Comradez for social bookmarking
If you plan to promote your website and it’s great content through social bookmarking and other social media, you probably fall into two camps:
- You submit every blog post and every article to each of 5, 10, 20 or more social bookmarking websites. Then you leave…and show up the next time to repeat the process. If so, you typically get a single vote (your own), driving no traffic and creating negligible ripples in the search engine rankings.
- You submit your own content, you make friends and submit their content, you vote for and comment on others’ submissions and become an active member of the community. If your content is good and you are a consistent friend to others, you are probably building a following and incrementally increasing your traffic. You are also probably gaining a lot of reasonably valuable links for the search engines to include in their ranking of your website.
If you fit into the latter category, there is a fairly new service available that will help you reach a wider audience: Comradez.net.
Comradez is a social community of people who want to boost exposure to their submissions at various social bookmarking websites. It works on what I call a non-binding reciprocity basis, which I like.
- Reciprocity, because if you ask people to vote up your submissions, you are expected to do the same for others.
- Non-binding, because nobody is checking who votes for whose submissions, so you are free to vote for the ones you like and not to vote for those you don’t. (Sorry, if I think the submission is crap, I don’t vote for it).
People are organized into groups. For instance, if you join the StumbleUpon group, you can ask folks to ThumbsUp your blog post or article. In the Digg group, you can ask people to digg your submission. This is just one more way to reach other serious users of the same social bookmarking service, and expand the number of votes your submission is likely to get. Remember that success in most things is a matter of having good substance and letting people know about it.
A few tips on how to use Comradez.
- Fill in your complete profile. This is the kind of place where people check you out to see what other opportunities there might be for collaborations. Those opportunities might be guest blog post, submitting your content for you, link exchange, joint venture, etc.
- Give first. Like every social website, the number 1 rule is give first, then ask. If you are about to ask for a Mixx or a Reddit, check out other people’s Mixx or Reddit requests. Remember that you don’t have to vote for something you truly don’t like. And you shouldn’t. Trading votes is in fact against the terms of service of most of these websites.
- When you post a request for support, tell us what the title and/or topic is. Why? Because if I see a few dozen requests in several groups I belong to, and four of them give me an idea what they are before I click, I am more likely to click on them and ignore the other 20 requests. It’s a pretty well-proven principle that “click here” (or in this case “please Digg”) is much less effective than giving people a reason to click. See samples below.
- Make sure to thank the people who mentioned that they supported you. This is networking, and in all such situations people like to be appreciated.
- If you are worried about getting banned on Digg or any other service, you will be comforted to know that all links posted links Comradez automatically convert to bit.ly links. This includes diggbar and su.pr links. So all the social bookmarking site sees as a referrer is a bit.ly link. You can also delete your post after members finished voting it, if you wish
Comradez should not be your only tool to expand your exposure. Most social bookmarking websites have internal share tools, so you can share with the network you build up. You should also use Twitter and/or FaceBook. You should also make it easy for people to vote for your content right from your blog or article pages (We offer a free tool to make this easy: TheBookmarketer). Comradez is a handy service that should also be part of the mix.Written by David Leonhardt
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