Top Social Media Sites: The 3 Accounts You NEED to Have

Last week, I was struck with the question of which social media sites are absolute musts when Aly emailed me to ask my opinion on just that.  Of course, you’ll always see the idea that if there’s a social media site out there, you should have one, and to a point I agree.  Not everyone who reads your blog is going to be a blogger themselves, so having options other than Bloglovin‘ is important. But maintaining a social media presence can be difficult on top of writing blog posts and having a life outside of blogging.  So today, I want to talk about the top social media sites that I believe you have to have as a blogger.

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Facebook

Okay, let’s just get this out of the way: I hate Facebook.  Not just in terms of my personal account, where everything is about passive aggressive quotes aimed at someone’s ex-boyfriend, engagements, pregnancies, and outright not-so-humble bragging, but also when it comes to blogging.  The layout is constantly changing in totally confusing and frankly unnecessary ways, and we all know how impossible the new algorithms make it to get your posts seen.  Even when you make sure that each post has a .png photo and a link, even when you manage to get people to comment on and like your status, you’re lucky to see one 10th of your follower base actually see your post, and even fewer than that will click through.  On a regular basis, I see fewer page views coming from Facebook than from any other website, including Google+ and random websites who happen to have shared a link to my page.

But we also know that there’s always that “top” social media site that everyone and their mother seems to have, and right now (and for the past several years) that site is Facebook.  I mentioned above that not everyone who reads your blog is going to be a blogger themselves, which means the likelihood of them having a site like Twitter or Bloglovin’ to follow you on is pretty slim.  Facebook provides a way for anyone and everyone to easily follow your blog and hopefully, if your blog is one they’re genuinely interested in, they’ll make sure to check your Facebook page for updates.

Twitter

huge part (and some would argue, the most important part) of blogging is the community you’re able to build with your little space of the Internet. I’ve mentioned before how important Twitter is for doing that, because it provides an easy way to have conversations with other bloggers, pose questions for your followers, and hear what other bloggers have to say.  Without a doubt, as much as I hate Facebook, I love Twitter.

In terms of blogging, I think this site is a must have because it’s such an easy way to meet new bloggers, interact, and share your own blog posts.  We all know how important it is to read other blogs and comment on them, but I’d argue that interacting with your favorite bloggers on Twitter can be even more important. It’s a message that goes straight to them, probably right to their phone, and that allows you to have a conversation that others can chime in on.

Pinterest

I can hardly remember when Pinterest first came out because, before I even knew what the website was for it had already taken over the Internet.  On a daily basis, Pinterest is in the top three resources for where pageviews are coming from on She is Fierce. In a way that is arguably more efficient than any other website, you’re able to quickly and easily share your posts with hundreds of people, who will then go on to share it again and again.  Months after I’ve posted something on Pinterest, I’ll see it popping up again as it makes its way through more and more Pinterest feeds, and that’s something that no other social media site offers.

Even if you don’t cook or do DIY, Pinterest can be so important for sharing your blog.  On my Pinterest, I even have a board titled She is Fierce specially for every post I publish on this blog.  Even if it’s not something people will share, it does get out there so that some people will click through! Beyond just sharing your own work though, Pinterest is also an amazing resource for tips, inspiration, and tricks you may not have thought of otherwise.  Whenever I’m feeling low on blogging inspiration, or I need some help with something, my first resource is Pinterest because it’s like the Google of blogging – it has everything. 

So what about you? What are your must-have social media sites for blogging?

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  • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae

    I’m surprised Instagram is not on your list, Kiersten! :o

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Really? I’ve just never seen very many (if any) page views coming from Instagram. I think maybe if you’re a travel or photography bloggwr it would be more important. But personally I don’t put very much stock in it. Has it workes well for you?

      • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae

        Not in my case at the moment, no. I sometimes post a photo to promote a new post on my blog to encourage people to visit my blog, but since URLs on Instagram are not hyperlinked, I don’t think these contribute to my blog stats (unless, of course, they go directly to my site). I had my iPhone serviced, and I’m only using my BlackBerry, so I don’t have much access to Instagram lately. Anyway, I just figured Instagram works for some bloggers, too. I guess you’re right—this is probably more essential to travel and photography bloggers. :)

  • http://www.socalledhomemaker.com/ socalledhomemaker

    I totally agree with all of these! I’m always really surprised when I come across Bloggers that don’t have Twitter, at least. It’s #1 in my book!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I know! I feel like its such an important account to have. Although I avoided it for years myself.

