My Top Ten Social Media Marketing Mistakes

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My Top ten social media marketing mistakes

Mistakes I made following other Guru’s advice BEFORE I found Social Traffic

Facebook Mistakes

1.    Friend everyone that they find on their favorite gurus friends list or group without so much as explaining why they are friending them. I actually said where I saw them on most of the friend requests.

2.    Accept friend requests from people like the ones above –if someone isn’t interested enough in you to tell you where they met you then the odds are you will never have a real conversation. Most of my real interactions on Facebook are with people I’ve at least talked to on Skype.

3.    Slap up a group and start inviting everyone in my friends list. – worked a little, but I didn’t get any get real traction because I didn’t give people a good reason to be engaged in my group.

4.    Send out info about affiliate products without first asking my audience what they were interested in.

5.    I didn’t engage my audience enough – with my group of 500+ would get  one or two comments if I was lucky when I posted something on the wall

Twitter Mistakes

6.    Went down the wall of my favorite Guru and added everyone following them.

7.    Set up a DM that was something like the following – “Thanks for following me, I have tons of free information at Online4Offline.com” – I received a couple of hundred newsletter sign ups from a thousand or so friend requests.  Before someone reads that and thinks it’s a good idea that was a year ago before everyone and their dog was doing spammy DMs.

8.    Signed up for a friendadder service that FLOODED my DM box with spam. I left that quickly and stopped auto-following everyone back.

Digg and other social bookmarking site mistakes

9.    Bookmarked my own sites across multiple accounts. Occasionally I would slip in another link or two.

10.    Digg banned three of my accounts including my main which I wasn’t using for the spammy stuff. This happened when using strategies and software recommended by a well known Digg guru.
Since finding Simon Ford and Social Traffic I’ve learned to focus on creating and sharing good content that other people will read, share and comment on. Tell me some of the things you were told to do when you got started with social media:

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  • TwitThis
  • Live
  • LinkedIn
  • Pownce
  • MySpace
  • Sandie

    Thank you for your honesty.

    I’m in process of making my mistakes. The abyss is deep but the rewards for persevering astounding!

  • Sandie

    Thank you for your honesty.

    I’m in process of making my mistakes. The abyss is deep but the rewards for persevering astounding!

  • http://dougmcisaac.com/ dougmcis

    I’m just glad I found Simon and Social Traffic. There are too many people out there selling themselves as experts in social media who really don’t understand what social media marketing is all about.
    Doug

  • http://dougmcisaac.com dougmcis

    I’m just glad I found Simon and Social Traffic. There are too many people out there selling themselves as experts in social media who really don’t understand what social media marketing is all about.
    Doug

  • http://bargainstt.com/ Tony

    HI Doug, I liked it saw some of my mistakes there. Funny thing though those ideas seemed rational at the time. I have also joined with Simon Ford and starting to learn a lot more about what the entire process entails. The more I learn the more I realize how dumb I was about social marketing. Thanks for articulating it.

  • http://bargainstt.com Tony

    HI Doug, I liked it saw some of my mistakes there. Funny thing though those ideas seemed rational at the time. I have also joined with Simon Ford and starting to learn a lot more about what the entire process entails. The more I learn the more I realize how dumb I was about social marketing. Thanks for articulating it.

  • http://www.socialtrafficreview.com/ Neil Ashworth

    Good article Doug. A few home truths there also. Facebook, Twitter and any of the number of other social networking platforms offering so much opportunity that to begin with I guess the vast majority of people do what you and I have done.

    Work the numbers and it’ll pay off in the end?

    Wrong! It just leaves a big empty space and a profile that resembles the twilight zone – looks familiar but quietly different somehow…

    Neil

  • http://www.socialtrafficreview.com Neil Ashworth

    Good article Doug. A few home truths there also. Facebook, Twitter and any of the number of other social networking platforms offering so much opportunity that to begin with I guess the vast majority of people do what you and I have done.

    Work the numbers and it’ll pay off in the end?

    Wrong! It just leaves a big empty space and a profile that resembles the twilight zone – looks familiar but quietly different somehow…

    Neil

  • http://automarker.net/ Karin

    Doug, great post. We have all made (some of) those mistakes. I am glad you are listing them here, so others can learn from our mistakes. I hope they will not only stop making the mistakes, but also follow your lead and start listening to Simon Ford. We both know from experience how much of a life altering experience that can be.

  • http://automarker.net Karin

    Doug, great post. We have all made (some of) those mistakes. I am glad you are listing them here, so others can learn from our mistakes. I hope they will not only stop making the mistakes, but also follow your lead and start listening to Simon Ford. We both know from experience how much of a life altering experience that can be.

  • http://www.lionslinger.com/ Walter

    I did the same mistake in twitter but now I’m learning. Digg however, I want to be careful, I used it in moderation. :-)

  • http://www.lionslinger.com Walter

    I did the same mistake in twitter but now I’m learning. Digg however, I want to be careful, I used it in moderation. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/LindaMae Linda Mae

    Doug, there’s an odd comfort in knowing I am not the ONLY one of the planet to make many of the mistakes you have listed. Thanks for taking the time to explain so others do not follow the breadcrumbs of your/our footsteps.

    I must join the others here in saying that once I hooked up with Social Traffic I truly saw the light and it takes time to undo some of the damage already done. I wish I’d not listened to the other supposed gurus that are misguided and followed a proven leader from the start — Simon U. Ford.

    Well, live and learn, as they say.

  • Linda Mae

    Doug, there’s an odd comfort in knowing I am not the ONLY one of the planet to make many of the mistakes you have listed. Thanks for taking the time to explain so others do not follow the breadcrumbs of your/our footsteps.

    I must join the others here in saying that once I hooked up with Social Traffic I truly saw the light and it takes time to undo some of the damage already done. I wish I’d not listened to the other supposed gurus that are misguided and followed a proven leader from the start — Simon U. Ford.

    Well, live and learn, as they say.