A couple of weeks ago the Hot Blog Tips Crew (without me these days...) did a video on the subject of what to share on Google Plus without, what Brian Hawkins of said Hot Blog Tips believes, is spamming. I thought it was a fairly interesting video, and since I'm not a part of it I'm just going to include the link to that video and tell you to check it out. ryancr via CompfightOne of the things he said in the video I totally disagreed with, and in thinking about that one particular thing it got me to thinking about some other things, hence I thought it was time to share some thoughts while asking y'all what you think of these same things. There was another blog post I read a couple of months ago (from where I can't remember) where the writer was saying that in today's social media world sometimes you have to "like" your own submissions. He didn't mean you have to like what you write as much as publicly affirm that you like what you write by clicking a Like button or a +1 button on
Thanks for mentioning me here.
So let's talk about that for a sec. How did I know that you mentioned me?
I started off monitoring @ mentions in HootSuite, but I knew that I was missing some of the mentions because the counts never added up with what I was seeing on the sharing widgets on my blog. Then I found out about Google Alerts - this worked great for me at first and I'm lucky enough to have a unique spelling of my name (not one that is the same as a famous musician such as yourself). Then as time went by Google Alerts became less and less reliable and I found a few other tools like TalkWalker and Mention.net (which is how I found out that you mentioned me here). But those two aren't 100% accurate either and I found more and more tools to monitor mentions. I can't even remember the names of all those tools but let's just say that none of them finds the same stuff. They all return different results and there are lots of times when people share my content but they don't even mention me or the name of my blog. To be honest I could spend about 45 minutes a day just going through all of the alerts I get! Keep in mind I have 2 Twitter accounts, 3 blogs, an active YouTube Channel, a Podcast, Facebook Page, Google + Page.....no need to go list everything here that I get notifications about because I think you get the point.
So here are some of the questions that I'm faced with - is it more important for my content to be shared or does it need to be shared by influencers in order for people to read it?
Do I care if Michael Hyatt or Amy Porterfield share my content even though they never read it? Or should I be thankful that they sent hundreds of people to my blog who did eventually read it - and they reshared it and I got huge traffic spikes and great comments and interaction? Some of these folks mentioned me when they reshared my posts and some of them didn't. Do I need to thank all these folks?
Ok so let me just say this now - I don't have answers to all of these questions I just wanted to point out that I have some totally different questions than you have.
In fact I even wonder if I am wasting my time monitoring all of these mentions if I don't have time to acknowledge all of them.