Assuming you have an account on MySpace or Facebook (it's free to join so if you don't sign up now) click on the icon below your blog post for the site you want to submit to. It will take you to a submission page where you simply put in a brief description about your blog post. Then, a link to your blog post will appear on your Facebook or MySpace profile. It's that easy. If you have a large following on either of these sites it's an easy way to get people to your sports blog. So make sure you submit links to your best sports blog posts.
These social media sites are a little different than MySpace and Facebook. You create an account on these sites (it's free to join), you submit interesting content (i.e. your sports blog posts) and you vote on content submitted by other people. As you click around the sites looking at interesting content you'll also be trying to build a friends list, which is important because people will find your submissions based in part by how many friends you have. This is a simplistic overview of the sites, but it should be enough to get your started. There is quite a bit of complexity to each of these sites and they all work a little bit differently. The only real way to learn them is to use them so sign up with them today and start using them.
Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your experience on the social media sites. Stumble Upon and Digg are the two biggest sites in this area so the tips below will pertain to them. BallHype is sports oriented so many of our bloggers have had some success with that site, too, so make sure you sign up with them also. They don't have the traffic that Digg and Stumble Upon has but the users they do have are very targeted to sports.
1. Build your friends list. When you add friends to your list on Stumble Upon and Digg it doesn't mean that they will add you to their list too. What you need to do is become a "mutual friend" - meaning you added them to your list and they added you to their list. The easiest way to do this is by adding people to your friends list and then sending them a message (called a "Shout" on Digg) asking them to add you. Most people will add you if you politely ask them. Especially if you are adding people who have shown interest in the same sports / teams that you like - so search the various sports pages to find friends.
2. Once you've built a good following of friends you can send messages out to all of them at once. On Stumble Upon you need to download the tool bar to do this (it's free but it is an extra step) but on Digg you simply submit a story and then click on the "share" button. Don't over use this as you can annoy people if you start sending them shouts every day. But for your really strong blog posts you should send a message to everyone asking them to "vote" for it or "digg it."
3. Make sure you spend at least a little time voting on other people's articles and really participating in the community. It's quite fun, but also if you appear to be just shilling your own blog posts you most likely won't go too far on the sites.
4. Write stories that are timeless. Top 10 lists are always interesting, controversial, and do well on these social media sites because they can go viral. Write a blog post on the 10 greatest sports moments. Write a blog post on the 10 best Patriots games ever. Write a blog post about the 5 best Super Bowls. Be creative. There's really no limit to how many different top 10 lists you could come up with. People always enjoy them even if they disagree with them. And they can go viral if you really hit a nerve with enough people.
So far our bloggers have had the most success with Stumble Upon. If a story gets a few good votes it's not uncommon for the post to receive 100+ unique visitors in a single day - and this is with a pretty minimal amount of effort in terms of building your Stumble Upon account and friends list.
There's a free newsletter that you can sign up for called "Stumble Rush" - you can find it here:
It's a 10 part course that teaches you the ins-and-outs of Stumble Upon. It's very informative. The second half of the course cost money, but the first half is free. You'll get a lot out of the first half of the course even if you don't buy the second half - I didn't buy the second half either. Check it out if you get a chance.
Once you've created accounts on these 5 sites there's really no reason why you shouldn't submit all your best blog posts to all of them. It's free and easy and with a minimal amount of effort it can really give you a lot of traffic.
Once you have an account on any of these sites feel free to add me to your friends list. If you have an account on any of these sites simply leave it in a comment below and I'll add you to my friends list. Hopefully other bloggers in our sports network will add you also. Together we can promote each others stories.
Here's my information on these various networks:
MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/communityofsportsfans
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696092149
StumbleUpon page: http://nbabasketball.stumbleupon.com/
Digg page: http://digg.com/users/nbabasketball
BallHype page: http://ballhype.com/profile/nbabasketball/
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