5 Methods For Setting Up Your Social Networking System

February 1, 2011 · Print This Article

Today I'm happy to bring you this insightful guest post from Sheila Atwood of Newbielifeline.com!…


Have you actually decided upon your social networking system? You know what I mean. Have you taken all the buzz about social networking and social media and put it to work for you?

When you lay out your social networking plan you want to consider a SMART plan for every method of social networking you do.


·       Specific – Do you have specific goals you want to achieve? Perhaps your goals are getting more traffic, finding like-minded people to work with, and getting affiliates to promote your products.

·       Manageable – Is your social networking manageable? Do you have the time to spend on the methods you have chosen? How about the man power? or resources? How about the organization it takes to be effective?

·       Action oriented – Can your plan be laid out to the exact step by step action you need to take on a weekly and daily basis?

·       Relevant- Just how relevant is your plan to what you want to achieve? By survey, the number one problem people face when it comes to work, home and play is time. You have heard of targeted traffic….but how about targeted social networking?

·       Trackable – Can you track and measure your actions? Can you track and measure the return on your investment (ROI), especially your investment of time?

You know all about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the forums, so let's take a look at five different ways you can set up your social networking system that does not include the big social media guys.

These 5 ways to set up your social networking is based on using your blog as your central working point.

Commenting – Create a social networking group by commenting on other sites. When you are picking sites to comment on remember to be specific about what you are wanting to achieve. Stay organize by using your RSS feed or another bookmarking system. Use commenting tools…like Peggy's commenting secret tool, Traffic Sponge.

– Interview other bloggers. These can be video interviews or audio interviews. Use your phone for a simple way to record your audio interviews.

An easy way to get started is to do email interviews. This works great for interviewing busy people. Just send them a set of questions, they answer and you write your blog post in interview fashion.

Recently Tristan Higbee of BloggingBookshelf.com did a great interview of Peggy. "The Blogger’s Guide to Writing and Selling Your Own PLR Products."

– The added value of working with others can have huge benefits way into the future. Not only do you get double the pleasure, knowledge and production, you get their network. Finding a great online marketing partner is well worth any time and effort you put in.

Guest Posting
- Yeah, yeah I know you have heard this one. But I am going to give it to you here again. Especially since this is on my social networking plan and that is what brought me here.

Peggy and I exchanged guest posts. I wanted her to post about her new book. "
Become a PLR Writer" so I offered to exchange posts. This meets several of my specific goals. 

1. I get a great post to promote my affiliate link.

2. I get to promote another blogger.

3. I get the extra traffic the guest blogger brings.

4. My readers get top notch data straight from the author.

You'll find that setting rules for you guest posts is the key. A
criteria for guests to your blog is a must, you might as well make it easy on yourself. If you notice, Peggy has listed her criteria right on her home page.

Most important, set a criteria for where you want to post. You want the greatest ROI you can get. Know what your purpose is and where you want to be seen on the net.

- Last but not least. Speedlinking is one of my favorites. Link to other blogs. Give kudos to those who are putting out some great stuff. No matter your niche, this works.

Set up a specific time in the month to link to others. Or make up a big list of your favorite bloggers…"The Best SEO Bloggers of 2010" or the "Best Up and Coming Bloggers" or "Copywriters You Must Add To Your RSS Feed".

My rule is Outflow=Inflow. The more you outflow the more you will get back. It's magic.

Bottom line, no matter what you do to get yourself out there and well known, you will need to have a SMART plan. One that works for you. One you are willing to put into action.

Sheila Atwood 

  • What are your social networking goals?
  • Do you use any of these methods? Have you had success?
  • Have you had success using different methods of social networking? 

Sheila-AtwoodSheila Atwood writes the blog Newbielifeline.com, a web resource about leveraging WordPress and its tools. She is a great resource for newbies wanting to find ways to make money online.
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29 Responses to “5 Methods For Setting Up Your Social Networking System”

  1. Steve@Internet Lifestyle
    on February 1st, 2011 11:58 am


    Some powerful Ideas here. It seems to me it all comes down to really making an attempt at really networking and getting to know people within your niche/close niches.

