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Old 22nd April 2008, 04:52 AM   #11
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Don't really put any time into social networking sites.

However, participating in other forums has produced sales.
I agree in you. But I believe an instance Social networking is setting off to best advantage in the internet marketing industry

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Old 7th May 2008, 12:32 AM   #12
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I'm going to jump in here and include forums in social media. Forums are a great way to meet people and assess if someone is knowledgeable on a subject. I have found all kinds of indirect benefits from a forum where I have over 2,000 posts, and it's the people who don't post but read my posts that tend to seek me out. Sharing knowledge is good karma in my opinion.

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Old 2nd June 2008, 01:25 PM   #13
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I would have to agree that depending on your business it might be time better spent if you focus on certain sites. Like I said though it might depend on what type of business you have.

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Old 6th June 2008, 04:45 PM   #14
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On Linkedin, for example, I've been working the past 6-8 months or so at building my network, answering questions, etc...but not sure if anything has come from it.
The problem with using linkedin as a platform for sales is that no one is really there to buy anything. The only purpose I have found linkedin useful for is Affiliate marketing, or just gathering knowlege from colleagues in my field.

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Old 15th June 2008, 11:41 PM   #15
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Social networking sites have created huge traffic for me, but there is definately an art to it. You can post broadcasts to let people know you have updated a business blog or whatever, but the key with them is establishing a relationship FIRST with people on them.

All too often I have seen people barge in and telling the world on those sites that they have great content. Be patient, help people out in there and in turn they will listen.

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Old 16th June 2008, 08:52 AM   #16
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They work in some cases. My replacement window blog has a hard time with votes since the topic does not appeal to most people. On the other hand my green blogs will actually get a few votes/page views.

Recently there has been a flood of niche social sites that might be a better solution for people with content that does not appeal to everyone. A fair percentage of your traffic will come from other people/sites that are in the same niche and this gives you a chance to network as you see fit.

Two weeks ago I set up a home improvement digg type of site and most of my traffic is from Google. It's almost gives your site a second chance if people do not find it when they google your keywords.

Another benefit is the links from Google and MSN, links from a relevant site will add up and help your PR/SERP's.

If you are looking for niche sites check out the forums at pligg(dot)com where webmasters will list their new sites. You can also Google the software title and your niche and visit each site that shows up.

*If you join a small social site feel free to suggest new categories, most webmasters are more than happy to expand their categories to attract loyal visitors.

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Old 17th June 2008, 08:11 PM   #17
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It seems like TM has become a big part in our ad life!

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