3 Social Media Don’ts – Which I Totally Do And You Should Too – Sandbox To Success Ep 010

I tell you the three social media don’ts – that I totally do. I explain why I do them and that you can too. Ep 010 – Sandbox To Success Podcast.

3 Social Media Don'ts - Which I Totally Do And You Should Too - Sandbox To Success Ep 010

Hey, it’s Katrina from Thinking Outside the Sandbox and How to Start A Mom Blog. Today is episode 10 which is 3 social media don’ts, which I totally do and you should do. First, I’d like to say thanks for all the reviews that have been coming in! It’s been a couple of weeks since I recorded, because I was in New York for a conference.

Special thanks to Lady Literary WonderWhatIf and Cat23457 for your reviews. They mean so much to me.

Easy to implement tips I can use right away!    
July 24, 2015 by Lady literary from United States
I really like this podcast. The host shares tips I can use the same day. And the podcast isn’t too long, so I don’t get bored or overwhelmed. I recommend listening when you can take notes. Even experienced bloggers/entrepreneurs will learn a few new actionable ideas from Katrina.
Great podcasts for bloggers    
July 22, 2015 by Cat234567 from Canada
sI have listended to several of the Sandbox to Success podcasts and I have enjoyed them. I am just getting started as a blogger and it is nice to find people who actually want to help newbies like myself. I really enjoyed the NICHE podcast.
Enjoyed it.    
July 16, 2015 by Wonderwhatif from Canada
Has a lot of good information and I found it to be very helpful!

Thanks so much, your comments mean so much to me!

Let’s get into it.

3 Social Media Don’ts That You Should Do

If you are focusing and spending as much time on social media as we do, you likely have done a lot of research. The thing to remember is that there isn’t just one way to do social media. What works for someone else may not work for you. That’s the hardest part about getting started on social media.

Don’t #1: Don’t Automate Your Social Media

I’ve heard this a lot, but to be honest… I don’t have time for that! My VAs don’t have time for that! I automate my social media. Now one thing I would suggest is for you or your Virtual Assistant to check your social media at least once a day. It’s important that you reply to comments when it’s necessary in a timely manner. I don’t reply to each and every comment, but some people do. I have a certain time at night after I put my daughter to bed that I do this.

There are tools that help you to do this. We use Coschedule, which is not free. It’s an automated WordPress plugin that’s around $10 a month and allows you to schedule out social media shares for your post up to days after your post.

You can also use Jetpack which has Publicize to share out your post to social media. We have we use this on TotsNetwork.org.

IFTT is another one that people use. I’ve tried it a few times, but couldn’t figure out. Basically, you make up recipes that say “if this happens, than make that happen”. For instance if you post to your Etsy account, you can make it automatically send to your Pinterest. I don’t personally use it, but a lot of people do.

Don’t #2: Word Length

The other day someone was asking about how many words they should have in their FB statuses and a girl jumped in saying “Just one or two sentences and nothing more… nobody has time to read more than that. We live in a culture where people are like goldfish and just squirrel, squirrel, squirrel, squirrel.”

Yes, that can be true… but yes, the opposite can be true as well. There’s a Facebook page called A Mighty Girl. They put a whole Facebook post into their status. Literally, a 1,000 word update. People read it. I read it. Finding Joy by Rachel Martin is another where she puts longer post, and has been highly successful. Now I can tell you that isn’t going to work for everyone. I have no idea how A Mighty Girl monetizes their site. It isn’t an option for us because that not how we monetize our site. We put 3-4 sentences simply because I don’t have time for more.

Find what works for you. If you prefer to write a little longer post… go for it!

Don’t #3: Controversy

You often hear don’t write anything about politics or any type of controversy. On Thinking Outside The Sandbox Family we make it clear that we are quite liberal on our views. We wrap our social media around the idea that if it’s about kindness, it’s okay to us. We touch upon touchy subjects with our point of view, but we aren’t being controversial just to be controversial. It isn’t the best idea just to write about controversy just to do it, because it’s probably not best for your audience. Your audience is real people and you want to make sure you are giving them something they expected when they clicked the like button.

You won’t be everything to everyone, and you should make sure the community you’re building is a community that works for your content. If you write about it on your blog and it’s who you are… totally write about it. You may get backlash and that’s okay. You may need to tell people that the page may not be for them, or possibly even ban people at times.

Next week’s episode will be all about making money from home, outside of your business or blog!

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