#ArmchairBEA : Social Media highs/lows and top tips!

May 28, 2015 Book Event 40

Before I started blogging I had no real experience with Social Media apart from Facebook but I quickly learned that you NEED to get social if you want to get your blog to get exposure.  And I’ve had a bit of love/hate experience with some of the different sites.  So I thought it might be fun to share my highs and lows and my top tips for the 4 sites that bring the most traffic my way.

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Twitter – Highs

– This is THE place all the book bloggers hang out

– You’ll make new friends and contacts

– It’s a quick and fun way to stay in contact with other bloggers.  Great for when you are rushed for time.

– You can schedule posts

– You can use lists to organise your contacts and to ensure you keep up with people whose tweets you don’t want to miss.

– You can check what is trending on twitter and it might you give an idea for a topical bookish discussion post.

Twitter – Lows

– The 140 character limit can be very limiting!

– It’s very busy (but using lists can eliminate this issue).

– Drama.  So. Much. Drama.  Always.

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Twitter Tip: Use Lists.  Organise your contacts in to lists; bloggers, publishers, friends, authors, etc.  That way you can quickly filter and keep up to date with just what you want to see.

 

 

Facebook – Highs

– Chances are you are already familiar with Facebook so it’s easy to use.  Just set up a page and you are good to go.

– It’s a way of letting people from your real life follow your blog (if that is what you want)

– A facebook fan page can use your blogname and so protect your privacy if that is important to you.

– It means you don’t flood your private Facebook feed with all your book/blog updates.

– You can schedule posts.

– It has a huge platform.

 

Facebook – Lows

– Facebook want to make you pay to get your posts seen (no way, no how) and so views of your post can be low.

Take this post.  It has 5 likes but just 43 views.   *sigh*

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Facebook Tip:  Join in Boost It Tuesday which is hosted by Candace’s Book Blog to help your page grow.

 

 

Goodreads – Highs

– Chances are you already use the site if you are a book lover.

– When I am considering buying a book, I love that I can see all my friends reviews and rating in the one place.

– It’s a great way of keeping track of your ARC’s by putting them all on a dedicated shelf and then removing them when the review is written.

– A lot of traffic to my blog comes via Goodreads

– You can join Goodreads Groups to make contacts with other readers who like the same genres as you.

 

Goodreads – Lows

– It’s time consuming cross posting all your reviews there.  I have Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin though and that does the job for me.

– There have been many (MANY) cases of authors behaving badly so don’t be surprised if your negative review has a bit of a backlash.  These authors are in the minority but they do exist.

– The search engine isn’t great.  You need to know the exact name of the book (or author name) in order to find it which can be frustrating.

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Goodreads Tip:  Make the most of the scanning feature by using the camera on your phone to scan your physical books directly onto your shelves.

 

 

Instagram – Highs

– It’s just so much fun!  I love that it inspires me to get creative with my images.

– As it’s visual, it’s very quick to see jump in and out of.

– And you get to photograph your books.  Who doesn’t love the chance to show your favourite covers some love?

– You can take advantage of hashtags to help get your photos seen.

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Instagram – Lows

– You can’t schedule posts.

 

Instagram Tip : Don’t use hashtags when posting your photo.  Add them in the comment instead, it looks cleaner and works just as well.

 

Overall I find that there is no one perfect platform.  But don’t feel you suddenly have to hop on board with them all, just try one, find your feet, then try another.  In time you’ll get a feel for where feels like home for you and then that is the one you can put all your efforts into.  For me that’s Instagram right now but I’m fickle it could be a different story next month!

And a huge lesson that I had to learn the hard way was to remember that my blog was my main focus.  It’s all too easy to get distracted by social media and then find you have no energy or spark left to put into your blog.  Nowadays I do my blog stuff first and then go play.  Not the other way around!

 

Talk to Trish : Do you utilise social media?  Which is your favourite and why?

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40 Responses to “#ArmchairBEA : Social Media highs/lows and top tips!”

