Want To Improve Your Social Media Game? #FridayFinds

by Sherryl Perry on July 12, 2014

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In this week’s Friday Finds, we’re going to take a look at some of the ways that you can beef up your social media strategy. With so many social media tools and tips available online, it can be overwhelming to find the best solutions for you. This week, I’m sharing resources where you can find: 100+ tips on social sharing, 30+ of the best social media monitoring tools for businesses, tips on improving your LinkedIn and Triberr strategies and recommendations for creating a powerful social media bio. You may have read some of these great articles already but (if you haven’t), you’ll want to.

Have You Read this Epic Post of Social Media Tips?

If you don’t already know Adam Connell from BloggingWizard.com, let me introduce you to him.  In addition to his own blog, Adam has posted on sites including KISSmetrics, ProBlogger and SocialMediaExaminer. In his post, 100+ Bite-Sized Tips To Get You More Social Shares (And Traffic), he may have out-done himself.

You really should read this one yourself. (I’ve bookmarked it to come back to.) What you’ll find in this post is:

  • 4 Reasons Why You Need Social Shares
  • 21 Tips to Get More Shares on Twitter
  • 15 Ways to Get More Google+ Shares
  • 11 Tips on How to Get More Pins & Re-pins on Pinterest
  • 25 Ways to get more Shares & Boost Your Organic Reach on Facebook
  • 37 Tips on Getting More Social Shares Regardless of the Platform

This is my must-read of the week. In addition to being online, Adam also has this available as a PDF download (sign up required).

What Social Media Monitoring Tools Do You Use?

Having an online presence on social media sites is key to promoting your business online. We’ve all heard of HootSuite, Google Alerts, Klout and Topsy but have you ever heard of:

  • Back Tweets (With this free service, you can search Twitter to see what people are tweeting.)
  • Mention (The free plan allows you to receive 100 alerts on your Android or iPhone for 1 monitored keword.)
  • Pluggio (This free online service can help you manage Twitter including sending Tweets to both Facebook & LinkedIn.)
  • NetVibes (This dashboard looks interesting and it includes an RSS reader too.)
  • Topsy (This free social analytics tool can help marketers track their brand on Twitter.)

I found those five tools and twenty six more in 30 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools For Business by Stuart J. Davidson on StuartJDavidson.com  There are lots of lists out there but of the 31 tools that Stuart listed, I was only familiar with 6 of them. So, you may find something new here to add to your arsenal.

Since I’m always looking for new content to share, (and since I usually start with free tools first), I signed up for Pluggio. While I’m just getting started with it, I like what I see so far. For a quick peek at how you can use Pluggio to find new content to share, watch this video:

What do you think? How many of these tools are you familiar with? Which social media tools are your favorties?

Are You Using Pluggio?

Okay. Even though I was in the midst of writing this week’s Friday Finds, I confess that I got distracted by Pluggio. (I really think I’m going to like it.) While I was exploring it, I did a quick search to see if I could find a helpful review on it and I did.

Ezra Scott, (someone I just discovered yesterday) wrote How To Tame Twitter With Pluggio on UKLinkology.co.uk. As I usually do in my #FridayFinds series, I’m not going to delve deep into Ezra’s article. Instead, I’ll bullet point some of the benefits that he found in using Pluggio to monitor Twitter:

  • A minimalist interface
  • The Friend Finder function
  • The ability to monitor influencers (without having to follow them)
  • Schedule your tweets (also optionally post them to Facebook and LinkedIn)
  • Adding pictures and links
  • Helpful videos to get the most out of this tool

What do you think? Are you going to give Pluggio a try?

What’s Your LinkedIn Strategy?

Up until today, I wasn’t familiar with Brian Smith but (while I was looking for new content to curate using the “Suggestions” feature in Buffer), I came upon his post Secret LinkedIn Strategies of a 10-Year Power User on Zapier.com and I was intrigued by what he had to say.

While you may already be implementing some of the suggestions that he’s using, you’re bound to pick up a few gems here. To give you an inkling of what he covers:

  • Personalize your Invitations
  • Practice Reverse-Self-Promotion
  • Track Who “Listens
  • Double “Connecting
  • Pruning” your Network

Do You Have a Strategy for Triberr?

