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  1. Dennis Salvatier
    March 21, 2011

    You're absolutely right. Most people only look at social media as marketing tool and not a branding tool. I always say that if you don't brand yourself, people will brand you, so you hit the nail on the head by saying you can also brand yourself in a negative light as well. Trolling is a such a huge problem on the web.

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 21, 2011

      Yes Dennis it's amazing how many people are just floating about not knowing what they are doing on social media. Then suddenly they will discover that they have a bad reputation, and then what? Difficult to start from scratch even since they have branded themselves in a negative way.

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  2. GuyW
    March 21, 2011

    Absolutely, Catarina. The key is in the second work of "social media" – it's as much media as newspapers, magazine, radio, TV, etc., and with an even wider reach, potentially, than these more traditional forms. This means you can do your reputation even more damage if you get it wrong.

    Do it right, of course, and the sky's the limit – look at what Arianna Huffington did with The Huffington Post, for example.

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 21, 2011

      Yes Huffington Post is an excellent example of social media used very well.

      But people need a strategy even for how they behave and act on Linkedin and other social media networks. Look at all these people into posting MLMs so that they get paid when someone clicks on their post. How are they going to remove that label in the future? Difficult since they have got themselves a bad name for very little money.

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  3. keyuri joshi
    March 21, 2011

    Excellent post that reminds us to maintain our integrity in our work. I've always felt that I want my blog posts not just to woo the massess of people, but the right type of person who resonates with the type of value I aim to provide. I agree with you about the new google anayltics being for the better as they focus on quality.

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 21, 2011

      Glad we agree Keyuri.

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  4. Kurt Rieger
    March 21, 2011

    Hi all
    Social media – Thanks to LinkedIn the quality of connectivity between professional people has improved, the scope has widened and it also bridges thegender gap. I am a stong advocate of co-leadership – society is where it is today as a result of small family businesses run by conjoined leadership – diversity in thinking is a key in the success formula.

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 22, 2011

      Yes, it is isn't it Kurt. But quality of thinking and ideas is also crucial if you want to influence.

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  5. Kurt Rieger
    March 21, 2011

    I look at social media as a means of sharing knowlege/ information within socially responsible parameters.
    It is a lack of social responsible action that led society to where we are – to change the quality of these actions is facilitated by social media.
    Thank you Catarina for starting this blog (is the interpreation correct – not savvy with the language)

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 22, 2011

      That's an interesting aspect of the subject Kurt.

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  6. Susan Oakes
    March 21, 2011

    Hi Catarina,

    Social media is to me a marketing tactic and must fit in to your overall marketing strategy. What you do and say must be consistent with all other elements. People forget that we do gain a perception of you and your brand from what you say and how you interact with others on social media platforms.

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 22, 2011

      Exactly Susan. It's always been important that all your marketing is consistent and the same message comes across everywhere. But in today's world it's a must. Your message must be exactly the same everywhere. If not people will notice and be confused.

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  7. christian bryant
    March 21, 2011

    Great post as usual. I would like to add that I believe interaction and engagement with your audience is very important as well — in fact equally important. I think this trend will only increase, especially as competition becomes more fierce. We must remember that the internet is still quite young. So yes, you're right on point here, but no matter what you write, if your readers don't feel you are listening to them and responsive, it can also greatly detract from your ability to influence — especially in the long run.

    Thanks for the great post, as usual!

    Chrissy
    My recent post 5 Tips To Effectively Manage Your Time On Social Networking Sites &amp Social Media Tips For Your Business

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 22, 2011

      True Christian. Listening is a key aspect to influence. But no matter how much you listen you will not be a thought leader if your ideas and thought are just the same as everybody elses.

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  8. Tim Gieseke
    March 22, 2011

    Thanks for bringing this awareness to social media. It is evolving toward the same good ole stuff that old-fashioned talking did – branded us as a type of person – but on a scale that is quite hard to comprehend. I also believe that since social media is just in its infancy the real value will begin to emerge as you mention, when software, analysts and engine intelligence crank it up a notch.

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 22, 2011

      Glad we agree Tim.

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  9. catarinaalexon
    March 22, 2011

    Glad you like it Victor. Presumably you are referring to the picture? It's just a screenshot.

