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Social media and passion

Updated on May 28, 2015

Oklahoma Land rush

The social media of the day did more for the land rushes than could have been done without them.
The social media of the day did more for the land rushes than could have been done without them. | Source

The importance of social media

Social media is probably the most important consideration for anyone wishing to earn on the internet. Everything you do should be tied to it. This is important because the search engine “bots” depend highly on this type of media for the majority of how you will rank. In essence what happens within your social media will make or break you online. This doesn’t mean constantly be posting links to your fans and followers. In the past few years writers have started using social media to increase interest while they are writing. It has also gained value for short article writers.

Most important paragraph in the article

To understand what this means you have to understand “what was” versus “what is”. In the past search engines ranked on keyword optimization and back links. While these still have some bearing they are now just a small part of the whole picture. Something which is not optimized can rank high on a search engine based mostly now by how those on your social sites react to you. Likes, tweets, and social sharing will boost your worth to a search engine. If you have no website of your own the only way people learn what makes you different and worth following is what your social sites and articles contain.

Are you creating the right value with social media?

With social media your goal is to create home runs.
With social media your goal is to create home runs. | Source

Hobbies and interests which you are passionate about

What are your hobbies? What would you be doing if you had more money and time? Is there a subject which will get you talking for hours? One of our fan pages uses amateur photography, travel articles and other articles we find which we believe will give value to our fans. We tale the time to point out what makes a good photograph, as well as mistakes made while taking the photograph, to help others avoid our mistakes.

Above all honesty counts. Be who you are, people will be more interested in knowing the real person than something manufactured thinking others will like better. With Google's proposed honesty update this will become even more important.

It has been recommended to us more than once to make an apology when we find we have made a mistake. It has also been recommended not to use the word "sorry." An apology can be worded without this over used and in today’s world almost meaningless word.

Social media should be used for your personal passion

Your facebook profile needs to be based on a personal passion. Fan pages are for business. Even those should show a little of your personality. There are two reasons for this. You will be more willing to post to this type of media if you are sharing your passion. People like to see the differences and similarities in others. Those help you relate on a personal level. Don’t fear distracters, if you have knowledge enough, use them to your advantage. Distracters have a way of making our blood boil and really brings out the passion in us. Handled properly a distracter will help your cause. One thing we learned is thanking them for their help will usually make them disappear after they have served their purpose.

Knowledge creates value

Think about those things you know a lot about or have a genuine interest in. Let your followers be your guides if gaining knowledge applies. This promotes interaction. The more interaction a search engine sees the more value it gives you. If you are just starting don’t take everything shared at face value. To gain the total truth you have to research the information given. This research will actually give you more education on the subject. It won’t take long until others will want to know what new knowledge you have gathered.

Social media covers

Have you ever noticed especially on Facebook and Google+, when people click your name your profile cover comes up? These covers define us whether or not we choose to accept it. Never leave them blank. Always choose a picture of graphic you believe resonates with your audience. They should be sized to fit before you put them in place. Remember there is more than device people can access your social media. Your covers should show well on all devices.

Example of social media cover

Social media covers are seen by more people than most are aware. What you use should reflect value to those who see them.
Social media covers are seen by more people than most are aware. What you use should reflect value to those who see them. | Source

Your best effort is what it takes to succeed with social media

Take time choosing your passion. If you feel forced to do it quickly chances are in a short period of time you won’t be happy and won’t put forth your best effort. It is always going to take your best effort to succeed online. What you are “selling” is you! Once you have chosen by all means start with your social media. Waiting will cost you time and money.

© Feb 13, 2012 updated May 28, 2015 By Dennis Thorgesen of Lisech Global Ventures Inc All rights reserved

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    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      8 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Robynroses I have seen your passion and have a hard time seeing what you could possibly take from this article. When you are ready for your website you know where to find me. If you haven't guessed by now we always over deliver.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you Dennis for this great read, I'm taking away several nuggets to apply to our fan page and possibly creating a webpage at a later date. Continued Success.

      Stay the blessing that is YOU!

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      iguidenetwork as a corporation we belong to ten social networking sites with more than one account on three. On facebook alone we have eight working accounts with four fan pages. The reason we do it the way we do is our staff specialize in different areas. Each has built a following in their niche. We link articles to the fan bases we feel will read them.

