relationship is a win – win situation…do to others what you would like to be done to you!

Which points would like to add to this list to enlighten your social journey?


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38 Responses to Social Media: 7 Ways to Have a Successful Profile Online

  1. #5 and #7 are so important but also the most time-consuming. I've been fretting b/c I haven't been reciprocating comments with my most favorite blogs. I don't want them to think I'm ignoring them!

    I've been looking at TweetDeck (although I'm not on any other social-net sites other than Twitter and my blog) but the warnings just before downloading always scare me off! 😎

    Many thanks for these great tips.

  2. Nice, userful blog post. Good for every blogger and social media dweller out there. While living online in social environment twitter, linkedin, blogger, facebook and other social media, it is very important to strategize your goals to be achieved and a brand to be evangelized. Again do not get Stragize and evangelized get scared to you. But it is necessary to brand you product as an identity and to attract more social participants.

    The tools to convert your strategy into real world are various tools like tweetDeck etc. Personally I still use twitter interface but with FireFox Grease Monkey and Trony's Greasemonkey twitter script. It provides me nice interface and quicker way to reteet.

    thumbs up !!!!

  3. great tips! I don't really think I'm active on twitter/facebook though I have accounts though hehe

  4. What a perfect posting for me! I don't have a twitter nor facebook. So, I think it's time to own one..he he! Poor me! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  5. A whole lot of info, & after reading this i feel I am existing in the stone age.. simply don't get the time to use them all & blog!

  6. Great advice. I'd also like to add that (started by Seth Godin) is a great way to also build pages on a network that can link back to your blog. I'm still building my pages, but I've heard awesome things about having numerous pages.

  7. Thanks for the great info. There were many listed that I didn't know about. I better look in to them. Thanks again.

  8. Great info here. I’ve been a bit lazy with my social networking lately. When I’m not so lazy I use HootSuite. It’s like Tweetdeck. You can pull your social networking sites to one place and it even supports multiple accounts. It really saves a lot of time and effort.

  9. Once we make our presence on the internet nothing remains a secret, there is no place for privacy so one has to be very careful about everything. As far as branding is concerned it’s a great idea to have a brand because its an identity in itself and people from around the world gets to know your business through your brand.

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