November 21, 2014

Tag Archives: StumbleUpon

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 »

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 »

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 »

Guide to Networking for Social Media Marketers

I write frequently about the need for a strong network with social media marketing and blogging, however, I haven’t done much in terms of a detailed guide for why, how, and when to network. There’s plenty of available information online about networking for bloggers, but in general I feel that there is a lack of quality information about networking as ... Read More »

Avoiding Social Media Irrelevance

Social media is obviously a powerful method for attracting visitors to a website or blog, drawing links, and for gaining exposure in general. For these reasons, there are huge numbers of bloggers using social media in attempt to get some of that traffic for themselves. However, only a small percentage are successful in creating long-term results with social media. Many ... Read More »

7 Characteristics of an Effective Social Media Marketer

Social media marketing is part art and part science. It takes some creativity and an artistic side, but it also takes elements that tend to be more scientific, such as an ability to study particular social media audiences and what they like. In this post I’d like to look at the 7 characteristics that I have found to be the ... Read More »