Improve Your Understanding of the Social Media Options

Social media, in the broadest sense, and the traffic that flows from it, is always with us in today’s society. Consequently the Internet Marketer and Social Media go hand in hand to a considerable degree. It is important then that the Internet Marketer has a good understanding of the options available.

Whilst some sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, are commonplace and well known, this is not true of all. There will probably be sites with which you are not familiar and maybe haven’t even heard of. But as an Internet Marketer it is useful to have all of these things in your armoury. You might not choose to employ them all from the outset but it is useful to know how they might fit with your activities.

This article will simply record the different sites, with a brief description, and how they are categorised. More information about the different categories will be covered in future articles.

Social media sites

These are social networking and discussion sites.

  • Facebook, now the most popular social networking website.
  • Twitter, a free social networking and microblogging service.
  • MySpace, a social networking website which was the most popular in the US until being overtaken by Facebook.
  • Bebo, a social networking website, Bebo is an acronym for “Blog early, blog often”.
  • Orkut, a social networking website that is owned and operated by Google Inc.

Blogs

Blogs are a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.

  • WordPress, an open source blog publishing application.
  • Blogger, is a blog storage service now operated by Google.
  • Wikis, are websites that allow the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages.

Social Reviews

Sites publishing categorised reviews as submitted by their contributors.

  • Squidoo, a community website that allows users to create pages (called lenses) for subjects of interest. Squidoo is in the top 500 most visited sites in the world.
  • Hub Pages, a website designed around sharing advertising revenue for high-quality, user-generated content.

Article Directories

Article directories are a form of Search Engine Optimization where companies and professional writers submit articles based on a specific niche. Article directories are also called Ezines or Online Magazines.

  • Ezine Articles, the most popular article directory.
  • Articles Base, a free articles directory.
  • Buzzle, a research-based web portal, for news, articles, categorized information and resources.
  • Affsphere, affiliate-friendly, article directory was developed by the Affiliate Classroom.

Videos

Sites for publishing and distributing videos.

  • YouTube, a video sharing website on which users can upload and share videos, now operated by Google.
  • Metacafe, a community based video sharing web site, that specializes in short-form original entertainment.
  • Revver, a video sharing website that hosts user-generated content.
  • Blip, hosting for videobloggers, podcasts, and other original content.

Linking Sites

Websites that pull together categorised bookmarks to websites.

  • Delicious, a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks, operated by Yahoo.
  • Digg, a social news website made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet.
  • StumleUpon, an Internet community that allows its users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos.

Press Releases

Sites that handle press releases.

  • PR Web, a company, which distributes press releases over the Internet via RSS. Distribution partners include Yahoo! News, Google News, Lycos News, Topix.net, Excite News and eMediaWire. Operated by Vocus.
  • Free Press Release, Press release distribution service.

Conclusion

So the are many options in the Social Media world. These are very useful for the Internet Marketer. Why not take a look at any that you do not know well and discover how they might work for you.



Source by Steve Butcher

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