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Old 28th March 2011, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default Regarding Social Bookmarks...Has Anyone Thought Of This Idea???

I've social bookmarked several of my web site's pages on the top 25 SB sites just like most of us do. I want MORE than no juice SB links though. I want exposure, so I narrowed the list down to only the SB sites that enable voting which ultimately increases your bookmarks exposure. These are pretty much the top SB sites anyway;

Digg
Yahoo Buzz
StumbleUpon
Folkd
Mixx
Clipmarks

....these are the top six allowing voting if I'm not mistaken.

Now, I use Amazon's Mechanical Turk to get C2 content for my web site, but I thought....why not use it to jack up the votes for all my bookmarked web pages and article promos? Too bad Turk doesn't allow you to do this and removed my HIT after I got about 50 Diggs apiece on the two Diggs I placed the order on.

Digg articles with 200+ Duggs get a lot of exposure and the same can be said with heavy voted for links/articles/bookmarks at the other SB sites I've listed. My Digg experiment crashed quick (I didn't read the Turk's terms before I tried it, but I had a feeling they would slap me since they removed a simple poll survey HIT a month ago) ...whatever though, I got 100 diggs out of it and it only cost me 5 bucks.

ANYWAY....why can't our forum community create threads dedicated to each SB site with all of us submitting our profile URL and item to Digg, Stumble, Vote Up or Buzz???

This would allow us to jack up the exposure of all our SB's easily and at no cost. I figure the benefit v.s. time spent ratio is too good to not do it.

Anybody see a downside to this? This idea just popped into my head....not sure if we could pull this off around here or not. Is this something most forums would say "NO WAY" to it's members doing??

There would be some things to iron out to make it effective. Rules or guidelines to go by I guess... like when new members subscribe to one of the threads, they would only receive votes from the users they actually took the time to vote for. This way, a newbie to the thread couldn't just post his URL and BM title without voting for anyone in the thread and expect to get votes.

A simple comment with your forum user name on the SB site after you vote would be all we would need to verify once we get the email notification of a new thread post. The idea would be that everyone will vote for people who have voted for them without being obligated to vote for everyone in the thread as the list grows.

It sure would be nice to have all our key bookmarks in the top and most popular section of each SB site. What up about this???

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Old 28th March 2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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Hey, cnich007. You are not the first to come up with the idea, and that means that these sites are already familiar with strategies like you describe. For example, see this article from 2008 about Digg addressing group voting.

Digg cracks down on group voting
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13515_3-9857222-26.html

The simple problem with your scenario is that it creates an unnatural pattern of voting by the same people over and over. Any time you considered manipulating/gaming a system you should realize they have an enormous amount of data to establish what is normal.

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Is this something most forums would say "NO WAY" to it's members doing??
Probably, most forums are not going to want to have their reputation associated with "gaming" another site.

Two cents ... spend your time working on quality content and your creativity and efforts will be better spent versus trying to figure out how to get ahead by scheming the system. In the end, something that games the system will eventually lose out where as if you do things "right" it will work for the long run.

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Old 28th March 2011, 10:08 PM   #3
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Interesting read, thanks for "digging" that out from a few years back. I do focus on content, I have an SBI site and they preach high quality, originally spun content to us constantly. I'm 25 pages deep after 10 weeks of work, but I can't help but brainstorm ways to accelerate the process. I understand it's a long road to hoe before the real profits roll in though. I work 10hrs+ 7 days a week....the work is endless.

Anyways, thanks for the feedback Logan. What you said makes sense and the article helps put the whole concept into perspective.

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Old 29th March 2011, 06:53 AM   #4
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Hey cnich007..
I think the concept that you need to execute by others can be done by yourself. Why don't you try creating different profiles and digg or stumble or like the posts that you post from a single account? Surely, this would be tiresome task but this can be a considerable option.
But still, your content can decide a lot. Share others' bm and others may share yours.

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Basically, this is another type of reflexive marketing and Olivia has a point: you can do it by yourself. However, you should observe the limits of such a strategy: this would be a promotion inside very specific niches with... very specific (and narrow!) results.

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As I always say, Good content equals to more customers or conversions. You can't beat good content. Every good company has it and every bad company wants it.

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