If you are still just testing the waters, these top ten tips can help you take the plunge into using social networks to successfully promote yourself or your brand.
1. Choose Your Networks Wisely
When you are beginning your social networking campaign you should decide which of these networks are the most relevant for your purposes.
2. Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin
Putting all of you effort into a few social networks is much more effective than wearing yourself out trying to achieve the bare minimum in a ton of social networks.
3. Give Character to your Profiles
Before you start adding friends it is important to fill out your profiles as fully as possible.
4. Be Consistent
If you have profiles on several networks it is important to be consistent.
5. Birds of a Feather Flock Together
When you are adding friends to your social networks it is important to add friends that have the same interests as you or an interest in what you are trying to promote.
6. Put Your Heart in It
When you are building up your social networks, even if it is just for business or promotional purposes, it is important to be personable.
7. Be Active Regularly
Comment in groups and forums, update your profile and status and add new applications regularly.
8. Submit Quality Content
When you bookmark stories and websites and post links to your social networks it is important to make sure that you are submitting quality content.
9. Nobody Likes a Spammer
Don’t overload your friends with links, messages, comments and content.
10. Don’t Stress Yourself Out!
Social networking should be a positive experience.
With these ten tips you have the guidelines for building strong and valuable social networking skills.