Online Presence Time Saver Tips

Online Presence Time Saver Tips

One of the biggest concerns small business owners have is how to manage their time when working on such things as social media, blogging, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for their websites. I understand! With 3 kids and 2 businesses, finding ways to streamline my efforts is at the top of my list! Here are some of the things that work for me. If you have more suggestions, send them my way and I’ll include them in a future newsletter!

1. Schedule your social media time into your calendar, set a reminder, and then set a timer. Decide how much time you can “afford” to spend and stick to that time budget when working on business. 10 minutes 3 times a day, a half hour in the morning, or an hour at the beginning of each week, whatever works for you but don’t let yourself get sucked into playing games or surfing aimlessly.

2. Use a social media service such as Seesmic Desktop or their new Seesmic Look (for PC only), or Tweetdeck or Hootsuite for combining all of your social networking accounts into one easy to access place. Seesmic Desktop is my favorite.

3. When blogging, look for the option to Schedule Posts. If you are using either WordPress platform, this is found just above the “Publish” button when you are adding a new post. It says “Immediately” and next to that it says “Edit.” You can edit the time it will publish to any time in the future, click OK, then publish. This comes in very handy if you would like to pre-write blog posts and schedule them to be spaced out throughout the week or month.

4. If you have a Facebook Fan Page, go directly to it when you log in to Facebook by clicking the small blue “f” icon/bookmark on the lower left corner of any page. Once there, quickly scan for any replies or comments you can participate in, and add your new status update.

5. Consider adding the Share This Addon for Firefox to your Firefox browser. This allows you to share links anywhere on the web to many sites with a simple click from your browser. This saves a lot of time since you don’t have to go to each site and login before posting, and it serves your audience because you are more likely to share valuable and relevant links when it is easy to do!

6. Delegate tasks. If you have items that can be done by someone else – proliferating your blog posts, organizing your friends lists, or posting events to all of the networking sites, consider hiring someone (like me!) or delegating the task to a teenager or someone else in your company. Many tasks do not require you to personally be interacting and can be delegated. Save your time for the more human interactions!

7. Use your mobile device in those stolen moments. Standing in line, waiting in the carpool line at school, waiting for the dentist to get you, those are all times you can be checking in with your fans or followers, or looking for comments on blog posts if you are able to on your iPhone, Blackberry or other internet enabled phone. Be sure to allow yourself some down time too – we don’t want to always be doing business, do we! But when you’re ready and able and your only other choice is to read a trashy magazine at the Dr. Office or in the grocery checkout, why not get some tasks crossed off your list. 🙂

Have fun, don’t stress out, and remember to smile!

Until next time,

Karen

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  • Heather
    Follow me on Twitter: heatheramyprice
    January 29, 2010, 2:26 am

    Thanks for a great post! I’m learning lots of new stuff from you!

    Question: I’m still in the stone ages with my cell phone. It’s just a phone, no internet. I’m really torn as to whether to spend the extra $$$ every month for an internet plan — it’s not sooo much the money because hey, I can make the money. But with all those stolen moments am I going to feel obligated to be plugged in all the time? I ENJOY the half hour mindless wait at the doctor’s office— with three year old twins, I don’t get a lot of me time and I wonder if I’m going to be forcing myself all the time to hop onto my blackberry every time I’m in line at Target instead of just standing there, people watching and appreciating me-time. I’ll tell myself— well I pay extra to HAVE mobile internet— I should be USING it! Does EVERYONE have it these days? Do you find it NECESSARY or just a great perk?

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  • Karen
    Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
    January 29, 2010, 3:11 am

    Great comments and question Heather!! I absolutely can’t stand when people are always on their Blackberry or iPhone! I am not on it constantly but I am out and about a lot, and if a couple hours have gone by, and I know I will not be back home to get on the computer for a while, it comes in very handy to get on and check emails for anything I can handle while I am out, or pop onto FB or Twitter to look for replies etc. I enjoy my me-time too so I get that! Everyone’s situation will be different. Even if you get a smartphone it doesn’t mean you have to use it all the time. But if using it while I am at Target means that I get to spend more down time at home, or time with my kids, or time outside etc. it’s worth it. It all depends on your situation!

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    • Kathy February 13, 2016, 12:13 pm

      That’s a very good question, Heather, and a good answer, Karen. It is quite the temptation to be on your phone when you could just be closing your eyes and enjoying that coveted me time. I was like you, Heather. I didn’t need a fancy iPhone. I had a simple $20 phone that was connected to the Internet but compared to the iPhone it was like dial-up 🙂 My kids got me an iPhone to bring me into the new millennium. I love it when I’m standing in an endless post office line and I know something I scheduled just posted and I need to check on the comments. But like everything else, you have to police yourself or you will end up spending too much time on it. I try to make myself spend only a certain amount of time and then log off and take in the scenery around me asked, like Karen, I hate seeing people with their face in their phone all the time.

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      • Karen Clark
        Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
        February 22, 2016, 10:43 pm

        Thank you for your comment Kathy! Time flies doesn’t it? We can’t get it back that’s for sure. These devices are addictive!

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Karen Clark, Social Media and Direct Sales Speaker.When she was an active direct sales leader, Karen Clark walked the walk as she sold, booked, and supported a team offline, while expanding her reach and service online. Now working with direct selling companies and their field representatives as a speaker and social media corporate consultant, Karen uses her nearly 20 years' online marketing and direct selling expertise to teach audiences exactly where, when, and how to establish an ethical and effective online presence with social media, while remaining true to their principles and personal direct sales business. Read more

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