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Build Your Personal Brand by Blogging on LinkedIn

Blogging is one of the most powerful ways to demonstrate your subject matter expertise, and communicate something of your personality and good-fit qualities for the jobs you’re seeking ... that is, your personal brand.

But setting up and maintaining your own blog may not be a realistic endeavor for you. Fortunately, LinkedIn offers an excellent option to building your own brand: LinkedIn offers a long-form publishing (or blogging) platform known as LinkedIn Pulse.

Posts on LinkedIn Pulse

Using LinkedIn’s Pulse, you’ll reap many of the benefits of having your own blog, with almost none of the headaches typically involved.

To publish on LinkedIn Pulse, all you’ll have to do is:

  • Write interesting content on the topics you know,
  • Add a compelling title,
  • Proofread it well several times,
  • Post the content to Pulse and save it,
  • Add "tags" (at the very bottom of your article),
  • Hit “Publish” when you’re ready.

Bingo! You have published a post on LinkedIn.

Now share the post in your other social media accounts.

What’s so great about the Pulse platform?

Just like running your own blogsite, you’ll be building your personal brand ... demonstrating your subject matter expertise and thought leadership, and communicating your personality and good-fit qualities for the employers you’re targeting.

But also, because they’re on LinkedIn, your Pulse articles will draw people to your LinkedIn profile and keep you top-of-mind with your LinkedIn network. Each time you publish a new Pulse post, your LinkedIn network is notified. Since your network should include recruiters, hiring professionals and others at your target employers, the right people will be informed that you’ve published a new article.

Your most recent articles will show up at the top of your profile, which immediately:

  • Supports your personal brand and the claims you’ve made in your profile about your expertise.
  • Shows you have something to say about your industry and vocation.
  • Demonstrates that you’re up-to-date with social media, and know how to leverage LinkedIn.

Where to find the Pulse platform on your LinkedIn profile.

I’ve found that many people on LinkedIn are not aware that they can make use of the Pulse platform, and many don’t know how or where to access it.

Personal LinkedIn home page for Meg Guiseppi


In the above screen shot from my profile, you’ll see the “Publish a post” button directly below my name and photo. Look for and click on this button on your own profile, from “Home” in your profile navigation menu, along the top left of your profile. This takes you to a blank page on Pulse, where you can start writing.

I suggest that you compose the content in a Word or other word processing document, so that you can thoroughly proofread it before publishing. Don’t rely entirely on the Spell Check feature. Manually proofread the content several times, too.

Tips for writing posts on LinkedIn’s Pulse.

Maybe the biggest stumbling block for most people, aside from finding the time to write, is coming up with things to write about.

Choose the right topic for your brand

Here’s a good place to start: Your LinkedIn profile should include plenty of keywords and phrases relevant to the kinds of jobs you’re seeking. These typically represent your hard skills or areas of expertise. You should have these keywords in your Professional Headline, Summary section, Skills section, Experience section and throughout the content in your profile. Use these keywords as topics to write about.

Add visual appeal

Before posting your first article on Pulse, make sure you have a photo and Professional Headline on your profile that is optimized with relevant keywords for SEO. People will see them at the top of your Pulse articles and be encouraged to jump over to view your profile. For more information, see my article, Personal Branding: SEO for Your LinkedIn Headline.

Use relevant images or videos in your posts for visual appeal. Pixabay is a good, free resource for images, but there are many others.

Include some personal marketing

Include links in your posts to other Pulse articles, other online sources, or other articles you’ve written elsewhere.

Write a short biography (a paragraph or two) to go at the end of each of your posts. Include links to your other social media channels and your personal website, if you have one.

Post regularly

Try to publish a new post on Pulse once or twice a month, or more frequently when you can.

Publish your posts Monday through Friday, when most people are on LinkedIn. Experts have suggested that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are the best days.

Respond to (most) comments

Respond to everyone who leaves a comment on your post. EXCEPTION: I caution you NOT to respond to snarky or negative comments that add nothing to the conversation. It’s been my experience that this only encourages such people to continue their mean-spirited rants. Of course, it’s up to you if you want to engage these people.

Bottom Line

Although most Pulse posts seem to be 500 to 1,000 words in length, even writing posts that are only a few paragraphs long will benefit you. Create a blogging strategy and get in the habit of posting on Pulse as often as you can.

Source : http://www.job-hunt.org/


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