If you are an avid user of social media and you are working to build traffic for your own website or blog with SMM, here are 10 tools to help make your work easier.
1 – Social Media for Firefox Extension
Submitting pages to social media sites can be a time consuming process. It can be frustrating when you find a great item that you want to submit, take the time to visit the social media site of your choice, and then you find that it has already been submitted. The Social Media for Firefox Extension helps you to save time by allowing you to check any page to see if it has been submitted to the major social media sites, and it so, how many votes it has received. All you have to do is click a button in your browser and you’ll quickly see the results, and it will even lead you to the appropriate pas to submit or vote at each site. Wasting time trying to submit stories is no longer necessary.
2 – StumbleUpon Toolbar
The toolbar and ease of use is what separates StumbleUpon from all the others. With the toolbar installed in your browser you can easily give a thumbs up or down to any page that you are visiting, plus there are tons of other features like sharing links with friends and stumbling the favorites of other users. Once you have the toolbar installed you’ll be ready to quickly build a strong profile while spending almost no extra time outside of your normal internet usage.
3 – Instant Messenger
If you are active with social media, you will most likely want to be able to share some of your favorite links with friends and allow them to do the same. With IM you can communicate easily with anyone anywhere. Some of the leading IM providers are Google Talk, AIM, MSN, Yahoo! Messenger, and AOL.
4 – Google Trends
By knowing what topics are currently generating the most attention you will be able to create content that is attractive to social media users. Google Trends is one of the best tools for tracking hot news. You can see charts and graphs of searches and you can even look back at the trends for a particular day in the past.
5 – Techmeme
Another tool for finding the hottest news. Techmeme tracks the recent headlines on anything tech-related. If your website or blog targets tech-savvy users, this is a great way to see what they may be interested in at the moment. You may also want to check out Tailrank, which is similar to Techmeme except that it doesn’t focus exclusively on any industry. Another useful site is popurls, which displays all of the top stories at major social media sites. Rather than needing to visit each one individually, you can get see the bigger picture at popurls.
6 – Shareaholic Browser Extension
Shareaholic is an extension that is designed to allow for easy interection with social media. It lets you easily submit or vote for pages that you are visiting, it includes a number of different social media sites, and you can even email pages to friends.
7 – Quality Hosting
If you hope to draw a large rush of traffic from social media, you will need to have a host that can handle quick surges. Media Temple offers the best combination of quality hosting and affordability. Their cutting-edge grid hosting service starts at $20 per month.
8 – Bookmark Manager
Active users of social media are bound to come across a number of pages that they will want to be able to find later. Bookmark managers make this easy. Additionally, bookmark managers can help you with you own marketing. When you come across a page that sparks an idea for you, bookmark and tag it accordingly. When you see an example of a great post title that you can learn from, bookmark and tag it. Del.icio.us is the most popular bookmark manager, but there are tons of other choices including Ma.gnolia and Furl.
9 – RSS Reader
Of course you’ll need an RSS reader to stay up-to-date with your favorite blogs and to be looking out for great content to submit to social media. My choice is Google Reader, but Bloglines and FeedDemon are also popular choices.
10 – Flock
Flock is a browser designed specifically for social media users. It adds the ability to interact with several social media sites right from the browser. You can also accomplish some of the same things with the extensions mentioned earlier in this post. Read TechCrunch’s review of Flock.
What Would You Add?
As a social media marketer, what other tools and resources do you use on a regular basis?