Managing Time With Social Media

New social media sites pop up every few months now. There are so many to keep up with so how do we do it?


Do we need to join them all?

No, there are too many. If you only want to keep up with family and friends you already know as well as networking for employment you can get by with just joining Facebook and LinkedIn.

If, however, you are online for business reasons and are marketing your work as a writer, salesman, actor or other field of work requiring networking you will want to join as many as you can keep up with. Changing up your marketing mix is important.


How do you manage your time and still get work done?


That one can be tricky but is doable you just have to be consistent with your schedule and keep to a plan. It’s easy to get sidetracked if you aren’t careful but a few tricks will work.


Set a schedule

Break down the sites you frequent and decide how much time to spend on each one. You can choose different days for each site depending on your schedule and how much time you want to devote to each site.

Of course when you've written an article or blog you want to post it right away to as many as you can. This schedule is for socializing and networking.


Set a timer

Not only should you post these in your day planner but it’s helpful to set a timer on your phone or other device so you don’t get carried away and find yourself on a social media site much longer than you had planned.


Take time for chatting

The keyword in social media is “social.” Don’t forget to get to know your friends or followers. This helps you to get even more followers and in turn hopefully more customers. You don’t want to only push products in their face and never have any interaction, that’s too impersonal and not good business.

Think about your favorite insurance salesman or other business associate you enjoy buying from. One of the key elements that makes your experience a pleasure is feeling like you are a friend, he cares about your opinion and that you have a happy transaction experience. That’s good business.


Facebook

Facebook has some groups you can join. Just put in a search for HubPages or whatever site you write for and you will find several groups. Once you’ve found a site you are interested in just click the “ask to join group” button. These groups can help you even more with advertising your latest article or blog.

There are groups for freelance writers, bloggers and just about anything you can think of so if you are a niche writer you can also put in a search for that topic. You don’t have to be a current friend of any of the people on these sites so it’s another way to gain more followers. Be sure to read the groups rules, be polite and don’t over post.

Some people opt for a fan page. This can work if you have many friends however if you are just starting out and only have a few it might not be to your advantage. I've seen people create a fan page, sit and wait and never have anyone come like their page. You have to advertise.


Twitter

Twitter limits the amount of text you can post but if you use one of the websites that reduce the size of a link like Bitly you can squeeze in a bit more text. Using hashtags “#” you can help highlight your link so more people will visit your website.

Friends retweet each other’s tweets (posts) which helps advertise your updates even further.


Google+

Google+ is growing and has more new people all of the time.

There are circles of people you can be added to as well as make your own similar to groups on Facebook.

You can post an update and only have it visible to certain circles although I advice you to make article posts public if you are looking for publicity and want the most views.

If you use hashtags “#” in front of your keywords in comments after your article this helps in Google’s search as well as Google+ users. Since Google owns this social media site there is a great potential for placing higher on the search rank.


Pinterest

This site is basically an interactive scrapbook. It's mostly women but I see more and more men joining all the time.

You can post a picture from your website by adding the link and scrolling until you find a photo you want to add. When people click on the picture they will be taken to your website so you have potential for selling as well as blog traffic.


LinkedIn

This one is more for networking with other people to find work. Many business professionals like it.


Reddit

They have a posting limit and don’t like you to get too carried away. It's a social website as well as getting back links and free advertisement for your work.

Different sites work better for different people so experiment and see what works for you.


Digg

Not only do I post some of my articles here but sometimes I read the latest updates and find material to write about. There are all kinds of articles and blogs posted everyday with interesting information.


Which social media sites do I use?

Everyone has their preferences and you should use the ones you enjoy best and get the most use from. Try a few and see if they are working to gain traffic to your website, if it’s not working try a few more. Some are better for certain subjects than others.

There are new ones starting up all of the time.

Websites change all the time and so does my favorites. What works now may not work in a couple of years so do your homework and see which ones you like. Don't take on too many at once and make sure you can manage the ones you sign up for.


How I use social media websites

After writing an article here on HubPages or a blog on my Blogger site I post links to Redgage, several groups I am a member of on Facebook as well as my main wall or timeline as it’s now called. I also post a link on Diggs, Zurker, Twitter, and Google+. Every now and then I post on StumbleUpon.

I pop into Facebook, Google+ and Twitter for a few minutes most days but if I have a lot of writing to do I will skip them all.

I try to come up with some clever saying on occasion or share something I’ve found somewhere for Twitter so it doesn’t appear I’m only there to advertise my writing. People don’t like spammers and if that is all you do on a social media site you are in fact a spammer.


