Have you heard of the new craze to buy your way to the top in social media. I call these gimmicks “Social Media Infomercials”. Check out some of my favorites listed below. The sad part is the before pictures and after pictures do not change that much like they do on TV, ( if you believe everything you see on TV). I think I would buy a product on an infomercial before I would go for one of these deals. (Note: I did not provide links to these sites, because I don’t want them getting anymore link juice than they currently have.
Buy Facebook Likes at a price of 10 for $.50.
Google Plus /+1
I was checking out some blog posts online and came across an add that said buy Google +1′s For $60.00 a month you can receive 5 Google +1′s per day.
For $10.00 you can have 35 Retweet Credits.
For $22.50 you can receive 10 blog comments for your own blog site.
Just like the infomercials on TV, if you want the facts, you will realize very quickly that you have to put in the work. One of the best ways I have found to get your site noticed on social media is to add personal comments. Not system, generated comments. Proper commenting carries a lot of weight and can improve the conversation quickly. Let me give you some examples.
Facebook – Likes are ok, but the next time you really like someone’s work, go ahead and do the following.
- Like the post and leave a comment, better yet
- Like the post, leave a comment and share it with your own set of friends
- Also, think about sharing the post on another site by sharing the link.
- Send a personal Facebook email and personally recognize someones work.
Google Plus / +1 Clicking a “Plus” or “+1″ a t on a website or Google+ is a nice gesture, but people should really look to
- leave a direct comment on the person’s post
- share it with their own circle of friends.
- send an email through gmail and personally recognize the person for their post
- also reconnect with them on another social media site like Twitter or Facebook. Often times blog writers will leave the same post on several social media platforms.
Twitter Retweet – There are many ways to recognize people on twitter. Here are some ways:
- Send a personal RT regarding the information contained in the tweet.
- If the tweet is really good, make it a favorite
- Leave a comment at the beginning of the tweet, just before the RT. Your comment will be easily seen
- Retweet the person”s tweet and add more friends to take note of this tweet
- Look up the sender and add the sender to one of your own lists of people to follow. This way the sender gets communicated that you have listed them and now, you will be able to see more of your favorite people
Blog Comments – This is by far one of the best ways to show you care.
- Leaving a comment on a blog site shows that you actually took the time to read the blog post and you want to recognize the person doing the writing on their turf.
- Blog posts remain on a person’s site forever. People can read your comments months and years into the future.
- If you have a question, typically the blog author will answer your question or will acknowledge your writing.
Adding phrases is more personable and helps improve the conversation. Increasing numbers are always nice to see, but when people take the time to write a few words, it really increases the quality of the conversation. It sounds a lot like a hand-written “Thank You” that has now been digitized.
Just some thoughts. If you have some insight to share on this subject, I would welcome your comments.