Mar 25 2008

3 Social Media Websites Good for Bloggers

Some social media websites, like Digg, are becoming increasingly difficult for bloggers to have their articles go popular. I have been using alternatives which have worked fine for us. Now that you know the basic rules for social media sites you can be successful on any social media website. Here are three that you may not know about, that are perfect for bloggers.

PostOnFire

Post On Fire

Post on Fire is a new one that I have started using. At first it’s always difficult to start using new sites like this, because essentially you need people to vote for you. The plus however is that you don’t need an account to vote, so you can have your visitors vote for you. It only takes 5 votes for your story to go popular.They have the basic categories, business, blogging, health and technology. There is something for everyone.

Blog Engage

Blog Engage

Blog Engage is a social media website that I found on the bloggeries forum. However, this one needs a little work. The owner is pretty hands on with the website, but it needs some adjustments. The last post to go popular was 4 days ago. It takes 7 votes to go popular and obviously not many are getting that many votes.However this social media site is a little more complete. It has a blog as well as a forum. With some small adjustments this website can be a great place to promote your blog posts.

Blogging Zoom

Blogging Zoom

Blogging Zoom is the most popular of the three. I’ve actually already written about Blogging Zoom: BloggingZoom Burning Bloggers. Yes, it was a bit negative. A while after this post, Vic actually apologized, unbanned us, reinstated my account, and asked me to come back. So everyone deserves a second chance, right? I’ve actually just installed the Blogging Zoom Wordpress Plugin that adds a Blogging Zoom button to your post (that you can get here).

Blogging Zoom is a little harder to have your post go popular. It looks like it takes 15 zooms to go popular. It’s a little confusing as there are posts from 30 days ago on the front page. However, it’s a plus that you don’t need an account to vote on the post.

Have you used any of these social media websites? If so, how was your experience?

Don’t forget to vote for this article at PostonFire, Blog Engage, and Blogging Zoom!

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  1. Adding FeedFlares To Your Blog | Blog About Your Blog wrote:

    [...] it can be very beneficial. We’ve just giving you the basic rules for social media and three new social media sites for bloggers. Now, to [...]

    March 27th, 2008 at 12:03 pm
  1. kashif said:

    Nice informative post Matthew . You have got yourself one more fan :)

    March 25th, 2008 at 11:16 am
  2. Matthew Henrickson said:

    I appreciate that :) any feedback or questions you have Id be happy to talk with ya :)

    March 25th, 2008 at 11:18 am
  3. blogengage said:

    However, it’s a plus that you don’t need an account to vote on the post.

    ???

    So people sit behind a proxy and cheat/lie about votes, bloggingzoom has to stop allowing no registered members to votes it causes cheating and already has from some members I spoke with!

    Also has anyone notices bloggingzoom had declined 200% over the last month in traffic… I wonder why LOL

    Anyways none the less it’s a great article and thanks for sharing it with our blogengage members!

    Out of all three I recommend, blogengage, postonfire and then yes, digg

    March 25th, 2008 at 11:29 am
  4. st.hart said:

    It’s a great blog! well designed and so informative,

    March 25th, 2008 at 11:45 am
  5. Mademind said:

    post on fire is interesting. i will give a shot.

    March 25th, 2008 at 11:51 am
  6. Matthew Henrickson said:

    For some newer social media users it is very difficult to go popular. By not needing an account to vote, they can have their regular visitors vote for them. That number declines when you need an account to vote.

    Thanks for commenting :)

    March 25th, 2008 at 12:08 pm
  7. blogengage said:

    Matthew that’s a good point but still it leaves too much room for cheating! Trust me, you clear the cookies and vote again LOL

    I don’t think your readers will mind signing up at a website you like so much! If they do well then you don’t get the vote! I considered allowing guest to vote but decided against it as it was a decision made from me, the owner and website members! Bloggers!

    March 25th, 2008 at 12:15 pm
  8. Aaron at FullTiltBlogging.com said:

    This post is featured in today’s Daily Blog Summary along with other top posts from the top 50 Make Money Blogging sites. Good job!

    March 25th, 2008 at 12:44 pm
  9. Karlonia at Internet Marketing Blog said:

    This is a good overview of some of the newer social media sites. I did managed to sign up with Post on Fire a few days ago, but I still need to look over the others.