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  10. Slim
    March 22, 2011

    Brilliant insight, Catarina.

    The new Google algorithm is something I cannot complain about. Still, ranking has its limits. When I was a freelance website designer years back, I had some of the most outstanding search engine results. It did not translate into much business. Then, too, I was focused on a niche market that did not lend itself to a grand internet presence.

    Now, I've noticed that my blog has come up very high in the ranks. 1, 2, 3, on some search terms as they relate to my blog. However, those figures are misleading. They certainly do not translate into a flood of visitors. (I was Googled in a Russian search engine.) Today, I had 13 hits from Russia. Today, Argentina, 5; Qatar, 1. (Qatar?!)

    I firmly believe (stated in my blog) that social media of yesterday will become the business media of today. That will have some influence on the importance of search engine ranking. However, that influence may be to diminish the importance of search engine ranking. As stated in one posting on Linkedin: Saatchi and Saatchi said Facebook will replace email. Perhaps it will be a search engine as well.

    The exception would be if the website is the destination not the conduit through which one does business. I.e. L L Bean. But the destination is known. The site is for catalogue sales.

    In many cases, the website is analogous to a book. The book is the destination. In other cases, the website is the catalogue. L L Bean. The true destination is the shipping department.

    Am I off target or did I miss the point?

    Slim

    My recent post Netopian Reality

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 23, 2011

      Thank you Slim. What's your strategy on social media?

      Search engine rankings isn't the only way to get visitors to your blog. There is no avoiding promoting it. My blog has hits from 86 countries. But not all from search engines.

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  11. keepupweb
    March 23, 2011

    Catarina,
    Nice post and a word to the wise if anyone isn't being very careful. I've always said that everything you do is either a relationship builder or a relationship destroyer. The at goes for online interactions as well as in person.

    You asked what we are trying to do with social media. I am trying to build awareness of myself as a resource for business related blogging with a focus on business strategy. It's critical to me to project an image of professionalism. I believe my approach is similar to yours in this.
    My recent post Tips for Optimizing Photos and Graphics for Your Blog

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 23, 2011

      Thank you. Great comment and strategy Sherryl.

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  12. Jeannette Paladino
    March 23, 2011

    Excellent advice about having a blogging strategy. The blog I wrote yesterday on how to write a blog post came from my excel spread sheet of blog ideas. It's a constant process of refining your strategy to see what's working and not working. Frankly, right now I'm certainly using key words to bring people to my site, but my ultimate goal is offline connections so I'm writing for the people I want as clients and if they don't get to my site through search, I lead them there so they can check out the merchandise! Yes, we want to be found in search but, more importantly, we need to remember that we're in business and how is social media going to fit into the marketing mix to help us achieve our business goals.

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 24, 2011

      Good points Jeannette. What's your strategy on Linkedin and other social media networks?

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  13. resumesurvislady
    March 24, 2011

    Very interesting! This is something I am trying to be very conscious of as I am a huge networker on LinkedIn and have now started blogging. While I have been on LinkedIn, the other aspect of social media are still fairly new to me and before I put anything out there I run it through "filters"….including making sure it would be appropriate for anyone to read including my manager, family and colleagues.
    My recent post LinkedIn Recommendations on Resumes

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 24, 2011

      Thanks. What's your strategy on Linkedin? What are you trying to achive? And how do you portray yourself in order to reach your goal?

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  14. catarinaalexon
    March 26, 2011

    Good pointJill.

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  15. catarinaalexon
    March 27, 2011

    Glad you agree Diana.

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  16. Taral Vaidya
    March 29, 2011

    Caterina,

    To some extent, i think that in any case What we write reflects upon us. Sometimes we write to just let everyone know, sometimes our ego prompts us to write something to correct someone or sometimes, we write to just let off steam. I guess, writing reflects thought and also emotion at that point of time. Take about two dozen different posts by a person on a couple of topics and you have a characteristic of the person in front of you. Social media interaction is a more formal platform where a person basically guards himself lest he give the wrong impression.
    I however, have a question for you Caterina. Why must every word we write or say reflect upon us. Why must one use social media to "achieve" something. Why must he not let his thoughts flow and let people pick what they choose to. Why must one be always on guard. What is wrong in letting people know what you "really" think rather than what you "should" think?

