7 Surefire Ways to Sabotage Your Platform & Trip Up Your Tribe Building

7 Ways to Sabotage Your Platform and Trip Up Your Tribe Building

1. Never follow people back on twitter (or unfollow them after they follow you back)–after all, they could be stalkers.

2. Only talk and tweet and post about yourself. That’s why people joined your tribe in the first place.

3. If someone comments on one of your blog posts, make sure you never visit their blog or even reply to their comment.

4. Join online tribe-building groups on Facebook, but only use those groups as a place to beg for comments on your posts or ask members to like your Facebook page.

5. Refuse to install widgets like Comment Luv–who cares whether or not your readers have a blog?

6. Join every link-up you can find–but don’t take the time to visit and comment on anyone else’s posts.

7. Never retweet, +1, share or pin someone else’s post. Why create competition for yourself?

What would YOU add to the list?

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Ooh! How do I set up CommentLuv? It’s been very helpful for me, so I’d love to install it on my blog…if only I knew how…good thing you’re coming to see me on Thursday! 😉
    Laura Melchor recently posted…That Was Then, This Is NowMy Profile

    • I’m not sure how it works on the free Word Press blog, but I’ll help you this weekend!

  • Amy

    I enjoyed reading this. Quite true. I have to admit I was naive at the amount of time I would spend reading in order to build my blog. It takes a lot of time! And I’ve read a lot of BAD stuff along the way. Grateful this is one place I can find good content!
    Amy recently posted…Why Doesn’t Anyone Prepare You for This??? For Women OnlyMy Profile

    • Ah, thank you, Amy! I, too, had no idea what I was getting in to–but, I’ve found a lot of good stuff and cool people out there! Now, if I were a movie star, I wouldn’t have to work at all…

  • yep – there are days when I em definitely less responsive and I figure karma will get me, but then I make up for it the next day :o) there are definitely a few strange twitter followers i don’t follow back though – creepy weird ones :o)
    Susan Maccarelli recently posted…Craigslist Chuckles: Strange And Hilarious Listings (Buffalo, NY)My Profile

    • I confess to having two people who follow me on twitter that I refuse to follow back…creepy profile photos and or twitter handles. They haven’t dumped me yet.

  • These are good reminders, and made me smile. I try to think of tribe building as just being decent friends to people you meet online.
    Although, um, I don’t know what Commentluv is or does. I am a luddite, who happens to blog. 🙂
    Beth recently posted…The Apple TreeMy Profile

    • What a great way to put it! Comment Luv is a widget that allows everyone to easily see if the person who left a comment has a blog–it makes it easier to be a ‘decent friend.’