    I absolutely think these are great ways to get noticed and succeed. At some point it is not scalable, so it is something that the “big boys” can’t really do. Although I bet they did it on their way to becoming big!

    Taking time to really care and truly network with your peers can potentially open doors that you did not even know were there!

    Thanks for the share!
    Steve@Internet Lifestyle recently posted ..9 Super-Sized Ways to Earn Internet Income

  2. Teresa Miller
    on February 1st, 2011 12:28 pm

    I love this post, Sheila. It falls right in line with some of the things I’ve been working on with my own blog. Some of the things you mentioned are things I’ve just recently added to my system: commenting, traffic sponge, having a guest poster.

    There are a few other things you mention that are giving me ideas. Doing an interview post sounds like a wonderful idea, as does listing some of my favorite blogs. After reading some of your posts the last few days, yours will be added to my list.

    Teresa Miller recently posted ..Developing a Fulfilling Life Focus and Sharing Your Inner Treasure

  3. Terry Conti on February 1st, 2011 3:22 pm

    Hi Peggy, thanks for the informative post Sheila,

    I like your SMART plan. Very good idea about interviews, never thought about email interviews before. Quick easy, effective.

    Putting a button on your blog about guest posting is also another cool idea.

    Following all these ideas is great for getting exposure and making sales.

    Terry Conti
    Terry Conti recently posted ..Free Traffic

  4. Pete Carr
    on February 1st, 2011 3:22 pm

    Hi Sheila and Peggy,
    I love the “Outflow=Inflow” it is so true, the more effort you put in with other people/bloggers the more you will get back.
    Somebody once said to me, they wouldn’t comment on other bloggers blogs as they were the competition. Doh, haven’t seen that guy around for a long time now.
    Pete Carr recently posted ..Why Waste Potential Blog Content On Ezine Articles

  5. Rick LaPoint @ Internet Marketing
    on February 1st, 2011 3:49 pm

    This is great, Sheila.

    I wasn’t expecting to run into you here, but what a pleasant surprise :-)

    I love your systematic planning, without which way too many necessary elements to effective marketing end up on the cutting room floor.

    And I like your Outflow=Inflow rule.

    Rick LaPoint @ Internet Marketing recently posted ..How to Make Your Graphics Load 6 Times Faster

  6. Melanie Kissell
    on February 1st, 2011 4:33 pm

    I’m with Pete Carr here …

    Love the “Outflow = Inflow” concept and approach to setting up a social networking system. Reminds me very much of a social media mantra we should all abide by … “Give to Get”.

    Super duper post, Sheila, with excellent tips. Thanks, Peggy, for having Sheila as your guest — she’s one of my best buddies in the blogosphere and she ROCKS!

  7. Alan Petersen
    on February 1st, 2011 4:59 pm

    Great post and ideas Sheila! Love the SMART plan. A lot of folks get discouraged with social media, they should read this post a few times.
    Alan Petersen recently posted ..Like a Fly Hitting the Window over and over again

  8. Satrap
    on February 1st, 2011 5:04 pm

    Great post Sheila . you have touched on every important points.
    I personally give lots of credit to guts posting. It has been a great way for me to not only network with other bloggers, but of course to get my work out there in front of a different audience while gaining some seo benefit as well.

    Comment is another important one. At fist I wasn’t really organized, I would just comment all over. Soon I realized its best to pick a group of interesting blogs and keep up with them regularly as it helps to build a better relationship with those bloggers and their audience. Thanks.
    Satrap recently posted ..How to Make Money Online

  9. California Vehicle Code on February 2nd, 2011 3:34 am

    Very well said Sheila. You hit all the points on how to begin a social networking system. Others out there reading your post will have a great idea because of you. You are not telling us on what to do but you’re also helping us for the benefit of our blogs. Great post Shiela. Continue writing!
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  10. William Tha Great
    on February 2nd, 2011 4:43 am

    Hey Sheila,

    Thanks for the awesome post!