    • trish

      I do think twitter can be a bloggers best friend and I love how easy it is to flick and out with your lists 🙂

  1. Emily @ Alwaysopinionatedgirl

    Wow, an interesting and thorough analysis of the various sites. Currently I only have Twitter and Goodreads, but it was interesting to see what you thought were the highs and lows of each social media. My favourite is definitely twitter though!

    • trish

      Twitter and Goodreads were the two I started with and I have to say that both are still the biggest draw of traffic to the blog.

  2. Terri

    Ultimate Book Blogger plugin?! I need that in my life! Thanks for your interesting insights. I really need to use Twitter more 🙂
    Terri recently posted…ABEA Day 2

    • trish

      Haha, that made me laugh! Twitter lists does make twitter seem more manageable and it means you have to spend less time there so you’ll appreciate that! 🙂

  3. Angelica @ Paperback Princess

    Wonderful post, I love reading about the different platforms and what others thing of it. I will be following your advise regarding Twitter as that’s one of my big lows for Twitter that I can’t keep track of all the good updates because there are so many updates that it would literally take me hours to just scan todays updates by the Twitterers I follow.
    Angelica @ Paperback Princess recently posted…COYER

    • trish

      Twitter lists are the way to go. You can have as many as you want and that way you’ll never miss updates from the people whose tweets mean the most to you. Hope it works for you as well as it has for me!

  4. Kelsey

    I really need to make lists for Twitter, but then again since I’m home right now I can usually be caught up on most of it since I don’t have much else to do. And omg yeah the drama is pretty bad.
    I love that you said the highs and lows for each site! I don’t really like using Facebook, but I do have a page for people that want to follow that way. Although it gets me practically no views. Goodreads is awesome, I don’t cross-post anymore so that saves me a lot of time. I don’t use Instagram and probably won’t, but I’ve got enough sites to play with at the moment 🙂
    Kelsey recently posted…Armchair BEA-Social Media

    • trish

      The drama on twitter can be like a car crash and it’s hard to look away when it’s happening. I find it makes me negative though so now I just use my lists and miss most of it!
      I don’t overly use my FB but it does draw traffic. And I don’t think I could live with Goodreads, it is the only thing that keeps my books organised!

    • trish

      Thanks Shaina! Lists are so handy and will save you tonnes of time. It also means that you won’t miss updates from people you really want to keep in touch with. I find twitter contacts grow fast and its impossible to keep up with the flow of traffic but this really helps.

  5. Red Iza

    My favorite social media, the one I go to every day, is Goodreads. Practical for shelf organizing and sharing. The search motor could be better, I agree, and I regret the shelves are not easier to browse – some of mine are 100+ pages and when you want to go to page 72 for example, it takes some time to get there ! And I wish we could search books with different shelves at the same time. Yet the groups are great and it’s a very useful website. I don’t go on Twitter and, regretfully, don’t go much on FB either… Great post, Trish 🙂
    Red Iza recently posted…BEA armchair day 2 : Social medias and visual expressions

    • trish

      I use Goodreads everyday too, I can’t read a book without adding it on there. It would feel wrong! Why don’t they have a better search engine, I don’t get it. I was sure once they joined with Amazon that side would improve but sadly not yet.
      FB is not one I’d really recommend anyway as the views are so low on there and FB are going more and more down that road as they want you to pay to get your posts seen. Twitter is fun though!

  6. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Great post, thanks for sharing. I dropped Twitter after being hacked twice in one year. The annoyance I caused to folks was definitely not worth it. I have Facebook but I don’t use it. I don’t have Instagram but that’s okay; I am not looking to expand my blog any faster than it goes.
    I do have Goodreads, where I copy/paste my blog reviews so not too time-consuming. I’ve cultivated a nice list of friends there whose book recs matter to me. I have Pinterest but I ignore that a lot of the time, kind of in spurts. I’m happy connecting with people with memes/features/reviews/comments so that is good enough for me, but I appreciate your greater effort to “grow” your blog. Much success to you– I love to read your posts!
    R_Hunt @ View From My Home recently posted…TTT & First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros

