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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Gera

Gera is a techie & foodie passionate about how to succeed in social media. He focuses also on successful blogging tips and food connections. You can connect with him on Google +. Subscribe to his Free WPulsar Newsletter about WordPress Plugin & Theme Reviews, Blogging and Social Media.

OysterCulture

Good stuff – with all the social media out there its hard to keep it all straight

Joanne

Great info. Thanks for posting it.

Chow and Chatter

oh wow love this post great advice thanks Gera will tweet it and also link to chow and chatter's facebook page Rebecca

Selba

Wow! A very informative post! Thanks for sharing the tips 🙂

Pam

Great information.

Fresh Local and Best

Great advice Gera. Thanks for sharing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums

Thanks for the very precious information! Great tips.

Cheers,

Rosa

Shelby

Great post Gera – I love how you are so full of information for all of us who are internet challenged! I finally use tweetdeck and find it is much easier to tweet now!

B.B.B.

Hmm… Why should we be the top? 🙂
I guess this is another issue, a matter of topic… Yes this can be discussed as well… Why should be the top…

The Cookinglady And Friends

Great Information. Thanks for Sharing.

Cookin' Canuck

Lots of great points!

Lorraine

They're great tips Gera! I had to laugh at #7 😛 I use tweetdeck and it's great!

Chris

Some valid points. I have only recently come to think of my blog as "my brand". I think it has helped me focus on what I want to do and say.

Gera

@Joanne
@Selba
@Pam
@Fresh Local and Best
@Rosa's Yummy Yums
@The Cooking Lady
@Cookin' Canuck
@Web hosting Brisbane
@Anonymous
Thanks for your kind comments!

@OysterCulture
Need lot of time!

@averagebetty
Several apps worth 🙂

@Sippity Sup
TweetDeck is excellent for Facebook and twitter 🙂

@5 Star Foodie
I understand may be directly on web is better 😀

@Chow and Chatter
You're very welcome 🙂

@HoneyB
With tweetdeck is easier to tweet 🙂

@B.B.B.
This is the point; you don’t need to stay on the top or not, to have some feedback with your readers.
Blogging is communication no matter of your status 🙂

@Sophia
@Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
The last point is a bit sociological style 🙂

@Nazarina A
Thanks Nazarina! I understand that the bloggers with many years and readers is difficult to do it, but you're right, I feel the same of some bloggers that they don’t reciprocate, at least a visit. The rule "don't do to others what you wouldn't like to be done to you" don't apply for them.
I'd like to have a personal meeting with Natasha too 🙂

@Chris
Your blog with all your opinions and statements are of your own, and then is your personal "brand" 🙂

Erica

Fantastico Gera! Muchas Gracias.
All this social media is makes me crazy 🙂

Gloria

Great post Gera, good information, thanks, gloria

Reeni

Such excellent tips, Gera! You've covered all points very well. Thank-you!

zerrin

A wonderful informative post! I didn't know some of the social media tools you mentioned above, I must check them. Thanks for all these tips.

Tangled Noodle

#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.

Thomas Andrew

Great tips! I use TweetDeck and I just installed Digsby. 🙂 I recommend them both!

Olga

what? i'm not the center of the universe? no way! 🙂

noobcook

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

nora

donno how i missed this great post! sure gonna chek on TweetDeck 🙂 thanx
cheers!

My Little Space

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.

Soma

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!

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