How Social Networking Sites Rank for Me for Use in Empire Avenue
Like many of you I have accounts on all the major social networking sites, and frankly until I started using Empire Avenue most of the accounts were left unused. I used my Facebook Fan page to update my followers, used my Google+ page to distribute the curious/ random web pages I ran across, and used Twitter as an aggregator of the news sites I follow. My Facebook page is rarely used, but is connected to many people that I actually know, and I log into LinkedIn just long enough to accept random invitations from people and then leave.
Once I started using Empire Avenue to make money I had to start thinking about what I am, and am not willing to share with my followers.
Here are My Decisions. I do not suggest you follow my advice strictly, but you should decide how valuable your Social Networking accounts are to you before you start blasting them with loads of… well… spam.. :
- Twitter – This is a free for all. 3 years ago when I created the account I couldn’t figure out what the point of Twitter was, and 3 years later I still don’t. It’s vaguely useful as an aggregator, but I don’t advertise it to my real fans, and would never suggest anyone follow me on it. The best I can tell is that the 2000 followers I have are simply fake accounts, or spammers.
- LinkedIn – This is what happens when you tell a bunch of 50+ year old users what social network marketing is. All I see on the site is a constant stream of spammy crap. Being that I do know many of the users in “real life” I don’t consider it a total toilet, but it’s close. I will share content on LinkedIn as long as it vaguely has something to do with business and isn’t a complete scam.
- Google+ – Is a fine service, but it’s ability to share information so easily with absolutely EVERYONE makes it one that even I am concerned about privacy on. I receive a few new followers from around the world everyday on the account. I use this as a way to throw out completely random ideas that genuinely be useful. I am willing to share most things on this account as long as they have to do with business or technology. As long as the content is vaguely interesting for my followers, and again is not a complete scam I’ll link to it.
- YouTube Likes – I’m pretty free with YouTube Likes as long as it’s decent content. It doesn’t have to be about business, or computers, it just has to be something I’m willing to take a minute and watch. The issue here is that I don’t want my fans to think I’m a shill. A random like here and there won’t hurt my reputation, but if I start liking every 9 year olds piano recital it’s not going to look good.
- Facebook Like – I generally shy away from giving EA users Facebook Likes. I’m not overly worried that the people creating EA missions are evil scammers, but these are my family/ friends we are talking about… It’s not worth it to me to have my name linked to the latest virus wiping out peoples PC’s.
- Facebook Fan Pages – You gotta be good, damn good to get on one of my Fan Pages. These are the backbone of communication with my fans. If I link to it on one of these it means I’m truly impressed.
These are the guidelines I work off of when I am looking at Empire Avenue Missions to complete. Please remember that Empire Avenue is an amazing resource and tool to dramatically boost your reach, but sacrificing the quality of all of your social networking accounts is not worth it. Your accounts and followers are valuable! If you sacrifice your integrity for a quick boost in traffic I can’t believe the long term outcome will be very good.
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