Usually, I feature articles, videos and slide shares that have recently been published in this series but I’m making an exception this week. I want to share Ileane Smith’s YouTube video Reach Millions of People on Twitter with Triberr, Although this video was uploaded in September of 2013, her content is still relevant and hopefully some readers here will benefit from watching it.

As an intro, when Ileane Smith (of BasicBlogTips.com) created this video, she had only been active on Triberr for two to three months. In that time, she built a tribe with a reach of over one million. So, what can we learn from Ileane about Triberr? You’ll have to watch for yourself, but (as I often do in these Friday Finds posts), I’ve bullet pointed some of Ileane’s best Triberr tips here:

  • Find tribes with diversity (to break up monotony)
  • Option of setting up Automatic Sharing
  • Prime membership with an Atomic Tribe

Do You Know How to Get a Large Thumbnail on Your Facebook Posts?

Those of you who post to Facebook may wonder why some people have really large thumbnails (484 x 252 pixels display on a desktop and 560 x 292 on mobile) on their Facebook posts. If you want to know how you can do this, check out The Secret to Getting a Large Facebook Link Thumbnail by Louise Meyers on LouiseM.com. Lisa’s post also includes a link to her post on how to fix missing link thumbnails on Facebook too.

How Powerful is Your Social Media Bio?

My last share this week is How to Create A Powerful Social Media Bio by Rebekah Radice on RebekahRadice.com. Rebekah’s post suggests six simple steps to keep in mind when you’re filling out your bio on social media sites. Basically, her recommendations are about:

  1. Sharing Your Story
  2. Knowing Your Audience
  3. Fine-Tuning Uour Message
  4. Being Unique
  5. Adding Your Personality
  6. Being Brief

Rebekah’s post serves as a good reminder that consistency across all your social media profiles is of upmost importance. It’s also important to answer the question “What’s in it for me?”.  I hope you get some ideas and inspiration from this one. (I have.)

Over To You:

Had you read Adam Connell’s 100+ tips? Did you discover any new social media management tools or get any new ideas for engaging on LinkedIn? Are you on Triberr? Have you beefed up your social media profile lately? Please feel free to share your favorite tips tools and ideas with us. As I always say, “we can all learn from each other”.

You can connect with today’s featured authors on Google+ at: Adam Connell, Stuart Davidson, Ezra Scott, Ileane Smith, Louise MeyersRebekah Radice and me. Also, you can follow Brian Smith on Twitter @ListenBrian.

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Mark
Twitter:
September 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Wow Sherryl!

This is simply a ton of solid resources that you offer! Thank you so much! I’m familiar with a few of the resources you’ve showcased, but thanks for opening my eyes even further, to the vast untapped pro-active online marketing potential.

It’s like you’ve secretly handed everyone the keys to the online marketing possibilities vault!LOL!

And the Pluggio plugin in seems like a fantastic tool, to help provide the means of being incredibly social online and for further developing rock solid future online relationships!

I was not previously familiar with it. This was my first but not last visit to your incredibly resource filled site Sherryl! Thank you!

This one article really offers a world of real do-able possibilities!
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Sherryl Perry September 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Hi Mark,

I’m glad you found my post helpful. Thanks for taking the time to weigh in on this and for sharing it on Twitter.

I just finished catching up my thank you’s and scheduling tweets for today. While I was on Twitter, I: #1) checked out your profile, #2) recognized a few names of influential bloggers who were following you, #3) followed you and #4)RT’d for you. Then, I come here and see that you left this wonderful comment for me!

I promise to be by your blog soon. I need to start curating content for my next #FridayFinds post. (Those take a while to research and write.) So, I better get started! Thanks again and it’s great to connect with you.
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Kaustav Banerjee
Twitter:
September 3, 2014 at 2:54 am

Awesome post!
I was thinking this could continue for some more time and I could just read on and on. Seriously your tips are fantastic. i have recently taken on SocialBro as a method to optimize Twitter results. This was a suggestion from Reginald Chan in his article “12 Powerful Steps to Get More Followers on Twitter”

I have also been using Triberr lately. BUt I do not find any hope. I just don’t understand how to find people and get them to my tribe. Or maybe join a tribe as a contributor. I hope the video from Illeane will help.
Thanks a lot for all the share.
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Sherryl Perry September 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

Hi Kaustav,

Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad that you found my post helpful. I’ll have to check out SocialBro and Reginald’s post.

