10 Important Rules for Social Networking for Health


1) Update Your Content on a Regular Basis

It is not enough to just write quality content. You must write and post often and with purpose. This ensures that your past and new visitors keep coming back for more.


2) Add attractive pictures
People love pretty images. There is nothing worse than reading long content without any breaks for visuals.




3) Have commitment

It’s better to not have a social media account at all than to have one that is not used properly. Try to log in everyday. If you can build a habit of writing every day, awesome. Quite simply, the more useful content you have out there, the better your chances of readers finding your blog. Even if you can’t write every day, aim to post often and regularly so readers will keep coming back for more and you can build a loyal audience basecommitment


4) Engage your audience by asking and answering questions

Asking your followers a question is the best way to engage them (and get some valuable information in the process.).


5) Always respond, engage, thank, and build relationships with your followers.

When someone sends you a  comment and you don’t reply, it’s akin to ignoring a person in real life. Responding is not only the polite thing to do, but it will give you a good opportunity to interact with your fans or critics – which is the whole point of social media networking



6)  Respond calmly to comments and  feedbacks

Even if someone is being appallingly rude, irrational or annoying, be calm and polite.

don't fight




7) Try to post for different purposes


8) Pay attention to grammatical and spelling errors

Make sure to pay  enough attention to grammar and spelling



9) Write a complete bio and post your picture

People trust people, not default profile images. Use a real picture of yourself and infuse your unique personality into your bio. This generates interest and encourages people to not only follow you but relate to your passions and keep an eye on your posts.



10) Never be too private



One thought on “10 Important Rules for Social Networking for Health

  1. I find myself wondering how might these rules be the same or different in the health world? Like #10, would this be different if you were a physician or policymaker or representative of a health organization? Seems like physicians are required to keep some things about their views, related to specific patients, private. And health can be very private for people, particularly if they are afraid that health insurance companies might take advantage of their openness to penalize individuals. This is getting harder with recent policy changes around pre-existing conditions, but people still have a lot of reason to be wary of being overly public with stigmatized conditions. What should those people do? How might this advice be used practically by real people?

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