    March 25th, 2008 at 1:23 pm
  10. Vic said:

    Brian (blogengage) please do not try to spam comments at Blogging Zoom again, I just deleted your spam comment left today trying to say that ToyEngage is as big as Blogging Zoom.

    First of lets claryfy the miss information from Brian.

    No ToyEngage is not even remotely close to Blogging Zoom our Alexa has dipped a bit the past 30 days but our organic traffic has increased by 30%.

    Now to prove my point.

    Right now if you go to ToyEngage you will find that in the past 24 hours he has had 12 new post submissions. Yeas you read right 12 LMAO in 24 hours.

    Blogging Zoom has had in the past 24 hours 43 new submissions. Yeah Brian you are really close LMAO of catching Blogging Zoom.

    Now Brian says that he is really close to Blogging Zoom.

    Lets look at our Alexa:

    One week AVG for Blogging Zoom 37,516
    One week AVG for ToyEngage 87,679

    Yeah Brian you are really catching up LMAO.

    Lets look at over all stats.
    Blogging Zoom
    Current Members: 2519
    Total Post: 10769

    Blogging Zoom
    Current Members: 1500
    Total Post: 3270

    Now we have deleted since the birth of Blogging Zoom over 600 Spam accounts.

    In your case you have not deleted spam accounts so I would estimate that over 400 of your members are spam accounts this is very easy to check you can see in your top user page account after account with one submission and just one vote then you open the submission and it has 5 votes you look at the votes and they are all accounts created just to vote to the front page the submission in other words fake accounts.

    So please Brian stop trying to wish it so or lie and try to make it be. No ToyEngage is not even remotely close to Blogging Zoom.

    Matthew thank you for making this post and including us in it.

    I would also like to thank you for giving me and Blogging Zoom a second chance and using us to promote your content.

    Would like to also say Matthew that we found it better to allow anonymous voting for the same reason you mentioned. It provides the blog owner a better chance to get to the front page from readers that want to vote but do not want to create an account.

    At the same time we monitor very close the voting and we easily see people trying to game the system and we kill spam their account and their post.

    This post 6 Rules for Social Media Websites made it to the front page of Blogging Zoom in 19 hours if I am not mistaken and currently has 18 Zooms of which 12 Zooms are from registered members. So it proves the system works.

    Again Matthew thank you for the mention and to your success.

    Vic

    March 25th, 2008 at 3:10 pm
  11. Mark said:

    That was very nice of you, Vic. Kudos to you. :)

    March 25th, 2008 at 8:04 pm
  12. Anne-Marie said:

    StumbleUpon still brings the most traffic hands down. And as far as getting popular, it’s easy when the bookmarking site isn’t super popular. That’s why us “little people” don’t get popular on Digg. Still some of the small sites are worth trying like – Foodbuzz (foodies), HealthRanker (health,diet,exercise), Sk*rt (topics that appeal to women), Mom Blog Network (ditto), Blogvines (blogs), Care2.com (green/health), Sphinn (marketing) and CafeMom Hot List (moms). Then isn’t it about backlinks and networking as much as traffic?

    March 25th, 2008 at 9:04 pm
  13. chodirin said:

    Entrecard is media social for blogger too.

    March 25th, 2008 at 10:01 pm
  14. blogengage said:

    I don’t know what you’re talking about? I didn’t spam your site I posted my comment here on this member’s blog!

    I’m a little confused but I’m guessing you’re also confused as well. Your rude comments don’t say much about your personality and assuming things is just as bad!

    Seems every time I read anything from you it’s always rude, inconsiderate, and unprofessional. This exact post states my claim to be true!

    Like I said before you’re a waste of time and breathe… I’m too busy to waste time with you! This blog post wasn’t about anything you left a comment on so if anyone is spamming Vic… it’s you!

    I don’t know why you’re saying I said she said we all said non sense don’t you feel like a child acting like this?

    Anyways I have to go! I have way better things to do around here! Sorry about vic’s rude comment Matthew

    March 26th, 2008 at 6:54 am
  15. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Its too bad you guys couldnt find a way to work together.

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:25 am
  16. James said:

    I’ve been trying to use bloggingzoom. However, the social networking aspect of it has worked very poorly for me. There are about 3-4 people who will vote for my submissions. I have tried voting for lots of other people’s submissions and going to their blogs and posting comments, but none of these other people has ever voted for one of my submissions. Are my submissions poor quality? I don’t think so, and neither to many other people. However, taking the time to write something, I;d always rather have more people read it rather than fewer people. Bzoom hasn’t helped at all.

