September 21, 2014

Tag Archives: digg

7 Factors to Separate a Good Niche Social Media Site from a Bad One

Throughout a number of posts on this blog I've written about niche social media sites and their potential to be an excellent source of traffic for blogs. The idea behind niche sites as opposed to major social media sites like Digg, Reddit and StumbleUpon is that the visitors you receive from niche sites will be far more targeted, and generally higher quality traffic. Because the niche sites focus on content that relates to a particular topic, the visitors that arrive at your site should have more of an interest in your blog and will be more likely to come back in the future. Read More »

9 Reasons to Build a Strong Social Media Profile

On the subject of social media marketing you'll often read that it's important to be an active part of the social community and to work on building a strong profile for yourself. Sometimes it's assumed by those who are new to social media that the primary or sole reason for this is to submit or vote for your own content. While this can be one reason for building a profile, it's far from the only benefit. In this post I'd like to take a look at 9 potential reasons to build your profile. It's unlikely that all will apply to you, but hopefully when looking over this list you'll see that a strong profile can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Read More »

Niche Social Media Sites and Voting Buttons: A Powerful Combination

Social media voting buttons are commonly found on blogs, especially buttons for sites like Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and recently for Yahoo Buzz. While these buttons can help to increase the number of votes with these sites, and number of visitors as a result, the effectiveness of voting buttons from niche social media sites is generally underappreciated. Read More »

35 Must-Read Articles for Social Media Marketers

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As an active social media user and marketer, I'm always interested in learning new things to improve my knowledge and abilities. This is a collection of some of the best articles that I've found on a variety of topics related to social media.

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50 Ways to Use Social Media, Listed by Objective - Web-Strategist 5 Steps to Become a Better Social Media Marketer - Daily Blog Tips How to Set Up a Domino Effect of Traffic - Vandelay Design How to Go from Nothing to 550,000 Social Media Visitors in One Month - ViperChill How to Target the Right Social Media Sites - ProBlogger How to Promote Yourself on Social Sites Without Actually "Promoting Yourself" - SearchRank Relationship Building - 6 Tips for Working in Social Media - SEM Clubhouse Top 10 Reasons Why SEOs Fail On Social Media - SEO 2.0 Top 10 Reasons Why Great Content Fails On Social Media - SEO 2.0 6 Social Media "No-Brainers" You Shouldn't Forget - Cape Cod SEO Social Media Optimization: Submit It, But Don't Forget It - Search Engine Land Read More »

SMM: Big Impact with Less Time

The most common reason I hear for bloggers or online marketers not using social media to promote their work is that it takes too much time. With hundreds or thousands of social media sites out there it can seem impossible to have any sort of impact without spending several hours each day. The truth is, social media can be a huge consumer of your time, or it can require just a small amount on a consistent basis. It's very possible to use social media sites only in small doses and still reap the benefits, you just need to have a plan for the time that you are spending and you need some discipline to stay away from distractions that seem to be everywhere. Read More »

Should Your Social Media Profiles Be Anonymous?

Anonymous One subject that I've never touched on in a blog post is the decision of linking your social media profiles to your blog. I'm not necessarily talking about creating a link that people can click on (although that's involved in some cases) as much as I'm talking about making it obvious for onlookers to know that your social media profile is associated with your blog. For example, my Mixx profile is vandelay, my del.icio.us profile is vandelaydesign. In both cases it's not to difficult for anyone who cares to notice that those profiles are associated with my primary blog, Vandelay Design. Read More »

20 Firefox Extensions for Social Media Addicts

If you're an avid social media user, Firefox has all kinds of add-ons that can save you time and open up new opportunities. This list includes some that are specifically related to a particular social media site and others that are more general or usable for a number of different sites. Find a few that you like and give them a shot. Read More »

How Much Social Networking is Too Much?

Social Media Marketing is obviously a common way for bloggers to generate some exposure for their own work. But at the same time, if the time that you spend using social media is not limited, it's possible to spend all of your time doing things that will not directly bring results to your blog. Before I get into this post, it should be noted that I'm approaching this subject from the perspective of a blogger who is primarily using social media as a means to generate traffic and make connections with other bloggers. For many people social networking is entertainment or a leisure activity, not a business. If that's your goal with social media or blogging, I'm not suggesting that you're wasting your time with Facebook or Twitter, rather, I'm approaching it from a the perspective of a blogger who wants the benefits of social networking , but still needs productivity and time management. Read More »

Social Media Marketing: Success Breeds More Success

It's a simple concept, but one that is often overlooked. Having success with a specific social media site, or with social media in general, will make it more likely that you'll have success again in the future. A well-targeted social media campaign will attract subscribers as they find your post through social media. With each subscriber you gain through social media, you'll make it just a bit easier on yourself to get another vote in the future. That "extra" vote makes it more realistic for you to draw more visitors to another post, and those visitors will hopefully convert into more subscribers. And the cycle goes on. When it comes to social media sites and voting, some of your votes will come from visitors of the social media sites themselves (for example, someone seeing your submission on the "upcoming" page at Digg), some will come from random visitors to your website, some may come from requests/shared links, and many will come from your subscribers. And obviously, the more subscribers you have, the more opportunities you have to get votes from subscribers. Read More »

A Small Blogger’s Guide to Social Media Marketing

The biggest challenge for small bloggers is simply getting exposure to new readers. In many cases the quality of content is good enough to catch the attention of visitors, but first it needs to get the exposure and just simply be seen. Social media can provide tremendous exposure in a short amount of time (with little or no financial investment), ... Read More »