    • trish

      I know you’ve mentioned that about your twitter before and I have heard of it happening to other people too. It’s annoying and spammers ruin things for everyone. I don’t think Instagram drives much (and maybe none) traffic to my blog but I love using it. It makes me want to take more photos and that is always something I wanted to get into more anyway.
      I love Goodreads and couldn’t live without it! It’s really handy to see at a glance what your friends thought of a book and it gives me a good idea if I’ll like it or not.
      I’m exactly like that with Pinterest, sometimes I ignore it for weeks.
      And I think the best way to grow your blog is through connections to other people and I think you’ve got that nailed! I just love my social media, too much really, I have to curtail myself or it would eat all my free time.

    • trish

      I don’t know if any of us know what we’re doing on twitter! Sometimes I go to write a tweet and draw a blank and have to slip quietly away! At least on Instagram I can let the photo do the talking 🙂

  7. Suzi Q, The Book Dame

    I appreciate the way that you posted the highs and lows with tips. I like Twitter the best. Isn’t that the shiz how FB is trying to get money to boost posts? I opted to get rid of my page and went with a personal FB. It is more interactive anyway. The thing is, I don’t think that I would miss FB if it went poof. I started using Google Plus just this week after years of putting it off. Surprisingly, I am really diggin’ it.
    Suzi Q, The Book Dame recently posted…The Book Dame Gets Social With Social Media

    • trish

      FB needs to cop itself on! It is going to drive people away, why would anyone pay when they could just hop over to another social media site and get the same results for free.
      I’m on google plus but just can’t get the hang of it. I’ve never really given it a proper chance though.

  8. Juli @ Universe in Words

    Twitter is definitely my go to place as well and I manage to stay away from quite a lot of the drama! I’m also planning to use Instagram more since I love sharing my favourite covers! I hope I see you at the Twitter chat tonight! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Can’t wait to read the rest of your BEA posts!
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    • trish

      I’ve gotten better at avoiding the drama now too. Before I used to sit there and read it all with my jaw hitting the floor. But I found it used to make me feel negative so now I use lists mostly and that helps me miss most of it!
      I have to check the time of the twitter chat but it depends on whether the timezone gods are smiling on me!

    • trish

      I don’t do anything book wise any more without consulting Goodreads! Be it read a book, DNF book, buy a book, add one to my wishlist, it’s all done via GR and I love how organised it keeps me. Ohh that useless search engine, I have no idea why they don’t update it. It is the worst I ever came across and considering they are first and foremost a database, it makes no sense!
      I use Pinterest randomly. I have some bookish boards, cookery boards, fitness, etc. but don’t visit it as much as I do other sites.

    • trish

      I don’t get why their search is so bad, surely it would be easy to have it throw out a few suggestions. Even the most basic of sites can do that and GR is meant to be a database so it should be an essential.

    • trish

      Thanks Debbie. I know everyones experiences are different so I thought it would be fun to share mine.

    • trish

      I do think twitter is the best for making connections and for having quick bookish chats. I’m obsessed with Instagram though!

  9. Bookworm Brandee

    Great tips, Trish. I didn’t know about creating lists on Twitter. I’m not good at Twitter but it is my preferred platform. Facebook is the bane of my existence. I truly wish I didn’t feel like I *have* to have a page for my blog. I’m not on Instagram but I’ve been thinking about it – especially since someone told me it will automatically post to facebook for me. 🙂 And I do use Goodreads quite a bit. I started using it a few years before I started blogging. Thanks for sharing the highs and lows!
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…Teaser Tuesdays #68

  10. trish

    You should try the lists, they make life a lot easier and its the quickest way of catching up with people when they are grouped together in the way that makes sense to you.
    FB isn’t great but I do find it quick to post to so I’ll keep it up for now.
    And Instagram rocks! It will post to both twitter and your Facebook page for you and I love that about it as that immediately saves you time!

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