My thoughts on Social Media ymmv
I've promised to redo the social media module today. I've been through it once, but I just breezed through it because A) it holds absolutely NO interest for me and B) I guess it scares me as it is something completely new and foreign to my way of thinking. As I've said before, I am a serious introvert.
I've put it off as long as I can this morning so here I sit finally ready to go through this module again. It's odd because I know that to be successful I will need to use social media and yet I'd almost rather go to a dental school for a tooth extraction by a first day student with no novocaine.
I'm going to write this blog as I go through the social media process as I know there are others out there that feel as I do. This is going to either be a really long blog or quite short depending on what I find in this nemesis of mine named social media.
Level 4 Section 1- Set up 3 out of 4. I skipped Twitter. Maybe later, but my old fingers aren't nimble enough to be shooting out short messages on a tiny keyboard. Why do my profiles have a string of numbers instead of a pretty link like Kyle's? Not too bad, yet.....
Section 2- Talks about Akismet which I know is no longer needed. Why don't they update training? Eyes beginning to glaze over. Social engagement? I knew there was a reason I didn't want to do social media.
Lesson 3- You had me set up a FB page only to tell me that most people don't get good engagement of their posts including Seth Godin??? Eyes are drooping. Looks like a waste.
Lesson 4- Pinterest, This sounds more interesting to me. Eyes are opening again. Maybe all is NOT lost.
Lesson 5- Twitter, Thanks, but no thanks. This looks like an even bigger time waster than FB.
Lesson 6- Google +, the best part of this is that since Google owns it you should be able to increase your Google rankings fairly quickly. I'll probably use this one, but wish I knew how to change number string to something nice looking.
Lesson 7- The benefit of being social at WA. Can earn affiliate commissions and increase popularity quickly by bragging of your accomplishmants at WA. I really don't care about popularity, but commissions are always nice!
Lesson 8- Basically become your own brand. To me this is nonsense, a waste of time. As an individual you are as good as your last post. You aren't Nike, WalMart, Michael Jordan, etc. I'm Bryan and that's all I ever want to be. If you want to be Joe or Suzy "the brand", go for it. I'll be right here, still Bryan....
Lesson 9- How to use your WA links to earn referral credits. Seen this before eyes closing.
Lesson 10- You Cannot Be a Master of Everything. Their title, not mine. This pretty much says it all for me.
While I may use Pinterest or (what happened to) Instagram once in a while it won't be often as I'd rather focus on content. All of these sites look like great big time sucking vacuums to me. If I'm posting there I can't be creating content, or helping others, here.
For those off you that find social media useful I'm happy for you. As for me, Ross Perot once said, "that giant sucking sound." That's what social media is to me. Your mileage may vary ;-) I'd be willing to bet that the higher the income of the individual the less time they spend on social media sites. Don't look for my posts on social media networks anytime soon.
Best of luck in your online journey to success!