We all know the big social networks can drive massive amounts of traffic to your own site. Unfortunately, for the small site owner, these networks tend to be dominated by big players.
The effect of the networks tend to snowball: traffic drives even more traffic. For example, the more stumbles or diggs you have, the more votes you will get.
The usual advice rarely works. Get in first with a big story, break news yourself, or have a unique page that will tweak the interest of the notorious fickle internet browsing crowd.
Luckily, there is a way to start the process off, and grab yourself a few diggs or stumbles. Swap votes with other people!
The idea is simple. In exchange for voting for someone elses site, they will vote for you.
Technically, this is an abuse of the system. The sites are supposed to rank popular pages higher, but in reality the system is already flawed. Popular sites will always rank high no matter what the content.
Here’s some sites you might want to try to get those all important first votes, and get your page rolling. These are either forums, or automated exchange services.
Please, Please, Please: Do NOT use these sites to submit spammy articles and links. I’ve listed these to help you get genuine, useful content into the systems.
The big networks that drive the most traffic are Stumbleupon, Digg, and Reddit . and most exchange sites work with these. Other networks that are often used include Yahoo Buzz, Propeller, Mixx, Technorati, Furl and Delicious.
If you want to promote a post or page, you can also include Digg, Stumble, or whatever buttons on the post to encourage visitors to vote. You can also arrange single exchanges yourself, in the popular forums covering marketing and seo topics, such as Digitalpoint. Just post your site and ask for votes.
Blog Engage – is a “diggg-a-like” that actively encourages bloggers to share comments, visits, etc.
Let me know of any others in the comments, and I’ll add them to the list.