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 29, 2011

      Taral, nothing is wrong with letting people know what you really think.

      However for example, being nasty and letting off steam will work against you. New software is already being used by companies that allow them to see everything a person has written on social media. And that kind of softwares will be used be everyone, just a question of how long it takes. And search engines record everything and forget nothing. So correcting someone in an insulting way may make you un-employable and stop people from wanting to do business with you. Simple as that. Don't write anything you don't wish to be associated with.

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  17. Rob Berman
    March 29, 2011

    Catarina:

    As with any communications strategy we should have a plan for why we are online. Different tools like Twitter and Facebook are distinct from LinkedIn etc. Blogs can be used on all three but for different purposes. Are we looking for clients, building a brand, sharing our experience or all three?

    Thanks for the reminder,

    Rob
    My recent post Product Development- 9 Critical Lessons Learned

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    • catarinaalexon
      March 30, 2011

      Glad you agree with me Rob.

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  18. Kathy Harris
    April 9, 2011

    I've been in Executive Search for a long time and it's amazing how many otherwise really bright people don't think 'personal branding' when posting online. As a matter of course for entry into the job market I counsel candidates to review their social media profiles. Caterina's warning of what's out there is permanent is great advice. Thanks!

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    • catarinaalexon
      April 10, 2011

      Glad you agree with me Kathy. How do you react when you notice that a candidate is insulting other members of social networks? Or parroting by copying and pasting from HBR, NYT or whatever reputable source, just changing a few words, to appear "think tankish"?

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  19. Margret
    July 5, 2011

    Absolutely right Kathy. I know of one person who brands herself as an expert marketer to HNW individuals and goes on about how discretion is the word of the day on her website and then publishes inexplicably, excruciatingly personal blogs on a major site. Totally bizarre, and beyond amazing she doesn't see what she's doing to her company and personal brand. If you're going to say it on the internet, it's going to be seen and it's going to stay there for a long, long time.

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    • catarinaalexon
      July 5, 2011

      Glad you agree with me Margret.

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  20. creman4u
    August 26, 2012

    I Love what you are doing Catarina since I can feel the passion and honesty for what you are writing about. This is so important and what makes us human :D
    My recent post Social media measurement tools Klout Kred and Naymz

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    • catarinaalexon
      August 26, 2012

      Thank you Christer. Glad you like my writing.

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  21. Lubna
    August 26, 2012

    Well put, Catarina. There is one trend that I see happening on LinkedIn which I don't like. It really irks me when reply to a question on LinkedIn and the questioner simply picks up my reply and plonks it on his or her blogpost. Of course, it mentions, Lubna on LinkedIn said…."xxxxxxxxxxx". But hey, my reply was for the LinkedIn audience and not for someone's blog when I don't know that person. Nor does that person provide a link to my profile, even as my answer is merrily lifted. Others are courteous and ask if you can be quoted on their blog. Well, I guess it takes all sorts.
    But LinkedIn is a great forum and so far, I restrict myself to LinkedIn, blogging and Google +
    My recent post Doing Max Vinyl (An Annie Ogden Mystery)

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    • catarinaalexon
      August 26, 2012

      Glad you agree with me Lubna! Have not come across the trend on Linkedin you mention. But that doesn't mean I have not been "quoted" somewhere. Actually, come to think of it, came across one who had cut and posted a section from an article I had written on his blog saying that Catarina Alexon wrote, but no link. Found out through Google Alert.

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  22. Susan Cooper
    August 27, 2012

    I found your article interesting and timely. I have been thinking about exactly what you have written about.

    For me, I agree with you about the reason and form I write. Maybe I should be more involved or concerned with key words and placement, but it isn't the primary reason I write something.

    As far as a stradegy? My main focus has been to build traffic and subscribers to my blog. After that, engage with the blogging community and build positive relationships. My ultimate goal is to attract sponsors and advertisers to make a modest living.

    The challenges to accomplish my goal are many. As long as I am open to learning and listening to others regarding what I could do to improve, I believe I have a shot at achieving my goal. :)
    My recent post Fresh Fig Jam Recipe

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    • catarinaalexon
      August 27, 2012

      Glad you agree with me Susan.Good points you have for your strategy.

