5 Very Good Reasons to Get Off of Social Media for a Few Days

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5 Very Good Reasons to Get Off of Social Media for a Few Days

Blogging and social media go hand by hand. If you have a blog, but you don’t have a social media presence, then you are missing out a lot of traffic, readers and subscribers.

However, internet marketing isn’t just social media.

There are other things that you need besides tweeting, adding likes or updating your timeline.

Those things are exactly the topic of this post.

In the below paragraphs you are going to read five very good reasons why you should step away from your social media accounts every now and then.

Keep reading to discover some very important marketing components that you shouldn’t neglect if you want to really see results from your blogging efforts.

 

1. Do Some Guest Blogging


When it comes to conversion rates, social media doesn’t perform all that well.

Yes, you might get someone to buy a product via a tweet. The problem with simply tweeting however is that the person who sees the message most probably isn’t looking for that specific thing. It just shows up in their stream.

On the other hand when you are doing a Google search with the name of that product, then you certainly have some interest in trying it out, which is why you should pay attention to the search engines.

And guest blogging as you know is a great way to improve your SEO rankings. Additionally, getting your name seen on some really high-ranked blogs is a great way to gain recognition and connect with new folks in your niche.

I’ve been invited many times to guest post for blogs of friends, and in this page you can check the list

 

2. Focus on Your Content


focusAlthough content isn’t king, it is still the backbone of any blog. Content is the reason why people visit your blog.

Blogs are not like a standard sites, where people go to look for a service, a tool or to download a song.

So, if your posting schedule is infrequent, you shouldn’t be surprised by low traffic numbers.

You should be aware that how often you post is decisive for how much traffic and engagement you will receive.

But then again when it comes to content there are those days when you can write like two articles and there are also those times when you are struggling to put up 200 words.

That is why leaving social media for some time in favor of your blog might prove highly beneficial.

By doing so you guarantee yourself a whole day with your only task being writing. And it’s definitely easier to get going when you don’t have to think about a whole lot of unrelated things that need getting done.

I find myself comfortable in posting one article per week. Right now I have content scheduled for 5 weeks in advance.

How can you do the same? Simple. Just get off social media every now and then!

 

3. Catch Up On Pending Work


Replying to your emails, working on freelance assignments, completing a sponsored post.

It’s indeed very important to quickly get back to people’s requests and business tasks.

In order to get going with your work, simply just forget about social media for a day, and you will complete plenty of assignments!

 

4. Work On Your Call to Actions


call-to-actionOkay, you might be quite happy with the social media traffic you are getting. Yes, the same type of traffic, that as I mentioned, doesn’t convert too well.

And there comes the question: is traffic really the most important blogging figure?

Let’s take a look at an example:

We have two blogs – blog A and blog B:

Blog A gets 300 daily visits on average. Since blog A has the right call to actions in place, they convert at least 5-10 of their readers into subscribers every day, plus they make a sale or two per week.

Blog B on the other hand receives over 30,000 monthly visitors or 1,000 per day. Problem is it isn’t well optimized. The blog lacks call to actions to tell people what to do after they read an article. That results in 1-2 subscribers every couple of days and a sale or two once a month. 

In that situation which of the two you’d pick? I guess we all know the answer!

It’s a good practice to take a few days off from social media to create some good call to actions, instead of staying there, getting the same traffic, but seeing the same rather poor conversion rates.

 

5. Reply to Comments


Why should you care about getting comments?

Although they might not directly influence your blog’s performance, blog comments can certainly work in your favour.

How much interaction your writing brings to the table can be even more important than the amount of social sharing that it receives.

Think about it!

The simplest thing you can do is click the like button or retweet the post via one of the buttons installed on the blog. Unlike sharing the post, if you want to leave a comment that will get approved, you need to actually read the article and take a couple of minutes to write something meaningful.

And your readers know the difference! The simple fact that the process takes more time makes it more valuable.

An added bonus from getting more comments is that some will also read those after they finish with the article. That means they will spend longer time on your site, which will make for a better chance for them to click on a link and hopefully convert either into subscribers or into buyers.

So how does replying to comments help you?

  • Firstly if you take the time to answer everyone’s comments, you will get double the comment count.
  • Secondly when people see that you are actually responding, they will be more inclined to come and share their thoughts once again.
  • And thirdly, in your replies you can ask questions, which will bring even more comments your way.

