If we could just ignore these sites we would, but we can’t. These social media websites play a part in how search engines rank your site, and can bring a tsunami’s worth of traffic to your site in one day.
But users on these sites hate spam and will often perceive self-promotion as spam. If they think you’re spamming their network not only will they cancel your account but might even ban your website from ever appearing on their site in the future.
What do we mean by ‘self-promotion’? That is, promoting content that provides you with a direct benefit of some kind. It’s not that self-promotion is outlawed, but heavy self-promotion will get you into trouble. Sites like Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon may ban your website outright, but Twitter generally doesn’t take such a hard stance. Instead you’ll notice a lack of followers instead for over self-promotion.
The best way to get involved in these social media spheres (as well as any others) is to integrate them into your daily workflow. Here’s how we integrate them into our daily routine:
Want to make this as quick and painless as possible? Download the AddThis add-on to your Firefox browser – it allows you with one click to digg, stumble, reddit, and retweet. It’s one of our favorite and most used Firefox add-on.