I’m sure most of you must have read the stories that how one of the webmaster/blogger got thousands of linkbacks and tons of traffic that his web host crashed completely. The reason they flaunt is that one of their blog posts got featured on Digg homepage or how Stumbleupon community has embraced them. However, this keeps you wondering that why and how this isn’t happening to you and your blog.
The reason is pretty simple and that is those people invest their time in socializing with people on those social bookmarking sites. They spend time to be friend with them and they digg and stumble for them at regular intervals. Now the question arises that how can this be done slightly quickly and in a much organized way.
Here’s what I do to ensure that I can make friends from these social networks
1. Add people on your IMs – There are socially active people on these networks who share their email address or IM address and accept the invitations as their main purpose is to make friends with people. Find those people and add them on your IM. Create a new group and keep all those people on their and you will have a good network of friends who’ll be happy to digg/stumble for you, if you are ready to reciprocate.
2. Focus on one network at a time – Try to find as many as people and add them. There are top digg users who are ready to share their tips and tricks. Follow what they say, add new stuff regularly on these networks and that will help you in making your profile stronger and as your profile will become stronger, you’ll find that you’ll have better network of friends to help you in digg or stumbles.
3. Finding the contacts quickly – One may ask the question that how is one supposed to access the profiles quickly enough and then find if they have mentioned their email or IM address or not. Well, its holiday season, so I’ll share a quick tip with all of you. In order to find out those people, simply click on this link and it will show you the email address of those who have shared there email address.
4. Join the forums – There are many forums on blogging. Kevin’s Blogging Tips forum is one of the place where you can find more and more bloggers, who are interested in sharing digg and stumbles etc. Apart from that you can also find out various Google and Yahoo Groups, who actively share digg and stumbles or any other social bookmarking site.
Isn’t that like gaming the system?
Yes, it is and there is certainly nothing wrong in that too. Honestly, I feel that no matter how hard you try to game something, it won’t really make any difference to others who are not in part of this game. If they won’t like the story that you are trying to promote they won’t let it reach the main page or won’t make it popular.
However, if your story/blog post is good enough and attracts people then surely it will get the definite attention that it deserves. Apart from that, I agree with the point of Alex and feel that people like you and me are the ones who make these websites popular and if we reap any benefit out of it (that too only for genuine and deserving posts) then there should be no harm.