    I love the way you put this article together I can see the hard work you put into it from a mile away without even looking very hard. You made some excellent points! Blog commenting has really been great for me cause I do it on the regular. Plus I always take the time to read what the person has to say instead of the simple commenting style many people follow.

    I haven’t dipped to much into interviews, but I plan to start diving into that area in the future. Right now I’m more focused on building authority with my own word.

    Thanks again!

    God bless,
    William Veasley
    William Tha Great recently posted ..Learning the Meaning of Progression

  11. Kathy Dobson on February 2nd, 2011 11:49 am

    HI Peggy and Sheila…
    This was excellent information…

    You made so many valid points and covered so many important issues I don’t know where to start with my comment ;)

    I am a huge fan of networking and I know the importance of getting your self out there…but you have shown me ways that I really need to improve on and now I am going to go check out some of the tools you mentioned like Traffic Sponge.

    I’ve been a long time fan of yours Peggy and bought many of your articles etc.

    Keep up the great work…you are a very avaluable source ;)
    Kathy Dobson recently posted ..Are You Ready for Success

  12. Fran Aslam From Onlinewriter on February 2nd, 2011 2:08 pm

    Hi Peggy and Sheila:

    A very informative and well formatted post here by sheila. It seems like networking is a biggy and makes a difference in many aspects of online small business.

    Your smart plan is a good idea and seems to be very effective.

    Peggy and Sheila, keep up the with the web and keep posting the best ideas for the readers.

    Fran A
    Fran Aslam From Onlinewriter recently posted ..Writing For Money As Freelance Writers

  13. Sheila Atwood
    on February 2nd, 2011 2:22 pm

    @Steve@Internet Lifestyle

    “It seems to me it all comes down to really making an attempt at really networking and getting to know people within your niche/close niches.”

    I agree.

    I think that building great connections, ones that build our business is what we want from social media. Somewhere along the line we will want to make the most of those social media systems that get your name out there. Finding and working with those who make things happen increases your chances of winning the game.

    Thanks for your comment – I value your insight.

    @Teresa Miller

    Thanks for the compliment.

    I hope these ideas work for you. They have been working for me. Just like anything new I try, it takes some time to get into the groove and make it really pan out. Seeing a quick return with these ideas has made it easier to keep it going….and it is fun.


    Glad you like the email interview idea. I just read one today that promoted the optin product of the person being interviewed. It was very well done. I even opted in to get the product.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, I love getting feed back.


    Glad you like Inflow=Outflow. I have found that the Inflow doesn’t always come back directly from the Outflow source. When I outflow a lot I see an increase coming back in from all different sources.


    Thanks, I have been seeing you all over the web with great content. I am inspired to get my butt in gear and practice a little more of that inflow=outflow stuff.

    I have to stay organized or I am all over the place the web is way too big and fun.


    I think we get discouraged with Social Media because we do not grab the value that is really there… really connecting with other people and building upon that.

    We would love to have more visitors, send them right over :)

    I am intrigued by your blog title…I will be over to visit.


    Good to see guest posting is working for you. This is my new venture and so far it has been fun and very productive.

    Yep, narrowing your commenting down to form a group is the way to go. You are so right, it does help to build better relationships.

    Thanks you guys, I appreciate you comments and input. I always learn something new.

    Sheila Atwood recently posted ..77 Best Practices for Landing Pages That Rise Above Status Quo

  14. Sheila Atwood
    on February 2nd, 2011 5:15 pm

    @California Vehicle Code

    So glad you commented. I had not thought of this post as a way to see the benefit of our blogs. And a blog is a benefit. It can be the core of all that we do on the net. It is your connection to the world. Cool huh?

    @William The Great

    The interesting thing about doing interviews is it can actually add to your authority. You borrow from some elses expertise. Just the fact that they agreed to give you the interview gives you an endorsement from them. Especially if you grab an interview from someone you admire in your niche.


    You know what the best compliment is? It is when someone learns something they can and want to put into action.

    Thanks for the compliment.


    I have to admit that I have stumbled around trying to find out what works best. It is kind of like not being able to see the forest for the trees.