Finding the “right” tribes to join on Triberr is key. When I first joined, I made the mistake of creating a tribe that included people I was already sharing for. That did not work well for me at all.

Then, I was invited to join a tribe that was a perfect fit for my target audience. (The first few tribes that I was a member of had been too diverse.) The more that I shared, the more invitations I received to join other tribes. I am going to be creating a new tribe too. I’ll send you an invitation when I do. Meanwhile, are you in one of Reginald’s tribes?
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Kaustav Banerjee
Twitter:
September 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Thank you so much for the guidance and help. I know that Triberr is one of the most flourishing marketing platforms. I would love to be part of a great Tribe. If you have one for me, do suggest please and send me an invitation.
And, no I am not yet a part of Reginald’s Tribe.
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Ammar Zeb
Twitter:
August 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

oh Wow! I always wondered that someone will be able to write about improving presence on Social Media because you have to work a bit hard to make an active presence of yours on social media.

I read the whole article and it was just Boom!

Thanks for sharing your valuable experiences with us Sherryl.
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JasonSimms
Twitter:
July 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

While having an effective online presence for business growth is not a new concept, it is true that many businesses have barely begun to understand what magic regular business marketing activities performed on social media can work for them.

I agree that Back Tweets are one of the most effective social media monitoring tools currently in use. I think this is mainly because it helps a user have a fair idea of what internet users or a special category of his/her target audience is showing interest in. This is where the process of taking business from such groups of people starts from.
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Sherryl Perry September 4, 2014 at 11:18 am

Hi Jason,

First, I want to apologize for not replying to you earlier than this. Sometimes, I just miss comments when they’re posted.

Thank you for mentioning Back Tweets. To be honest, when I first wrote this post, I didn’t explore every piece of info. So, I just went to BackTweets.com and checked it out. The first thing I thought of is how helpful this could be when I’m curating content!

Thanks so much for taking the time to add your insight to the conversation.
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Jenny July 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Don’t use twitter as much, but the LinkedIn tips you shared from Zapier.com are helpful

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Sherryl Perry July 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Hi Jenny,
Thanks for letting me know that you found my share helpful. LinkedIn is one of my favorite social networks. I use it primarily to build relationships.

On the other hand, Twitter is one of my top sources of referral traffic. I experimented with tweeting less often and I found that not only did I lose traffic from Twitter but I also lost traffic from other referral sources as well.

Thanks for taking the time to join the conversation.
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Pritam Nagrale
Twitter:
July 22, 2014 at 5:19 am

Hi Sherryl,

Thanks for sharing nice article on Social Media. I am hearing about Pluggio first time. So, I hope this can work fine for me. I’d definitely add Pluggio to my now fairly limited arsenal of Twitter tools.
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Sherryl Perry July 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I hope you like it Pritam. If not, there were lots of other suggestions in Stuart Davidson’s “30 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools For Business” post. Maybe another one would be a better fit. (If you’re like me, you look at the free tools first.)
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Sagar nandwani July 19, 2014 at 3:58 am

If you really start to trust the content via the targeted approach in Google Alerts, you can opt to have the alerts delivered in an RSS feed and then pump them automatically into Twitter via Twitterfeed. People are amazed at how fast I get info out to them – this is one of my “magic tricks”.
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Sherryl Perry July 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Hi Sagar,
Thanks for the tip about having Google Alerts delivered in an RSS feed and then tweeted through Twitterfeed. It never occurred to me to do that. I’m not sure if that’s something that I would want/need to do though. Is that something that you do?
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Sagar
Twitter:
July 17, 2014 at 4:40 am

Nice and very informative post

Social media plays a great role in internet marketing. Now a days many of the bloggers and website owners are over social media to market or advertise your business to a wide range of audience.

Initially I have never used any tools but now slowly started using them . Most of the tools you have mentioned are new to me . But I have learned more about them and moreover was able to collect a lot of information ad tips regarding social media marketing. I would surely try all the tools and plugins for my business.

Thank you for sharing such useful information.
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Sherryl Perry July 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Hi Sagar,
Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know that your found my article helpful. I appreciate that. It’s very helpful to know what sort of information other bloggers want to know more about. So far, I’m focusing this series on SEO, social media and WordPress .