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  23. Geek Girl
    August 27, 2012

    This subject is very timely indeed. I have been doing a lot of soul searching about what I write and where I put my efforts for promoting. I have pulled back on the blogging groups and have subscribed only to those who reciprocate. However, that does not solve the issue of whether or not I am reaching anyone else outside those parameters. I used to Tweet a lot and then I realized that no one is actually listening to those tweets. So my thought is that I throw away most of the conventional wisdom and 'fly by the seat of my pants' and see where it all ends up. So to your points regarding social… it only matters if someone is listening.
    My recent post Motivational Monday Quote – 8/27

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    • catarinaalexon
      August 27, 2012

      True Cheryl. Why don't you find groups on Linkedin that your posts fit into and post them as discussions? Personally get my readers from Linkedin, direct and Google search engine. And also BusinessWeek.

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  24. catarinaalexon
    August 28, 2012

    Don't think so Pat. Presumably you have adapted to your new goals?

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  25. JeriWB
    August 29, 2012

    Had I not just dove into blogging, I never would have figured out what to blog about. My posts varied this past year between teaching, writing, and traveling because that was a starting point. I became my own cheerleader and posted five days a week. I made lots of mistakes, but I guess I did so while laying fairly low. Ultimately, I realized it was harder to engage with a potential audience when I was covering such vastly different topics. With that in mind, I've narrowed the focus of my blog yet again to better jive with branding myself as a writer and editor. __Learning about social media is the same as learning about any new task. It takes time! I don't think most people that are not experts yet do much harm as they try to find their niche. Even much of what I learned in studying rhetoric and composition applies to branding, such as audience awareness, but in the struggle to learn, common sense often goes out the window.
    My recent post Review Etiquette: Be Specific

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    • catarinaalexon
      August 30, 2012

      True Jeri, it takes time to learn how to blog and use social media.

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      • JeriWB
        September 3, 2014

        How interesting to return to my comment almost two years later… it’s still a learning process that’s for sure. I don’t think writing with SEO in mind destroys writing. It’s just a reality in this day and age. Students should be taught these things in their English classes, but sadly typically are not. If I ever teach writing again, all that I know about blogging, etc. will definitely play a larger role in teaching literacy in general.

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      • catarinaalexon
        September 4, 2014

        Interesting, Jeri. Do you write your books with SEO in mind? If you do when you write a post for your blog. But for a book, even an e-book?

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      • JeriWB
        September 4, 2014

        Yes, SEO is on my mind (albeit a bit subconsciously) when I am writing creatively. I attended a writing session given by an Amazon representative where they explained how all of the information in an electronic text becomes meta-data that is searchable for customers. It's proved effective for my short Yosemite memoir in that customers actively search for key terms that are repeated throughout the text. As for short stories and novels, it also plays a role, but probably not as much as it does with a nonfiction text.

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      • catarinaalexon
        September 4, 2014

        That's sad news, Jeri, because it will have a negative impact on writing. Imagine what would happen to say, Hemingway, Dostoyevski and Thomas Mann if they were alive today. Maybe in the future the Nobel Committee will have to decide to stop giving a nobel price for literature?:-)

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      • JeriWB
        September 4, 2014

        I don’t see it as all that sad, just a reality of the revision process in this day and age. Can’t say I see the Nobel prize going away anytime soon because of SEO… ;)

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      • catarinaalexon
        September 4, 2014

        Jeri, I think it's because you are much younger than I am so you are much more used to SEO. Personally started out as a journalist in 1980. So for me it's important to let your writing flow. Even for newspaper articles. By the way, Swedish newspapers publish my articles even though I don't write for SEO.:-)

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  26. Doreen Pendgracs
    August 31, 2014

    Hi Catarina: plain and simple … I am attempting to expand my network and reach as an author via social media. A book that no one is talking about sells no copies. As authors, we need to increase awareness and engagement thru genuine social media interactions in order to sell books and acquire speaking engagements about our subject matter.
    My recent post Chocolatour is a Readers’ Favorite Finalist!

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    • catarinaalexon
      August 31, 2014

      Good strategy, Doreen. And you are actually doing exactly that.

