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…
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.
- Post your request.
- 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.
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.Written by David Leonhardt
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