Why SocialSpark becoming so popular – my review

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. For those who are into blog monetization or pro blogging read on about this new website SocialSpark, brainchild of a company named Izea, because they got my vote on a couple of important features when joining programmes like this. Social Spark is becoming one of the most popular “paid to post” or “sponsored post” sites on the web. Bloggers can set their own price for reviews and then start earning decent amounts of money. I signed up a couple of days ago and the whole process was very easy and efficient. The website layouts were very well thought out with an easy flow to it, so from a total newbie to a seasoned blogger would find their way around, without feeling like your lost in a link jungle. I liked their signup forms, … Continue reading

Social Marketing vs Generic SEO – What’s The Difference?

There are many different methods of marketing your business website, on-line shop or e-commerce website, but for many business owners there seems to be a bit of confusion between what is considered generic back link building and what is a true social marketing campaign, and more to the point what is the aim of each marketing strategy? Different SEO and web marketing companies will of course employ different methodologies to promote a site and more often than not you get what you pay for so to speak. Equally there is bound to be a crossover in campaign strategies the debate of which could go on for months, but the purpose of this article is to highlight the key differences and aims of each type of campaign not what any single campaign should contain. Generic Search Engine Marketing Typically the aim of a generic search engine marketing campaign (SEM) is to … Continue reading

How to Level Up Quickly in Farmville

There are more and more people joining the ranks of FarmVille every day. No one can get enough of this game and there are plenty of reasons why. In FarmVille, you can get away from the noise and stress of everyday life. Just relax, plant some seeds, harvest some crops – not a bad way to spend an evening. And as you do this, you’ll naturally advance in levels over time. There may come a time, though, when you want to get a little more out of the game. Every time you move up a level, you unlock new seeds, decorations, and other discretionary items. This means that in order to get the most out of your FarmVille experience, you’ll have to level up quickly to unlock as many items and bonuses as you can. The Basics But how do you do this? There are several things to keep in … Continue reading

Top Ten Ways to Use Twitter for Marketing

Twitter is a micro-blogging site that asks you a basic question, “What are you doing?” It allows anyone with an account to write up to 140 characters in a text field as a means to update, comment, promote or communicate to others who are “following” you. When people follow you, they see what you’ve recently contributed when they login. They see your “tweets”, which are the messages you leave. Continue reading

Knowledge is power: what are social media backlinks really worth?

One of the fastest ways to build backlinks is to register on social media sites with high PageRank: Facebook, Xing, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ecademy, Twitter etc. These sites allow you to set up a user profile with information about you and your company, including a link to your website. The only catch is that not all of these sites’ links are ‘do-follow’ – which means your site will not always receive the ‘link juice’. Continue reading

Streamlining Your Social Web Presence in 6 Steps

By Deltina Hay (c) 2009 Following the advice of social media and Web 2.0 experts, you have established your own blog and joined a number of social sites, including Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LibraryThing, and Upcoming.org, among others. Now, the experts say you must add content to each of these accounts regularly to keep them dynamic. So, how’s this supposed to make your life easier? Relax. With some careful planning, you can streamline the process of keeping all of your Social Web accounts fresh and engaging without breaking your back or the bank. The trick is to make your social accounts work together. Most social sites use the concept of open source to make it easy for developers to write applications that enhance the features of the site. For our purposes, we will look at applications that can help us streamline our existing presence in the Social Web. … Continue reading

Heralding the death of non-social media

By Doug Schumacher Introduction Right before the end of the year, there was a strong backlash against marketing through social media channels. If you were working anywhere near social media, it was hard to miss: People said it doesn’t work. People said it doesn’t work as they’d like it to. And people said it may work, but it takes effort (my favorite). It was probably inevitable. There’s never been a more explosive media format than social media. As someone wrote on one of my newsfeeds, “Is there anyone out there who isn’t starting a social media company?” At any rate, backlash is practically street cred for the internet set. It’s right there in the arc of the internet’s growth. Personally, I have no question as to whether social media is a proper marketing channel for a company, and that’s because of one simple reason: In the very near future, all … Continue reading