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Dimbler for Content Promotion

If you are not using Dimbler to promote your content, you should be. This is a simple, scrappy little tool that will help you promote your blog posts, articles, videos – whatever content you create, through…

  • FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

The concept is very easy to grasp. It’s based on the age-old principle of “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” It is even easier to use, with a simple two-step process.

  1. Post your request.
  2. Respond to your friends’ request.

Setting up Dimbler

Before you can use Dimbler, you do need to sign up for a free account. That’s as simple as it is anywhere.

And you will need to have some friends. I suggest that you click on the “Recent” tab and add those people who you see have recently been active. In most cases, they will friend you back. You can see anybody’s stats quite easily; for example, here are mine: http://dimbler.com/user/amabaie

You might also invite friends who already support your submissions sometimes. Why bother if you already support each other? Well, with one posting you can have several friends give you a boost in four social sites, rather than having to send several Twitter Direct Messages (for example) for just one of those social sites.

Using Dimbler

Once you are set up, you are ready to go. The posting form at the “Submit” tab is simple, as you see here in this screenshot:

The fields are all pretty self-explanatory. You don’t need to fill them all in. If you want help only with Digg and Twitter, you don’t need to fill in the StumbleUpon field, for example. A number of people don’t ask for FaceBook likes.

Once you have made your request, go to the “Following” tab to see what your friends have posted. You just click on each link to support them

Drawbacks of Dimbler

Are there any drawbacks to this tool? Not really, but there are a couple weaknesses .

The first is that too few people are using it. The value of Dimbler is that it saves time: One posting leads to several people supporting. If you have ten active friends, it is more useful than if you have five. Twenty is better than ten.

At the time of writing, I have 26 friends, but only a handful are active.

The other weakness is that some people post Tweet requests that don’t include a URL or an RT account. If they don’t include a URL, what’s the point? And if they don’t include an RT account, am I really willing to tweet their content as if it was mine? This has been less of an issue of late; I think the Example: RT @twitterusername Article Title – http://su.pr/1234 you see in the form above was added and cut down on malformed tweet requests.  Or it might be that those people doing it wrong were not getting results and just left.

In summary, Dimbler is a very handy tool for promoting your website’s content across a the top four social sharing platforms. If you decide to join, please feel free to friend me at http://dimbler.com/user/amabaie and we will share some great content together.

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5 Responses to “Dimbler for Content Promotion”

  1. Gerald Weber (5 comments) Says:

    Nice review David.

    Dimbler is pretty awesome! Like you said the only drawback I see is not a huge number of people using it. There are over 200 registered users, but like you said only a handful of them are active. Hopefully people talking about it like your post here will help change this.

  2. Cindy Lavoie (1 comments) Says:

    Dimbler looks great — think I’ll try it. Want to be my friend? :)

    Thanks for the tip!

  3. Steve (11 comments) Says:

    Thanks for mentioning this service as I have been active for 3 weeks after getting an email from MyBlogGuest but the weakness of not being too active is accurate. I have one of the best ratings for sharing of all the members that I have looked at but did see some renewed interest this week. Thanks

  4. George (2 comments) Says:

    Hi,
    I just registered with dimbler after reading this post and am waiting for the initial results…hope that it works even with the limited number of users..

  5. Kert (1 comments) Says:

    WorkForFavor.com is another site with the same concept.

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