    In fact, bloggingzoom seems to be mostly about people who blog about blogging, plus the usual celebrity stuff. While there is nothing wrong with blogging about blogging, and I find many of these blogs helpful, like yours, I get the feeling that a large fraction of this community only cares about SEO technical details of blog-based marketing and doesn’t have any interests that would make them gravitate to fiction and the environment, which are what I blog about (the fiction blog is what I signed in with here; the blogs point to each other). Maybe this just means it isn’t the right social group for me, except for a few loyal friends.

    So, thanks for the advice. I zoomed this already. I’m going to try post on fire.

    p.s. Anne-Marie is right on target. I get far more traffic from new visitors via stumbleupon than other social networks. I also get a lot of traffic from BlogCatalog.

    I kind of like it when I have a big day and nobody was referred by the same site as anyone else, but my big days are pretty small…

    Best wishes, Jim

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:41 am
  17. James said:

    p.s I also use the alias chemrat for historical reasons. I just stumbled this, too.

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:43 am
  18. Dennis Edell said:

    Thanks again Matt, I just signed on to all 3! I can’t believe I missed them before.

    March 27th, 2008 at 6:39 pm
  19. Matthew Henrickson said:

    yes I get way more traffic with stumbleupon as well, I have written about stumbleupon many times, make sure to browse through our Social Media category.

    I’d be happy to zoom your articles James. For SEO you need to try Sphinn.com

    Glad you like them dennis, make sure to let me know any posts you submit.

    March 27th, 2008 at 7:21 pm
  20. James said:

    Thanks for the supportive comments about zooming my (aka chemrat’s) bloggingzoom submissions! I’ll definitely sign up for Spinn.com and really appreciate the advice. I’m looking forward to reading through your archives and will make a point of stumbling, etc., as I go.

    Best wishes, Jim

    March 27th, 2008 at 9:10 pm
  21. P.B.Eswar said:

    Hey, Matt I thought I should thank you for the wonderful information immediately after completing your post but Oh God! the information i had from your comments section i can say thanks a lot to your followers. Don’t ask them to find a way to work togethe, Matt you are spoiling our information board.Once again thanx a lot Matt for nice information,i have not tried anything in this three but i decided to give a shot at them.

    March 28th, 2008 at 2:34 am
  22. Matthew Henrickson said:

    James I will be emailing you shortly :)

    PB I understand that it is entertaining to read these comments, but so much more could be gained if they worked together to basically help eachother. With so many new social media sites for bloggers popping up daily, you need friends.

    March 28th, 2008 at 10:40 am
  23. Israel said:

    Wowswers, those two really have it in for each other. Really unprofessional. I haven’t seen bickering like that online in a while.

    I have only used BZ not any of the others. BZ never really sent my blog any significant traffic, but then again my blog isnt about blogging and making money online, which is one of the main focus of users at BZ. Maybe that has changed in the last couple of months, I am not sure.

    Either way all 3 look like a good way to get get traffic. I would also suggest looking for social media sites in your niche and using Stumble Upon.

    March 28th, 2008 at 10:50 am
  24. Missy said:

    Hi—-Matt:

    I don’t see the Blogging Zoom vote button in the post. Am i blind?

    Missy.

    P.S. I’m looking at the single post page.

    March 28th, 2008 at 6:43 pm
  25. Matthew Henrickson said:

    We dont have a button on our post I just linked to it :D

    March 29th, 2008 at 11:10 am
  26. Tom Ross said:

    Thanks for the post, I’d only heard of blogging engage but the other 2 sites look interesting.

    March 30th, 2008 at 10:31 am
  27. Ted said:

    There is a new social blogging site out there, with a bit of a twist vs bloggingzoom, blog engage, blog on fire, blogsvine, etc.

    Yearblook.com is running a contest to find the best blog post of each day, and at the end of the year the 365 best posts are going to be compiled into a book (printed, available at amazon).

    The site only opened for public alpha on Yesterday and already is getting hundreds of visits a day.

    March 31st, 2008 at 11:56 am
  28. Ted said:

    Oh, and yes, I know. the design needs work. We’re getting to that.

    March 31st, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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