I am on so many social networks I am losing track of them, SocialSpark, Zimbio, BlogCatalog, Entrecard, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Twitter, Plurk, FriendFeed..etcÂ The list just runs on as I now realize I have profiles on more than fifty social networks.Â As a blogger it is imperative that you get your blog and profile listed on asÂ many networks as possible, even if you don’t plan on using these networks you want to do this for the following reason:
- Have presence on the network and your ID claimed so it can’t be claimed by someone else.Â (Myspace.com/dragonblogger was claimed by somebody else a long time ago and is the only social network I know of where dragonblogger is not my own handle).Â I have no myspace profile, so if you follow dragonblogger on myspace, it isn’t me.
- Each social network represents another new way that somebody may find access to your blog and blog posts, and try to get in touch with you. Myspace, Twitter and Facebook are the most common “social networks” overall, but BlogCatalog, Entrecard, SocialSpark are musts for bloggers.Â In addition, Helium and AssociatedContent are valued for online writers and amateur journalists so it is good to have a presence there as well.
Now that you know you should create as many online profiles as possible, don’t fall into the “generic” trap.Â When you create an account on any social network, take the time to fill out your profile information.Â Create a word document and save off your profile template with description, information, blog URL’s, tags and more.Â Then you can just cut/paste from this document to fill out the profile on each of your social networks.Â Create a few logo’s 125×125 and 250×250 should cover just about any social network avatar.
When I am browsing on SocialSpark looking for friends to add to my network, there is nothing more boring than seeing an account name with no description or information about the person, and why I would want to follow them or visit their blogs.Â Each social network is a way to “sell yourself” make yourself seem special and desired, after all each social network may be your first and last impression with every visitor, and you need to make the best impression possible.