Updated: June 12, 2018
Slack is a collaboration hub for teams. At Billionaire Blog Club we use Slack as a Communication tool. When you have pressing questions that you’re looking for a quick response to, Slack is the place to ask them.
When you join Billionaire Blog Club, you’ll receive an email from Slack with an invitation from Scrivs to join Slack.
Click that green button in your email and get started. You’ll create a Name and Password, accept terms & conditions and you’ll be greeted by Slackbot who will help you explore Slack.
Update Your Settings
Access your profile settings by clicking on the avatar that is next to your name in a channel.
Choose Open Account Settings.
Understanding Slack Notifications
Slack visually notifies you of new messages in a channel, messages you are tagged in and direct messages to you.
When a channel has a new message, you will see the name of the channel highlighted like this:
These highlighted “pinterest” and “random” channels tell me that there are messages posted there that I have not read yet.
If you are mentioned (someone uses your @username) in a channel, you will see a red notification next to the name of the channel you have been mentioned in:
You will get a similar notification if someone has direct messaged you:
That red number one next to Rachel’s name tells me that Rachel W has sent me a direct message. I can click on her name and see what she has to say. Direct messages are private and can only be seen by the people included in the direct message.
When you join Slack, jump in the introduction channel and say hi! Let us know what you’re blogging about and how far along you are in the process.
Join More Channels
When you join Slack, you are automatically added to some Channels:
Introduction: Your first stop as a newbie! Once you’ve introduced yourself, keep an eye on that channel to light up and welcome the other newbies!
General: Anything goes, ask questions, answer questions, let us know a cool blogging tip or trick you discovered.
Pinterest: Any and all Pinterest related questions. And/or comments. And/or whining related to Pinterest.
Monetizing: Mediavine, products, affiliate sales, get your burning questions answered in the monetizing channel.
Random: Random is well.. This sums up random:
You never really know exactly what will pop up in Random.
SEO: Alt tags, keywords and SEMrush, oh my!
Wins: And, best for last, visit the Wins channel often for inspiration and to post your own wins, too! Sometimes we have big wins like, “I got into Mediavine!”. Or, “I got a book deal!” (not an exaggeration, we just had that win recently). But we also love wins like, “Just got my first 100 pageviews!” This is the heart of Slack. You won’t believe how these people are really cheering for you and happy for your successes.
To join additional channels, click the Channels heading in the left sidebar and scroll through to find Channels that apply to you.
If you blog on one topic, you may find just one additional Channel to join. If you blog on multiple topics, you may want to join a few. These channels are mostly based on niche, so this is where you can commiserate with fellow bloggers in your niche. Ask for contributors to a round up post, let them know that you’ve discovered a great new tool that might help, give a heads up on a post topic that is doing really well for you. This is one of the places in BBC where collaboration happens.
There are additional private channels that you will not see in the list of Channels, but that you may want to join:
500-a-day - There is an ongoing challenge in BBC to help develop the habit of writing every day.
Members of this channel have challenged themselves to write 500 Words a Day and then head into the 500-a-day channel to report their success. This is a great group!
Group-Apps - Applying to group boards is one of the most tedious processes of blogging. In Group-apps you can split the misery among fellow BBC’ers and share any tips or any great group boards you may have gotten in to.
How to Send Messages
Interacting with Messages
If you hover over a message in Slack, you will see several options for interacting with that message.