5 Things I Learnt From Writing on These Social Sharing Sites
Whether you have a good or bad experience from writing online, you can still come away knowing that you've learnt something, so I'd like to share with you the five things I learnt from writing on these social sharing sites.
Unlike sites like Hubpages, Bubblews, Persona Paper and other social sharing sites require a different set of rules to the old norm of SEO writing and simply being good at driving search engine traffic to your writing. These social sharing sites require you to be a lot more, well, social. I guess the clue's in the title!
Well - the last site I joined, and stuck with, was Bubblews, so these are things that I learnt mostly within that environment, so I guess I have to start with the Elephant in the Room.
- Do not think you will get rich, do not think you will get rich quick. Consistent effort and work can pay off, with a lot of up front work, but they then require a lot of ongoing work to maintain that level of effort.
- Always keep a copy of your writing - you will want/need to be able to know what else you wrote there, to be able to find it again, amend it, delete it, or link to it. You can't do that unless you've kept a copy. Also, if you do want to delete your past posts, or if you have them deleted, you might wish to copy it to another site, or amend it to republish it.
- Don't get too hung up on keeping stats. You just waste valuable time keeping stats on social sharing sites. You'll rarely be able to use that information to make any significant difference to what you're doing.
- You really MUST join some outside social networking sites, such as Pinterest, G+, Facebook, Twitter etc in order to have platforms to share your posts. But, each one that you join is also another overhead in time, so think carefully which ones you're prepared to put the effort into.
- Don't take it personally when you end up finding you were writing on a dud - remember that you've learnt something, even from a dud.
Everything you do, every site you try, you will learn a lesson from it. It might be a lesson about interacting with others, or crediting images, or how to use the various social networking sites as you've had to do more of that. It might be a lesson learnt in really understanding how each site works - so you can better evaluate the longevity of any future sites you use. Maybe you learnt more about tagging, or categories, or even simple things like using a photo as often as possible as that gets you a better result than leaving one off.
There are always lessons that can be learnt, so time spent on any dud sites isn't entirely wasted..... it just makes you spit for a few weeks :)
All the best, I hope you found the above useful!
Image Credit » Photo by Author: Some seaglass wrapped in silver wire I made, photographed by me, using my camera.