Welcome to 2014. Coming right up in 2014 here on NellieBellie will be all sorts of organizing tips, tricks, tools, diy, and crafts. Organization for your home, kitchen, crafts, and even your blog. I’m starting with organizing your blog today because….I’m selfish. It’s what I need most right now. I need to organize the blog that’s going to bring you tips about organizing. It’s the truth.
If you aren’t a blogger, promise there will be great posts for you–stay tuned!
One of the trickiest parts to manage as a blogger is social media. There are so many platforms now, so many tricks and styles, rules to remember, times to post, and more. It gets very, very confusing. And hard to keep track of. It’s enough to make a brain crack!
So, I use a printable calendar to help me keep track (reprinted weekly). I have my social media platforms arranged according to which are most important to me and list the times and ways I want to post to each of them. After I schedule the updates, posts, links, or more…I check it off. I’ve already thought through the times I want to post according to what’s best for each platform. I’ve thought through the way I want to post. All I have to do is post and check. They aren’t anything fancy but — they work.
I wanted to share my printables with you in case you find yourself confused and overwhelmed. It’s not a proven science. The times are from my research as to what is best. The ways are what other bloggers have said works best for them. Honestly, since using this method I’ve seen my social platforms grow. I can’t wait to see what happens this month when I have time to commit fully!
(click on the photo, save image to your computer, print.)
Pinterest takes up a page because it is absolutely my most important social media platform. After that is Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. I don’t include Instagram because Instagram is best when it is spur of the moment. On the social media share printable I listed the best time of days to post for each social media. This is not an absolute, just what the most research seems to indicate.
Also, here are my thoughts on the Social Media platforms and the way I will be treating them as I move forward this year:
Pinterest: my absolute best traffic driver. I pin frequently from my site and from others. This social media platform drives traffic to my site.
Google+: An SEO dream. Interaction on this platform makes Google happy and provides a decent platform for brand interaction.
Twitter: A business resource. Used for brand interaction and to build social media importance. Not great for traffic or interaction with readers
Facebook: Used for interaction and a personal connection with my readers. A wee bit useful for brands. Not great for traffic.
Instagram: Fun. Great for interaction and a personal connection with my readers. Brands like it. Not great for traffic.
Some tools that I use or I am aware of to help with Social Media are:
Ahalogy: for scheduling pins to Pinterest
Tailwind: to watch my analytics on Pinterest
HootSuite: for scheduling many social platforms at the same time and keeping them straight in one place
Buffer: for scheduling social platforms. Not as detailed as HootSuite
Coschedule: Editorial calendar with built in social media shares. A WordPress Plug-in
Coming in 2014 you will see me heavily active in Pinterest and Google+. I have hired someone to help me on a few social media platforms, and my assistant will be doing more and more behind the scenes here on NellieBellie to free me up to work on social media. It’s going to be a fun year!