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  27. Donna Janke
    August 31, 2014

    Interesting and timely post. There are times when the social media landscape seems like one big game to capture the attention of search engines and attract legions of followers. In that game, the opportunities for real connections, thought leadership, originality, and being yourself can get lost. Blindly parroting or jumping on the bandwagon of what is trending disturbs me. This post is a nice reminder to me to not get caught up in the numbers game.

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    • catarinaalexon
      August 31, 2014

      Glad you agree we have to know what we want to achieve on social media and the internet, Donna. Far too many people just act without thinking.

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  28. bethnieb
    August 31, 2014

    This is a helpful post. Like you, I favor the rewarding of originality which I must balance with writing what my readers tell me that they want. A fine line sometimes. I very much dislike the idea of writing just to please the search engines. Having a plan is the way to reach goals, definitely.

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    • catarinaalexon
      August 31, 2014

      So, what are you trying to achieve online, Beth? What's your strategy for social media?

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      • bethnieb
        September 1, 2014

        I have been an entrepreneur for 30 years and am now offering to help women over 40 start/grow their own businesses. My intent with social media is to provide helpful suggestions and attract them to my program. I'm in early stages yet. I have learned that, amazingly, Twitter is powerful in doing this and I'm just setting up my strategy with it. Thanks for asking.
        My recent post Really? I have to have a blog?

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      • catarinaalexon
        September 1, 2014

        That makes sense, Beth. From what I have heard from other American businesswomen Twitter works very well in your country when it comes to getting clients.

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  29. Christina
    August 31, 2014

    Thanks Catarina, very timely and applicable outside of thinking about social media. I planned my afternoon to create a strategy for evolving my blog into a business. I have to think of my purpose and what value does my idea/product bring to others.

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 1, 2014

      Glad my article was timely, Christina. Try to find a niche that's unique for you. Doing what everybody else is doing is not the way forward.

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  30. lenie5860
    September 1, 2014

    Catarina – I feel I will always be behind. I am constantly looking for ways to improve my blog and find my target audience – not sure exactly where I'm going, or what I want to accomplish, but do know that social media has to be part of that. I love your posts – they are always so insightful.
    Lenie
    My recent post NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COMMON AILMENTS

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 1, 2014

      Thank you Lenie. Please start thinking outside of the box. You don't want to do what everybody else is doing. Find a small niche that you love working with even if it means you will have less readers. At least they will be interested in what you write about and you will enjoy what you are doing.

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  31. Ken Dowell
    September 1, 2014

    Appreciate your point about not writing for search engines. You have to write for people not robots. To be successful you think about your audience, not Google, nor anyone else's algorithms.

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 1, 2014

      True. But what are your goals with social media, Ken?

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      • Ken Dowell
        September 2, 2014

        My blog is personal not professional so I am not trying to promote myself, a business or drive a particular outcome. I use social media for different reasons. FB is really just to keep up with friends and family, while I use Twitter more for news and information. I do try to find an audience for my blog post, that's one goal. Another is to engage with people who I otherwise would not have the opportunity to interact with.

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      • catarinaalexon
        September 2, 2014

        Interesting goal for your blog, Ken. Have you thought about what interesting subjects you could cover in order to reach the kind of people you would like to get to know?

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  32. cheryltherrien
    September 1, 2014

    Very excellent post! I agree. Anything you do on social media has an impact on 'you'. I think this carries through to being online period. Nothing online is ever forgotten. If you are not careful, it could come back to bite you later. Think job interviews. Not everyone will agree with what you post so you must be prepared to be criticized. This one is the most difficult to handle, in my view.

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 1, 2014

      Glad, but not surprised, we agree, Cheryl.

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  33. patweber
    September 1, 2014

    Love this post Catarina. You and I are so in agreement about not writing for Google. They are such the bully in my opinion. While I respect the way they keep us mostly free from unacceptable kinds of content, the way they go about it as it affects the blogger, is less than stellar.

    To your question, "Do you know what you are trying to accomplish on social media?" For me this has changed since I started blogging around 2008 or so. How do you see changing goals affecting how you are blogging?

    My recent post Raffle Fun and Free Giveaway for: Communication Toolkit for Introverts

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 1, 2014

      Yes, we definitely agree on a lot, Pat.