Which social media sites should you use?

They are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I’ve read some people have had no luck with Google+ but I get quite a bit of traffic from there. I think much of it depends on what you write and what kind of people you become friends with.

Everyone is different and our tastes are all varied so do some test runs on a few and see what happens.You need to choose the one that has what you are looking for.

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dilipchandra12 4 years ago from India

Very good hub, well written. I enjoyed reading this informative article Pamela and have learnt something useful :) VOTED UP


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cabmgmnt 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

Thanks for writting this. I am a social media advocate but too much can be self defeating. Thanks.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading, dilipchandra.

Cabmgmnt, We have to market our work but too much of that and we don't have time to create. It's a catch 22.


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samadaslam 4 years ago

Very Nice Hub Pamela, I love to read your blog as full of information. Social media is a powerful tool SEO as well. Good techniques mentioned to juice up our social media accounts.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, samadaslam. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Perfect Hub! Between this and maintaining my website and Ebay. I sometimes bite off more than I can chew. Very good advice. Bookmarking, voted up and sharing! Lisa


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Rusticliving, it can be time consuming and sometimes I feel like I spend more time on social media sites than I do writing but it does help. It can be a full time job.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

Well written, and it makes a lot of sense. Thanks for writing, voted up and useful.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Great article! Thanks for the information. It can be very overwhelming to visit all the sites.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading, dmop and kelleyward.


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emilybee 4 years ago

Thanks for this info, especially the section on how you use social media which is helpful for me. I'd heard of Redgage and Digg but didn't really know what they were.


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jm72writes 4 years ago from Missouri

This was very informative. I'm trying to figure out how to use social media as a writer and this was very helpful. Until now, I've used it mainly for fun and socializing. I like your idea of scheduling time for those sites.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

There are so many social media sites, and so little time! Excellent point about not spamming - social means being social! Just as you would not monopolize a conversation in person, you need to actually interact with other people on these sites. :) Rated up!


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Emilybee, those are both great websites.

JM managing our time is not easy with so many sites to use.

Steph, that's a wonderful way of putting it and great analogy. We don't want to monopolize a conversation or website.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I have bookmarked this for my future reference. Thanks for sharing this valuable information on social media. I will have to look at the PinInterest site. Voted up.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Teaches, Pinterest is habit forming so beware. It is a great place to share your work though especially if you have pictures on your articles.


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Shelly McRae 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Good tips on time management for these sites. Thanks for sharing this hub.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, Shelly.


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JimmieWriter 4 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

For me, the key to social media is being strategic. I love Twitter, and I see the importance of using both it and Pinterest to grow my blogs.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Jimmie, those are great social media sites to use.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I have just learned how to organize my time. As you know I use several of those sites. I have not used digg in awhile, but because of you I may reconsider. Well done and this hub should receive Hub of the day! Voted up and shared! :)


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, AEvans.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

This hub is a helpful overview of the social media sites.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, B.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I had to vote up on this hub Pamela. I like the way you organized this, making it easy to follow. It is always a challenge trying to decide just how much time to allot for social media sites. Thanks Pamela. I'll share.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

A well-managed social media time can be productive. I recently joined linked in more from the professional opinions rather than finding work. It does help broaden my perspective on topics that interest me. Professional opinions help me grow.


Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

Pamela, I have bookmarked this hub to keep as a reference. I am always trying to find articles like this as I am desperate to find more time in my day. My son has grown up and left home and yet I still have no time. lol. One things for sure, I need to delete my Mail Online bookmark. Its totally time wasting gossip. I am on the Internet mostly for business reasons. I feel I end up neglecting my virtual friends regularly but most of all my Internet business and I feel that when we write a blog or hubs, we need consistency or we end up losing readers. Vote Up Pamela. Thank you.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Pamela...absolutely terriffic advice for managing time and activities. Bless you for trying to help! I don't even belong to social sites......HubPages is actually more than I can handle in addition to office work, daily life and some email! Doesn't take much to throw me for a loop, I guess!..LOL Up ++


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dbuddhika 4 years ago

Good point on time management. Actually i like your idea of scheduling time. Voted up.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Vocalcouch, there are so many and new ones come up all the time.

jpcmc, I am a member of Linkedin but don't use it. I am so busy with others. We have to find what works for us. I know many who get a lot out of Linkedin.

Lesley, I have that problem too, spreading ourselves too thin we don't have enough time for our friends.

fpher, I admire people who work full time and do this too. It would be overwhelming.

dbuddhika, I need to redo my schedule because I have recently added new ones.

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