After you make the decision to start your own blog, it’s important to invest some time getting everything set up properly.
One of the most important tools for a blogger nowadays? Social media accounts.
The chances of a new blog gaining traction without the use of social media accounts are incredibly slim—probably impossible, in all honesty.
Social media is a smart way for new bloggers to promote their work and network with other bloggers. In my case, it was the way to promote my work and network with other bloggers.
These are the 7 social media accounts that all bloggers should set up right after starting a new blog.
7 Social Media Accounts to Set Up Immediately After Starting a Blog
Now that you’re a blogger, Pinterst will become your social media BFF. Do not put off setting up a Pinterest account. I repeat, DO NOT PUT OFF SETTING UP YOUR PINTEREST ACCOUNT.
Even though you won’t have much of your own content to add to Pinterest at the beginning, it’s important that you set up an account and start using it daily to pin other people’s content.
Here’s something interesting about Instagram: it probably won’t generate that much traffic to your blog, especially not in the beginning.
So why is it important to set up an Instagram account? There are two big reasons:
1. Instagram Can Generate Income on Its Own
After a few weeks of being active, and gaining both followers and engagement on my posts, brands started reaching out to me directly to offer free products and services in exchange for a post or review.
This gave me a chance to get some really cool free stuff (woo hoo!), but it also helped my blog out by giving me brand-related content to write!
Here’s an example of one such blog post. I wrote this piece around a free product that I received from a brand who found me through Instagram. I have since used this post as an example of my work to book sponsored posts with other brands, like this one where I was paid in money, not product.
2. Brands and Affiliate Networks Love Instagram
How many Instagram followers do you have?
Please provide a link to your Instagram profile below.
These questions have appeared on almost every application I’ve submitted for sponsored blog posts or to join a sponsorship or affiliate network. You don’t want to leave those questions blank, and you ideally want to have a nice number of followers and updated Instagram feed.
Because Instagram is a very on-trend social platform right now, you don’t want to skip past it just because it doesn’t generate page views. Make sure you set up a free account, create a great profile, and start posting and engaging!
Chances are, you probably have a personal Facebook account already. If you do—great! If you don’t, you’ll want to set one up immediately.
Once you have a personal Facebook account, you’ll use it to create your blog’s Facebook Page.
To create a Facebook Page:
- Log in to your personal Facebook account
- Click on the small arrow in the upper right-hand corner of the page
- Select “Create Page”
- Click “Brand Or Product”
- Select “Website” from the drop down menu
- Click the “Get Started” button
- Build your Facebook page!
Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, “tweets”, restricted to 140 characters.
It’s a social platform that I wrote of as irrelevant. I stopped using my personal account years ago. However, I’ve found it to be a great platform for blogging—especially when you have a link that you’re trying to promote.
Like Instagram and Facebook, I’m asked about my Twitter account on most applications to work with brand or to join networks, so make sure you set up a free account here.
Google+ is a social network from Google. It isn’t something that you’ll use often, especially not in beginning, but getting the profile set up will make things easier for you down the road. You can set up your free Google+ account here.
6. Stumble Upon
Stumble Upon is a discovery engine (a form of web search engine) that finds and recommends web content to its users. It can be a great source of web traffic when used properly, so you’ll want to get a head start and set up your account right at the beginning.
Set up your free account here, then complete your profile as much as possible.
Bloglovin‘ is a tool for keeping up with blogs — a way to manage feeds. When you create an account there, you can follow any blogger on any platform, whether or not they’re also signed up.
Since part of being a successful blogger is networking with other bloggers, setting up a free Bloglovin’ account is a smart move.