Smarter Social Marketing

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I will not forget you
.”
– William Arthur Ward

It feels like school all over again. When one steps away from the familiar and into the unknown, learning is a given. Over the past year and a bit I’ve joined the Facebook fray, started several Twitter accounts, built a blog, and started learning how to promote my online presence. Not bad for a self-confessed techno-phobe. But I didn’t do it alone; I had great help.

When I posted on a question on a freelance forum about how to promote a new blog, I certainly wasn’t expecting this encouraging and pertinent response:

You can share links on Stumbleupon, Digg, Reddit, Yahoo! Buzz, Google Buzz, Netvibes, Sphinn, Delicious, etc. Adding the blog to Technorati can help.

I try to post links to Twitter and Facebook using bit.ly so I can see how many clicks the post has received, as directly related to my tweets and status updates.

Do you know your blogging platform? Is it Drupal, WordPress, etc?

If it’s WordPress, you can manually add your pingback services list, aka the Update services list. Go to Settings > Writing and add the following to the “Update Services” to the box at the bottom:

[rpc.pingomatic.com]
[
rpc.technorati.com]
[
api.feedster.com]
[
api.my.yahoo.com]
[
rpc.icerocket.com]
[
www.blogstreet.com]
[
ping.syndic8.com]
[
rpc.blogrolling.com]
[
rpc.weblogs.com]
[
blogsearch.google.com]
[
ping.fakapster.com]
[
api.moreover.com]
[
bblog.com]
[
blogsearch.google.com]
[
ping.weblogalot.com]
[
ping.feedburner.com]
[
ping.syndic8.com]
[
ping.bloggers.jp]
[
rpc.weblogs.com]
[
topicexchange.com]
[
www.blogpeople.net]
[
xping.pubsub.com]

Then these 20+ services will be automatically notified when you post something new.

Thanks Ron Doyle, I’ll never forget you. Gotta go now, I have to study up on pingbacks and Digg and ohhh… my head is starting to Sphinn.