Digital Marketing

Mar 18, 2010

Using Social Media to Build Out Inbound Links

There are many creative ways referred to as link-baiting to get people to link to you without you even having to ask. The easiest way to sum that up is engaging, original content. And there it is again, that word. Content. In the context of social networking, use a combination of a blog, article directories, press releases, Squidoo, Wet Paint, Hubpages, paid links and online charity donations. If you are surprised about the last item on that shopping list, you’re not alone. But it’s true: The “.org” status of charity sites is highly regarded by Google — and thus gets an almost immediate indexing to the search pages.
Here is a little insight into how a campaign is constructed and what results can be generated. Let’s assume you are trying to attract attention to your site and build dozens of relevant links in the process. Creating hundreds of new links is the whole point of a link-bait campaign. These campaigns are similar to PR campaigns where the quality of the content and the distribution list are the critical success elements.
Step 1: Research your market and develop content that is relevant to this audience. In many cases these articles launch on, which is visited primarily by young tech-savvy males. The choice of a catchy title that would immediately appeal to that target market is critical.
 Step 2: Create a page on the main site that looks like an ordinary article page. Use images where appropriate.
Step 3: Invite all your friends and colleagues, individually – not in a spammy email, to Digg the article. Start with our own personal and business networks and then expand to other acquaintances and friends-of-friends as much as possible. This is the hardest and most laborious part of the link-bait campaign. It can take hours to send out all the individual emails and chat notifications with the link embedded.
Step 4: Be patient and watch the Diggs grow and the traffic swell.
As you write your next blog posting, comment, article or press release, heed the words of the experts and don’t get too greedy. Follow a rule of thumb that you need only to optimize for one phrase per content item in these socially connected sites, and never have more than two outgoing links.
 It is generally agreed that the more outgoing links a web page or a press release has, the more diluted the effect becomes. With the second generation of websites, or “Web 2.0? social media, like MySpace and Facebook, are only relevant or applicable to some marketing strategies, and even then require startling creativity in order to make any difference. Choose your off-site content pages carefully. Not only could they be a misplaced marketing effort, but also the cost of maintaining such a site with up-to-date and relevant content can be exhausting.

Mar 8, 2010

Social Bookmarking More About Sharing Than Bookmarking

I have been in the SEO industry for more than 5+ years now. From what I have learnt from my experience, is that Social Media is the most aggressive tool in the internet marketing industry to gain web traffic in a short period of time. Most of the SEO experts refer to it as Viral Marketing with a mix of SMO, Social media marketing but popularly known as Social media optimisation.

I have often seen in most reputed companies based in the UK, they have social bookmarking experts who are assigned the job of bookmarking site details such as Title, Description, URLs and tags into most popular bookmarking site such as Delicious, Reddit, Stumble Upon etc.

Tis is no brainer,I believe it's the waste of technology or just stuffing or spamming these web 2.0 sites. Submitting your site details into these highly traffic generating websites is not enough. There are loads and loads of people doing it. But we should be more intelligent and smarter than others by making good use of these social engagement sites.

These are some tips below which you can use to promote your website through Viral Marketing:

1) Create full profile with real name on these websites. Submitting just the details required to bookmark sites for free is not enough. Create a profile where other members can easily get connected with you.

2) Along with bookmarking websites, it is also necessary to share these websites. Make friends, join groups of your industry and try to remain active in these sites as much as possible.

3) Create groups using most highly and relevant search term of your industry and invite your friends to join these groups.

4) Use your Gmail, Yahoo and other IM contacts in finding more people who are already using these web 2.0 sites. Also invite other friends in your contacts to join these websites which would help in networking as well as promoting their websites.

5) Instead of choosing just keywords such as "Social Bookmarking" as title choose "How Will Your Website Benefit Through Social Bookmarking". People like long phrases rather than just keyword stuffing.

Follow these simple steps and you will find a rather new look of Social Media Optimization.

I know its difficult to use these steps in all social bookmarking sites but you can easily try them in top 10 bookmarking sites of my choice.

1. Delicious
2. StumbleUpon
3. Propeller
4. Digg
5. Reddit
6. Furl
7. Mixx
8. Diggo
9. Twitter
10. Faves

You can also try some other sites that are popular as well as good traffic generating such as FaceBook, MySpace, Orkut, LinkedIn, Xing etc. These are social networking sites where you can communicate with people from your relevant industry as well as share your tips and strategies all together. This above tactics describe viral marketing in whole. Viral marketing is lot more creative and the person who is able to attract traffic with content can only survive in the viral marketing industry.

So if you don't have any experience in viral marketing then choose some established company that offers professional SMO services and helps your website in getting lots and lots of relevant traffic.

Try these 10 most popular social bookmarking sites to promote your website and I assure you that there will be gradual increase in your web traffic not too long.

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