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6 Ways to Get More Social Media Attention

6 Ways to Get More Social Media Attention

Do you use social media?

You should. After all, since there are 2.3 billion active social media users, you can use social media sites for a variety of reasons.

If you are a blogger or website creator, you can draw attention to your site. In addition, you can use social media to draw attention to a cause you believe in or share personal news. Also, you can use social media to find like-minded users who share your interests. You can even try to market a product using social media.

Just One Simple Tip

There are many ways to get more attention at social media sites by following one simple tip: Look at your analytics at the various social media sites you use. This step in your social media strategy is free, easy, and quick to follow. Business dashboards contain the analytics and most social media sites have business dashboards.

A business dashboard is an easy-to-read data visualization tool that displays your performance. Every social media site has a dashboard that displays data. By looking at the data, you can repeat your effectiveness at those sites. Here are examples of how you can step up your social media strategy by looking at analytics.

  1. Twitter

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    When you go to your Twitter account, you will see your analytics near your profile picture. They are visible every 24 hours.

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    By looking at the screenshot, you can see my blog posts received the most impressions at approximately 10:00 pm. I want to make sure I tweet at the time I am the most effective, for maximum attention on Twitter. Autoschedulers like Hootsuite and Buffer are available in case I can’t be at a computer at that time.

    With 320 million monthly users, capitalizing on your previous Twitter successes is a great way to get more online attention.

    2. Flipboard

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      Click on your profile picture. Then, click on the analytics symbol.

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        By looking at the screenshot, you can see my Flipboard analytics show my top five best performing articles. Flipboard has more than 50 million users. If I want to capitalize on users’ (“flippers”) interest in me, I would write more content that users find interesting.

        3. Pinterest

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          When you go into your Pinterest account, you will see “Analytics” in the upper left. Click it.

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            Your Pinterest analytics show your pin that’s the most popular with “pinners” in the last month. If you want to get more attention on Pinterest, you need to make more pins like your most popular pins since that’s what your Pinterest followers enjoy seeing.

            4. Facebook

            Many website creators have pages for their online businesses. Facebook has over one billion users. By paying close attention to their analytics, content creators can replicate successes at this popular site.

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              Click on the name of your page. Then click “Insights”.

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                You see my analytics in the screenshot. Facebook users were more engaged with my writing than they were the previous week. I need to repeat the content I’m posting, and I should continue to see increased engagement.

                5. Google+

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                  When you are logged into your Google account, you will see your notifications next to your profile picture. Click on the red circle.

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                    By looking at my Google+ analytics, you can see that six people “+1’d” my secret blogging hacks article. At Google+, “+1” means they are recommending my article to their followers.

                    These six people are interested in my content. If I want more social shares, I should write more content like this. Since they already shared this article, I can expect they will share more like it.

                    6. Instagram

                    Even Instagram has analytics. Instagram is a photo sharing site with over 400 million users.

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                      If you hover over a photo you uploaded, you will see statistics showing likes and comments. If I upload more photos like this to Instagram, I can expect to be effective at gaining traction from this social media site and have more people like my photos.

                      Conclusion

                      There is a whole host of reasons to use social media sites. If you are a website creator, research exists which point to added benefits to following these tips. In addition to getting more online attention, your website will rank higher on search engines. Also, the more people who find you at social media sites, the more possibilities you have of users sharing your articles with their social media followers. This, in turn, creates even more online attention for you.

                      As diverse as all our backgrounds are, there are benefits at social media sites for everyone. Online attention only scratches the surface. Readers of my blog know I always look at the dashboards at social media sites in order to repeat my successes there. For the reasons mentioned in this article, so should you.

                      To boost your effectiveness at social media sites, you should implement a strategy. This post suggested following one step in that strategy – look at your analytics. At most sites, they can be found in your dashboard. For this reason, your social media success can be found there too.

                      Featured photo credit: Flickr.com via flickr.com

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                      7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

                      7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

                      Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

                      When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

                      Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

                      Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

                      1. Become Grateful for Everything

                      When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

                      People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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                      When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

                      We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

                      2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

                      Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

                      Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

                      Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

                      If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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                      3. Help Others

                      Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

                      Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

                      Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

                      4. Change Your Thinking

                      We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

                      The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

                      Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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                      5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

                      We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

                      As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

                      Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

                      6. Get into Action

                      Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

                      Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

                      Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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                      7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

                      You are responsible for your thoughts.

                      People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

                      Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

                      Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

                      “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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