    • iguidenetwork profile image


      9 years ago from Austin, TX

      Social media nowadays is the best thing to meet and build relations and communication. Almost everyone is connected to these sites.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Brett.Tesol thanks for dropping by. Your input is always appreciated. It's past 1:00 AM here so I am being brief.

      Thank you Peggy you are not alone. I have been on the internet since 1993 and have used computers since 1981. There is always something new to learn.

      LL woodward. Social media "marketing" does take time. With the right group it doesn't take as much. I am currently training two staff members to take part of the load because as a corporation we need a lot and with training others there just are not enough hours in a day.

      Simple solutions work for hubbers and really aren't too time consuming.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I'm trying to take advantage of social media in a positive way. It just seems so time-consuming to me.

      Appreciate the information you've provided in this hub.

      Voted up and SHARED.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Interesting hub. As someone who did not grow up with the Internet, I am contantly amazed at what there is to learn and keep learning with regard to this subject.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      Another great hub. Passion is definitely key and I try to show this in my writing, as it is my honest belief that even a boring subject can be interesting when explained by someone with a true passion for it.

      Thanks for SHARING, up, interesting and useful.

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow that's awesome wheelin! Maybe in the future I could try to make some side money doing presentations for people who are just learning about this. You have done quite well for yourself and it shows through your research and experience. People are lucky to have you as their teacher!

      I have found much success by using social media sharing but one important thing that I found out over a period of time is it depends on your audience.

      When I first joined Facebook I was only connected to friends and family and they never read or commented on my posts!

      Since I have added a lot of HubPages friends and we share each other's articles, I have seen a huge increase in traffic. Audience plays an important role because only people with similar interests will be interested in reading what you share. It took me about a year to figure that out but it seems to be working now!


    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      J.S.Matthew social media marketing even for article marketers is becoming more important all the time. I have tried to invite people here to a platform who really understand that but find it is working backwards.

      People there are finding the value in hub pages and are now publishing on hub pages and the other platform.

      I now teach simple search engine optimization and social media marketing at three places and actually get paid to set up and teach social media marketing for those who don't know how, or want a campaign and don't have time.

      Really not bad for someone who started getting paid from online sources in April of 2011. I did understand how to use social media for personal advantage, and have used it more on than off since 1999.

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is great! I love how you broke down each point into individual paragraphs. Very well written and awesome explanation of how to set up social media marketing with a personal touch. It does take some time to set up a great network but once you cross the threshold, it just gets better and better. That is where I am right now! Voted up and SHARING!


    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      alexray with the changes to the internet world things are opening up again. Yes it is much harder than it was but with so many people looking to the internet to earn a living there are more opportunities than there have been in the past five years. Please feel free to in house email me with the information you withheld from your comment. Thank you.

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      9 years ago

      Wheelinallover...I will agree and disagree, yes you can make money from your passion.The late Corey Rudl,one of the earliest founders of internet marketing back in 1994. He did follow his passion for cars and started out on the internet selling an ebook called "Car Secrets Revealed" it was all about saving money with your car costs it contained many topics to achieve this. This became a huge success for him, and he whent on to teaching internet marketing, and made millions.

      The part I disagree with, I will save for another time.

      Read Your profile...wish you all the best.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      alexray You will find the majority who earn money from online sources are passionate about a hobby or interest. Sharing their hobby on facebook and leading to a site (preferably one you own)which contains products and/or services related to the hobby. People tend to be passionate about their hobbies and interests. Passion sells.

      An example, is a woman friend of mine who constantly posts on facebook about sheltered animals who need homes. Everyone is well aware now she has a website which sells pet supplies. She doesn't post the link often but everyone knows it can be found on her profile. She doesn't work outside her home. The website supports her.

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      9 years ago

      I'm not quite sure what you're hub is actually aiming at. Are you talking about social media as a passtime, or are you talking about making money with an internet business using social media. It is a myth when people are told to make money with something they are passionate about. Passions are usually some kind of hobby or passtime, these things are not normally what will make money on the web. You do not want to follow your passions to make money,but you do need to be passionate about what you do,and to give value with whatever you do,wether it is through the social media sites or anywhere else.You need to give integrity and value

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Langy this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are books written about facebook alone. Many people take years to learn all there is to know and actually make a living doing it for, or teaching others how to do it. The basics can be taught in several months for those who intend to use it properly. This is one article of many already published either in blogs or hubs.

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      9 years ago

      There is more to this than I had any idea about.


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