    What really is the big picture? Not all the social media but the social networking that come from those contacts.

    You have a great blog so I hope this helps you get lots of attention.
    Sheila Atwood recently posted ..77 Best Practices for Landing Pages That Rise Above Status Quo

  15. Kathy Griffiths
    on February 2nd, 2011 9:23 pm

    There are many social networking strategies out there and it looks like you have found a few that work for you.

    I think, whatever strategies you choose, consistency is the real key. You have to run with your plan long enough to see how effective it is before making changes. It looks like you’ve done that and have found success.

    Thanks for the run down… some really great ideas here. I also like your “Outflow=Inflow” advice.

  16. Melanie Kissell
    on February 2nd, 2011 10:43 pm

    I’ll second that motion, Kathy — “Consistency” creates the magic!

  17. Sheila Atwood
    on February 2nd, 2011 11:33 pm


    You are spot on! Consistency is the key. It is easy to give up too quickly. Or not pick a plan and really make the most of it.


    I think consistency is your middle name. I have seen you be consistent in the products you promote and consistent in your relationships. Kudos.
    Sheila Atwood recently posted ..77 Best Practices for Landing Pages That Rise Above Status Quo

  18. Tristan
    on February 3rd, 2011 12:28 am

    Really great post here, Sheila (and Peggy!).

    I really appreciate the link to the interview I did with Peggy (and added it to my Mentions page). Interviewing really doesn’t have to be that difficult. In fact, that was probably the easiest interview ever. I wrote up some questions I had for her, she replied back when she got around to it, and I published it. Slick.

    I like how you mention how your blog should be the hub of all of your networking efforts online. That’s a great point. Sure, you could do it from Twitter or Facebook or somewhere else, but a blog just gives you so much more flexibility, and it’s something that anyone can interact with you on (no need to sign up for anything).

    And I’ve read your posts about speedlinking, Sheila; it’s something I need to try one day when I don’t feel like writing anything.

    Thanks again to both of you for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  19. Jeff Wise
    on February 3rd, 2011 1:14 am

    I really like this post Sheila! I never actually knew a lot about speedlinking and how it could benefit me. I now have a great idea for a blog post later this month.

    I will say I definitely know what my plan is with social networking but at times I can get carried away and before you know it I’ve spend too much time on Twitter trying to build my following.

  20. Sheila Atwood
    on February 3rd, 2011 11:12 am


    You are the perfect example of how this works.

    I found your guest post on Traffic Generation Cafe. I featured that post in my Speedlinking post and became a fan of your site, Blogging Bookshelf.

    I find Peggy on your site. She is a regular commentor and then I see the Interview you did with Peggy. As a result I buy her book. Love it, and we exchanges guest posts.

    In this post I link back to you. You comment and it goes on.

    Now that is networking.

    You are so welcome for the link.


    Thanks for stopping by to comment. I am glad you got a new idea out of this post.

    I am a big Twitter fan. I get a lot of Traffic from Twitter. i find it hard to monitor is just how targeted that traffic is. I am pretty good at not getting lost there any more. Setting time limits and having an plan for building followers has helped.

    It is also very easy to get lost on Twitter and Facebook or any other social media and networking. All of it boils down to what brings the greatest return on your investment.
    Sheila Atwood recently posted ..Finally! The Year Of The Rabbit

  21. rfy on February 3rd, 2011 8:15 pm

    Great! Social media plays a vital role in online business and helps to get traffic to your website, it serves a good platform to rank a website in SE. Thanks for the nice post..

    rfy recently posted ..Ready-For-You™ RFY Affiliate Network

  22. admin
    on February 3rd, 2011 8:21 pm

    Hi Guys!

    Thanks for all the great comments and feedback about Sheila’s post! I loved Sheila’s S.M.A.R.T. plan, and the info about speedlinking has me thinking about how I want to implement that.

    Kathy G – You are right on when you said consistency is the key. I think it would be wonderful if those of us who step up our networking efforts (with consistency) reported back on the results.

    Satrap – Good point about focusing on a group of blogs so you can build relationships with them rather than being a 1-comment-wonder all over the blogosphere.