So if you have a ton of unreplied comments, there’s no better time to quit social media for a while and start replying them now.

 

Final Words


Hope you enjoyed this unusual post.

Now it’s up to you.

 

Are you going to get off social media for a while and focus on something else?

What’s your relation with social media?

Please share your views in the comments below, thanks!

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Bernie Sanders is Partially Right (and very conservative) When it Comes to Pharmaceuticals

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No, this is not an endorsement by any stretch of the imagination. Bernie Sanders would destroy this country as President. However, his perspectives on pharmaceuticals are close to being correct and are so far to the left that they nearly swing back around to the right.

When Obamacare was first announced, there was something in it that actually made sense to me from a conservative perspective. As a country, we’ve allowed pharmaceutical companies to hold hostage the life-changing (and often life-saving) drugs that power the health care industry by giving them protections that pretty much eliminate innovation.

Many Republicans would counter this argument and say that the protections they are given are due to the need to keep them competitive and give them incentives to continue to innovate. More on that in a moment, but first it’s important to clarify the “conservative” classification.

What most people don’t realize is that the far, far left and the far, far right are often closer to each other than they are to the middle. The scale is viewed as a straight line when in reality it’s a nearly complete circle with a gap between the far right and far left. There are times when the very liberal and the very conservative are inches away from having the same basic ideas.

Bernie Sanders is as far to the left as any of the candidates get. His ideas on pharmaceutical companies are so liberal that they’re almost truly conservative. From his perspective, people should be allowed to buy drugs from Canada, Germany, and other places where the costs are considerably less for the same pills.

Again, the defense for this has always come in the form of promoting scientific creativity and innovation. This “conservative” principle states that in capitalism, innovations can be made because the companies are incentivized to make them. They advance the science of pharmaceuticals with the hope of generating profits. On the surface, this makes sense. Digging a little deeper and we can see that real innovation can only happen when there’s a truly open market. Only with true capitalism can the real innovations happen.

Here’s why this is the case. Today, the protections given to pharmaceutical companies allows them to charge much more than a real market value would dictate. In an open market, the companies would be competing against foreign drug suppliers and their profits would decrease. Before anyone points to profits decreasing as being a bad thing, it’s important to note two important facts:

  1. Drug companies aren’t making a little money. They making tons of it to the tune of $ 45 billion last year for five companies alone.
  2. The “innovation” investments are minimal compared to the sales and marketing investments. In other words, more money is spent selling old drugs than discovering new ones.

One the surface, any conservative would balk at the idea of lifting the legislation that protects these companies from outside competition because they would lose profits. In reality, a truly conservative mindset would demand that they have minimal government interaction other than oversight for safety.

We have to make the pharmaceutical industry a truly open market that competes on the world level. This will make it a numbers game for bulk rather than profitability quality. In other words, they would be forced to innovate and discover new treatments in order to keep their profit levels high when the costs of individual drugs drop.

A perfect example of this is malaria. There have been cures available for decades, but it has never been as profitable to protect millions of people in Africa when there can be much higher profit margins made helping wealthier Americans quit smoking or fight depression. I’m not trying to downplay any health-oriented needs nor am I suggesting that the United States has to innovate to save the world. I’m suggesting that in an open market, treating millions in need of life-threatening ailments can be a focus that still generates profits while allowing everyone, Americans included, to receive the benefits of such an open market.

In this scenario, it would mean that the pharmaceutical companies would still be able to make huge profits. Instead of investing into sales and marketing to cater to an American market, they would have to focus on drugs that helped the world market. This would lower drug costs for Americans, increase the need and the resources for innovations at the pharmaceutical companies, and expand our technological and scientific reach to other countries.

Right now, the industry is focused on high-dollar drugs rather than high-importance drugs. They are playing on the needs of Americans who have to pay for the drugs rather than expanding their operations and improving their own sciences. In an open market, as both true conservatives and hardcore liberals like Bernie Sanders push for in this arena, literally everyone wins other than the pharmaceutical companies and they don’t necessarily lose. It just means they’ll have to work harder to keep their profit numbers so high.

He might not want his supporters to know it, but Sanders is pretty close to be a capitalist conservative when it comes to pharmaceutical companies.

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