Creating Social Media Accounts – How to Start a WordPress Blog Step 3

We went through blog topic research and creating content for your blog, the next step is creating social media accounts for your blog. Here we will go through the process of creating several social media accounts that you will use to create a buzz, brand and engage your future blog audience in the proper manner.

social media analyticsIn the next post we will talk about actually creating the buzz and brand using social media and other ways, here we will talk about creating these accounts and tracking them.

Now the first part is simple, find and create social media accounts. The basic ones you simply must have include:

–    Twitter
–    Facebook
–    Digg
–    LinkedIn
–    StumbleUpon

These are the top five social media accounts that shouldn’t be left out under any circumstances. But there are tons more you can use, it all depends on the level of engagement you are planning and your ability to maintain and keep these accounts active, as they will need some love if you want to get something out of them like traffic or sales.

But if you want more I suggest creating an account on KnowEm and keeping tabs on all the accounts from one spot, they offer access to over 120 social media sites.

The first thing you will need is a brand new email account for your social media profiles. Trust me, once you create a few you will double or triple the number of mails you get. So in order to be able to keep with the notifications from these social media sites this is the best option for you.

As you will see on KnowEm it is best to use the same username and picture everywhere, that is a part of establishing your presence on these social media accounts. You want to be recognizable wherever you are. This will help people that are on these social media sites remember you out of the sea of names they see everyday.

Clicky Web AnalyticsOnce you create your profiles on these social media sites it is time to implement some tracking from the get go. You can track your progress on these social media sites using Google Analytics or GetClicky or you can go for a specialized social media analytics account like HootSuite and Swix, it all depends on your needs. But if you are serious about your blog and really want to invest time and maybe money onto your social media presence and influence you should consider creating an analytics account for your social media profiles, at least the main ones.

One place you shouldn’t skip is definitely Klout, which is used to measure your web influence based on Twitter and Facebook activities.

We can all agree that social media can be a great promotional and brand building tool if used correctly. Just mass building your audience will not do, the only way is to create a presence, become an influence in your niche or topic and get followers naturally, but that will take time. So for a start you can find the most influencing tweeters and Facebook pages in your niche and follow them, engage them and make yourself and your blog known.

This is it; the next step of How to Start a WordPress blog will be promoting your blog. Feel free to leave a comment or suggest some other social media analytics tool you use, as I would certainly like to experiment with those.


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15 Response to Creating Social Media Accounts – How to Start a WordPress Blog Step 3

  1. Zarko on November 2, 2010

    Yeah, Delicious is cool, but bookmarking sites have the least weight of all, even the do follow ones like Link Vault, but nevertheless, I never skip them :)

  2. Steve@Lifestyle Design on November 2, 2010

    Zarko,

    Good stuff,

    I feel Like I am only getting started with the social media stuff, even though I have been at it for a while. There is a lot to do with social media that is important and useful for marketing a site that I am not sure I will ever be happy that I am engaging,” enough”

  3. Zarko on November 2, 2010

    Hi Steve,

    I totally agree with you, even though I know the stuff behind social media marketing I still feel like I’m not engaging it enough.. And sometimes it feels like it’s impossible for one person to do it. Well your minimalistic approach would say to outsource it, which I should probably do :)

  4. Danielle Lynn@copywriting services on November 3, 2010

    Zarko,

    Wow, I’m impressed with the depth of your content. So much so, I had to break down and subscribe to your rss – not something I often do!

    As for the post: I appreciate understanding how to build up my accounts. As it stands, my social media accounts are still kinda shaky, I’m still getting used to using twitter for my business, but I think I get the hang of it.

    And like any good thing in life, it only makes sense that it takes time to build up a good list. :) Thanks for the useful article.

  5. lawmacs on November 3, 2010

    Hi Zarko like Steve i must say itis always a pleasure to come here and read your post you mentioned some great social network sites here and another one for the list is SproutSocial only draw back is that it is a paid service will have a look at Klout. Thanks for the heads up

  6. Zarko on November 3, 2010

    Hi Danielle, thanks for subscribing :) You will get there, both with your blog, as you are one hell of a writer, and with your social media accounts. By the way, I’m following you on Twitter!

    Gary, I will definitely check out SproutSocial, even thought it’s a paid service, I don’t mind paying for quality.

  7. Kimi on November 3, 2010

    Hi Zarko,

    I have used GA since i started my blog, but i have heard about clicky too.

    Haven’t tried it though, but i will definitelly do.

    Thanks for the links.

  8. Zarko on November 3, 2010

    Hi Kimi,

    thanks for reading the post. GA is great, it a world class standard and it’s free, get clicky has some inovations and I suggest you try it as it comes with a 30 day free trial without credit card :)

  9. Aswani on November 9, 2010

    Hi Zarko, this is yet another very useful post from your side. I am having an account on all those social working sites. And I am really benefiting from all these. But yes, I need to check out getclicky and clout. will do it very soon. Thanks and keep writing :)

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  12. Felicia @ No Deposit Poker on November 18, 2010

    Hi Zarko, this is a very helpful post – again! Social media can be a very big help for anyone’s blog. Thank you for telling us the basic social media sites/tools a typical blog must have.

  13. giselle @ siding replacement ballantyne on November 21, 2010

    I’m not really what you call an expert when it comes to social media sites. That’s probably one of the reasons why I am so amazed with the content of this article. I definitely checked out Klout, which I have learned, is used to measure one’s web influence based on Twitter and Facebook activities.

  14. Zarko on November 21, 2010

    Hi Gisele, klout is a great way to measure your influence level on other people. This is a great measurement o see how much people react to your tweets, but there are other metrics of course, this is the most respected one.

    Aswani, Felicia, thanks for commenting all the time :)

  15. seph from media marketing on January 13, 2011

    WordPress is a great product and everyone knows that; it’s easy-to-use, it’s quite powerful, but it isn’t necessarily the right software for everyone.

    Just like building a house, you have to use the right tool for the right job.

    You did a great job and continue your work and wish you good luck!

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