10 Easy Steps You Can Take Today To Achieve Social Media Stardom And Make Buckets of Money

If you’ve been paying attention these past few years, you know by now that the world is most definitely your oyster. Thanks to the game changing power of the Internet, you can disrupt markets, wear a sarong to work and never answer to a clueless boss again.

Sure, it may sound too good to be true. But trust me when I say that doubt will get you nowhere. On the other hand, the more you believe in yourself, the more others will believe in you.


10. Put everything you think and do into a list — if it’s not on a list, it’s not worth your time.

9. Promote yourself incessantly on Facebook and Twitter — how else will people grasp the incredible value of your personal brand?

8. Blog like a baller, using lists to organize your content and social channels to drive people to your content about blogging like a baller.

7. Don’t bother creating original content for your blog or your social channels — the name of the game is aggregation, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

6. Whenever you arrive in a new place, make sure to check in on Foursquare — if your followers don’t know where you are, you can’t influence their behavior.

5. Harvest every email address in your inbox and send these contacts a free email newsletter once a week that highlights the aggregated content you’ve made into lists.

4. When naysayers question you about your real world experience in social media, remind them that social is a world unto itself.

3. Soar with the eagles by attending conferences with other A-list bloggers and social media superstars — it’s not an echo chamber, it’s an awakening.

2. Appear in as many photos as possible that help showcase your commitment to social, and religiously share them on Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and Flickr.

1. Never use the term “social media douchebag” in public — those who need a bit of guidance (and an intro to best practices) are your best prospects and future bread and butter.

Well there you have it. Commit these simple steps to memory, or better yet print this page and tape it to your mirror. You have nothing to lose but your self respect.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I’m presuming you weren’t hoping to persuade social media gurus to pay for future AdPulp content. 

  2. Thanks for sharing these tips. Nowadays, if you want to advertise or market, the best place to go is the internet. Social networks are the best place to be found.

  3. sergio santana says:

    Funny but true!

  4. Steven Newlon says:

    While I agree with some of these tactics, social media is more than just media, it’s business, and any solid business needs a plan, including goals, and what metrics will define success. Having tons of Likes or Folllowers has limited intrinsic value to a business if they aren’t converting into advocates and paying customers. As this site http://www.bravematters.com/services/social-business/ points out, a presence on social media channels is simply that, a presence. 21st century marketing and social business includes a sound stately on how this all links to positive financial performance.