Good luck finding the right combination of tools that meet your needs.
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Kevin Duncan
Twitter:
July 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Hi Sherryl,

This is my first time commenting on your blog! Nice site you have here. :-)

I had read Adam’s great post before. So much helpful info packed into one post! I’ll have to browse your archives and find some more goodies!

Hope you’re having a great day.
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Sherryl Perry July 16, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Hi Kevin,
Somehow, I missed Adam’s post when he first published it but I saw his tweets and checked it out. I’m so glad I did. That post is packed!

I am having a great day. Thank you. I hope you’re having one too. I see you’ve left several comments. I appreciate that. I’ll be by to check out your blog soon.
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Kevin Duncan
Twitter:
July 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Hey Sherryl,

Sorry to hear you’ve had CommentLuv issues while trying to comment on my blog. Do you know if the problem is on all CommentLuv blogs, or just mine?

To my knowledge, no one else has had issues. Of course, unless they Tweeted me (or emailed) like you did, I would have no way of knowing. :-)
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Sherryl Perry July 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hi Kevin,
So far, it’s just your blog but I haven’t done much commenting today. The error I’m getting is: “A feed could not be found at http://keepupwiththeweb.com/. A feed with an invalid mime type may fall victim to this error, or SimplePie was unable to auto-discover it.. Use force_feed() if you are certain this URL is a real feed.”

When I mouse over the comment to see the error that CommentLuv is returning, it says: “”Access denied. Your IP address [192.254.250.184] is blacklisted. If you feel this is in error please contact your hosting providers abuse department.”

FYI – That’s not my IP address. (It may be yours.) Out of curiosity, did you upgrade CL to 3.0.6.3?

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Kevin Duncan
Twitter:
July 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Hi Sherryl,

Strange…

No, that isn’t my IP address either. I don’t THINK it’s an issue with my blog or plugin, simply because others have been able to leave comments today while using CommentLuv. And I did a test comment (signed out as administrator and tried to use the URL of my personal blog) and it worked fine.

Just odd.

I don’t have the premium CL plugin, but I do have the latest of the free version: v2.93.5.

If you want to try leaving me your comment with CommentLuv unchecked, I can add a link to your latest post to the end of your comment, if you like?

Hope this gets sorted! Could you let me know if you discover issues with other blogs? Or if you have zero trouble on other blogs?

Appreciate it.
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Sherryl Perry July 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

That is weird. I’ll be doing a little work from my laptop later tonight. Even tho, I’ve cleared my cache and deleted the cookie to your site on this computer, I thought I would give it one more try. If that doesn’t work, I’ll email it to you. I’ll try leaving a comment on someone else’s blog too.

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Steve Hippel
Twitter:
July 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Oh dear Sherryl.
As you know, I have been out of the loop for several months working on other things. Everything has changed so much and I feel like the new boy all over again. I haven’t heard of half of the tools and plugins you mention above.

Fortunately I have a secret weapon. I know where to go to find all the latest tips. Better start doing my homework :)

Hope you are well and business is good.
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Sherryl Perry July 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Hi Steve,
I know you have your hands full with your project. Your new site looks great! We haven’t chatted in a while but it looks like you have made a lot of progress! I see that you’re tweeting looking for UK tradesmen. I’ll pop over occasionally and RT some to help spread the word.

I’m glad you like my tips! It’s not easy for any of us to keep up with all this. I’ve been writing longer posts and that’s been cutting into my to to make the rounds and comment as much as I used to. That’s not good!

Other than not having enough time, :) all’s well here. Thanks.
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Leora
Twitter:
July 15, 2014 at 7:58 am

So much to learn, so little time! I’ll be checking out some of these links.

One nifty tip for Facebook sharers – if you already using Yoast SEO, there is a section on each post called Social. Within it, there is a field for Facebook in which you can add an image 600px wide or so that will be used on Facebook. A good way to get a large image on FB!
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Sherryl Perry July 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

Hi Leora,

Thanks for the tip about Yoast’s plugin having a section called Social! I don’t use that plugin (because it conflicts with the SEO that’s built into my theme) but it sounds like it’s just getting better. Doesn’t he have something to handle Twitter cards in his plugin too?

