Saturday, February 20, 2010

Internet Marketing Tactics - Social Media

Internet Marketing Tactics - Social Media

By Gail Bottomley Posted by Manny Sarmiento

Your advertising and promotion strategy as an internet marketer, should include the new kind of interactive communication online by the use of social media. It is all about engaging actively and 'meeting' with other sociable people regularly even with day to day information (social networking) or highlighting worthwhile articles, videos or websites (social bookmarking) through to accessing forums where visitors share their feelings on a certain issue.

Social media is now a crucial opportunity to promote your blog or website. Your first opportunity is to include a link to your blog in your profile page. Or, notify your online friends of your blog through your messages, but only every now and then. Keep in mind that your network is in point of fact social, so frequent selling will have you 'blocked' or 'uninvited'. Continue your social integrity.

Social Networking

The most well-liked social networking tools are Facebook and Twitter with many people linking them both to save time making entries. There are various other social networking sites such as: FledgeWing which is an entrepreneurial community aimed at worldwide university students; Gogoyoko Fair Play in Music that is a site for musicians and music lovers; Shelfari for booklovers; Yahoo! Answers which is a platform simply for questions and answers.

With over 62 million active members, Facebook is a network that gives an enormous possibility for attaining high rankings. Similarly, when utilised in combination with Twitter, especially Twitter accounts for a specific niche, your sphere of influence can expand exponentially. After you have formed a credible reputation, you can from time to time, recommend a great website or a great article, video or webinar. This is how you draw visitors to your sites.

Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking sites including Digg, Technorati, Delicious, Reddit and StumbleUpon (to identify just a few) enable you to share, arrange, search, and handle references to articles, videos or websites. In other words, they are in fact a reference point from which people are directed to the material they may be in search of. Often they are attached with comments or votes of support or disapproval. This is called a 'folksonomy' or social tagging and the benefit to internet marketers is that you are able to make certain your own tagged annotations are keyword-rich and include a URL to your site.

There are two crucial steps to social bookmarking and social networking:

1. Provide a set of links to all of your favourite social sites below your posts to facilitate targeted visitors to also extend the good word of your site's content. Free tools such as Social Twist, make the process fast and simple.

2. Notify your preferred social sites yourself, again using your Social Twist program, when you add a post on your site (be it visual or audio).


Forums are the third form of attracting traffic via social contacts, and should be another of your internet marketing strategies. These encourage people to recognize you as an authority in your subject so you may point them, again only from time to time, to your site.

Article by Gail Bottomley. internet marketing coach at Gail is an internationally recognised internet marketing coach with a superb mentoring program and system to help you generate an income online. To access her webinars, mentoring program and many free tools, visit:

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Monday, February 1, 2010

How to Set Up an Account on Facebook

How to Set Up an Account on Facebook

By Hannah Miller

Posted by Manny Sarmiento -

If you are setting up a Facebook account for the first time, follow these steps and tips to get started:

* Setting up a personal Facebook account

1. Go to You will see a page asking you to either log in or sign up. Fill out the four fields under the Sign Up heading: First Name, Last Name, Your email address, and a password.

* Tip: Many of your friends who are trying to find your profile on Facebook will search for your name, so include the your maiden name, nick name, etc. if you want to make it easy for your old high school friends and colleagues to find you.

* Tip: Put your middle name after a space on the first name field, especially if many people know you by your middle name. Put your maiden name before your last name, using either a hyphen or parentheses.

* Tip: Use an email address to which you will want Facebook updates to be sent. Also, this will be your contact address that friends can see on your profile.

2. Select your gender and date of birth. You need to give your actual date of birth to comply with Facebook guidelines, but if you want to hide that information from your profile, you will have the option to do so later.

3. Click "Sign Up". You will need to type the characters given on the following page to ensure that you are not an automated software program (they can't read the letters in the picture). Click "sign up" again.

4. You now have an account! Now all you need to do is finish your profile and find your friend's profiles and link to them (this is called adding someone as a friend). Facebook will offer to find friends for you, by searching through your email contact list. If they find a Facebook account associated with an email address on your contact list, they'll list the profiles for you so you can add them as friends. To do this, you need to give Facebook your email password that you use to log into your email account to give Facebook access to your email contact list.

If you choose to allow Facebook to find friends for you, type your email password and click "Find Friends." Facebook will not store your password, so you don't have to worry that Facebook will go through your emails.

If you don't want to give your password, or if you don't care to search for friends, just click "skip this step."

5. The next step will ask you to provide your high school, college, and work information to help friends find you. Again you may skip this step if you wish.

6. The next step will ask you to upload a profile picture. You don't have to do this either, and you can load any picture other than one of you if you wish. Again, this will help friends find you when they are searching for people with your name.

7. Now you will be taken to a page with more options. You should be able to navigate through the options fairly easily. You can refer to the help section if you have questions. Be sure to check your email, to confirm your Facebook account and start getting notifications from Facebook! You're ready to start finding and keeping up with friend, load photos, play games, and much more! Start exploring-there's a lot to discover!

Written by Hannah Miller, Director of Online Marketing and Customer Service Rep, is a nationwide Internet Services provider that is all-American owned and operated. Call today, 1-800-336-3318 or sign up online. Check out my blog for this and more great articles!

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