  • http://thewallflowersecrets.com/ Alissa

    I have to have a Facebook page for my blog but at the same time, I don’t want my real life acquaintances to know that I have a blog. Torn.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      haha I was the same way for SO long, and it’s definitely not something I go around telling everyone, but I share my posts on my personal page sometimes, and my family and close friends all know. I feel like that’s such a difficult thing though!

  • Shybiker

    Good answers. I totally agree. Twitter serves a wonderful role for me. It’s a great place for my blogging-friends to chat and alert others to new blog-posts.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks! And I’m glad to hear you see such good results with Twitter :)

  • Jessica Marie

    Yeah, as much as I didn’t like Facebook… I noticed when I deactivated it, my views dropped dramatically. My teddy bear still has a Facebook (if you’re interested: https://www.facebook.com/wesley.bear.3) and most of the time I’ll post my links on that. Of course Twitter and I actually post my blog posts to Instagram as well. I love photography and I’ll post a picture from the entry, then link my blog (blog is also linked on my profile). I actually gained a few of my loyal followers from Instagram.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Really? That’s surprising, actually since I check my analytics and I get almost NO pageviews from FB. Although I’m sure that differs from blogger to blogger.
      That’s cute!
      I’m also surprised to hear about Instagram! I definitely love posting photos on there, but since nothings hyperlinked I feel like it’s so difficult for someone to get from your Insta-photo to your blog. Good for you that it’s been so successful for you!

      • Jessica Marie

        Well, I have the link in my profile on Instagram and it does link to the actual blog. If I update, I’ll post a picture and say, “I updated my blog. Check link in my profile.” I also use a site called City-Data and can get away with links in the journal there… in the forums, I have to be careful, but if I discuss the content more, I’m fine. I also use Writing.com and have a blog there for WDC users only and will link too.

        I used to get quite a few from FB. Nowadays, it’s mostly from Writing.com, City-Data, Google searches and Instagram. I guess since I do a lot of crafting and love Halloween, people check out my craft ideas and Halloween costumes. I still get a lot of comments on those types of posts. It’s interesting what can generate views!

  • http://www.thegritsblog.com/ The Grits

    This post is SPOT ON! Especially about facebook, ugh I almost feel like it’s pointless because of what you pointed out in regards to their algorithms – seriously considering dropping, but then that would be a major hit to my stat count soooo…

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Exactly! The only reason I keep it is because it’s such an easy way for people to follow, and I don’t want to make it difficult to keep up with this space.

  • http://www.thenewwifestyle.com/ chelsea

    these are great! i became way too uberly obsessed with pinterest when it came out a few years ago and had a to have a mini-intervention with myself. i’ve been nervous to get back into it in fear of getting sucked into that vortex again but after reading how great it is for your blog, i need to get back in there!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      hahaha I definitely can see that happening – it’s so easy to lose track of time on Pinterest! I think it’s definitely worth a try, as long as you try to pace yourself with it – you know?

  • Aly Bubbles

    Thanks for the mention, Kiersten! And thanks for the tips. Ever since I joined Pinterest on your recommendation, I’ve been obsessed. I’m still not sure about Facebook, but now that I’m reading so many comments about getting lots of page views from Facebook, I just might join. :)

    http://welcometoalysworld.co.nr

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      You’re welcome, Aly! Thanks for reaching out to me with the question :) I’m so glad to hear that you’re loving Pinterest!

      You definitely shouldn’t expect a lot of pageviews from FB I don’t think. In my opinion, it just gives people a way to follow you if they don’t have Twitter or something. Everyone has FB, so it’s reliable in that way.

