The quick blogging tips, 10-minute tasks series is tackling social media this week. Here are 10-minute tasks for social media any blogger can do in minutes to move a blogging business forward.
To me and most of my clients, it’s blogging in the margins – fitting in just a bit of blogging here and there. We’re not going to discuss batching blog posts (you should do it) or timers (here is my favorite, free online timer). #thatwasahint
Today, we’re just going to tackle those quick blogging jobs which will make an impact on your traffic, SEO, following, and income.
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10-Minute Tasks for Social Media
This focus is quick blogging tips for social media. You can find all of the tips in the 10-minute tasks series here.
Because we need boundaries, I chose tasks which can be done in just 10-minutes, but would love to hear from you on how you fit social media into the margins of your life!
- load a scheduler while waiting in the grocery checkout line?
- give the kids a popsicle so you can invest 5 minutes in Facebook groups?
- keep a running list of articles you’re going to schedule or share live?
Comment below with creative ways you fit social media into your day in order to elevate everyone!
Note: I do not consider Pinterest a social network, however, I’m grouping it in with 10-minute tasks for social media.
Social Systems – UPDATE: Added 8/9/17
I’ve added this into marketing because we all know it should take up a good portion of our time.
If you have Tailwind, be sure to create board lists (yours and group boards) in order to quickly load your schedule and get a bit more exposure for your pins and your blogging tribe.
I know we all have our favorite (and our most hated) social network, but get on there and chat! Whether it’s on your profile or on another’s closely-related feed, social media should be… Social.
Don’t get sucked in liking 100 posts on Instagram, though. It can be part of an effective strategy, however, our goal here is interaction.
Interaction will move your business forward.
Tell a Visual Story
Using Photoshop, PicMonkey, or your own templates in the image editor of your choice, create a fresh, new image for a popular post. Be sure to focus on those networks which are already giving you traffic – you’re not trying to reinvent the wheel or find a new audience in 10-minutes.
If you have a well-performing post, brainstorm an infographic. Sure, it’ll help your article’s total pin count but more importantly, others within your niche might share it, thereby increasing your site’s overall visibility.
Getting your content in front of new audiences and using imagery to tell your article’s story will move your blog forward.
Instagram Story or Facebook Live
Get on and chat with your followers. Social media is about engagement – you give to get, so give them a glimpse into your process with one of these video-related 10-minute tasks for social media.
Do you have a ‘life hack’ you could share? Is a project you’re working on (one they’d be interested in) waiting to dry? Do you have a popular post which is losing steam?
Sharing yourself with your audience will move your blogging business forward by bringing the blogger in front of the curtain.
Live Pin Within (and To) Pinterest
So I have zero numbers to support this right now, but I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that schedulers (like Tailwind) are increasing my pin counts but not my traffic. Listening to the pinning gurus in my blog tribe and network, I’ve started live-pinning as one of my 10-minutes daily tasks for social media.
Maybe you should, too? Because if you’re doing the same thing and seeing the same results, what do you have to lose?
Trying new (or just different) things will move your blog forward.
Education on Your Favorite Network
I’m not saying you’ll be able to complete a course, but perhaps a lesson? If you’re not in a course, maybe a quick search for trending news? Some great sources to check:
- Pinterest’s Blog
- Review the #pinchat hashtag on Twitter
- Social Media Examiner
- Buffer’s Social Media Blog
- Socially Sorted
- Instagram Guru, Sue Zimmerman
- Amy Lynn Andrews’ “The Useletter“
- Blogger groups on Facebook
Education will always move your business forward.
Update Your Social Profiles
Are you promoting a new opt-in? Have you started a new YouTube channel?
Give your social followers a reason to check out your profile by infusing both personality and information. Do a quick search on some best practices by the network (5-minutes) and use the remaining 5 to update your profile.
Social media moves fast and your profile descriptions should be kept up to date.
Schedule Social Shares
This is THE MOST noted task when I ask clients and bloggers about blogging tasks they can do in 10-minutes. But…
It’s a great task if it’s moving your blog forward but otherwise, it’s a time suck.
I’m not going to convince everyone that their time can be better spent, so here are a few ideas to quickly schedule some social shares:
- load Tailwind (or other Pinterest scheduler)
- investigate Facebook’s insights before scheduling or reviewing your saved articles for sharing
- enter (or upload) into your Hootsuite or Buffer queue
- if you use CoSchedule, make sure your social shares are evenly spaced throughout the week using the drag and drop scheduler or reload social shares in seconds using the templates (my favorite)
Get More Tips
Bloggy buddies are always sharing quick blogging tips with other, right? Well, now you can join the Elevate Everyone group on Facebook. We’ll have tips, questions, and helpful interaction on 5 to 10-minute quick tips for blogging! Come join us!
Takeaway and Action
Use at least 2 of these 10-minute tasks for social media this week and move your business forward in the time you’ve got to work with.