Printer-Friendly

social media how toDo you want people to come to you for social media advice?

Are you trying to become a social media influencer?

Publishing on social media is a great way to share expert knowledge and develop your influencer status.

In this article I’ll share nine tips that can help you become a social media influencer.

become a social media influencer

Discover nine tips for becoming a social media influencer.

Listen to this article:

#1: Find Your Focus

To become an influencer, master a specific topic within your niche. If you cast your net too wide, it will be difficult to gain the level of knowledge necessary to be considered an expert.

Either focus on one social media industry such as social media marketing or public relations, or on a single platform like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Instagram.

For example, Sue B. Zimmerman (also known as #Instagal) found success in the social media space by focusing on Instagram. She is now the go-to person for those looking for advice on Instagram for business.

instagal images

Master one topic to become a true expert.

Start small and learn as much as you can about your desired niche through research and experimentation. That way, you’ll be able to discover the ins and outs of your specialty and form your own ideas, as opposed to simply restating others’ opinions. This is a very important step on your way to influencer status.

#2: Subscribe to Platform Blogs

Social media is unique because it is in constant flux. Stay on top of the latest platform updates, such as algorithm changes, new analytics and added features, as they can drastically change a social channel and the way it’s navigated.

Whether you want to be viewed as the authority on a social channel or a broader industry, read platform blogs regularly: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram. There’s no better way to keep tabs on any social media channel.

#3: Read Relevant Blogs Daily

In addition to platform blogs, read other information outlets to gain valuable insights into your niche. Study news, expert opinions and case studies that are published or shared by people you trust.

feedly subscription dashboard

Feedly makes subscribing to and reading multiple blogs easy.

By using a tool like Feedly to subscribe to a variety of relevant industry blogs, you will benefit from different viewpoints and helpful advice.

#4: Set Topic and Keyword Alerts

Reading press releases, news alerts and relevant posts is key to staying informed. When you know what’s happening, you can keep your followers in the know.

Since it is impossible to keep track of all of the information from platform blogs and your favorite outlets, invest time into creating alerts directly related to your focus. Two free tools that make it easy to stay on top of relevant news are Google Alerts and Social Mention.

alert preview

Set up alerts to stay on top of the latest news and updates in your niche.

If you hope to be viewed as an influencer, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’re always aware of the latest news. Better yet, know what changes are coming even before they’ve been implemented and clue your readers in.

#5: Populate Your Blog

If you haven’t already done so, create a blog on a publishing platform such as WordPress. Then write blog posts and publish consistently. You should shoot to publish at least two to three times each week.

To stay on track, create an editorial calendar and stick to it.

In addition to your own content, partner with other influencers. Interview them, invite them to contribute to your blog or run a promotion together that gets shared on everyone’s sites.

#6: Publish on LinkedIn

In addition to your own blog, create long-form posts on LinkedIn’s publishing platform. Cut and paste your previously published blog posts and add a headline, image and keywords.

Remember, people generally assume LinkedIn posts are only from the most influential thought leaders. Now, when people in your network and beyond see your articles on LinkedIn, it is likely they will view you as an authority too.

guy kawasaki on linkedin publisher

Share your knowledge and get noticed by publishing on LinkedIn.

Through its publishing platform, LinkedIn has created a prime opportunity for influencers to get noticed.

#7: Share Valuable Content

Once you’ve determined your focus and have implemented a system for keeping on top of the latest news and information within your niche, start sharing high-value influencer content with your audience via social media.

If you’re a platform-specific influencer, use that as your primary social network. Utilize the others as well to get even more visibility.

To be considered an influencer, people need to see you as a resource. Consider your audience and share content that they’ll find useful. Post original articles, plus posts from other trusted sources.

Keep your content organized for easy access so if someone asks a question, you can quickly grab content that provides an answer.

#8: Contribute to Other Sites

One of the quickest ways to gain influencer status is to contribute your unique content to other blogs and publications. Guest posting increases your visibility, bolsters your credibility and increases traffic to your own blog.

social media examiner placeit image

Writing for influential sites raises your influencer status. Image: Placeit.

Seek out the most appropriate social media websites and blogs, research submission guidelines and reach out.

After your content is published, let people in your network know. Tweet a link, share it on Facebook, tell your other online communities and add it to your LinkedIn profile publications. Also, keep an eye on your article’s comments, so you can respond to any questions or remarks (both positive and negative).