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  34. jacquiegum
    September 1, 2014

    Very topical and right on the money Catarina. I work with a company that does social media training with authors. I think it's important to 1) Hone in on the social media sites that can help you move forward with your goals 2) understand that it's not all about YOU:) I think you highlighted the most important thing which is …define your goal. What are doing out here? Laugh! Well done Catarina

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 2, 2014

      Glad, but not surprised, you agree with me Jacqueline. Also like the points you make.

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  35. Susan P Cooper
    September 1, 2014

    For me, when I write something my main concern is not key words and placement, although I know that it is important. My strategy is to build traffic and subscribers to my blog and build positive relationships with the blogging community. In the end my goal is to attract advertisers to make a modest living.

    I realize there are a lot of challenges to meet my goal . I just try to keep improving and learning by listening to others.
    My recent post Liberty School Chardonnay: #Wine

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 2, 2014

      Good goals, Susan.

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  36. Bindhurani
    September 1, 2014

    I think, all bloggers must be ready to be criticized. Catarina, you are a well appreciated blogger. your posts are shared on social media. I am on the other hand, not that great because, i am not asked to be connected with many people. My posts are getting shared, but not much.Yes, i am not a syndicated blogger.

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 2, 2014

      So what are your goals with blogging, Bindhurani? Maybe you are not getting results because you don't know what you want to achieve?

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  37. yearwoodcom
    September 2, 2014

    Well said. It’s better to post less and with more thought than to create a stream of pointless content. Social media is great for providing lots of information and lots of nonsense. :)

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 2, 2014

      Glad, but not surprised, you agree with me, Debra.

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  38. Joyce
    September 2, 2014

    All good points, but I also think as a blogger I have to reach out to other bloggers. The blogging community is just that and by following and befriending those with the same interests is beneficial.

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 2, 2014

      True, Joyce. But not all people who use social media blog.

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  39. William Rusho
    September 2, 2014

    Such a great article and with good points. I like your comment about influence and good impression. We sometimes forget, the internet is a way for us to make an impression. Like any other business platform, we can decide it that impression is good or bad.

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 3, 2014

      Thank you, William. What are your goals for social media?

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  40. thetraveloguer
    September 2, 2014

    Really interesting thoughts here. It is a bit scary to think of social media records everything. I don’t really have a social media strategy, except to maybe reach more readers, maybe I need to think more carefully about this! :)

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 3, 2014

      Thanks. Yes, you do need to have a strategy. If not, you will be just another travel blog:-)

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  41. Kerry
    September 3, 2014

    The Internet is something nobody has figured out and people don’t get the message that these things can haunt you later. Great tips. I just try to be myself and speak up for the things I believe in and with what I want to say.

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 4, 2014

      True that you can do things online that come back to haunt you, Kerry. But being just yourself and speaking up for things you believe in can work against you as well, unfortunately.

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  42. Tim
    September 4, 2014

    Blogging is one of the most disciplined undertakings I have ever taken on. You are right. You can't just post any old thing. A lot of time and effort has to go into it but the rewards are incredible. Once people start to read what you write and convey their feelings to you it is an amazing feeling. And as Jeri says, it helps to define what you like. It takes up a lot of my time but when on the road it is like traveling with a companion and for that I am very grateful.

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 5, 2014

      True, Tim. But what's your niche when it comes to travel blogs? Why should someone read your travel blog and not another one?

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      • Tim
        September 5, 2014

        They should read mine for a perspective not only on how travel is today but also how it was and how it has evolved. As for my niche I guess that is being honed.
        My recent post Sunrise Over Bromo

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  43. andleebakhlaqkhan
    September 6, 2014

    Hello
    I really liked that you care about people while writing not search engines. I think I try to write about different issues that are faced by my people.
    Related to connection with my people it is lowest as you know that in Kashmir people do not have much facilities of internet. In some places there is no mobile service at all. There are only some who use internet because of mobile companies who gives packages for the use of few sites.
    So I always feel if I have facility I must bring the condition of those in front of world.

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    • catarinaalexon
      September 6, 2014

      Thank you, Andleeb. If you want to write about issues facing the people in Kashmir, maybe it would be a good idea to start doing so and focus on that only?

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