While taking an impromptu blogging break last week, I did decide to spend some time with both LinkedIn and MyBlogLog. Both services/sites seem like they have 'some potential', I'm just not sure what it is.
And it's funny because almost everyone I talk to about LinkedIn says that very thing. That they think there is SOMETHING to LinkedIn, but they aren't sure what that 'something' is, or how to utilize it. In my case, I see where some of my contacts have 500+ contacts, and I think that they must know something I don't, and stick with it.
I did go through and add several people I know online to my contacts list last week, and will continue to do that. But I noticed that you have the ability to 'recommend' people that you have worked with. So I thought that it only makes sense to go through my contact list and leave recommendations for the bloggers that I know and admire their work. Kinda hard to know exactly what to say sometimes so that you hit on your contact's high points and make sure you detail their strengths to others. I'm going to keep trying to add more contacts and recommendations this week, and I wanted to specifically thank Toby and Lewis for recommending me over the break!
And I definitely need to overhaul my profile, so I won't even get into that yet. I did notice that some people had set up links within their profiles, and I tried to do the same with simple HTML coding, but couldn't get it to work.
I also see potential for MyBlogLog, but aren't sure how to tap it either. I absolutely LOVE that it puts a human face to your blog's visitors! That alone is worth learning more about the service. And I noticed that they have added your blog's feed to it's page. For example, here's the page for The Viral Garden. It shows the blog's feed, community members, newest members, and who has visited the blog recently. I don't see an area for members to leave comments, or maybe I just don't have any yet. Then again, there are messages on my profile page, so maybe that's the only place to leave them.
So here's what I need from you:
1 - If you have figured out how to tap into the potential of LinkedIn, please explain to me what I am missing. What are your tips for writing better profiles, and what benefits have you seen from your presence on the site?
2 - If you have figured out how to tap into the potential of MyBlogLog, please explain to me what I am missing. Do I need to be joining more communities? Leaving more comments? What are you doing to use MyBlogLog to grow your own community?
That's it, and I think you can really help the rest of us that are asking these same questions, because I can see great community-building elements to both sites.
UPDATE: Mario posts at LinkedIn's blog about how consultants can use LinkedIn to grow their business. Perfect!
Tags:The Viral Garden, Marketing