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Blogging Basics: Be Social Media Savvy

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Running your own blog is a piece of cake compared to tackling the vast world of social media. Today we’re sharing a few super simple tips to streamline your social presence and build a better, more consistent profile.

Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin
We’ve found it’s best to focus on a few key social media profiles that you enjoy the most, rather than trying to use them all and ending up with too much on your plate. Our favourite three are Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. They’re all easy to use, engaging and allow us to promote our own content whilst catching up with others in the community.ย You don’t have to choose these three of course; Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Vine or even Youtube may be more your thing and that’s fine, too.
Build strong profiles so that readers can see you’re clearly active, and they’ll be twice as interested in following. Why would you follow someone on a platform they only ever update once every blue moon?
If you still find it difficult to keep track, we suggest carving out some time in your weekly to-do list to make sure you’re staying present. Set a reminder on your phone to update your Instagram once a day, or try to pin five Pins on your lunch break and reply to three people on Twitter.

Schedule, Schedule, Schedule
Set aside five minutes in a morning, or even the night before, to schedule your social media promotions throughout the day so you don’t have to keep coming back to promote your latest updates.
Facebook has its own schedule system that is easy to use, and for Twitter we like Buffer for viewing tweet analytics or Tweetdeck to see our timeline and scheduled tweets at a glance. Instagram is a little more tricky as it doesn’t yet allow automated posting – you can, however, try something like ScheduGram or Latergrammeย to make life a little easier and see if they work for you.

Automate Where Possible.
Save precious time promoting your blog with time-saving apps such as ifttt.com, with ifttt (if this, then that) you can easily program functions (or recipes, as they’re known) for promoting your blog automatically.
For example, you can use anย iftttย recipe to post a link to every new blog post on your Facebook page or automatically tweet when a new post has gone live. You can also have your Instagram images automatically uploaded to twitter as separate images so your followers can see them straight away. See a bunch of recipes for helping your blog here.

Are you social media savvy?

ANNABEL

Nouvelle Daily

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nouvelle Daily

After several years of being immersed in beauty & fashion and contributing our thoughts and feelings to the online community, we realised there wasn't a one stop destination for advice and news, reviews and thoughts, latest collections and launches - as well as home and lifestyle inspiration and ideas.
  • Amy Capper

    Thank you for the great tips! I’m new to blogging and trying to establish yourself in this huge world of bloggers seems daunting, but I’ve actually found a nice little community of friendly peeps through social media, something I never expected to happen :)
    Amy | http://thescientistruns.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://belindalovelee.com/ Belinda Love Lee

    Such great tips, I’ll definitely be automating more since it seems to save so much moreee time!

  • http://www.beautybabbles.com/ Kate

    I try and schedule tweets for when my posts go live but sometimes I forget ๐Ÿ˜› Maybe a little way to go before being social media savvy :’)

    Kate xo // http://www.beautybabbles.com

  • http://www.beautyspotl.com/ Lisa Wickens

    I’ve just started a new Beauty Blog and im quite shy when it comes to social media (facebook, twitter and instagram are the ones I fave) but know its so important for blog growth. I’m going to give ifttt a go and this will def help me be a lot more organised when it comes to promoting my blog.
    Thanks so much for the tips xx
    http://www.beautyspotl.com

  • http://www.angerawrs.co.uk/ Angeline

    Lovely tips, thank you!

    http://www.angerawrs.co.uk

  • http://alishaxa.blogspot.co.uk Alisha Aโ™ก

    Great tips, thank you!

    http://alishaxa.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    Scheduling is the best thing I’ve discovered, and I focus mainly on Twitter and Instagram but I need to up my picture game!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Zoe Newlove

    I could not be without Hootsuite :)

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

  • Sana-AGirlsFancies

    I still need to have a grasp on this part. I lack behind so much in social media pr and I can see it has started to adversely affect my blog.

  • Ilse

    Amazing tips! Thank you for these! I think you just changed my social media game ๐Ÿ˜‰

    xo, Ilse
    http://www.livelearnluxeit.com

  • hollycarole

    Instagram is definitely my favourite :) I’m trying to get to grips with pinterest atm!
    Love Holly x

    http://www.style-revive.blogspot.co.uk

  • larissa

    Thank you for the tips! I’ve already bookmarked this post :p by the way your cat phone case is amazing!

    ibelieveinrosa.blogspot.com

  • http://www.agirlwithacamera.com/ Margery Ho

    These are lovely tips! Thank you! x

    Blog A Girl with a Camera

    Youtube A Girl with a Camera

  • http://ivoryavenue.com/ Natalie Heather

    I think the most important of these is not spreading yourself too thin. Three is manageable, but trying to update a million and one social networks is a full time job in itself! Great post.
    Ivory Avenue

  • http://emilymaydesigns.com Emily May

    Twitter and instagram are my favourites, but I also have Facebook and google plus which I think I neglect a bit. I’m still not sure wether to close them down completely or not? I still haven’t tied scheduling though, definitely going to check out tweetdeck! Thanks for the tips :)

    Emily xx

    Emily May Designs

  • Shania Payne
  • http://lifewithantlers.blogspot.com/ Krista Clor

    I personally find IFTTT really helpful. Back then, I used to promote my posts through bit.ly but it takes more time and requires me to visit my social media accounts one by one. I would recommend IFTTT if you want to promote your posts without a lot of hassle. :)

    Life With Antlers

  • http://www.itsthattimefor.com Jess (It’s That Time for)

    These are definitely great tips. I definitely feel that it’s important not to spread yourself too thin! It can be extremely overwhelming if you do x Jess

    It’s That Time ForMy Favourite Facial Exfoliators!

  • http://www.moadore.co.uk Morag

    I agree that choosing a few key social media profiles is much better than trying to be on them all. It’s actually one of my pet hates when I see bloggers trying to be on them all.

    Morag x
    http://www.moadore.co.uk