#9: Engage Online

To be an influencer, you need to be seen. Social media influencers regularly take part in relevant conversations across a variety of networks. Attend and participate in Twitter chats and webinars (and host Twitter chats too), answer questions on Quora and share ideas in LinkedIn groups.

Also, engage regularly across platforms. Don’t just tweet, post, comment, like and share. Add your comments and opinions.

Sharing your knowledge is how you’ll truly stand out as an influencer.

Conclusion

If your goal is to be an expert in the digital space and become known as an influencer, there are plenty of things you can do to raise your profile. Develop your expertise and use social media to raise yourself to influencer status.

What do you think? What is your niche? How have you developed your reputation as an influencer? What platforms get the most engagement? In what ways have you engaged your audience and shared your expertise? Please share your thoughts and recommendations in the comment section below.

Social Media Examiner article image created with Placeit.
Tags: , , , , , ,

Get Social Media Examiner’s Future Articles in Your Inbox!

Join 480,000+ of your peers! Get our latest articles delivered to your email inbox and get the FREE Social Media Marketing Industry Report (56 pages, 90 charts)!

More info...
  • Kristina Hughes

    This is really an ideal guide for the social media marketers..This all process is going to stop at one point that point is original and informative content.. So focus on your niche related content is the best strategy to win this all contest..

  • Meaghan Edelstein

    Thank you Kristina. I completely agree with you!

  • Good idea to go further in social media marketing field.

  • Very well written, however I have a thought, and this comes from listening to countless experts of content writing too, not my own opinion. Here’s my thought: I agree with you on writing awesome content 2-3 times per week, but some would argue that a solopreneur can’t consistently write “influential content” three times per week.

    I’ve heard it a lot of different ways but wonder if you should sacrifice quality for quantity? Seems like influential people aren’t writing 3 times per week…too busy with other stuff lol. (Not me, I’m no influential person, I write pretty much every day and can’t publish 3 times per week) what are your thoughts?

  • jaje

    ytrytrytry

  • Meaghan Edelstein

    Hi Wade,

    I definitely see your point. Quality should outweigh quantity. However, too often I find people don’t write because they are “too busy”. If you can’t create quality content on a regular basis it will be very difficult to grow your influence. Content does not have to be long. If time is an issue I recommend breaking longer articles up so you are able to publish more than once per week.

  • Meaghan Edelstein

    I completely understand Stacey. It’s not easy and that is why you have to really make it a priority. Share your blog and I’ll be sure to check it out and share your content with my community.

  • Keeya Mcswain

    This was helpful, thank you .

  • I really like this article Meaghan! Keeping up the consistency with all of these points can be really hard, so it’s important to remember that quality content beats half hearted attempts to cover all bases.

  • Thank you Kristina! Brilliant material

  • I only write once a week. I definitely chose quality over quantity.
    Guy doesn’t post 2 or 3 times a week either.

  • Meaghan Edelstein

    Absolutely agree with you Rosalind!

  • Hi Meaghan
    Good list. The tips you listed are tried and tested. This should be shared to everyone that are looking to improve their social media presence. Thumbs up on this article! 🙂

  • Agree with all above! -Spaceio

  • Agreed.

  • Meaghan Edelstein

    Thanks so much!

  • I guess I’m on the right track. All our happy customers can also attest to that 😀

  • I agree with that. I’m also trying to get over the fact that if I don’t write something long form then it’s not worth doing. That’s just stupid and I’m doing better with that. Here’s to 500 words that are awesome!

  • Hello Meaghan, these 9 tips are really applicable to become a social media influencer. For me, a person who can influence others about an idea, a product, an event or a campaign through social media, is a social media influencer. It’s not about how many likes and followers you have, its about how many people actually care about following and liking your page.

  • saracsit

    I have a lot of work to do, but at least I’ve got a foundation laid and articles like this thank you very much gotta go cat on computer. 🙂

  • Sabrina Kizzie

    These are great tips to follow by! It is very important to be knowledgeable on what your area of topic is and that is why reading relevant blogs is very important. All of these tips tie together. You can’t really do some without the other. Great post. Thank you.

  • Thanks for posting great article..

  • Boschii

    I appreciate these suggestions but I do have one question which is the topic of ongoing debate with regard to the copy/paste method for publishing content on Linkedin. As this would technically be duplicate content, wouldn’t that negatively impact the publishers website? I am curious about everyone’s opinions because there doesn’t seem to be any solid consensus.