There is so much to learn! I need to drop by your blog soon! I hope you have a great week.

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Leora
Twitter:
July 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

Yes, he also handles Twitter cards in the SEO plugin.
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Sherryl Perry July 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Thanks Leora. That’s good to know. Setting up Twitter cards can be a nightmare.

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Ravi Chahar
Twitter:
July 15, 2014 at 4:26 am

Hi Sherryl,

Like to read your Friday posts and here I am to read one more.:)

Social media plays a great role in the improvement of any business, blog etc. But the problem is to make strategies for that. I am really confused to do so.
As you have mentioned above about the benefits of Pluggio, Is it that much effective?
May be it will help me improve my social media presence.

I am hearing about Pluggio first time. I hope this can work good for me.:)

Thanks for making me aware about it.

Have a great weekend.:)

~Ravi
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Sherryl Perry July 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Hi Ravi,
I’m glad you like this series! It’s a good way for me to discover new bloggers to follow and connect with too.

I’m just getting to know Pluggio myself. I know a lot of bloggers love HootSuite but I just never clicked with it. Pluggio seems a lot simpler to use and I liked the videos that I clicked on. I had a couple of questions and the videos seem very easy to follow. Good luck with it if you try it!

Thanks for taking the time to add your thoughts here and you have a great week!
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Adrienne
Twitter:
July 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Hey Sherryl,

Did I miss one of Adam’s posts? I think I did and I looked to see that it was from last May so shame on me. He’s always sharing such great content that he blows my mind on a regular basis. You’re right though, people don’t want to miss what he has to say.

I had heard of NetVibes and Topsy but not the others. I watched the video on Pluggio and you’re right, it looks pretty interesting. Might have to take a look at that one.

I’m really not that interested in LinkedIn but I love Ileane’s share about Triberr. It’s one of my favorite platforms and she definitely has done a great job of building up her tribes.

I’ll have to check out Louise’s post and I’ve already got Rebekah’s loaded up to read. I’m behind with that too but what else is new right!

Thank you so much for these shares, great job as always. Fabulous Friday finds Sherryl! ;-)

~Adrienne
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Sherryl Perry July 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Don’t feel badly Adrienne. I missed Adam’s post the first time around too. He re-shared it last week and as soon as I started reading it, I knew that I had to include it in this week’s Friday Finds.

I love LinkedIn. It’s where the majority of my clients have found me. Ileane’s video resonated with me because I’ve had my ups and downs with Triberr.

When I first joined, I started my own tribes but I didn’t have much of a strategy for using it. I invited members who I was already sharing for. It was just a duplicate effort and I quickly disbanded the tribes. It wasn’t until Kimberly Castleberry invited me to one of her tribes that I really started to appreciate the reach that a tribe can truly give you. (Don’t be surprised if you see an invite for a new tribe that I’m planning on starting.)

Louise’s post surprised me. She’s another blogger who I wasn’t really familiar with. I had connected with her on Google+ and Twitter but I hadn’t spent time on her blog. She has some really useful stuff there. I’m a fan of Rebekah as well and her post serves as a good reminder even for the most seasoned of bloggers.

Thanks for dropping by and weighing in on this. I’m glad you find this series interesting. Have a great week!
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Susan Cooper
Twitter:
July 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I can see why these posts would take a long time to research and write, Sheryl. What great information you have compiled for us. Headed to check out Pluggio now!
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Sherryl Perry July 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Hi Susan,
Thanks for letting me know that you appreciate the time that I take to research this series. On the positive side, curating content like this does make it easier to write a (nearly) 1500+ word post!

I thought of you the other day. Massachusetts just passed a bill that’s going to let us order wine online! It takes effect next year. That will mean that when I read one of your reviews and want to indulge myself, I’ll be able to order a bottle. Woo! Hoo! :)
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Susan Cooper
Twitter:
July 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm

WOO, HOO!!! That is indeed great news. :-)))
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Louise Myers
Twitter:
July 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Hi Sherryl!
Thanks so much for the links to my posts. Happy to be included with these awesome bloggers!
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Sherryl Perry July 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Hi Louise,

Thanks for dropping by! I found your posts so helpful that I had to share them. (Now, if I could only remember how we met!)