    Kathy D – Thanks for liking my PLR. :) I loved your post about location independence.

    Tristan – The email/written interview was easy peasy for me too!

    Thanks, Sheila, for the post!


  23. Sheila Atwood
    on February 4th, 2011 12:26 pm


    I really appreciate the chance to exchange post with you. I have enjoyed being apart of your blog.

    Your post on my blog has been a real asset.

    Sheila Atwood recently posted ..Finally! The Year Of The Rabbit

  24. Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion on February 5th, 2011 12:16 am

    Sheila, so great to see you on here, well done lady! I always find it interesting when people write a ‘list’ and don’t actually practice what they preach. You, on the other hand Sheila, are living what you said above. I see you everywhere and you clearly spend more time supporting others than you do yourself (as so it appears), which just goes to show you’re living the outflow vs inflow law you spoke of above.

    Anyway, great article and thanks for all you do.

    Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion recently posted ..Why You Should Start Writing- Stop Hiding- and Quit Worrying About the Competition

  25. Patricia@lavenderoils
    on February 5th, 2011 1:01 am

    HI Peggy & sheila

    Love the SMART plan and we would be smart if we heed it ;-) My blog is the hub of my activities although there are aspecs of it that are still evolving. Networking has brought many to my blog and I have been introduced to heaps of wonderful bloggers that way too.

    There are blogs I regularly visit and comment on. Why? cos they have become my blogging buddies and some are now dear friends. And they write good content. Always learn something when I visit so a strong community is being built where we all support each other’s journey.

    Met my techie friend Rose who gave my blog its new look commenting on Rick’s site. I visited her site (have just finished 8 part series on her blog) commented, she had been lurking on my site and then she started commenting on my blog.

    Offered to do some writing for her and she does techie stuff for me. Win-win situation and that came from effective networking.

    The only proviso I have to make is the time spent!!! Cos I love tweeting and interacting, have to make sure systems are in place so my daily goals are reached lol

    Really nice surprise to see you here Sheila. Off to RT so others can enjoy the post too :-)

    Patricia Perth Australia
    Patricia@lavenderoils recently posted ..Collaboration- the new buzz word

  26. Sheila Atwood
    on February 5th, 2011 3:32 pm


    So glad you found me here.

    I love the example of your relationship with Rose. Creating win-win situations is the key to success. No matter what game we are playing we want players that are on our team.

    I have enjoyed being in your networking group. You have pointed the way to some pretty fabulous people. Now it is a matter of putting those connections to work, like you have.

    Yep, getting the best out of your time investment is crucial.
    Sheila Atwood recently posted ..Finally! The Year Of The Rabbit

  27. Theresa Bradley-Banta on February 16th, 2011 5:24 pm

    Hi Peggy! Hi Sheila!

    It’s so wonderful seeing a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers on the site of a newly discovered blogger (new to me). How cool is that? Thanks to your guest post exchange, I’ve had an opportunity to learn about PLR.

    I’ve had great success meeting other bloggers via commenting on their posts. The most wonderful surprise to me in the beginning was that the authors and commenters form such a delightful community. Seems obvious, but …

    And, I’ve just started speedlinking. I haven’t given it a formal title, but I’ve tried it out on some Friday posts. I love that you have taken your tips beyond the obvious Sheila. Interviews are a great idea! And you’ve made it so easy to do. I also love the idea of collaboration.

    Lastly, thanks for showing how a great guest exchange works. Two very good posts!

    Theresa Bradley-Banta recently posted ..A Shift in Thinking

  28. Edwin on February 18th, 2011 6:25 pm

    S.M.A.R.T, what a great analogy! Nice post, thanks for the cool tips. Hopefully my social network grows ten fold :)
    Edwin recently posted ..Apples New Subscription Policy Is Getting Looked Into By The Government

  29. admin
    on February 24th, 2011 6:22 pm

    Hi Edwin and welcome!

    S.M.A.R.T. is what Sheila is, especially when it comes to social networking! I’d like mine to grown ten fold too. :)


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