Companies have a definite advantage over bloggers, small businesses, freelancers etc when it comes to using social media successfully. They already have a customer base that are eager to tweet their content. They have the money to invest on software and personal to manage their social media accounts. More importantly they have a bunch of employees which they can utilize to spread the word. Combination of all these things gives companies an edge when it comes to social media marketing, but very few companies truly take advantage from this. Most are reluctant to budget for these software and very few actually encourages their employees to participate in social networking and sharing sites. Below are how companies use social media successfully and lessons you can learn from them. [Read more…]
When a service is free to try you should always give it a try.When a service gives free traffic,back links to your blog and a share of their Adsense revenue, as a blogger you should definitely give it a try.Well Blogsvine offers all that and more. The blogsvine administrators are not shy to advertise this fact which is evident from the big blue box in the home page. You need an Adsense account since you need to enter your Adsense publisher id to start earning.
The home page is pretty similar to other social bookmarking sites in the web with the most popular stories in the front page. At the time of writing the home page is dominated with technology and blogging related posts so its safe to say the most frequent users are bloggers and web site owners. I couldn’t find a place to specify what category interest me the most so I don’t think the content of the home page changes according to the user. But the categories are clearly visible and the navigation is easy so the user experience doesn’t suffer. One change I think that can improve the user experience is moving the top blogs today widget so its just after the Adsense block. This way a user who visits the site once a day can easily find out the top posts of the day.Well if you want to be really picky you can question the placement of the Adsense block since a leader board block can perform better than a side bar block.
Blogsvine have plenty of facilities available for bloggers as well. Signing up for the service is pretty straight forward and they even have a WordPress plug in so that you can add a vote me button in your blog posts.And submitting your blog post or any post for that matter is pretty easy. All you have to do is add a Bookmarklet to your book marks and your ready to submit your posts. Next time you come across a interesting post all you have to is press the book mark and the post submission form is opened up for you.I found it a very easy and an efficient way to submit a post.
All that is good , but what about the traffic ? Well you want be getting lots of traffic yet since Its still in beta stage and there are not many users. But it has potential to be a great source of traffic and since its free to try you should definitely give it a try. Like any other social bookmarking site growing your network , submitting the content at the correct time and writing spicy titles can increase your traffic significantly.