I owe you an apology though. Somehow, I missed adding you in my closing (where I mention each of the featured authors and link to their Google+ page). I just added you! So, hopefully, you will see a spike of traffic to your pages.

Keep up the good work! I just followed you on Twitter. That’s where I’m most likely to see your content and maybe I’ll include another of your posts in the future. :)
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Jeannette Paladino
Twitter:
July 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Sherryl —

You’ve become my “go-to” source for new social media tools. Thanks so much for your research. I definitely will add Pluggio to my now fairly limited arsenal of Twitter tools. I’m torn about Triberr. I’ve joined, quit, joined and quit again because of the time required to be active and make it work for me.

But the fundamental question I keep asking myself about Triberr, BuzzFeed and other communities that promote each other’s content, is to what purpose am I trying to generate more traffic? I don’t sell products or services online. Of course, my hope is that new visitors to my blog will hire me for projects. But that has only happened on LinkedIn. I’m getting business the old-fashioned way through referrals and my professional networks. So shouldn’t I be spending my time there?

I’m not saying I have all the answers but this is an important conversation I think we all need to have with ourselves.
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Sherryl Perry July 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Hi Jeannette,

Thanks for letting me know I’m your “go-to” source for new social media tools! I appreciate your saying that. I think I’m beginning to get the “hang” of curating content for this series.

You raise concerns that I’ve mulled over myself. In the beginning, I start my own Triberr tribes and while I never deleted my account, it took me a while to develop a strategy for using it. As it is, I don’t spend a lot of time on Triberr. I usually check it in the morning and then again in the evening. Some days, I’ll only check it once. I’ll either fill my “Buffer” or schedule shares. Then, I’m done with it. I spend maybe 15-minutes at a time.

My strategy for participating in communities like Triberr and BizSugar is to build awareness of my brand especially amongst influencers. Most of the tribes that I’m a member of have some very influential and popular bloggers. That brings value to me in two ways. One value is that Triberr helps me to build relationships. When members see that I’ve shared their content, they’re more apt to share mine. The second way Triberr adds value is by making me aware of great content that I can curate and learn from.

I hear you about not selling products or services. (Although I still intend to create products, I haven’t yet.) I believe there’s value in building awareness and driving traffic to our sites because both you and I are creating (hopefully marketable) brands.

My brand is Keep Up With the Web/(KeepUpWeb) and yours is Write, Speak, Sell. Down the road, (should we decide to pursue other paths), that added traffic and social recognition should add value (at the very least) to our domain name. (This is why I built this site under this domain as opposed to SherrylPerry.com.) Anyways, that’s basically my thinking. This is an important conversation and definitely could (at the very least) be a blog post!

As always, thanks for dropping by and for weighing in on this. You always make me think! :) I’d be very interested in hearing what others think about this.
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ileane
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July 13, 2014 at 7:44 am

Hi Sherryl! This post is packed with some of the best Social Media tips around. Thanks so much for including my YouTube video on Triberr. That makes my day! Triberr is responsible for lot of my traffic and I’m making some great connections there as well!

Rebekah always has such useful blog posts and so does Adam. I commented on Stuart’s post and he and I had a nice little chat about monitoring tools. I’ll stop by and check out the the other posts you shared asap.

Have a great day Sherryl!
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Sherryl Perry July 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

Hi Ileane,
You’re very welcome. I spotted your Triberr video in my Twitter stream and (as I mentioned in my post), even though you published it a while back, it’s an important message.

I’ve discovered so much great content lately. A lot of bloggers seem to be stepping up their game this year!

One of the benefits of writing this series is that I discover bloggers who I’m not already familiar with. For example, I discovered Stuart, Ezra and Brian while I was writing this week’s post.

You have a great day too Ileane. Thanks for droping by and joining the conversation.
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Adam Connell
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July 13, 2014 at 6:14 am

Hi Sherryl, I’m loving your FridayFinds – I always find a few posts that I’ve missed earlier on in the week.

Also, thanks so much for the mention, I really appreciate it!
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Sherryl Perry July 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

Hi Adam
Thanks! These posts are time consuming to write but it’s a great way to find new bloggers to follow. While I regularly follow you, Ileane and Rebekah, I discovered Stuart, Ezra and Brian while curating content. You know I’ll be keeping an eye out for other great content from them.

It’s always nice to see you here!

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