Linked In is one form of social media that actually feels less “social” and more professional to me. It carries an air of being sophisticated, savvy and success-oriented. Navigating around Linked In usually feels like a worthwhile investment of my time and attention.
I use Linked In to generate interest in and direct traffic to my blog. Here is one strategy for optimizing Linked In:
- research and join as many Linked In groups you can find that you believe would be interested in reading your blog.
- every time you publish a blog, go to each group you joined and start a discussion with appreciative inquiry.
- after you ask the respectful question, paste the link to your blog right after it.
- be sure to return regularly to the discussion to graciously acknowledge and interact with everyone who comments on the discussion you initiated.
Here is an example. As a communication specialist, I belong to several alternative dispute resolution groups on Linked In. When I blog, I will go to each group and ask a respectful question, such as, “How do we help our children to be okay when divorcing parents continue to fight?” I will then follow the discussion question with the link to my blog which expands an answer to my posed question.
This think-tank approach has increased my reader-base and has kept my energy and enthusiasm elevated for continued blogging.