Jun 042012
  1. Follow GDI on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest. We have profiles on all the big social sites and are always happy to chat with you, answer your questions and share news and advice.
  2. Decide which sites work for you and sign up. There’s a new social network popping up every single day, but that doesn’t mean you have to join. Make sure you’re on the “big” ones like the sites listed above and then decide if you’d like to join any other. Social networks can be very niche oriented and specific to interests, so join the ones you like and leave the rest behind.
  3. Follow and interact with thought leaders, industry leaders and successful networkers. Take the time to do searches on social networks to find out who is offering great content and is interacting with others. These are the people you stand to gain something from by tweeting and connecting with them.
  4. Use your links wisely. Include links to your website and GDI opportunity in your profiles and share them in posts. Be sure NOT to link blast, spam or just throw your link into any post or comment. Be sure to have thoughtful comments and posts and relevant links, this will drive traffic to your site and keep you out of trouble.
  5. Create content that is meant to be shared. One of the main perks of social media sites is how quickly and easily tweets, posts, or videos can go viral. For something to get shared again and again, it must be great content. Take the time to write smart posts, great videos and educational tweets. Once you have something you want to share, do so and ask your followers to share as well. Just asking can go a long way in social media.

May 042012

What is it?

According to Pinterest themselves, “Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

In short, Pinterest is a social bookmarking site that is based on images that are linked rather than links alone. It makes it easy to share what you like and get others excited about it based on the images you share.  You can sort your pins into categorized boards making them easier to navigate. Sharing your sites and projects on Pinterest can help to create more backlinks to your sites and entice new traffic.

How to take advantage of it

Take advantage of Pinterest by visiting the site and browsing around. You can brose by category and find anything from new websites to advice and videos. When you find something you like, “pin it” to your board to share it with everyone on Pinterest and those following you.

How to build a following

Share your own great work on your Pinterest boards. This can be your websites, videos and anything else you created that is image heavy. Pinterest allows you to share links with a broad audience and entice people to click and re-pin with images. So if you’re got a great site to share and just want to check out some new links, head to Pinterest.

Also take a moment to browse GDI’s Pinterest boards and follow us. On our boards you will find us sharing your sites, videos and marketing tips.