  • http://mariellegreen.com/ Marielle

    Ugh, I hate having a Facebook page, but I still keep it around for those reasons you listed. It’s definitely getting impossible for your posts to be seen – also because people can unfollow pages and add them to lists to read when they want to. Pinterest is definitely useful, but I just haven’t been able to get into using it at all – it drives me crazy when people pin things that don’t correctly link back to the source!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      It drives me crazy! As though telling me the only way for my FOLLOWERS to see my posts is by paying you will actually make me want to pay you. I didn’t know about the list thing though…

      And oh my gosh that makes me crazy, too! I always end up finding out after I’ve repinned because I tend to “pin now read later” hahah

  • http://www.aprilbooth.com/ April

    I’ve been thinking about dropping facebook altogether but of course I still have a business page up there. The only time it seems to get views is when I share it on my personal facebook page. Most of my views come from twitter (although I’m a fairly new blogger and probably have about ten readers haha)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I always think about getting rid of FB, but I honestly keep it because of this blog – it gives people (especially my family members and friends who follow) a way to keep up with what I’m posting. But aside from that, it definitely doesn’t do much of anything for me. Like I mentioned in the post though – it’s a social media site everyone has, so if someone doesn’t have Twitter or Bloglovin’ or something, it gives them a way to follow.

  • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Great points. I hate Facebook too– and now with sponsored posts taking over, it almost feels pointless to ever post anything! I’m encouraged by how Pinterest has given you exposure though; that’s good to know. And I’m so glad you didn’t list Instagram…

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Exactly! That’s exactly the point though – if they make it impossible for your post to be seen UNLESS you pay, they figure you will pay. I even tried that once though, and it’s hardly effective. I’m not going to pay you just so that the people who ALREADY liked my page MIGHT see my post. It’s ridiculous.

      I love Pinterest though – it’s definitely something you should give a try :) I didn’t list Instagram because I just don’t see it doing much for you, except maybe if you’re a photography blogger. Especially since the links you put there aren’t hyperlinked, it’s too much work for someone to hop over to your blog because of a picture you posted.

      • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

        Yup, agreed. In fact, they keep telling me to “boost my posts” and make me feel bad if only “30 people saw this.” I guess I’ve not used Pinterest in the past for pinning anything other than recipes (which I pretty much still use for my own purposes) but I definitely will be more active :) And about Instagram– that’s exactly my thought! If you can’t click over to the blog then what’s the point?! I feel like a lot of bloggers try to use IG to prove they have a life outside of their blog… which I think is a bit sad… I mean, I hope my readers can tell I live outside my blog from my actual content. But who knows!

  • http://www.pink-nightmare.com/ Cherie Jamison

    My roommates deleted Facebook nearly two years ago and they laugh at some of their other friends who have drama going on in their lives that started with Facebook.

    I don’t really post on Facebook very much anymore, but it’s easier to keep up with people who I don’t see every day. I must admit I haven’t capitalized on my blog page as much as I should have… I’ve never really tried to make it work.

    I’ve also never even opened a Pinterest account. I’m not into DIY or planning my future wedding, so I figured it wouldn’t be helpful for me. I’ve honestly never considered that it could help my blog. I might have to look into that per your recommendation.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Deleting FB is something I definitely struggle with – I could easily get rid of my personal account, but I keep it just to have my blog page. I definitely agree though that FB makes keeping in contact easier. The way I look at it though, if I’m not keeping in contact some other way, then I probably don’t want to be. Unfortunately, we’re all so busy that FB is just more practical sometimes.

      I hope that you do check out Pinterest! I don’t cook or plan my wedding or anything either. But the blogging resources I’m able to find are innumerable! It’s such a great way to find inspiration or new blogs!

  • http://cleartheway.net/ Kate Amunrud

    These are my must-haves, too. When I first started out, I thought I would be more into Instagram than Twitter…. boy was I wrong!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Ahhh I thought the same thing! Honestly though, I almost never even look at Instagram – maybe once a week.

  • http://gina-alyse.com/ Gina Alyse

    Yes, I love all of these! I’m loving twitter the most these days! Just because I love chatting with other bloggers and people online and I think Twitter is the best way to do so! Facebook has become less important for me, but I love the facebook groups I’m a part of and I realize that lots of people still use facebook! Also, Pinterest is amazing. Just all around amazing!